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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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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
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1
Dear Althea
494
2
Ton-Taun
433
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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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