>>> We’d never talk shit on anyone for going to a Weezer Tribute show at Boot & Saddle without secretly retiring to our rooms and listening to The Blue Album all the way through afterward.
>>> We’re going to have to reproduce John Sharkey III‘s copy for this one here, because nothing else we could come up with would measure up: “DARK BLUE & The Gotobeds. This Friday at Kung Fu Necktie, after the Cock Sparrer Official show. 11pm. Five Bucks. Fuck The System.”
>>> If after spending an entire day eating more than you’ve eaten in forever for some reason puts you in the mood to go out the next night and dance off the pounds you put on, then by all means get out for MSTRKRFT At Dolphin Tavern.
>>> The West Philadelphia Orchestra and Black Masala will each be playing two sets at Johnny Brenda’s, where, yeah, you could easily just spend you’re entire weekend if you wanted to.
We’re not sure where the idea originated that Thanksgiving Eve is “the biggest party night of the year,” but that’s been the line everyone’s been talking now since forever. In any case, the roster of booze-stocked events is appropriately stacked. Here are but a few of them:
>>> Just for the sake of the pun in the name we’re going to link out to this Philly2Night and UpcomingEvents.com party at King’s Oak called “All About That Baste.” Under no circumstances are we saying you should go to this, just… points for the name.
>>> #ThanksgivingJawn at Trilogy on Spring Garden with Aktive, Mike Nyce, Sonny James and Worldtown Soundsystem Live will feature hip hop and R&B and funk and soul and all of that good shit from 10PM to 3:30AM, live art by Serena Saunders, Ran Art and others, and probably a very solid crowd. $10 cover until it bumps up to $15 at 11:30, but who’s counting?
>>> The ONE NIGHT ONLY Thanksgiving Eve Karaoke Party at Bridget Foy’s, held partly in celebration of Tina Turner’s birthday, is free after a one drink minimum, but it won’t take long to fill that place up, so get there early if you need to belt one out before you loosen your belt tomorrow.
>>> Another anti-pick but if there’s anything that’s definitively not our bag this Thanksgiving Eve it is the fucking Xfinity Live! Philadelphia Thanks Groovin’ Eve party which we imagine will involve little more than an imperious, unsmiling DJ barking harsh orders that everyone dance in fascistic uniformity.
>>> What looks to be the only good show this Thanksgiving Eve is Wilmington/Philly’s Spinto Band side project Teen Men with prog annihilators Needle Points and Purplesat Boot & Saddle, so if drinking and dancing’s not your thing, there is the healthy alternative drinking and head-bobbing.
We’re about to post all of the party picks and it’d be stupid to deal with any mayor’s race stuff or anything else really today, so let’s just dump these links here since they’ll be stale on Monday (that’s right, we’re not posting on Friday, SUCK IT, CAPITALISM) and neither you nor I care anyway so blah blah blah:
And while the stuff on top — a wish list for change in both Ferguson, MO as well as at the national level — will be a ponderous journey indeed, allow us for a second to consider the “Suggest for Philly Demands” as they stand not even 24 hours later.
4. Since the early 1990s — in the aftermath of the Rodney King riots in L.A., actually — the Philadelphia Bar Association has supported a Citizen Review Board to keep watch on grievances between cops and Philadelphians. And CRB’s are indeed fairly common elsewhere. If enough pressure was applied on candidates in the upcoming 2015 mayoral and City Council elections, it’s not inconceivable that this could become both a campaign issue and action item in the next few years.
6. If you have ever been to the Delaware Avenue Wal-Mart/Target/Ikea on any Friday, much less Black Friday, we really don’t think sitting out Black Friday in Philadelphia is ever gonna be a tough sell.
We love this. We love this a lot. But it also feels illustrative of something we’ve suspected for a long time: That the whole deal with the Philly police is that it’s always one half of the force yelling at the other half to just, like, c’mon, be decent. In any case, last night, it worked. Pull up #FergusonPHL to see how massive peaceful protest engaged by a truly diverse array of Philadelphians resulted in the emotional release of two jailed protesters from the night before and, ultimately, a pizza party in Rittenhouse Square. Sometimes, Philadelphia, we could kiss you right on the mouth. [h/t @AKKuhn]
Brü owner Teddy Sourias stands in what will soon be U-Bahn.
