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Philabundance Benefit w/The Lawsuits at Millcreek Tavern Dec. 17

With the promise of a full-length and three records already under their belt (2008’s The Antique Sessions EP, 2009’s The Corrina Sessions EP &2010’s A Collection of Love Songs LP), The Lawsuits stir a medley of genres into their scorched Americana sound. From riverside blues sermons (“Talk You Down”) and barroom booty rock (“Hot Mama Blues”) to secluded, forlorn folk (“Beautiful Anger”) and vintage coastal pop-rock (“Heart Grown Cold”), the local four-piece - and idée fixe of singer/songwriter Brian Strouse - wears their sonic influences on their sleeve. But it’s not an ode to what’s been. Instead, The Lawsuits’ workhorses are contemporaries, modernizing a pastoral sound that’s threaded deep into the fabric of America’s sonic blanket. You can watch the outfit weave itself into musical history tonight at West Philly’s Millcreek Tavern for the Philabundance Benefit (also on the all-local acts bill: brooding indie rock troupe Lightninging, female-fronted alt-rock/soul mashup VeNT, and neo-soul rap star Manchilde). Along with the cover charge, bring several canned goods to donate to the food bank and hunger relief organization and help feed the number of hungry families this holiday season. Millcreek Tavern, 4200 Chester Ave, 9pm, $8, 21+ (Photo by Stephanie Juris) - Annamarya Scaccia
 
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Psalmships Open for Do You Need Services? at KFN Dec. 17

Most bands only strive to release one album a year. But ambitious singer/songwriter Joshua Britton, otherwise known as the mastermind behind Psalmships, dropped a big resolution when he revealed that he’ll be releasing 3 in 2011. One will be Thorns a direct follow-up to his dramatic opus Black Forest Withers, and is even considered its vocal companion. Meanwhile he’ll also be unveiling a split EP with Kettle Pot Black that features Dutch diva Liz Fullerton in wrapping up the big LP titled Hymn of Lions. But even though it isn’t set to be released until September, Britton looks forward to unveiling a special set list that features several songs from it when he opens for Do You Need The Service?, a band whom he’s been looking to play with for a year. DYNTS took a bit of a hiatus after celebrating the release of I Hurl Myself Towards Glory, but they might just perform some of the new music they’ve been unfolding during their last show of 2010. Joining both bands on stage tonight will be metal maniacs Clamfight. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 7:30pm, $5, 21+ - Bill McThrill
 
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Join Us at the Debut of The Deli’s Pipeline Series w/The Notekillers, Electric Tickle Machine and Creepoid at KFN Dec. 16!

So we’re pretty damn psyched for our last showcase of the year! The debut of our Pipeline Series will be kicking off tonight at Kung Fu Necktie. The Deli Magazine’s Pipeline Series was created to bring together some of our favorite music acts from different Deli cities so that they can connect with other artists and their fan bases. Creepoid will be opening the festivities and bringing in their beautiful moments of darkness and light to our ears in one of our favorite venues in Philly. They just finished mixing their upcoming debut full length Horse Heaven yesterday which was produced by Kyle “Slick” Johnson, whose engineering and producing credits include Modest Mouse, Wavves, Fischerspooner, Cymbals Eat Guitars, and many more. The album is scheduled for release on January 11 via Ian Records. Electric Tickle Machine will be our full fledged NYC import. Their care-free, raucous tunes contain the best parts of being young, which is most likely one of the reasons why they are a KEXP favorite. As the night gets later and we get drunker and higher, the legendary Notekillers are here to help scramble our brains with their experimental surf-noise rock that was a “big influence” on Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore. You can take a gander at our recent review of their latest ambitious album We’re Here to Help here. The long-overdue new effort from our musically talented do-gooders was already named to Philadelphia Inquirer music critic Dan Deluca’s list of Best Local Albums of 2010 (which had plenty of stiff competition this year). The Notekillers’ David First was also recently interviewed by Pitchfork, which you can check out here. We’ll leave you with a few videos below to get you in the mood for tonight, and hopefully the kick-ass bands on the bill, the multiple shots of Irish whiskey and the piles of herb that you consume later will help take you the rest of the way. Cheers! Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Frankford Ave., 8pm, $8, 21+ (Poster by Annamarya Scaccia)  - Q.D. Tran
 
UPDATE: No more Night Train tonight so we get some extra time - FLETCHER C. JOHNSON from KING TUFF added to open!



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Reading Rainbow Split 7” Release Party at DDG Dec. 16

Reading Rainbow will be celebrating the release of their split 7” with Brooklyn’s Coasting tonight at Danger Danger Gallery. They’ll also be embarking on a mini northeast tour of DIY spaces with their record mates. You can check out the purposefully “super LOW BUDGE looking” video for the track “Euphoria” off of their latest release below. It was shot and edited by their good buddy Aaron Debruin. Now, if you are little more settled with children but still like to rock, then you’ll also get a chance to catch Reading Rainbow on January 8 at World Café Live for KidROCKERS. They’ll also be touring with Dum Dum Girls on their way down to SXSW. Looks like the much buzzed about couple are ending the year with a bang, but the busy bees will still have plenty to look forward to in 2011. Promising fledgling and somewhat mysterious post punk act Moon Women will be getting the festivities start so make an effort to get there early and catch their set. Danger Danger Gallery, 5013 Baltimore Ave., 8pm, $5 - $10 donation, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman
 
 
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The Deli's Featured Artist(s) of the Month: The Lightning Bug Situation

- by The Deli Staff

The Lightning Bug Situation had the most casual victory ever in our poll. It must have been the lazy, hazy imagery of our favorite flying summer insect that helped propel Brian Miller’s non-glacial project forward or most likely the impassioned tracks that he laid down for his latest effort Call. We also have to give him props for the positive comment that he had for the music of another competing contestant (Virtual Virgin). It seems that the vibe of his good sportsmanship has carried over to our most recent poll. We have to say how much joy that it brings us to see other bands getting excited about discovering new music too. We hope that they will share future bills together. Bravo, Mr. Miller! You are a class act. Check out our recent interview with Brian Miller below. We think that you'll agree.

