RJD2 is having quite an October. The electro-acoustic artist, producer and label owner just dropped his new Philip Glass-meets-Ice Cube album, More Is Than Isn’t, and quickly announced a tour to support the record that’ll bring him home to Philly and Union Transfer on Feb. 21. I mention “home” because you rarely hear much personal info with regard to RJD2. Is he ashamed? Did he sneak out of Philly and move to Los Angeles like Diplo and, soon, Cheers Elephant (see below)? “No, man, I still live in West Philly,” he said during a long chat. “I just don’t publicize much about my private life. But I love it here.”
In case you didn’t catch what I was throwing, our finest practitioners of rootsy, cotton-candy-colored psych-pop in Cheers Elephant are moving to L.A. for fame and nice weather. “To celebrate you, Philadelphia, we’re throwing a Farewell for Now, Philadelphia show on Nov. 23 at the TLA,” writes mustachioed Elephant Derek Krzywicki. Thanks, mang.
After a weekend of hanging with the Dalai Lama in NYC, homeboy Richard Gere started filming Franny at 15th and Walnut on Monday. Count on at least two weeks (to start) of seeing Gere and Dakota Fanning around Philly and Chadds Ford through October.
With the liquor license for Mac’s Tavern2 at 20th and Chestnut now a go (long story), It’s Always Sunny’s Mac and Sweet Dee (married Philly-folk Rob McElhenney and Kaitlin Olson) stopped by the original Mac’s on Market in Old City this weekend.
Here’s a story-rumor: I’ve been made aware (by venue operators and promoters wishing to remain off the record) of a problem with local club owners and their insurance companies — premiums for liquor liability have recently and suddenly doubled (or worse), to the tune of an extra $30K to $50K a year. Of course, some clubs will struggle with this. One owner is making “the tough call to go out of business.” What defines a club and whether this affects Philly bars (or restaurants) is something I’ll be looking to report on soon.
The Tin Roof country-music-venue chain from Nashville probably isn’t worried (yet) about pricey insurance premiums; their live C&W venue at 15th and Sansom, complete with mezzanine, will open across from Ladder 15 in early 2014. With restaurateurs Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook opening both Dizengoff (an intimate hummusiya) and Abe Fisher (with foods of the Jewish diaspora) at 1605-27 Sansom around the same time next year, that tiny block is gonna burst at the seams. Yee-haw.
Seems like things are always bursting at citypaper.net/nakedcity.
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