"...a thick, sweaty psychedelic funk masterpiece." - Philadelphia Magazine
Johnny Showcase and Buried Beds are highlights from the year in Philadelphia music.
While this year certainly had its ups and downs, I couldn't be happier with the music and performances I got to be a part of. There were some banner moments for me as a drummer, and The Swollen Fox picked two of them in two separate top ten lists.
The Philadelphia music scene is many things, and while not the biggest or most influential, it carries our city's diverse, stalwart artistry. Shout outs go to fellow list mates and musical compadres: TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, Perseverance Jazz Band, and Divers - and of course to the other great bands that I didn't see but are great.
In June of this year, I had the distinct pleasure of doing 10 shows on the east coast with Philadelphia's chamber pop wizard band Buried Beds. Touring in support of the magnificently talented Kishi Bashi, we brought our show to the TLA on June 6th, 2014. It my first time playing that stage, and a good time was had by all. The night has been ranked as an Editor's Pick in the Swollen Fox's 2014 in Review top 10, and I'm honored to have been a part of it.
While playing the TLA certainly crossed an item off the ol' bucket list, this August 20th gig is gonna need a bigger bucket. Of funk. A big bucket of funk. I GOT TO OPEN FOR GEORGE CLINTON!!! It was an inconceivable gift to set up my drums and play that night, and the Fox's Elizabeth Thorpe (and the sold out crowd) seemed to agree it was worth remembering. In summary: George. Clinton. Parliament. Funkadelic.
Thanks to the editors, writers, and photographers at The Swollen Fox, and all the killer musicians and bands in Philly. Here's to the New Year!
Read the full article: http://theswollenfox.com/2014-in-review-favorite-concerts/
Click the link below to read the article, and/or check out this little fan-made vid of us chugging through our tune "Night of the Electric Love Phoenix". There are no words to describe how much fun this show was. The Swollen Fox was there to tell the tale, noting our Mystic ability to warm the crowd and keep the funk:
At least the opener, Philadelphia “absurdist soul” band Johnny Showcase, is always in the mood for theatrics... a formidable band with catchy hooks, hilarious lyrics, and great basslines, as Sweeny and Baker have surrounded themselves with The Mystic Ticket—featuring some of Philly’s best musicians—and also enlisted the support of solid backup singers The Truth.... by the chorus of the raunchy "Hit It From The Back," the band had won [the crowd] over.
We're trying to raise $16,000 for our new record, entitled The Octopus! Help us make it happen, and we shall shower the land with fountains of funk.
UPDATE: WE DID IT! YOU RULE!!!
The good folks at Philebrity are hosting their annual Philebrity Awards & Xmas Pageant, and Johnny Showcase is up for one of the most coveted.
GrammyU, the proletariat extension of the music business oligarchy (and was beginning its initial expansion during my time at UArts) is now offering a curated audience-appreciation contest with Grammy Amplifier.
Photos taken by Johnny Showcase himself. Thanks for the love, Johnny.
So, apparently there's this neat music-appreciation dealie that the hyperactivity beverage giant Red Bull put together. It only makes sense, as they sponser pretty much everything else that is cool and done by skilled professionals at their flavor of cool (lookin at you, Felix). Johnny Showcase was recently added to their list of supported artists, and to toast the occasion we performed at their September event at Sigma Sound (!) in Philladelphia.
So we got featured by Newsworks.org the other day. Here's the video, and you can read the post here.
"With catchy lyrics spiced with sexual innuendo and familiar rhythm and blues, the cabaret does indeed make audiences laugh just as much as it inspires them to dance and hum along."
In celebration of Beck's new sheet music-only Song Reader release, we participated in a very special concert event at the World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. Some of Philly's best bands were handpicked for the show, and each was assigned one of the songs from the "album".
As a consummate fan of sheet music, this was a particularly cool endeavor. Our swanky New Orleans funk rendition of "Now That Your Dollar Bills Have Sprouted Wings" brought the house down, and Philly.com was there to tell the tale. Click the title above to read all about it, and scope out the charts for yourself!
Voted the best of the best. Click the title to read more!
Dig the new video from Johnny Showcase! Directed by Rachel Gordon, and filmed in Philadelphia. It's already been enjoyed by some of Philly's top reviewers:
“Sensual, Parts 1 & 2″ is tacky and more than a little ridiculous…but one also gets the sense that these folks in the technicolor suit jackets and swarthy shades are 100% serious. I mean, the song is a stone groove with a catchy refrain... to play the funk this believably, you’ve got to mean it...
-WXPN's The Key
"Bravo to all who were involved! You just made the world a little more enjoyable."
-The Deli Philadelphia
"I can’t tell you how happy it makes me that this group is using their talents to make things as ridiculous as this."
Visit www.johnnyshowcase.com for more info