Archive: September, 2012
Friday, September 28th
Yuengling's Philly Free Beer Toast6:30 pmFull list of participating locations
Ali Shaheed MuhammadSilk City 435 Spring Garden St. 9 pm $10
Friday Happy Hour DJs - DJ Perez Johnny Brenda’s 1201 N Frankford Ave 6 pmNo Cover
Skeletonwitch w/ Havok, Early GravesThe Barbary 951 Frankford Ave 8 pm Tickets
Mark KozelekFirst Unitarian Sanctuary2125 Chestnut St8:30 pmTickets
Saturday, September 29th
Anything U Can Shake YRHips2 Silk City 435 Spring Garden St. 10 pm $3 girls $7 guys
We recently interviewed Hassan Ali Malik from Sunny Ali & The Kid to catch a glimpse into his touring and vacation plans, sources of inspiration, and hopes for the band. It looks like we're definitely going to book our tickets to Austria for some serious tagging along.
L: What are the big plans for your trip to Austria at the end of the month? Should we book our tickets now to see you?
H: There's a beautiful state park that gets submerged in water once a year where you can scuba dive. I'd like to sit on a park bench under water and think for a while... There's also this "Bone house" that holds 1200 skulls of evangelical Christians that were massacred. Maybe we'll try to shoot a goth video there... We'll be there for a week and we only have one show so I'm hoping we'll get to explore. The whole festival is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the recognition of Islam as an official European religion. Austria was one of the first European country's to recognize Islam. It's basically going to be a big experiment with artists, politicians, belly dancers, scholars and diplomats. It's basically going to be another weird one.
L: Abdullah recently interviewed Vince Gilligan, creator of Breaking Bad, for Vice. What other side projects are you currently pursuing beyond music?
H: Nothing. Just music. I'm a pretty dull and boring person otherwise. Oh, but I do like to play ping pong.
L: Your music is clearly inspired by a wide range of sources. How have fellow musicians specifically in the Philadelphia circuit influenced your work?
H: Well, I did meet the Kid here in Philly through the musician circuit. So, thats proof that there's great musicians running around. I've been playing Philly for a very long time now and there's always a handful of good bands around. I'd like to think that we now influence people here. We rep Philly pretty hard no matter where we go. I hope Philly reps us too.
L: I laughed out loud at work to your YouTube screen shot flyers from last month. What are some other creative ways you’ve worked to expand your fan base?
H: I've been trying to think outside the computer box. Self promoting can be a strange thing. Like, I don't want to be so aware of myself or what I'm doing with my life sometimes. I have some fun ideas but I can't really share. You'll see. The best self promotion though is consistent good music. That and maybe some hottt pics.
L: What are your hopes for the effects of your music reaching new people? Is there some message you wish to convey through your music alone or as a individual spokesperson?
H: Yes. A VERY VERY important one... Come to a show and find out!
While cooler weather around the corner may seem gloomy, your outerwear doesn't have to follow suit with these cute brooches.
Sundry Retro Brooch
For the romantic, this pin would look perfect on a navy blazer paired with camel ankle boots. Available at Anthropologie.
Record Player Brooch
Let everyone know your love for vinyl with this mini record player on your lapel. Plus, the record spins! Available at Hannah Zakari.
Favorite Flavor Pin
Your date won't have to do much guesswork to figure out your favorite post-movie snack spot with this cherry red pin. Available at Modcloth.
Handmade and covered with real pages from an old copy of To Kill a Mockingbird, this pin will secretly show off your literary smarts. Available at Etsy.
Tailed and Tiny Pin
Hold down your head scarf on windy days with this friendly mouse pin that will double as a snuggly companion. Available at Modcloth.
Studded Croc Bow Brooch
Tone down the girlieness with this studded brooch and wear it like a bowtie on your collared shirts. Available at Topshop.
This adorable pin by Tatty Devine is the perfect friend to make you smile through the chilly air. Available at Karmaloop.
Eliah the Elephant Brooch
Made by Haberdash House, this pin will catch everyone's eye as Eliah shows off his flashy jewel back. Available at Hannah Zakari.
