Monthly Archives: September 2013

One of the BEST Moments of My Life at a Show

By Maeve Walker

I went to see Bomb the Music Industry at the church – it was maybe my second or third time seeing them. Not only are they are great band recorded, they are even more fun live. I was with a few friends, who also knew how much I liked them.

Never in my life had I ever crowd-surfed. Ever. It’s pretty scary, in theory. You’re up in the air, all willy-nilly, leaving your fate up to the crowd to carry you or let you fall. It’s not something that I normally would be interested in.

Bomb the Music Industry has a song “Sort of Like Being Pumped,” – it’s the final song on my favorite album, Scrambles. My friend, Jake, said that they don’t usually play that song (which bummed me out because it was my favorite song at the time).

Towards the end of the show, with only a few songs left, Jeff Rosenstock started playing the guitar riff of the song. My heart started beating really fast and soon I was singing stupidly with happiness.

Jake is pretty well known in Philly. He’s a larger than life person, in all aspects of the word. He probably saw my face light up and got an idea in his head – to throw me into the air unexpectedly at the big climax of the song.

As the song continues, we are near the middle of the crowd – if you know me, you know I like to be far away from crazy people running around because I typically wear glasses and am a girl that bruises easily. I like to watch the action from a safe distance.

The pivotal moment – the song is about to hit the big finale:

“IT’S BEEN A LONG DAMN WEEK WE GOTTA REST OUR TIRED FEET…”

Boom.

Jake takes me around the waist and chucks me into the air.

I’m on top of the crowd.

And I kid you not, confetti cannons go off, streamers fly through the air. Champange bottles are popped onstage.

It was like that exact moment was MADE for me to make my way towards the band, being carried by the crowd.

It was truly one of the most surreal moments of my life. I will never forget the song, the band, the streamers – the super ecstatic feeling of being on top of the world, totally immersed in a great song and band.

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Interview with Young Pilgrims (September 10, 2013)

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By Jonathan Plotkin

Young Pilgrims are an indie punk revival band from Philadelphia. Earlier this summer, they released their debut album Kyoko and a Rocket to the Moon on their Bandcamp, have been playing places such as Don’t Tread On Me, Jolly’s, and North Star Bar, and were recently featured as artist of the month by The Deli Magazine. On September 10th, after their last show, I got the chance to sit down with the band and talk it out for a few minutes.

Jonathan: So you guys are Young Pilgrims, what are your names?

Sean: I’m Sean Brown.

Zack: I’m Zack.

Jonathan: And what instruments do you play?

Sean: I play the guitar and I sing.

Zack: I play the bass guitar and I sing sweet harmonies.

Jonathan: And is there a drummer in the band?

Sean: Nick Boonie. We have two drummers, actually.

Jonathan: Who did you record the album with?

Sean: Jesse Appel.

Jonathan: And they’re both not available right now.

Sean: That’s right, they both died in the accident.

Jonathan: Right, the accident. We’ll get back to that totally true and not made up story later. So how did you guys meet in order to form your band?

Zack: High school. A lot of people went away to college and their band broke up and we made a new band.

Sean: Can I… can I tell that better than you did?

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Concert Review: Kishi Bashi @ First Unitarian Church Sanctuary (September 14, 2013)

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By Kirsten Becker

Kirsten’s review of one of our recommended concerts for fall 2013.

I was extremely excited to get a chance to catch Kishi Bashi at the First Unitarian Church on September 14. This was his second show he’s played at the Church, last year playing in the basement, this time playing in the sanctuary upstairs. I have seen him perform before, just a few months ago at Firefly Festival. I was blown away by his performance and I knew right away his Philadelphia show was one not to miss.

One of the opening acts was Elizabeth and the Catapult. Never hearing of them before, I was unsure of what I was about to see. The band, comprised of Elizabeth Ziman on vocals and keys, Danny Molad on drums, and Peter Lalish on guitar; was a mix of poppy rock comparable to Rilo Kiley, lounge­y vocals of Lana Del Rey mixed with heavy jazz influences. Elizabeth opened up with a solo version of “Thank You For Nothing.” She stood on stage with a keyboard and sparse lighting. The song captivated the entire room and it was the perfect first song to open the set with. After loud cheers, the set picked up intensity. Mike Savino of Tall Tall Trees came on stage a few times to collaborate with the band as well. Towards the end, Elizabeth and the Catapult played a moving cover of Dawes’s “When My Time Comes,” to which Elizabeth prefaced the cover by saying Dawes has been one of her favorite bands. She also played accordion and various other instruments throughout the rest of the set. After the surprise standout performance of Elizabeth and the Catapult, it was now time for Kishi Bashi. He announced that the show that night would be their last one for a few days, and that he wanted to play for as long as possible–a goal he fulfilled, ending his set well after midnight. Three new songs were debuted from his upcoming album that is scheduled for release next spring, including a personal favorite “Mister Steak.”

