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Album Review: Wooly Mammoth - Prowler

Party starters Prowler are on the move recently unleashing their third LP. Rhythmic, gritty, with a provocative twist, Wooly Mammoth aims to draw sweat from its listeners by way of the dance floor. Guest appearances by Reef the Lost Cauze and Plastic Little, keep already hot tracks like “Nighty Nightlife” and “More Spooky Pussy” ultra-fresh. In the face of a chilly winter, Prowler aims to keep you warm.

Starting off with thick vibrations compliments of  “Alligator”, Wooly Mammoth’s first shreds hard with tight percussion and enigmatic vocals à la Keith Greiman. In a less abrasive take in the spirit of acts like The Blood Brothers (i.e. “Cecilia and the Silhouette Saloon” - nix all the screaming), the intro to “Alligator” builds piece by piece, each component easing flawlessly into the other throughout the song’s progression. “Automagically” is lyrically advantageous beside electro chords and funky riffs. Lines like “I do what I want to, I’m out to get you” casts Prowler as audible predators, ready to strike track after track. “Doo Doo Get Down” sizzles with handclaps while “Nighty Nightlife” plays out as a clever snapshot of Philly’s local nightlife through the eyes of the lurking band members and hip hop heavy-hitter Reef the Lost Cauze. Needless to say, sick beats ensue. “Saturnalian” is fabulously spacey with synth and staccato shakes, allowing the musical outfit to make the most of a nearly instrumental track amped up via vocals mid-song. “Kiss My Face” and “Shatter the Moon” make comparable quirk smiths like Rafter seem lacking due to Prowler’s knack for crafting aural treats. “More Spooky Pussy” feels like a club jam. The meshing of Plastic Little’s verses and Greiman’s vocals with fantabulous beats makes this electro hip hop track a standout on the album. “Sweet Tooth” is sparse in terms of instrumentation, yet eerily moves. Topping off Wooly Mammoth with OdinSmith’s remix of the album’s opener “Alligator”, the album ties up loose ends and leaves all with a sense of Prowler’s potential to create tunes that can simultaneously assault and seduce its listeners. - Dianca Potts

The Lights Out release new album "Primetime" New Year's Eve @ Church!


One of the most hardest working Boston bands, The Lights Out, are releasing Primetime (produced by Benny Grotto Boston Music Awarded best producer in 2010), their self proclaimed “best album of their lives” on New Year's Eve (album to be officially released at midnight) at Church on 69 Kilmarnock Street in Boston. The release party is sure to be one of the best nights in Boston music the end of 2010 will see. Primetime is a concept album that speaks to many about what the reality is of being in a band. It also touches upon what their motivations are for doing what they do, and how it affects the people around them. In addition to a great show, the guys in The Lights Out also have their tricked-out 2000 Dodge Ram “///PRIMETIME///” van for sale here. If interested please send an email with what you'd like your dream tour van to come equipped with to tim@thelightsout.com. The music starts at 9pm with the female punk trio Apple Betty, and white wigged Boston rock veterans The Upper Crust close out the night and help bring in the New Year at 11:30pm.

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-- Matt Lambert

Weekly Special #231a: Frankie Rose & The Outs

Since she's been moonlighting in a lot of garage bands around Brooklyn like Crystal Stilts and Vivian Girls, it was only a matter of time before Frankie Rose dropped her own album on pop label Slumberland Records which came out this fall. Having the label help pick up the production values and Kickstarter to fund a tour van, Frankie Rose and the Outs were busy touring around the US and Europe this past fall delighting their fans with three part female harmonies backed by plenty of reverb and distortion. Now taking a little winter break from touring, Frankie sat down to answer some questions about her past and future. - Read Simon Heggie's Q&A with Frankie here.


Cookie Rabinowitz’s Animated Series and Live Performance!

Being snowed in had its fun moments for us once our crazy relatives left and we made it past those Shining thoughts. It gave us an excuse to be lazy and get a chance to check out artists that have been popping up on our DIY Calendar that we’re not familiar with. Cookie Rabinowitz was certainly a sweet surprise! It’s a new music project/animated series from Schoolly D, Kevin Hanson and Julius Curso. Combining sexified jams with outlandish can’t-help-but-make-you-grin lyrics, it’s like watching a sci-fi mash-up of South Park and Flight of the Conchords with a cartoon Dwight Shrute as the star. Come on Adult Swim - pick this shit up already! They’ll be playing the final show of their December residency at the Grape Room tomorrow night. Hopefully there will be enough cash in Philly’s government budget to clear the roads by then. Check out one of their hilarious videos below. You can also view the rest of the series here. Enjoy! - The Deli Staff


New Track “Y’all Know Who” from Truck North

We mentioned Black Thought’s new project Money Making Jam Boys and shared with you their recent video for “Judgment Day”, which has us excited for their upcoming mixtape. Well, Truck North, one of the MMJB crew, just dropped the track “Y’all Know Who”. Its backdrop should be a familiar beat for you (from Jay Electronica’s “The Ghost of Christopher Wallace”). Special thanks to Okayplayer for sharing the jam with us. Check it out below and enjoy! - The Deli Staff

Y'all Know Who by Truck North 


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