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November 2013
Wooden Shjips
"Back to Land
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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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New Track: "Vinegar Lips" - Sunny Ali & the Kid

Sunny Ali & the Kid get the knees shaking and the hips gyrating as they take you back in time with their new track "Vinegar Lips," which you can take a listen to below. The song is off the duo's latest release Tastebuds EP. Enjoy!

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Purling Hiss & Nightlands Featured in Spin's "5 Best New Artists for January '13"

So it looks like Spin is starting to discover how rad Philly's music scene is (which we've all obviously known for a while now). The music publication just featured Purling Hiss and Nightlands in their post about "5 Best New Artists for January '13." While most of our readers are probably thinking "they're not really new," it's still nice to be mentioned. After all, you should always understand that you need to give the old guys some time to catch up. You can check out the blurbs about our hometown heroes HERE.

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New Video: RFM Promo - Chill Moody

Below is a new video that Chilly Moody premiered at his sold out headlining performance this past Friday at the TLA. It's a promo for his forthcoming new album RFM (which was revealed to stand for "Running From Myself"). His first "official" record will be released on January 7.

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The Deli Philly’s January Album of the Month: Wolf Like a Stray Dog - Norwegian Arms

Norwegian Arms’ debut LP Wolf Like a Stray Dog is a solid and short one. The album is over in a flash, with all the tracks, minus one, clocking in under two and a half minutes. The songs are snapshots, but they do not feel cut short despite their limited runtime. It is more an in-and-out effectiveness of punks Minor Threat or Bad Brains. The lyrics on the album are just great. Mulvihill could have easily allowed the album to rely on its poetic strength, but instead, with the help of Dr. Dog’s Eric Slick, among others, he was able to capture the emotions of the words, and counter them with a prancing, percussive folk sound.
 
The minimalist opening of “And Then I Found Myself in Taiga” introduces the listener to singer/mandolin player Brendan Mulvihill’s quivering tenor and ruminant, gentle lyrics. A lot of Norwegian Arms’ appeal up until this album were those sticking points, but as soon as they introduce Mr. Slick’s dynamic percussion, it changes the way that you look at the band entirely. The sound from previous demos is really flipped on its head, and suddenly the mandolin is complimenting the tribal percussion that is the heartbeat of the LP. The opening track is significantly more put together than anything the band had released before, which is not to say the lo-fi approach didn’t have its benefits, but the sound on this album realizes the songs in a way that a lo-fi approach could not.
 
The title track “Wolf Like a Stray Dog” has an animalistic charm of Animal Collective’s Sung Tongs - both in subject and the primal nature of the song itself. Maybe it is a cop out, but there were numerous times when I heard that era of AnCo in Norwegian Arms. There are dynamic similarities, thematic similarities and vocal similarities. That is a compliment by the way.
 
Another rewarding listen on the record is “She Lives in a Secret Town,” which also showed up on their Trimming of Hides EP. If you really want to understand how the new recordings changed their sound for the better, just listen to both versions of that song, and you will get it. Simple things like the sparse lead guitar do wonders for the song. “Soviet Bicycle” has a hypnotic repetition to it. It is a dizzying listen, and fully captures the bike ride that the band takes you on. The song is really clever in that way, and for that matter, the whole album. One of the earlier tastes that we sampled of the LPwas “Tired of Being Cold”; the ever relatable lament about not only being cold, but self-reflection and the inevitability of aging. The record closes with the declarative, bouncy “Pu-Erh.” The song removes you from the cold being sung about, and places you in a sandy oasis where your only obligations are to relax and enjoy. 
 
Wolf Like a Stray Dog is fully immersive. It is a cocoon to protect from external surroundings. At the same time, it obsesses about external surroundings while displaced. Throughout the record, you can hear Mulvihill question and reaffirm his purpose. He does so with vignettes - some seemingly unrelated but all ultimately essential. There is a lot to say for an album with no filler. It is melodic, it is therapeutic, and it is truly fulfilling. - Adam G. 

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January 2013
Norwegian Arms
"Wolf Like a Stray Dog
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mp3
Norwegian Arms’ debut LP Wolf Like a Stray Dog is a solid and short one. The album is over in a flash, with all the tracks, minus one, clocking in under two and a half minutes. The songs are snapshots, but they do not feel cut short despite their limited runtime. It is more an in-and-out effectiveness of punks Minor Threat or Bad Brains. The lyrics on the album are just great. Mulvihill could have easily allowed the album to rely on its poetic strength, but instead, with the help of Dr. Dog’s Eric Slick, among others, he was able to capture the emotions of the words, and counter them with a prancing, percussive folk sound.
 
The minimalist opening of “And Then I Found Myself in Taiga” introduces the listener to singer/mandolin player Brendan Mulvihill’s quivering tenor and ruminant, gentle lyrics. A lot of Norwegian Arms’ appeal up until this album were those sticking points, but as soon as they introduce Mr. Slick’s dynamic percussion, it changes the way that you look at the band entirely. The sound from previous demos is really flipped on its head, and suddenly the mandolin is complimenting the tribal percussion that is the heartbeat of the LP. The opening track is significantly more put together than anything the band had released before, which is not to say the lo-fi approach didn’t have its benefits, but the sound on this album realizes the songs in a way that a lo-fi approach could not.
 