It’s not much to look at now, but in about a month or two, Philly will get a new small room for live local music called U-Bahn. And it’s coming in a good time; with the trend of new music venues opening in Philly that cater to an audience span of 200-600 over the last few years, there’s been little attention paid to new spaces that grow bands — and with the lone exception of Milkboy, even less so in Center City. With a maximum capacity of 100, U-Bahn could fill a niche in tandem with smaller rooms like Milkboy and Bourbon & Branch in NoLibs. Housed in the basement space below the likewise German-themed Brü Craft & Wurst at 1320 Chestnut Street, U-Bahn will have a “German subway” theme, feature cheeseboards and such, 18 taps, and the rest of it. But what was most notable to us was the music complement, which will add to an already organically expanding live music circuit (that includes Fergie’s and Time and Chris’s Jazz) in the general Midtown Village vicinity:
Approximately 15 foot stage with state-of-the-art sound system that will be stomping ground for established and local emerging talent. Look for regular list of talent on bi-weekly and monthly basis, plus one-time performances. Enjoy everything from indie rock, bluegrass, jazz, latin music, reggae, DJs and cover bands. Goal is to showcase new talent that will quickly outgrow U-Bahn space and become the region’s next big thing.
No word on bookings just yet; U-Bahn is set to open mid-December to early January.
“I am perplexed and astounded that in this case, the prosecutor certainly took as long as he wanted to explain everything (and) I did not hear any explanation, or more importantly a justification, for why that young man was shot,” he said, according to the Associated Press.
It was a remarkable sentiment coming from a mayor who has shown little interest — arguably none — in substantive reforms to his own city’s criminal-justice system.
That Denvir is couching this all his new “liberal Democrat”-trolling vibe is something we’ll forgive for now, as he makes valuable points about both the Mayor and D.A. are kind of full of it with their Ferguson chest-thumping.
Cruisr are back with a video that offers such rare delights as Ice Cube transforming into the Tin Man, Beatrix Kiddo ducking a punch from Rocky, and pretty much every Kubrick film somehow rendered animated. This thing’ll probably be sourcing gifs for the next year. Also, the song is, yeah, damn catchy.
Just as I long struggled to get fellow suburbanites to see the city as it really is, not merely the dystopian nightmare of TV news, I now have a wish for my fellow Philadelphians: That someday they might adopt a more diplomatic, generous and effective attitude towards their fellow Pennsylvanians in the ‘burbs and beyond,
Their default attytood can be summed up thusly: “Listen, you racist hicks, send us more money. Now. Or we’ll sue you.” It’s marvelous to behold how often the city’s politicians and activists adopt that tack, then are bewildered and indignant when it doesn’t work.
Tell you what, Chris. We’ll all start being nice to your dear, spat-upon suburban innocents when we can go out on Friday nights in the city not fully expecting to be reminded of this crew:
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput is getting excited about the World Meeting of Families, for many reasons obvious and not, but according to the comments he just made to Philly.com, he’s most excited about the “rebirth of the archdiocese” after a neverending cascade of sexual abuse scandals that put them “in difficult situations in terms of morale and finances.” In the face of all of these PR concerns that crippled the archdiocese’s reputation and its resources, Chaput was apparently most worried about being able to get enough money together to support the 2015 WMF and not, you know, addressing the concern of rampant sexual abuse in the churches.
Now, however, he’s not worried about that anymore. The first weekend of events including a “Festival of Families” on Benjamin Franklin Parkway and a mass on the steps of the Art Museum from Pope Francis himself, are expected to draw up to two million visitors. Despite all of his talk about strengthening the archdiocese, though, Chaput insists that the WMF will “welcome everybody” despite its having a “Catholic dimension.” What this means exactly still remains to be seen.
Make no mistake: If we’re going to talk winners and losers about the grand jury decision that came out of Ferguson last night (a statistical oddity bordering on the utterly insane) and the chaos that erupted in its wake, it is quite clear that America lost. Equality lost, intelligent debate lost, the relationship between police and both minorities and the young continued to lose, and things we don’t even yet know all lost. Fail marks all around, America. But as protests played out coast to coast, here in Philly, #FergusonPHL, the protest and hashtag alike, was particularly instructive. And on a night of overwhelming negatives, the protest itself felt like a net positive in terms of how Philly reacted — both its populace and its power structure. So let’s take a look at last night’s winners and losers.
This map details very well the route of last night’s protest, which gathered steam from the moment the grand jury decision was announced, and eventually looped a whole swath of the Center City grid. As the night went on, clergy groups marched alongside social justice groups, and covered a lot more ground than probably anyone would have thought at the outset. It was impossible to be anywhere between South Street and Northern Liberties and Rittenhouse last night and not be made aware of what was going on. And yes, the whole getting-onto-I-95 thing was dangerous (and also apparently more possible than anyone knew), but we couldn’t really blame the group — registering the outrage shared here in Philly over Ferguson, as well as its implications nationally, was the message, and the Philly contingent never lost sight of that.
