Local Lineup: Ceramic Animal + Sixteen Jackies

By: Tate Kamish

In preparation for Saturday’s show with Dr. Danny (of The Lemon Twigs), we wanted to get to know our local artists, Ceramic Animal and Sixteen Jackies, a little bit better. Read on to find out more about some of their favorite places to go in Philly, pre-show rituals, dream reality TV shows, and more! For tickets, click here.

Ceramic Animal

How long have you been playing together as a group?

Warren, Elliott, and I are brothers, we have been playing together since we were squirts. We started playing out together maybe 4 or 5 years ago doing covers. Then Ceramic Animal came on about 2 years ago. Our first bassist left the band, so our friend Dallas hopped on board about 6 months ago which has been great. – Erik

Do you have any pre-show rituals?

We first show glory to the Gods by exhibiting our strength and endurance. We do this by seeing who can lift Erik the highest off of the ground. Dallas is the current record holder but he has the height advantage and also the longest arms. Elliott almost had him beat but the grip in El’s left hand is much weaker than his right – this made the initial heave lopsided and upon reaching apex, Erik’s right foot was lower than his left (the lowest portion of Erik’s body is the official result). After that we participate in the ceremonial Purgato Vestimenta Sua or “The Steaming of the Suit”. This is where we steam out the wrinkles in our handsome suits. We do this for 30 minutes in absolute silence. We then slue some swill and I change my strings. – Warren

What are some of your favorite things to do/places to go in Philly?

We usually kick around Northern Liberties or Fishburgh. I like Ortlieb’s because that is where me and my best cronies go. – Warren

How do you think Philly has shaped you as a band–if you think it has?

Well, we used to say we were a band from Doylestown but now we trick everyone by saying we are a band from Philly 🙂 – but really much of what I write about stems from experiences I’ve had here. We have also met a lot of good cats that have guided us with advice and shows when we were first kicking off. – Warren

What kind of experience do you want to create at your shows?

We want to bring energy, we want to expand the album tracks and make sure that the songs feel live. I have always dug the idea that the record and the live set are two unique experiences. There are also a few distinct original songs we only play at our shows. – Warren

Congrats on qualifying for SXSW. How do you feel about that?

It’s a real treat, something we have been looking forward to for a while. There are a lot of bands we want to see, as well as supporting our Philly m8s. We really just want to soak as much in as possible. – Warren

Given that your name is Ceramic Animal, what do you think the “spirit animal” of the band would be?

Probably the Ouroboros. – Erik

Ceramic Animal’s second album is due out this spring. In the meantime, you can marinate in their dreamy single, “So Familiar,” below:

Sixteen Jackies

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Questions answered by lead singer, Joey DeMarco–pictured on the far left. 

How long have you been playing together as a group?

We’ve been playing together since May of 2016 but before that all of us have had previous projects with Ian (our drummer) over the years. You can still find two of them, Teenage Mysticism and The Plums, here and there on the internet.

Are you all from Philly?

Everyone in the band besides me is from York, PA. I’m from Fredericksburg, VA but I lived in York back in 2012 which is when I met all of them.

What are some of your favorite spots in Philly?

To be honest my personal favorite spots in Philly are the three Ritz theaters in Old City. They’re basically my church.

Who would your dream collaboration be with? Dead or alive…

My dream collaboration would be with Brian Eno as a producer in the mid 70s, around the time he was working with Devo, Bowie and countless others. He truly was a wellspring of shocking and fun ideas that still seem inventive 40 years later. Collaborating with Bjork or Kanye wouldn’t be too shabby either…

I heard you are a big fan of horror movies… What is your favorite horror movie? Why?

My three favorite horror movies (a.k.a. my favorite movies) right now are Whatever Happened To Baby Jane (1962), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), and Black Christmas (1974) but if you really twisted my arm I’d say Texas Chainsaw is my favorite. I love the gritty camerawork and am floored by the level of savagery Tobe Hooper was able to conjure so early on in the development of “the slasher film” as a genre. There are a ton of interesting ideas at play and the last 30 minutes couldn’t be more sonically abrasive and horrifying. The last song off of our upcoming EP is called “VHS #2 (Masks)” and I pulled all sorts of images and actions from TCM for the lyrics.

