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"Everyone Make Happy
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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We're excited that The Deli Philly's 7th Annual Anniversary Bash will be taking place on Saturday, October 10 at PhilaMOCA so mark your calendars or do whatever you need to do on your phones to remember! Of course, we'll be supplying plenty of dope music with performances by hallucinogenic psych rockers The Orange Drop, darkwave, prom-pop trio Blood Sound, the cerebral indie pop of Hello Shark, and Suburban Living will be spinning rad tunes for us to get down to all night. It's on, people; LET'S GET WEIRD!

September 21, 2015

Sundays suck. Almost always serving as a sobering (pun fully intended) transition into the workweek, the day of rest often turns into a day of faulty hangover cures and pre-emptive stress about dealing with your awkward work colleagues or classes. Don’t let this weekend’s excitement fade! Instead of sulking around wishing the next five days away, make some moves at Kung Fu Necktie with Janelle. The indie-rock three-piece will surely quench your thirst for a second Saturday with their electro shoegaze-y twist on, say, Real Estate or similar narrative-based groups. Composed of Ryan Bott (vocals/synth/computer), Marcus Elper (vocals/drums/slide guitar) and Chris Huber (bass), Janelle is able to effectively elicit excitable dancing and somber reflection. They'll be sharing the night’s ticket with fuzzy surf-pop group COIN PURSE, LA-based psychedelic-groove band Tiny Creatures, and Philly hip-hop/funk-rock outfit Wetbrain. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $6, 21+ - Blake Oetting

October 04, 2015

Listening to Power Animal, a.k.a. Keith Hampson, is an exploratory sojourn of sound. There’s so much going on as multiple layers intermingle, and yet that densely stacked byproduct isn’t confusing or heavy because the pieces pull in a united direction. It’s an airy, meditative space that you are willing to escape into, dynamically lifting one’s headspace. Tonight at Safety Meeting, this Spazz Presents show also includes the blissful blasts of zany carnival troupe OhBree joining in on the fun, while the youthful folk-punk of Asbury Park’s Teenage Halloween also help to set to the table for the legendary Joe Jack Talcum and the delightfully quirky adventure of Jeffrey Lewis + Los Bolts. Safety Meeting, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.), 7pm, $5-$10, All Ages - Michael Colavita

October 03, 2015

As the weather may start to settle down outside this Sunday, there will be a storm a brewing inside at Ortlieb’s. The mighty Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel are kicking off their October residency with special guests Bardo Pond. The local drone-psych legends always captivate and entrance while building their wall of sound on stage. It can be endearing while at the same time tumultuous, as vocals and instrumentation dance and clash, finding their way into our subconscious. They’ll also be joined by experimental guitarist/composer Loren Connors. Ortlieb’s, 847 N. 3rd St., $10, 8pm, 21+ - Alexis V.
Other places to stay dry (or not so dry) this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Shakai Mondai 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Bird Watcher (Record Release), Madalean Gauze, Tyler Burkhart
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Roof Doctor, Friendship/Rosu Lup, Dirty Dollhouse, Shakai Mondai/Gash, Shy Boyz, SAT The Pink Angels, Frontyards/Allarms, Rexedog/The GTVs, Scantron, SUN Janelle, Coin Purse, Wetbrain
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT The Divine Hand Ensemble, Northern Arms
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St,) SUN Superheaven
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI I Vampyre, Ashes of Our Sins, Seraph in Travail, Suicide Conspiracy, Ketosis, Ashes to Vanity, Corners of Sanctuary
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Mia Johnson, Hurricane Hoss and the Perfect Storm (Record Release), SAT Jackie Thousand, Darla, Josh Miller Band (EP Release), SUN Manny Slay A Verse, Nobody Yet
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.)  FRI Mimos, Man Illuminated, Soul Eater, SAT Andra Taylor & Nate Dodge, Chickabiddy, Keely Sibilia, SUN Girl Dog, Humanshapes
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Soraia (Release Show), The Good Excuses, The Droogettes, SAT Sad Actor, Easy Creatures, Hold Down the Ocean, Seagrave
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St) FRI JJL, Heavy Temple, SAT Passion Crimes (EP Release), Uncle/Father Oscar, Wax Future, SUN Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band, Bardo Pond
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.)  FRI Gene Wildest, Eliza and the Organix, Kat C.H.R, SAT Chalk & The Beige Americans, Blue Hippopotamus
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Dav, Reed Streets, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Mutomb0
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Franky’s Foxes, with DJ Chris Urban SAT The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret
The Fillmore Philly (1100 Canal St.) SUN Dotcom
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St) FRI Josh Dronyi, Ryn Pascale/Three Fourteen, TheWay, SAT (12pm) Diff'rent Folks, The Dispersions, Hyper Inc./(7:30pm) Next To None A.D.D.
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Amy Faden, Ashton John, SAT Decontrol, Missile Toads, Infant Mortality
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI McRad, American Dinosaur, The Parameters, Tom Mackell, SAT Stellar Belly, The Good Mess, Grand Strangers
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.)  SUN Jam for Sam Benefit
W/N W/N (931 Spring Garden St,) SUN Moor Mother Goddess, Marcelline Mandeng
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) SUN Vanillalord, Total Discharge 
Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St., Suite 76) SUN Collect Yourself, Anna Ladd
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Grower, Disinterest/Unguent, What Nerve, Philiac
Hong Kong Garden (1712 N Philip St) SUN Goodbye Party (Solo), Telepathic
Full House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Kississippi, Tombo Crush, Hipps, Coping Skills, Little Tyrant
Pilam (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Bad Canoes, The Pretty Greens, Blowdryer, Girl Dog, David Phosphor Walrus
Safety Meeting (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Joe Jack Talcum, Power Animal, OhBree
Milhouse (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Kississippi, Edelweiss, Little Tyrant
Mantua Yacht Club (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI The Sixties, Water Polo, Buster, You're Making A Scene, Housecat
Cha-Cha’razzi (1918 S. Bancroft St.) FRI Black Urn
The DAD Chapter (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Sad Boys, Grandapas On Acid, Kyle Bosler, Wyndwood, A Day Without Love
October 02, 2015

Modern Baseball’s latest “The Thrash Particle” hits home with the struggling tug and pull of a relationship. Its personal/relatable anecdotes lock you in. Then, that intimacy flips into proactive, streamlined instrumentation and a hook that gets “stuck inside your head.” Catch Modern Baseball on Saturday, December 12 with at PUP, Jeff Rosenstock, and Tiny Moving Parts at Union Transfer!

October 02, 2015

So, just in case you haven’t heard, Hurricane Joaquin is fast approaching the East Coast. We are lucky that Philly will (hopefully) only feel its effects with a damp, dreary beginning to autumn. Don’t let the weather stop you from heading down to Milhouse this evening though. In fact, let it serve as a thematic prep for a night of dreamy, relaxing and melodic bedroom-pop courtesy of Kississippi. The Philadelphia-based outfit, featuring Zoë Reynolds and Colin Kupson, will provide the perfect audible backdrop for such weather. Their music is reminiscent of Frankie Cosmos and Mitski in its enveloping sense of calm, precision and emotionally intelligent lyricism. Alongside Kississippi, local math-y electro-rock/pop quartet Edelweiss, folk-punk singer-songwriter Little Tyrant, and New Jersey alt-pop/psych rockers Dollys will add layers and nuance, while maintaining a set focused on introspection and the expressive quality of the vocal performance. Milhouse, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.), 7:30pm, $3-$5, All Ages - Blake Oetting

October 02, 2015


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