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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

Weekend Warrior, October 9 - 11

For us, this weekend is all about our Anniversary Bash this Saturday at PhilaMOCA. It’s a great time for us to let loose and listen to some of our favorite Philly bands perform. Providing the rad tunes will be the neo-psych explorations of The Orange Drop, the darkwave prom-pop of Blood Sound, and the endearing indie-pop/rock of Hello Shark. Suburban Living will also be spinning the vinyl jams for your listening pleasure. Refreshments will be available so come celebrate with us another year of love for local music! BTW: We need to get things ready, and will be most likely recovering from the festivities so we’ll catch up with you again after the weekend. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 8pm, $10, All Ages - Q.D. Tran
 
Other places that will be less fun this weekend ;-)…
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Banned Books, Neolibz, What Nerve
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Dream Safari
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.)  SAT Fiancé
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Down Jones, Wrek, Dann D, SAT Hells, Dull Knives, Hold Down The Ocean, Black Horse Motel/Azn Jake, SUN Moon Bounce, Aphra, QQQ/Brian Fitzy, Rad&Kell
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St,) FRI Kurt Vile & The Violators, Waxahatchee
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Orion Freeman, Lovers League, Gringo Motel, Mercury Radio Theater
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT (Upstairs) Hammer Down, Mach 22, SUN (Upstairs) Alex and The Beggars, Apache Trails, Raw Honey/(Downstairs) Flux Capacitor
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Goddamnit, Diff'rent Folks, Line Leader, Glenn Matthews, SAT The Mad Splatter (Record Release), Lamplighters, Spent Flesh, SUN Frontyards
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St) FRI Dreambook, SUN Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.)  FRI Alright Junior, Riverside Odds, SAT Wildflower, tile
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Lee Mayjahs?, DJ Everyday, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Francisco Collazo, DJ Phsh
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Dave Steel Blues Band, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) SAT Laura Shay Band
 
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Little Big Things
 
The Foundry (1100 Canal St.) SUN Questlove Supreme
 
Millcreek Tavern (4200 Chester Ave.) SAT Polterchrist
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St) FRI EverAfter, Stealing Fame, Slyphr/Ben Tinsley, Boy Wonder SAT Mike Liberatore, Citadel, We Our War
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Magnificent Birds of Prey, Paul Keen, SAT Thee Minks, Clashing Plaid, Loafass, Mr. Unloved, The Droogettes, The Prisoners, Hellblock 6, SUN The Jumping Juvies
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Dorkosaurus, Last Frontier, SAT Ridge Summit, The Late Greats, The Heavy Weather, Red Means Run, Jamie Shemanski, SUN Kenny Price
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT Box Of Rain
 
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) FRI Dark Thoughts
 
Lithuanian Music Hall (2715 East Allegheny Avenue) SAT Light Heat
 
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Marge
 
The Pharmacy (1300/02 S. 18th St.) FRI Littler, Shakai Mondai 
 
Dahlak Paradise (4708 Baltimore Ave.) SAT DJ Haram, Scraaatch
 
Long In The Tooth (2027 Sansom St.) SAT Dogs On Acid (Vinyl Release), Hurry
 
Sit & Spin Records (2243 S. Lambert St.) SAT (3pm) PAAF
 
Grays Ferry Skatepark  (3600 Grays Ferry Ave.) FRI Interloper
 
Penn Treaty Park (1199 N. Delaware Ave.) River City Festival: Shark Tape, Tutlie, The Fractals, City Rain, Teen Men, Kate Faust
 
All Night Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI QQQ, Janelle, So Serious
 
Nico Nico Mansion (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Disinterest, Burp!
 
Second Empire (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN CHONDRIA
 
The Nest (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Aniqatia, RFA 
 
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The Deli Philly Takes Over Y-Not Radio This Wednesday at 11AM & 10PM!

We're about to celebrate The Deli Philly's 7th Anniversary this Saturday, October 10 at PhilaMOCA with The Orange Drop, Blood Sound, Hello Shark, and Suburban Living (DJ set). Y-Not Radio was nice enough to ask me to takeover its station and play some tracks from up-and-coming Philly artists that I've been listening to lately. You can tune in HERE to what I'll be spinning tomorrow (Wednesday) at 11am and at 10pm (replay). And I hope to throwdown with you this weekend - much love! - Q.D. Tran

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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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