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-- The 70's --
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Asleep at the Wheel
Willie Nelson
The Skunks
Townes Van Zandt
Guy Clark
Jerry Jeff Walker
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The Gourds
Robert Earl Keen
James McMurtry
Toni Price
Kelly Willis
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Okkervil River
The American Analog Set
...Trail of Dead
Explosions in the Sky
Patty Griffin
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I Love You But I've Chosen...
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The Deli Philly's Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: future/primitive

- by Alexis V.


We have to admit that a bunch of us at The Deli are former skate rats and huge fans of the Bones Brigade crew so there was definitely a group of us secretly rooting for punk outfit future/primitive. In our recent Featured Artist(s) Poll interview with the band’s guitarist, Jaime Herrera, which you can read below, we really learned a lot about the passionate group, whose members span multiple decades and music scenes. They’ll be performing next in Philly on Friday, May 16 at one of our favorite local haunts The Boot & Saddle, and you can check out future/primitive’s debut self-titled 12” below.
 
 
The Deli: How did you start making music? 
 
Jaime Herrera: Leora and Calum have both been playing in bands since the 90s (Thulsa Doom, Oi Polloi, Phobia etc... Calum perhaps longer than all of us). Our latest addition has been Erin on drums, who is an experienced musician across many genres and in addition to playing with future/primitive is also currently active in New Brunswick, NJ bands Soft Dov and 3Jane. 
 
Some of our songs like “COLD SWEATS” have been brewing since I was just a kid, but most of our current set was written and arranged when we were an instrumental 2-piece with our first drummer Graham throughout 2012. After crafting the music for about a year in my living room, we strolled down to Sit and Spin Records, and asked Leora if she would be interested in joining us as our singer. We moved our rehearsal space down to Apex Rehearsals, and in a little over a month of relentless practices, we hit HF Records in Camden to record. Everything just “clicked.” 
 
Calum joined us shortly after, and we enjoyed a warm welcome in Philadelphia during our first shows in the summer of 2013.
 
I think that for each of us as individuals, the band really fed into many burning ambitions that we were carrying separately for a long time. It’s a great feeling to be able to share a vision and build something that is greater than the sum of its parts. 
 
TD: Why did you name the band future/primitive? 
 
JH: We like the idea of polarity and extremes. The momentum, tension, or struggle between two opposing points is where the excitement is. We try to reach that kind of apex in all of our songs. Oh, and of course... the 80’s Powell Peralta skate video by the same name.
 
TD: What are your biggest musical influences?
 
JH: Collectively, we are all coming out of different niches of various underground scenes. I think what has bonded us together as a band is that we were all really enthusiastic (for lack of a better term) kids that loved our respective scenes. More importantly, we continued to extend our passionate attitude and be involved in underground punk into adulthood. Punk can be such a youth-oriented arena with so many faces coming in and out, so when you see someone you have not seen in 10 years... it’s kind of a moment. Our dedication throughout the years gives us a shared history despite our age differences. (There is nearly a 20-year difference between our oldest and youngest members.)
 
For example, when I was a kid just getting into punk in New Jersey around 2000, I would see Leora’s band Thulsa Doom play at the Cove in Roselle Park, NJ or at Tompkins Square Park in New York. All the while we were both huge fans of Oi Polloi, a band that Calum toured with for over 7 years in the 90s. While neither of the aforementioned bands has what I would define as a direct influence on our sound, it does speak volumes to our connection as musicians and the respect we have for one another. 
 
To answer your question more directly, it’s the spirit and the idea of musical freedom that the rich history of punk can offer if you are able to look past the labels and divisions. Listing the cadre of seminal or obscure bands would be a real disservice to that idea! 
 
Anything with a subtle melody that has an air of melancholy but retains a bite and anger is what personally gets me moving, and that kind of inertia is what fuels most of the song writing in future/primitive. 
 
TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?
 
JH: Some of the freshest stuff coming out of Philly has been supported by Philly’s own FDH label. We really love the melodic and danceable backbone of bands like the Bad Doctors and the effects heavy textural experimental sound of SGNLS. Across the River in West Philadelphia are our faster and more intense counterparts like Bad Side and Sickoids (though currently scattered across the US). We think our sound is a bridge across these various notions of punk. 
 