How do you want the audience to feel at your shows?

If they’re a stiff type of person that isn’t into the idea of seeing a performer in drag or in general is just too easily shocked, I’d like to be the hand that pushes them out of their comfort zone, encourages them to let their freak flag fly, and hopefully gets them to move their hips a little. As for all the weirdos and freaks out there I just want them do be hyped on what we’re doing and I want to be a voice that emboldens their creativity and willingness to stand out in the crowd, like what Bowie was for teenagers back in the day. I know I’m not that voice yet but, y’know… hopefully someday.

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Describe your music in one word.

Saucy.

What was your AIM username?

What’s funny is I used AIM every single day of my like back when I was 14 and 15 and I have no idea what my username was.

If you had to come up with a concept for a reality TV show, what would it be?

Ok so get this, a celebrity murder-mystery dinner party type thing with John Waters as the host. Famous people getting “killed off” one by one while the remaining contestants try to find the killer. Some ideas for guests on the first episode: Nicole Kidman, Uma Thurman, Crispin Glover, RuPaul, and Nicholas Cage. I dunno, I’d watch it.

Sixteen Jackies just released their first EP, Movie Was Bad , this fall, and will be releasing their debut LP this spring via Born Losers Records.

 

Beats, Brews, & BBQ 2018

This past December marked the 10th annual Winter Beer Fest. Guests enjoyed samples from a variety of breweries both near and far as well as delicious food prepared by our Executive Chef, Rob Cottman. Plus, the beloved Whiskeyhickon Boys performed not one, but two sets!   

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Photo by: Jonathan Pearson

Bummed you missed out on all the fun? Eager to do it again? We’ve got you covered, and this time with 4x as many tables of beer! Our 14th annual Beats, Brews & BBQ is happening on February 24th. Starting at 1pm, we will be pouring beers from over 40 breweries, including year-round offerings, seasonals, and rarities.

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Photo by: Jonathan Pearson

“We are really trying to put together a nice mix of larger national and international craft breweries as well as up-and-coming local and regional breweries, including stuff that is new to the market,” explains our Bar Manager, Shane Flanders, “There will be something for everyone.” 

Tickets include 3oz. samples of all the beers, the best of barbecue, and a performance by the Bob Lowery Band. Plus, brewery reps will be present to answer any and all questions you may have about their products! 

Pretty sweet deal, right?

It gets better.

By upgrading to a VIP ticket, guests will be able to enjoy all beers plus a few VIP exclusives–including the legendary imperial, Molotov Surprise, from Evil Twin Brewing. For tickets and more information, visit our website.

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P.S. Don’t drink and drive! World Cafe Live is conveniently located just two blocks from 30th Street Station, and on the route of several SEPTA bus lines, allowing you to enjoy sampling several beers without the worry of driving home afterward.

Phoebe Bridgers on her songwriting process, biggest inspirations, 2018 goals

By: Tate Kamish

Over a cup of coffee on a snowy afternoon, I had the pleasure of chatting with Los Angeles-based, folk-rock musician, Phoebe Bridgers. Well, she was making coffee as we spoke on the phone just a few days before embarking on tour. Although the 23-year-old has already toured with a handful of notable artists, including Julien Baker and Conor Oberst, this will be her first tour where she is headlining–with the exception of a couple of dates supporting Bon Iver.

“I’m actually really curious to see who comes to these shows,” she says with excitement in her voice, “I don’t really know what my demographic is or if my shows are loud or quiet… that sorta thing.”

Reflecting on her last tour with Conor Oberst, Bridgers has nothing but positive remarks: “He’s the best. Truly. I was on the bus by myself one time with him and 13 of his friends, and everybody was so nice to me to the point where they were buying me all this chocolate like, try this one; try this one!” She adds, “And I love chocolate.”

People often say, don’t meet your heroes, for fear of being disappointed, but for Bridgers, it seems to have worked out perfectly. Growing up, she really connected with the music of Oberst and Elliott Smith, who were inspired by Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, and Neil Young–some of her favorite artists as well.

