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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.

This is a preview of the new Deli charts - we are working on finalizing them by the end of 2013.

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New Music Video: "The Sunshine of Your Youth" - Cheerleader

Check out pop-rock quintet Cheerleader’s new music video for “The Sunshine of Your Youth,” the title track off their forthcoming debut LP, which is schedule for release on May 19 via Bright Antenna Records. It was directed by Alexander Alexandrov, and meshes a family photo shoot with a performance by the band, demonstrating a somewhat melancholy nostalgia despite a bubbly energy. Catch Cheerleader at Union Transfer on April 23 when their tour with The Wombats comes into town.


The Deli Philly's Best Emerging Artists of 2014 Poll - FINAL RESULTS: 1. Sheer Mag, 2. Nothing, 3. Cheerleader & More

Deli Nation,

Our Year End Poll for Emerging Philly Artists was - as usual - a painstaking (and somewhat excruciating) process, but we do enjoy seeing what everyone has been into!

Kudos to rock 'n' rollers Sheer Mag (pictured and streaming) for winning the overall poll and and certainly impressing many with their debut EP 7"!

Also, big thumbs up to heavy shoegaze outfit Nothing, who released our March 2014 Record of the Month, and rising indie popsters Cheerleader.

Here is how it all went down: First, we let the local bands submit their music (for free), and got our Deli editors to pick the nominees. Then, we polled a list of 30+ Philly music scene enthusiasts/experts (our jury), and asked them to nominate 3 more bands of their choice each. We polled our local writers, and we also requested fans and readers to vote for their favorite. We tried to keep things open for each single genre, from Indie Rock to Roots Music to Hip Hop.

If you are interested in geeking out in all the subtleties related to how this poll works, you can read its rules HERE. But if all you care about is the awesome new music Philly produced in the 2014, this list is all you need. Enjoy!

****** FINAL RESULTS ******
Sheer Mag 22   2 0.005 24.005
Nothing 9   2 0.001 11.001 icon
Cheerleader 7   1 0.003 8.003 icon
Modern Baseball 5   3 0.001 8.001 icon
CRUISR 8     0 8 icon
Marian Hill 7   1 0 8 icon
Vita and the Woolf 7     0.006 7.006 icon
Amanda X 7     0.004 7.004 icon
Cayetana 6   1 0.002 7.002 icon
Suburban Living 5   2 0.002 7.002 icon
The Lawsuits 7     0.001 7.001
Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band 5   2 0 7 icon
Mumblr 4   2 0.003 6.003 icon
Mo Lowda & The Humble 6     0.001 6.001 icon
Tutlie 2   2 0.01 4.01 icon
Alex G 2   2 0.009 4.009 icon
DRGN King 3   1 0.001 4.001
Bondage & Discipline 2   1 0.5 3.5 icon
Queen Jo   3   0.115 3.115 icon
The Cloth 3     0.026 3.026 icon
Dead 3     0.019 3.019 icon
Divers 3     0.002 3.002
  Ecstatic Vision 2   1 0.002 3.002 icon
  HIVELORDS 3     0.002 3.002 icon
Literature 2   1 0.002 3.002 icon
Chelsea Sue Allen 3     0.001 3.001 icon
  Myrrias 3     0.001 3.001 icon
  Pine Barons 3     0.001 3.001 icon
Ben Kessler   1   2 3 icon
  Hannah Taylor 3     0 3 icon
  Needle Points 3     0 3 icon
  The Mellowells   2   1 3 icon
Those People   1   1.5 2.5 icon
Blood Sound   1 1 0.011 2.011 icon
Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five 2     0.006 2.006 icon
Bonzai 2     0.005 2.005 icon
Thin Lips 2     0.005 2.005 icon
Faking 2     0.004 2.004 icon
  Milton 2     0.004 2.004 icon
  Pinkwash 1   1 0.004 2.004 icon
Teen Men 2     0.003 2.003 icon
Bad Canoes 2     0.002 2.002 icon
Hound 1   1 0.002 2.002 icon
Dylan Jane 2     0.001 2.001 icon
  Prime Homeless Time 2     0.001 2.001 icon
  The Yetis 2     0.001 2.001 icon
Lantern 2     0 2 icon
Locals 2     0 2 icon
Shark Tape   1.5   0.001 1.501 icon
Cave People 1     0.5 1.5 icon
Pushin' it 2 the Limit 1     0.065 1.065 icon
You You Dark Forest   1   0.029 1.029 icon
What Nerve 1     0.026 1.026 icon
Cherokee Red 1     0.023 1.023 icon
You Do You 1     0.018 1.018 icon
Aaron Parnell Brown   1   0.009 1.009 icon
The Stammer   1   0.009 1.009 icon
S.T.O.P. 1     0.008 1.008 icon
Abi Reimold 1     0.004 1.004 icon
Mock Suns   1   0.004 1.004 icon
Ill Fated Natives 1     0.002 1.002 icon
  Son Little 1     0.002 1.002
  The Bad Doctors 1     0.002 1.002 icon
Combine 1     0.001 1.001 icon
  Commonwealth Choir 1     0.001 1.001 icon
  Little Big League 1     0.001 1.001 icon
  The Goodbye Party 1     0.001 1.001 icon
  Worshyper 1     0.001 1.001 icon
No Good Sister 1     0 1 icon
Noah Breakfast 1     0 1 icon
Legend: J = Jurors, W = Deli Writers,
R = Deli Readers, OS = Open Submissions

