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May 2016
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Philly rock ‘n’ rollers Justin Pittney, Mike Cammarata, and Kyle Garvey (a.k.a. Residuels) revamp essential garage cuts on their latest release Love Songs. Available now via Suicide Bong Tapes, the three-piece’s cassette kick-starts with a full-throttle rendition of Rich Berry’s “Have Love, Will Travel.” The power trio’s frenetic take on the song that put bands like Thee Headcoatees and Paul Revere & the Raiders on the map is far from derivative. From the very first lick of guitar, Pittney and his bandmates tap into the original fury at the center of “Have Love Will Travel,” using crashing riffs and uninhibited vocals reminiscent of The Gories.
 
Residuels’ take on The Damned’s debut single “New Rose” is similarly inventive, giving listeners an unadulterated taste of the original song’s rhythm and fuzz. Pittney channels Dave Vanian with ease, mimicking the legendary Londoner’s punk-as-fuck diction as if he wrote the track himself. Clocking in at a few seconds shy of three minutes, the second track on Love Songs is arguably one of the best renditions of the ‘76 single.
 
The same could be said for “You’re Gonna Miss Me.” Opening with a guttural scream, the group’s tribute to psych-rock icons The 13th Floor Elevators is perfectly executed, with each chord and clash of cymbal adding to the instrumented intensity of the already well-loved garage classic. “You’re Gonna Miss Me” feels like a stubborn tantrum, the sonic manifestation of the sort of longing that is borne of desperation and pure desire that is mirrored in the album’s closer “It Girl.” Residuels’ jangly styling of one the most lovelorn (and heart-wrenching) tracks on The Brian Jonestown Massacre's fifth LP is equally captivating, despite being one of Love Song’s quietest tracks, leaving listeners smitten. For die-hard fans of garage rock and newcomers alike, Love Songs doesn’t just pay homage to the genre’s past; it celebrates its vibrant present. - Dianca London

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Surprise Creepoid Show for Pat Troxell's Bday - BRING WEED at Ortlieb's April 12

Creepoid just wrapped up a tour with Restorations, and the gang is back home to celebrate drummer Pat Troxell's bday this evening with a surprise performance at Ortlieb's. You have to know that the band will be tight, after clocking all those recent miles on the road. (Well, maybe a little looser since it is a party after all.) You'll also be able to get your Taco Tuesday grub on. And the man of the hour requested that you bring weed so please don't disappoint. Cheers, Pat! Ortlieb's, 847 N. 3rd St., 10pm, $10, 21+ - Q.D. Tran

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Weekend Warrior, April 8 - 10

Restorations will be making a stop home this evening at Johnny Brenda’s. The group’s music has the openness and grand scale suitable for the arena, but maintains its approachable indie roots. Songs open up into uplifting, heroic musical climaxes that are begging to be emphasized by elaborate light shows or columns of sparks, but still share similarities with basement bands like Cap’n Jazz through their use of arpeggiated melodies and expressively dissonant chords. Jon Loudon’s coarse though sonorous smoker voice sounds somewhere between Psychedelic Furs’ Richard Butler and Rancid’s Tim Armstrong, while incorporating the vocal inflections of (forgive me) Bono. Joining Restoration will be tourmates Creepoid, who bring a more dismal approach to the stage with darker textures and a detached, despondent expression. They take the bleakness and grayness from bummergaze bands like Slowdive and pair them with the ferocity and guttural growl of grunge in a similar way to contemporary bands True Widow or Cloakroom. The Dirty Nil will kick off the night with peak energy levels and their nitrous-fueled garage-punk. Imagine Nation Of Ulysses with more yelling and more fuzz. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 8pm, $15 (Sold Out), 21+ - Bryce Woodcock
 
Other places to rock this weekend…
 
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Beth Israel, Blowdryer, SAT Johnny Showcase & The Mystic Ticket
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Starkweather, Hex Inverter/The Rowdies, Fastride/Trieves, SAT The Mellowells, Someone In A Tree, The Soft Spots, SUN The Mad Splatter Lovegutter/Wild Jim Banfill and His Rolling Rocks, Likers
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Cultureal, Jeff Thomas' All-Volunteer Army, The Paper Shakers
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI My Son Bison, Hello Shark, Dear Friend, SUN Mr. Smith & the Administration, American Dinosaur, The Parameters, Paper Comets
 
Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Wax Future
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Ensemble39, Kinan Abou-afach, SAT (Upstairs) Not My Dogg, SUN (Downstairs) Jonathan Williams
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Surgeon, Coastal Plain, SAT DJ Carl Crossfade, Troi Lauren, Rhythm HB, Traverse, The Jerzadelphians
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI The GTVs, SAT The Binary Sea
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI CaveWomen, SAT Gene Wildest, The Late Greats, Ridge Summit, Glitter
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Lil' Dave, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN DJ Royale, Francisco Collazo
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Dave Steel Blues Band, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Seoul Delhi, You Do You, SAT Giada J, Sunshine Superman, The Late Saints
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Outer Heaven, Die Choking, Wolves Attack, SUN Civil Youth, Final Showcase, The Librarians, Home Again/Narcos, Track Jumpas, Jay Spoken
 
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Royale, SAT Spank Rock (DJ Set), Grave Goods
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Dylan McGuire Band, Minerva, Sangra Luna, SAT Kinda Alright, SUN Andrew Jude
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Afterimage: A Tribute to Rush, SUN Old Soul Revival
 
Goldy’s (723 Chestnut St., #3) FRI Mumblr, Straw Hats, Tangiers, Walking Distance
 
Millcreek Tavern (4200 Chester Ave.) SUN Cadaveric Spasm
 
The Pharmacy (1300/02 S. 18th St.) FRI Three Man Cannon, Augusta Koch
 
Wolf Cycles (4311 Lancaster Ave.) Nightfall, Dronez, Alement
 
Girard Hall (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI ialive, Darko The Super, Cornelius The Third
 
LAVA (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Flyherder, Straight 4 Pay, Alexoteric, Bitchcraft, (DJs ) Yung Nila, Baby A, Counterfeit
 
The Aquarium (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Cosette Gobat, Minor Setbacks
 
Pilam (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Human BBQ XXXVIII: Grubby Little Hands, Blue Smiley, Haldol, Moor Mother Goddess, King Azaz, Bone Bats, Cold Foamers, +HIRS+, Brandon Can’t Dance, Japanese Breakfast
 
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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


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