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The Philly Underbelly – “By The Scene. For The Scene.”

This, ladies and gentlemen, can be taken as a shameless plug. Be that as it may, I am delighted to have Dissociative Identity Productions write on The Philly Underbelly, an online blog/resource for everything going on within the DIY & otherwise Philly music scene (or best captured by their own motto, “By the Scene. For the Scene.”) An irreverent intake of all that makes Philly off, The Philly Underbelly‘s launch signals a, well, neat f’in’ method of knowing what the hell is going on without desperate phone calls and emails to ‘that guy I meet once at a show’ to figure out the details.

Founded and designed by Joe, Tom, & Elgin (last names not necessary, mkay?), The Philly Underbelly includes just about every DIY show and likewise around Philadelphia. From the constantly-busy folks of The Guild to the Clown Can Country Club boys, it plays a one-stop-shop (if there were any shopping to do…?) for what Philly provides best: mainly, grundgy and sweaty ass shows for the chaos neutral delinquent at heart. Mosh in a basement lit by Christmas lights or do that weird thing awkward people do with head bopping to that band your friend really likes but you don’t care for, frankly, it’s not my concern. What is my concern, however, is for you to check out an awesome piece of work from some folks you should really get to know.

Umm… that’s about it. Like/Follow ‘The Philly Underbelly‘ in whatever format you see fit. Now you have no excuse. Get yourself to a show and have a good time: you deserve it.

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Ten Kens – Namesake






“Excellently skewed, arty rock, like Sonic Youth and Liars colliding.” — NME

Ten Kens, the Toronto based ethereal artrock group, is streaming their entire forthcoming album, Namesake, a week early via the massive Canadian entertainment conglomerate, Exclaim!  This is also in conjunction with their recently released video from Namesame for the song “Gently Used“, which is presented by Tiny Mix Tapes and available above. Finally, to give you a probably way over the necessary dose, the video for “When A Door Opens” also premiered via Consequence of Sound. which, you guessed it, is also available above.

Released after two years of nerve racking tranquility and a sophomore album glow, the aptly titled Namesake moves the band away from their signature genre-bending dither into a more darkened psychedelic day trip experience. The result of an intense yearlong recording period and masterfully engineered/produced by Ten Kens own Brett Paulin and Dan Workman, the band jumped from one recording facility to the next in order to find each individual sound which makes this whole. Apparently, the band enjoys disappearing “into complete isolation to keep their vision focused and devoid of any outside influence” which may come across from just the first 2 mins of “Gently Used“.

It is this insidious exploration, though, coupled with an almost ambient prog rock, that makes Namesake such an experience as for as an album. An abstract art-piece constructed from the remains of decaying genres, Ten Kens’  Namesake is an unapologetic trance of post-rock meets prog rock with a whole lot thrown in between. Basically, it’s beautiful. Grab a download or don’t be stingy and grab the vinyl (Release Date: May 21, 2013, if it’s a great album, it’s a worthwhile buy and yes, Namesake is a great album). Here’s to hoping a tour is in the works.

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Last BoerLore – Wednesday, March 20th from 7pm – 8pm

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It’s been about a year since Dissociative Identity Productions was proud and excited with the announcement of our recent radio program, BoerLore, which specializes in everything that is 1950’s to 1980’s West African/Caribbean Reggae, Calypso, & Psychedelic Rock. It has been quite a year of discovery for myself at least as I have encountered some of the long forgotten legends of decades past. Whether this includes The Funkees, Sir Victor Uwaifo, or The Rob, BoerLore has served as an experimental hour for Dissociative Identity Productions as it explores how its voice could, or should, sound. Unfortunately this experiment has run its course and so it is with a heavy heart that we announce our last BoerLore show, this coming Wednesday, March 20th, from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

I do not want to suggest that this will be our last show ever: after all, if there is a demand, then I guess I need to supply. However Dissociative Identity Productions would like to focus back on its original program radio, Dissociative Identity. That is why, beginning this April, Dissociative Identity will return to its two hour sessions, allowing plenty of time for more experimentation including, potentially, a news/politics section (more on this in the future).

