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November 2013
Wooden Shjips
"Back to Land

Hailing from San Francisco, psychedelic group Wooden Shjips, has just released their newest album Back to Land. The album brings together a sound crafted from inspirations that range from psychedelic music to classic rock.

The album is an entire trip in itself.  One can hear hints of 80s music, classic rock, and modern garage rock styles in the record, but they always resolve back to their classic psychedelic sound. With tracks like “In The Roses,” which brings a very spacey, low volume vocals, and a lo-fi sound that is not too cheesy or under produced. to “Ghouls,” which is a much faster, much more psychedelic rock sounding song that takes influences from classic rock guitar chords, while still utilizing classic psychedelic synthesizers.

Most songs on the album carry a jam-band sound, without becoming too abstract or getting too carried away. And in some cases, the music is so vast in genre diversity, one is surprised at the resulting sound, such as in the track, “These Shadows”, which starts off with an extremely catchy intro guitar riff and carries a vague David Bowie meets Velvet Underground sound.

“Back to Land” is a great piece of work that utilizes the potential of each member of Wooden Shjips effectively and thoroughly.

Most importantly, “Back to Land” is an experimentation of how far the psychedelic genre can stretch while still successfully staying true to its roots.

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Ticket Giveaway: Tennis & Pure Bathing Culture at Underground Arts Tonight

We have a last minute ticket giveaway for tonight at Underground Arts with Tennis and Pure Bathing Culture. Now, if you fancy upbeat electro-pop, fronted by charming female vocals, then this evening's bill will be worth struggling through the rest of your workweek. To enter for a chance to win a pair of tix, just send an email to thedelimagazinephiladelphia@gmail.com with the subject line "Tennis & a Bath, Anyone." Please also include your cell number in the body of the message (in case of an emergency). Good luck!


Krust Toons: "D'OH - Band Practice" by Teddy Hazard

Krust Toons: "D'OH - Band Practice" by Teddy Hazard - please feel free to drop him a line at teddandthehazards@gmail.com if you dig or have any funny ideas. You can also check out more of his illustrations HERE.


Record Review: 7” - Sheer Mag

Relatively new outfit, South Philly’s Sheer Mag, fronted by The Shakes’ Christina Halladay, wastes no time with filler on their debut 7”. The four-track release is equal parts garage and punk bravado.
“What You Want” kick-starts the record with jangly percussion and pristinely fuzzed-out riffs. As the song’s melody unfolds, Halladay’s screamed-out, heartfelt vocals recount and flawlessly capture the dissonance of romantic antics and their aftermath. Guitar-drenched interludes and buzzing drums reminiscent of Colleen Green, circa Cujo, and early demos by Bleached render the piece memorable, while noisy shreds near the three-minute mark bring to mind the lo-fi glory of the Useless Eaters’ Daily Commute.
Sheer Mag’s “Sit and Cry” is bittersweet and abrasive. Opening with crisply executed riffage, the second track off the band’s EP audibly embodies the malaise of its namesake. Halladay’s vocals, coupled with trippy distortion, amplify the emotional nuance of the release as a whole. As “Sit and Cry” nears its end, chords morph into reverb as she croons “cry, cry.” Soon after, the satisfyingly moody “Point Breeze” begins. Starting off with a rhythmic drive evocative of Cousin Brian or Throwing Up, the undertone of “Point Breeze” captivates listeners nostalgic for Slutever’s Pretend to Be Nice.Crisp with caustic yet earnest diction by Halladay, the song is energetically catching from start to end.
The album’s closer, “Hard Lovin,” is gritty, like a mellowed-out Bobbyteens’ B-side. Shaking tambourine and whining guitar lines perfectly compliment her rowdy vocals as the song progresses. Thematically, “Hard Lovin” is a kindred spirit to acts like No Bunny or Hunx and His Punx. It’s a song for romantics with a penchant for rock ‘n’ roll. It’s an anthem.
Overall, Sheer Mag's debut release is brief. Despite this, the four-song EP is more than enough to wet the appetites of their soon-to-be adoring fans. - Dianca Potts


The Deli Philly's Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: Forever Lesbians

The origin of Forever Lesbians seems rather natural for this day and age - a connection via social media and a gifted 4-track recorder. And if the tale of the band finding its name in a fortune cookie at a Philly noodle bar holds an ounce of truth, then we have the beginnings of a good ole rock ‘n’ roll story. The group recently dropped its latest EP Love, Respect and Wisdom earlier this month, and won our Featured Artist(s) Poll so you can learn about the quirky, fledgling, lo-fi indie outfit by taking a listen to the quartet’s new album below and reading our interview HERE.



The Deli Philly's Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: Forever Lesbians

- by Alexis V.

