Teenage Panzerkorps aka Der TPK

i’m pretty into this band but only recently saw this video. totally bizarre but I was pleased because i was hoping it’d be like that. dude’s a fox. i really want to see them live but don’t live on the west coast, where they’re playing a few shows this summer. the descriptions i’ve read of them are lame, with 50 comparisons to kraut rock bands or art school that i don’t even get. it’s just a guy singing/speaking in german and some fuzzed guitar and simple drumming. great great punk rock. My ears get blown out listening to teenage panzerkorps. Their stuff can be downloaded soon from siltbreeze’s website (based out of Philly), they are on some other labels too, i know their records are hard to get/find if you do that. even though i like them i do not think this is a band for everyone.



Jooklo Duo @ The Rotunda

Jooklo Duo at The Rotunda 5/19/11.

Jooklo Duo are a sax and drum team from Italy. They play free jazz and are LOUD. I walked in out of the rain and met the two at the door actually. The sax player is female, short, long hair, the drummer is very tall with beard and long hair as well. So I got something of a psychedelic vibe from them, they asked me if I was a jazz maniac and because I am I said yes. The sax playing was solid, she really knew what she was doing and the drummer was making use of literally every part of his drum kit. Very primitive, almost tribal. Stripped down jazz but so full of raw energy, and relentless. Throughout the 45min set there was only one pause, not even, for the audience to squeeze in applause. Most of us just sat there enraptured. Other instruments they used included a flute, penny whistle, bells, and several other ones I couldn’t recognize but reminded me of music class as a kid. At one point they both left the stage and walked around creating a drone like sound that went well with the acoustics of the room. I really enjoyed them and they are defiantly doing a superb job of keeping free jazz contemporary and exciting while still displaying technical adeptness and solid musical forms. Definately check out their records or see them live.

Fire Records Showcase @ Danger Danger Gallery

Surf City, Snowblink, and Bardo Pond @ Danger Danger Gallery 4/8/11 Fire Records Showcase

Surf City 

is a band from New Zealand and so everything they said was funny. They were pretty good and rocked out, but also seemed sort of stiff and awkward. To be honest, nothing really stood out song wise. I’m doing this review a few weeks later and I can’t remember them. I’m on their myspace listening now, it’s just like a lot of chill punk sounding stuff coming out now. They like Tame Impala, so if you like those guys you might like them. Actually “Dickshakers Union” sounds like an animal collective song I once heard. One guy had a mountain dew hat.


is a duo. The lead vocalist plays a guitar with antler ears, which sounds corny but somehow wasn’t. Her voice is clear as a bell, often joined by the other guitar player. An interesting feature of their folksy set was that some members of the audience shook tiny hand-bells at a cue from the performers- a nice accompaniment that reminded me of Christmas. I normally don’t go for that type of music but her voice is unique and the two of them had good stage presence, they even had little lanterns all over. Really sweet and warm. Wouldn’t listen to them all the time but definately enjoyed the experience. You can listen at their website.

Bardo Pond

is a band from Philly that’s been around a long time. They are incredibly special. I’ve tried listening to them before, and for some reason I could never get into them, which is odd because I like that style of music- psychedelic rock. But they are so much more than that, and now I am aware of how great their music is. I was overwhelmed with how perfect and beautiful all the instruments came together. In fact the two guitar tones created like this whole other sound, I couldn’t figure out where it was coming from at first. And the vocals just float right in, also the vocalist plays the flute. I swear time stopped when they came on the stage.

There are songs and videos on their website, I highly recommend checking them out anytime they play though. And buy the records.

Grass Widow @ Danger Danger Gallery

Grass Widow, Reading Rainbow, Broken Water, and Acid Kicks at the Danger Danger Gallery on 4/25/11.

Acid Kicks 

So these guys have 3 bassists and a drummer. The drummer and one of the bass players sing, said dude also plays trumpet. Their music is so goddamn good. Their drummer is great, and the way those basses work together  sent my head off to another world. When the vocals come in they are completely indecipherable, it was like an alien was talking to me. The drummer repeated his lines but I feel like the other guy was making words up. At one point he took his shirt off  and began playing a trumpet. They knew what they were doing, that was noise psych rock like i’ve always wanted to hear live. It reminded me kind of terminal cheesecake mixed with distorted pony or the cows( sound wise not lyrically.) Anyway if they’re playing around Philly you should definitely check them out, I think a record is in the works, you can hear some stuff on their myspace.

Broken Water

It’s such a bummer when the DDG has shows in the basement. Unless you’re right up front you can’t see shit. They were also talking to the audience without a mic, cause of the effects they had. So they have a drummer, bassist, and guitar going on. I think the drummer sings, I couldn’t really tell. She didn’t have the greatest attitude. Everyone was banging their heads around like Nirvana was playing, I didn’t get that. What it sounded to me was like they’d start out a song normal and then it would break into some doom metal sound, but not for too long, then it’d go back to normal. Not very upbeat stuff really. They have a bunch of released and a ton of raving reviews on them. Wouldn’t care to see them again.

Grass Widow

They’re a 3 piece girl group with a punky/surfy sound. You can tell they practice a lot, because they wanted everything specific on stage, like vocal adjustments when no one cared. They were fun and cute and got people moving. Everyone on stage sang and the harmonies were nice but I had no idea what they were saying. Very basic and minimal sound, nothing too complex. If you like the Kill Rock Stars label you’d be into them. They have a bunch of stuff out, catch them on tour.

Reading Rainbow

They’re a two piece from Philly. Girl on floor tom w cymbals, singing, boy on guitar and singing. They were in the basement too but I could see them, very cute together, smiling, etc. They sang together beautifully and had a ton of energy, but I found the songs to be repetitive. In a way I felt I was at a church revival. They have some stuff out on HoZac so if you like that kind of shit, you’d like them. Not much else to say about them, see them if you can.


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