Mannequin Pussy

New Inauguration Day Protest Compilation to Benefit the ACLU

"This compilation is an expression of love, anger, hope and protest on inauguration day. Let it serve as a reminder that the fight for justice is not over, that the celebration of diversity is essential to progress, that we must work together for what is fair and good. Can’t stop. Won’t Stop. Don’t stop now."

Featuring a plethora of Philly's favorite indie musicians like Radiator Hospital, Abi Reimold, Jon Loudon (Restorations), Marisa Dabice (Mannequin Pussy), Pat Conaboy (The Spirit of the Beehive), August Koch (Cayetana), and so many more covering iconic artists (Neil Young, John Lennon, David Bowie, New Order, etc.), the thirty-eight song compilation, Don't Stop Now: a collection of covers, will hopefully bring you some type of solace as well as inspiration today, as we prepare for the ginormous battle that lies ahead of us. But have no fear - we'll all be here for each other. FUCK COMRADE TRUMP! All proceeds from this compilation will benefit the ACLU.

   

Q.D. Tran’s Favorite Philly Albums of 2016

2016 will be emblazoned in most of our memories – whether for good or bad (most likely bad). However, from vaped weed, you make weed butter, and we will all find joy again, as well as sadness – I’m sure – thus, the cyclicality of life. So working on this year’s list has been a therapeutic endeavor for me, and I really hope that you find as much joy and solace as I have in these rad Philly albums.
 
“Music as social glue, as a self-empowering change agent, is maybe more profound than how perfectly a specific song is composed or how immaculately tight a band is.”  David Byrne
 
Happy New Year! Much love to all the extremely talented artists that we have lost this year. And Fuck You, Trump!
 
Sincerely,
Q.D. Tran
 
 
1. Mannequin Pussy – Romantic (Tiny Engines)
 
Mannequin Pussy was already on my radar before they relocated to Philly so I was looking forward to getting more familiar with the three-piece turned quartet this past year. Romantic effortless shifts from heartfelt pop-rock to blistering punk, while capturing the ferocity of the band’s live performances. Clocking in at under twenty minutes, I have to agree with their record label Tiny Engines. The LP is “all killer, no filler.”
 

 
2. Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band – The Rarity of Experience (No Quarter)
 
Chris Forsyth had already been building his reputation around town for years as a gifted guitar maestro. Now, with the backing of The Solar Motel Band, they have united to become a jamming tour de force, melding his love for the sounds of such inventive artists as The Grateful Dead, Television, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Popol Vuh, and Richard Thompson. The Rarity of Experience takes you on a glorious journey through music history, beautifully curated by the experimental rockers from Philly.
 

 
3. NAH – Michael (Ranch)
 
Hip hop and punk have always been rather strange bedfellows, bonded together at NYC clubs in the early days. Though the marriage of the two can sometimes lead to disastrous outcomes, NAH, a.k.a. Mike Kuhns, successfully bridges the gap, with his raw, palpable intensity and imaginative compositions. Michael is an album that should not be slept on.
 

 
4. The Retinas – chaba (Self-released)
 
On chaba, The Retinas really caught me off-guard with their songwriting skills. Ear-burrowing melodies combined with creative, disenchanted, slacker lyrics buried under just the right amount of fuzz are what drove me to book them this year for The Deli Philly’s Anniversary Bash (which absolutely ruled). I also was introduced to a lot of their kick-ass new material that night so hopefully you’ll be hearing more from them sooner than later.
 

 
5. Moor Mother – Fetish Bones (Don Giovanni)
 
I feel like Moor Mother’s Fetish Bones is a reflection of what I have become in 2016: politically charged and pissed off. Now, as I leave this god-awful year behind, I am encouraged to see how our art community will respond to this dystopia that now lays before us. The fight has only just begun.
 

