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The Goodbye Party
"Silver Blues
The Goodbye Party, a.k.a. Michael Cantor (formerly of The Ambulars), has released a new record Silver Blues via Salinas Records. The album finds Cantor largely in control using a vast arsenal of instruments, while also enlisting Joey Doubek (of Pinkwash) for percussive duties on a series of tracks.
“Heavenly Blues” nudges the entrance open to the cathedral of sound. Cantor’s smooth trustworthy vocals deliver a suggestive message amid a chamber of sonic layers, “…you have halos, you have lights, you have ghosts that sing into the night.” There is a well-produced divide, between that enlightening tone fortified by a residual hum, the soft drops and tapping tambourine, and bowed guitar that provides a more ominous dimension.
“Crossed Out” shoves that door further open with its optimistic jangly guitar/rolling percussion and bass, illuminating the scenery - “holes in the windows, where the wind slips through…” There’s a balancing point between the coldness of the lyrics and the resounding warmth of Cantor’s delivery and instrumental accompaniment. Taking foreboding tones of thumping percussion and the stirring rings of guitar, “I’m Not Going to Your Heaven” silver-lines them as the ringing morphs into a pleasant cry while the song winds down with a scratchy conclusion.
In a flash of joy, “Personal Heavens” is jumpstarted with a groove yet despite this, the lyrics reveal a grey point of view - “Homesick for personal heavens and homes you’ll never see again.” Slipping you back into the cathedral in “27 Times,” the finessed layering of backing vocals wrapping around Cantor’s lead shields it from the cold.
“New Decay” has a jaded push behind it, as guitars twist into knots and drums smash a path for Cantor to admit, “I keep breaking what I’ve already fixed/I keep fixing what I’ve already fixed.” Silver Blues closes with the bone chilling solemn string-oriented “White on White” - “the world/burns in the dark/echoed songs, resonations, every night.”
The record sweeps through ones mind in what seems like a moment. However, its melding of darkness and light leaves poignant, beautiful moments that makes Silver Blues worth revisiting frequently. - Michael Colavita

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January 13, 2015

Local quartet Church Girls celebrate the release of their self-titled debut EP tonight at MilkBoy Philly. Mariel Beaumont’s vocals vary from joy-filled to half-spoken downcast and world-weary. The instrumentation on the album captures a crisp steady fervent feel anchored by a tightly wound backend and electric guitar runs that are ready to spring loose. Multi-instrumentalist and audio engineer Jesse Gimbel, who contributed backing vocals on the release, dishes a rocking take on the singer-songwriter genre, incorporating lively licks into personal tales. Marc Neibauer’s tunnel-traveling, melodically peaceful tunes open this evening. MilkBoy Philly, 1100 Chestnut St., 8:30pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita

January 31, 2015

Looking for a cure to the Philly winter blues? The Yetis have just what you need to warm up with their modern take on 60’s surf-pop. Instead of the kind of wintry tunes you’d expect from a band named after the Abominable Snowman, these childhood best friends play infectious tunes served best at beach parties. (They get that it’s ironic.) Both of their latest tracks, which were released last September, were produced by Fancy Time Studio’s Kyle “Slick” Johnson. After this weekend, the Allentown boys will be taking time to record new material so this is going to be their last show for a while, and could be the only show where you can swing some baseball bats in between sets. Plus, there will Philly newcomers Locals, who are headlining the show, and Bucks County indie rockers Commonwealth Choir are all geared up and ready to hit some balls and have an eating competition or two. Bonus: It’s BYOB for those of age, and there will be tacos! What could be better? Everybody Hits, 529 W. Girard Ave., 8pm, $10, All Ages - Emily DiCicco
Other places to escape the winter blues this weekend…
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Avenue Kings, Founders, Scuzbot, SAT Honey Radar, Strawman, SUN Solus Rex, Community Center, Toy Cannons, The Black Whatever/Three Man Cannon, Ghost Gum
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Seagulls, SAT JR Wolf, Among Criminals
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI The Pretty Greens, SAT No Other
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI (Balcony) Lyrically Fit: 30 & Over League, Slaughter Rico, Squablz, Tru Earner, Young Ros, Mercy Gang, SAT (Balcony) Native Frequencies, Dobbee, Kellen 303
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Rootology, SAT (Upstairs) (2pm)
Gavin Becker, (8pm) Tim Hein
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Wild By Law, Daughter Cells, SAT Mutomb0, Sexy Black Female, Get Up, SUN Cortana, Blakeslee
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Vulcans, Arizona Lights, SAT Church Girls (Release Show), Jesse Gimbel, Marc Neibauer
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) SUN Clementine
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Gene Wildest, War On Orchids, Dave Hoagie & His Heroes, Keystoned, Curtis Jr., Paul Hocynec
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) SAT Matthew K
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI The Shithawks, Hellrad, Decap Attak/Gash, SAT Under This Fire, Nytrous, Kandela /Dell P, Fate Gryndhouse, N.A.B.H., Quaa Love
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Kingsnake, Black Rue, Stellarscope, SAT Sweet
Eureka, The Riverside Odds, Seoul Delhi, SUN Rev. TJ’s Blues Church
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Matt Gauss Band, SAT Hexwork, Tony Desimone & The River Mercy, Janine Toner
Ardmore Music Hall FRI Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, TJ Kong & The Atomic Bomb, Bird Watcher
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Nemesisters, +HIRS+, Moor Mother Goddess, Joohyun Kim, Negative Infinity, Ex. By V.
The Petting Zoo (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Water Polo, RFA, Eunoia
2nd Empire (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT The Charley Few
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Armalite, Dark Thoughts, Teenage Chainsaw, The Half-Tones
The Nest (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Euphoria Again
Mile High House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Kississippi, Abi Reimold, Liz de Lise, Frontyards, Tribute
Hazel House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Hello Shark, Cynthia Schemmer, Harmony Lebel-Tividad
West Phily Retirement Center (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Collect Yourself, Blankbook
January 30, 2015

