December 20, 2007

6 Things You Should Know About Brown Recluse Sings

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Landphil was at Penn’s Pi Lam, breathing in the stale smell of beer and cigarettes and enjoying the sights and sounds the show had to offer.  The night started off with Ravens and Vultures, then Brown Recluse Sings, and then DJ RMT (the SuperTodd Brothers of Brown Recluse) and the Broadzilla Dj’s topped us off for an infinite night of dancing.

1.    The band started as a collaboration between Tim Meskers and his good friend Mark Saddlemire.  [Tim Meskers] “It was originally intended to be mostly a studio only project and we invited some friends to play on the songs, but then we found that the chemistry and the repore was so good that we might want to start playing live shows.  We had a legendarily shambolic first show at the Kensington South forum, and it just kind went on from there.”  Mark left the band around the end of the summer of 2007, [Alexander Tyson] “He went on tour with us, and it was a really nice farewell.  I think it was an amicable sort of separation because he just wanted to focus more time on his studio efforts.”
2.    The 6 guys in Brown Recluse all met at school, Tim and Alex have played together since Middle/high School and they met Herbie and the Todd brothers (Ryan, Jesse, and Patrick) at Temple University.  The Todd Brothers have obviously known one another all of their lives, but Patrick, the youngest Todd brother at the age of 21, just joined the band as Mark decided to leave.  It was a smooth transition, as they expected Mark to leave and Patrick to move from Connecticut (hometown of the Todd brothers) to Philadelphia.  The brothers report that they’ve always gotten along well, and aren’t like normal brothers that usually struggle with sibling rivalries.
3.    Brown Recluse Sings has a clean track record.  They’ve never really fought amongst themselves, except Herbie has always been somewhat of a troublemaker.  He was once moved to yelling and breaking furniture, something very out of character for him, but according to Tim, it was “something about needing more delay, he needed more delay.  There was a bunch of blood everywhere, and he broke Alex’s chair”.  The band actually almost broke up once because they couldn’t cross the Canadian border together, because of Herbie’s criminal record.  They had to leave Herbie there for some time until things blew over, and when I dug deeper, he and Alex quickly changed the subject.  Herbie seems to be the rebel of the group, but it’s a subject they like to keep quiet.
4.    The band shares a wide spectrum of music, ranging from psychedelic late 60’s/early 70’s to black metal to early electronic.  These all have their own preferences that they’re constantly sharing with one another on tour.  However, they do share a love for Brazilian psych, and apparently Alex does for Brazilian women, as they shared that his girlfriend is Brazilian (He blushingly changed the subject back to music).  [Herbie] “We had a song listening event on tour, where we all picked our favorite songs and we would all play them for each other.  And we voted on how much we liked them, and we narrowed it down to the best songs.”
5.    The band not only shares a wide variety of music, they also have some pretty diverse jobs.  Jesse Todd (the middle Todd brother) is actually a Spanish teacher at Philadelphia public high school, and he also coaches a mock trial team at the school at which he helps encourage students that are interested in becoming lawyers.  He has no interest in practicing law himself, but he works with attorneys and has some experience studying law.  The band itself has become a full-time occupation for all of the guys, as Herbie explains, “We try to remain a self-sufficient group, as far as recording goes, as far as artwork goes, promotions, show booking, etc… We like to think that we’re a diverse enough group that we can sort of in-house like handle anything that comes at us.”  It’s quite a task/feat for any band to maintain a DIY mentality, but Recluse Sings attempts to keep their original intentions in sight.
6.    All of the members of BRS are already DJing, Ryan and Jesse (DJ RMT, supertodd brothers), Herbie (HTShell), and Tim is soon to begin spinning a bit of his own.  When asked how their spinning could come to influence the band’s music, Herbie responded, “Well, even with what we DJ, there’s a wide variety.  From like hip-hop to indie music, to like what Ryan’s playing now (Ryan wasn’t in during the interview, he was spinning just outside the door), Krautrock and pretty drawn out simple stuff.  I can definitely see us incorporating that into our music, we’ve definitely fooled around with it before.  We don’t really have anything definitely worked on.  So in short, probably? Ha.

The band was supposed to release an EP “The Soft Skin” under Tequila Sunrise Records, last month in November, but due to various circumstances it’s been delayed.  They’re playing this Friday, December 21, at Johnny Brenda’s.  I’m really excited for this show, because it’s giving a lot of local artists a chance to get som well-deserved recognition.