The Philadelphia Police
Look, this is Philly, and this thing could have gone wrong in one hundred different ways. Your Philly police force saw to it that that didn’t happen, and for that, they deserve kudos.
Daily News and Inky Reporters, and Yep, The Community College Newspaper
If you were following the #FergusonPHL hashtag last night (and if you haven’t, do go back and take a look), it was the DN and Inky reporters — and, notably, The Vanguard, the student newspaper of Community College of Philadelphia — who consistently had the most solid, clear-headed information. And in a situation like this, that is the thing of the most value — both for the protestors on the ground and everyone else. Their efforts can’t be underestimated in keeping the Philly protest now a national model for each of us.
Because there it is, the elephant in the room: Philadelphia is Ferguson, too. For as well-behaved as Philly cops were last night, it’s important to remember that the protesters here were not merely reacting in empathy; currently, Philly seems to have a police department that is fully at odds with itself. Even as our police chief endeavors to actually put those body cams on police that is now the Brown family’s lone wish, deep, howling police corruption still rocks the city on a far too regular basis. Nutter could have said something about this last night, about how Philadelphia is broken the way that Ferguson is broken, too, but he chose not to. What could have been a powerful moment of speaking truth to power became just another moment of power speaking power to power: Nutter’s comments felt like they were more for Nutter than for anyone else.
Philly Broadcast Media
But you wouldn’t have known that if you were watching the local network affiliates last night. Most of them didn’t carry Nutter’s address live, and even when Fox 29 did, they got bored after a while and cut back to TMZ. Also notable: Weak tweet updates on the protest from these guys as it was happening.
If ever there's a mayor who has no credibility to speak to unprovoked, violent street death it's Michael Nutter. #Ferguson
This is as much as we’ve been able to find so far, but it seems like Richard Mills, “Phila, PA Fighting Irish,” who may be a world-class conspiracy theorist and may be a robot, is the man behind numerous twitter accounts including Richard Mills (@JUSTICEFORMILLS), Richard Mills (@EaglesCoverUp) and Wilt Chamberlain (@Justice4WiltC). The twitter accounts link respectively to the Pinterest accounts Richard Mills Warns U.S.A., Richard Mills @EaglesCoverUp, and Richard Mills Warns World!. The Pinterest accounts are emblazoned with banner quotes like “SAVE WORLD FROM BIOCHIP TERRORISM AND CLONING!” and “Richard Mills Is A Kennedy Relative, His Ancestor Robert Morris.” The feeds of the Twitter and Pinterest accounts are full of hashtags pertaining to the Kennedy Assassination and the scourge of Dental Biochip Terrorism. Mills is also active on Facebook.
>>> Once upon a time, Blonde Redhead were just another New York band with a weird name and a sound that most shrugged off as pretentious and reaching. Over the past two decades, however, they’ve made the not-to-be-understated leap from boho curiosities to tenured ambassadors from the art world to the pop world and vice versa. With a signature style that incorporates the hardest and softest of influences, the noise-rockers and the dream-poppers, the sounds that marked the opposite far edges of the listenable spectrum in the eighties and nineties, the band are an institution for anyone interested in the continuing tradition of weirdo cool. Their new album, Barragán, sounds more than any in recent years like a celebration of all of the music that contributed to the development of this now canonized sound and style. Seeing them tonight at Union Transfer with People Get Ready will be an education in both the then and the now.
Sometime after we were looking last and before we were looking just now, Philadelphia, like Wildwood Crest, NJ before it, flipped dimensions and once again became a place that has 24/7 Christmas radio until… until when? Until they say it’s over, that’s when. MoreFM (formerly B101) has flipped formats and so too has WXPN’s Xponential radio Internet stream, once again dubbed “Jingle Jams.” This, of course, is to say nothing of those other Philly Xmas radio institutions: what will be the 26th (!!!) annual installment of Jon Solomon’s 25-hour holiday radio marathon on WPRB, and WXPN’s “The Night Before Christmas” from midnight to midnight on Wednesday, December 24th with host Robert Drake. So stack up those Wawa Gobblers and Tastykake Pumpkin Pies and Chocolaty Stars: It’s time to eat your feelings to the cool, cool sounds of The Waitresses.