The title track “Wolf Like a Stray Dog” has an animalistic charm of Animal Collective’s Sung Tongs - both in subject and the primal nature of the song itself. Maybe it is a cop out, but there were numerous times when I heard that era of AnCo in Norwegian Arms. There are dynamic similarities, thematic similarities and vocal similarities. That is a compliment by the way.
 
Another rewarding listen on the record is “She Lives in a Secret Town,” which also showed up on their Trimming of Hides EP. If you really want to understand how the new recordings changed their sound for the better, just listen to both versions of that song, and you will get it. Simple things like the sparse lead guitar do wonders for the song. “Soviet Bicycle” has a hypnotic repetition to it. It is a dizzying listen, and fully captures the bike ride that the band takes you on. The song is really clever in that way, and for that matter, the whole album. One of the earlier tastes that we sampled of the LPwas “Tired of Being Cold”; the ever relatable lament about not only being cold, but self-reflection and the inevitability of aging. The record closes with the declarative, bouncy “Pu-Erh.” The song removes you from the cold being sung about, and places you in a sandy oasis where your only obligations are to relax and enjoy. 
 
Wolf Like a Stray Dog is fully immersive. It is a cocoon to protect from external surroundings. At the same time, it obsesses about external surroundings while displaced. Throughout the record, you can hear Mulvihill question and reaffirm his purpose. He does so with vignettes - some seemingly unrelated but all ultimately essential. There is a lot to say for an album with no filler. It is melodic, it is therapeutic, and it is truly fulfilling. - Adam G.
 

Q.D. Tran’s 40 Favorite Philly Releases of 2012

Every year I never have the intention of making a year-end list, but then I start seeing others rolling out, and think to myself - why not? There are plenty of Philly releases that deserve to be mentioned each year. I might as well give into the fact that another one will be coming next year. 2012 is/was a great year for local releases. I started off wanting to keep my list to 20, and obviously things didn’t go as I had planned. I just kept coming across more albums that I felt should be included. I finally decided to cap it off at 40 (though I still could’ve added more - my apologies to those who weren’t mentioned) or else I would’ve never gotten around to getting it up. Well, here is my final post of 2012. I look forward to seeing you on the other side. Happy New Year, and cheers!!! - Q.D. Tran

 

1. Spacin’Deep Thuds (Richie)

 

2. LushlifePlateau Vision (Western Vinyl)

 

3. Ghost LightAwful Feelings (Single Girl Married Girl)

 
4. Cousin BrianFirst (Mallrat)

 
5. TJ Kong and the Atomic BombManufacturing Joy (Self-released)

 
6. Dr. DogBe the Void (ANTI-)
7. Hop AlongGet Disowned (Hot Green)
8. AsaadWhite (Self-released)
9. Daniel BachmanSeven Pines (Tompkins Square)  
10. Work DrugsDrift (Bobby Cahn/State Capital)
11. StreetwalkersCassette One (Self-released)
12. Cold FrontsPretty American (Self-released)
13. Grande Marshall800 (Self-released)
14. VacationerGone (Downtown)
15. Ape SchoolJunior Violence (Hometapes)
16. GracieTreehouse (Small Plates)
17. Radiator HospitalSome Distant Moon (Forward)
18. PO PODope Boy Magick (Mad Decent)
19. Swearin’Swearin’ (Salinas)
20. Meek Mill Dreamchaser 2 (Self-released)
21. Family Band Grace & Lies (No Quarter)
22. Sun Airway Soft Fall (Dead Oceans)
23. White BirdsWhen Women Played Drums (Grizzly)
24. Wrecking CrewWu Tang Pulp (Self-released)
25. Arc in RoundArc in Round (La Société Expéditionnaire)
26. NothingDownward Years to Come (A389)
27. Far-Out FangtoothThe Thorns (HoZac)
28. Residuels – Residuels (Self-released)
29. Rich MysticsLOVERDOSE (Self-released)
30. Orbit to LeslieWhitemarsh Woods (Self-released)
31. Power AnimalExorcism (Human Kindness Overflowing)
32. LanternDream Mine (Bathetic)
33. Buried BedsSmall Stories (Self-released)
34. Brendan CodeyCasco (Treetop Sorbet)
35. Laser BackgroundLaser Background (Stroll On)
36. Ghost ShipGolden Girls (Self-released)
37. Cheers ElephantLike Wind Blows Fire (Self-released)
38. Strand of OaksDark Shores (Self-released)
39. Chris ForsythKenzo Deluxe (Northern Spy)
40. Night SinsNew Grave (Avant!)
 
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More Deets About The Deli Philly's Dangerous NYE Party!

OK, so we'll be holding our Dangerous NYE Party with Dangerous Ponies, Arrah and the Ferns, Slutever and Conversations with Enemies at the art loft Brenda (NOT Johnny Brenda's) in Kensington. You can go HERE for more deets or email us at thedelimagazinephiladelphia@gmail.com if you are still confused. Hope to see you sooner than later!

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New Music Video: "Dance All Night" - Free Energy

Below is a new music video from Free Energy for their track "Dance All Night." It is pieced together from clips of teen romantic comedy Can't Hardly Wait starring Jennifer Love Hewitt. The song appears on the band's forthcoming album Love Sign due out January 15. 

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