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Taiwan Housing Project





Weekend Warrior, April 13 - 15

A grimy, alluring swirl of punk-jazz-noise thrown into a musical cauldron, Taiwan Housing Project melds a diverse range of sounds into a most excellent sonic stew, which will be served up at the batting cages of Everybody Hits this evening. It’s hard to pin down or compartmentalize the band’s collective sound, and in part, that’s what makes things so intriguing. At first, there’s a sweaty, primal force; the assemblage of instrumentation and ideas don’t automatically align. However, as it saturates into one’s system, an alternative circuitry develops. Once those newfound connections are made, torrential affect takes hold. As we await the release of their forthcoming debut LP Covert Contracts, post-punk trio Control Top delivers a calculated fury that’ll actually make you dance. The exuberant, eclectic, experimentation of Oakland-based trio Preening ties this lineup, presented by WKDU, together. – Michael Colavita

Other places to venture to as spring takes hold this weekend…

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Soft Crime, SUN Three Man Cannon (Record Release), Yowler, Bobby Barnett

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SUN The Up Up Ups

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Space Caravan, The Stone Eye/DJ Deejay, SAT Cemetery Flowers/Canyon Ride/Fame Lust, SUN Clamfight, Human Shield

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SUN The Dull Blue Lights, Mad Conductor

Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI Lotus, Square Peg Round Hole, SAT Lotus, Minka

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI L7 Aftershow: Anthrophobia, SUN Long Hots

Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Bok Nero

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Osler Circle Presents: Getting Better All The Time, a Benefit for The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Misfit Holiday, Sharkbullet, Andhera, SAT The Evergreen Drive, Palatine, The Plibmen, Jac with No K

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnust St.) SUN iNFiNiEN, Edenspore, NaeemBOT

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Sparrow Steeple, SAT Riot Nerd Presents: My So-Called Night, SUN Levee Drivers, Jo Kusy

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI No Remorse For The Fallen, She Pulled The Trigger/Molly Rhythm, Behind Deadlines, Familiar Things

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Sylo, Astro 8000, SAT DJ Deejay

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) SAT The Side Chicks

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2ndSt.) FRI 10th Annual Johnny Cash Night, SAT Voss Birthday Roast: Reef The Lost Cauze, Blackwolf, Mason, SUN Twin Beds, Full Bush, Trash Boy

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Badland Breez, Kir

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Royale, SAT Ian St. Laurent

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI E. Joseph and the Sparrows, The Fearless Fly, SAT Nakama, Call Me Clever, New Alone, Plastic Shrines

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SUN Nik Greeley, Swwik, Heaven Man

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Taiwan Housing Project, Control Top, SAT Brother JT, Evil Sword, SUN Data, Ada Babar

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Hoochi Coochi, Vital Stats, Chvnce, Tetra, SAT Atomic Cretins, L.M.I., Pithair/Ice Cold Collective, Kenny Commodified, Charlie Sierra  

Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Port Arthur, Georgey V, Lia Menaker

The Sound Hole (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT The Vernes

JJ’s Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Cherry, Big Big Bug, SAT Hannah Frances, Pastel Williams, Beach Bod, SUN Nowadays, Sleepy Freak

The Mothership (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Great Weights (EP Release), Tact Ronnie Vega, Cage Flight

The Music Ward (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Kate Dressed Up, Secret Nudist Friends

Nacho House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI The Afterglows, Corey Flood

Lacquer (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Void Vision, Stroker





Weekend Warrior, February 9 - 11

This Sunday, The Sound Hole stretches the standard sonic boundaries. Taiwan Housing Project tears into noise-laced, sorcery-stemming punk angst, peppered in free-jazz notes. That chaotic hybrid churns along the rails, casting a post-apocalyptic storm, while teetering on the edge of destruction that naturally rights itself. Jason Killinger (Spacin’, Birds of Maya) locks into down and dirty riff-tastic rock, turning down strange alleys of ambiance that orchestrate an odd, endless, space boogie. Kevin Nickles (Taiwan Housing Project, Ecstatic Vision) and Daniel Provenzano (Spacin', Purling Hiss), a.k.a. The Writhing Squares, tie together this lineup. There’s a heavy, burrowing, instrumental drive that moves with an insatiable exploratory appetite into deep space, incorporating an array of instrumentation that’s progressive with a primal core. Louisville, Kentucky’s Tropical Trash fits nicely into this assembly of eclectic, experimenting music makers. – Michael Colavita 