Special Thanks to Our Jurors: Dan Bisogno (Choice Tasters, Y-Not Radio), Jeff Blinder (Spazz Presents), Gabrielle Bonghi (Philly.com), Kate Bracaglia (Philly.com), Eric Bresler (PhilaMOCA), Jessica Craft (Rock to the Future), Ryan Crump (Philly Drum Project), Emma Fried-Cassorla (Philly Love Notes), Kevin Horn (Bonfire Booking), Ellei Johndro (Shadowscene), Kevin Kennedy (The Swollen Fox), Colin Kerrigan (Out Of Town Films, Philly.com), David Kiss (Kung Fu Necktie), Fred Knittel (Folkadelphia), Josh T. Landow (Y-NOT Radio), Carolyn Lederach (Sofar Philly), Barrett Lindgren (Independent Promoter, Johnny Brenda’s), Jesse Lundy (Point Entertainment), Gordon Mays (MilkBoy Philly), Jeff Meyers (The Guild, Boot & Saddle), George Miller (Jump Philly), Mark Schoneveld (YVYNYL), Stephanie Seiple (Tri State Indie), Matt Smith (HotBox Studios, CID), Jon Solomon (WPRB), Aaron Stampa (Radio Static Philly), Q.D. Tran (The Deli Magazine), John Vettese (The Key, WXPN), Allie Volpe (Philly.com), Nikki Volpicelli (Beatport, The Key), Chris Ward (Johnny Brenda’s), Bruce Warren (WXPN, The Key).

Hope you'll find some rad new artists that you weren't aware of!


The Deli's Staff

Lushlife & YIKES the ZERO Opening for Kool Keith at KFN Feb. 19

Legendary alien emcee Kool Keith will be gracing the stage of Kung Fu Necktie once again this evening for a sold-out show. Though he already performed last night (due to popular), this showcase is the one you want to be at with its killer local supporting lineup. Multi-talented producer/emcee Lushlife will be coming out of performance hibernation for this special event. Lush has been quiet of late, and we can only hope that it is because he's been focused in the lab preparing to drop a bomb of beats and rhymes on the world with his long-awaited follow-up to Plateau Vision. Also returning this evening to the Front Street watering hole is YIKES the ZERO and his DJ Caliph-NOW. YIKES has been a perfect pairing with our headliner for this two-night run. His eccentric releases and willingness/ability to collaborate with other artists represent what Kool Keith has accomplished throughout his storied career. This event is surely a celebration of the road less traveled in hip hop! Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 7pm, $20 (Sold Out), 21+ (Lushlife Photo by Meredith Kleiber) - Q.D. Tran


New Video: Dreams Don’t Chase Themselves - Hezekiah

This short film Dreams Don’t Chase Themselves chronicles producer/emcee Hezekiah's journey as he dreams of/envisions his fears and fights to overcome them. Written by Michael Beon and directed by Embassy & Hezekiah, the film’s scenes correspond to songs found on the album of the same name, and include segments of tracks “Spirits Moves Through All Things,” “Coming Back is Harder,” and “Fake It.” This album isn’t one that you should sleep on.


New Video: The Castle Inn Sessions - Lewis & Clarke

Shot by Dan Papa & Larry DeMark and recorded by Don Sternecker at Mix-O-Lydian Studios, this Castle Inn Session captures Lewis & Clarke, as a group, performing five songs from their album Triumvirate (La Société Expéditionnaire). There’s a haunting elegance as if the music will stir up the ghosts of the Delaware Water Gap’s past. Or better - with its cold classic black & white aesthetic, the band momentarily inhabited the storied legend.



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