 
6. Lushlife + CSLSX – Ritualize (Western Vinyl)
7. Them Jones – A Mountain of Nonsense (Self-released)
8. The Original Crooks and Nannies – Ugly Laugh (Self-released)
9. Japanese Breakfast – Psychopomp (Yellow K)
10.Tunji Ige – Missed Calls (Brainbandits/Bad Habits)
11. Great Thunder & Radiator Hospital – The Great Thunder Radiator Hospital Wedding Album (Stupid Bag)
12. Cherry – Gloom (Lame-O)
13. Needle Points – Feel Young (NeedLove)
14. So Totally – a cheap close-up of heaven (Self-released)
15. Suburban Living – Almost Paradise (6131)
16. The Afterglows – The Afterglows (Salinas/Stupid Bag)
17. Modern Baseball – Holy Ghost (Run For Cover)
18. Nothing – Tired of Tomorrow (Relapse)
19. American Trappist – American Trappist (Self-released)
20. Jo Kusy – You Break Me (Kooze Kontrol)
21. Purling Hiss – High Bias (Drag City)
22. Spring Onion – please relax (Self-released)
23. Abi Reimold – Wriggling (Sad Cactus)
24. Creepoid – Burner (WavePOP)
25. The Writhing SquaresIn the Void Above (Siltbreeze)
26. Wild At Heart – DEMO (Sensual World)
27. Slaughter Beach, Dog – Welcome (Lame-O)
28. Hezekiah Jones – Har! Har! Har! (Self-released)
29. Gorgeous Porch – The Champagne Laugh (Self-released)
30. Permanent Body – Permanent Body (Self-released)
31. Hello Shark – Delicate (Orindal)
32. Beach Slang – A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings (Polyvinyl)
33. Pinkwash – Collective Sigh (Don Giovanni)
34. Myrrias – Spectra (Soft Dystopia)
35. Queen of Jeans – Queen of Jeans (Third Uncle)
36. The Fantastic Imagination – Good Knight, Sweet Dreams (Self-released)
37. Pill Friends – Child Sacrifice (Out of Breath)
38. Residuels – Hurricane (Self-released)
39. Mary Lattimore/Jeff Zeigler – Music Inspired by Philippe Garrel’s Le Revelateur (Thrill Jockey)
40. Thin Lips – Riff Hard (Lame-O)
41. The Dove & The Wolf – I Don’t Know What To Feel (Self-released)
42. Ghost Gum – The Past, The Future, Dwelling there like space (Self-released)
43. Valley Exit – Valley Exit (Soft Dystopia)
44. Hurry – Guided Meditation (Lame-O)
45. Sad13 – Slugger (Carpark)
46. Camp Candle – ERE (Self-released)
47. Shelf Life – Alright, Okayy (Self-released)
48. Sheer Mag – III (Wilsuns RC/Static Shock)
49. Mumblr – The Never Ending Get Down (Fleeting Youth)
50. Honey Radar – Blank Cartoon (What’s Your Rupture)
   

Weekend Warrior, December 2 - 4

Raw, eruptive, emotive vocals rage through, sprinting along the tenacious tidal wave of blistering instrumentation, and at others, those fitful, unfiltered flashes are tempered by somewhat calmer, melodic-surging grunge/noise rock tones. It’s a ferocious fury of feelings that takes hold and amid that shot of adrenaline quells with soothing melody. This Sunday, Mannequin Pussy celebrates its sophomore album Romantic (Tiny Engines), The Deli Philly's November Record of the Month, at Everybody Hits. The altered states of The Spirit of the Beehive, whose heady shoegazing/grunge hybrid coasts and then oozes, helps to fuel the evening joining their labelmates, while the wondrously weird post-punk exploits of Beth Israel seamlessly shapeshifts, leading things off. Everybody Hits, 529 W. Girard Ave., 8pm, $8-$10, All Ages - Michael Colavita 
 

 
Other places to be this weekend…
 
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI The Whips, Brandon Can’t Dance, Throbbing Chakra, Decent
  
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Mercury Radio Theater, SAT Dylan Jane
 
