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PREMIERE: Telecommuter - "Can't Get Back to Sleep"

There's nothing wrong with a little bit of smooth and silky electro-R&B sounds, and that's exactly what Telecommuter is dishing out with his debut single and video for "Can't Get Back to Sleep." 

Telecommuter is the solo project of composer and producer Alexander Margitich, who also holds a Berklee College of Music background in contemporary composition and production, as well as quite a bit of choral singing and improvisational jazz guitar training. Margitich's background has translated itself seamlessly into the electronic arrangements he's been working with recently. "Can't Get Back to Sleep" is laid over a slow tempo, moody electro beat, as Margitich gives a mellow and slightly sultry delivery of his vocals. The track was inspired by a fit of jet lag and insomnia that struck him on a family trip, the experience contributing to much of the song's moodiness. 

For the video, Margitich collaborated with his wife, fashion designer and photographer Lina Michal. Together they visually matched the mercurial air of the song with the abstract and ambient carnival shots. 

"Can't Get Back to Sleep" is the only Telecommuter track you can find online, but there's a chance to hear the rest of what he's been working on during his debut show on 1.11 at the Turn Turn Turn with Prolly Knot, Indigoe and SunSon. Watch the video for "Can't Get Back to Sleep" below.

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Krust Toons: "An Unwritten Rule..." by Tedd Hazard

Krust Toons: "An Unwritten Rule..." 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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New Music Video: "Streets Dept" - Moor Mother x Mental Jewelry

An ominous bass rumble bubbles to the surface in Moor Mother x Mental Jewelry's "Street Dept," before angular guitar runs slice through the atmospherics. Found on the duo's joint venture, Crime Waves (Don Giovanni), last year, the distorted footage of the artists is viewed through a crimson-filtered lens, contributing to the sinister presence maintained throughout the project's latest offering. Step into what might just be the unlikeliest of street anthems.

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Weekend Warrior, January 5 - 7

Hauntingly exhilarating, FUNeral, the freshly released EP from Madalean Gauze, sits between layers of secluded strangeness and playful enjoyment. Twisting traditional storytelling with a fantasy-laced vibe, the album may catch you off guard in a pleasant, surprising fashion; taking on cinematic undertones, the plot quickly turns. Tonight’s EP release show at Boot & Saddle will benefit Valley Youth House, a Lehigh Valley organization that ensures vulnerable, abused, and homeless youths in the community access to shelter and counseling, and features support from a trio of locals. Recently added to the Topshelf Records family, the harmony-fueled, girl-pop, throwback sounds of Queen of Jeans plan to release their debut album this year, and they’ll be working double-duty this evening, supporting Balance and Composure’s sold-out show at First Unitarian Church as well. Cut from similar musical cloths, the garage-pop quartet of Louie Louie dips into easy-grooving, semi-psych waters that retain a classic catchiness. Unleashing their personal-brand of barraging noise-pop, Empath will get the night started. – Michael Colavita

Other places to stay warm this weekend…

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Madalean Gauze (EP Release), Queen of Jeans, Louie Louie, Empath, SAT Flat Mary Road, Baker Man, Tough Guy Soda

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Nightfall, Trash Knife, The Charley Few, SAT Frog Holler, Hezekiah Jones, Dem Hills

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI All This Huxley/DJ Deejay, SAT Brother Martin, Port Arthur/A Black Celebration: DJ Baby Berlin, DJ Jem/DJ Mighty Mike Saga, DJ Elijvh Vrms, SUN The City and I, So Totally, Lowercase Roses

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D., F. Woods & The Fellow Humans,  Bunny Savage & The Plibmen

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Dance Party Quizzo: The Beating, Crouse

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT Alex Catrambone & Friends

TLA (334 South St.) SAT Candy Volcano

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Conjunto, SAT Light of Day(Upstairs) John Byrne/(Downstairs) Ben Arnold, SUN (Upstairs) Diane Monroe &  Tony Miceli Duo

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Panophonic, Sonny Knockout, E.Joseph & The Sparrows, Magnificent Birds of Prey, SAT Outer Heaven, Backslider

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI The Last Generation On Film, Vacation James, SAT Hayley Dare, Seb Isaac Band, SUN Dan Malloy, Nicklas Hughes, Michael J. Vitale, Slenko & McKeys

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT The Jesse Lundy Band: Mach 4

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Sexoffice, Rover Rover, SAT Kiska

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) SAT Darla

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) SAT Mercury Retrograde, Pet Lizard, Visoon

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) SUN Honeygasm

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Chad Jenkins Band, Primatives, Kevin Segal & The Old Souls, SAT Alright Junior, The Good Mess, Phantasm, The Sea Tease

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Stiltwater, Big Mind, Dry Reef, SAT An All-star Tribute to Paul Simon’s Graceland: Ryan Tennis

First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) FRI Balance and Composure, Queen of Jeans

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Jacopo & The Late Saints, Truant Minds, Tiger Castle, SAT So Totally/Cerulean Blue, Gracie & The So Beautifuls

LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Mista Quik, Prototype:AT, Tapes & Tubes, Alpha Alpha

Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Trash Boy, Overwinter, Georgey V

Planet Phitness (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Fleabite, Susie Derkins

JJ’s Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Past Life, Kinda Alright, SAT Sleepy Freak, Dinosaur Diner

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The Moody Tulips - "Snarky Baby" EP, Smiling Buddha on 01.27!

Just when you think Toronto can’t produce another stellar garage rock band here come The Moody Tulips. Less psych than a lot of the currently booming garage bands though. The Moody Tulips lean more towards the garage pop end of the spectrum with their catchy melodies and guitar licks. However they still keep the lo-fi dream alive. They released their debut record last month. “Snarky Baby” is a 6 song EP that’ll get you dancing and singing along to their fun jams. They play the Smiling Buddha on January 27th with Weakened Friends, Feels Fine and the Mooks. – Kris Gies

 

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