TD: What’s the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
 
JH: Subhumans: The Day the Country Died gatefold LP - that cover art really got under my skin... 
 
I can’t remember the first gig I went to, but after seeing a band called the KRAYS, that’s when the world revealed itself to me in terms of loving live music.
 
TD: What do you love about Philly?
 
JH: Going to plug some of my favorite haunts for this one! 
 
I’ve spent most of my time in South Philly so I will concentrate on some gems in the area... Sit and Spin Records for everything vinyl of the punk, metal, and hardcore variety. Lucky 13 has a really great jukebox, and the owner Clark is about as rad as they come. +Govinda’s and Viet Tofu for your vegan needs.
 
TD: What do you hate about Philly?
JH: SEPTA. 
 
TD: What are your plans for 2014?
 
JH: 2014 has been a very busy year for us. We just released a limited pressing of a S/T 12” on vinyl and cassette and hoping to entice some labels into doing a larger/distributed release of the vinyl. We are poised to record new 7-inch this summer that we hope to release in the fall if not sooner. 
 
Right now, we are spread across Philadelphia, PA, Brooklyn NY, and New Brunswick, NJ. Despite that, we have been playing out regularly, and are looking to do several regional weekend tours as the weather warms up. A music video for “COLD SWEATS” is underway as well. 
 
TD: What was your most memorable live show?
 
JH: Hands down a recent house show in Baltimore with Crimes, Big Mouth, and Wet Brain. I was bowled over by the wild crowd a couple times. The basement was packed, and every single person was thrashing around or dancing. It was our second show with a new drummer and our first time in Baltimore. Erin brings out a great presence in our live set, and it has really shown in terms of audience participation in all of our 2014 appearances. You can see some of the chaos in this video clip of some of the songs: http://youtu.be/_ADkngYOJrY.
 
SO MUCH FUN. 
 
Runner-up: our first show with Calum last summer at ABC NO RIO: http://youtu.be/yYr-6Fe6iqs
 
TD: What's your favorite thing to get at the deli?
 
JH: I’m sure I will get in trouble for taking these guesses. 
 
I will eat anything that is or tastes like Red Velvet... but cupcakes are my favorite. Erin is a bit of a coffee aficionado/drinker... so its always fun to see her disappointed at the local brew. :)
 
Leora usually packs her lunch, while Calum, being the road warrior that he is, will steer us clear of most delis and gas stations in pursuit of some quality vegan eats. 
 
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Cinedelphia Fest: The Shining, Forwards and Backwards, Simultaneously Superimposed w/Psychic Teens at PhilaMOCA April 22

Tonight, Cinedelphia Festival puts a soundtrack to its experimental theater at PhilaMOCA. Inspired by the production of Brooklyn artist and film enthusiast John Fell Ryan, Cinedelphia plans to re-create his The Shining, Forwards and Backwards, Simultaneously Superimposed, a re-imagining of the classic Kubrick-Nicholson movie, based on a critical analysis of The Shining as being "a film organized with logic that flows both backwards and forwards." The evening will be scored by Philly faves, gothic post-punk trio Psychic Teens, who had also created their own instrumental soundtrack for the film Dementia, as part of last October's WKDU-curated Tuesday Tune-Out. With some of my favorite things under one roof, this event falls under the "must attend" category! PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 8pm, $10, All Ages - Alexis V.

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The Woolen Men Taking Off

It should not come as much surprise that momentous things are afoot for Portland's The Woolen Men. 2013 saw the band put out 3 different releases and sign with Woodsist Records. By just March of 2014 The Woolen Men have already released a split 7" vinyl with Spookies, and a four track Quick Trips EP

Currently on tour in promotion for their freshly released Quick Trips EP, Tuesday night The Woolen Men will play at Baby's Allright as main support for Brooklyn based Woods, along with Weyes Blood and Cassie Ramone. Currated by Brooklyn Vegan, this show is a part of the Red Bull concert series, Sound Select Presents: New York

Only a week following the Sound Select show, The Woolen Men will be packing up and flying over the Atlantic for a 20 show, month long tour though Europe. Have fun and good luck boys, here's wishing you well from back home in Portland. - Travis Leipzig


Ripley Snell's 6 Natural Flavors 4.23.14

In the five months since his November release of Fall Denim, Ripley Snell has been busy working on collaborations and clothing lines, and is already putting out his sophomore album, Natural Flavors, which is a six-course menu of imaginative lyricism. He draws inspiration from be-bop, hiphop and R&B, funk, metaphysics, and his Portland surroundings.

