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A Sunny Day in Glasgow
"Sea When Absent
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Sea When Absent (Lefse Records) opens like a shoegaze-y car crash. The latest album from A Sunny Day in Glasgow doesn’t bother gradually layering melodic elements; they get right to business from millisecond one, hitting you with reverberating electronic tones, orchestral violins, and the crooning vocals of Jen Goma and Annie Fredrickson. It’s a weirdly aggressive move for such an intensely soulful LP, but it’s pretty emblematic of how the record works as a whole. For an album as focused at creating moments of subtle beauty, Sea When Absent doesn’t have the time to let you gradually pick up on it on your own. A Sunny Day in Glasgow is the rare type of band that takes beauty and emotional resonances and waves it around like a chair in a bar fight.
 
In the strictest possible sense, this is a shoegaze-psychedelic-electronica album with a particular emphasis on vocals. But the more you listen; the more you start to discover what a diverse series of musical influences are rattling around in there. Mixing the electronica stylings of Flying Lotus and Saltillo with the indie-pop elements of bands like Death Cab and Phantogram, the basis is a percussion of grungy electronic tones, topped with a combination of guitar and synth, adding just the right balance, while being mixed in with a cavalcade of classical instruments and outlandish effects.
 
But the crown jewel of the album is Goma and Fredrickson’s understatedly gorgeous vocals. They play off, sometimes bizarre, instrumentations perfectly, complimenting them while also adding a fulcrum of relative normalcy to Sunny Day’s outside-the-box compositions. This is what really gives the album its sense of slick melancholy, creating an ambience of stylish vulnerability in tracks like “Byebye Big Ocean (The End),” where there is a sense of crooning sorrow, while “Oh I’m A Wrecker” sees them go much farther into the indie-pop paradigm.
 
While this record maintains the complexity and delightful weirdness of past A Sunny Day in Glasgow albums, it also comes with a newfound sense of clarity, in great part due to the outside production of Jeff Zeigler (of The War on Drugs and Kurt Vile fame). Zeigler is able to successfully piece together the moving parts of this bi-continental band, with mastermind Ben Daniels orchestrating things from the other side of the world in Australia, making the album’s abrupt left turns from spacey psychedelics to grounded punk-pop a little easier to digest. The wealth of ideas rarely feels busy or forced. Sea When Absent is ultimately proof that weird doesn’t necessarily have to mean messy. 

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The weather forecast this weekend predicts plenty of rain. Fortunately, you'll be able to hide out inside at West Philly’s Golden Tea House or Nacho House for most of the weekend when OK FEST takes over the makeshift concert spaces. Johnny Brenda’s/DIY promoter Barrett Lindgren has put together a few sweet lineups for the fest’s inaugural run, which is anchored by some rising stars from our local music scene and beyond. On Friday at Golden Tea House, the stacked bill will be headlined by infectiously catchy, pop-punk trio Cayetana with support from the always impressive songwriting of Radiator Hospital, buzzing Siltbreeze signees Amanda X, Katie Crutchfield and Kyle Gilbride’s Great Thunder, The Ambulars, and Worriers. On Saturday evening at the beloved DIY space, there will be the one-two punch of Speedy Ortiz and Swearin’ along with Pile, The Holidays, Hound, Gunk, and Pinkwash. And for those who like to get an early start on their partying, Nacho House will be hosting a Saturday matinee with Mannequin Pussy, Sheer Mag, and Marge. Now, my only question is: Between all these rad bands and rabid indie music fans, how is everyone going to fit in both houses? I guess – come early and find out for yourself! OK FEST - Golden Tea House & Nacho House, (Please contact BarrettLindgren@gmail.com for more info.), 3pm (matinee) & 7pm, $5 (matinee)/$8 - $12 (sliding scale), All Ages - Alexis V.
 
