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The Deli’s Featured Artist(s) of the Month: Your Children is Beautiful

Your Children is Beautiful (great fuckin’ band name) may look like a scraggly bunch of hipsters that make the dirtiest lo-fi garage rock, but you know what they say about books and covers. Instead, you’ll find the sweetest indie pop tunes that wrap you in a surprisingly delicate blanket of sensitivity and song craftsmanship goodness. But don’t worry - it’s not that bland overly sensitive singer-songwriter crap that makes you want to cut yourself to feel something more than absolute boredom. Simply stated (and grammatically incorrect): Your Children is Beautiful’s songs is beautiful. Check out our interview with them below and discover a band that is a good argument for why Northeast Philly might not be that cultural wasteland that you know and dislike.
 
The Deli: How did the band start? 
 
Your Children is Beautiful: Well, we have all been playing music together in various bands (i.e. 100 ACRES, Seven Twins, Friends and Family) for about 7 or 8 years.  
 
TD: Where did the band name Your Children is Beautiful come from?
 
YCiB: It is hard to explain. We couldn't decide on a name for a while, and we played one show under the name GNARNIA which no one was really into... So, we were driving down to our friends' warehouse to record the song Lightning Bug, and we saw a seemingly sweet lady walking across the Roosevelt Boulevard with a bunch of kids. We were really hyped in the car, probably listening to today's hip-hop and R&B, and we yelled out to her...Your Children Is Beautiful! Then we just decided that the whole moment and feeling of what had just happened was a suitable name for our music. We also enjoy grammatical errors. 
 
TD: What are your biggest musical influences?
 
YCiB: We all listen to a ton of different music. We'll just name drop a bunch of stuff. Caboder, Space Needle, Blink 182, pretty much any 90s garage rock sounding stuff, Stevie Ray Vaughan, MGMT, Black Flag, Broken Social Scene, The Beach Boys, Ariel Pink, Katy Perry, I don’t know. We listen to Hardcore too... It's more about the feelings that we get from music than the actual music itself.
 
TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?
 
YCiB: Caboder, Kanye West, Mew, Agitator, Saves the Day, Buddy Holly, Broken Social Scene, The Cure, Ugh God.
 
TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
 
YCiB: Albums: Blink 182 - Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, Outkast - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below; Concerts: Creed (with my Dad *no shame*), One:21
 
TD: What do you love about Philly?
 
YCiB: We love Northeast Philly, WAWA, $4.63 PALL MALLS, awesome friends, the fact that we have lived here forever, the Phillies, $5 movies on weekdays at Franklin Mills Mall, Steve's  Prince of Steaks, Five Guys, basement shows are fun, graffiti, the 76ers when they had Iverson and they were good, and bands that are amazing but never get any recognition.
 
TD: What do you hate about Philly?
 
YCiB: We hate the accent (even though we kind of have it), aggressive drivers, the 58 and the 22 bus, The Greater Northeast, middle-aged men, Mayfair, getting robbed/mugged, cops, and bands that are amazing but never get any recognition.
 
TD: What are your plans for 2011?
 
YCiB: We're touring East Coast-ish starting january 2nd. Releasing a full-length, hopefully.
 
TD: What was your most memorable live show?
 
YCiB: The show was at "Castle Gay" with Mega Bog, Christmas, and one of Hermit Thrushes projects I don't know what they called it... It was really fun and it was one of our first shows.  
 
TD: What's your favorite thing to get at the deli?
 
YCiB: Tuna hoagie with mad stuff on it.
 
- The Deli Staff
 
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Album Review: Wooly Mammoth - Prowler

Party starters Prowler are on the move recently unleashing their third LP. Rhythmic, gritty, with a provocative twist, Wooly Mammoth aims to draw sweat from its listeners by way of the dance floor. Guest appearances by Reef the Lost Cauze and Plastic Little, keep already hot tracks like “Nighty Nightlife” and “More Spooky Pussy” ultra-fresh. In the face of a chilly winter, Prowler aims to keep you warm.

