Freedom Has No Bounds

July 2nd, 2013 by

The Thirteen – Record Release Show

13 LiveThis is from the Thirteen record release party which was at Long in the Tooth Records in Center City Philly on Saturday June 29th 2013. I messed up and missed the beginning of the first song – sorry. (Bio stolen from their web site) The Thirteen play loud, raucous Rock ‘N’ Roll with plenty of melody and hooks. Think of all the bastard children of Chuck Berry from the Stones to the Faces to the Replacements on down and it will give you some approximation of what this power-pop trio is shooting for.

Back in 2007, the band was not much more than a studio project born of singer/songwriter Sal Cannestra’s desperate desire to make music again after relocating to Philadelphia. He met up with Figgs bassist and producer extraordinaire Pete Donnelly who offered to put together a band to help bring Sal’s songs to life. With the help of drummers Chuck Treece (McRad, Bad Brains, Urge Overkill) and Matty Muir (U.S. Rails) as well as lead guitarist Joe Iacovella they recorded the band’s debut, The Secret History of the Thirteen.

But no self-respecting band stays in the studio forever and by the record’s release in Fall 2008, Joe and Sal wanted to bring these songs to the people. So they recruited kindred soul Peter Santa Maria (Jukebox Zeros) on bass and… well, let’s say a short succession of various drummers, and started playing shows around Philly. A few more personnel changes in 2011 left Sal the sole guitar play but also saw the addition of Jack Kontes (The Flyswatters) as the band’s first full-time drummer.

13 albumSummer 2012 found The Thirteen ready to record again. This time Peter handled the engineering himself and then placed the tracks in the hands of Stephen Egerton (Descendents, ALL, FLAG) for mixing and mastering. The resulting album, LIFT – OFF!, showcases 12 tunes brimming with garage rock urgency, laced with infectious riffs and more than its share of clever, heartfelt lyrics. The band will be playing up and down the east coast in support of this delicious slice of wax and look forward to winning over new friends every place they play.

More info on the Thirteen go to their site. To buy the album go to your local record store or here

Audio files

1. You Don’t Know [Just How Lucky You Are]
2. See You Around
3. Sweetie Honey
4. Me, You, and Him
5. Quest For The Crown
6. Semantics / Heart of the City (Nick Lowe / Rockpile cover)
7. Bobby and Rose
8. Steal That Song
9. Outta My Mind
10. Moped Ride
11. Go Away!
12. Handclaps and Tambourines
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June 30th, 2013 by

RUIN… August 31, 2013 –
Union Transfer Philadelphia



January 23rd, 2012 by

Strapping Field Hands – Khyber 08/07/1993 Siltbreeze Show


Strapping Field Hands from Siltbreeze night at the Khyber with Temple of Bon Matin, Mike Rep, V-3 and GBV, Just once I would like to figure out all the song titles. But song 5 which is a song I remember them doing all the time but can’t figure out the title and the last song, I can’t figure out. If anyone can fill me in on the titles please leave a comment.
Thanks to Mark Lux for the tapes & Jacy for the missing song titles.



Strapping Field Hands – 01 – Khyber 08/07/1993 Siltbreeze Show

Songs: 1.Just Too Much / 2.Red Dog The Deconstructor / 3. Lonnie Donnegan’s Mum’s Tea Chest


Strapping Field Hands – 02 – Khyber 08/07/1993 Siltbreeze Show

Songs: 4. Boo Hoo Hoo / 5. I’m Going / 6. Stacey Donnelly 7. Aeroplane Ticket / 8. Go Go Girl (T Rex cover)


Audio files

01 – Just Too Much
02 – Red Dog The Deconstructor
03 – Lonnie Donnegan’s Mum’s Tea Chest
04 – Boo Hoo Hoo
05 – ?
06 – Stacey Donnelly
07 – Aeroplane Ticket
08 – ?
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November 29th, 2011 by

Mothra – Video & Live from Khyber


Did the Fat Albert gang know that MOthra raided their closets? First, A Pixel Vision video of Mothra’s Part of A Note by Michael O’Reilly. Then a Mothra show at the Khyber. In the last two videos Mothra brought up some special guests – The late Wayne Hamilton (of Vibrolux, Rockula, Suffacox) and Mark Lux of at that time Temple of Bon Matin. – Thanks to Mark Lux for the tapes.



Mothra – Part of A Note Video by Michael O’Reilly

Mothra- Khyber Part 1

Mothra- Khyber Part 2<

Mothra- Khyber Part 3 (with Wayne Hamilton)

Mothra- Khyber Part 4 (with Mark Lux & Wayne Hamilton)


Audio files

01 – Let’s Start A Band
02 – Kings and 100’s
03 – ?
04 – ?
05 – ?
06 – ?
07 – PartOf A Note
08 – You Shook Me All Night Long
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November 21st, 2011 by

Temple of Bon Matin – Live


Two Temple of Bon Matin shows from the Khyber. One is the SIltbreeze show from 08/07/1993 where they opened for Strapping Field Hands, Mike Rep, Guided By Voices & V3. The other is probably from around the same time. Both are with the Thunder Feedback Confusion lineup of Mark Lux on Bass, Trevor Dixon on Guitar and Ed Wilcox on Drums and vocals. The Siltbreeze video was shot by Rich – Thanks to Mark Lux for the tapes.



Temple of Bon Matin – 01 – 08/07/1993 Siltbreeze Show

Temple of Bon Matin – 02 – 08/07/1993 Siltbreeze Show

Temple of Bon Matin – 01 – Khyber Philadelphia

Temple of Bon Matin – 02 – Khyber Philadelphia


Audio files

Temple of Bon Matin – 01 – Siltbreeze Show
Temple of Bon Matin – 02 – Siltbreeze Show
Temple of Bon Matin – 01 – Khyber
Temple of Bon Matin – 02 – Khyber
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