No Thank You

New Don't Stop Now Benefit Compilation Available for Streaming & Purchase

Philly's own Don't Stop Now series just shared its second compilation in time for this oh so important Election 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." Stacked mostly with kick-ass local artists like Tom May (The Menzingers), Cherry, Augusta Koch (Cayetana), No Thank You, SOUL GLO, Greg Mendez, and many, many more covering beloved artists (Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Fugazi, The Beastie Boys, Tom Waits, Lucinda Williams, Sharon Van Etten, etc.), you now have plenty of entertainment on your way to the voting booth. All proceeds from the compilation will be donated to RAICES (Refugee & Immigrant Center for Education & Legal Services), "a nonprofit agency that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees in Texas."

   

New No Thank You LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

All It Takes To Ruin It All, the new album from Philly power trio No Thank You, is officially out today via Lame-O Records. Consistently pushing forward in tight springs of momentum, the album maintains a deeply personal connection with its narrative. Working through a range of emotions including grief, a palpable sensitivity flourishes. The band will be celebrating the album's arrival this evening at Kung Fu Necktie, supported by Narra and Tact.

   

New Track: "Cubic Zirconia" - No Thank You

All It Takes To Ruin It All, the forthcoming album from No Thank You, will released on April 6 via Lame-O Records. The trio recently shared the album’s lead single, “Cubic Zirconia”. A rhythmic climb gathers steam as Kaytee Della Monica expresses a sensitive awareness in the face grief. The insight into the flurry of emotion that follows loss is surrounded by an instrumental drive, providing a concise, episodic window. Kung Fu Necktie will be hosting No Thank You’s record release show on Friday, April 6, where they'll be supported by Narra and Tact. (Photo by Daniel Lidon)

   

Weekend Warrior, November 24 - 26

This Sunday, a congregation heads to the First Unitarian Church, celebrating the bounty of beautiful music that local imprint Lame-O Records has curated in its first 5 years. Jake Ewald’s Slaughter Beach, Dog creates a sense of melodic ease, whilst working through the humbling hurdles of day-to-day living, via thoughtful perspectives. Cutting directly to the core of emotions with songwriting spun out of sincerity, Shannen Moser establishes an inviting folk proximity, drawing one in with blankets of relatable harmonies that ache and simultaneously provide room to breathe and process. Fuzzily rekindling mementos of the past with a clean-slated set of eyes, Cherry is freshly familiar, while No Thank You brings the tangle of guttural pensions to the surface, demonstrating a cathartic grit. They'll also be pre-partying in the Side Chapel with a pop-up acoustic show that will feature "Lame-O and friends". Congrats to Eric Osman and the Lame-O family! – Michael Colavita

More places to hang this Thanksgiving weekend…

First Unitarian Church (2125 chestnut St.) SUN Lame-O & Friends Acoustic Party at the side chapel (2pm)/Lame-O Records 5th Birthday: Slaughter Beach, Dog. Shannen Moser, Cherry, No Thank You

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Deadfellow, Sixteen Jackies, SAT Secret American (ex-Cheers Elephant), Satellite Hearts, The Mysteries

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Brother JT

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI DJSC/Sean Hearn, Jesse Tyler, M//R, SAT Matthew Rineer, Nick Cove & The Wandering, Cory Paternoster, Tim Osborne/Poppy, Mt Vengeance/Diamond Girl, Sean Thomas, Elvin T/Fame Lust, SUN E-Dubz

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SUN Mhysa

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Hardwork Movement MCs, Kuf Knotz, Attic Tapes

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SUN Surreal Nation, The Boardwalk Kings, The POF, Centrifuzed

TLA (334 South St.) SUN mewithoutYou

Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Circa Survive, Balance and Composure, SAT Circa Survive, Balance and Composure

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Flightschool, Matt Kelly, SAT (Upstairs) Mardi, Hub & the Sprockets/(Downstairs) Beru Revue, SUN (Upstairs) Manatawny Creek Ramblers

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Apex Predator. Nasuta, Infant Mortality, Syberia

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Nik Greeley & The Operators, SAT Soraia, Cold Roses

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Sublaymen, Thee Idea Men, SAT Suburban Living (DJ Set), SUN Kirby & The VibeTribe, Ali Wadsworth

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) SAT Dominy, Tigers + Thieves

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Peace & The City Grease, Chet Williams, The Captain The Pilot The Driver, Static Flow, Apple Juice Jones, SUN Daja

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Ed Christof, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Jay Ortiz

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Vilebred, SUN Rusty Cadillac

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Breaklite, Forever Vista, SAT Mr. Unloved, Gibbous Moon, Blessed Muthas, Slagmatter.

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SUN Kaonashi

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Uncle Dan, SAT Trap Rabbit, Zoidzilla, Max Seidman, Jonny Drucker, Wolf Accent

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Cabinet, Mason Porter, SAT Stanley Clarke Band, Dave Bakey

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) SAT Moonstriker, Hand Me Downs

   

The Deli Philly’s March Record of the Month: Jump Ship - No Thank You

South Philly singer-songwriter Kate Della Monica and her bandmates – better known as No Thank You – mark another milestone with the release of their first full-length album Jump Ship (Lame-O Records).
 
Opening with the hazy romance of “Eyeballs,” a dreamy hymn awash in chimes and bittersweet melody. A lo-fi annunciation, the album’s first track has the perfect mix of lyrical brevity and delicate soundscapes, while “Cold” proves to be a doubly affecting ballad, fusing moody melodrama, driving bass, and grunge-y chords. Confessions like “I'm sorry that I've been so cold again/but my heavy heart it needs to be frozen” are quickly followed by blips of disenchantment and crystallized hope: “Maybe there's a chance for me/to float in this goddamn mess that I've been drowning in.” A probable soundtrack for self-care or the latter days of a problematic but passionate relationship, “Cold” will thaw the heart of its listener, despite its namesake.
 
“Old News” explores the haunting aftermath of human closeness, the pain of letting go, and the complex irony of missing those who harm us with harmony and riffs nostalgic of 90’s icons like Shirley Manson and Veruca Salt. “Serenity Song” is energetic and earnest as fuck, offering fans a mantra for coping: “God grant me the goddamn opportunity to move on,” which serves as the flawless preface to the hushed ambience of “Bad @ Love Songs”. Here, No Thank You says everything most lovers fail to without a shred of pretense or hesitation, making the track the opposite of what its title suggests.
 
The endearingly twee of “Juicy J” is a dance inducing pick-me-up, bound to make even the coldest stoic swoon, up until it’s end, examining the fine line between reality and “playing pretend” before the solemn start of “Teeter” takes over. In the tradition of The Cranberries seminal LP Everybody Else Is Doing It So Why Can’t We?,No Thank You’s ability to be brutally honest manifests itself equally via diction, lyricism, and instrumentation. Closing with the affirmingly self-aware “The Unbearable Purposelessness of Being,” an anthem of survival and growing older where proclamations like “you never know how strong you are until you start to break” and “I’m twenty something and I’m alive” are just enough to get you and your friends through the darkest of times.
 
Jump Ship won’t just make you feel brave; it’ll heal your heart. - Dianca London