The Extraordinaires

New The Extraordinaires LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

It's been way too long since we've heard a full-length release from the always creative art-popsters The Extraordinaires. They had faced plenty of obstacles over the past few years with the sudden folding of their record label Punk Rock Payroll and multiple band reconfigurations due to founding member Matt Gibson's hiatus as Man Man's multi-istrumentalist and the exodus of drummer Evan Smoker. However, Gibson has returned, and seems more dedicated to succeed with his comrades than ever. And The Extraordinaires appear to have their songwriting mojo back, judging by their new album Dress for Nasty Weather (Color Theory Records), which you can listen to (and purchase) in its entirety below.


Weekend Warrior, July 11 - 13

The Extraordinaires are all set to release their 4th full-length album Dress For Nasty Weather at Johnny Brenda’s this Saturday night, and it’s one that’s as artistic and brilliant as their previous efforts. In one way, the record is a blast from the past as it’s the first that they’ve recorded with founding member Matt Gibson since he left touring as a multi-intrumentalist for Man Man. But it’s also a whole lot of new, since it’s the first album released on their own record label (which they co-founded with Justin Wolf of Lux Perpetua), Color Theory Records, and is one that they were able to crowdsource well past their Kickstarter goal. This album will feature the same type of hardbound lyric books that The Extraordinaires popularized with their previous albums, and it also marks the band’s music video debut with their Charlie Chaplin-influenced creation for the single “Blue Moon” (below). It’s an album worthy of much celebration, and they’ll be doing so with longtime friends and West Philly orchestral pop outfit, Grandchildren, and Teen Men, which is a collaboration between visual artists and members of the Spinto Band. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Bill McThrill

More places to enjoy the summer weather this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Northern Arms, The Improbables, SAT The Extraordinaires  (Album Release), Grandchildren, Teen Men
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Easy Creatures, Howling Fantods
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Philly Punx Picnic 2014: Repellers, Cop Problem
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Seeing Snakes/Hoser, Blue Smiley, Buster, SUN Three Man Cannon, Sing, Bird of Prey, Tender Vision
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) SAT King Britt, Son Little
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Foundation: DJ TK-421, DJ AARGH!, DJ Zaanan Sun Nuevo Fest, Daniel De Jesus, DJ Precolumbian
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI (Balcony) Oldermost, The Naked Sun, SAT  Mantis Music Showcase: Corners of Sanctuary, Egocentric Plastic Men, Pseudo-Guerrilla Logic, The Bad Tequila Experience
TLA (334 South St.)  FRI Astronauts Really Fly, MPrynt, Bok Nero
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Downstairs) Ruder Than You, (Upstairs) Philly Gumbo, SAT (Downstairs) Three Hour Tour: Pete Donnelly, Cliff Hillis, Jim Boggia, (Upstairs) Bruce Torres, Dan Kauffman, SUN World Cup Final Pre-Party with Alo Brasil, Jaunderful / (Upstairs) Sierra Hurtt, Loose and Alright
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.)  FRI Gerry Goffin Tribute Night hosted by Dirty Soap Blues Band, SAT (Early) Count Me Out, Brosef Gordon-Levitt, Honest Trophy, (Late) 30 and Over League Presents: Autism Awareness Night: Reef the Lost Cauze, Goody Gunz, Voss, SUN Children’s Books, Jantones, Blankbook, Twin Pines
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.)  FRI Maitland, SAT The Hundred Acre Woods, SUN Upperfields
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Like Crazy, SAT Casshern, Visuals by Hekkate
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI The Soundtrack Series in the 215, SAT Victoria Spaeth
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI I Yahn I Arkestra, SAT Dave Steel Blues Band
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Hambone Relay, Midwestern Exposure/ Little Miss Love Jones, Tippy & The Shy Guys, SAT The Hype Philly Presents Soul Saturday: Julia Figueroa, Slumlord Byran, Latrice Marianno, Felicia Punzo, Jill Jacobs, SUN Palaceburn
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Bubbles AKA Ruby Shine, Zap Goes Pop!, The Griz  Band
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) A Cool Stick, Too Hot For Sleeves, HAHA-YO, Caalypsö SAT Makhaira, The Madeleine Haze, Bad Seed, Whiskey Demon
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Psalmships (Record Release), Chelsea Sue Allen, SAT The Gallerist (EP Release), Levee Drivers, The Bernhardt Family Band, SUN Katie Frank & The Pheromones, Heyward Howkins
Millcreek Tavern (4200 Chester Ave.) FRI Esoterica, SAT Philly Punx Picnic 2014: (Late) Plague Dogs, Nightfall, Alement
Magic Death Sounds Bike Ride (Various Locations) FRI Laser Background, Banned Books
Ardmore Music Hall FRI Splintered Sunlight, SAT (Early) The Divine Hand Ensemble, (Late) The GTV’s (Album Release), Weird Hot, St. James & The Apostles
Lava Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN The Brood, Haldol, Bad Energy
FDR Skatepark (6216-6262 Delaware Expy.) SAT Philly Punx Picnic 2014: (Early) School Drugs, Low Charge
Angler Movement Art Center (1550 E. Montgomery Ave.) SAT Zachary Darrup and Asimina Chremos
Great Indoors (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN (Early) Dark Thoughts

New Music Video: "Blue Moon" - The Extraordinaires

With The Extraordinaires, every release feels like an art project. And with the new music video for their single, "Blue Moon," off the band's forthcoming album Dress for Nasty Weather, you find the group tramp-ishly bonding together, creating something that is all at once so heartwarmingly beautiful, strange and romantically timeless. The fellas outdid themselves on this one. It premiered yesterday over at The Key. The Extraordinaires will be celebrating the release of their new record this Saturday at Johnny Brenda's with Grandchildren and Teen Men.


Birdie Busch, The Extraordinaires, and Lux Perpetua playing Boot and Saddle April 2nd

Whether it’s successfully using a crowd-funding site like PledgeMusic for a new album, or playing shows everywhere from venues to tour buses to cemeteries, Birdie Busch has a way of sticking out. Not to mention her penchant for entertaining people with her whimsical and sometimes somber folk tunes. There’s just something about Birdie Busch. For tonight’s show she’ll be joined by another masterful band in The Extraordinaires. The band earned a great amount of success last year thanks to their latest Pen Pals EP, and they’ve recently been showing new printed artwork on fabric covers for what may be the next release to come, Dress For Nasty Weather. Seeing both artists playing the intimate Boot & Saddle stage together is reason enough to attend; But the first 15 people entering through the doors will also be receiving an advance copy of openers Lux Perpetua’s new album Hehbehdehbehbehdeh. Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St, 8PM, $10 21+ – Bill McThrill 


Where Is My Mind?: The Extraordinaires’ Matt Gibson

The Extraordinaires are one of those wonderfully odd acts that seem like they could only come out of Philly. And they totally kick-ass live! You’ll find their fans head-bobbing and stomping around with such genuine joy that the feeling is rather communal and infectious. The band’s camp was rather quiet in 2013 as they worked on new material in the studio and dealt with more lineup changes. Drummer Evan Smoker left the group, and was replaced by Mike Harkness (ex-Armchairs, ex-Arrah and the Ferns). However, there was the welcomed return of co-founding member Matt Gibson, who had left the band to tour with Man Man when they were on the road in support of Life Fantastic. The Extraordinaires are set to celebrate the release of their new EP Pen Pals tonight at Kung Fu Necktie, and we are happy to get a chance to talk with Gibson about his return, his time with Man Man, the band’s future plans to make a kids show, and much more HERE