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July 2016
The Retinas
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Post-garage rockers The Retinas' new EP chaba is an unexpected essential for surviving the dog days of summer. Chock-full of lo-fi backbeats and skull-buzzing riffs, the five track stunner transforms the grit and grime of urban summers, late nights, and complicated feelings into memorably evocative songs worth dancing to alone or with friends.

 

Opening with the trippy hiss of “Accident,” chaba’s first track is seeped in xanax-coated romance and the sort of self-awareness that made great’s like Daniel Johnston iconic. The song's lyricism hums with recognizable disenchantment that is bound to resonate at an instant with listeners. Tom Mchugh’s diction brings to mind the cinematic apprehension of Andrew Bujalski’s mumblecore masterpiece Mutual Appreciation meshed with the emotional imprint of “Tame the Sun” by Male Bonding. “Accident,” much like it’s namesake, ends abruptly without warning, leaving its listener to cope with its passing before “Aries” begins.

 

chaba’s second anthem paints a familiar portrait of the post-adolescent malaise of cynical dreamers with earnest hearts. Lo-fi in all the right ways, “Aries,” like a mirror, reflects reality without pretense. Like the less anxious version of Happy Birthday’s “2 Shy,” the charm of “Aries” is undeniably sincere. The oscillating intro of “Cheesepuffs” quickly evolves into a surf-pop banger - reminiscent of The Jacuzzi Boys; the track’s fervent riffs and fuzzed-out screams serve as the perfect preface to the notably catchy “Beat It Out”. The energy of the song doesn’t falter, keeping the momentum of chaba as cymbals crash and Mchugh croons - “Cause you chew my bones, acid soul/I've been off time with myself, I don't mind” - a sentiment that is echoed in the EP’s final track “Hey Julia.”

 

After listening to The Retinas' latest record, you will find yourself hungry for more. - Dianca London

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Philly Year End Poll 2012 - Open Submission Results!

Philly Year End Poll 2012 - Open Submission Results!

We’ve tallied the results for the Open Submissions stage of our Philly Year End Poll. All of the submissions were ranked by Deli Editors from other cities, and the list of acts that have advanced to our Readers’/Fans’ Poll phase are below. We will also be releasing the list of nominees chosen by our local jurors very soon. 

Thanks to all the rad folks who submitted their hearts and souls to us. Our open submissions pool was truly a celebration of Philly’s talent and diversity. 

Total submissions from Philly: 88

 
Qualified to the final phase of the Philly Year End Poll:
 
1. Turning Violet Violet - 8.33 (out of 10)
2. Ghost Light - 8.16
2. The Districts - 8.16
6. Nothing - 7.83
6. Modern Inventors - 7.83
8. Heyward Howkins - 7.66
8. Ton-Taun - 7.66
8. Willow Talk - 7.66
8. Eskimeaux - 7.66
 
Honorable Mentions (score above 7)
 
FLOTE (Electronic), Railroad Fever (Americana), Thee, Idea Men (Alt Rock), Vintage Kicks (Post Punk), June Divided (Alt Rock), The Chairman Dances (Indie Pop), The Stammer (Indie Rock), W.C. Lindsay (Electro Pop), Ruby the Hatchet (Alt Rock), Sudan (Hip Hop), AVRA (Indie Rock), Goodnight Lights (Indie Rock), Hectic Zeniths (Electronic), Toy Cannons (New Wave), True Gold (Psych Rock), Bleeding Fractals (Post Punk), Favor the Brave (Prog Metal), Ghost in the Valley (Post Punk), Psychic Teens (Post Punk), The THANGS (Electro Hop), The Tweeds (Psych Rock)
 
Jurors: Benjamin Toledo (Deli Portland), Lucy Sherman (Deli NYC), Paolo De Gregorio (Deli NYC)
 
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