“My first concert was Kelly Clarkson; I was obsessed. Then I saw Neil Young the same year,” she laughs before adding with confidence, “That tells you more about me than any other question will.”

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Bridgers’ debut LP, Stranger in the Alps, is a collection of hauntingly beautiful, intimate songs about loneliness, relationships, and death. On her songwriting process, Bridgers explains, “I have an ongoing note on my phone of weird stuff that I feel like would make it into a song. Basically I tweet at myself all day, [or] I’ll have a melody in my head and the words will just come naturally.” She pauses, “A lot of times I’ll write from the inside out.”

Despite her songs having a dark overtone, Bridgers seems to have a very bright disposition. She reveals that she is  happiest when outside, naming the Griffith Observatory as one of her go-to spots. In fact, one of her favorite parts of touring is seeing aspects of nature that she has not yet experienced, and asking locals about their favorite hikes and trails.  

Likewise, Bridgers deeply values connecting with her audiences: “I’ll have amazing conversations with audience members. I like that people bring themselves and their lives to my shows.” With each performance, she wants to inspire more women to write songs of their own. 

Bridgers is also itching to record again, hoping to simultaneously find some studio time and “still love touring,” by the end of the year. Until then, she will continue the ongoing stream-of-consciousness on her phone, maybe even including some of her most-used emojis–Screen Shot 2018-02-02 at 12.49.22 PM.png

WXPN welcomes Phoebe Bridgers and Soccer Mommy to the World Cafe Live stage on February 21st. For tickets and more information, visit our website.

Staff Pick: Dia Frampton 7/9

From NBC’s hit show The Voice, Dia Frampton is coming to World Cafe Live to light up the stage on July 9th at 8 pm! With her unique and captivating voice combined with brooding lyrics and melodies swirling around concepts of life, love and loss, it’s no surprise she quickly stole the hearts of Americans nationwide. Dia Frampton started her music career with her sister, Meg, as the duo Meg & Dia, before Dia took to her journey as the eventual runner up on the first season of The Voice. Dia instantly captured the attention of viewers with her eccentric and vastly different renditions of songs by Kanye West as well as R.E.M., which both became the highest charting iTunes digital songs by any contestant on The Voice at the time. Her own original song “Inventing Shadows” topped the charts at No. 1. Shortly after, her infectious energy led her to win the title of Entertainment Weekly’s 2011 “Favorite Reality Show Personality.” After her time on The Voice, she released an EP with a band she had formed called Archis, and is currently embarking on her solo career that hasn’t slowed down, with her latest album Bruises debuting this past March. The album starts with two uplifting tunes “Hope” and “Out of the Dark,” one being instrumental and one not, but both inciting a feeling of renewal and resilience. The two songs set the tone, a very nostalgic and cinematic one at that, for the rest of the album. One of my personal favorites off of the album is “White Dress,” which has an eerie melody laced with droning harmonies that really forces you- in the way music should- to feel the message she’s trying to convey. Don’t miss your chance to see her in our intimate downstairs venue here at World Cafe Live!

-Rachel Goldstein

Staff Pick: Robert Glasper Experiment 6/20

If you think you haven’t heard the Robert Glasper Experiment before, think again. The Experiment has played with the likes of chart topping artists ranging from Erykah Badu, Kendrick Lamar, Hiatus Kaiyote, Kanye West and Snoop Dogg all the way to Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock and Norah Jones. With a leader like Glasper, there is truly no limit to what this group can and will achieve. After releasing Black Radio 1 and 2 in 2012 and 2013 respectively, the Robert Glasper Experiment did not fail to live up to expectations with their follow up album and latest musical project, ArtScience. The band tastefully fuses countless facets and genres of music together seamlessly, from their deep jazz roots phasing into, and not shying away from, hints of prog rock, electronic, pop, hip-hop, funk, soul and R&B. Glasper and his band mates somehow cover it all and make it sound effortless in the process. Unlike their previous projects, ArtScience stands out for a big reason — this album has no featured vocalists. All members, including saxophonist and vocalist Casey Benjamin, drummer Mike Colenburg, bassist Derrick Hodge and Glasper himself, wrote and produced, and everyone sings. Everything about this album transcends the way we think about music. The opening song, “This Is Not Fear,” takes off full steam ahead right off of the bat. A minute and a half into it there’s a beat change that poses a purposefully stark contrast to the first minute of the song. This intro is just a little taste of what you’re in for when you embark on the musical journey that is ArtScience. From “You And Me,” an original song oozing with equal parts love and ache, to a 7 minute cover of Herbie Hancock’s “Tell Me A Bedtime Story,” each song will leave you feeling something different and new and will leave you amazed at the sheer musical brilliance. You will not regret diving into all that is the Robert Glasper Experiment. Don’t miss their upcoming show in our downstairs room on Tuesday, June 20thtickets are moving fast!

