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December 2014
The Spirit of the Beehive
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There is something rather dark and mysterious about a band that takes its name from a classic Spanish film that focuses on its protagonist, a young girl, who becomes fascinated by the 1931 horror movie, Frankenstein. And with an album cover that portrays a child in a bee costume positioned in front of a tombstone saying, “Here Lies Mom-n-Dad Now Their Gone Isn’t That Sad,” you can’t help but be intrigued, if not a bit disturbed. The Spirit of the Beehive is a local fledgling outfit who has popped up on my radar this past year, appearing on numerous bills, oftentimes at DIY spaces. The band has further grabbed my attention with its debut self-titled full-length album, which was recorded by The Weaks/ex-Dangerous Ponies, Evan Bernard and Chris Baglivo, and released via rising Philly indie label Ranch Records.  
 
The record’s opening track, “Roll Over,” begins with an eerie instrumentation before a languid female voice comes in with barely intelligible lines. “Cycles in and out of morphine hazes. Finding spaces between your floorboards. And I watch the dust move.” Thankfully the group provides us with lyrics on its Bandcamp page; otherwise, the beautifully poetic verses filled with drug-fueled imagery would be lost in the wash of power chords and feedback. “All lost in the black market. To wait in the fix aisle, I roll over.” You also get a sense of the band’s lo-fi, DIY aesthetic when you are abruptly taken out of the world, created by the album’s first, with studio chatter before moving on to the next track. With “Short Walk,” you can’t help but feel the influences of greats like Nirvana and more recently Creepoid with the hushed vocals and sonic bursts. These two tracks set the tone for the first half of the LP, where you travel in and out of the territories of dream pop and shoegaze when the female lead vocals grab a hold of you and then the grungier, harder-edged side takes over with the male lead. This juxtaposition provides quite an enjoyable balance that I actually wished went on longer throughout the record.
 
It’s not until “Ether,” where the two combine forces, changing the dynamic of their relationship. The title of the song suggests that you might be finding something more ethereal; however, the driving bass line provides a sense of urgency throughout the track. It also marks the point where the male lead begins to dominate the rest of the album, while taking on some of the characteristics of its counterpart. What remains a constant is a psychedelic, drug-filled angst full of guitar licks and distortion, giving off the vibe of a band that is here to rock, and they don’t care if you are ready for it or not.
 
The Spirit of the Beehive closes out their ambitious LP with the longest and cleanest sounding recording on the album, “Fever Dream,” demonstrating that they don’t need to hide behind studio effects, while making you wonder where their follow-up release will go next. It’s an eclectic and modern sounding record that also pulls from past genres I hold close to my chest. I highly recommend that you go download it ASAP. - Q.D. Tran

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The Deli Philly’s Best of 2012 Poll for Emerging Artists Winner: Norwegian Arms

The Deli Philly’s Best of 2012 Poll for Emerging Artists Winner: Norwegian Arms

Dear Deli Readers,

We are proud to announce that The Deli Philly’s Best of 2012 Emerging Artist is Norwegian Arms! It was a tight race from the get-go between the self-described “weirdo-folk” duo turned trio and power-pop outfit Hop Along with Lushlife solidly representing the local hip-hop community in third place.


Please take a look at our chart of 60+ Philly area artists below. The highest value of votes came from our jurors, who included individuals involved in local music. This includes promoters, venue owners, press, DJs and other music experts (who are listed below - thanks y’all). The remainder of the votes was compiled by The Deli Philly contributors, readers, and open submissions voted on by national Deli editors.

List of Jurors: Brendan Bercik (Pilam), Dan Bisogno (Choice Tasters, VICE, Live Nation), Jeff Blinder (Spazz Presents), Kate Bracaglia (Philly.com, WXPN2, The Key), Eric Bresler (PhilaMOCA), Ryan Crump (Philly Drum Project), Kevin D’Mello (RockaPhilly), Mikele Edwards (Silk City), Nick Fanelli (The Fire, Guild Shows), Stacie George (Live Nation), Ellei Johndro (Shadowscene), Matt Kelchner (Bikini Island), Kevin Kennedy (The Swollen Fox), Colin Kerrigan (Out of Town Films, Philly.com, Pitchfork), Josh T. Landow (Y-Not Radio), Jesse Lundy (Point Entertainment), Gordon Mays (Kung Fu Necktie), Brian McTear (Weathervane Music), Jeff Meyers (Guild Shows), George Miller (JUMP Philly), Brandee Nichols (Philly Mostly Vegan, JUMP Philly), Matt Ricchini (Union Transfer, Johnny Brenda’s, Kung Fu Necktie), Mark Schoneveld (YVYNYL), Maria T. Sciarrino (WPRB, Her Jazz), Stephanie Seiple (Tri-State Indie), Elliott Sharp (City Paper, The Key, Noisey, Village Voice), Sara Sherr (Sugar Town), Matt Smith (HotBox Sessions), Jon Solomon (WPRB), Q.D. Tran (The Deli Magazine), John Vettese (The Key, WXPN, City Paper), Nikki Volpicelli (The Philly Music Showcase), Chris Ward (Johnny Brenda’s), Bruce Warren (WXPN, Some Velvet Blog, The Key)

Congrats to everyone who made the list and thanks to all those who voted!

