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December 2014
The Spirit of the Beehive
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There is something rather dark and mysterious about a band that takes its name from a classic Spanish film that focuses on its protagonist, a young girl, who becomes fascinated by the 1931 horror movie, Frankenstein. And with an album cover that portrays a child in a bee costume positioned in front of a tombstone saying, “Here Lies Mom-n-Dad Now Their Gone Isn’t That Sad,” you can’t help but be intrigued, if not a bit disturbed. The Spirit of the Beehive is a local fledgling outfit who has popped up on my radar this past year, appearing on numerous bills, oftentimes at DIY spaces. The band has further grabbed my attention with its debut self-titled full-length album, which was recorded by The Weaks/ex-Dangerous Ponies, Evan Bernard and Chris Baglivo, and released via rising Philly indie label Ranch Records.  
 
The record’s opening track, “Roll Over,” begins with an eerie instrumentation before a languid female voice comes in with barely intelligible lines. “Cycles in and out of morphine hazes. Finding spaces between your floorboards. And I watch the dust move.” Thankfully the group provides us with lyrics on its Bandcamp page; otherwise, the beautifully poetic verses filled with drug-fueled imagery would be lost in the wash of power chords and feedback. “All lost in the black market. To wait in the fix aisle, I roll over.” You also get a sense of the band’s lo-fi, DIY aesthetic when you are abruptly taken out of the world, created by the album’s first, with studio chatter before moving on to the next track. With “Short Walk,” you can’t help but feel the influences of greats like Nirvana and more recently Creepoid with the hushed vocals and sonic bursts. These two tracks set the tone for the first half of the LP, where you travel in and out of the territories of dream pop and shoegaze when the female lead vocals grab a hold of you and then the grungier, harder-edged side takes over with the male lead. This juxtaposition provides quite an enjoyable balance that I actually wished went on longer throughout the record.
 
It’s not until “Ether,” where the two combine forces, changing the dynamic of their relationship. The title of the song suggests that you might be finding something more ethereal; however, the driving bass line provides a sense of urgency throughout the track. It also marks the point where the male lead begins to dominate the rest of the album, while taking on some of the characteristics of its counterpart. What remains a constant is a psychedelic, drug-filled angst full of guitar licks and distortion, giving off the vibe of a band that is here to rock, and they don’t care if you are ready for it or not.
 
The Spirit of the Beehive closes out their ambitious LP with the longest and cleanest sounding recording on the album, “Fever Dream,” demonstrating that they don’t need to hide behind studio effects, while making you wonder where their follow-up release will go next. It’s an eclectic and modern sounding record that also pulls from past genres I hold close to my chest. I highly recommend that you go download it ASAP. - Q.D. Tran

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The Deli Philly on Y-Not Radio Tomorrow Morning & Night!

Just wanted to give a heads up that you'll be hearing my lovely, nasally voice tomorrow morning (Wednesday, February 5) at 11am on Y-Not Radio. Head honcho Josh T. Landow was nice enough to ask me to swing by and chat with him about our recent year end poll, and I've been asked to take over the station for an hour to spin tracks from a few of my favorite local emerging artists who were nominated this year. And if you're not a morning person like myself, they'll be running it again later on that evening at 10pm. Hope that I can make your day a little bit better - much love! - Q.D. Tran

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Q.D. Tran’s 50 Favorite Philly Releases of 2013

So every year I tell myself that I’m not going to do one of these, but then I see all the lists come out, and I can’t help but chime on in with my two cents. Well, this year, I embraced the challenge, and spent the last month reviewing what has been a ridiculously amazing year for Philly music. These were some of my highlights. Hopefully they’ll be some of yours too. Looking forward to seeing you on the other side. Cheers! - Q.D. Tran
 
1. Night Panther – Night Panther
 

 
2. Chris Forsyth – Solar Motel
 

 
3. GrandeMarshall – Mugga Man
 

 
4. True Gold – True Gold
 

 
5. Pissed Jeans – Honeys
 

 
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Q.D. Tran's 50 Favorite Philly Releases of 2013