The titles of each track on 6 Natural Flavors are named after the often unnatural and additive ingredients listed on the back of a Coca-Cola. Tied with Snell's lyrical content, the album serves as a metaphor for the sugarcoating of political and socioeconomic problems which have grown over time into the everyday norm. The album is said to be inspired by and dedicated to the individuals that live on W. 3rd Ave in downtown Portland.

Speaking his mind and keeping it real, Ripley Snell is a storyteller giving insight on Portland nights, homelessness, and racism with candor. Jazz infused “Caramel Colors” speaks on “gentri-fried chicken" and feeling isolated from the Portland Spirit because of his style. “Phosphoric Acid” has whirling string loops, primal urges, and some hilarious personal hygiene disclosures. “Caffeine” begins with a sub octave vocal sample of the words “easy beats" then quickly gets to tackling the topics of STD’s and dying on the street. “High Fructose Corn Syrup” begins with some good advice:  “Let’s do things well... let’s do ‘em well,” then jumps into a flow of colorful metaphors about Monsanto's lucid dreams and hanging out with fat polar bears on frozen lakes "drinking blue chip shares." While Snell is getting lyrically deep inside issues, Neill Von Tally's beats throughout the album feature jazzy and playful instrumentation and vintage audio sampling including everything from the triangle bell to string trios and brassy melodies.

Ripley Snell will celebrate the release of Natural Flavors by performing the album in it’s entirety with a public all-ages show at the NW Portland art gallery and clothing store Upper Playground at 7pm sharp. There will be access to a free download of the album at Ripleysnell.com for a limited time when the album drops April 23rd. In the meantime, check out his album Fall Denim.

 - Brandy Crowe

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Album Review: Habits, 'Unselves in Arrival'

Emerging like a phoenix from the garbage pile of the internet, Habits, the sample-based one man show created by Dustin M. Krapes, has finally released his collection of songs as a full length LP, 'Unselves in Arrival.' Most of the songs that make up this collection would be as much at home at a dancehall as they would be at the Church on York. To categorize this as electro rock, or synth pop, or at all for that matter, severely undercuts the scope of his work. I can merely, at my best, describe it as a chopped up, caffeinated, cut and paste collage of found sounds from music's past tailor-made for the future. This is one of the albums that should surely be buried in 2014's time capsule, perhaps sent in a rocket to whatever planet we end up colonizing next.
Trite as it may sound, the bombardment of submissions from kids playing music like it's a video game, is overwhelming, and their efforts, more than underwhelming. Not only is Habits' music commenting on this aspect of our modern age, it's beating them all at their own game. - Jacqueline Caruso

To continue reading the full review, click here.

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Foli Upstairs Downstairs and Breck Omar Brunson Play Hemlock Tavern

If you’re in the mood to see a cool show in San Francisco, The Hemlock Tavern will be hosting a showcase made up of a plethora of talent. Foli will be a refreshing treat for psychedelic soul music fans. Their sound ranges between mellow and introspective grooves to full-on rock and roll assault, which makes for an exciting show.