BEST OF 2012 POLL FOR EMERGING PHILLY ARTISTS 
 
ARTIST
J
W
R
OS
TOT
 
1
Norwegian Arms
24
3
0.016
 
27.016
2
Hop Along
19
3
0.013
 
22.013
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3
Lushlife
10
3
0.006
 
13.006
icon
4
Work Drugs
7
2
0.009
 
9.009
icon
5
Spacin'
7
2
0.005
 
9.005
icon
6
Chill Moody
7
 
0.5
 
7.5
icon
7
Cheers Elephant
6
1
0.045
 
7.045
icon
8
The Bailey Hounds
6
1
0.006
 
7.006
icon
9
Grande Marshall
5
2
0.004
 
7.004
icon
10
Cousin Brian
5
1
0.055
 
6.055
icon
11
Turning Violet Violet
2
1
0.011
3
6.011
12
Purling Hiss
3
3
0.008
 
6.008
icon
13
Cold Fronts
4
2
0.006
 
6.006
icon
14
+HIRS+
4
1
0.5
 
5.5
icon
15
The Districts
2
1
0.051
2
5.051
icon
16
Ghost Light
 
3
0.011
2
5.011
icon
17
The Lawsuits
5
 
0.005
 
5.005
icon
 
TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb
4
1
0.005
 
5.005
icon
19
DRGN King
4
1
0.004
 
5.004
icon
 
Laser Background
4
1
0.004
 
5.004
icon
21
Arrah and the Ferns
1
2
0.004
1.5
4.504
22
Night Panther
2
2
0.039
 
4.039
icon
23
Arc in Round
3
1
0.007
 
4.007
icon
24
Daniel Bachman
3
1
0.005
 
4.005
icon
 
Gliss
3
1
0.005
 
4.005
icon
 
Grandchildren
2
2
0.005
 
4.005
icon
 
Nightlands
2
2
0.005
 
4.005
icon
28 
Modern Inventors
3
 
0.004
1
4.004
icon
29
Vacationer
3
1
0.002
 
4.002
icon
30
Rainbow Destroyer
3
 
0.013
 
3.013
icon
31
Levee Drivers
3
 
0.012
 
3.012
icon
32
The Interest Group
3
 
0.007
 
3.007
icon
33
The Bad Doctors
3
 
0.006
 
3.006
icon
34
Restorations
2
1
0.005
 
3.005
icon
35
L.U.N.A.R. Revolt
3
 
0.003
 
3.003
icon
36
Pattern is Movement
1
2
0.001
 
3.001
icon
 
The High Five
3
 
0.001
 
3.001
icon
38
Dear Althea
1
 
2
 
3
icon
39
Ton-Taun
 
 
1.5
1
2.5
icon
40
Lockets
2
 
0.054
 
2.054
icon
41
Trophy Wife
2
 
0.027
 
2.027
icon
42
Dreambook
2
 
0.02
 
2.02
icon
43
Heyward Howkins
1
 
0.013
1
2.013
icon
44
Void Vision
2
 
0.005
 
2.005
icon
45
Juston Stens & The Get...
2
 
0.003
 
2.003
icon
 
Kate Ferencz
2
 
0.003
 
2.003
icon
 
Nothing
 
1
0.003
1
2.003
icon
48
OCD: Moosh & Twist
2
 
0.002
 
2.002
icon
 
Strand of Oaks
2
 
0.002
 
2.002
icon
50
Bee Mask
2
 
0.001
 
2.001
icon
 
White Birds
2
 
0.001
 
2.001
icon
52
You You Dark Forest
 
 
1
1
2
icon
53
Sonni Shine & The...
 
 
0.05
1.5
1.55
icon
54
Eskimeaux
 
 
0.049
1
1.049
icon
55
Orion Freeman
1
 
0.047
 
1.047
icon
 
Toy Soldiers
1
 
0.047
 
1.047
icon
57
Willow Talk
 
 
0.024
1
1.024
icon
58
Prowler
1
 
0.007
 
1.007
icon
59
Modern Baseball
1
 
0.006
 
1.006
icon
 
The Tough Shits
1
 
0.006
 
1.006
icon
61
Swearin'
1
 
0.005
 
1.005
icon
62
Nick Millevoi
1
 
0.004
 
1.004
icon
63
Shark Tape
1
 
0.003
 
1.003
icon
64
Banned Books
1
 
0.002
 
1.002
icon
 
Luther
1
 
0.002
 
1.002
icon
 
Residuels
1
 
0.002
 
1.002
icon
67
XVSK
1
 
0.001
 
1.001
icon
Legend: J = Jurors, W = Deli Writers,
R = Deli Readers, OS = Open Submissions

Much love,

The Deli’s Staff

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