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New Shelf Life LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Shelf Life, a.k.a. Scott Leitch, has released a new full-length album Alright, Okayyy, which is available for streaming and purchase below. The record offers a relaxing, bedroom–pop dynamic as acoustic melody comes to the forefront, while moments of twisted, gritty transition provide an appealing textural contrast. Shelf Life performs at PhilaMOCA on Monday, July 18 with Amanda X, Yankee Bluff, and Winter Break.





Weekend Warrior, June 17 - 19

Slacker rockers Frontyards are throwing a celebration tonight at Underground Animal for their new single “Lemons,” which you can now stream below. Meandering at a leisurely stroll, the band offers little words of wisdom, before raunchy, soaring guitars takeover, breaking up the monotony of always being taught something. (The struggle is real, y’all.) It’s the group’s first offering from their upcoming album Sachi. Frontyards will be joined this evening by a couple of Deli Philly faves, the polaric musings of Linc Halloran’s Hello Shark and the emotive electro/acoustic-pop of Scotty Leicht’s Shelf Life. They’ll also be hosting out-of-towners, Virginia’s Two Inch Astronaut and NYC’s Dolly Spartans. Yes, you want to go underground tonight. Underground Animal, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.), $7-$10, All Ages - Alexis V.

 
More places to embrace the summer this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Philly Loves Wu-Tang: DJ Mike Nyce, SUN The Binary Sea
 
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI The Chip Breakers, SAT Birdie Busch (Record Release Show), The Ruins of Friendship Orchestra, SUN Purling Hiss (solo), Shadow Band
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells/Ladder Devils, Humanshapes, Dirt Queen, SAT The Preps, The Phix, Cardigan Terrace/Matthew Law, SUN Night Raids, Coffins Across Hiroshima, Mob Terror
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SUN Geb the Great Cackler (Record Release)
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Rexedog, SAT The Fearless Fly, Doug Wartman, Andy McLeod, SUN The Groove Merchants, Josh Miller
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Dracula’s Ball: This Way to the Egress, SAT (Balcony) Fell Into Yesterday, Heretrix/(Tribute/Covers Show) Ganto Barn, Makhaira, Renaissance Blvd., Justin DePaola, SUN The Royal Ghosts
 
TLA (334 South St.)  SAT Freeway
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Fiona Fest: Chelsea Sue Allen, Dani Mari, Desiree Sky,  Angela Sheik, Chelsea Mitchell, Andrea Nardello, Gretchen Lohse, Meg and the Right Sound, The Sun Flights, Sophie Coran, SAT (Upstairs) Josh Hines
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI McGarnagle, The American Myth
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI City Rain (Record Release), Minka, SAT Tinmouth
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) SAT DJ Si Young
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.)  FRI Bo Bliz, Low Budget, SAT DJ Deejay
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI John Byrne Band, Vince Tampio
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) SAT Cure Brain Gliomas Benefit: Steppin' Razor, Legion 76, The Droogettes, The Missile Toads, The Mojo Machine, Guy Campo & The Contusions
 
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT Mr. Sonny James
 
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Chris Urban, SAT Ed Christof, SUN A Burlesque Tribute to Joss Whedon
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Nothing Vital, Sangre Luna, JD Perry, SAT The Heavy Weather, David Darmon
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT Ill Doots, Kings & Comrades
 
Goldy’s (732 Chestnut St, 3rd Floor) FRI Planned Parenthood SP (Local) Benefit: Callowhill, Pretty Greens
 
The Pharmacy (1300/02 S. 18th St.) FRI Albondigas, Moto Surf , Steveo Thm & The Crippling Addictions, SAT Brown Rainbow, The Original Crooks and Nannies, Floam, SUN Trash Knife, Guts, Worst Ones
 
The Mermaid Inn (7673 Germantown Ave.) FRI The Naked Sun
 
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) FRI Sports
 
All Night Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Microsoft Saint
 
 




The Deli Philly's October Record of the Month: Everyone Make Happy - Shelf Life

Everyone Make Happy, the debut LP from Shelf Life, via Lefse Records, finds an absorbing lyrical yet comforting instrumental balance. Scott Leitch (ex-Pirouette/recent drummer for Alex G) cultivates songs that gently sway with internal warmth, while placing listeners in a deeply personal, somber state.
 
Space-warping synths smoothly land on the surface in “The Curse,” the initial introduction to Everyone Make Happy. Those glowing synths fade to the background as the airy, easily-assimilated acoustic guitar provides shimmers of daylight onto the song’s anguished lyrical tone - “bathe in sister’s blood/talk to the ghost of my dad’s mom/about nothing but heaven and the cancer in her gut.”
 
