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.
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.
Bands should start commissioning Jake Krolick to capture their performances. The guy has great instincts for snaring the intangibles of live music – the vibe in the room, the colors and scene outside the club, the small non-verbal exchanges that happen onstage. To wit, this charming clip of a charming song from the exceedingly charming rock combo The Mother Hips. DI especially likes the Scorsese-esque continuous shot that opens the video. Oh, the Hips recently announced the first big list tour dates for 2013, which you can check out here. They’ll be hitting some rare spots this year – Milwaukee, Grand Rapids, NOLA, Denton,TX and the band’s first show at the New Parish in Oakland – as well as their annual festival The Hipnic in May. Good times waiting to happen that we can wax about together in later days…
In the late 1960s, Rahsaan Roland Kirk frequently began his concerts by saying, “This ain’t no sideshow!” It’s understandable how one might mistake some elements of the proceedings as being for pure show, acts of provocation designed to stir things up for the sake of it, but the method behind Kirk’s sometimes-seeming-madness are evident in music that fearlessly and sweepingly grabbed pop and high culture and made them bump uglies. Nothing was off limits for Kirk, and music thrives in such freedom forward settings. One of Kirk’s clearest modern descendents is Marco Benevento, who exercises the same thoughtful lack of restraint, the same tongue-out, matted hair embrace of chaos and humor, and the same skills to pay the bills. Don’t believe us? Well, take a look at this freshly captured video from our undying pal Jake Krolick from this past Saturday at The Blockley in Philadelphia and see if you don’t think Marco is vibing on the same frequency as the great Rahsaan. We’ve even included a classic clip from Kirk to aid in your comparison.
Remember when Beck used to share lollipops with sailors and talk sexy in his tricked out Hyundai? Remember when Prince used to rock a leather g-string and play punk-funk? Well, we’re picking up some of the same appealingly strange funk-i-ness from Athens, GA’s Reptar, whose Oblangle Fizz Y’all EP became a fast fave at DI HQ after our hipper chums, well, hipped us to it. Reptar’s full-length debut Body Faucet arrives next Tuesday, May 1st (on the reliably great Vagrant label). You can listen to it now in the player below, and you can pre-order the album on iTunes (with a bonus track) over here.
Do yourself a favor and peep this bangin’ live clip captured with aplomb by our Philadelphia operative Jake Krolick a couple weeks ago when they came through Philly. Such a sweet groove, such nifty psych-touched lil’ digressions, and what a cool crowd. This band clearly puts their backs into it, and that counts for a bunch in our book. We’ll have more on Reptar and their debut in the coming weeks, too, but for now, prepare to start feeling free, f-f-free, free free, f-free. Yeah!
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.