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The Deli's Featured Artist(s) of the Month: Attia Taylor

We had a chance to catch up with our recent featured artist and poll winner, the adorable Attia Taylor. She’s a girl who’s not afraid “to show you how to love”. You can fall in love with her tonight at The Fire, and here is some background info about her to give you the right words to say.
 
The Deli: When and how did you start recording and performing out?
 
Attia Taylor: My band Oak Oak Okay formed during Girls Rock Philly, and after camp ended in August 2007, we had our first official show at Johnny Brenda’s for a GRP benefit. I’ll never forget it. I started recording in early 2009 with no clue as to what I was doing. My band was on a break, and I just knew that I had a Mac and a condenser mic. I made 8 songs in 8 days as a project. “Flash Photography Class” was one of them. After I finished that, I kept going and I had no idea it would go this far.
 
TD: What are your biggest musical influences?
 
AT: I’d say Badly Drawn Boy, PJ Harvey, Marvin Gaye, Imogen Heap, Grizzly Bear, Stereolab, and Belle & Sebastian.
 
TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?
 
AT: I just started listening to Reading Rainbow, so good! I’m also listening to Oh! Pears, St. Vincent, Stereo Total, Cibo Matto (always), Hot Chip, The Bird and The Bee, Joanna Newsom, Dan Deacon, Au Revoir Simone, gosh just so many.
 
TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
 
AT: The first concert was Beyonce when I was 12. It was spectacular. She’s so amazing almost to the point of robot!! I think the first album was The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill which I still listen to from time to time. They have both shaped me musically in some sense.
 
TD: What do you love about Philly?
 
AT: I love the size. You always run into someone who knows someone you know! It’s great. Philly seems so intimate and yet still has so much culture!
 
TD: What do you hate about Philly?
 
AT: Those Tastykakes with just the jelly. Super weird.
 
TD: What are your plans for 2010?
 
AT: Well, I’m currently working on a new EP called Short Stories & Small Glories, which is much different from Dear Universe, but acts as a great follow-up. Each song holds a little gem from my life thus far. It’s almost like opening a book of short stories, and I’ll just say you will dance and cry at the same time! It should hopefully be done by early June.
 
TD: What was your most memorable live show?
 
AT: Gosh, they were all so special. I think the most memorable live show was the one I played just recently with Gemini Wolf and Lillie Ruth Bussey for Sugar Town. I really admire their music so I was psyched to share a stage and so many people came out to show support!  It was just an enchanting night!
 
TD: What's your favorite thing to get at the deli?
 
AT: I have an unhealthy obsession with Italian Hoagies. It scares me sometimes. 
 
- The Deli Staff
 

 

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Notekillers Reviving a Few Notes at M Room April 8

Notekillers are so legendary that their 1980 7” was dubbed a significant influence by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth. When the band first brought their twisted blend of psychedelic noise to the stage from 1977-1981, it was well ahead of its time. But in the present day, it’s the fitting anthem to our flash forward culture, and with the help of Thurston Moore’s Ecstatic Peace Label, the band has reunited and recorded their long-overdue debut full-length studio album We’re Here to Help, scheduled for release this spring from Naction Records, so check out what they’ve been up to lately at the M Room tonight, especially since they’ll be joined by friends Marc Laurick and Howard Harrison of Bunnydrums, who will be making some memorable noises of their own with their newest project Yeah Clementines. M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave, 9pm, $10, 21+ myspace.com/notekillers - Bill McThrill

 

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NYC Artists on the rise: Chappo releases debut CD, Glasslands 04.23

Chappo is a NYC electro rock band with a new EP that meshes all sorts of influences, from the playful approach to music reminiscent of Beck to the spacey atmospheres of Air, to occasional funk rock rhythms, hip hop references and noisy distorted guitars. We really like the vocals attitude and the fun approach. Definitely worth checking out their live show at Glasslands on April 23.

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New from Coach House Sounds

This week Coach House Sounds posted three new sessions with Chicago bands. It just so happens that each band will also be playing in Chicago this month. The sessions are with Hollow (pictured above), April 15th @ Reggie's, Lawrence Peters Outfit, April 18th @ the Whistler, and L'Orchestre Super Vitesse, April 21 @ the Whistler.

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White Fang w/ Numerators and Magic Johnson Friday at East End

Sometimes I find myself in the mood for poorly produced music. Just focusing on some passion rolling through the cones of your speakers can relax the inner critic. No need to strain the ears for chord changes or ruffle your cerebral cortex in an effort to detect if the vocalist is slightly sharp of flat. Just enjoy it; loud, mangy, guitar-driven garage rock for your pleasure.

Please direct your attention to the White Fang show with Numerators and Magic Johnson at East End this Friday starting at 9 p.m. Also, make sure to check out White Fang's fun short video (for a short song) for the track, "Space Gemz,"

White Fang released their first record fall of last year entitled Pure Evil, which Willamette Week reviewed saying, "Pure Evil is the rare record where everything sounds like crap—only, you know, in a good way."

 


Enjoy, kids! Show is 21 and over, and will set you back a meager $6.

- Joel Sommer

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