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Intern Matthew’s Weekend Picks: Go Local, People.

October 25, 2012

Every week, intern Matthew Albasi brings you his musical selections for the coming days …

Holy shit, this weekend is going to be awesome. It seems like the flying spaghetti monster in the sky has conspired to create a weekend not only filled with amazing bands, but amazing bands JUMP has already covered! Every day this weekend has another of JUMP‘s favorite bands playing.


Nicos Gun, CHAPPO and Blayer Pointdujoir & the Rockers Galore @ The Fire

Raucous Philly miscreants Nicos Gun put on some of the best shows any band can offer. We covered them back in June of 2011. Add in Blayer Pointdujoir, who was in the most recent issue, to the mix and you’ve got a night you won’t soon forget. I’m not too familiar with CHAPPO but if they were put on this bill, you can be damn sure they won’t disappoint.

 Yellow Ostrich and Fort Lean @ Kung Fu Necktie

I still don’t understand how more people haven’t heard of Yellow Ostrich. I first heard them while stalking through the archives of La Blogoteque and that video goes down as one of my all time favorites. Their loop pedal-obsessed lead singer/guitarist is just fantastic. Do yourself a favor and go watch their set.


Those Darlins, Heavy Cream and Slutever @ Johnny Brenda’s

Last issue’s cover story, Slutever, will be bringing up the rear in this estrogen-heavy bill at Johnny Brenda’s. Heavy Cream and Those Darlins will bring their special brand of rock and roll.

Warshack @ EXIT Skateshop

If sludge metal and skateboard’s are you kind of thing you better check out this show. After Bum Rush the Spot at FDR skate park head over to EXIT to catch a free show by Warshack. As if that weren’t cool enough, local clothing company Radlands is releasing their new line of threads at the same event.


Black Landlord and Saint James & the Apostles @ Kung Fu Necktie

This show is being called a “Halloween Extravaganza.” Frankly, I have no idea what that means, but it sounds fun, right? Black Landlord was covered last year by JUMP and their momentum hasn’t slowed since. Philly locals Saint James & the Apostles are opening with their three-piece holy acid rock stylings.

Electric Six, Little Hurricane and Starwood @ Milkboy Philly

Want to get a little weird? This show is for you. Electric Six is somewhere between Michael Jackson and Rocky Horror. There isn’t much more to say about them. Little Hurricane is likely to set the stage like it’s their living room and their gorgeous sound will surely sway you. But don’t let their innocent faces fool you, they’re kinda weird too. Finally, the acronym-loving S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D. (Sociopathic Time Altering Robot Warrior of Organic Design) returns from the future to rock your socks.

There you have it, a weekend full of brilliant shows that is so full of former JUMP stories I’m beginning to think editor George Miller might be some sort of Illuminati-appointed master manipulator of the Philadelphia music scene. Have fun this weekend, kids. See you on Halloween.

  1. Mike permalink
    October 30, 2012 5:13 am

    Intern Matthew – Are you the best that Jump can provide to do the weekend picks? Your picks are generally weak, and you totally missed the two best Halloween shows/parties this past weekend – The Deli’s Halloweeniversary and TJ Kong’s Murdershow! But I guess that I can’t expect much from a Temple undergrad and a poorly put together student publication, which is led by an editor with really bad taste in music. Lucky this is a just a class assignment rather than a real music rag/website.

    Nice research job and way to check out new music – CHAPPO has already had one of their tunes in an Apple commercial. Good luck getting a job in your field out of college. I weep for the future of music journalism.

    • mdalbasi permalink
      November 1, 2012 5:39 pm

      Hey Mike,

      Thanks for your feedback. The problem with writing about any music scene –especially one as diverse as Philadelphia’s– is there is just too much stuff going on. I’m limited to two picks per day. That’s not many.

      Anyway, If you know of some shows coming up that should not be missed why don’t you send me an email?

      Look forward to hearing from you.


  2. Geo permalink*
    October 30, 2012 9:26 am

    Hello Mike,

    Some people recognize a problem and do something about it. For instance, they see a music scene that gets little fanfare, and they notice that some of the best talent leaves for elsewhere. So, they think about ways to remedy the situation. Like building an all-local music magazine.

    They volunteer their time. There is no compensation – as this is not actually a student publication, and there is no university affiliation (do your research, Mike). Among the volunteers are musicians, nurses, bartenders, office workers and me, a college teacher. We do have students involved because of my connections with them but they only make up about 30 percent of the staff.

    We slave away, trying to see as much of the music scene as possible. We can’t cover it all because there is so much. We post material online and we run profiles in the printed edition, which takes months to assemble. And we all have other jobs. Because we aren’t compensated in any way for what we do with the magazine/website.

    We deliver 10,000 copies of the magazine to more than 200 locations around the city and region – again, we have no money, so all of these expenses come out of our pockets. We do it because there is a wealth of talent here that more people should know about.

    On the other hand, some people just log onto the Internet and whine about shit.

    Thanks for your comment.

    – George Miller
    (the editor/publisher)

    • Mike permalink
      October 31, 2012 8:55 am

      Ha…and some people do crappy work, and call it a publication.

      I’m more involved in the local indie music scene than you’ve ever been, George. Get your yuppie, old ass in the trenches, and maybe you can do a better job at really finding the Philly talent that needs and deserves what you are talking about.

      I’m sure that The Roots are hurting for exposure, and really needed to be featured on your cover. Wow – where did you ever find them?

      • Geo permalink*
        October 31, 2012 9:26 am

        Again, you can help or be a troll.

        We’d welcome your input. Seriously. Call/text me at 215/313-3181.

        – George

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