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February 2016
Jo Kusy
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Jo Kusy (Far-Out Fangtooth, The Whips) cultivates an eclectic, lo-fi daydream on his new full-length album, You Break Me. The record is currently available for purchase/download, and will be found on limited cassette on February 12 via Kusy’s own imprint Kooze Kontrol.
 
The album’s opener “Long Gone Angel” establishes the LP’s loose-moving atmosphere, as guitar trickles into a percussive/bass-oriented roll. The instrumentation briefly drops out, giving way to an a cappella moment and then a sax solo, before falling back into form. The bass-forward nature of “Only a Night,” coupled with its synth, thrusts one into a danceable framework. Background vocals soften the lead. In the insta-funky “All Go To Heaven,” Kusy proclaims, “Get down, hear the sound, boogie-woogie shake your claim…”
 
“Before You Opened Your Mouth” shifts into a light youthful disposition, reflected in its humorous lyrics - “Old people acting young, it’s ok cause its only fun/young people acting old, they sound stupid…” “Ghost Funk Lesson” drops into a sly island vibration - reminiscent of The Police, while “1st Place (But They Told Me 5th) develops a eerie tone with its heavy-footed thump and the mysterious whisper of the vocals. “All the creeps come out from the woodwork, as the sun begins to rise.”
 
With its sinister stir, “New Devil Beat” perpetuates a throbbing pulse, and “Cherry Pickin’ Baby” rides a thick bass-line to accentuate its heavier playful spin on rockabilly. Shedding some weight, “Silk Paradise” gently glides, paced by the clean snap of drums and unobtrusive guitar runs. Closing with its title-track “You Break Me,” the tail end of the LP rides a steady, floating wave; a heady trip punctuated by a stealthy stretch of guitar work, throwing some fire into the meditative calm.
 
You Break Me is a fun, unpretentious album that easily gets the head bobbing and toes tapping with its minimalist approach. It’s a sleeper that you definitely shouldn’t sleep on. - Michael Colavita

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Q.D. Tran’s 50 Favorite Philly EPs/LPs of 2015

I guess what was spawned from pure procrastination has turned into an annual tradition here at The Deli Philly. We are now at our final post of 2015, and here’s my list of 50 favorite Philly EPs/LPs from this year. Do what you want with it. Hopefully you'll take a listen for yourself. So many good albums this year, I feel bad about cutting it off at 50; otherwise, I would never post this. And without further ado…
 
1. Nightclub (Self-released) - Blood Sound

 

Blood Sound crept into my subconscious in 2015. So much so that I contemplated starting my own record label to release their material. But then, I watched the Stones Throw and Creation Records documentaries, and decided maybe I should direct my energies elsewhere. Well, I’m glad that Manimal Vinyl (Bat for Lashes, Warpaint) was smart enough to snatch Blood Sound up for their next single releases. Nightclub is just the beginning of the 80's dance party that they are about to unleash on the rest of the world. To quote my buddy, Alex, whom I am absolutely jealous of for coming up with this description first: “It sounds like Ian Curtis fronting New Order.”
 

 

2. Downer (Infinity Cat) - The City & I

What can I say - “the weed-buttered food baby” of Colins “Bear” Reginsford (Mannequin Pussy, Kids, Ghost Gum), known as Downer, is dope. It’s such a diverse-sounding album with doses of weirdness and grit in all the right places. I thoroughly enjoyed gettin’ high to this one.
 

 
  
3. Pale Horses (Run For Cover) - mewithoutYou
 
 
It’s probably been almost a decade since I first heard of mewithoutYou, who was featured in a Philly alt-weekly at that time. The band continues to morph, evolve, and intrigue me after all these years. Pale Horses is thought-provoking material from a seasoned band.
 
 
 
4. Cemetery Highrise Slum (Collect) - Creepoid
 
 
What is a common question that circulates around Creepoid: “How are they not bigger?” I don’t know the answer to that, but I hope to stop hearing the question soon. Cemetery Highrise Slum is heavy, grungy psych rock that you need to get into.
 