Other places to hide out from the rain this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.)  SAT Martha Graham Cracker's 9th Anniversary Spectacular, Johnny Showcase
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Juston Stens & The Get Real Gang (Record Release), Goodnight Lights, SAT Song Dogs, The Bigness, Cold Roses, SUN Sore Saints, Kids
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Cardillo, Bird Watcher, Tin Horses, SAT The Plums, Momma Hankton, GRIP, SUN Beelzefuzz, Brain Candle
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI Noah Breakfast
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SUN Tabor Rocks: Heavy Temple, The Nosebleeds, Wizard Eye
 
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI The Abandos, Twinks, SAT The One2s, The Black Market Opera, SUN AyeAye, Weekender
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI (Balcony) David Hoagie and His Heroes, The Wanderers, Kingfisher, Tasty Face, SUN (Balcony) Sing, Bird of Prey
 
TLA (334 South St.)  FRI Suzann Christine
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Box of Rain, Pure Jerry (Upstairs) Lloyd Alexander
 
The Barbary (951 N. Frankford Ave.) SUN Our Waking Deception, Nations, Orpheus Sets Fire
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.)  FRI Dockument, Tippy and the Shy Guys, SAT Old Scratch, SUN Little Big League
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI KeN, Howling Fantods, SAT Phreak N’ Queer Arts & Music Festival: Icon Ebony Fierce, Gin Saint Germaine, H.I.M. Lee SUN The Pretty Greens
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Man About a Horse, Midwestern Exposure, Matt Spitko
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Hannah Zaic & The Damaged Goods, Chalk & The Beige Americans, boog, Solus Rex, SAT Molly Rhythm, Ang & The Damn Band, Wonder & Fury, The Loud Company
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI Andrea Nardello
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI (Upstairs) Melissa Clampferr, John Dutton/Dark Continent, Tree Rats (CD Release), SAT Andrew and the Rhythm Hounds, SmoKe/Joe Corabi, Mark Evans, SUN Paul Kurrey, Laura Cheadle, Valentina & The Vanishing Points
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Reckless Dodgers
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Herostreet, De Tierra Caliente
 
2nd Street Festival (Germantown Ave.) The Quixote Project, The Late Saints, Hennessey Bonfire, The Downtown Shimmy, Lovers League, No Good Sister, The Hello Strangers, New Sound Brass Band, (Fairmount Ave.) Shape Breaker, Needle Points, Pine Barons, Joe Sweeney & The Long Hair Arkestra, DRGN King, Mock Suns, TJ Kong & The Atomic Bomb, Weird Hot, Black Landlord, (Piazza) Natalie Chapkis, School of Rock, Mach 22, All Volunteer Army
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Catullus, SAT Buddy Roc, Adam Travis, Joshua Popejoy
 
Ardmore Music Hall  SAT Somewhere South, The Golden Monkeys
 
The Pharmacy (1300/02 S. 18th St.) FRI DRONEZ
 
Little Berlin (2430 Coral St.  FRI Cars Will Burn, Fade Sunshine, Bananas Symphony, Bennett Daniels
 
Nacho House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT OK Fest Day 2: (Matinee) Mannequin Pussy, Sheer Mag, Marge
 
Milhouse (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Post Season, Bad Heat
 
A House Named Virtue (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Jay Purdy
 
1427 Frankford Ave. SUN Gretchen Lohse
 
August 01, 2014
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Sea When Absent (Lefse Records) opens like a shoegaze-y car crash. The latest album from A Sunny Day in Glasgow doesn’t bother gradually layering melodic elements; they get right to business from millisecond one, hitting you with reverberating electronic tones, orchestral violins, and the crooning vocals of Jen Goma and Annie Fredrickson. It’s a weirdly aggressive move for such an intensely soulful LP, but it’s pretty emblematic of how the record works as a whole. For an album as focused at creating moments of subtle beauty, Sea When Absent doesn’t have the time to let you gradually pick up on it on your own. A Sunny Day in Glasgow is the rare type of band that takes beauty and emotional resonances and waves it around like a chair in a bar fight.
 
In the strictest possible sense, this is a shoegaze-psychedelic-electronica album with a particular emphasis on vocals. But the more you listen; the more you start to discover what a diverse series of musical influences are rattling around in there. Mixing the electronica stylings of Flying Lotus and Saltillo with the indie-pop elements of bands like Death Cab and Phantogram, the basis is a percussion of grungy electronic tones, topped with a combination of guitar and synth, adding just the right balance, while being mixed in with a cavalcade of classical instruments and outlandish effects.
 