Other places to freak out this weekend…

The Sound Hole (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Taiwan Housing Project, Writhing Squares, Jason Killinger

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT The Philadelphia Tom Petty Appreciation Band, SAT Rich Medina presents: JUMP N FUNK: America’s Original Fela Kuti Tribute Party

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Midnight Flyer, SAT The York Street Hustle, SUN Greg Mendez (Record Release), Shannen Moser, Queen Jesus

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Say Gwen/DJ Deejay/Sideswipe, Malevil

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Grandchildren (Music Video Release Show), Grubby Little Hands, The Retinas, SAT Haunted Homes

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI LTC, SAT Love Killed Kurt, Flannel, White Limo, Purple to the Core, Manhole

Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St,) FRI Inlets

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention After Party: Outer Heaven, Coffin Dust, Crowhurst, SAT Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention After Party: Basilysk, SUN (5pm) Mattress Food, The Cozy, Movies Like Juno, Secret Base Life, The Death of Saul, Inner Urge, New Alone

The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) SAT So Far Gone: Dirty South Joe Magglezzz

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI Max Swan, STS x Khari Mateen

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT (Upstairs) Matt Roach (CD Release), Emily Loscalzo/(Downstairs) PhillyBloco, SUN Peek-A-Boo Revue presents Sweet Dreams

The Fire (412 W. Grirard Ave.) Fri Tortuga. Cthulhu Martini, SAT The Sixth Year, Saint Wilde, Jac with No K, SUN Xilomen

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT Muscle Tough, Tucker Hill Band

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Drew Sestito, SAT The 1910 Chainsaw Company, Trash Beach / Rob Grote (DJ Set)

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Tiny Hueman, SAT Elison Jackson, SUN Drew Nugent & the Midnight Society, Envoûté: Magic Burlesque

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Trash Boy, Kelsey Cork & the Swigs, Bern and the Bastards/Fantasy Panther, UltraMantis Black, In The Presence Of Wolves, Yuckmouf

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Sylo, Astro 8000, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Francisco Collazo

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Sublaymen, Alex Stanilla, FLNG, SAT Moonwalker, Pat Finnerty

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI The Guests (Record Release), DJ Nightwitch, Shari Vari (DJ Set), SAT DJ Baby Berlin, DJ Jem

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Chris Urban, SAT Ian St. Laurent, SUN Murder's a Drag! A True Crime Drag Show

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Chestnut Grove, Local Smokes, SAT Nothing Vital, Plastic Shrines, Chad Jenkins Band, Jackson Craig

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT Killiam Shakespeare, DJ Aktive, SUN Winter Doldrums (Concert for Suicide Prevention: Mason Porter, Kuf Knotz, Matt Duke, Andrea Nardello Band, Christine Havrilla, John Faye, Black Horse Motel, Black Horse Motel, Lovers League, Michele Lynn's Vilomahed Project, Vilebred, Hannah Taylor and the Rekardo Lee Trio, Brian Flanagan, Sonja Sofya, Sweetbriar Rose

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Orion Sun, Precolumbian, SAT Planned Parenthood Benefit: Whine Moms, Lazy Eye, Hoffman & The Sickos

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI The Ok-Ok's, Stoops, Soft Idiot / Ellen Siberian Tiger, Kenny 3, SAT Shawn Kilroy & The Pretty Horses, Gringo Motel, Judex

Planet Phitness (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Anti Valentine’s Day Cover Show

Darren (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Supine, Binary, Unn

JJ’s Diner  (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Grayling, Overwinter





Q.D. Tran's Favorite Philly Albums of 2017

We are here once again at The Deli Philly’s final post of the year. It’s been an honor getting a chance to share new music with all of you this past year (and nearly a decade), and I look forward to continuing to discover the best of Philly’s underground music community with you. And without any further ado, here is my “Best of” year-end list for my favorite Philly albums of 2017. I look forward to seeing you on the other side.

Much love – cheers!

Q.D. Tran

 

1. Raw Rock Fury (Relapse) – Ecstatic Vision

Ecstatic Vision weren’t joking when they decided to name their latest album, Raw Rock Fury. There are few, if not any Philly releases that can match the pure intensity and glorious shredding found on my favorite local release of 2017. And it also provides you a glimpse into the awesomeness of their live performances.