Seeing Kishi Bashi is an experience, some parts of the show seem like they don’t make sense, but he knows exactly what he’s doing. As a classically trained violinist, it is clear his early training in music is still very much part of his work. He played long solos, looping parts over and over until it sounded like an entire orchestra was filling the church. He recorded his voice, either singing pitches or beatboxing over the violins. Then, catching everyone off­ guard, he would double or half the speed of the loops creating an entirely different sound. Tall Tall Trees, a frequent collaborator with Kishi Bashi, again joined the stage to play more songs with his light­up banjo.

Taking a break before “I Am the Antichrist to You,” Kishi Bashi made some jokes about singing about an Antichrist in a church. He also took the time to express his gratitude for the Philadelphia crowd and how much he really does enjoy coming to this city. He finished his set with a highlight from his debut 151a: “Manchester.” The place lit up with cheers for an encore and after less than a minute he was back on stage. He promised to play one more song, “Bright Whites,” which was soon followed by a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” with the bassist on vocals and Tall Tall Trees on banjo again. Kishi Bashi jumped into the crowd while the song played and crowd surfed, videotaping the whole thing on his phone.

Getting to see Kishi Bashi is never a disappointment. He is an incredibly talented musician and an amazing performer with amazing energy. Be sure to download 151a and be on the lookout for new material from him in 2014!

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Top Played Artists 9/9/2013 – 9/16/2013

1    NO AGE    An Object    (Sub Pop)
2    SUPERCHUNK    I Hate Music    (Merge)
3    DIARRHEA PLANET    I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams    (Infinity Cat)
4    ISLANDS    Ski Mask    (Manque)
5    FOOTBALL, ETC.    Audible    (Count Your Lucky Stars)
6    JACUZZI BOYS    Jacuzzi Boys    (Hardly Art)
7    TY SEGALL    Sleeper    (Drag City)
8    HUNX AND HIS PUNX    Street Punk    (Hardly Art)
9    COKE WEED    Back To Soft    (Self-Released)
10    OCTOPUS PROJECT    Fever Forms    (Peek-A-Boo)
11    WASHED OUT    Paracosm    (Sub Pop)
12    RED DONS    Notes On The Underground [7-Inch] 
13    WEEKEND    Jinx    (Slumberland)
14    PORCELAIN RAFT    Permanent Signal    (Secretly Canadian)
15    DIANA    Perpetual Surrender    (Jagjaguwar)
16    VOLCANO CHOIR    Repave    (Jagjaguwar)
17    SHANNON AND THE CLAMS    Dreams In The Rat House    (Hardly Art)
18    LEMURIA    The Distance Is So Big    (Bridge Nine)
19    FUCK BUTTONS    Slow Focus    (ATP)
20    MINKS    Tides End    (Captured Tracks)
21    DOWSING    I Don’t Even Care Anymore    (Count Your Lucky Stars)
22    FRONT BOTTOMS    Talon Of The Hawk    (Bar/None)
23    KID CONGO AND THE PINK MONKEY BIRDS    Haunted Head    (In The Red)
24    OWEN    L’Ami Du Peuple    (Polyvinyl)
25    GAUNTLET HAIR    Stills    (Dead Oceans)
26    A GREAT BIG PILE OF LEAVES    You’re Always On My Mind    (Topshelf)
27    HEBRONIX    Unreal    (ATP)
28    BASS DRUM OF DEATH    Bass Drum Of Death    (Innovative Leisure)
29    PORTUGAL. THE MAN    Evil Friends    (Atlantic)
30    PSYCHIC TEENS    Come   

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Maeve’s Fave Songs!

By Maeve Walker

A list of DJ Maeve Walker’s favorite songs ever. Yep, it’s really that simple.

One of These Days – Owen
At Home With Owen, 2006

Oh Messy Life – Cap’n Jazz
Analphabetapolotology, 1998

Tin Foil - Rainer Maria
Past Worn Searching, 1997

Two Headed Boy, Pt. 2 – Neutral Milk Hotel
In The Aeroplane Over The Sea – 1998

Bloodgiver – Bear Vs. Shark
Right Now, You’re In The Best of Hands…, 2003

Devil in a New Dress - Kanye West
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasty, 2010

Sad – Algernon Cadwallader
Parrot Flies, 2011

Not Good Enough Gary – Spraynard
Funtitled, 2011

Doomsday Celebration – The Danger O’s
Nineteen Ninety Four, 2009

So-and-So – Joan of Arc
Boo Human, 2008

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Communiqué is BACK!

Hey readers,

As you could probably tell, Communiqué  has been on a bit of a hiatus recently. I figured I should probably give an explanation for that. As editor-in-chief, it’s solely my responsibility to upload content to the blog, as well as write much of the content and goad others into contributing. However, I’ve been neglecting my duties as of late because I’ve been busy studying abroad in Istanbul. While orientation left me little time to do anything, I should be moving to a more regular schedule which will allow me to pick back up with my duties at Communiqué. We have a whole bunch of posts coming up, so keep your eye on the blog! Thanks very much for reading.

Nick Stropko, Editor-in-Chief

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