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Strand of Oaks, SAT Strand of Oaks, SUN Strand of Oaks
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Molly Rhythm, Dr. Beardfacé and the Spaceman/DJ Deejay, SAT The Mellowells, Past Life/Dear Friend, Lito and the Shepherds/Imposter, Shizz Lo, Gordon Bombay, HSNBRG, SUN The Parameters
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SUN Girls Rock Philly presents: Fall LRC Showcase
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT The Tea Club
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) SAT Celeste Giuliano's Pin-Up Peepshow, SUN June Divided (Record Release), The Superweaks, PHNTMS
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SUN Twin Symptoms, Get Killed, Mauled By A Bear, The Feral Hats, Brick Nova
 
TLA (334 South St.) SAT Code Red: Breaking the Silence, SUN Soraia, John Faye & Those Meddling Kids, The Captain -The Pilot- The Driver, Zymotic Flow, The Quixote Project, Sweet Eureka
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Medusa's Disco
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.)  FRI Tasty Face, Kingfisher, Tucker Hill, SAT The Space Cats, Genesis Z & The Black Mambas, The Deadeyes, SUN Space Pizza, The Bad Tequila Experience
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Among Criminals, Andorra, Alright Junior, SAT Black Horse Motel, SUN Secret Nudist Friends, Cardinal Arms
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) SAT False Tracks, Aster More, Secret Nudist Friends, SUN Steady Hands, Thin Lips, Cold Climb It, The Lame-O’s
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Dav, Reed Streets, SAT DJ Deejay
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Hired Guns Blues Band, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Railroad Fever, The Late Saints, Greg Sover, Jeremy Hollis, SAT The Disgruntled Sherpa Project (CD Release), Coal Mine Canaries, Readership, The Rothland
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Hootsie, Rob Tomlinson, White Limo, Who Better You Bet, SAT Razor Boomarang, Heavensake
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Ladybird, Brittany Tranbaugh, Vessna Scheff, SAT The Royal Noise, Tucker Hill Band, SUN American Dinosaur, Selfhelpme, The Heat Run
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Hoots & Hellmouth, SAT Lima Bean Riot, SUN Sherwood Brothers
 
Wild Mutation Records (2223 Frankford Ave.) FRI Honey Radar
 
Vox Populi (319 N. 11th St.) SUN Ben Bennett and Michael Foster, Positive Movement Drill Team
 
The Rotunda (4014 Walnut St.) SUN Jack Wright, Neil Feather & Rosie Langabear, Bonnie Kane & Big Plastic Finger
 
Double H Ranch (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Taiwan Housing Project, Control Top
 
Slime Time Live (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Downtrodder, Birthday Ponies, Moonroof
 
Glitter Galaxy (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Empath, Eight
 
Harmonie Hall (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Falsa, Repelican
 
Baird Mansion Atrium (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Shimmer, Ursula, Deflector
 
Punch Buggy Brewery (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Swede, So Totally, Poor Devils
 
 
   

The Deli Philly’s November Record of the Month: Romantic - Mannequin Pussy

Mannequin Pussy’s second LP, Romantic (Tiny Engines), opens without a shred of warning or restraint. Full throttle and in your face, the full-length’s initial statement, “Kiss,” is an anthem of self-care and self-acceptance, whose teeth sink deep into the spine of its listener. Brief but memorable, the song is delectably abrasive, fueled by heart and hunger.
 
The album’s title track, “Romantic,” is equally fierce, but more melodic. As frontwoman Marisa Dabice’s vocals rise above the tidal crash of swelling riffs and cymbals, it is difficult not to think of Courtney Love circa Live Through This or Kim Gordon’s angst-filled diction on “Drunken Butterfly”. The calm between “Romantic” and “Ten” is momentary before the fast-paced punk balladbarely a minute in length – unfolds, serving in a way as an energetic and impassioned prelude to the nostalgia-laden “Emotional High”. Straightforwardly heartfelt, Romantic’s third offering is like a valentine or text message never sent to the friend that you wish was more than a friend. “I wanted you to know that darling, if you’re lonely, you know what you gotta do, all you gotta do is call.” Dabice sings in a warm tone that later evolves into fervent screams during “Pledge”.
 
