Sarah Silverman "We Are Miracles" Comedy LP (SUB POP)

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Once crowned “the most outrageously funny woman alive,” by Rolling Stone,  Sarah Silverman’s “We Are Miracles” lives up to expectations. In the “We Are Miracles” special, she performs to an audience of 39 people at L.A.'s Largo nightclub. Written by Silverman, and directed by Liam Lynch, “We Are Miracles” was produced by Funny or Die, and Black Gold Films. Thankfully Sub Pop saw the need for more of an audience to hear this and has taken selected tracks from the special and wrapped them up in the form of a warm and monkeyed hug for the masses.

For the new LP and special, Sarah’s quirky vulgarity takes aim at: night-time rituals that include scrolling through late night porn, showering with her mother at a young age, insecurities in women (and using special deodorants for their lady parts)! She has become more outspoken when she talks about Obama and the republicans! She compares the divide in politics to the Red Sox and the Yankees! She makes a vocal point about republicans and female rights!

The charm that Sarah has with her audience is palpable even though she may be pushing limits with what might be considered offensive - she is commenting on the unspoken truth in topics (such as sexism) that make you really think about how f---ed up some things truly are. When Sarah remarks that she would love to have a baby but never a ten year old - she doesn't stop there, and she admits to her intimate audience that she would love to adopt only terminally ill babies. Silverman is able to be not only shocking with the topics that she brings to the table, but intimate - as when she talks to the audience about her sister Suzie babysitting her, which makes her also relatable. 

For the album's final track, the audience is given a delightful song called, “Diva,” where it's just Silverman singing with an acoustic guitar. In this hilarious end track, she explains that rude people are not 'divas' they are royal 'C' words (which she then repeats for a good and long 30 seconds) and if you're going to be a 'diva' then maybe you should be singing solos and not cutting her in line. What is infectious about her style and presentation is that she is pushing limits (at times) a little too far (occasionally to her own detriment) but always keeping the listener guessing as to what she'll come up with next. The material that she wrote is not only hilarious and smart, with a definite potential to make you cringe, but her delivery on each of these excerpts is strong; with each joke executed perfectly. 

We Are Miracles is available for purchase from the Sub Pop Mega MartiTunes, and Amazon.

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Sarah Silverman - "We Are Miracles" track listing:
01. Nighttime Rituals
02. Speaking of Cum, My Mother’s Been Sick
03. Killing Jesus
04. Planting the Seeds of Insecurity
05. Looking Inward
06. A Heartbreaking Story
07. Rape Jokes: Comedy’s Hidden Gem
08. Muster
09. Senator Obama
10. Human Puppies
11. Diva

Sarah Silverman - web site / subpop


Eye Candy #76: MØ and Holy Child at Union Transfer (Philadelphia), 9/26/14

This past Friday, Danish singer played at Union Transfer (Philadelphia). The singer's electro-pop had the crowd energized and dancing all night. Opener Holy Child had sparkly silver streamers laid all around and instantly took charge of the stage. Coming from Los Angeles Holy Child is made up of Liz Nistico and Louie Diller and recently released their debut EP “MINDSPEAK” (hear it now on Soundcloud). Liz Nistico (lead singer of Holy Child) was high powered on the stage, playing the songs off the “MINDSPEAK” EP and doing a sultry mash-up of Aaliyah’s “Are You That Somebody,” and Destiny’s Child song, “Say My Name.”

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Holy Child photos (above).

The stage was cleared when MØ took over. She opened with her hit tune “XXX 88” from her full length, “No Mythologies To Follow,” released earlier this year. MØ ran from one end of the stage to the next, taking some time to interact with her audience by jumping off the stage to dance with the crowd, and crowd surfing. After an exhilerating set, the singer closed with her cover of the Spice Girl’s “Say You’ll Be There.”

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MØ photos (above).

MØ & Holy Child Tour Dates: 
SEP 26 - UNION TRANSFER / PHILADELPHIA, PA
SEP 27 - CORONA THEATRE / MONTREAL, QC
SEP 28 - THE HOXTON / TORONTO, ON
SEP 30 - CONCORD MUSIC HALL / CHICAGO, IL
OCT 1 - VARSITY THEATER / MINNEAPOLIS, MN
OCT 2 - THE GRANADA THEATRE / LAWRENCE, KS
OCT 3-5 - AUSTIN CITY LIMITS, TX
OCT 7 - SPANISH MOON / BATON ROUGE, LA
OCT 8 - HOB CAMBRIDGE ROOM / DALLAS, TX
OCT 9 - HOB BRONZE PEACOCK, HOUSTON, TX 
OCT 10-12 - AUSTIN CITY LIMITS, TX
OCT 11-12 - CORONA CAPITAL, MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
OCT 16 - THE REGENT / LOS ANGELES, CA
OCT 18-19 TREASURE ISLAND FESTIVAL, SAN FRAN, CA
OCT 20 - NEPTUNE / SEATTLE, WA
OCT 21 - WONDER BALLROOM / PORTLAND, OR
OCT 22 - THE IMPERIAL / VANCOUVER, BC 
OCT 24 - LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL FESTIVAL, LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
OCT 25 - THE OBSERVATORY, ORANGE COUNTY, CA

Holy Child - band site / facebook / soundcloud
MØ - band site / facebook / soundcloud


October First ICA Free For All featuring performances w/ Teena Geist & Littler: nail art, temporary tattoos + radness

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"Join ICA and Philadelphia's own experimental drag darling Teena Geist for an evening of conceptual camp, instant ephemeral pleasures, and art salon makeovers. Listen to the fast-paced punk rock stylings of all lady band Littler, design your own nail art, enjoy savory delights, and walk away with a new, exhibition-themed temporary tattoo.

