What's your favorite neighborhood-based band?

dan's picture
dan's picture

I like both Lisa's band and

I like both Lisa's band and Larry's band.

I need more sleep so I can remember their names.

jmminarik's picture

dan wrote:I like both Lisa's

dan wrote:

I like both Lisa's band and Larry's band.

I need more sleep so I can remember their names.

Lisa33 and Larry99. Not that hard.

Fats's picture

Not exactly a band, but solo

Not exactly a band, but solo guitarist Jack Rose is tops for me: www.myspace.com/jackrosekensington

I just love the whole John Fahey, Takoma/ American Primitive style. Watching his live shows is a wild experience, and with albums like "Kensington Blues" and songs like "Fishtown Flower," it's homegrown stuff.

Bitter Bitter Weeks is also awesome, as is Meg Baird, Noa Babayof, Fern Knight, Kurt Vile...

Lisa33's picture

Thanks Dan. Caves of Mercury

Thanks Dan. Caves of Mercury is our band, and I guess it's my favorite because I get to play in it.

My favorite neighborhood bands that I'm not in are War on Drugs, National Eye, and here's another nod for Kurt Vile (who also plays in WoD). I really enjoyed Larry's band when we saw them this summer, too.

george's picture

I love ANY neighborhood band

I love ANY neighborhood band who is playing JB's on nights I'm working. Those are almost always fun nights for everyone (and it cuts down on the 'Jersey' crowd!)

dan's picture

Lisa33 wrote:Caves of

Lisa33 wrote:

Caves of Mercury

Yes, that's it!
How could I not think of it.

Kurt Vonnegut, forgive me!

cme2niteudig's picture

I like Phil Moore Browne,

I like Phil Moore Browne, Public Record & Stereowreck.

Ftown66's picture

slipknot!

slipknot!

Jeffro's picture

I too am a big fan of Jack

I too am a big fan of Jack Rose. I also really like The Pros from Dover. I dunno if they are officially a Fishtown band, but Ken, a Fishtowner plays in that band. He also plays in Black Landlord.

teener's picture

Caves of Mercury. I don't

Caves of Mercury. I don't really like going to shows anymore but I get happy when they are playing at picnics and community events!

Lisa do you all have any swag yet? I would totally put a bumper sticker on my car AND sport a Caves t if you had em.

2014 susquehanna's picture

After 4 beers they all sound

After 4 beers they all sound the same. I'm such the lightweight.

panderson's picture

Bardo Pond the Espers Meg

Bardo Pond
the Espers
Meg Baird
Charalambides
Beat Jams

Johnny R's picture

I think members of

I think members of Blacklisted and Dillinger Escape Plan are from the area. Both are brutal but I'm not to into Dillinger since Dimitri left the band, although the album they put out with Mike Patton singing is incredible .

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dan wrote:I like both Lisa's

dan wrote:

I like both Lisa's band and Larry's band.

I need more sleep so I can remember their names.

Thanks Dan and Lisa. We're called Wareika Hill. www.wareikahill.net

george wrote:

I love ANY neighborhood band who is playing JB's on nights I'm working. Those are almost always fun nights for everyone (and it cuts down on the 'Jersey' crowd!)

The keyboardist for "The Brakes" who play JBs often is in Wareika Hill too. He and our lead singer/trombone player also sat in and did some horns with "East Hundred" during their JBs set last Fri. I tried to get free to come out to happy hour and catch the show but it didn't work out. I guess someday we'll get to play there ....sigh.

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Larry99 wrote:dan wrote:I

Larry99 wrote:
dan wrote:

I like both Lisa's band and Larry's band.

I need more sleep so I can remember their names.

Thanks Dan and Lisa. We're called Wareika Hill. www.wareikahill.net

george wrote:

I love ANY neighborhood band who is playing JB's on nights I'm working. Those are almost always fun nights for everyone (and it cuts down on the 'Jersey' crowd!)

The keyboardist for "The Brakes" who play JBs often is in Wareika Hill too. He and our lead singer/trombone player also sat in and did some horns with "East Hundred" during their JBs set last Fri. I tried to get free to come out to happy hour and catch the show but it didn't work out. I guess someday we'll get to play there ....sigh.

I got turned onto East Hundred through Philebrity. Slow Burning Crimes is the first song I heard by them. Me like. Slow Burning Crimes

dan's picture

Larry99 wrote:Thanks Dan and

Larry99 wrote:

Thanks Dan and Lisa. We're called Wareika Hill. www.wareikahill.net

Of course you are!

