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@ Silk City, 8/6/12

Local songwriter Mat Burke celebrated his latest birthday one day early with a Monday unplugged showcase presentation. This took place at Silk City Diner & Lounge just inside the Northern Liberties section.
I had not yet discovered the diner and wasn’t in the mood for food, but was there initially before being pointed to the lounge doors. I chatted a bit with Bucks Country acoustic-punk brothers Corporate Hearts. Mat was also outside to chat with them. I had ordered a Flying Dog Snake Dog IPA, strong bitter, flavorful stuff from Wisconsin. Got me off my edge after a while. This is a sipping beer, folks. A good sized bar, TV tuned into wrestling, some exotic paintings on the wall, attentive barkeep and generic rock show lighting to illumine 5 different regional acts.
First up was Chelsea Mitchell, a local singer-songwriter with a strongly developed style in sound. She had mentioned to me she listened to a lot of Joni Mitchell when younger. I was imagining her enjoying rather literate songwriters such as Elton John for such a muse.Her songs enchant the audience, one by one. Not much stage movement, no flash; just honest, truthful songs of love that command attention. Briefly she was joined by a guy on pedal steel and also banjo She closed her set with two songs on ukulele. I dare say she’s the doppleganger of Austin, TX’s Carrie Elkin.
The Corporate Hearts are Zach and Craig Needles. The brothers, based in Bucks County, sing their uncorporate hearts out in the spirit of antifolk and a decided punk attitude. Their songs are those for the working indie man, true tales of life as a starving artist. My favorite song from the set was “21 Is The New 65”, featuring the phrase “Not so much these days”. (And it mentions Kerouac, a favorite author). I had last seen The Corporate Hearts in April 2011, on a bill including Mike Herrera of MxPx, and NYC’s Gasoline Heart. It had bee the duo’s 5th show. Now with a demo and full album beyond this, they are steadily performing around the Delaware Valley, and toss many non-sequiturs their fans’ way on Twitter.
Rob, Lately is a solo acoustic/electric project by local songwriter Rob Malloy, late of the punk band The Holy Mess. With a confident pose, he performed mainly songs from his upcoming CD “Haunts”. Memorable songs included “Pistolita” (little gun), Rob next performs 8/28 at the North Star Bar.
Tonight’s host Mat Burke brought his personal style of country and modern acoustic. We had last met at the now-closed Tritone in December 2011. Mat has a great sensitivity that is evident in his songwriting, including the closing song, something of a confessional. He and Levee Drivers’ August Lutz kicked off their 10-day “Death Of Rock N Roll Tour 2012”. They will be performing in TN, VA and AL.
And speaking of Levee Drivers, it was an unplugged set tonight, as August led on acoustic, newest member Amber Twait on tambourine and harmony vocals, and Kyle Perella on pedal steel. If you haven’t seem yet, think of them as Philadelphia’s answer to Jon Spencer or Andy Friedman. Among the original tunes were covers of Dolly Parton and The White Stripes.
Better yet, check out this VIDEO, two songs worth. http://youtu.be/sqvyEPBjlJo
Mat told me it was a ‘weird’ lineup via genre, but each performer being friends with each other, it wasn’t truly weird at all. Especially not for a low-pressure Monday
After the event I was introduced to Josh Friedman from a strongly up-and-coming band called The Lawsuits. They appear to bring out the best of early country rock and 70’s pop, right in the heart of what would pass for classic rock from the 70’s itself. Josh recognized me and my show; he’s an avid listener! I imagine them as one of the two main sounds coming out of Philly, with acts such as what took place at Silk City representing the other half. The Lawsuits recently played the Caravan Festival in Maine. Upcoming shows are all in Philly throughout August.
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RCB Novus Ordo will also air separately. On this show I spin one song from
8 songs in one sitting and give you background info of each artist.
On 7/31 Ariel Hyatt, founder of Ariel Publicity hosted her 6th Cyber PR Digital Press Conference. I was unable to attend this one. I had volunteered to interview several clients through Skype. Alas, something with my microphone and Skype did not jibe (the mic still works with my recording equipment tho). At a loss, it was decided that I’d send my prepared questions to those clients and Ariel would interview them. And so it was.

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The interviews were with NYC singer-songwriter Jenn Summers www.jennsummersmusic.com and CT songwriter Jesse Terry www.jesseterrymusic.com
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Right now here’s what I’ve planned to see and cover for you:
8/6: Levee Drivers (occasional RCB airplay receivers), Mat Burke (met at Tritone last year), Corporate Hearts (on bill with MXPX’s Mike Herrera last year)

and more at Silk City, just north of Center City
8/10: Shane Cooley & Rosa Wallace at Fenix Bar in the heart of Phoenixville, PA
8/18 is The Mont Clare Summer Jam in Mont Clare, PA, with acts such as
headliners Blue Coupe (members of Blue Oyster Cult & Alice Cooper), Low
Society, and regional acts like Kingsnake, The Watchmen, The Noid, and
others. My exact involvement is undetermined at this moment.
www.rocknrolltheworld.com for more.

RCB STATS from the last month:
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Gold: USA (duh)
Silver: Canada (eh)
Bronze: Australia (huh?)
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RCB Novus Ordo: I saw M’Balia in June at LOVE Park here in Philly. After her show, she gave me 2 new albums. You heard me spin one track from one of those albums. Also you’ll hear vintage rockabilly from Voodoo Swing and cool jazz from Project Grand Slam among the 8 songs I played on this edition.

RCB proper: Two of this week’s music segments were devoted to artists peforming at the Schwenksville Folk Festival. OK..it’s NOT that title. It’s the Philadelphia Folk Festival. But it’s not anywhere near the City That Loves You Back. Definitely needs a name change. Politics aside, some of the artists you’ll hear include Bovine Social Club (debuted on RCB Novus Ordo last month), HuDost, and Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer. Dave is far away and long gone, tho the release of their CD “little blue egg” arrives on both the anniversary of his death and his birthday month in short order. Segment 1: All you need are unique first names, preferably female, and you know the music. Eilen. Garrison, Anais. The quality doesn’t get any better. Not to be outdone, Megan Slankard kicks off the segment with a great driving song. Renee Wahl with a magnificent country song with all my favorite guitars in it. Segment 2 presents more new music from both Tall Tall Trees, and Professor Louie & The Crowmatix. Segment 3: Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem, along with The Sweetback Sisters are sharing billing at the Heath Fair in Heath, MA, 8/17. Danielle Miraglia and Katie Barbato are right here in Philly on 8/4. Jessi Robertson returns to performing, sharing billing with Lara Ewen at The American Folk Art Museum, in the Lincoln Square sector of Manhattan. This event is today. TODAY. Hurry up. There’s a compilation CD being released celebrating the music of those who have performed on their “Free Music Fridays” concert series. Segment 4: More new old country music from Karen Collins & The Backroads Band, along with Patricia Silverberg. Marianne Kesler also returned to performing this week in OH.

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