 
 
5. The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us (Polyvinyl) – Beach Slang

 

There is a youthful exuberance to The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us, which is oddly made by old punks. However, it's rather cathartic. Beach Slang's rapid ascension is not at all surprising within the first listen.

 

You can check out the rest of my list HERE. And Happy New Year!!!

 


Where the Locals Are Going in Philly This NYE

Nice job, Philly! What looked a little scarce with local representation for New Year’s Eve has filled out into a variety of sweet shows that will have folks spread out all over Philly. Kat Kat Phest, in its fourth and final year, will be auld lang syning away at Everybody Hits with Creepoid and The Spirit of the Beehive, two bands that definitely deserve more of that national/international love and attention in 2016. A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Captured Track’s EZTV, and Mercury Girls have the indie-pop goodness on lockdown over at Johnny Brenda’s. The dancin’ fools can be found with the Making Time crew at Union Transfer, West Philadelphia Orchestra, Johnny Showcase & The Mystics, and Ill Doots at Underground Arts, and LOUDS and Cheerleader, at Ortlieb’s this year. Unfortunately, Nothing at Boot & Saddle is sold out, as you should’ve known that it would, but I’m a firm believer that you can get into any show that you really want to. You just need to get crafty. Maybe unlawful sometimes, but it’s all in the name of the rock gods. Hope to see you out and about this NYE! - Q.D. Tran 

Creepoid Throwing Down at KFN Nov. 25

Philly's own Creepoid collides at the intersection where shoegaze meets stoner rock, clarity meets noise, and melody is deconstructed. The band's songs move at an ambling pace with a haunting and dazed sluggishness that can be attributed to a deep affinity for gloomy space-rock bands like Bardo Pond and their progeny. But unlike Bardo Pond’s trance-inducing drones and repetition, the quartet is decidedly more focused on song structure and movement. Some songs sweep you through languid explorations of smooth, glassy soundscapes reminiscent of Dead Meadow's Feathers, while others churn and grind in a quagmire of sound like True Widow. Creepoid will be throwing down this evening at Kung Fu Necktie, and will be supported by Brooklyn’s anthemic pop-punkers Worriers, who produce buoyant, tuneful jammers - most comparable to their labelmates Screaming Females's style of powerful and driving rock. With this comparison, Worriers may be considered a bit lacking in the shred, but they make up for it in their unrelenting pace and energy. Also joining the festivities will be Mercury Girls, who channel Ecstasy And Wine-era MBV, overlaying dreamy textures over twee-oriented structure and melody, and Legendary Divorce will harness the raw energy of Nirvana’s more esoteric, subversive post-punk, paired with befitting Courtney Love-style vocals, oscillating between throat-rending yelling and strung-out slurring. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $13, 21+ (Photo by Daniel Jackson) - Bryce Woodcock


Creepoid Kicking the Doors Wide Open at The Foundry Oct. 13

While Questlove may have broken the seal at The Foundry in the new Fillmore Philly with his DJ night this past Sunday, grungy psych rockers Creepoid will be kicking the doors wide open when they take its stage this evening. They'll be co-headlining the bill with No Devotion, the project from ex-Thursday frontman Geoff Rickley and former members of the Welsh band Lostprophets. They'll also be joined by San Francisco goth-pop outfit Wax Idols and Philly hardcore four-piece Socialite, who are signed to Jade Tree. It's a stacked lineup and a rad way welcome the city's latest concert space! The Foundry at The Fillmore Philly, 1100 Canal St., 8pm, $15 (+fees), All Ages - Alexis V.

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Daytrotter Session - Creepoid

Daytrotter just posted their session with grungy Philly psych rockers Creepoid. You can listen to and download the recording HERE (w/membership). They are also performing tonight at Union Transfer opening for The Kills. (Illustration by Johnnie Cluney)

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