Thanks to all the artists who submitted and shared their music to be considered for The Deli Philly's Best Emerging Artists Year End Poll! After tallying our editors' ratings for the Open Submissions stage, it’s time to release the results. Please note that to avoid conflicts no local editor was allowed to rank bands in their own scene.
Total Submissions - Philly: 74
Jurors: Jordannah Elizabeth (The Deli SF), Juan Rodriguez (The Deli LA), Paolo De Gregorio (The Deli NYC).
Acts Advancing to Our Readers’/Fans’ Poll:
1. Queen Jo - (Hip Hop) - 8 (out of 10)

2.The Mellowells - (Indie Rock) - 7.83

3. Shark Tape - (Indie Rock) - 7.67

4. Aaron Parnell Brown - (Soul/R&B) - 7.5

5. Blood Sound - (New Wave) - 7.33

6. The Stammer - (Indie Rock) - 7.33

7. Mock Sun - (Pop-Rock) - 7.33

8. Those People - (Alt Rock) - 7.33


9. Ben Kessler - (Singer-Songwriter) - 7.33

10. You You Dark Forest - (Post Rock) - 7.17


WHAT’S NEXT: These results end the first phase of the poll. It's now time for our readers and fans to influence this Year End Poll for Philly Emerging Artists with their vote. Look out for the Readers'/Fans’ Poll on the right column of this same page - coming soon!

The Deli Philly Staff

January 30, 2015

With their debut LP, Great Pine, ready for re-release on vinyl this Tuesday via Yellow K Records, Seagulls are set to take the stage tonight at Bourbon & Branch. The former Featured Artist (s) Poll Winners quickly grabbed our attention last year with their debut LP, and became last September’s Record of the Month. It's the type of album that you gradually absorb with its open-air vibe and delicate, lifting harmonies and instrumentation that remain vibrantly layered, somehow toeing the line between nostalgic and fresh with its 8-bit flourishes. The music radiates a natural warmth, allowing listeners to ease into the weekend. (BTW: Attendees will receive a free CD while supplies last.) Baltimore brotherly duo and fellow Yellow K labelmates, New God, bring a blend rich harmonies with an experimental side. New York’s Jagged Leaves unleash a high-energy variety of folk with an electronic bite, and Brooklynites Laura & Greg open the festivities with a tight, twinkling traditional take on folk. Bourbon & Branch 705 N. 2nd St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita

January 30, 2015

Before their prolific frontman Alec Ounsworth does a two-month long acoustic tour of living rooms all across the country, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah will be throwing an intimate sendoff at Ardmore Music Hall tonight. They'll be joined by TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, who will likely kick off their first show of 2015 by playing some new songs from their upcoming album that was recently recorded with Bill Moriarty. Also slated on the bill is indie folk-rock outfit Birdwatcher. Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Ave., 8:30pm, $15-$20, 21+ - Bill McThrill

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