WATCH: "Diction," The Haunting New Video & Song From Hoots & Hellmouth

Hoots & Hellmouth have come a long way indeed from the blues holler stompin' days of their earliest local gigs. For their newest LP in a minute, In The Trees, the band holed up at Mt. Slippery, the studio home of Dr. Dog in deepest Delco (Clifton Heights, to be exact). If "Diction," the haunting lead off track (with slightly eerie video), is anything to go by, they've transcended their environment by absorbing them altogether: Delco being, as we know, is the heart of strange suburban Philly evil (see: Midgetville, for starters) and Dr. Dog's late period studio sorcery is also present. In the trees is out on October 28th, with the band on tour throughout the fall and playing Ardmore Music Hall in December.

Breaking: Local Man Apparently Has Issues With Midtown III Diner AND Obama

MidTown III Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge

Sounds like there was a bit of excitement around what has been called the last-standing midtown diner today. (Hey PhillyMag: Don't count Little Pete's out just yet.) From the White House local pool (the Inky's Jonathan Tamari reporting):

A Philly PD officer defused a minor situation as reporters moved back into the motorcade. A man in ragged clothing approached the waiting press vans from down a narrow street, shouting incoherently. A Philly police officer and then Secret Service agent told him he had to turn around and go back the other way.
The man argued for awhile, And a woman then came outside from the nearby Midtown III restaurant and cocktail lounge to complain about his behavior in the restaurant. After a few moments of arguing with the officer, the man eventually turned and walked away, where he had been directed.
POTUS was nowhere in sight at the time.

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