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Secret Nudist Friends





The Deli Philly’s July Record of the Month: So Cool - Blushed/Secret Nudist Friends

It’s a joy to see what happens when artists come together and collaborate on projects, especially when the outcome bears something like So Cool, the new split cassette from Blushed and Secret Nudist Friends, who happen to also share bandmates Matty Klauser and Missy Pidgeon. Coming from the DIY community of South Philly’s Tralfamadore, our July Record of the Month is out now via goodhowareyou records.

Pidgeon initially takes the reins with Blushed. It might not exactly be the first time you’ve heard these three tracks, which also appeared on the band’s debut DEMO EP. However, with the addition of guitarist Dan Leinweber (to Klauser on drums/percussion and Alyssa Milman on vox/bass) and recording/mixing help from Kyle Pulley and Jackie Milestone at The Headroom, these tracks have proven to be deserved of a revisit. Side A opens with “Weak,” a grunge-pop ditty that pulls at your heartstrings. The endearing yearning in its vocals captivates, drawing you in, before giving a playful smack across your face. It’s a good lead up to the rambunctious cheer of 90’s riot grrrl, gang sing-along – “Webcam,” which kicks things into another gear, while still hinting at the group’s ever-present lazy-day, surf sound. That sun-blistered imagery is fleshed out in Blushed’s final track, “It’s So Cool,” which is reminiscent of the bittersweet dichotomy that can found on Anna Troxell-led Creepoid recordings.

Handing the mic over to Klauser and his Secret Nudist Friends, which also includes Pidgeon on keys), Brian Hullihen (vox/drums/percussion), and Andy Slepman (bass/keys), there is a shift in sonics, as well as decades. Inspired by a plethora of artists, ranging from The Kinks, to The B-52, to contemporaries like Oh Sees, Klauser crafts soul-filled songs that often feel timeless. With “Something on Your Mind,” you can find a bit of that beloved, old time rock ’n’ roll that might feel absent from the airwaves these days, while “Triangle” comes at you from all sides, building from its math-y introduction, before letting loose and giving way to EP closer and Side B standout, “I Can’t Love Anyone”. Taking us on a psychedelic voyage of reverb, distortion and self-loathing, the anthem of the loveless hits home with a sobering gut-punch.

With So Cool, you’ll have a hard time deciding which side you like best. And that’s a good problem to have. – Alexis V.





Weekend Warrior, June 22 - 24

So Cool, the new split EP from Blushed & Secret Nudist Friends, arrived today via Good How Are You Records, and tonight, their collaborative release will be commemorated with a show at HH Ranch. A sunny, surf setting converges with a coarse, sandy texture in the sound of Blushed. The quartet finds a happy medium between relaxed, adrift waters and spirited, rumbling waves, which threaten to engulf, unless one climbs on board. It’s calm with a capricious volatility that keeps one’s head on a swivel. With Matty Klauser and Missy Pidgeon serving as the common/shared threads, Secret Nudist Friends cultivate a laidback, garage-psych headtrip, which momentarily spins off course in a jam-fueled spectrum and then pleasantly sways you into submission. They’ll also be supported by the buoyant indie rock of Church Girls and NYC alt-rock three-piece Warpark. – Michael Colavita

Other places to go this summer weekend…

HH Ranch (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Blushed, Secret Nudist Friends (Split EP Tape Release), Church Girls

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N Frankford Ave.) SAT Deadfellow, Ali Awan

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Lower Wolves, Unloveable, SAT Chestnut Grove, The Dull Blue Lights, SUN Thorazine

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI DJSC, SAT Girls Rock Philly benefit: Goodnight / Goodluck, Taxes, Booklegger / Blood Sound, Kiss of the Whip/ Homegirl

Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) SUN Kaonashi

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI (Balcony) Nicky Bruh, Figgadelli, SAT Evan Wize, Night Bloom

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI Fame Lust, SAT Minka, SUN Air Is Human

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Plague Dogs, Devil Master, SAT The Output, Nothing To See Here, The Evergreen Drive (EP Release), Scars Like These, SUN Hellings, Jamie and the Guarded Heart, St. Brendan

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT American Trappist

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Machine Gun Joe, SUN Douse, Cheap Seats, Pithair

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Control Top, Chronic Anxiety/DJ Deejay, SAT Doug Wartman, Cave Women, Full Bush/Transmission

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Departures: Salvo, John Raffaele, Deana Sophia, TPATT, SAT Matt McAndrew, Matthew Schuler, Joshua Howard

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Aktive, SAT DJ Deejay

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT The Mallory Project, SUN Rusty Cadillac 

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Sonny Knockout, Behind The Grandstand, Magnificent Birds of Prey, SAT Mikie May

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Thunder & Glory, SUN DJ Mighty Mike Saga

Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Blvd.) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT Lean Wit It, SUN Ear Me Now

Franky Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Philly’s Foxes: DJ Chris Urban, SAT Take It Off: Burlesque Battle

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI The Parameters, The Tisburys, SAT Parsnip Revolt, Chaos Theory, Minerva

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Broken Arrow, The Newspaper Taxis, SUN Greg Sover Band

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Camp Candle, Gender Work, SAT Space Pizza, Nightjar

The Tusk (430 South St.) FRI Suicide Conspiracy, SAT False Front, Loafass, Beer Me

LAVA Space (4134 Lancaster Ave.) FRI Bike Crash, Twelve Gardens

Festival Pier (601 N. Christopher Columbus Blvd.) SAT Dr. Dog, (Sandy) Alex G

Century (1350 S 29th St.) FRI Dumal, Necrosexual, SAT Eastcoast Noisefest, SUN Trash Knife, Atomic Cretins, Roadkill, Demodex 

Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Erik Kramer, Very Bad Vibes, Screamcloud

Planet Phitness (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI June Gloom, Teen Spaceship





New Track: "I Can't Love Anyone" - Secret Nudist Friends

Recorded and mixed at The Headroom by Kyle Pulley, “I Can’t Love Anyone” is the new single from the quartet of Secret Nudist Friends. Sitting in a warped, kaleidoscopic groove, casual honesty gradually morphs into the looming pain of loneliness. You can find this impassioned, garage-psych gem on the band's upcoming split EP, So Cool, with Blushed, which is due out on June 22 via Good How Are You Records. You can catch Secret Nudist Friends at Undergrounds Arts on Sunday, June 10, supporting La Luz and Timothy Eerie.





New Music Video: "Lima Beans" - Secret Nudist Friends

Featured on their EP Susan, Secret Nudist Friends recently shared a video for the single, “Lima Beans”. Shot at Tralfamadore, the band invites one to step inside, sit down, and have a beverage. That, coupled with up-close performance footage, captures a hazy, garage-psych atmosphere. Secret Nudist Friends are slated on a billing tonight at Kung Fu Necktie that will include Gender Work, Kelsey Cork & The Swigs, and The Smirks. They will also be presenting their first official music video at Good How Are You #2, a local artist showcase being held next Thursday, January 18 at Tralfamadore.





New Track: "Get Over It" - Tinmouth

Surprise Time, the forthcoming sophomore album from Tinmouth, is scheduled to arrive on June 2. Set into percussive motion, “Get Over It” is the melodically-sustained tale of maintaining the will to fight, despite consistent losses. While the message is delivered with a self-assured, positive confidence, the harshness of reality still smacks down. Ortlieb’s will host Tinmouth’s record release show on Friday, June 2 with Secret Nudist FriendsLittle Kicks, and Journalism. 

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