Anyways, thank you so much for all of those who have tuned in and supplied all of the kind words. It has been extremely entertaining to discover a whole new genre and I’m proud to say that we will continue to play some legends which we have found through this process on WKDU Philadelphia, 91.7 fm. But as far as a full hour of the genre, it looks as though a break or hiatus is necessary. Be sure to tune in this Wednesday from 7-8 for the last BoerLore and good luck on finals folks.

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April ’12 Mixtape

*Cough Cough* The intention of these mixtapes are purely noncommercial: rather, it is simply to promote smaller acts that have a great sound to them. Furthermore, all releases within any and every mixtape include tracks that were provided for free by the artists themselves anyways. Well I’m glad to get that over with. It’s been awhile since the March ’12 Mixtape so it’s with great honor that us here at Dissociative Identity Productions introduce to you, the bored or possibly intoxicated viewer, the April ’12 Mixtape.

Since we are all done with the introductions, please take a listen and be sure to share it with friends, family, or just random folks. Downloads are available for free and are, as always, encouraged. You can decide what you like the most but as for myself? I’d say You Slut! who have been on the radio show many a times and I believe I have included them in one of the mixtapes a while ago. Despite to say, if you like some Math Rock with some balls, Track Clagg may be for you.

With that said, grab a download and decide for yourself. It’s been fun getting back into the swing of the monthly mixtapes so I assure you, May ’12 Mixtape should be even better. Anyways, see ya in a week for The Sound of Funk and be sure to catch our newest radio program, “BoerLore“, every Wednesday from 12:00 – 1:00 pm for some good, olde fashioned West African/Caribbean Psychedelic Rock and Reggae. Enjoy.

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BoerLore: West African/Caribbean Psychedelia and Reggae

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Hello and welcome to the introduction of Dissociative Identity Production’s newest radio program, “BoerLore“. Here’s a quick description from the WKDU site to give ya an idea of the program:

“Trying to travel south to Columbia for some Psychedelic Classics? Or east to Ghana for some Jam Band Grandness? Then join BoerLore every week for the unknown legends of decades past and brighten up your day with some authentic, West African / Caribbean Psychedelic Rock.”

Anyways, hoping to try this out this quarter and see how it feels. So if you are lazing around the house and looking to listen to something a little out there, be sure to tune into WKDU Philadelphia, 91.7fm to hear the first show of our new program, BoerLore. Thanks and stay tuned for further developments.

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Monsterheart – S/T EP

Produced by Vangelis Labrakis in the urban decadence of Berlin this 6 song EP takes what appears as simple rhythms and overly used pop melodies and ends up disassembling them and adding vocals which, for all intensive purposes, seem sincere, heartfelt, and almost tragic ranging from subjects as diverse as, “the ragged glamour of life, the beautiful crudeness of love …and cannibalism.” The Monsterheart EP was written from various countries and at least two continents stretching from Vienna and Berlin, to Tel Aviv.

Once more, at least, it takes me back to what first attracted me to Indie music as a whole. A younger me would’ve loved this, then gone through a phase of rejection, followed by reluctance acceptance. While it may sound sad, I feel this transition very informative and important. Essentially, what I always originally love about Indie acts is their ability to take something incredibly poppy, danceable, and admittedly generic and turn it into something entirely unique to their own personality. The moments of rejection are simply the uncomfortable acceptance that what you are listening to, is in fact pop. The final phase then is acceptance: yes, it’s pop, and I am a full grown man: get over it.

I guess I went a lengthy path to explaining why exactly this album, particularly the track “D.O.D.“, appeals to me. It’s young, it’s fun, yet it also has a deeper, personal connection to the artist and dare I say myself. To have this kind of heartfelt experience with a pop artist is unique, to say the least. Anyways, take a listen and judge for yourself despite to say, I see little likelihood of disappointment. It’s just too damn good to not like.

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free download of D.O.D.

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November ’11 Mixtape


It’s been awhile. Admittedly, way too long. And to be honest, I actually did enjoy surfing through the web, finding what free gems that great artists were giving out. With that in mind, let me personally welcome, back from Hiatus, the Dissociative Identity Mixtape Series.