See, I remember both Caves of Mercury and Wareika Hill now, but they were just a little foggy then.

I was short on sleep and my blood sugar was high - both of which don't do so well for memory. (I might be getting a little too old to go on youth retreats, but we needed another adult male because of our strict two-unrelated-adults rule.)

athrahans's picture

Not really Fishtown-based,

Not really Fishtown-based, but the drummer from Ted Leo & the Pharmacists lives in Fishtown.

lexschmidt's picture

the bye-byes, hong kong

the bye-byes, hong kong stingray and elastic medium. but i am totally biased since i am married to the drummer. ;)

oh and by the way, the bye byes are playing at 941 with bc camplight on january 31. should be a great show!

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lexschmidt wrote:the

lexschmidt wrote:

the bye-byes, hong kong stingray and elastic medium. but i am totally biased since i am married to the drummer. ;)

oh and by the way, the bye byes are playing at 941 with bc camplight on january 31. should be a great show!

Awesome! BC is a good friend of mine. And duh, BC Camplight is one of my favorite neighborhood bands, too.

codergrrl's picture

I don't know the names of

I don't know the names of the bands, or who is in them, but its a part of the "new" Fishtown that I love.
I walk around a lot, and love that I hear music coming from houses...
Theres a band on Susq Ave that practices on Saturday nights, I can always hear when walking by, and quite a few drummers, at least two on Thompson Street I hear quite frequently...I've always loved music, and just think that its sooo cool to just walk the streets and hear music!

Carlucci's picture

C

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Carlucci's picture

Caves Of Mercury is the only

Caves Of Mercury is the only one that I know of, and they were amazing the one time that I saw them.

Lisa33's picture

Hey guys, thanks for all the

Hey guys, thanks for all the props. Teener, we will have Tshirts soon. I promise!

codergrrl's picture

Larry99... Is your band

Larry99...
Is your band named after the prison, or just the general area?

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codergrrl

codergrrl wrote:

Larry99...
Is your band named after the prison, or just the general area?

the area. I didn't know there was a prison? but that is kinda "edgy". ...anyway, from our website:

"To all those who know the history of modern Jamaican music, “Wareika Hill” is a very special and hallowed place. It was from this location, deep in the hills above Kingston where the burru drummers of Count Ossie and veteran Jazz men like Tommy McCook, Don Drummond and Rico Rodriguez often congregated and created a deep, hypnotic and rhythmic blend of Jamaica’s first truly organic and authentic music. Wareika Hill was where the true “heartbeat” of reggae was born. It is with that same spirit that Philadelphia’s Wareika Hill plays their music. The band holds a deep respect and appreciation of all types of Jamaican foundation music that comes from a yard since the early 1960s."

codergrrl's picture

I have some Rasta friends,

I have some Rasta friends, and when I mentioned that name, they said that there was an area, but also a prison, considered the worst in Jamaica. They may have meant the General Penetentiary in Kingston, though.
They are very aware of the place as it was where alot of Rastafarians lived, and were horrendously persecuted by the police, who would summarily come burn them out and cut off their dreds.
Thanks for the info, I will check out the website.

Kat's picture

Creeping Weeds, Caves and

Creeping Weeds, Caves and Wareika Hill rock. I also love The Knife and Fork Band. They are great and really cool people. http://knifeandforkband.com/

dan's picture

Hopefully we can book

Hopefully we can book Creeping Weeds this summer for a concert (and bring Caves & Wareika Hill back).

Be forewarned... I'll be asking soon!

Lisa33's picture

Yes! Creeping Weeds, of

Yes! Creeping Weeds, of course! I ran into Ronchito yesterday, actually. :)

Dan, we (Caves) would love to return for a summer concert. I think that was one of our favorite shows ever, playing in the park with all those awesome dancing kids. They were so much fun!

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codergrrl wrote:I have some

codergrrl wrote:

I have some Rasta friends, and when I mentioned that name, they said that there was an area, but also a prison, considered the worst in Jamaica. They may have meant the General Penetentiary in Kingston, though.
They are very aware of the place as it was where alot of Rastafarians lived, and were horrendously persecuted by the police, who would summarily come burn them out and cut off their dreds.
Thanks for the info, I will check out the website.

Thanks for your interest codgergrrl, I always get asked what Wareika Hill means... I understand that today the area is very bad with drug gangs and violence. It may indeed be the worst area in Kingston. The penetentiary might be there too, I'm not sure. However, I just want to stress that our name is based on the location where ska and reggae music was born many years ago and has nothing to do with the glorification of drugs and violence.