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Sun Airway - The Deli’s Philly Best Emerging Artists of 2010





Sun Airway - The Deli’s Philly Best Emerging Artists of 2010

Dear Deli Readers,

At the bottom of this blog entry you can find the final chart of our Best of Philly Emerging Artists 2010 Poll. Congrats to Sun Airway who won our overall poll!
 

Special thanks to this year’s Deli poll jurors (listed below), writers, readers, and all the artists and their fans who participated - you rock! We wouldn’t have been able to do this without you.

The Deli’s Poll Jurors:
Grace Ambrose, Booker, No Wavelength, Kate Bracaglia, Writer & Editor, Underwater Explosions/Phrequency/uwishunu, Abigail Bruley, Music Editor, two.one.five Magazine, Mikele Edwards, Booker, Silk City, Leah Kauffman, Editor, Phrequency, Kevin Kennedy, Blogger, The Swollen Fox, Jorgan Krug, Sound Engineer, The Ox/World Café Live, Josh T. Landow, DJ, Y-Not Radio, Jeff Meyers, Booker, Beartrap Booking, Alex Nic, Booker, Pilam, Chris Perella, Booker, The Blockley, Mark Schoneveld, Blogger & Record Label Owner, yvynyl/Small Plates Records, Sara Sherr, Booker & Writer, Sugar Town/Philadelphia Daily News, Emily Simpson, Assistant Production Manager, Kung Fu Necktie, Jon Solomon, DJ & Record Label Owner, WPRB/Comedy Minus One, Q.D. Tran, Associate Editor, The Deli Magazine, John Vettese, DJ & Writer, Y-Rock Philly Local/City Paper/The Key, Chris Ward, Booker, Johnny Brenda’s, Bruce Warren, Program Director & Blogger, WXPN/Some Velvet Blog/The Key, Emma Zumberge, Blogger, The World in a Paper Cup
 
 

 
It seems like everything happened so quickly in 2010 for Sun Airway, as things tend to do these days for young artists/bands due to the power of the internet. It’s easy to remember when tracks like “Put the Days Away”, “Waiting on You”, and “Oh, Naoko” began to surface in the blogosphere, which quickly caught the attention of Dead Oceans. Though Sun Airway might feel like an overnight sensation to some, Jon Barthmus and Patrick Marsceill have been heavily involve with the local Philly music scene for years with their former band The A-sides. In fact, most of the tracks that are featured on Sun Airway’s excellent debut Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier were originally written for The A-sides, but after feeling like the band had run its course and having been inspired by artists like Brian Eno and Manitoba’s Up Into Flames as well as 60s and 70s pop, you find the duo melding these styles together creating beautiful tracks all ready to be unleashed on the world. We're thinking that their tour in 2010 with Bear in Heaven and Twin Shadow (The Deli’s NYC Best of Emerging Artists Poll 2010 Winner) as well as an appearance at CMJ for Pitchfork’s Offline Fest are simply just start off points for Sun Airway. National and international airwaves get ready to be introduced to The Deli’s Philly Best of Emerging Artists Poll 2010 Winner! You can check out our interview with Sun Airway’s Jon Barthmus from last year for our Where Is My Mind? section here as well as our review of Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier here.

 

2. Reading Rainbow

You should already know Reading Rainbow by now. They started last year on the right foot by winning The Deli’s Philly Best of Emerging Artists Poll 2009. After rockin’ the fuck out at SXSW, the band received the opportunity to release their sophmore full-length album on Hozac Records. Thus, the process to put together their release Prism Eyes began its journey. The duo recorded most of their album down in Virginia with pals Eternal Summers, and were chosen to participate in Weathervane’s Shaking Through, which allowed them more time in a professional studio to record three tracks for their Hozac release and helped to give Rob Garcia and Sarah Everton their first taste of Pitchfork love that quickly thrust them into the national spotlight. Prism Eyes was released and waves of positive reviews flooded the internet. You would think that would be enough to happen to one band in a year, but not for the dynamic couple of Reading Rainbow. The pair also threw down for Daytrotter, hit the road with Dum Dum Girls, released a split 7" with Brooklyn's Coasting on French label Atelier Ciseaux (just weeks after Prism Eyes was released), and signed to monster booking agency Billions. Reading Rainbow is one of those outfits that should get all the attention it gets. They already have a slew of upcoming shows scheduled at SXSW as well as tours with The Dodos and Dum Dum Girls so 2011 better watch out! You can check out our interview with Reading Rainbow from last year for our Where Is My Mind? section here as well as our review of Prism Eyes here.

