The World Blanket
Use the player below to check out selected tracks from The World Blanket’s 2nd album, Elevator.
Only months after moving to New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina struck in the summer of 2005, sending drummer Grant Whittaker back to his hometown of Philadelphia. Frustrated with previous rock projects, Grant and singer/acoustic guitarist Mike Pomranz set out to form a band with a unique line-up and sound.
On February 12, 2006, the band played their debut show at The Khyber in Philadelphia, five-song self-pressed debut EP already in hand. Over a foot of snow fell and the band played to just two eager fans. The World Blanket’s battle with Mother Nature continued.
The group released their debut LP, “aMaybe”, on No Applause Records in October 2006. Featuring instrumentation far beyond their live line up, the band began establishing the prevalent dichotomy between their rowdy live act and their orchestrated albums, as well as their willingness to work with a variety of guest artists.
In 2007, the band began extending their reach beyond their usual gigs in Philadelphia and New York City clubs such as The Khyber, Tritone, North Star Bar, Luna Lounge, Mercury Bar, Trash Bar (who else can we give shout outs too?) by making brief jaunts to the Midwest, continuing to impress by forging uncanny amounts of energy from an acoustic guitar and violin.
By 2008, the band had finished recording for their second album. Initial tracks were made available via the “Pressing Issues EP” in June, with the full length album, “Elevator” following later in the year.
In the interim, Mike relocated to Brooklyn, adding The World Blanket to the growing list of band sporting members in both of the Northeast’s two biggest cities.
The World Blanket is currently planning to record their 3rd full-length in Los Angeles in August of 2009. The record is tentatively titled “Create/Roadshow” after a Terence McKenna quote.
The Nuck Fuggets
Use the player below to check out The Nuck Fuggets international smash-hit, “Penis N Balls.”
Imagine The Flight of the Conchords as done by The White Stripes if they had the stage presence of The Beastie Boys but were backed by beats that sounded somewhere between Danger Mouse and a moderately-priced karaoke machine. Then we rush through our set like The Ramones ’cause we want to get drunker than Led Zeppelin in their prime.
“You’re in luck if you like your songs loaded with innuendo and incredibly straightforward hooks (”Everybody wants/ sex and hamburgers”). The Brooklyn–based Nuck Fuggets only occasionally have decent lyrics, but fortunately the beats are much more frequently catchy and danceable.” – PHILADELPHIA WEEKLY
“As the party gets under way, the prospects look grim…for the second act, an ironic dance-pop duo from Brooklyn called the Nuck Fuggets.” – NEW YORK MAGAZINE
“I have never listened to The Nuck Fuggets, but if the music is half as good as the name, this will be an awesome show.” – NEW YORK PRESS
“We met The Realest People in Brooklyn, aka, The Nuck Fuggets. They’re an electro-comedy-esque duo that put on a show with so much energy…Mitch and I decided to tell them that we had designated them with this title, and I hope that they received it sincerely.” – SEA OF TREES
- Mike is proprietor of No Applause Records
- Mike formerly fronted the rock trio, Erron Olive
- Mike has created recorded music under a number of project names including The Fellers, The Original Fellers Revival, The Nelson A. Rockefeller Foundation, The Future Sellouts of America, Drug Fun Rage Ghost and Bacchanalia
- Mike has performed solo acoustic shows all across the country