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December 2014
The Spirit of the Beehive
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There is something rather dark and mysterious about a band that takes its name from a classic Spanish film that focuses on its protagonist, a young girl, who becomes fascinated by the 1931 horror movie, Frankenstein. And with an album cover that portrays a child in a bee costume positioned in front of a tombstone saying, “Here Lies Mom-n-Dad Now Their Gone Isn’t That Sad,” you can’t help but be intrigued, if not a bit disturbed. The Spirit of the Beehive is a local fledgling outfit who has popped up on my radar this past year, appearing on numerous bills, oftentimes at DIY spaces. The band has further grabbed my attention with its debut self-titled full-length album, which was recorded by The Weaks/ex-Dangerous Ponies, Evan Bernard and Chris Baglivo, and released via rising Philly indie label Ranch Records.  
 
The record’s opening track, “Roll Over,” begins with an eerie instrumentation before a languid female voice comes in with barely intelligible lines. “Cycles in and out of morphine hazes. Finding spaces between your floorboards. And I watch the dust move.” Thankfully the group provides us with lyrics on its Bandcamp page; otherwise, the beautifully poetic verses filled with drug-fueled imagery would be lost in the wash of power chords and feedback. “All lost in the black market. To wait in the fix aisle, I roll over.” You also get a sense of the band’s lo-fi, DIY aesthetic when you are abruptly taken out of the world, created by the album’s first, with studio chatter before moving on to the next track. With “Short Walk,” you can’t help but feel the influences of greats like Nirvana and more recently Creepoid with the hushed vocals and sonic bursts. These two tracks set the tone for the first half of the LP, where you travel in and out of the territories of dream pop and shoegaze when the female lead vocals grab a hold of you and then the grungier, harder-edged side takes over with the male lead. This juxtaposition provides quite an enjoyable balance that I actually wished went on longer throughout the record.
 
It’s not until “Ether,” where the two combine forces, changing the dynamic of their relationship. The title of the song suggests that you might be finding something more ethereal; however, the driving bass line provides a sense of urgency throughout the track. It also marks the point where the male lead begins to dominate the rest of the album, while taking on some of the characteristics of its counterpart. What remains a constant is a psychedelic, drug-filled angst full of guitar licks and distortion, giving off the vibe of a band that is here to rock, and they don’t care if you are ready for it or not.
 
The Spirit of the Beehive closes out their ambitious LP with the longest and cleanest sounding recording on the album, “Fever Dream,” demonstrating that they don’t need to hide behind studio effects, while making you wonder where their follow-up release will go next. It’s an eclectic and modern sounding record that also pulls from past genres I hold close to my chest. I highly recommend that you go download it ASAP. - Q.D. Tran

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Deli CMJ ELECTRONIC STAGE - TONIGHT, The Delancey - FREE!

At The Delancey on Tuesday 10.18 we'll have a truly fantastic bill with 9 NYC based electro-pop bands - and it's going to be free!. 21+ - $8.
Full listings of the Deli's CMJ shows here. See below for the Dream Pop and Alt Rock stages that same night in the same venue (downstairs).

P.S. If you are into Pedal Effects, don't miss The Deli's STOMP BOX EXHIBIT at CMJ on Friday and Saturday!!!

ELECTRO STAGE

7.00 - The Casualty Process



7.40 - Illuminator
8.20 - Tiny Victor ies
9.00 - Mitten
9.40 - Computer Magic


10.20 - Psychobuildings



11.00 - Pretty Good Dance Moves


11.40 - Caged Animals


12.20 - Slam Donahue

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Show Alert: Them Vibes, Super Shaker, and Slowriter at The East Room 12.22

Whether you're leaving town in a few days or about to have an unwanted houseful of relatives, take advantage of your f*cked-up holiday schedule by treating Monday like a Friday and taking yourself out to see some music. The East Room has a great lineup for such an off night, consiting of some local faves, up-and-comers, and out-of-towners. Its also budget-friendly at $5. The show starts at 8pm, and is 18+.

Them Vibes:

It's no secret that the Deli Nashville loves Them Vibes, who have always proven capable of bringing some down and dirty rock and roll to any situation, and countering it with some down-home rootsiness. We've been digging the level of quality in their recent video for "Lorelei."

Super Shaker:

We posted about their single "Kong" a few months ago, and then chanced upon them last Wednesday at the Tin Roof, and were blown away. While "Kong" might conjure visoins of some rigid nerd rockers poking at keyboards, Super Shaker kicked our expectations in the face with their high-energy onslaught of gritty, post-punk electronica. These boys can put on a SHOW.

 Slowwriter:

Hailing from Atlanta, GA, Bryan Taylor and a rotating cast of friends operates under the title of Slowriter. He coaxes out interesting loops with a hip-hop sense of direction, and branding them with his particular quirk and earnesty. "King of the Void" is the title track of his recent 2014 release.

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Philadelphia Independent Craft Market w/Khari Mateen at District N9NE Dec. 21

The 8th Annual holiday edition of the Philadelphia Independent Craft Market descends upon District N9NE today, just in time for some last minute shopping for the perfect gift. And it will feature 40+ arts & craft and vintage vendors who will be selling an eclectic selection of handmade jewelry, apparel, antiques, and then some. There will also be food supplied from the likes of Vernalicious and the Cupcake Carnivale as well as refreshments from Philadelphia Brewing Company. It wouldn't be an Independent Craft Market without some live music, and this time it will be headlined by the Grammy/Emmy-winning multi-instrumenatlist, songwriter, and producer Khari Mateen. The multi-faceted musician has recently collaborated with his father, Radji Mateen Sr., who is a seasoned saxophonist that has worked with the likes of Kindred Family Soul, Dice Raw, and Snoop Dog, to rework his song Thinking About You. The market will also feature a performance by The Philadelphia Reggae Band. District N9NE, 460 N. 9th St, 12pm, $2, All Ages - Bill McThrill

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