But the crown jewel of the album is Goma and Fredrickson’s understatedly gorgeous vocals. They play off, sometimes bizarre, instrumentations perfectly, complimenting them while also adding a fulcrum of relative normalcy to Sunny Day’s outside-the-box compositions. This is what really gives the album its sense of slick melancholy, creating an ambience of stylish vulnerability in tracks like “Byebye Big Ocean (The End),” where there is a sense of crooning sorrow, while “Oh I’m A Wrecker” sees them go much farther into the indie-pop paradigm.
 
While this record maintains the complexity and delightful weirdness of past A Sunny Day in Glasgow albums, it also comes with a newfound sense of clarity, in great part due to the outside production of Jeff Zeigler (of The War on Drugs and Kurt Vile fame). Zeigler is able to successfully piece together the moving parts of this bi-continental band, with mastermind Ben Daniels orchestrating things from the other side of the world in Australia, making the album’s abrupt left turns from spacey psychedelics to grounded punk-pop a little easier to digest. The wealth of ideas rarely feels busy or forced. Sea When Absent is ultimately proof that weird doesn’t necessarily have to mean messy.

August 01, 2014
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How do you top an incredible music experience like playing drums for a critically acclaimed indie-rock band like Dr. Dog? You travel across the country on a motorcycle to record music with members of bands like Wilco, Spoon, and Apollo Sunshine. That’s exactly what Juston Stens did for the past few years when he wasn’t collaborating with the rotating cast of contributors in The Get Real Gang. The end result of that is the new documentary film I Lay Where I Fall, which documents his bold and exciting journey. And in the spirit of that adventure, he also recorded a new LP, Share the Road, that was nearly half a decade in the making. It showcases his collaborations with the likes of Jessica Lea Mayfield, David Vandervelde, and members of his former Dr. Dog family. The album release party is happening this evening at The Boot & Saddle, where Stens will be jamming with his Get Real crew. They’ll also be joined by pals Goodnight Lights, who most recently released their 3rd full-length, As Far As The Moon, and a music video for the track “Yardwork.” The Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 8pm, $10, 21+ (Photo by Gwen Aucoin) - Bill McThrill

August 01, 2014
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It's been way too long since we've heard a full-length release from the always creative art-popsters The Extraordinaires. They had faced plenty of obstacles over the past few years with the sudden folding of their record label Punk Rock Payroll and multiple band reconfigurations due to founding member Matt Gibson's hiatus as Man Man's multi-istrumentalist and the exodus of drummer Evan Smoker. However, Gibson has returned, and seems more dedicated to succeed with his comrades than ever. And The Extraordinaires appear to have their songwriting mojo back, judging by their new album Dress for Nasty Weather (Color Theory Records), which you can listen to (and purchase) in its entirety below.

July 31, 2014
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Today marks day one of the 4th annual four-day Phreak N’ Queer Arts & Music Festival. The nonprofit event aims to support and embrace many things that we at the Deli are in communion with, providing a forum and voice for a diverse spectrum of artists and recognizing the past while gazing toward the future - meanwhile celebrating the present with a series of excellent artistic exhibitions/shows that are as varied and open-minded as the people that produce, perform and witness them. This evening, PhilaMOCA will host a bill that includes the engaging personal-narrative folk-blues combo of Andrew Bethany Spiers, a.k.a. The Feverfew. The intriguing electro-synth-soul-pop incarnation of Jen Pague-fronted Vita and the Woolf, whom will release their debut EP Fang Song on September 16, will also grace the stage as well as the atmosphere-generating hip-hop creations of Moor Mother Goddess, and the skilled classical improvisations of Brave, among others. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 7pm, $5, All Ages - Michael Colavita

July 31, 2014
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Below is a new track from local indie-rock outfit Joy Riding called "Christmas Hair." It's off the band's five-song EP Cute. The group is made up of members from It's a King Thing, Makeout Party, Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start, and Decathlete. They'll be performing in Philly on Saturday, August 22 at Kung Fu Necktie.

July 31, 2014
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