TONIGHT in Philadelphia : Public Record CD Release Party @ Johnny Brenda’s

April 16, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Still debating what to do tonight in Philadelphia ?
Former BOS Artist Of The Day, Public Record, with their exciting blend of instrumental jazz/ska/rock takes the stage at Johnny Brenda’s to celebtrate the release of their new CD on High Two Records. I’ll Be there, come on down and say hi.

MP3: Public Record – Mermaid’s Purse
Buy Public Record

Public Record CD Release Party
w/ Mahogany, Ravens and Vultures, and Arc In Round (members of Relay)
Wednesday April 16
Johnny Brenda’s
Frankford & Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA


Artist Of The Day : Public Record

October 27, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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There’s a reason Rolling Stone magazine picked Philadelphia as it’s Hot City recently. The city’s music scene has more amazing quality bands playing around town on a regular basis than it has in at least 20 years. I mentioned The Swimmers earlier this week, they’re playing a cd release party at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Grammar Debate and The Creeping Weeds are just a couple doors down at The M Room. Philadelphia’s Fishtown section is going to have the roof blown off all around. Beretta 76 are taking their blistering rock show on the road to Trenton NJ and are playing the 449 Room tonight, and today’s featured band Public Record brings it to The Khyber in Old City along with Brown Recluse Sings. That’s just four of the many choices for tonight. All of them well worth seeing on any night.

Public Record lists their influences on their myspace page as Bohannon, Orange Juice, Al Green, Studio One, Caetano Veloso, Motown, Joe Gibbs, Stax, Josef K, Broadcast, Ethiopiques, Channel One, James Brown, Jackie Mitoo, Talking Heads, The Contortions, Jorge Ben, Sound Dimension, Big Flame, King Tubby, David Axlerod, Hard Bop, Impressions, Fela Kuti, Sonic Youth, Stereolab, Carlton & the Shoes. Now I’m sure as you read that list you’re probably saying to yourself how can they possibly roll all that into one sound. As I sit here listening to a couple mixes of tracks from their upcoming release I’m trying to put into words for you how it all really does make sense. An all instrumental septet, they bake jazz,funk,indie rock,afro beat and more into one heavily danceble, highly textured rhythmic cake, all iced with Hilary Baker’s slinky saxophone lines. Their new record on Philadelphia’s own High Two label comes out early next year and it’s one you don’t want to miss. Many thanks to Gareth for sharing an early taste you can all hear below.

Public Record :
Hilary Baker – saxophone
Brent Bohan – bass
Gareth Duffield – guitar, keyboards, melodica
Charles Duquesne – percussion, drums
Ted Johnson – drums, percussion
Matt Lyons – drums, percussion
Greg Pavlovcak – guitar

MP3: Public Record – Comfortability
MP3: Public Record – French Suburb

Upcoming Shows:
10/27/2007 08:00 PM – The Khyber 56 S. 2nd St., Philadelphia, PA
Public Record w/ The Lodger, Small Sins, & Brown Recluse Sings.

10/28/2007 08:00 PM – The Velvet Lounge The Velvet Lounge 915 U Street, Washington, DC
Public Record w/ The Lodger, Lorelei, and Julie Ocean


LIVE : May 7, 2007 The Clientele,Ladybug Transistor,Public Record at Johnny Brendas

May 9, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Around 9:15 or so Philadelphia’s Public Record hit the stage to kick off the Monday evening festivities @ Johnny Brenda’s last night. I had never seen them before but their blend of instrumental-ska-jazz-dance music really rocked the house. I could easily picture this band opening for someone like !!! or LCD Soundsystem and packing the dance floor with gyrating bodies. With a two drummers,two guitars, a bass and a saxophone in the lineup, they know how to cook up a good groove. Someone I will definitely see again.
Ladybug Transistor was up next with a smooth pop set that seemed influenced equally by the late 60s early 70’s west coast pop sound as it did from 80’s new wave folk sound of bands like the Go Betweens.
The Clientele finished out the night with a set that drew heavily from their brilliant new disc God Save The Clientele. Live, their Beatle tinged pop songs definitely took on an added dimension that made them sound even better. An excellent show by a band that is most likely going to pick up a lot of new fans soon.

Upcoming Clientele Tour Dates :
May 8 2007 8:00P Black Cat Washington DC, Washington DC
May 9 2007 8:00P Satellite Ballroom Charlottesville, Virginia
May 10 2007 8:00P Cat’s Cradle Carrboro, North Carolina
May 11 2007 8:00P Map Room Charleston, South Carolina
May 12 2007 8:00P The Earl Atlanta, Georgia
May 13 2007 8:00P The Basement Nashville, Tennessee
May 14 2007 8:00P Hi-Tone Memphis, Tennessee
May 16 2007 8:00P Spanish Moon Baton Rouge, Louisiana
May 17 2007 8:00P Walter’s On Washington Houston, Texas
May 18 2007 8:00P Hailey’s Denton, Texas
May 19 2007 8:00A Emo’s Lounge Austin
May 21 2007 8:00P Modified Tempe, Arizona
May 22 2007 8:00P Casbah San Diego, California
May 24 2007 8:00P Knitting Factory Los Angeles, California
May 25 2007 8:00P Howie and Sons Pizza and Beer parlour Visalia, California
May 26 2007 8:00P Great American Music Hall San Francisco, California
May 27 2007 8:00P Doug Fir Lounge Portland, Oregon
May 28 2007 8:00P Crocodile Cafe Seattle, Washington
May 31 2007 8:00P 400 Bar Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jun 1 2007 8:00P High Noon Madison, Wisconsin
Jun 2 2007 8:00P Subterranean Chicago, Illinois
Jun 3 2007 8:00P Magic Stick Detroit, Michigan
Jun 4 2007 8:00P El Mocambo Toronto, Ontario
Jun 6 2007 8:00P QUE Club Lambi Montreal, Quebec
Jun 8 2007 8:00P Bowery Ballroom New York City, New York
Jun 9 2007 8:00P Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Massachusetts
Jun 20 2007 8:00P The Legion London and South East
Jul 22 2007 8:00P Benecassim Festival Valencia, Valencia

Here’s some photos from the show:
Public Record
The Ladybug Transistor

The Clientele