Restarting with November ’11 Mixtape, we will be releasing a mixtape once per month. Yeah, pretty self explanatory. Still, between 65daysofstatic and Nurses, I like to think that this is a particularly great edition. Again, I would like to point out that all mp3’s provided were provided free by the artists themselves and that I intend to gain no money from the sharing of these tracks. Rather, I like to think that music is a collective experience, where by the more people who get involved, the better is.

Anyways take a listen and share it if ya like it. See ya in two weeks for Spring Snow over at New Angle Lounge, Thurs, December 1, for more holiday spirits. Till then.

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Autumn Twilight – New Angle Lounge



If ya didn’t make it out to any of Summer Haze @ New Angle Lounge, ya really should’ve. A mixture of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly/Weird, each night seemed to be an entirely new feeling, whether it was with Neutral Milk Hotel covers, live, Dubstep sets, or midnight freestyling. Furthermore, it was always really sick to see everyone out there: always on Tuesday nights, it was always an awesome surprise to see who would come out, what they were up to, and frankly, what the hell the night would bring. If ya keep up with the Facebook page, ya probably already know despite to say, Dissociative Identity Productions and New Angle Lounge are proud to try this seasonal, biweekly music series again with Autumn Twilight. Starting with September New Angle Night on Tuesday, September 27th at 8:00 pm, join us over the 4 months to Christmas for everything from acoustic covers, hip hop mixes, ambient beats, grimy Electronica, and much more. Check out the link below to learn more including Happy Hour specials and specific dates despite to say, I’m looking forward to another, 10 weeks of the bizarre. At this point, I may as well get freak shows to come in… Anyways see ya out there and stay tuned for our Fall plans. Believe me, something big’s coming…

Autumn Twilight

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August ’11 Mixtape


It’s a bitter happiness to talk to friends about “Summer“. See, I’ve been taking classes and stressing/sweating for 2 and a half months now to just claim this tiny, insignificant 2 week break. To most, it’s just as depressing as I’m making this sound. Yet to me, I see my Summer almost just beginning. Like some kind of weird purgatory, August New Angle Night provided a much needed, opportunity to reflect on the summer. Yet I really do not see this as signaling the end, necessarily, a point that I hope the release of August ’11 Mixtape will make clear. As usual, let me point out that all of the tracks supplied in this collection were offered, for free, by the artists themselves. There is no financial gains being made here, rather the intention is to truly spread the word about great acts. Anyways be sure to take a listen through the compilation. As far as the fall, be sure to check out the events page here or on the Facebook page to learn more about “Autumn Twilight“, starting with our monthly edition of New Angle Night, September New Angle Night, and all of our other plans. As for me? I’m going to the beach or something: it may be the end of August to you but to me, it’s 1969 in the Sunshine. Ok, that was a fairly geeky, music reference but you get it. Listen, Share, Enjoy, and see ya soon.

August ’11 Mixtape

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MF Parm & EuniQ DJ – Party Hard





Reality Check was a kind of speechless experience. With around 150 people crowded into a community art museum, Reality Check proved to be a crazy experience. A little too crazy. Like cop crazy… which was a shame because not only did I want to hear Night Kids finish and Pudgey Malone finish the night, but in particular, I wanted to hear MF Parm give a taste from his new mix, “Party Hard“. Over an hour of hard style, drum and bass, and Dubstep grandness, I was half tempted to just go through the whole playlist right there and then for the show. And honestly, who can blame me, it’s a great mix. I’ve been following EuniQ DJ and MF Parm’s music for a little while now, thanks to the technological goodness known as Soundcloud, and I feel comfortable saying that they have literally been experiencing a consistent elevation in substance and quality with each release, Party hard certainly not excluded. Now I am not taking much time to explain to explain who EuniQ DJ and MF Parm are because, frankly, you should know better, especially if ya live in the Philly area. Just look them up but I’m certainly not wasting time here. The point is that if you’ve heard them in the past and wished they’d experiment just a bit more in their releases, “Party Hard” will satisfy those disbeliefs. Now I could care less if ya agree with me: I’m writing a God Damn WordPress post. But for those who are at least curious, be sure to check out EuniQ DJ & MF Parm’s latest mix, “Party Hard” for, simply put, party hearty times. Oh and last thought: still waiting to hear bits of this live folks so yeah, help me out? Thanks and keep it up.

– Cliff

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