Pushed by its percussion, “Mark II” delivers what appears as subtle instrumentation, penetrating beyond the surface as a tight bedroom-pop sound. What starts drearily - “wake me up, when my lungs, start to pump normally” - lifts the shades to the point of optimism. “There’s always something in the sunlight,” riding a casual, almost accidental groove along the way. The album continuously stares directly into sadness, observing a very real place of grief. In “Creature” with its road-worn, country-folk twang , Leitch addresses the questioning nature of a sickness as a somber cloud hangs overhead. “I ask myself what my Father would do/he’d fold his hands lean to belief/but the creature inside him is not inside of me.”
 
“Low Key Lumber Theft” forebodingly spirals forward as the last dashes of daylight fall below the horizon. The guitar crisply cuts through dusk, venturing further out of sight as it gains momentum and then coolly concludes. With a daydreaming-psych vibe, “Time Traveler” moves into a nostalgic familiar space, which although consoling - “I am meeting the past/it is just how I thought/I have found what I lost” - still cuts - “You had gone away.” An anecdotal throwback, “Double Dare” soaks into your mind with its direct lyricism and catchy melodies, a la Alex G, while “Sinking Just Right” lulls you into a submissive calm of internal self-doubt - “does everybody hate me, just a little, little, little bit” - drifting until your “sinking just right.”
 
This album delicately balances the weight of emotional darkness with a glimpse of the light, from outside pushing in through the cracks. - Michael Colavita

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Everyone Make Happy, the debut LP from Shelf Life, via Lefse Records, finds an absorbing lyrical yet comforting instrumental balance. Scott Leitch (ex-Pirouette/recent drummer for Alex G) cultivates songs that gently sway with internal warmth, while placing listeners in a deeply personal, somber state.
 
Space-warping synths smoothly land on the surface in “The Curse,” the initial introduction to Everyone Make Happy. Those glowing synths fade to the background as the airy, easily-assimilated acoustic guitar provides shimmers of daylight onto the song’s anguished lyrical tone - “bathe in sister’s blood/talk to the ghost of my dad’s mom/about nothing but heaven and the cancer in her gut.”
 
Pushed by its percussion, “Mark II” delivers what appears as subtle instrumentation, penetrating beyond the surface as a tight bedroom-pop sound. What starts drearily - “wake me up, when my lungs, start to pump normally” - lifts the shades to the point of optimism. “There’s always something in the sunlight,” riding a casual, almost accidental groove along the way. The album continuously stares directly into sadness, observing a very real place of grief. In “Creature” with its road-worn, country-folk twang , Leitch addresses the questioning nature of a sickness as a somber cloud hangs overhead. “I ask myself what my Father would do/he’d fold his hands lean to belief/but the creature inside him is not inside of me.”
 
“Low Key Lumber Theft” forebodingly spirals forward as the last dashes of daylight fall below the horizon. The guitar crisply cuts through dusk, venturing further out of sight as it gains momentum and then coolly concludes. With a daydreaming-psych vibe, “Time Traveler” moves into a nostalgic familiar space, which although consoling - “I am meeting the past/it is just how I thought/I have found what I lost” - still cuts - “You had gone away.” An anecdotal throwback, “Double Dare” soaks into your mind with its direct lyricism and catchy melodies, a la Alex G, while “Sinking Just Right” lulls you into a submissive calm of internal self-doubt - “does everybody hate me, just a little, little, little bit” - drifting until your “sinking just right.”
 
This album delicately balances the weight of emotional darkness with a glimpse of the light, from outside pushing in through the cracks. - Michael Colavita
 




Shelf Life Record Release Show at Lavender Town Sept. 18

The search is on in Shelf Life’s new LP Everyone Make Happy. The album, which is being released today via Lefse Records, has a confidential sound as if Scotty Leitch has subtlety unlatched the window to his inner workings. What one finds inside is a group of songs that are touched with a rain-soaked sadness, while still radiating a positive outlook. There is both a feeling of lonely wandering and an exploratory freedom. Solitary acoustic guitar and dark incisive twists of the lyrical pen strike a deep chord, yet there remains a twilight sensation. Lavender Town hosts the record release show which also features the fuzz-fueled, grungey ebb and flow of Blue Smiley, who measure calm valleys with frenzied peaks. The mercurial flashes and open-diary sounds of Anthony Leitch's musical vehicle About A Million gets things started. Lavender Town, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.), 7:30pm, $3-$5, All Ages (Photo by Ethan Holland) - Michael Colavita

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