Johnny Brenda's Presents
Paperhaus, James A.M. Downes, Thrills
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
MINKA is a dance band. They live, breathe, and procreate in Philadelphia.
They will play your roof or basement, warehouse or venue.
They will play the bottom of your swimming pool.
Dick Rubin, leader of the band, has been known to perform fully nude.
Hedonism – the pursuit of earthly pleasures – lies at the very core of what MINKA is about.
At a MINKA event, followers abandon social convention and allow their true selves to emerge.
The band’s music highlights the following ethos:
- Resist conforming to the routine society wants you to follow. Forge a new path.
- Tap into your primal nature. Return to the source of true human satisfaction.
- Embrace paranoia about the technological systems that regulate modern existence.
- Express yourself without reservation – verbally, artistically, sexually.
- Join the community. MINKA is a welcoming tribe.
"In-depth conversations about the world and our place within await around every corner, in DC at least. Oftentimes these weighty discussions end at an impasse, each side so confident in the rightness of their held position that there is no change. Every once in a while, however, a new perspective on an old belief is born not through entrenched rhetoric, but candid questions. We’ve all heard it, maybe you even said it yourself: “hm, that’s a good question.” Paperhaus don’t have the answers, hell, they’re still looking for the right questions. And that sense of seeking propels their new record—Are These The Questions We Need To Ask?, out Fall 2017 on Pittsburgh’s Misra Records (Destroyer, Phosphorescent, Great Lake Swimmers)—forward, while much of the world is left looking at the past.
Founded in 2006 by Alex Tebeleff (Black Lodge) along with childhood friends Eddie Rivers and Jeff Galfond, and fleshed out by various collaborators over the years—on ATTQWNTA?, Tebeleff has continued the project and is joined by new writing partners Matt Dowling (Deleted Scenes, The Effects, Joy Buttons) and Rick Irby (Den-Mate, Wanted Man, Jau Ocean)—Paperhaus functions as both a band and a creative collective, the latter in the form of their famed house venue (infamously featured on the pilot of HGTV’s DC Flippers). After a tense election season and the loss of a central collaborator to the sun of Los Angeles, Tebeleff felt it was time to change up the project's approach. A steady diet of modular synthesizers, community organizing and collaborative experimentation with aforementioned players emboldened his resolve to ride Paperhaus to its inevitable next stage.
And here we are: now. ATTQWNTA? marks a turning point for Paperhaus. Through a wide palate of psych, kraut, classic pop and noise Paperhaus rips through eight exciting new tracks, each paying service to the album’s whole. The current ensemble shines most on new songs like “Told You What To Say,” “Go Cozy,” and “Walk Through The Woods,” where some of the band’s heaviest guitars mix with a potent, mechanical rhythm section and Tebeleff’s Moog Sub 37, on which many of these compositions were first conceived. The lyrics—penned by Tebeleff and Dowling—reflect the band’s newly matured worldview, infusing their long-held commitment to community with a sense of wide-eyed awe. Settling into a series of studios over the last two years, the final recorded product was expertly engineered & mixed by Peter Larkin of The Lighthouse Recording Studio in Alexandria, VA. All things considered, ATTQWNTA? shows a new band ready to lead their peers out onto the next branch. They haven’t forgotten where they came from, but instead, they’re forging ahead, despite the anxiety of the unknown."
- Peter Lillis
James A.M. Downes
James A.M. Downes gets you, and you haven’t even met. It’s hard being alive these days. How could anyone deny that? But unlike your real life, James’ music is full of reassurance and comfort in knowing that someone else’s mind is just as quirky and desperate as yours.
James started contributing music to the New England hardcore/indie scene in the early 2000s as a founding member of Call It Arson. After years of relentless touring, the band went on hiatus and in 2008, Downes relocated to New York City where he helped build indie-folk band The End of America. While James’ post in The End Of America endures, he took a step out into the world as a solo artist with the announcement of his debut album, the 6-song EP, Prison Font, released in March 2017.
Prison Font, out on Downes’ own Forest Park Recordings, plays host to a range of influences, from the melodic intuition of George Harrison, to the new-retro feel of the Shins, to the lush guitar beds that shine with a hint of early 2000s Death Cab for Cutie. Honest yet crassly eloquent lyrics give breath to narratives that teem with dark humor and humility, taking the listener from debaucherous parties in the afterlife all the way to the desolate empty bedrooms of former lovers, long since vanished.
While recent features in publications like Relix Magazine help Prison Font take flight, word of James’ energetic and personable live performances spreads among music lovers. Either performing as a yearning cello/guitar duet or leading a bruising and beautiful full band, most concert goers would agree with The Deli’s Henry Solotaroff-Webber in saying that “James boldly [displays] his talent as a songwriter, and [solidifies] himself as someone to watch.”
Thrills, the brainchild of Michael Mullin of Vacationer, is a Philadelphia-based electro indie rock band since 2014. During years of touring the US and UK, Mullin dedicated his time off to the studio in Philly, channeling his cosmic philosophy into Thrills. The group is a rearrangement of Vacationer, with input from Greg Altman, Kenny Vasoli, and Ryan Zimmaro, in addition to drummer J. Earl Martin. The debut title of the project, "Thrills of Constantly Collapsing," speaks to the concept of creation necessitating destruction. Experimental soundscapes echo this idea through brainy vocal samples, punk guitar, noisy texture, and dimensions of polyrhythm. These themes are artfully explored in the EP Memory Envelope.
All shows are 21+ Proper I.D. required for admission