2. Rocket (Domino) – (Sandy) Alex G

With Rocket, Alex Giannascoli proves that all the adoration from the media for the young songwriter is certainly not unfounded. Using the guise of an Americana framework, he is able to craft wonderfully intimate campfire songs that make left turns at all the right places.

 

3. Veblen Death Mask (Kill Rock Stars) – Taiwan Housing Project

Veblen Death Mask is music without boundaries – so chaotically beautiful!

4. Need to Feel Your Love (Wilsuns RC) – Sheer Mag

All riffs and vocals – garage-punks Sheer Mag make their retro-fit sound oh so good. Rock ‘n’ roll is not dead.

5. Out in the Storm (Merge) – Waxahatchee

Waxahatchee’s earnest songwriting speaks right to the heart, and it’s hard to ignore.

6. My Idols Are Dead + My Enemies Are In Power (Self-released) – Lushlife

7. Messy (Self-released) – Curtis Cooper

8. Play “The Songs You Like” (Salinas) – Radiator Hospital

9. Oh, My Heart (Lame-O) – Shannen Moser

10. Soft Sound From Another Planet (Dead Oceans) – Japanese Breakfast

11. Movie Was Bad (Self-released) – Sixteen Jackies

12. Spirits (Creep) – Julia Rainer

13. Slacker Paint (Self-released) – The Mary Veils

14. Everything Is Always in the Past (@Self-released) – Blood Sound

15. A Deeper Understanding (Atlantic) – The War on Drugs

16. We Were Babies & We Were Dirtbags (Polyvinyl) – Quiet Slang

17. Tourist in This Town (Merge) – Allison Crutchfield

18. Why Love Now (Sub Pop) – Pissed Jeans

19. Shadow Expert (Carpark) – Palm

20. Let’s Be Nice – b-sides, covers & demos (Self-released) – Pill Friends

21. Birdie (Lame-O) – Slaughter Beach, Dog

22. Wilt (Self-released) – Line Leader

23. You’re So Smart (Self-released) – Joy Riding

24. Pleasure Suck (Tiny Engines) – The Spirit and The Beehive

25. Nothing Special (Honest Face) – Harmony Woods

26. Amuse-oreille, Vol. 1 (Self-released) – American Trappist

27. Grow (Self-released) – Them Jones

28. The Vernes (Self-released) – The Vernes

29. Cool and FunMadalean Gauze

30. White ReindeerLithuania

31. Tunnels (Self-released) – Vita and the Woolf

32. S/T (Self-released) – Teen Spaceship

33. Good Wind Pt. 1 (Human Kindness Overflowing) – Power Animal

34. Popular Manipulations (Fat Possum) – The Districts

35. Crime WavesMoor Mother x Mental Jewelry

36. Jumpship (Lame-O) – No Thank You

37. Palisades (Egghunt) – Eric Slick

38. Dark Web (Suicide Bong Tapes) – Dark Web

39. Sadness is a Gesture (Inherent Sounds) – Aphra

40. Motel City Honey (Self-released) – Levee Drivers





Weekend Warrior, May 5 - 7

Psychic Teens orchestrate gloomy, ruminating, melodic post-punk with volatile noisy tendencies, magnifying the murky slow burn into a full-on, shoegazing spectacle. Tonight, the trio celebrates their latest album HEX (available via Hex Records) with a release show at Boot & Saddle, where they’ll explore the darkness via steel-cold, slicing guitars and booming, brooding, baritone vocals. They’ll be joined by the combative, grunge-punk quartet of Tiny Vices and the ferocious, fuzzed-out, psych instrumentations meets clairvoyant, catchy vocals of Dulls. And after releasing their sophomore album New Kind of Normal via their own label Plum Records earlier today, Augusta Koch, Allegra Anka and Kelly Olsen, a.k.a. Cayetana, welcome their introspective, honest, emotive rock release this evening with a show at First Unitarian Church, where they’ll be supported by Shannen Moser, Katie Ellen, and Aster More.  

