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October 2014
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The major takeaway for Mumblr’s new album Full Of Snakes (Fleeting Youth Records) is that it really takes balls to write songs that truly say nothing. As counter intuitive as it may sound, there really is something admirable in using music to not really express all that much. Any jerk with a voice and a few chords can say a whole lot about how their ex is horrible; what really matters is how much of that content is actually worth hearing. And brother, Mumblr has found a way to make saying nothing profound.

On the surface, the album initially sounds like some sort of early 2000’s generic pop-punk; the first song “Got It” opens with that familiar sense of vague, safe anger. It’s very “high school” reminiscent, right off the bat, with lines like “I got it if you want it” and “I’ll invite you to my room.” But as the song closes and we drift into “Sober,” the tone very gradually starts to feel off. It starts to feel a bit weirder, with this sense of reckless abandon that you only hear in a Violent Femmes song. And it’s not that one is true, and the others is not; this album is walking a razor’s edge between the most self-aware of indie post-punk and the obliviousness of adolescent guilty pleasures.

And while that may sound like a chaotic mess, the seventeen-track full-length really is the having-and-eating of one's cake. We get the indulgence of grandiose guitar riffs and over the top shrieks, but with just enough originality in the composition to give it a sense of being slick and even avant-garde. Don’t let the outward sense of crazy abandon fool you - this thing is airtight. And a lot of that can be chalked up to Nick Morrison’s vocals; he brings a real sense of cleverness to the whole thing, in no small part to the fact that he can turn his voice on a dime.

One endlessly fascinating reoccurring theme is the use of repetition in their lyrics, with phrases like the aforementioned “I got it” and “someone’s been sitting in my chair” echoed over and over again, beyond the point of simple parody. It’s that old artistic trope of repeating something until it becomes meaninglessly applied to lyrics, and it’s interesting to hear expressions of youthful angst to become so alien and meaningless.

They take these universal touchstones of adolescences, including the use of “shock” lyrics such as “if God is a woman I’m going to hell” and gleefully drive them into the ground while enjoying the ride. It’s fun, it’s cool, and will leave you thinking more than any other post-punk album in months. And it does so while still being a genuinely fun throwback to a sort of music that you don’t really hear in earnest these days. - Daniel Ludwig


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Weekend Warrior, October 24 - 26

So the most important thing to know for this weekend is that The Deli Philly will be celebrating its 6th Anniversary/Halloween Party on Saturday, October 25 at PhilaMOCA. We're excited to be returning to one of our favorite spaces in Philly with a co-headlining bill where you'll find the likes of a true rising star in the local hip-hop community and obvouisly one of our favorites, S.T.S., a.k.a. Sugar Tongue Slim, who will be joined by the nasty beats and mind-warping sounds of our old friends, Grimace Federation. It's definitely going be a rad night of music in the ole mausoleum! And don't forget your costume because it's also our Halloween bash, and we didn't forget the drinks. We'd like to thank the good folks at Sixpoint Brewery, Star Hill Brewery, Balantine IPA, Narragansett, and La Colombe (Different Drum Pennsylvania Rum & cold-brew Pure Black) for sponsoring the fun. I think that you can tell where we'll be taking things. Come join the debauchery! PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 8pm, $10, All Ages - Q.D. Tran

You know where you should be this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Juston Stens & The Get Real Gang, Oldermost, SAT Heavy Medical, Pinkwash
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Mo Lowda & The Humble
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Young Statues (Record Release), Mohican/Legendary Divorce, Albondigas, SAT The Clap, Dive in the Box, Missile Toads, SUN Starkweather
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) SAT The Districts, SUN Viv the Revival
 
TLA (334 South St.) FRI The Holy Mess, Goddamnit
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Birdwatcher, The Spelling Reform, (Downstairs) Adrian Belew Power Trio, SUN The Ocean Blue
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.)  FRI Adlib (CD Release), SAT Lakota, SUN Seoul Delhi, Tasty Face, Minor Setbacks
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Black Horse Motel, SAT Former Belle
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI No Good Sister, The Donuts, Irene Molloy, SAT The Improbables, A.M. Mills
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) SAT Hannah Zaic & The Damaged Goods
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) SAT DJ Deejay
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) FRI Birds Over Arkansas
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.)  FRI Bong Hits For Jesus, Little War Twins, Armani LeeOyster Shell, Sunblaze Lane, SAT QT & The Quirktones/ Prima Donna, JaE, Biadaz, Imposter, SUN Beer Me, The Choices
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI James Hearne, Standing Cinema, Katie Barbato with Dirty Holiday, SUN Vital Stats, Paul Hocynec
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Nobody Yet, First of Autumn
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) SAT The Burgeoning, Dead Horse Drivers, Greg Sover Band/ (2nd Floor) Andrew Jude
 