Starting off with thick vibrations compliments of  “Alligator”, Wooly Mammoth’s first shreds hard with tight percussion and enigmatic vocals à la Keith Greiman. In a less abrasive take in the spirit of acts like The Blood Brothers (i.e. “Cecilia and the Silhouette Saloon” - nix all the screaming), the intro to “Alligator” builds piece by piece, each component easing flawlessly into the other throughout the song’s progression. “Automagically” is lyrically advantageous beside electro chords and funky riffs. Lines like “I do what I want to, I’m out to get you” casts Prowler as audible predators, ready to strike track after track. “Doo Doo Get Down” sizzles with handclaps while “Nighty Nightlife” plays out as a clever snapshot of Philly’s local nightlife through the eyes of the lurking band members and hip hop heavy-hitter Reef the Lost Cauze. Needless to say, sick beats ensue. “Saturnalian” is fabulously spacey with synth and staccato shakes, allowing the musical outfit to make the most of a nearly instrumental track amped up via vocals mid-song. “Kiss My Face” and “Shatter the Moon” make comparable quirk smiths like Rafter seem lacking due to Prowler’s knack for crafting aural treats. “More Spooky Pussy” feels like a club jam. The meshing of Plastic Little’s verses and Greiman’s vocals with fantabulous beats makes this electro hip hop track a standout on the album. “Sweet Tooth” is sparse in terms of instrumentation, yet eerily moves. Topping off Wooly Mammoth with OdinSmith’s remix of the album’s opener “Alligator”, the album ties up loose ends and leaves all with a sense of Prowler’s potential to create tunes that can simultaneously assault and seduce its listeners. - Dianca Potts
 
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Cookie Rabinowitz’s Animated Series and Live Performance!

Being snowed in had its fun moments for us once our crazy relatives left and we made it past those Shining thoughts. It gave us an excuse to be lazy and get a chance to check out artists that have been popping up on our DIY Calendar that we’re not familiar with. Cookie Rabinowitz was certainly a sweet surprise! It’s a new music project/animated series from Schoolly D, Kevin Hanson and Julius Curso. Combining sexified jams with outlandish can’t-help-but-make-you-grin lyrics, it’s like watching a sci-fi mash-up of South Park and Flight of the Conchords with a cartoon Dwight Shrute as the star. Come on Adult Swim - pick this shit up already! They’ll be playing the final show of their December residency at the Grape Room tomorrow night. Hopefully there will be enough cash in Philly’s government budget to clear the roads by then. Check out one of their hilarious videos below. You can also view the rest of the series here. Enjoy! - The Deli Staff
 

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Merry Christmas - Cheers!

It’s Christmas Eve, and we’re getting ready to be gluttonous with family and friends! We’ll be back very soon. We might be a little sporadic with postings next week. We’re taking advantage of the holiday lull to take care of some administrative and maintenance work that has been a long time coming. But then again, we might get bored and have plenty of things to help you get through this holiday season. Anyhoo, we make no promises, and we are psyched to take a break from behind our computers to have a little holiday fun of our own, but we’ll definitely be back in full force next year. And we are sure the Philly music scene will be as well. There’s a lot of great local music to look forward to in 2011 so get ready for good things to come! - The Deli Staff
 
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New Track “Y’all Know Who” from Truck North

We mentioned Black Thought’s new project Money Making Jam Boys and shared with you their recent video for “Judgment Day”, which has us excited for their upcoming mixtape. Well, Truck North, one of the MMJB crew, just dropped the track “Y’all Know Who”. Its backdrop should be a familiar beat for you (from Jay Electronica’s “The Ghost of Christopher Wallace”). Special thanks to Okayplayer for sharing the jam with us. Check it out below and enjoy! - The Deli Staff

Y'all Know Who by Truck North 

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