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September 2014
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With spindly strings horning in the opening instrumental, “Dragoon” awakens Seagulls' debut LP Great Pine, seamlessly transitioning into “Swimmin’,” a song that is initially given a steady-footed beat around which a more intricate and illuminating composition is built generating a peaceful yet purposeful layered sound, setting the tone for what lies ahead. “You and Me” plays like a surf-folk love letter, developing a warm, earnest vocal confession, while fitting nicely with the tug and pull groove of the scratching guitar and persistent bass. The vocal harmonies provide a sweetness accompanied by reserved bursts of trumpet and accordion-like effects offer a tease of nostalgia.
 
“Love, Give” follows a similar theme as vocals, strings, and snap-percussion set a pleasant, pensive, strolling pace as echoing harmonies and backing vocals reinforce, “Love give your hands to me, for someday I’ll be on bended knee.” “Old Habits” maintains an up close lo-fi aesthetic and underlying 8-bit accents, but the perspective has changed, shining a light on the dark side of relationships and a groove that has a somewhat worn and dusty ascetic, enhancing the lyrics meaning - “Old habits, die hard or they never do/so keep lying til they all catch up to you.” A well-placed take on Big Star’s “Thirteen” incorporates the honest-loving sentiments of adolescence, falling neatly inline with the group’s heartfelt vocal honesty, while simultaneously acknowledging one of their potential influences.
 
The record’s title-track “Great Pine” serves as a breath-catching ambiance builder before the turbulent “Holy Smokes” emerges. Enlisting peaks of aggressive kick-in-the-door instrumentation - particularly percussion between smooth stretches of vocally dominant valleys - in essence, layering pieces of clear skies between moments of violent storms.
 
“Distracted” concludes Great Pine with an uplifting blanket of vocals, allowing the guitar to stretch its sea legs as the backend force steers the musical ship; holding the course. This album starts on the shore, and while there are moments where it seems destined to searchingly drift out there, Seagulls appropriately demonstrate an ability to reel it in, taking a beautiful inaugural voyage. - Michael Colavita

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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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