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Q&A with Miniature Tigers about gear the creative process

Miniature Tigers first release since 2014, I Dreamt I Was A Cowboy is a short departure from the group's previous releases--often unpolished, organic, and lovingly displaying the dirt and hiccups that come from recording via couch surfing. Charlie Brand, the band's vocalist, guitarist, and one of the main forces spearheading the recording of the album, was kind enough to talk to our sister blog Delicious Audio about the making of the record, his inspiration, and some of the gear that gives the band their distinctive feel - check out the link to the interview below!

Miniature Tigers talk about gear and the creative process behind 'I Dreamt I Was A Cowboy.'





Fit the Bill #3: Hurry Up and the Pylon Reenactment Society

When members of two quintessential indie bands join forces, the resulting outfit can be one of immense influence. Having already dominated two of the three Pacific Northwest music hubs, Maggie Vail of Olympia's Bangs linking up with Kathy Foster and Westin Glass of the Thermals to form Hurry Up quickly became one of the best things to happen during that era of local music. 

That shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone, really. Hurry Up touched on many styles still popular at the time - indie rock, mild hardcore, and riot girl - in a way that highlighted all of the individual members' strong suits while still remaining radically neoteric. Remnants of Hurry Up's deeds have scarce online presence but those with lasting memories of their tracks and performances know they're a perfect fit to open up for the Pylon Reenactment Society.

Even that name may seem unfamiliar, but this iteration of Pylon stays true to their jangley new wave post-punk without being EXACTLY the same. Singer Vanessa Briscoe Hay wanted to keep Pylon respectfully going after the loss of their guitarist Randall Bewley back in 2009 and the Reenactment Society has been the best way to go with it. They're still going hard and Hurry Up on this bill, the show is sure to go even harder.

Catch this show tomorrow at 9pm at Misssissippi Studios. Tickets run between $12-$14, which is a small price to pay to see some greats.

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Krust Toons: "Pizza Time" by Tedd Hazard

Krust Toons: "Pizza Time" by Tedd Hazard - please feel free to drop him a line at teddandthehazards@gmail.com if you dig or have any funny ideas. You can also check out more of his illustrations and animation shorts HERE.

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Dreamy lo-fi dissonance on Nutrients' new album

Back in September, Nutrients released their chilled out full-length debut, 'what tangled webs we weave.' The album is full of dreamy slacker pop that combines easy listening with deliberate dissonance. It can veer from shimmery to unsettling in a heartbeat, but it still sounds remarkably cohesive. The band clearly set out with a vision when they made the album, fine-tuning their focus with a stream of live appearances in October and November. Watch for more shows in the new year. - David Levy

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Contemplate & Reflect w/Shadow Band at Magic Pictures Dec. 11

An effusion of sonic delight flows from the shroud of nostalgia to the present. Shadow Band’s music constructs a bridge to an ephemeral sabbatical, unfastened from the rapid advance of time. The group is a collective effort operating around the songwriting of Mike Bruno, whose compositions present a movement that feels both wistful and celebratory. The band produces a rich and expansive environment that encapsulates the singular advance of a sparse melancholia, cerebral psych-folk for contemplation and reflection. Shadow Band recently signed to Mexican Summer, who released their digital EP Eagle Unseen last month. Bruno and the gang will be performing tonight in South Philly at Magic Pictures, an evening that will also showcase the twisted enchantment of fellow Philadelphians Evil Sword and Chicago-based doom outfit Blood Licker. Magic Pictures, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.), All Ages, 8pm, $8 - Josh Kelly

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