So every year I tell myself that I’m not going to do one of these, but then I see all the lists come out, and I can’t help but chime on in with my two cents. Well, this year, I embraced the challenge, and spent the last month reviewing what has been a ridiculously amazing year for Philly music. These were some of my highlights. Hopefully they’ll be some of yours too. Looking forward to seeing you on the other side. Cheers! - Q.D. Tran
 
1. Night Panther – Night Panther
 
 
2. Chris Forsyth – Solar Motel
 
 
3. GrandeMarshall – Mugga Man
 
 
4. True Gold – True Gold
 
 
5. Pissed Jeans – Honeys
 
 
6. Waxahatchee – Cerulean Salt
7. Needle Points – Bom Tugango
8. Norwegian Arms – Wolf Like a Stray Dog
9. The THANGS – Wedodo
10. Harsh Vibes – Dead Collective Soul
11. SandCastle – Kisses for Witches
12. Man Man – On Oni Pond
13. Dangerous Ponies – tenderheart
14. Kurt Vile – Wakin On A Pretty Daze
15. Radiator Hospital – Something Wild
16. Buried Beds – In Spirit
17. Bad Braids – Supreme Parallel
18. Bad Energy – 5 song demo
19. On the Water – False Starts
20. Far-Out Fangtooth – Borrowed Time
21. Cop Problem – Buried Beneath White Noise
22. Worshyper – Keeps
23. Cough Cool – 29
24. Grandchildren – End Times
25. Sherman – Ghost on Grass
26. Arrah & the Ferns – Make Your Mind
27. Pill Friends – Blessed Suffering
28. Orbit to Leslie – Preppy Spooky
29. The Lawsuits – Cool Cool Cool
30. Restorations – LP2
31. Lantern – Rock ‘n’ Roll Rorschach
32. Laser Background – Super Future Montage
33. Univox – The Altec
34. The Fantastic Imagination – Demoed to Joy
35. Satellite Hearts – Four to the Floor
36. Bardo Pond – Peace on Venus
37. Purling Hiss – Water on Mars
38. Mary Lattimore – The Withdrawal Room
39. Nightlands – Oak Island
40. Light Heat – Light Heat
41. Dr. Dog – B-Room
42. Psychic Teens – COME
43. Little Big League – These Are Good People
44. Heyward Howkins – Be Frank, Furness
45. Our Griffins – Michael Boyd
46. Levee Drivers – Speakin’ Bourbon Coated Blues
47. Honey Radar – Mary Plum Musket
48. Bleeding Rainbow – Yeah Right
49. Work Drugs – Mavericks
50. Toy Soldiers – The Maybe Boys

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

The Deli Philly on XPN Tonight!

Howdy Folks!
 
I just wanted to let you know that I’ll be a guest DJ tonight on XPN. John Vettese was nice enough to invite me in to chat about local music and The Deli Philly's upcoming 5th Anniversary Bash this Saturday, October 5 at PhilaMOCA with Night Panther, Literature and The Homophones. I’ll also be spinning tracks from some of my favorite emerging Philly artists. Tune in and check out what rad music I have in store for you and what I said in our session while under the influence (hopefully John cleaned some of it up for the FCC - I can swear like a sailor sometimes ;o). The Philly Local show will run from 9pm - 10pm, and my segment will start around 9:10pm/9:15pm. If you are not near a radio at the time or simply don’t own one, you can also stream it via XPN online.
 
Much love,
Q.D. Tran
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The Deli on XPN Tonight!

Howdy Folks!
 
I just wanted to let you know that I’ll be a guest DJ tonight on XPN. John Vettese was nice enough to invite me in to chat about local music and our upcoming 5th Anniversary Bash this Saturday, October 5 at PhilaMOCA with Night Panther, Literature and The Homophones. I’ll also be spinning tracks from some of my favorite emerging Philly artists. Tune in and check out what rad music I have in store for you and what I said in our session while under the influence (hopefully John cleaned some of it up for the FCC - I can swear like a sailor sometimes ;o). The Philly Local show will run from 9pm - 10pm, and my segment will start around 9:10pm/9:15pm. If you are not near a radio at the time or simply don’t own one, you can also stream it via XPN online.
 
Much love,
Q.D. Tran
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