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August 2014
A Sunny Day in Glasgow
"Sea When Absent
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Sea When Absent (Lefse Records) opens like a shoegaze-y car crash. The latest album from A Sunny Day in Glasgow doesn’t bother gradually layering melodic elements; they get right to business from millisecond one, hitting you with reverberating electronic tones, orchestral violins, and the crooning vocals of Jen Goma and Annie Fredrickson. It’s a weirdly aggressive move for such an intensely soulful LP, but it’s pretty emblematic of how the record works as a whole. For an album as focused at creating moments of subtle beauty, Sea When Absent doesn’t have the time to let you gradually pick up on it on your own. A Sunny Day in Glasgow is the rare type of band that takes beauty and emotional resonances and waves it around like a chair in a bar fight.
 
In the strictest possible sense, this is a shoegaze-psychedelic-electronica album with a particular emphasis on vocals. But the more you listen; the more you start to discover what a diverse series of musical influences are rattling around in there. Mixing the electronica stylings of Flying Lotus and Saltillo with the indie-pop elements of bands like Death Cab and Phantogram, the basis is a percussion of grungy electronic tones, topped with a combination of guitar and synth, adding just the right balance, while being mixed in with a cavalcade of classical instruments and outlandish effects.
 
But the crown jewel of the album is Goma and Fredrickson’s understatedly gorgeous vocals. They play off, sometimes bizarre, instrumentations perfectly, complimenting them while also adding a fulcrum of relative normalcy to Sunny Day’s outside-the-box compositions. This is what really gives the album its sense of slick melancholy, creating an ambience of stylish vulnerability in tracks like “Byebye Big Ocean (The End),” where there is a sense of crooning sorrow, while “Oh I’m A Wrecker” sees them go much farther into the indie-pop paradigm.
 
While this record maintains the complexity and delightful weirdness of past A Sunny Day in Glasgow albums, it also comes with a newfound sense of clarity, in great part due to the outside production of Jeff Zeigler (of The War on Drugs and Kurt Vile fame). Zeigler is able to successfully piece together the moving parts of this bi-continental band, with mastermind Ben Daniels orchestrating things from the other side of the world in Australia, making the album’s abrupt left turns from spacey psychedelics to grounded punk-pop a little easier to digest. The wealth of ideas rarely feels busy or forced. Sea When Absent is ultimately proof that weird doesn’t necessarily have to mean messy. 

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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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The Deli Philly’s Halloweenniversary Partay Deets!

It’s October - our favorite month of the year! Why? Well, it means Halloween, the bestest holiday ever is just around the corner, and it’s also The Deli Philly’s birthday month so we have plenty to celebrate. And we’ll be doing so on Friday, October 26 at PhilaMOCA for our Halloweenniversary Partay! We simply had so much fun dressin’ up and throwin’ down at the old Mad Decent mausoleum last year that we just had to do it again, and we also decided to combine the bash with our anniversary celebration to really make it another night to remember. As always, we’ll be bringing you some fine music acts to keep us all entertained throughout the evening. Who will be gracing the stage this year? Well, we are proud to have experimental electro-acoustic-pop outfit Grandchildren headlining the evening. If you’ve ever caught one of their live performances, then you should already know why you need to come. The ultra-rad West Philly six-piece will have plenty of mind-melting new material as they gear up to release their sophomore full-length album, and old favorites will also be in tow to drive the crowd into a frenzy. Grandchildren will be supported fellow locals Ghost Light, who put out a wonderful EP Awful Feelings earlier this year via Single Girl Married Girl that was our July Album of the Month, and ex-Armchair Andy Molholt’s latest psych-pop project Laser Background, who also recently released their strangely intoxicating self-titled debut EP via UK label Stroll On Records (Ku Klux Glam - the collaboration of Ariel Pink and R. Stevie Moore). Plus as a very special guest and treat (certainly not a trick), kick-ass San Francisco psych rockers Sic Alps (Drag City, Siltbreeze, Slumberland, Woodsist) will also be getting friggin’ weird with us. And of course, we’ll have plenty of party favors to help us all do that. Yeah, it’s going to be a dope time so mark your calendars, punch it in your iPhone or do whatever you need to do to remember to show up!
 
Much love,
The Deli Staff
 




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