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Extended Weekend Warrior, December 31 - January 3

We extended our Weekend Warrior to include New Year’s Eve because after all it is New Year’s Eve, and honestly, we are all going to be too banged up to do shit tomorrow! We hope that you will be the same. We wanted to thank everybody for all your positive words, energy and support. Philly’s indie music scene had a great 2009, but stay tuned because we are confident that 2010 will have plenty more for us to talk about. Just a heads up about things that we have planned for January. Look out for The Deli’s Best of Philly Poll coming out after this weekend (we think that you will be very surprised who our juror of local scene-makers have nominated), and cast your vote for your favorite local artists! We’ll also have a sweet new layout for our page! Besides covering for you what we feel are some of the most interesting local acts, we will also be presenting them live in concert for your aural enjoyment. We’ll be presenting Orbit to Leslie’s CD Release Party on Friday, Jan 15th at Johnny Brenda’s with Aderbat, Grimace Federation and Power Animal. We’ll also be hanging on Thursday, Jan. 21st at Kung Fu Necktie with Ape School, New Motels, The Circadian Rhythms and Brooklyn’s Savior Adore. And starting Friday, Jan. 29th, The Bellvue Hotel has asked us to put on live concert showcases called “The Deli’s Lunchtime Escape” at noon every last Friday of the month for all you music lovers who need a break from your 9-to-5 in Center City. All this is just January, folks! We are really looking forward to 2010, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. There is plenty of partying to be done tonight. But if you’re thing happens to be futuristic dance parties, then Dave P and R5’s 2010: A Making Time Odyssey FREAK OUT at The Barbary might the place to find that hot hipster chick/dude that you’d like to risk catching swine flu from at midnight. Go ahead and live dangerous! Happy New Year! The Barbary, 951 Frankford Ave., 9pm, 21+ r5productions.com/
More NYE and weekend events…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) THURS DJ Elton Jawn (Brian from Papertrigger) and DJ Jawn Ritter (Chris from Pattern Is Movement)
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) THURS The Sounds of the Kaleidoscope and The Company Corvette
The Khyber (56 S 2nd St.) THURS Philadelphia Slick and Mechanical Minds, FRI Blood Diner 2
Tritone (1508 South St.) THURS West Philadelphia Orchestra
World Cafe Live (3025 Walnut St.) THURS (Upstairs) Slo-mo and The Donuts, FRI (Downstairs) Peek-A-Boo Revue, SAT (Upstairs) Conservative Man, Sky Ship, Eat Your Birthday Cake, (Downstairs) Wyldlyfe and Boy Wonder
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Party Photographers


December 2009
Power Animal
"“Female Wrestler” EP

Keith Hampson, a.k.a. Power Animal, recently released Female Wrestler EP, a CD-R full of his signature avant-garde experimental pop. The homemade packaging is endearing with a copy of hand written lyrics inside bringing insight and confusion to the meanings behind his songs. The words flow in dark biting stream of consciousness as he melodically drops oddly memorable lines like "with a smile that could cure a cancer a chip in your tooth from the boy that hit you" found in opener and title track "Female Wrestler" with its airy synth disco accompanied by jack hammer drumline beats. The industrial/mechanical feel of the drums is a theme prevalent throughout the album. Hampson's songwriting style brings to mind the subdued intellectual calm of Andrew Bird with the experimental heart-of-a-dancer nature of David Byrne. Other standout tracks include the catchy seep into your subconscious "I'm Tired," the angel choir glorious "Make Me Proud," alternative 80's bopping "Joey Fatone Birthday Cake," and "Dogs Don't Get Into Arguments" which sounds like Musical Youth (you know the "Pass the Dutchie" kids) hopped up on drugs and alcohol going ape shit on you. Sound interesting? Take a listen to Power Animal's Female Wrestler EP for yourself! - Q.D. Tran - Website

Album Review: Tonight, Let's Pretend - The Great Unknown

Tonight, Let’s Pretend is a work of meticulous beauty. The Great Unknown, four local Philly gentlemen, have always been good at making folk rock something stimulating and fresh, which, considering how tired the outfit is, is no small feat. This full length album of songs is no exception, and demonstrates a fine level of craftsmanship. The orchestration of the multitude of string instruments is fantastic, smoothly forming that feeling of rolling the windows down on a long ride through the country. Banjoes, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, and lap steel interplay for a dreamy southern twang - swelling and slowing with emotion. Military beats can sometimes be heard, and in other instances, a clear and driving force of drums as well as other percussions that give the music the perfect accent. A sense of loss can be found amidst the tunes in lyrics written by the whole band. “I’m Not Listening,” for instance, which happens to be my personal favorite song on the album, contains a message of loneliness after separation: “Earthquakes and hurricanes, the ruins spell your name, I’m not looking.” Heartbreaking lyrics such as these add a whole other element to Tonight, Let’s Pretend. The endearingly sincere vocals heard throughout this album make it so much more relatable, making you feel every word intoned. It’s an honest album, with no glitz or glam, but by relying on pure, raw talent, The Great Unknown have written one of my favorite albums of the year. myspace.com/thegreatunknownband - James Sanderson


Artist(s) Who Deserve Your Friendship: The Chickens

The Chickens is the side project of Street Kyle with help from his FNU Ronnies bandmate Michael Reaser. Judging by tracks like “Inside the Chicken Den” and “Phocumolous vers. #1,” expect fuzzy barely intelligible punk-ish vocals with sharp angular post punk riffs. However, they are a relatively new band and looking to add more members so there should be plenty of experimentation as they search for their unified sound. I’m really enjoying the track “Untitled #1” which sounds like it was made to be the soundtrack for an updated version of Space Invaders by mixing a little ominous psy-trance with pulse pounding industrial. The Chickens’ debut release on cassette, The Chicken, is available on Fan Death Records. The invasion will not be televised! myspace.com/therealchickens - Q.D. Tran


Weekend Warrior, December 25 - 27

So there’s been a lot of talk lately about how no one says “Merry Christmas” anymore, and everyone goes for the politically correct “Happy Holidays.” Who fuckin’ cares!?! Eat, drink and be merry because you get the day off! And once you’re over being cooped up in the house with your crazy family, head out to Johnny Brenda’s Saturday night for mewithoutYou. The Weiss brothers and friends have parked their vegetable oil running ’76 Charter bus, and will be celebrating the holidays locally this year. They’ll be joined by avant-garde art rockers Make A Rising, but sorry if you don’t have a ticket because the show is SOLD OUT, and so is the one on Tuesday at First Unitarian Church with both bands and last year’s Deli Best of Philly Poll winner Drink Up Buttercup. We hope that it’s a Happy Festivus for the rest of us! We’ll see you around the pole for The Feats of Strength. Johnny Brenda’s 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, SOLD OUT, 21+

It’s a slow weekend, but it should allow you to rest up for next week’s New Year’s festivities.

The Khyber (56 S 2nd St.) SUN South Broad

World Cafe Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT (Downstairs) Jealousy Curve, Pawnshop Roses

North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) SAT The Groovement


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