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Allah-Las / The Babe Rainbow (oz) / Roya at Union Transfer
If you drive past the 200 block of South La Brea, there is a lamp shop, a pet shop, and a little glass door that says “Casting Agency” above it. Inside you’ll find one of LA’s most stereotypical rituals, where men & women from all walks of life vie for the attention and popularity of the Hollywood producer. It’s a dream factory for some of them. It’s also a place where Los Angeles outsiders learn what the city is really like, beyond the sun and surf and celebrities, where every brightly-lit surface eventually faces a cloud.��Indeed, the lessons learned by the Allah-Las – guitarists Miles Michaud and Pedrum Siadatian, bassist Spencer Dunham, drummer Matthew Correia – since their auspicious formation in 2008 have been tempered with experience. Now, with their third album Calico Review (their first for Mexican Summer), their experience transforms once more, this time into wisdom. The band’s trajectory, formed around mutual appreciation for the same kinds of music and a host of shared experiences, focuses on both the outer trappings of their home and surroundings, and the through line of darkness that suffuses life in LA county.
Where the Allah-Las display their insight, and what really shines across the 12 songs that comprise Calico Review, is the way that the group has pivoted from specific influences and nods to the music they love, to crafting the feelings of freedom, grit, and melancholy in their music. That feeling – the peerless capture of music long in the tradition and mood of California pop, the sound that’s captured the essence of the LA experience – aligns with their stylistic technique and their experience in the studio environment to create their strongest album to date, one which showcases their developments in songwriting and arrangements.�
The process began with their self-titled debut, which captured the Allah-Las’ live set circa 2012 and continued onward with 2014’s Worship the Sun, where they began to experiment with overdubs and writing songs individually instead of as a band. Now, Calico Review showcases a band that’s grown confident in its own style to reflect the perspectives of each member, to craft an album that changes up the approach from song-to-song, while retaining their abilities as a cohesive unit.��Audiences familiar with the band will recognize the levels of nuance and steadiness the Allah-Las have grown into throughout Calico Review. It’s immediate, the first thing you recognize about the band in the opening moves of “Strange Heat,” in the amount of control and character burning off of the band’s knack for restraint. Songs like “Famous Phone Figure” cradle character sketches over delicate strains of violin, organ, and Mellotron, Correia’s drumming carefully underlining a three-note theme that casts a phantom sadness over the proceedings, the group exerting a touch both light and steady enough to bring your mood to theirs. ��“Could Be You” works off a steady percussive gallop, guitarist Miles Michaud waxing reflexively on second chances while the band focuses on forward motion. “Roadside Memorial” applies the Bo Diddley beat to the open road, Pedrum Siadatian stepping up on vocals, and finding new ways to match his talents to propulsive musical ends. Elsewhere, “High & Dry,” featuring drummer Matthew Correia on lead vocals, focuses on the Allah-Las most quintessential and peerless quality: writing emotionally resonant pop, at once direct and detached, casual and knowing, and instantly memorable. The dream factory itself gets called out in the fun, surf-stung number “200 South La Brea,” its carnival-like atmosphere reflecting the excitement and anxiety of those who await their judgment.
In between releases, the Allah-Las have toured around the world, and will continue that journey in support of Calico Review. The experience of traveling and idle time on tour inspired the group in different ways, and provided the pathways by which the band transports its listeners to a different place, be that wherever they are, and where the band has been.��What the Allah-Las present is not necessarily crossing the L.A. River, coin in mouth, on the Riverboat Styx. It’s not Raymond Chandler and it’s not Raymond Carver. But the band’s four members are aware of the pitfalls that stack against the idyllic notion of southern California life that forms from outside of the city. It’s a siren call to the hopeful, and it’s a successful town for tempering dreams into wakeful reality. Even with over 8,000 people per square mile, there is room for everyone, and then some, to be completely alone, by choice or otherwise.
Calico Review bears the mark of four students becoming the teachers, sharing the sentiments of the town they call home. Join them. There’s a lot to learn.
The Babe Rainbow (oz)
In the Dreamtime all earth lay sleeping. Nothing grew. One day The Babe Rainbow awoke from her slumber and came from under the ground. 2017 is the year of the monkey disco.
Stop. Breathe. Relax.. Fall in love.
Let Young Arrow, Cool-Breeze, and Blue Spirit take you UP.
THE BABE RAINBOW offer cleo kitsch, folk-rock- experimental music to play while you make love.
Slum goddess The Babe Rainbow live!!! Taking the tour bus down the highway of the USA with the Allah – Las March 2017.
