If you like psychedelic underground/overground rock & roll, then you probably should have been at the Wooden Shjips concert at Underground Arts on November 15th.
But just in case you missed it, WPRB’s Big Baby (Free Dissociation–Thursdays 11PM-1AM) went to check it out:
The Philly-based band “Creepoid” opened, and even though they were a little melodramatic, they got nice and sludgy towards the end of the set.
Bardo Pond, of an older generation, played after them and didn’t do it for me. They relied on power chord rock drones, which doesn’t work unless there’s something specifically good about the cadence or something.
But the crowd was warm for Wooden Shjips, who played a good mix of old and new.
I noticed a lot of people doing funny slow motion dances, mapping certain elements of repetition to parts of their body… anyway, it seemed like people were laughing and grooving to the beats, rather than getting all trancy.
Laugh and groove to the beats yourselves, WPRBuddies:
Boyd Theater Auditorium
There aren’t tons of old-timey theaters left in America. You know the kind that I’m talking about–they have absurd plush, red velvet curtains and fancy ceilings (bonus points for naked angels) and just generally a healthy dose of quirk.
Philadelphia has two great examples of this kind of theater: The Boyd and the Royal. The Boyd isn’t even called a theater. It’s technically a movie palace.
It’s also now in danger of becoming an apartment complex.
Read the whole story here.
Friends, this is not the first time that I have clued you in to train related things that you could be doing with your life and it will not be the last.
From November 30th to December 29, 2013, head down to the Barron Arts Center in Woodbridge.
Monday thru Friday 11AM – 4PM
Sundays and Saturdays 2-4PM
There will be trains.
But beyond that, there will be a tiny model fairground!
With a monorail!
I am not making this up.
There is also a mini Tilt-a-whirl and a Ferris Wheel that run as though they were real-sized except they are in fact small.
Listen to WPRB 103.3 FM on Wednesday, November 13th at 8:00 pm ET as Jon Solomon welcomes South Bend, Indiana duo The Rutabega to the Doctor Cosmo Production Studio for a joyous four song live session.
The band’s most recent album “Brother The Lights Don’t Work,” which some have rightfully deemed the best record of 2013, can be streamed below in full.
One more quote about this week’s guest, this from CMJ:
“[The Rutabega] features distant almost dream-like vocals against handclaps, the odd train whistle, and often pretty powerful drumming. Guitar arrangements are sparse without feeling like there are too many empty spaces in the instrumentation. Sometimes sonically huge and distorted, other times a mere whisper of a song, the record is slightly creepy but mostly lovely.”
Be won over by The Rutabega this Wednesday night.
Listen to WPRB 103.3 FM on Wednesday, November 6th at 8:00 pm ET as Jon Solomon welcomes Sondra Sun-Odeon to the Doctor Cosmo Production Studio for a four song live session.
The Brooklyn-based Sun-Odeon is “a multi-instrumentalist/solo recording artist, and formerly singer and half [of] the songwriting force behind [the] dark psych folk band, Silver Summit.”
For this set she is joined by longtime collaborator Benoit Guerroue.
Sun-Odeon’s debut album “Aetherea” can be streamed below in full.