 

3. Creepoid

Yes, Creepoid has been a band for barely over a year, and if it wasn’t for that fateful storm that snowed-in lead singer Sean Miller and drummer Pat Troxell and now bassist/vocalist Anna Troxell with a vintage recording machine, we might have never discovered this charismatic outfit filled with the spirit of Kurt Cobain and that 90’s Grunge angst all heroined out (as we have stated before). We also think others instantly recognized that there was something special about this band. After all, when your first show is opening for Best Coast and Reading Rainbow and your second show is opening for Kurt Vile & the Violators, someone out there believes that you deserve to be on those bills as well. Creepoid has received plenty of local love from the beginning and with the recent release of their kick-ass debut full-length Horse Heaven on Ian Records (The Deli’s Philly Record Label of the Year 2010), we're thinking that it is only a matter of time when the rest of the world will realize it too. Expect another new EP from the local gang this summer. You can check out our interview with Creepoid from this year for our Where Is My Mind? section here as well as our review of Horse Heaven here.

 

 
Artist
J
W
F

OS

TOTAL
 
1
Sun Airway
12
2
0.01
 
14.01
2
Reading Rainbow
13
1
0.005
 
14.005
icon
3
Creepoid
9
1
0.021
0.5
10.521
icon
4
Party Photographers
8
 
0.01
 
8.01
icon
5
Strand of Oaks
5
1
0.064
 
6.064
icon
6
Grandchildren
3
2
0.033
 
5.033
icon
7
The Spooks
5
 
0
 
5
icon
8
Levee Drivers
3
1
0.173
 
4.173
icon
9
Golden Ages
2
2
0.046
 
4.046
icon
10 
The Homophones
1
3
0.017
 
4.017
icon
11
The War on Drugs
2
2
0.014
 
4.014
icon
12
Drink Up Buttercup
4
 
0.007
 
4.007
icon
13
Chiddy Bang
3
1
0.005
 
4.005
icon
14
Purling Hiss
3
1
0.003
 
4.003
icon
15
Penrose
 
 
3
1
4
icon
 
Univox
 
2
2
 
4
icon
17
Hop Along
3
 
0.114
 
3.114
icon
18
Algernon Cadwallader
3
 
0.036
 
3.036
icon
 19
Gang
3
 
0.021
 
3.021
icon
20
Prowler
3
 
0.018
 
3.018
icon
21
Free Energy
3
 
0.013
 
3.013
icon
22
Johnny Miles & the Waywards
3
 
0.005
 
3.005
icon
23
Far-Out Fangtooth
3
 
0.003
 
3.003
icon
24
Nightlands
3
 
0.002
 
3.002
icon
25
Ryat
 
1
1
1
3
icon
26
Swift Technique
2
 
0.5
 
2.5
icon
27
Goodnight Lights
2
 
0.15
 
2.15
icon
28
TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb
1
1
0.03
 
2.03
icon
29
Nicos Gun
2
 
0.008
 
2.008
icon
 
Power Animal
2
 
0.008
 
2.008
icon
31
Sweet Lights
2
 
0.006
 
2.006
icon
32
The Divine Lorraine
2
 
0.002
 
2.002
icon
33
The Synth Sircus
 
 
1.5
0.5
2
icon
34
The Armchairs
1
 
0.083
 
1.083
icon
35
Thom McCarthey
1
 
0.056
 
1.056
icon
36
Cat Vet
1
 
0.05
 
1.05
icon
37
Busses
1
 
0.018
 
1.018
icon
38
Moon Women
1
 
0.006
 
1.006
icon
39
East Hundred
1
 
0.004
 
1.004
icon
40
Blackhawks
1
 
0.003
 
1.003
icon
 
The Swimmers
1
 
0.003
 
1.003
icon
 
Close to Good
1
 
0.003
 
1.003
icon
43
The Sounds of Kaleidoscope
1
 
0
 
1
icon
44
Suzie Brown
 
 
0.036
0.75
0.786
icon
45
Hair Rocket
 
 
0.007
0.75
0.757
icon
46
Peter Joseph & the Roaring...
 
 
0.131
0.5
0.631
icon
47
Da Comrade!
 
 
0.085
0.5
0.585
icon
48
Science Fiction Fantasy
 
 
0.021
0.5
0.521
icon
49
Negative Department
 
 
0.019
0.5
0.519
icon
50
Hermit Thrushes
 
 
0.005
0.5
0.505
icon
51
Lillie Ruth Bussey
 
 
0.002
0.5
0.502
icon
Legend: J = Jury - OS = Open Submissions - W = Deli Writers - F = Fans

Much love,

The Deli Staff

 

Published: February 07, 2011 |

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