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Plantation, East of the West, Solus Rex, Pravda ,SAT Spotted Atrocious, Morse Coda, SUN Josh Olmstead Band, Alexander Yaker (of Roomtone)
 
Ardmore Music Hall SAT David Uosikkinen's In The Pocket
 
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) FRI Hurry (LP Release), Dogs on Acid, Bleeding Rainbow, The Cats, SAT Pulling Punches
 
Chill Collins Art Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Brokehead, LMI, The Danger O’s SUN Cheerbleeders, Retreevers, Amanda X
 
Lava Space (4134 Lancaster Ave.) SAT Cold Foamers, The Basement Boys, Forever Lesbians, Tribute, Bickley
 
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Kite Party, Address, Scumbag Petty
 
Everybody Hits (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) Sun Slow Animal, Kerosene
 
Half Moon Bar SUN Population Zero, Dronez
 
Beautiful World Syndicate (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.)  SAT (Matinee) Blank Spell
 
502 South! (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Scuzbot, Welter, Everyone Except Me
 
Millcreek Tavern (4200 Chester Ave.) FRI War Emblem, Dronez
 

Photo Recap: The Deli Philly's 5th Anniverary Bash w/Night Panther, Literature & The Homophones at PhilaMOCA

I just want to thank The Deli staff, my old friend Jersey Dan, the good folks at PhilaMOCA, Night Panther, Literature, The Homphones, our sponsors (Art in the Age, Narragansett, Tito’s Vodka, Spodee Wine and La Colombe) and all who attended for helping to make The Deli Philly’s 5th Anniversary Bash such a magical evening. It was truly the best event to date that I’ve had the honor of putting together, and I will always well up with joy remembering back on that day/night when all the stars aligned as they did and the evening became a crazy blur of happy faces. It was inspiring to say the least. I look forward to doing it again with you next year. And since we had so much fun, don’t be surprised if a Deli-curated music showcase pops up again this spring. Please check out the beautiful photos from the evening’s performances HERE! (Photo by Zach Blum) - Q.D. Tran
 

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Photo Recap: The Deli Philly's 5th Anniverary Bash w/Night Panther, Literature & The Homophones at PhilaMOCA 

- by Zach Blum & Q.D. Tran

I just want to thank The Deli staff, my old friend Jersey Dan, all the good folks at PhilaMOCA, Night Panther, Literature, The Homphones, our sponsors (Art in the Age, Narragansett, Tito’s Vodka, Spodee Wine and La Colombe) and all who attended for helping to make The Deli Philly’s 5th Anniversary Bash such a magical evening. It was truly the best event to date that I’ve had the honor of putting together, and I will always well up with joy remembering back on that day/night when all the stars aligned as they did and the evening became a crazy blur of happy faces. It was inspiring to say the least. I look forward to doing it again with you next year. And since we had so much fun, don’t be surprised if a Deli-curated music showcase pops up again this spring. Please check out the beautiful photos from the evening’s performances below!

 

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Weekend Warrior, October 4 - 6

Howdy!
 
So it shouldn’t be hard to figure out where The Deli Philly staff will be this weekend. On Saturday, we’ll be dressed in our finest vintage threads and celebrating our 5th anniversary with a major bash at PhilaMOCA. We are truly honored to have the sexified sounds of Night Panther, the jangly, power-pop goodness of Literature, and the wit and warmth of indie popsters The Homophones to help us throw down for this momentous occasion. We’ll also be pre-gaming with a cocktail hour before the music starts, and there will be prizes like passes to a R5 show (sold out or not) awarded for the best vintage outfit that we come across that evening. Special thanks to our event sponsors Art in the Age, NarragansettTito's VodkaSpodee Wine and La Colombe for the tasty beverages. They will be happily consumed.
 