The origin of Forever Lesbians seems rather natural for this day and age - a connection via social media and a gifted 4-track recorder. And if the tale of the band finding its name in a fortune cookie at a Philly noodle bar holds an ounce of truth, then we have the beginnings of a good ole rock ‘n’ roll story. The group recently dropped its latest EP Love, Respect and Wisdom earlier this month, and won our Featured Artist(s) Poll so you can learn about the quirky, fledgling, lo-fi indie outfit by taking a listen to the quartet’s new album and reading our interview below.
The Deli: How did you start making music?
Will DiSerafino: Con and I have been playing music together for about 3 years now. We met on Facebook, and figured out we only live 2 minutes away from one another. That’s when we started making music.
Con Shea: We started Forever Lesbians when one of my friends gave me a 4-track last Christmas, and Will and I decided that we would use it to start recording what was originally just going to be a funny demo. We ended up recording a whole lot more on cassette tapes because it was easiest for us since we room together at boarding school.
Noah Burke: Banging pots and pans in the kitchen, I still do that, but that’s how it started.
Blaise O’Brien: My friends wanted to play a White Stripes song for our fourth grade talent show. We were all out of tune, but it sounded great to our moms.
TD: Where did the band name Forever Lesbians come from?
Forever Lesbians: It was in a fortune cookie that we read at a noodle bar in Philly.
TD: What are your biggest musical influences?
FL: We’re really into a lot of Canadian bands right now - a lot of lo-fi stuff like Homeshake and Alex Calder. We’re also influenced by Frankie Cosmos, Foozle, and Porches pretty heavily now - a lot of other wacky stuff too - Brazilian music, Mariah Carey, High Life music from 60’s Africa.
TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?
WD: I’m really into Quarterbacks, Joyce Manor, Surf Curse, and Courtney Barnett.
NB: I’ve been listening to a lot of Death Grips, Dark City Sisters, Homeshake, and my friend George’s new album.
BO: Been feeling very inspired by The Cure.
CS: Sometimes my mom will make up songs to sing for my dogs, Charlie and Fergus, and I listen to that a lot.
TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
WD: My first concert was Weezer, and my first album was Operation Ivy’s self-titled. I don’t know; I’m pretty sure they only had one album.
NB: My first concert was Ziggy Marley, and my first album was, actually, I don't know, but it was probably bad.
CS: Primus and something by Frank Zappa or maybe The Residents.
BO: I remember at my first show I was in 7th grade, and it was LIGHTS. I saw the opening band in the bathroom, and was so nervous I peed in my pants
TD: What do you love about Philly?
WD: I love everything about Philly; I mean violence isn’t that cool, but it’s whatever!!
CS: I like all the people that come out of Philly. It’s much more comforting to me than NYC; it has everything I’d ever really want from a city………………………...
NB: The noodle bars.
BO: The surplus army store on 13th and Chestnut.
TD: What do you hate about Philly?
NB: People getting shot near our shows
CS: Yeah.
TD: What are your plans for 2014?
FL: Make and play music WASSUP - stop global climate change
TD: What was your most memorable live show?
CS: Most memorable show was definitely when we played at Kevin Brusha’s house (the nest), and Chris Terlizzi from Krispy Kareem had to go to the hospital after he stepped on a nail. Wastey Kids were smashing mannequins and other funny stuff. It was a good show. Someone drank a 40 out of a mannequins leg - wild times.
TD: What's your favorite thing to get at the deli?
NB: White bread, turkey, extra cheese and salt with peanut M&Ms and Coke.
WD: Turkey Club.
CS: Chicken salad sandwich - Marcus Mamourian on the side - mange le free.
BO: Cheesesteak with wiz without onions.








Forever Lesbians
Love, Respect and Wisdom




Dopestroke Opening for GBH & Reagan Youth at Underground Arts Sept. 28

With a storming, full-speed-down-a-steep-hill approach, meshing an overtly layered, lyrical agitation, which fits crisply into a nonstop bombardment of instruments, heavy-pounding blow after blow of the one-two punch of backend artillery, reinforced with volatile torch guitar that assert authority, Dopestroke hovers the line, reeling in the sound as a unit while still maintaining a loose, free-flowing, uninhibited sound. Tonight, they set the stage, opening for a pair of legendary punk outfits in Reagan Youth and GBH at Underground Arts. Get there early, and finish off your weekend the right way. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 8pm, $25, 21+ - Michael Colavita


Dark Blue Record Release Show at Boot & Saddle Sept. 27

Former Clockcleaner and Puerto Rico Flowers frontman, John Sharkey III, came up with the concept for his latest album, Pure Reality, when he was working the graveyard shift as nightwatchman at a university in Canberra, Australia while his wife was giving birth to their daughter. When faced with the “pure reality” that Australia was a temporary move, they headed back to Philadelphia, and realized the significant differences bewteen down under and Kensington. Upon settling in, he linked up with former Puerto Rico Flowers bandmates Andrew Mackie Nelson and Mike Sneeringer (who have also collaborated with the likes of Ceremony, Paint It Black, The Loved Ones, Strand of Oaks, and Purling Hiss) to form Dark Blue and work on their debut album, which was recorded by Jeff Ziegler and will be available via Jade Tree starting October 7. Dark Blue will be having an early celebration for its arrival this evening at Boot & Saddle, where they’ll be joined by Melbourne, Australia’s Dick Diver. Rounding out the lineup will be the dark and enchanting synth-driven musings of Shari Vari’s Void Vision, whose upcoming full-length Sub Rosa will be coming out mid-fall. Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Bill McThrill


Free 40th Street Summer Series Showcase w/Man Man at 40th & Walnut Sts. Sept. 27

This weekend, University City is sending off their 40th Street Summer Series with one hell of a high note: Man Man will be playing a free outdoor concert this afternoon! The prodigal local outfit is known for their insane mashup of styles, grandiose over-the-top lyrics, frantic keyboardsmanship, and one of the most impressive mustaches in modern music. Their music could be described as a head on collision between heyday surf-rock and soulful indie, with just enough pseudo-hip hop to make things interesting. They’ll be joined by opener Needle Driver, an NYC avante-garde rock outfit, who will certainly add to the weirdest, most exhilarating way to say goodbye to summer. Behind the Walnut Street Free Library, 40th & Walnut Sts., 6pm, Free, All Ages - Daniel Ludwig



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