Clap Your Hands Say Yeah in the Basement of the First Unitarian Church

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah in the Basement of the First Unitarian Church

I just spent 20 f@#@ing minutes typing up a nice little review I was rather happy with and then I hit some stupid godamn link and it all got deleted.  I want to break shit.  Anyway, here is my half assed second attempt:

What the hell is the title of my post?  Clap Your Hands Say Yeah is a band.  Rock and Roll and shit.  The basement of the First Unitarian Church is, well, the basement of a church on 21st and Chestnut.  It was an absolutely horrible venue to see a show.  Perhaps the worst venue/setup I have ever been to.  It was about 120 degrees, no ventilation, sweaty people, etc.  My bro seems to think the Wetlands was hotter, but I disagreed.

So CYHSY is a pretty hyped up indie band.  They got a stellar review from Pitchfork back in June and their Internet buzz started off from there.  I think I first heard about them on Stereogum.  You can download some free mp3s from their website.  Their CD is rather great, I've probably listened to it 40-50 times over the last month or so.  I read it described somewhere as perfect for playing really loud while driving in your car.. that is exactly how I've listened to it.

The venue was hot as shit and rather packed for Clap Your Hands.  They opened up with my favorite track off of their self titled CD, Let the Cool Goddess Rust Away.  They are definitely a lot less polished live and the opening bass didn't have the same effect.  A nice opener none the less.  The crowd was rather odd, no one was really dancing, but the biggest crowd pleaser was The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth.  The crowd reacted rather well to this one.  I enjoyed Details of the War (I am always a fan of a nice harmonica) and the song they closed with Upon this Tidal Wave of Young Blood.  I think they played 2 songs which weren't on the album.  One of which sounded like "Satan" in which they tried to get some crowd participation to no avail.  They almost had the place rocking at a few points, but I think the heat was oppressive.  For such a small venue, I couldn't really see much of anything unfortunately.

Lead singer Alec Ounsworth constantly gets David Byrne comparisons and it is easy to hear.  He sounds a lot less polished live and a bit harsher than on the album.  I don't think this is bad, just a different feeling.  If you think his lyrics are hard to understand on the album, good luck trying to decipher them live.  I would like to check these guys out again, but in a much nicer venue.

Clap Your Hands was actually opening up for Magnolia Electric Company which I only stayed for about three songs.  I do have a job which requires me to be up at the crack of dawn, believe it or not.  There was also a band two guys called Grand Buffet who were rather hilarious.  I have no idea how to describe them so I'll tell you what r5productions has to say:

A swashbuckling hip hop mess-up from Pittsburgh's goofball Ritalin kings. Heavily styled in the vein of immature-era Beastie Boys, with shit-eating moog beats and catchy, nerve-rattling vocals. An audio carwreck you can't turn away from.

Sixers reach respectable spot in ESPN's latest NBA power rankings

Sixers reach respectable spot in ESPN's latest NBA power rankings

Everything seemed status-quo in ESPN’s Marc Stein’s most updated NBA power rankings. As expected the Warriors, Spurs, and Cavaliers occupied the top spots. But when you venture down to number 15, you may gasp. 
  
Yes, the Sixers (15-27) are gracing the middle of the power rankings at number 15. Stein is starting to "trust the process" after the team’s recent 8-2 stint. It isn’t just Joel Embid making headlines with his record-breaking numbers and internet love life, but the team is now getting its due.  
  
“Philly is doing plenty of interesting things,” Stein wrote. “Ersan Ilyasova and Robert Covington have combined to drain 51 threes over the past 10 games. The Sixers, as a team, have moved into the league's top 10 in defensive efficiency.”

Covington and Ilyasova are part of a new-look starting five along with Embiid, and guards T.J. McConnell and Nik Stauskas. McConnell and Stauskas had spent the majority of the season coming off the bench, but Stauskas has started the last 12 and McConnell 10 of the last 11 (McConnell was sidelined for one game with a wrist injury). The Sixers are 7-3 with that starting guard duo.
 
Despite the most recent loss to the Hawks, the Sixers have won four of their last eight victories by one possession. Giving them plenty of momentum to jump up ten spots from the last power ranking. 
 
The Sixers will be at home to play the Clippers this Tuesday night at 7 p.m. They will be without Joel Embid who continues to rest his injured left knee. 
 

Jim Gaffigan warned Pope Francis not to mention Santa Claus in Philly

Jim Gaffigan warned Pope Francis not to mention Santa Claus in Philly

Comedian Jim Gaffigan opened up for Pope Francis when he visited Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families back in 2015.

That would seem like an odd opener for the Supreme Pontiff. And Gaffigan admits as much.

Gaffigan was a guest of Stephen Colbert's on Friday on his Late Show and talked about the surreal experience of warming up the crowd in Philly.

"I'm not a good Catholic," Gaffigan says. "If there was a test for Catholics, I would fail. But most Catholics would fail which is probably why there's not a test."

The comedian also got in a few low level digs at our town.

"'Philadelphia: the City of Brotherly Love,' which if you've been to Philly you know they mean that sarcastically," he says. "I mean, I love Philly but they mean that the same way they say 'Syria: the place for peace.'"

Meh.

"I was nervous at the sound check so I had to come up with some Philadelphia jokes. What do I know about Philadelphia? I know about the Liberty Bell, I know the cheesesteak, and I had just watched this ESPN 30-for-30 about Eagles fans throwing snowballs at Santa. Not on the brand of Brotherly Love. So when I was finally introduced there was still nobody there, I figured I'd just do my set. So I said, 'It's good to be here in Philadelphia,' and I heard a roar from crowd on the highway, so I thought I'd play to the crowd in the highway. 'Philly loves the Pope!' and I got another roar. 'Not that I was worried but you guys weren't that nice to Santa Claus.' Nothing. Silence. And then I heard something that sounded like booing... because it was booing. It wasn't everybody, maybe ten percent, so like 100,000 people booing my Santa joke before they saw their religious leader who was going to talk about mercy."

"Eventually I got a chance to meet the Pope and I was in this room and everybody was saying something to the Pope and I didn't know what to say. So when it finally came my turn, I said, 'Don't bring up the Santa incident.' The Pope didn't say anything but he gave me a look like, 'Dude, I would never bring that up.'"

The ESPN film that Gaffigan mentioned was actually a spoof. It was just kind of okay. You can watch it here.

The Pope part starts around the 5:10 mark in the below video. You can also catch Gaffigan's new standup special titled "Cinco" on Netflix.