BTW: I just wanted to say that it’s been so much fun and an honor to watch, cover and be a part of the wonderful things that have been going on these last five years in Philly’s indie music community. I also wanted to thank all the writers, photographers and readers of the site who have contributed to making The Deli Philly what it is today. It could have never been done without you. I came to working with The Deli Magazine as a fan, and I have always thought of it as a fanzine - something for all to take part in. I am proud that tradition still continues to this day. It’s been amazing getting to know many of the talented and generous folks in the trenches helping to make a positive difference locally, which in turn, (I hope) will spread worldwide. I am excited to see/hear what the next five years will bring to our music community.
 
With so much love!
Q.D. Tran
Executive Editor - The Deli Magazine
 
P.S.
“Party on, Wayne.”
“Party on, Garth.”
 
Other things happening this weekend that won’t be as good as The Deli Philly’s 5th Anniversary Bash…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI The Kalob Griffin Band, Chelsea Mitchell
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Ayeaye, SAT (Early) Duffy's Cut, Maddog Surrender, (Downstairs) Harsh Vibes, Keepers, (Upstairs) SGNLS, SUN (Downstairs) Stinking Lizaveta, (Upstairs) The Diaphone, Geology
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Belgrade, Little Big League, SAT Split Red, SUN Folklore, Avery Rosewater
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Kick Back Tomorrow, About A Million, SAT Post Sun Times
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Leithgow Fest w/Rich Mystics, Black Stars, Levee Drivers, The Gallerist, The Rivals, SUN Mumblr, Marietta, Smoother
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Tinmouth, SAT Voss, Skrewtape, Davon, Ill Dill Tha Vill
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Haggard, SUN Red Skiles' Country Ramblers
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) SAT (Early) Bruno Joseph, Natalie Chapkis, Dani Mari, Paul Saint John, (Late) Elwood James Band
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI The Sindia, Steady Hands, Kill3r Whale
 
The Blockley (3801 Chestnut St.) SAT Tommy Conwell & The Young Rumblers, SUN Kings & Comrades, 44 Steady
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI (Early) John Train, (Late) Hired Guns Blues Band, SAT Sylvia Platypus
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Toby Lightman, Lily Mae, SUN The Burgeoning, Bey
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Once They Were, Aaron Hehl, Melissa Clampffer, SAT eric13, Big Stall, Bunny Savage
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Avataria, Snoozer, Hoser, Rasputin's Secret Police
 
RUBA Club (414 Green St.) SAT Ali Wadsworth Release Party
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Chaos Thompson, Great Endangered, Andrew Jude, Old Soul, SAT K-Floor
 
Penn Treaty Park (1341 N. Delaware Ave.) River City Festival w/Vacationer, Cheers Elephant, American Babies, John Francis & the Midnight Choir
 
Pageant Soloveev (607 Bainbridge St.) FRI Superlith, James Strong
 
The Dream Oven (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN The Ambulars, Dingus, Bad America
 
Sam’s Vegan Steak House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Fucked Teeth, Teenage Priests
 
West Kensington Ministry (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Lux Perpetua, SandCastle, Snow Caps
 
Mount Misery (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Alex G, Moon Bounce, Pill Friends
 

Come to The Deli Philly's Halloweeniversary Party This Friday at PhilaMOCA!

Oh man - we are getting so pumped for our Halloweeniversary Party this Friday at PhilaMOCA! If you were there last year, then you should know why. Well, this year we have another stellar lineup of bands to keep everyone entertained throughout the evening. Headlining the festivities will be West Philly’s electro-pop wunderkinds GRANDCHILDREN, who will have plenty of rad new material to share with us from their upcoming album as well as old favorites. They’ll be supported by the hauntingly beautiful, introspective sounds of Barrett Lindgren’s GHOST LIGHT, who absolutely rocks live, and the psych-pop candy magic dreams of Andy Molholt’s LASER BACKGROUND, who are guaranteed to bring plenty of the weirdness that we love for Halloween. And we are proud to be importing for you the fuzzy grooves of our very special guests San Francisco’s SIC ALPS. We’ll also have plenty of more treats for you, but you are certainly welcomed to bring some of your own. Will this night rule? Fuck yeah - it will!
 
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