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September 2014
Seagulls
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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 Fans’/Readers’ Poll Winner: Dear Althea

Alt rockers Dear Althea came in determined and outlasted the large field of competitors to become the winner of The Deli Philly’s Best of 2012 Fans’/Readers’ Poll. After returning from a trip to England, we caught up with Ashley Wildes and crew to learn more about the band, the members’ likes, their future plans, and more. You can read our interview with them HERE.

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The Deli Philly's Best of 2012 Fans'/Readers' Poll Winner: Dear Althea

- by Alexis V.


Alt rockers Dear Althea came in determined and outlasted the large field of competitors to become the winner of The Deli Philly’s Best of 2012 Fans’/Readers’ Poll. After returning from a trip to England, we caught up with Ashley Wildes and crew to learn more about the band, the members’ likes, their future plans, and more. You can read our interview with them below.
 
The Deli: How did you start making music? 
 
Ashley Wildes: The band started via a chance meeting at an open mic night in 2008 between Dean and I led to a late night coffee fueled discussion of all things indie music. Individually, we all found our ways to this particular creative outline through various means.
 
I’ve been singing ever since I fell in love with Roxette’s “She’s Got the Look” as a toddler (this resulted in me spending a great deal of time hiding under the table so no one could see me as I was insanely shy). After that, it was flute music lessons followed by guitar, and then I met Dean.
 
Kait Pawko: As a band, I started playing drums for Dear Althea in 2010. I played piano in grade school, and learned percussion instruments in high school. I played the drums in three different bands during my college years.
 
Lisa Gaub: I know Ashley’s boss, Tom, and when he learned I play bass, he took Ashley and I out to dinner so we could meet each other, and I started practicing with the band a couple weeks later. In college, I played bass in a girl band, and I sang for another band. While in grad school, I played bass for an instrumental metal band.
 
TD: Where did the name Dear Althea come from? 
 
AW: It came from a 17th Century English poem, “To Althea From Prison,” that had that famous quote “Stone Walls do not a Prison make, Nor Iron bars a Cage…” But “Althea” is also referenced in a Grateful Dead song, and is the name of Courtney Love’s character in The People Vs. Larry Flynt.
 
TD: What are your biggest musical influences?
 
AW: 90’s riot grrls, Babes in Toyland, Sleater-Kinney, Hole - Courtney Love during the Big Day Out ’99 was love at first sight - not to mention my adoration of Springsteen and singer songwriters like Aimee Mann and Tori Amos. Oh, and I’m pretty certain Ke$ha is my spirit animal.
 
Dean DeCampli: Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem.
 
LG: Kim Deal and Melissa Auf der Maur.
 
TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?
 
AW: Pissed Jeans, Best Coast, The Gaslight Anthem, Kate Nash.
 
DD: Brian Jonestown Massacre, Seismic Thrust, The Black Angels
 
KP: The Dollyrots, Arrah and the Ferns, Tegan and Sara.
 
LG: The Beatles and Pixies are always going in my house. The only music radio station I listen to is WXPN so I enjoy a lot of the local and indie bands being played on there. A dream of mine would be fulfilled if we ever got some airplay on there. 
 
TD: What’s the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
 
AW: First concert was Blink 182, “Take Off Your Pants and Jacket Tour.” First album was Nirvana’s Nevermind.
 
DD: First show was The Who, The Clash, Santana & The Hooters at JFK. First album I ever bought was Monkees Greatest Hits
 
KP: I think my very first show - I was in the womb while my mom was at a Neil Diamond concert.
 
LG: I honestly don’t remember my first concert. I’ve been to so many shows in my lifetime. And I don’t recall the first album I bought, but I do remember that when Michael Jackson’s Thriller album was released, it was constantly on in the house, and was regularly incorporated into our living room performances.
 
TD: What do you love about Philly?  
 
AW: The music community, South Street, Kelly Drive, the art museum.
 
DD: O’Neals Pub, Milk and Honey Cafe, Bean Café…
 
KP: Skyline, history, bars & restaurants, venues, parks, events.
 
LG: As a girl who grew up in rural Indiana, living in a big city constantly creates a sense of awe in me. I love that Philly has everything a big city should, but is very accessible and unpretentious as well. Oh, and water ice! 
 
TD: What do you hate about Philly?
 
AW: It has city problems like anywhere else but I don’t specifically hate anything.
 
DD: Crime… Had my place broken into, and my Rickenbacker stolen…but at least, the Pawn shop down the street was kind enough to sell it back to me…
 
KP: Crime.
 
LG: The way people say water.
 
TD: What are your plans for 2013?
 
AW: We’re very excited to be in the final stages of issuing a limited CD version of our new 4-song EP, recorded with Fancy Time Studio, in April at our NYC show. If everything goes as planned, a 7-inch version will be released on an independent label TBD. We also hope to hit up a few new markets we.ve yet to visit. Boston, D.C., Baltimore, etc.
 
TD: What was your most memorable live show?
 
AW: Right before the Khyber changed ownership, we played a show where we supported Girl in a Coma with our favorite Philly, now Pittsburgh, band, the Lopez. The venue was packed. I wore a nurse costume. People were crazy. It was awesome. Not to mention the ladies from Girl in a Coma are insanely rad. Perfect show.
 
DD: Performing as the Jefferson Airplane at Sugar Town’s 10th Anniversary Tribute Show. Packed house and an amazing line-up!
 
LG: I actually love playing Kait’s housewarming party! The set was upbeat and tight, we were relaxed, and we were surrounded by supportive friends. Everyone had a blast!
 
TD: What’s your favorite thing to get at the deli?
 
AW: BLT.
 
DD: Chicken salad sandwich on wheat.
 
KP: Turkey hoagie, American cheese, mayo, onion, lettuce, tomato, extra pickles. 
 
LG: As a vegetarian, I rarely eat at delis, but I have a near-unhealthily obsession for pickles, so my final answer is: a giant sour kosher pickle. 

  

 

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The Deli Philly’s Year End Fans’/Readers’ Poll 2012 Results!

Dear Deli Readers,

The Deli Philly's Year End Fans'/Readers’ Poll 2012 for emerging artists is over, thanks to all those who cast their vote in support of the local bands and artists in our list of nominees. Congrats to Dear Althea for being the winner of this phase of our poll! Kudos also to Ton-Taun and You You Dark Forest who placed second and third.

Here's the readers' poll top 10, full results can be found here.

 
ARTIST
VOTES
 
1
Dear Althea
494
2
Ton-Taun
433
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3
You You Dark Forest
125
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4
+HIRS+
116
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5
Chill Moody
75
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6
Cousin Brian
55
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7
Lockets
54
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8
The Districts
51
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9
Sonni Shine & The Underwater Sounds
50
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10
Eskimeaux
49
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Stay tuned for the final composite chart (to be released soon) which will include the points nominees accumulated from the jurors’ and Deli writers' votes, and will crown The Deli's Best Philly Artist of 2012.

Cheers!
The Deli's Staff

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