And for music lovers who are into a steady and washed out sound, shoegaze group, Upstairs Downstairs will give you a spiritually chill experience with their silky vocals and delicately woven instrumentals. Folk soul artist, Breck Omar Brunson will be making his San Francisco debut as a solo singer songwriter after experiencing moderate success as a band front man and contemporary artist in Washington DC. This show is going to be entertaining, intimate and down to earth. Make sure you attend this show if you're looking for something a bit different then your average Bay Area rock show. - Kat Collins


April 2014
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Emerging like a phoenix from the garbage pile of the internet, Habits, the sample-based one man show created by Dustin M. Krapes, has finally released his collection of songs as a full length LP, 'Unselves in Arrival.' Most of the songs that make up this collection would be as much at home at a dancehall as they would be at the Church on York. To categorize this as electro rock, or synth pop, or at all for that matter, severely undercuts the scope of his work. I can merely, at my best, describe it as a chopped up, caffeinated, cut and paste collage of found sounds from music's past made for the future. This is one of the albums that should surely be buried in 2014's time capsule, perhaps sent in a rocket to whatever planet we end up colonizing next.
Trite as it may sound, the bombardment of submissions from kids playing music like it's a video game, is overwhelming, and their efforts, more than underwhelming. Not only is Habits' music commenting on this aspect of our modern age, it's beating them all at their own game.
From "Dark Matter of Fact" to "Heavy Color," his compositions are the perfect soundtrack to a speed-laced night time stroll through the streets of Tokyo. "Snkchrmr" fits this category, as well as many others, but its minimalist, quirky video game sound design samplings undergirding the spoken word style vocals make it a standout, as it does as much as the others, with less.
Krapes' similarity in vocal texture and songwriting stylings have been compared to early Beck many times over, even by this publication. It's an easy reference, but a welcome one nonetheless. No song makes this more obvious than "Toymakr." His silver-tongued stream of consciousness pays homage to those early days when Beck was just beginning to leave his mark. There's no way to fault him for this influence, since he pulls it off so well, using absurdism against itself.
Of all the forward thinking songwriters of the late 90s/early aughts who also acted as their own producers (Beck, Eels), Habits most closely resembles the perhaps lesser known, Self. His extremely self-aware sarcasm that brilliantly mocked pop culture, appropriately pairing musical styles with corresponding commentary, made his biting lyrics digestible because of his impeccable production. Like Self, Habits is able to lift his songwriting right off the page and call your eardrums to attention. Making a good song that you can dance to is something Krapes can pull off blindfolded, with both arms tied behind his back. What makes this project, and this album, so noteworthy, is not only the musical complexities, or even the catchy riffs, but the fact that he doesn't allow you to consume what he's dosing out in partitions - you must swallow his pill whole, scathing social commentary down the hatch with the glitchy dance beats and clever hooks.
Previously featured on our site as a single last year, "Haacksaw" is the centerpiece to the album. Like the movements of a symphony, the arrangement bounces back and forth between laid-back new age vibrations and balls to the wall rock choruses. "Haacksaw" cuts to the core of his varied themes on a soul wandering endlessly in the machinery of the computer age.
Throughout the album, between the clever lines, dancing beneath the myriad synth lines, is an undercurrent of loneliness - a longing. It would be presumptuous of me to assume that Krapes himself is desperate for human connection in a world obsessed with communication's lowest common denominator. What seems more likely, is his observation of what we've become. More connected than ever, at all times plugged in, the kinetic energy between two souls that make actual eye contact has been forgotten - and perhaps the true outcome of this, like withdrawing from a drug, is that there is now even more power in that first glance. Stream 'Unselves in Arrival' from Habits' Bandcamp page, and order the cassette through Fleeting Youth Records. - Jacqueline Caruso

Down and Outlaws The Electric Magpie Kirpatrick Thomas and Super 78 Play The Night Light in Oakland - 4/22

Tomorrow night, Kymberli's Music Box Presents and The Night Light in Oakland will be hosting a killer neo psych lineup. With performances by up and coming local musical outfits, Down and Outlaws with their heavy psych rock aesthetic and energetic live show and the melodious mod rock group, The Electric Magpie, whose reminiscent, 60s revivalist sound seems to be filtered directly through a time machine, this show is not to be missed. 

Salt Lake City based sextet, Super 78 will also be playing the show. Their mashed-up qualities results the creation of a New Order-gone-Gang of Four musical vibe. The lo-fi group will share the bill with the one and only, Kirpatrick Thomas of Cowboy-badboys Spindrift. He'll be lending his killer baritone voice to his own solo acoustic psych-cowboy songs. It will be an amazing performance to experience.

Come out and celebrate Earth Day with a few beers and some killer music. - Kat Collins


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