ASOS Stud Collar Brooch with Chain
Kate Bracaglia, Philly.com Music Blogger
French artist Melody Prochet crafts gorgeous, haunting dream pop
It might be the eight years of French lessons talking—but I’ve always had a thing for French pop. From the playful vocals of Stereolab to the ass-kicking beats of Yelle (never mind Justice, Daft Punk, and—how could I forget—PHOENIX) there’s a sensibility all these artists share that moves beyond pure country of origin. Rather, these artists are all masters at creating their own identity and world—from Daft Punk’s signature helmets to Justice’s illuminated crosses to Yelle’s trademark bob and rainbow brights.
Fellow Francophile Melody Prochet (aka, Melody’s Echo Chamber) might be a newcomer to the scene, but already is proving she too can craft a unique identity. A classically-trained, 25-year-old, design school drop-out, Prochet’s world is undoubtedly darker and murkier than those of her aforementioned colleagues. But that doesn’t make it any less stunning, as her debut, self-titled record makes clear.
With over 100 films from 35 countries to screen during this 11-day event, which runs from Thursday, October 18 to Sunday, October 28, you should start making that popcorn stockpile today. The Festival will open with David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook, which recently won the coveted Audience Award following its premiere at last month’s Toronto International Film Festival, and is already garnering award buzz. The Festival will close with Flight, Robert Zemeckis' long-awaited return to live-action filmmaking. The Festival will truly be remarkable from start to finish.
Tickets will go on-sale for Philadelphia Film Society members on Friday, September 28, and to the general public beginning Monday, October 2nd. Tickets may be purchased through the Festival website, over the phone by calling 267-908-4733, or in-person at the Prince Music Theater Box Office (1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103).
We’ve got the lowdown on three new announcements/releases to keep you at the top of the local music buzz.
The Jeans: Levi's Demi Curve High-Rise Skinny Jean in Wine - Available at Urban Outfitters.
The Boots: (left) Leopard Booties - Available at Forever 21.
(right) Studded Mid-Heel Ankle Boots in Sand - Available at Zara.
The Jeans: Plaid Cuff Pants - Available at Forever 21 Men.
The Boots: (left) Teagan Boot in Gaucho - Available at Dr. Martens.
(right) Desert Snug Boot in Taupe Distressed Suede - Available at Clarks.
The Jeans: BDG Coated Twig Mid-Rise Jean Available at Urban Outfitters.
The Boots: (left) Boots in Black Suedette - Available at H&M.
(right) Studded Ankle Boot in Black - Available at Zara.
The Jeans: Jachs Dixon Pant in Grey - Available at Kembrel.
The Boots: (left) Bed:Stu Lucious Boots in Brown Suede - Available at Kembrel.
(right) Vans OTW Howell in Brown/Bone - Available at UBIQ.
The Jeans: Life In Progress Zip Pocket Colored Skinny Jeans - Available at Forever 21.
The Boots: (left) Dolce Vita Joust Suede Ankle Boot - Available at Urban Outfitters.
(right) Back Zipper Hardsole Boot in Brown Suede - Available at Minnetonka.
The Jeans: Standard Cloth Skinny Jean in Maroon - Available at Urban Outfitters.
The Boots: (left) Boots in Dark Blue - Available at H&M.
(right) Boxcar Boots in Brown Leather - Available at Steve Madden.
The Jeans: Pilcro Serif Printed Corduroy Legging - Available at Anthropologie.
The Boots: (left) Gaunt Suede Bootie in Forest Green - Available at ALDO.
(right) Perry Ankle Boot in Garnet - Available at Bass Shoes.
A little bit sweet, a little bit spooky. We've compiled a list of eight family-friendly haunted activities and the accessories to match to keep you stylish and cozy for every kind of outing.
Fall for Foliage Bracelet
Just in time for leaf-peeping, let everyone know which season is your favorite with this rustic-inspired bracelet. Available at Modcloth.
Shady Brook Farm
Shady Brook Farm
931 Stony Hilly RoadYardley, PA 19067215-968-1670
Shady Brook Farms offers a farm market, U-Pick crops, deli, and garden center. Their Pumpkinfest is open daily this year from September 29th through October 31st. Apples and Pumpkins are sold by the pound and the $12 general admission includes wagon rides, a corn maze, and a dozen more activities. Half price admission is offered on 9/15, 16, 22, and 23. Stay into the evening for Horrorfest, Shady Brook Farm's offering of four spooky attractions. The Hayride of Horror, Barn of Horror, 3-D Alien Encounter, and Carnage are open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights during October. Find them on Facebook here!