Mannequin Pussy’s ability to transition between melody and dissonance from track to track is mesmerizing, making the poppy hook of “Denial” as effective as the deliberate bombast of “Everything”. An audible coupling of yin and yang, Romantic captures the dark and light side of longing, passion, and love. “Anything,” a probable epilogue for “Everything,” is a grunge-y testament to intimacy and the elusive and ever-changing nature of desire.
 
“Meatslave One” and “Hey, Steven,” much like the songs that precede them, are anything but coy, confronting listeners with the directness of an unblinking and all-seeing eye. Ending with harmony-laden “Beside Myself,” Romantic’s final moments are much like its first – unshakably fervent and sincere. - Dianca London

   

Mannequin Pussy

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<div><a href="https://mannequinpussy.bandcamp.com/">Mannequin Pussy</a>&rsquo;s second LP, <i><span style="white-space: pre-wrap;">Romantic</span></i>, opens without a shred of warning or restraint. Full throttle and in your face, the full-length&rsquo;s initial statement, &ldquo;Kiss,&rdquo; is an anthem of self-care and self-acceptance, whose teeth sink deep into the spine of its listener. Brief but memorable, the song is delectably abrasive, fueled by heart and hunger.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The album&rsquo;s title track, &ldquo;Romantic,&rdquo; is equally fierce, but <span style="white-space: pre-wrap;">more melodic. As frontwoman </span><span style="background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-size: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial;"><span style="white-space: pre-wrap;">Marisa Dabice&rsquo;s vocals rise above the tidal crash of swelling riffs and cymbals, it is difficult not to think of Courtney Love circa </span><i><span style="white-space: pre-wrap;">Live Through This</span></i><span style="white-space: pre-wrap;"> or Kim Gordon&rsquo;s angst-filled diction on &ldquo;Drunken Butterfly&rdquo;. The calm between &ldquo;Romantic&rdquo; and &ldquo;Ten&rdquo; is momentary before the fast-paced punk ballad</span></span><span style="white-space: pre-wrap;"> &ndash; </span><span style="background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-size: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial;">barely a minute in length &ndash; unfolds, serving in a way&nbsp;as an energetic and impassioned prelude to the nostalgia-laden &ldquo;Emotional High&rdquo;. Straightforwardly heartfelt, </span><i><span style="white-space: pre-wrap;">Romantic</span></i><span style="white-space: pre-wrap;">&rsquo;s third offering is like a valentine or text message never sent to the friend that you wish was more than a friend. &ldquo;I wanted you to know that darling, if you&rsquo;re lonely, you know what you gotta do, all you gotta do is call.&rdquo; Dabice sings in a warm tone that later evolves into fervent screams during &ldquo;Pledge&rdquo;. </span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-size: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial;">Mannequin Pussy&rsquo;s ability to transition between melody and dissonance from track to track is mesmerizing, making the poppy hook of &ldquo;Denial&rdquo; as effective as the deliberate bombast of &ldquo;Everything&rdquo;. An audible coupling of yin and yang, </span><i><span style="white-space: pre-wrap;">Romantic</span></i><span style="white-space: pre-wrap;"> captures the dark and light side of longing, passion, and love. &ldquo;Anything,&rdquo; a probable epilogue for &ldquo;Everything,&rdquo; is a grunge-y testament to intimacy and the elusive and ever-changing nature of desire. </span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-size: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial;">&ldquo;Meatslave One&rdquo; and &ldquo;Hey, Steven,&rdquo; much like the songs that precede them, are anything but coy, confronting listeners with the directness of an unblinking and all-seeing eye. Ending with harmony-laden &ldquo;Beside Myself,&rdquo; </span><i><span style="white-space: pre-wrap;">Romantic</span></i><span style="white-space: pre-wrap;">&rsquo;s final moments are much like its first &ndash; unshakably fervent and sincere. - <i>Dianca London</i> </span></div>