The Deli: How did the band start?

Brian Miller: The LBS is an offshoot of another band I'm in called The Speakers. The Speakers is a duo with Peter Musselman, who is possibly the slowest music writer in the universe (the last album, Yeats is Greats, was released in 2005), so I was looking for a way to put out music at a pace that was at least slightly faster than glacial.

TD: Where did the band name The Lightning Bug Situation come from?

BM: Don't know. I was living in San Francisco at the time, and I think I was feeling homesick for Lancaster, PA, where I grew up. I was remembering chasing lightning bugs in my backyard. The "Situation" part was to give it that sinister, darker edge to suit the feel of the music. That was a joke.

TD: What are your biggest musical influences?

BM: Well, I was the guitarist for Jolie Holland for a long time, until my wife and I decided to have a baby, and I couldn't go on the road anymore, so listening to her sing night after night was a big influence. Not that I sound like her at all. I wish I did! On a good night she is luminous. But I know I won't ever have her pipes. So I think I try to make up for it by at least matching her depth of feeling. I'll never be a great singer, but I can write lyrics that are true and meaningful for me to sing.

TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?

BM: I love Joan as Police Woman. And Calexico. Of course, Will Oldham in all of his incarnations. The Innocence Mission from Lancaster: they're a great band too. I've been listening a lot to The Go Particle lately - they've kind of an avant jazz group. All improvised. They just released a really killer album called Press a Button.

TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?

BM: Ha! I win because my first concert was Michael Jackson and the Jacksons on the "Victory" tour - it was his tour for Thriller. It was at JFK Stadium I think. I went with my friend John Dezort. We wore our white gloves. It was just a mass of people. John remembers smelling a weird smoke smell and wondering what it was. I remember Michael on stage being pretend-attacked by a giant, red spider machine? Who knows if that is a real memory. But I do remember being just like, "This is amazing. I want to do this." And here I am! Living the dream! Well, okay, playing a CD release show at Studio 34 in West Philly in front of 50 friends with an awesome backing band…and okay maybe I don't have millions of fans but I have...let's see. Okay I have a few. And if that's as close as I'll ever get to JFK stadium, I think that's good enough. I have a good life.

Ah yes, the first album. The first album I ever got was Thriller, of course. Still a great album. I remember being in my friend Matt Monticchio's living room and pressing my ear to the stereo speakers - I could feel the soft felt moving with the bass of the music - and it was just such a magical experience. I think I need to go listen to "Billie Jean" right now.

TD: What do you love about Philly?

BM: ("Billie Jean" playing in background.) It feels so good to be back on the East Coast after living in San Francisco for 10 years. The trees. The super-hot Summers and the bitterly cold Winters and the lush Spring. Okay maybe not the Winters. But just the dramatic flourish of it all. In San Francisco, it's like, "Um. I think it might be Fall?" And here it's like, "Ladies and Gentlemen! I give you! FALL!" Isn't this SUCH a good song?!

TD: What do you hate about Philly?

BM: I wish it was more ethnically integrated and socioeconomically equal. There're these big, fancy houses in these fancy neighborhoods and then these bombed-out, super-poor neighborhoods. I was just talking to a friend of mine about that. I mean, that's true everywhere, but when my wife and I were looking for a neighborhood to live in, the only place we could find where black and white people were living in close-proximity was in West Philly in, like, this five block radius. So that's where we lived.

TD: What are your plans for 2011?

BM: Well, I've been working on a music/video collaboration with a great Bay Area video artist named Jessica Miller. She does these beautiful stop-motion light and shape art videos for museums and stuff, and we're doing some music videos for some songs off the newest album. (Call can be found in a store near you. Okay maybe not. Let's try that again. Call can be found in an iTunes near you.) But Jessica's super-talented. The videos are looking really cool so far.

TD: What was your most memorable live show?

BM: Hmmmm. You know, it was great and fun when Jolie got big and we toured Europe and everything, but I think my favorite shows with her will always be the small coffee shops with 10 people and no mics. The shows we played before she got signed.

The Lightning Bug Situation's show last October was really special for me too. I had these amazing musicians. George Yellack on drums - who's just so good. Matthew Monticchio - who I've known since I was 5 and is a phenomenal jazz player - on Rhodes. Nick Burcher - my brother-in-law and just such a creative and inspiring player - on bass. And my wife Nancy on vocals - who's such a great and honest singer. All of these people are so talented in their own right, with such good ears, and here they are playing with me! My songs! Wow! And though George is new to me, all of the other players I've known for a really long time, so it just felt like family. It was a really warm, nice feeling. It felt really good. I'm a lucky guy.

TD: What's your favorite thing to get at the deli?

BM: Um. I don't know how to respond to this question after I poured my heart out in the last one. I guess I like ordering a hot sandwich because it gives me a warm feeling?

 

 

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