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Miniature Tigers tour with Neon Indian

Miniature Tigers' "Fortress" was definitely one of our favorite "Made In Brooklyn" pop albums of the summer (it just officially released a couple of weeks ago, but we had a press download since June - ah the privileges of the bloggers). The band is about to embark on a fall tour with Neon Indian (a group we'll have to start covering in this blog because also partially based in Brooklyn - although  mostly in Austin) and Japandroids. This is a lo-fi, quirky video of the single "Gold Skull" - which was actually co-produced with the Neon Indian folks.

   

Concerts in the Park Series w/DUB at Rittenhouse Square Park Aug. 25

Philly Weekly has been throwing concerts in Rittenhouse for 20 years now, and though the strength of the lineups have waxed and waned over the years, they have consistently provided a nice, free evening out in a place that is a lot more fun when the ratio of homeless people to not is a bit higher. Last week the folks at PW were met with some unfriendly weather that forced the loudest band in NYC, A Place to Bury Strangers, to postpone their show with Philly’s own The Homophones. Well, this week the weather looks better, though not great, but the bill is pretty stacked with A Place to Bury Strangers joining Government Cheaze and Drink Up Buttercup. The latter has just gotten off tour with Maps and Atlases and will bring their theatric, vintage pop orchestrations to the masses on a short jaunt with Jukebox the Ghost in the fall. Their sounds may be very different, but I have a feeling that A Place to Bury Strangers will be very well received by the audience though possibly the then deaf-old-rich folks, who may or may not make it through the opening acts, might not be ready. Hopefully we’ll have some decent weather tonight. Fingers crossed. Concerts in the Park Series, Rittenhouse Square Park, 7pm, FREE, All Ages (Photo by Angel Ceballos) - Adam G.
 
   

Baths debuts video for 'Lovely Bloodflow'

I had the pleasure of reviewing Baths' debut album Cerulean in the current print issue of the Deli and I truly have to say I'm proud of the progress that this 21-year-old San Fernando Valley native continues makes in leaps and bounds. His take on glitch electronica puts him on the level with another one of my local favorite, Dntel (Jimmy Tamborello). With that said, it's even cooler to bring all of you his samurai death masterpiece for 'Lovely Bloodflow'.

We do have to say goodbye to Baths for a while as he begins his fall tour. Keep an eye out, he'll be circling back to LA on October 13th to play The Bootleg Theater.

   

Jason Falkner tonight, Aug 25th @ Spaceland

Jason Falkner

What do acts like Beck, Gnarls Barkley, Cheap Trick, and Paul McCartney have in common? Jason Falkner, that's what. This multi-instrumentalist has worked with all of them and still found the time to record four solo efforts. It's no small feat that on his latest release, I'm OK, You're OK, he recorded, produced, and mixed every note on the album.

 If you haven't heard the his brand of infectious indie pop, tonight at Spaceland is your last chance for the rest of summer.

   

The Dont's

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Those Delicate Chemicals
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<p>Considering my usual tendencies towards the darker, brooding, far too narcissistic and self-indulgent end of the musical spectrum, <a href="http://www.myspace.com/thedonts">The Dont&rsquo;s</a> <em>Those Delicate Chemicals </em>embraced my ears with a welcome sense of levity. Their third album (and the first one I&rsquo;ve had the pleasure of delving into), <em>Those Delicate Chemicals</em> really stands out as being able to deliver the practices of a heady and experimental band through the parameters of a delightful pop-like sound. With its layers of charming guitar riffs, delicately placed textural oddities and an overall exuberant atmosphere, <em>Those Delicate Chemicals</em> could very well be the pop anthem for your art school experience&hellip; and I mean that in the most sincere way I can muster.</p> <p>Considering how surprisingly small San Francisco can seem, it comes as no surprise to hear influences from formerly local avant-rock stars 60-Watt Kid throughout this album (no more apparent then in the final two songs &ldquo;Backtalk&rdquo; and &ldquo;The Will of God&rdquo;). Perhaps they&rsquo;re friends, perhaps they&rsquo;ve just seen each others shows on a number of occasions, but the jagged ethereal and heavy tremolo guitar layers that appear throughout the songs of both bands is obviously comparable. Serving as one of the many interesting layers throughout <em>Those Delicate Chemicals</em>, these wonderfully well-placed interruptions serve a vital role to elevate the pop framework to a vast and intricate soundscape.</p> <p>Opening with their call and response anthem &ldquo;Which Side You&rsquo;re On (The Pirate Song)&rdquo; <em>Those Delicate Chemicals</em> kicks off with a cheeky wink and a smile. You&rsquo;d love it if its clarion call asking &ldquo;what side you&rsquo;re on&rdquo; is The Dont&rsquo;s feeling the waters for whose side the listener is on, but lets not mince words; this is a song about pirates, and pirates will &ldquo;get it done.&rdquo; Surly as their &ldquo;piratic oath&rdquo; would demand, the song leads its crowd in a triumphant bellowing of &ldquo;ARRRRRRRRR. &ldquo; I imagine this is not a moment to miss at their performances.</p> <p>Leading immediately into one of my favorite songs on the album, &ldquo;Breakdown,&rdquo; <em>Those Delicate Chemicals</em> moves on past its initial playfulness to its slightly more serious, but still jubilant, elements. While the songs change somewhat in tonality, listening across <em>Those Delicate Chemicals</em> it&rsquo;s hard to pigeonhole it with one thematic quality. Not at all to its detriment, <em>Those Delicate Chemicals</em> seems to lack a greater arch to its narrative. There is depth to the individual songs, but short of the fastidiously executed sound, there seems little that ties them together. Favorites certainly pop out (&ldquo;Regardless, The Goddess,&rdquo; &ldquo;Peacetime,&rdquo; and &ldquo;Gasoline&rdquo; come to mind) but there is a certain distance held between the music and any underlying concept for the album.</p> <p>Perhaps that's just the point. The Dont&rsquo;s keep the audience at a distance with their Ramones style surname uniformity, and maybe by withholding just enough the mask serves to direct the listeners attention to the complexities of the sound as opposed to the distraction of a message. The mask is their tool of misdirection.</p> <p>The Dont&rsquo;s <em>Those Delicate Chemicals</em> is definitely an album to seek out. Elaborate and boisterous, <em>Those Delicate Chemicals</em> is the type of intelligent and experimental pop sound that is very hard to come by. It carries with it a depth that rivals its avant counterparts, but is delivered with the accessibility many similar sounding artists lack. I encourage you to add it to your collection if for no other reason than to scream &ldquo;ARRRRR&rdquo; every time that pirate captain demands.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>-<em>Ada Lann</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Dont's <em>Those Delicate Chemicals</em> can be purchased <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/those-delicate-chemicals/id378944227">here</a>.</p>