-Rachel Goldstein, Marketing Intern

Did You Know? XPN’s Free At Noon

Did you know that XPN hosts FREE concerts just about every Friday at 12PM on our World Cafe Live stage? Head to XPN’s website to find out who’s up next and to RSVP. Check out some footage from past Free At Noons over at VuHaus, and tune in weekly to stream future Friday concerts if you can’t join us in person!

Bonus #throwbackthursday: Adele played a Free at Noon back in 2011.

Staff Pick: SALES in Philly 10/11

Catchy, minimalistic, heartfelt, and honest are all words to describe the two-piece pop band SALES.  From their hometown of Orlando, Florida, SALES is currently on tour promoting their self-released, self-titled first full length LP.  Vocalist Lauren Morgan’s subdued voice over a steady electronic drum machine, filled out by reverbed guitars give a sense of familiarity while still presenting the listener with a fresh sound.  Songs like “Ivy” and “Crash” will leave you wanting to relax in your bedroom for hours while submitting to guitarist Jordan Shih’s twinkly, melodic riffs.  As the album progresses, the duo begins to adventure more into trip-hop territory with songs like “Big Sis” and “Mondays”.  Although clearly influenced by a lot of contemporary indie artists, at certain points throughout the record (such as the short interlude “Be My Baby”) the duo gives a nod to more classic pop/rock artists of the past.  For fans of bands such as Beach House, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Youth Lagoon, this lo-fi two-piece will not disappoint.  Do not sleep on this up-and-coming group, for they will be sure to gain more popularity in the near future.  Make sure to grab your tickets for their performance at World Cafe Live downstairs in Philadelphia on October 11.

-Evan Cook, Marketing Intern

Win Free Tickets For A Year!

freetixforyearWorld Cafe Live Philadelphia is celebrating its 12th anniversary this weekend! To say thanks, we’re giving you the chance to win FREE TICKETS FOR A YEAR! The lucky winner will receive one pair of tickets to their show of choice each month (at either venue) through September 2017. That’s 12 pairs of tickets over 12 months to celebrate 12 years… you get the idea.

To enter, share your favorite WCL moment (a show, a picture, a story) on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with the hashtag #WCL12. Be sure to tag us @worldcafelive! Winner will be notified on Monday, October 3rd.

Staff Pick: Astronautalis

With a dirt-and-grit voice and lyrics focused around the honest difficulties of living, Astronautalis shows another side to his home Sunshine State. Many of his fans identify his genre as grunge hip hop but Astronautalis self titles his music as “historical fiction hip hop”. When you listen to songs such as “Forest Fire“, off of his new album Cut The Body Loose, you quickly realize how deep his lyrics can go. Astronautalis doesn’t shy away from talking about the struggles of life. It is hard to tell which stories are real and which are not but some people believe that is part of his charm and reason. These stories are dark and sad and though they may be imaginary they still mimic others true stories and daily compromises. From the story of his house burning down in a matter of minutes to a dialogue between him and another man about police brutality in “Running Away From God” – everything is a strong commentary on our time and world. After 5 albums and a career stretching 13 years, Astronautalis is unapologetic and relaxed on stage as he drags you into his world. He comes to World Cafe Live Wilmington on September 30th – grab your tickets!

-Kara DeLucia, Marketing Intern