 The Neighborhood Choir

Surefire Broadcast

Hermit Thrushes

DJ Kyle Intensified


December 17, 2007


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Not like Dave P and the Making Time crew need any more PR work, but when it says “an all night party that includes all you can drink domestic and well drinks for six and half hours! Includes free champagne at midnight and lots of sparks, confetti, balloons, fake snow, lasers, fog, and general craziness” – I can’t help but vouch. Last year’s party was off the hook. Don’t be pysched out by the $30-40 cover – it’s totally worth it, socially and economically. Get yr posse together and make this the best new year’s yet!

@ Transit

6th and Spring Garden

Philadelphia, PA

21+/ $30 cover – $40 week of (includes open bar)

Pick up advanced tickets at The Last Drop Cafe on 13th and Pine or Relapse Records on 4th and South Streets.

December 10, 2007

The Rogerio Extravaganza

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Chic and Buzz Rogerio are two Italian stallions who wear their South Philly pride on their sleeves. The brothers rose from sleeping on a fold out couch in a one bedroom apartment on Broad and ‘Shunk as children, to become Philly’s most ingenious comic duo. The Rogerio’s will melt the ice and pretense off of any cynic’s heart.

In between drags of a Marlboro Red Buzz explains “As we got older we got hooked up playing ball retriever at botchi ball games, went from there started doing bingo nights.”

Chic sits on the hood of a Honda civic he doesn’t own. “We got jobs at the Dolphin a while back, a topless club on Broad and Tasker. Jenna [from Uncut Productions] seen us on our myspace and asked to host.” Moving from their work at the Dolphin, the Rogerio brothers were recruited by the Philly-based sketch comedy group Shabadelphia Productions (, branching into online television with the South Philly Extravaganza show.

The boys said it best on their myspace: “its no coincidence we were born in the rizzo years. we like crackin heads and liftin beers right out of the philadeli refrigerators. so maybe those beers then find their way into the hands of kids who still wear uniforms to school…we ain’t nobody’s parents, officially. we’re the rogerio brothers, chicky and buzzy. we get our teeth fixed at broad and shunk. you might find us at the dolphin club rubbin elbows with the most sensational hookers this side of sinatras dressing room. we like murals on broad street, free things, keepin the italian market italian, and pretzels. we egged the ritas on passyunk as a warning…this is john’s country. next time, who knows, someone might end up with pee pee in their misto. chickie gets nuts. we host the drunken spelling bee all over the city, but mostly bob and barbaras at 15th and south. come by, drink, spell, or don’t. whatever.we get hookers either way, and we ain’t payin.”

As hosts of the drunken spelling bee, the Rogerios are quite the language lovers. “I was reading the Romana Series by Beverly Cleary” Buzz eagerly exclaims. “I moved on from there you know to the one about Ralph and the motor cycles, that dude’s the shit. I think the orange county chopper fellas should make a mouse sized bike.”

Chick prefers films. “I’m a movie guy. The last movie I saw I’ve seen many times. Raging Bull. I’m a big fan of that flick.”

Buzz is quick to interject and steal Chick’s thunder at every chance he can get. “The last movie I saw was the Paris Hilton sex dvd. I watched it last night and this morning.”

As a staple of their Italian-American pride, the brothers adore Frank Rizzo, Philly’s most controversial mayor.

“Frank Rizzo was the Tupac of Philadelphia. He’s just bidin’ his time. He’s still Vito and shit. 2012 he’s comin’ back and I know it. Michael Nutter don’t get too comfortable! You ever see ghost busters when that dude jumped outta that statue? thats what Rizzo’s gonna do! He’s gonna bust some heads with a night stick!”

Post round three of the Drunken Spelling Bee, after several minutes of basking in the gleeful debauchery of raining cup cake icing and city-wide specials, I turn to see a girl on the dance floor with an ear-to-ear smile as Pabst Blue Ribbon flows down her exposed breasts like a Milwaukee waterfall. My roommate and our female friend all look at each other with the same stupid-ass involuntary grin. There comes a time when you gotta’ stop taking things so seriously.

The Drunken Spelling Bee at Bob and Barbara’s is one of the funnest things to do in a Philly bar, let alone on a Monday night when jobs and school tells us we should be worrying about other crap. As if trying to retain the glory of their childhood with same competitive zeal they sported under the spotlight at a rival middle school before the buzzer rang in the fourth quarter, this nostalgia burns more intensely as the words and alcohol flow between rounds. Whether you were a starting quarter back, a mathlete, or just played in soccer games to eat the oranges and fruit snacks at half-time, there’s a place for you at the Drunken Spelling Bee.

Check out at the Rogerio Brothers and Uncut Productions myspace for more information regarding upcoming Spelling Bees. Below is an episode of the Rogerio Extravaganza Show produced by Shabedelphia.