The galleries will be open late (until 9pm) and docents will be on hand to answer all your burning questions. Drop in or stay late! This program is FREE and is organized by Spiegel-Wilks Curatorial Fellow Egina Manachova.

More info: 
http://icaphila.org/programs/6490/free-for-all-fall-2014"

October's super rad Free For All curated event at the Institute of Contemporary Arts will feature the amazing Teena Geist and newish Philly band, Littler (formerly Calamity Jane), who play their rock 'n' roll with punk abandon and count Madeline Meyer (Le Sigh), Ivy Gray-Klein (FUCS and more), Robyn Campbell (Semiperfect zine), and Dan Colanduno (Slow Animal) as band mates. The band recently opened for Pink Wash, PC Worship, and Naomi Punk at Golden Tea House in Philly. Local illustrator Hawk Krall created the super fun poster for the event, which promises to be both a delightful AND engaging time that includes live entertainment, nail art, and, free temporary tattoos. Sounds amazing - count us in!

Listen to Littler's single from their forthcoming new EP below: 


Littler - facebook


Creepoid: Self-Titled LP (No Idea Records) + three new music videos and tour dates!

Although Philadelphia's Creepoid are mostly based out of Savannah, GA now, they will always be considered a local gem. The band released a self-titled LP back in March as well as a few music videos from their debut full-length. Produced by Kyle "Slick" Johnson (a local producer at Fancy Time Studio), the self-titled LP (out now on No Idea Records) is a cross between noisy rock 'n' roll, and a spacier style of psych. Songs like, "Stay Inside," have a more mellow vibe, and cutting through the grim-punk and raspy vocals of lead singer Sean Miller, we hear sounds that could easily stem from the likes of a band such as My Bloody Valentine. Their signature heady, and searing, spaced-out rock 'n' roll grabs hold, making your mind feel set adrift while listening.

A darker side of the band's songwriting is shown on the video for "Sunday," which was directed by Douglas Alvin Foulke Jr. and focuses on a band in their natural state while the slow-motion, chill-feeling of the song itself washes over their images on screen in a heavily contrasted black and white. "Baptism," is set to a grungier-style and the video (filmed with a Nizo S800 and directed by Wade Vanover) has a psychedelic tone throughout. Brand new video (their third) for the album; "Yellow Wallpaper," was just released. Directed by Adam Wallacavage and Erich Weiss, Yellow Wallpaper is one of the band's more woozy and uptempo tracks and features Anna Troxell on lead vocals. The video has the band playing in a large room, while double exposures filter over eachother--all under one of multitalented Wallaclavage's signature octopus chandelier creations: the effect is spooky, nightmarish, and surreal.

Despite Creepoid's busy touring schedule (they have been on the road since August 12th and continue until October 4th, during which time they supported labelmates Against Me! who were on tour as well) the group's final stop will be here in Philadelphia, at the TLA. Who says you can't come home? 

Upcoming Creepoid Tour Dates:
9/24/14 Burnsville, MN @ The Garage %
9/25/14 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge %
9/26/14 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop %
9/27/14 Detroit, MI @ The Magic Stick %
9/28/14 Toronto, ON @ Mod Club %
9/29/14 Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa %
10/1/14 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza %
10/2/14 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rcok Club %
10/3/14 Danbury, CT @ Heirloom Arts Theatre %
10/4/14 Philadelphia, PA @ TLA %

% w/ Balance & Composure, Seahaven

Creepoid - band site / no idea records / facebook


Eye Candy #75: Lily Allen at The Electric Factory, 9/19/14


Samsaya performing for YNOT radio (above) before their live show - Philly's own Josh T. Landow in the mix - above photos by Samsaya.

Read on for more from writer and photographer Megan Hawkey:

Samsaya, a Norwegian singer with a reggae and a non-traditional Bollywood influenced electro-pop sound opened for Lily Allen at the Electric Factory this past Friday. She twirled and hopped around the stage singing upbeat dance tunes. Her magnetic performance kept the crowd's attention for her entire forty-five minute set.

Giant toy baby bottles changed colors with the lights as Lily Allen entered the stage to the title track of her new album "Sheezus." With her back up dancers by her side and hiding behind a smiley face pillow, Lily was quite amused when she spotted a fan's “I love Lily Allen’s baggy pussy” sign (a nod to her video for “Hard Out Here”). She smoked, drank from what looked like a Big Gulp, and danced along with the crowd throughout the night. She would occasionally talk between songs but it was impossible to make any of it out, nevertheless, the crowd ate it up. Her backup dancers re-joined her in dog head masks to end the set with my personal favorite, the aforementioned, “Hard Out Here.”

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Lily Allen photos by Megan Hawkey

Set list (according to Setlistfm):
- Sheezus
- Not Fair
- LDN
- As Long As I Got You
- Our Time
- Everyone's At It
- The Worst (Jhené Aiko cover)
- URL Badman
- No Flex Zone
- Smile
- Life for Me
- Littlest Things
- Miserable Without Your Love
- The Fear
- 22
- L8 CMMR
- Who'd Have Known
- Fuck You

Encore:
- Or Nah (Ty Dolla $ign cover)
- Hard Out Here

Lily Allen - band site / facebook