Sparkle & Fade Printed Pleated Maxi Skirt
This breezy chiffon maxi skirt is the perfect length and color for fall. Whether you are sitting on a picnic blanket or taking a spin on a hayride, this number will keep you covered. Available at Urban Outfitters.
Field of Screams
Field of Screams
191 College Avenue Mountville, PA 17554
The Field of Screams is open this fall from September 14th through November 4 on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Plus, they will be open on Halloween. Activities include the Haunted Hayride, Den of Darkness, and Frightmare Asylum. A $5 off coupon is available through email by signing up for the mailing list.
OBEY Standard Issue Windbreaker
Even in the dark, you won't have any trouble holding on to your best man friend in this brightly colored water-resistant windbreaker. Plus, he'll stay dry even if you start crying on his shoulder after the evil clown carnival tunnel. Available at Arcadia Boutique.
Church Street and Bridge Road Spring City, PA 19475
Pennhurst Asylum is open for haunts from September 21 through November 4. Hours and availability vary. Activities include the Dungeon of Lost Souls, The Tunnel Terror, and the Ghost Hunt. A $5 off coupon is available for on-site purchases here.
Staring at Stars Long-Sleeved Slit Sleeve Top
For those in-between weather days, let this top take you through the temperature transitions. Just don't let the zombies with chainsaws find your exposed arms. No sweat! Available at Urban Outfitters.
The Valley of Fear
Valley of Fear
The Valley of Fear is open this year from September 28th through November 3rd on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Attractions include the Haunted Hayride, Scary Tales, and the Zombie Escape Maze. Giveaways, live bands, magicians, and more will also be featured nightly. Coupon specials and family packs are available here.
Ben Sherman Cardigan Shawl
Stay cozy while waiting in line at Linvilla for caramel-covered apples and apple cider or at the Bates Motel for a night of screams. Available at Kembrel.
The Bates Motel
Bates Motel at Arasapha Farm
1835 Middletown Road (Rt. 352) Glen Mills, PA 19342
Rated as one of the Scariest Haunted Houses and Attractions in America by America Haunts, The Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride is sure to be a scream for adults and children ages 8+. The Bates Motel is open this year from September 28 through November 4th. Hours and availability vary. Activities include the Haunted Hayride, Bates Motel, and the Haunted Corn Maze. A $5 off coupon is available for web ticket purchases here. Don't forget to like them on Facebook!
Diamond Lace Sweater
The delicate geometric pattern and light color of this cropped hi-low 100% merino wool sweater by Micaela Greg may not be ideal for hayrides, but is a cute layering option for stopping by Styer's or Linvilla for produce picking and stocking up for a picnic. Available at Arcadia Boutique.
137 W. Knowlton Road Media, PA 19063 610-876-7116
Linvilla Orchards offers six types of hayrides, Pick Your Own crops, and an extensive Farm Market including a bakery and garden store. Festivals and other special events available all year round. This year, the Pumpkinland Harvest Festival is from September 8 through November 4. Don't forget to like them on Facebook!
Gold and Yellow Beaded Necklace
Keep up with one of fall's biggest trends with this bib necklace that is the perfect color for the season. Now if only our butternut squash and sweet corn could look so delightful, life would be perfect. Available at Piper Boutique.
Styer's Orchards and Market
Styer's Orchards and Market121 Woodbourne RoadLanghorne, PA 19047215-757-7646
Make sure to stop by Styer's Market for fall-themed gifts and fresh produce for all of your picnic needs. The deli is sure to be a home run with a variety of sandwiches and party tray offerings. Plus, the bakery features nearly 20 varieties of pie and not a single one looks less-than-perfect. Uh oh. Find them on Facebook here!
Lamar Boot in Dark Purple
The yellow and gold necklace from Piper paired with these richly-colored boots from by Belle Sigerson Morrison are a match made in heaven. Kick it up a knotch with a taupe maxi dress, printed skinny belt, and straw sun hat for your trip to the pumpkin patch or facepainting with the kids. Available at Knit Wit.
Corn Cob Acres
Corn Cob Acres Field of Fun
191 College Avenue Mountville, PA 17554(located at the Field of Screams)