Roya is a six piece band from Brooklyn with a strong pedigree: singer Rahill Jamilifard fronts Habibi, drummer Hamish Kilgour is a member of legendary band The Clean, Jay Heiselmann is from Grooms, and also featuring bassist Alix Brown previously of The Lids and Golden Triangle. Their sound is a melodically driven somber post punk, with an earnest emphasis on lyrics. The band is set to release a full length in 2016.
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Events for April 10 – April 29
Programmer: Cinedelphia Film Festival The first of two special April meetings guest programmed by the CFF! A guest speaker will introduce the film, which is appropriate for any audience accustomed to exploitation/genre films of the 1970s. The above image does not reflect the film that will be screened. We are the most informal of film clubs, providing free screenings of cult/weirdo/B-movie fare, meeting on the second and final Monday of every month at PhilaMOCA for one full movie and maybe…
2017 Cinedelphia Film Festival presents BLUE VELVET REVISITED (Philly Premiere) In 1985, a young German filmmaker Peter Braatz was invited by David Lynch to Wilmington, North Carolina, to document the making of his new film. Over the following two months, Peter was given unrestricted access to set, cast, crew and director, collating hours of behind the scenes footage, in depth interviews, and thousands of photographs. The resulting ‘No Frank In Lumberton’ film, released in 1988 with highly limited distribution, has…
The Cinedelphia Film Festival is proud to present visionary actor/filmmaker Neil Breen’s first-ever Philadelphia appearance! Breen has become a staple of the midnight movie circuit in recent years with his work drawing comparisons to everyone from David Lynch to Tommy Wiseau. His films, all of which he writes, directs, and stars in, tackle themes of corruption on social, federal, and global levels, exposing the dark underbelly of modern society in hope of a better tomorrow. Breen’s charming sincerity, unique acting…
The 2017 Cinedelphia Film Festival presents An Evening with Alex Cox featuring an extended chat/Q&A, meet and greet, and screening of REPO MAN! Few modern filmmakers have had a career as extensive and diverse as Alex Cox. Best known as the creator of punk cinema classics REPO MAN (1984), SID & NANCY (1986), and STRAIGHT TO HELL (1987), Cox’s career veered in a new direction with the release of the Nicaragua-set WALKER (1987), an intentionally anachronistic biopic of mercenary William…
The 2017 Cinedelphia Film Festival presents the Philly Premiere of Tombstone-Rashomon with writer/director Alex Cox in attendance! The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral only happened once, but has been tirelessly recreated in films, television shows and western towns ever since. No one has a monopoly on truth, and in Tombstone Rashomon, the truth is shared by six conflicting, yet historical perspectives. In doing so, the film’s narrative becomes prismatic and the result is perhaps the most comprehensive telling of the…
The 2017 Cinedelphia Film Festival is so excited to host a BEYOND VAUDEVILLE/ODDVILLE, MTV retrospective and live taping of a new episode! Beyond Vaudeville was a masterpiece of televised variety shows, an expertly curated showcase of amateur talents and nostalgia-inducing celebrities housed within the confines of a crowded, Manhattan-based public access television station. For ten years, from 1986 to 1996, awkward host Frank Hope and his violence-prone sidekick David Greene created some of the most memorably strange and uncomfortably compelling…
Programmer: Cinedelphia Film Festival The second of two special April meetings guest programmed by the CFF! Special guests, appropriate for anyone with psychotronic sensibilities. The above image does not reflect the film that will be screened. We are the most informal of film clubs, providing free screenings of cult/weirdo/B-movie fare, meeting on the second and final Monday of every month at PhilaMOCA for one full movie and maybe a short or two. Sometimes the film will be a surprise, other…
The 2017 Cinedelphia Film Festival proudly presents the first-ever Philadelphia performance from 1970s gay garage/disco icon Laurice! Wales-born garage/disco icon Laurice has a long history in the music industry, his most notable success being the 1973 pre-punk hits “When Christine Comes Around” and “I’m Gonna Smash Your Face In” recorded under the band name Grudge. Influenced by the work of Lou Reed, Laurice relocated to North America in the 1970s where he pioneered the genre of gay-centric macho rock, showcasing…
The 2017 Cinedelphia Film Festival presents the Philly Premiere of On the Sly: In Search of the Family Stone! An obsessive fan’s quest to locate the whereabouts of 1970s musical icon Sly Stone forms the basis of this 2017 Slamdance documentary selection. Director/Subject Michael Rubenstone and Executive Producer Todd Shotz, both Philly-born and raised, in attendance! Michael Rubenstone, a first-time filmmaker and Sly and the Family Stone super fan, sets out to find the band’s leader, the reclusive funk legend…
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