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The Deli Philly’s January Record of the Month: Zeitgeist - Damn Right

Electro duo Damn Right offers listeners an introspective yet hopeful slew of anthems on their latest full-length Zeitgeist. Tom Bradel and John Fissinger’s synth-drenched ballads are a timely balm capable of easing the discomfort of winter’s chill.

Beginning with “Our Love Is Blue,” Damn Right’s LP opens with a question – do you believe in miracles” – which quickly blooms into a conversation of sorts, comprised of a series of musings that will make you examine how you define romance and attraction. Coupled with subtle licks of bass and polished vocals, “Our Love Is Blue” is a pragmatic love song with luminescent truth at its center. “Nan Man,” is a mellow yet passionate litany of emotion, enhanced by a delectably retro backbeat and confessional lines like “you know that I don’t know how to end it/I never really end it.”

The album’s title track “Zeitgeist” begins with enticing chords that evolve into a pop-drenched, lush melody. Paired with meditative lyricism, the track urges listeners to consider their mortality and the way time can alter one’s identity, while “The Calling” is a reflective homage to friendship and self-discovery. Reminiscent of Wild Nothing’s Life of Pause and/or Craft Spells’ Idle Labor, Damn Right’s ability to unpack their feelings without being overly sentimental makes the song not just enjoyable but also memorable. “Hawaiian Justice Part 1” and “Hawaiian Justice Part 2” feel like a tropical instrumental riff on Glass Candy’s  “Digital Versicolor,” meshed with the energetic pulse of College & Electric Youth’s “A Real Hero.” Both tracks set the tone for the rest of the album, which is comprised of dance-ready offerings, defined by swelling chords and throbbing drum machines.

“Sleep in the Stars” and “Wait for Me” are cinematic and satisfyingly rhythmic, with “This is Leather” being delectable, moody cut that will make you think of the ‘80s in the best of ways before giving way to the album’s brief yet gripping “Outro. As buzzing synth rises and falls alongside the delicate trill of birdsong, Damn Right manages to seamlessly bridge the gap between the natural world and the fabricated within seconds, ending Zeitgeist in a fashion that fully lives up to its namesake.  – Dianca London 





“Hold On” is the heavy new music video from hip-hop group STL GLD

STL GLD, a Boston based hip hop duo comprised of rapper Moe Pope and producer The Arcitype, put out a heavy new video for their single “Hold On”, dramatically depicting three different instances of recent Police Brutality. “Hold On” comes from their sophomore album Torch Song, which won “Album of the Year” at the 2017 Boston Music Awards. Check out the video below. -Charley Ruddell





Eldridge Gravy & the Court Supreme want to do NYE the right way

 *photo credit: Jordan Inglee

Big bands are the best for massive celebrations. The energy they bring to the stage and to the crowd is integral for bringing vibrancy to any party, if they're good at what they do, which is why it makes total sense that Eldridge Gravy & the Court Supreme are hosting two New Year's Eve celebration shows. Both of them are even sold out.

Eldridge Gravy & the Court Supreme run deep with their band members and hopefully all 10+ of them will be present as they takeover the Tractor Tavern on 12.30 and 12.31. Unfortunately, those who wish to spend New Year's Eve with the supergroup and Bread & Butter, the lively supporting for the NYE's set, won't have much luck. The biggest weekend of the year, since we're all so excited to see it off, is sold out. 

Try your hand at experiencing some of the exuberance from the sidewalk but either way, it'll be guaranteed drunk fun.





Helvetia takes on Duster tonight at Mississippi Studios

 Helvetia has been a Pacific Northwest gem for some years now. At times experimental, Helvetia's chill take on alternative and indie has been one thoroughly enjoyed since the band's inception back in the mid-2000s, though none of their sounds would have come to light if it weren't for the dissolution of another prevalent group. Helvetia came from Duster drummer Jason Albertini after the band broke up and tonight, he and the rest of Helvetia will be doing a little bit of a tribute to their catalyst act.

Though they've only a couple releases under their belt, Duster's slowcore sound was a fairly important part of the late 90s. Helvetia's set tonight, which will include participation from original Duster member Dove Amber, will include some of Duster's tracks, though it's not entirely confirmed which ones made the cover set cut.

Playing along with Helvetia will be Floating Room's moody shoegaze and the goth-pop of Deathlist





UT Kirin's 'Wry Side of Paradise' is required listening for college students

UT Kirin’s full length LP Wry Side of Paradise is unique in the sense that it describes in intimate, flurried detail exactly what it feels like to experience college (and California) for the first time. The concept album uses each song to describe a semester of the songwriter’s undergraduate career at UC Berkeley, taking the listener on a whirlwind journey that covers every experience from first love to loss of innocence to intellectual fulfillment, and everything in between. The album begins with the fast-paced and frenzied “General Chemistry” (streaming below) that opens the album up with the lines “I spent 17 years in a coma in New Jersey / and I went to high school where few people liked me / got taller, still skinny, California, no kidding / I now throw computers through windows for a living.” It is safe to say the album comes full circle when it ends on the more controlled, and somber lines “I'll always remember the joy of not knowing / and the thrill of it all out before me / blink four times, it's over” on the track “I Read Murakami.” This is an album to be enjoyed by anyone that felt they could’ve fallen apart in college, but somehow survived. UT Kirin plays various live shows around the Bay Area, so keep your eyes peeled. - Lilly Milman

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