A day after releasing their new LP Veblen Death Mask via Kill Rock Stars, the enchanting, eclectic experimentation of Taiwan Housing Project steps into Johnny Brenda’s, wielding their off-kilter, jigsaw-puzzle sound, meshing the hauntingly unexpected with the inherently gripping. They’ll be sharing the stage with the mind-warping psych-punk of Igneous Eyes and ESCAPE-Ism, the latest project from D.C. stalwart Ian Svenonius.  

The crowds head back to Boot & Saddle this Sunday for a March On Harrisburg Benefit, featuring the exuberant, melodic, psych-folk stretches of Pine Barons. They’ll be donating their time along with the get-loose, retro-fitted psych-pop of Ceramic Animal and harmony-harnessing trio of TIOGA. - Michael Colavita  

More places to enjoy this weekend… 
 
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Psychic Teens (Record Release), Tiny Vices, Dulls, SAT Work Drugs, Sad Heaven, No Thank You, SUN March On Harrisburg Benefit: Pine Barons, Ceramic Animal, Tioga
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Weekender, SAT Taiwan Housing Project (Record Release), Igneous Eyes
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI DJ Deejay, SAT LTC, Zilla Rocca / DJ Baby Berlin, SUN The Sharkskins
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SUN Girls Rock Philly Spring Showcase
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Phil Yeah
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Matthew W Charles
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT Paul Kurrey Band, Kevin McCove Band, Sunny Deniro, Supreem Da Rezarekta', Young Trizz, Sucka Free G/Victim, 46 Sherman, Peter Mitchell, Calla Bere & The Attitude, Venn
 
TLA (334 South St.) SAT Let There Be Lips
 
The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) SAT The Prestige Tattoo & Music Festival: Work Horse III, Anthrophobia, St. James & The Apostles, SUN The Prestige Tattoo & Music Festival: Brain Candle, Stinking Lizaveta, Kingsnake
 
The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) SAT Among Criminals
 
Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.)
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Conjunto Philadelphia, Michael and Leilani / (Downstairs) Start Making Sense, The Insidious Rays, SAT (Downstairs) My Funky Brethren, Darla
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Blubird, Soto, SAT Supine, Buddy Leezle, The Magnificent ShitHawks, Manikineter
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Flux Capacitor, Kingfisher
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Baker Man, Essonite, Hueman Garbij, SAT Camp Candle, Strange Parts, Silent Shapes, SUN Hidden Lights, The Gravies
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Dan Bruskewicz, Sarah Gliko, Tom Gliko, Evan Cory Levine, Michael Baker
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Bern & the Bastards (EP Release), Endless Taile, Dirty Soap Blues Band, Fallible Being, SAT Sweet Eureka, Vilebred, Endless Taile
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Beanie Sigel, Reef The Lost Cauze, SUN Ill Doots
 
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT DJ Pierson
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) SAT Granz, Danie Ocean
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI She Became Grey (Reunion Show), SAT Adrian Belew Power Trio, SUN Countdown to Ecstasy
 
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) FRI Cayetana (Record Release), Shannen Moser, Aster More
 
Leonard Pearlstein Gallery (3401 Filbert St.) SAT Coping Skills, My Name Is Tom
 
The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Seeing Snakes, Sublaymen, Dr. Beardfacé and the Spaceman, Truant Minds, The Barren Marys/Thief, Steal Me A Peach, Gozer, Doggo, Rentboy, SAT John Dominy, Lev Ziskind, Cabbage, Sex with Rollercoasters, Towering Pine, Lamplighters, SUN Pauline, Geisha Facade
 
Black Magic (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Eagle Daddy, Arthur Shea, Whine Moms, Well Room, Earthboy
 
Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.)
 
The Waiting Room (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.)
 
Nico Nico Mansion (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Loadcard, Tyler Burkhart, Big Nick
 




New Taiwan Housing Project LP Available for Streaming

Spellbinding, noisy, experimental, unfiltered rock that resonates and lingers, Veblen Death Mask, the new album from Taiwan Housing Project, will be officially released tomorrow via Kill Rock Stars, but you can currently stream it in full over at Noisey. The album may feel chaotic at first; however, those non-traditional instrumental combinations create an engaging unpredictability, while still capturing pop sensibilities amid the heavy churning undertow. Catch Taiwan Housing Project’s record release show this Saturday, May 6 at Johnny Brenda's with Igneous Eyes and ESCAPE-ISM!

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