“What you thought was a hurricane was just the rustling of the wind/ Why’d you think we need Amazing Grace just to tell it like it is?” – Dr. Dog
Few videographers capture the essence of a musical experience better than our man in Philadelphia Jake Krolick, who crossed the Delaware River to brave New Jersey to cover the 2013 XPoNential Music Festival. What separates Krolick from the pack is his foundation as a live music lover first, down to picking up on the surrounding atmosphere that dances with what’s happening onstage. His gift for brevity and well chosen moments is on display here with choice bits of the Wiggins Park on the Waterfront woven together with performances from The Last Bison, Dr. John, Lord Huron, Trampled By Turtles and Dr. Dog. Once again, Krolick allows us to dangle our toes in the experience even if we were far, far away at the time. For photos and Jake’s review of the fest pop over here.
Things this clip reminds us of: The Slits, Akron/Family and especially inspired super freak Exuma – all positives in DI’s book. Once again, our man in Philly Jake Krolick has dropped coolness on our doorstep to share with y’all. This pithy introduction to Sweden’s Goat, captured at a recent show at Philadelphia’s Johnny Brenda’s, marks them as an animal worth tracking. An air of ritual and abandon permeates this performance, a heady reminder that Freak Flag Nation truly knows no borders or the constraints of time when liquid light patriots like Goat wave the banner.
So much is so right about San Fran’s The Stone Foxes, who proffer rock with unmistakable physicality and hormonal musk, absolutely descendents in the line of The Faces and The Black Crowes where music is their lover and they don’t care no how who watches. To see what we mean check out this hot-off-the-presses clip of the boys’ first visit to Philadelphia, where they made the kids drink up and whoop at MilkBoy. As per usual, Jake Krolick sifts out the right moments with his camera, including a lil’ Shannon blowin’ the soul out of his harp amongst the people to kick things off. Check out the Foxes’ new album, Small Fires, or kick yourself in yo’ own ass for missing it, and get out to a show so they can drip some mojo on you, perhaps joining the Impound at their inaugural headlining gig at The Fillmore SF on Saturday, May 4. Peep the full itinerary here. Now watch what real rock ‘n’ roll looks like in action.
If you like rock ‘n’ roll then it’s hard to imagine not digging The London Souls. These guys just ooze conviction, honest feeling, and tried ‘n’ true rock moves. Bit of Thin Lizzy and the classic Hendrix trio evident in this fresh live clip from Philly’s The Blockley, but it’s all real as it comes, no fake moves or aping anyone’s moves. Once again, Jake Krolick keeps the camera where it needs to be – in this instance, up close enough to get some sweat on you. If this don’t make you bob your head and finger a little air guitar we’re concerned for your soul.
Any true funk fan knows that this earthy genre is as much rock as it is soul, and there’s no better example of funk perfection than Dumpstaphunk, the Ivan Neville lead, hard touring outfit that takes one back to the golden days of Funkadelic and Sly and the Family Stone. Philadelphia ally Jake Krolick brings us this David Bowie cover and some fine improvised shredding to whet our appetites until the next time we’re sloshing around in the Dumpsta screaming, “I’m funky like a UFO!”
Dirty Impound considers it the civic duty of every upstanding (or downtrodden) American to get to know These United States very, very well. This is a band that reminds us the U.S. is a land of both Paul Bunyan and Wall Street, Walt Whitman and Hollywood – a great and terrible land of un-reconcilable diversity, choice and consequence. That one can sing along and caper a bit to their tunes is just a testament to their vagabond sleight of hand. The moment – the one right in front of us, happening in real time and not relayed on a media device – is central to their mojo, a point discussed in this insightful mixture of interview and performance from DI’s favorite Philadelphia son Jake Krolick, who increasingly shows his acumen at panning for gold in the music world. TUS also discusses collaborating with Trampled By Turtles and their forthcoming eponymous new album (arriving June 12th on United Interests). DI will be intertwining itself in the myth making/breaking of this latest TUS chapter, but the details of that are still forming. In the meantime, the lads are on the road again – currently opening for The Heartless Bastards – and hopefully they’ll be visiting a town near you soon. Now, press play on this great video and learn a little something about a band worth learning something about.
Don’t stand off in your own little world. Be here in the now. Join us in our run through the wilds of the human condition. This is what Akron/Family cries in ways literal and figurative each time they gather in a music hall. The ultimate rise and fall of their concert experiences hinges on the level of engagement and enthusiasm of everyone in the room, not just the dudes with electrified instruments. This evening at The Blockley in Philadelphi (distilled beautifully by DI Brother In Arms Jake Krolick over at the quite swell Beat Of My Strut) looks like the lads and the gathered mob were symbiotic in the extreme. Aided by members of Sun Ra Arkestra, this January night appears to have loosened up some love, including a nod to the recently passed Etta James, who Akron/Family’s Miles Seaton suggests would like folks to party in her honor. We couldn’t agree more.
One of the things DI loves about the work of Jake Krolick is how he airlifts us into the action. He’s right in the scrum, sweating it out with the boys and girls in America, a fan first but an increasingly skillful observer. He brings us this mash-up of The Hold Steady, Dale Earnhart Jr. Jr., Foster the People, Elbow, Cage The Elephant and more from Philadelphia’s Popped! Festival. Read more about this year’s festivities, which got moved indoors at the 11th hour, in Jake’s review, which also includes a boss photo gallery he shot (multi-talented is this Jedi…). But first, peep the cut ‘n’ paste fun in this clip, which brings us the mood of the event in a really nice way.