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The War On Drugs Totally Killin’ My Buzz Man at KFN April 7

So how about that potential decriminalization of pot, huh? Now that is what I call progress. Why I bring this up is that one of Philly’s bigger success stories, and pot naysayers (we don’t really believe that), The War On Drugs, are bringing it home tonight at JB’s spunky little neighbor down the street Kung Fu Necktie. The War on Drugs’ own blissed out takes on Petty tinged jams with wall-to-wall feedback and perfectly imperfect Dylan-esque vocals have earned them spots touring with the likes of The Hold Steady and Wilco. The band have been riding the hype of their debut album, Wagonwheel Blues, on Secret Canadian in 2008, but a new album is near completion and should be reaching out to eager ears soon. I’m sure they are going to play a bunch of new stuff, so that’s even more reason to get out tonight! The show is also going to have former 2007 Deli NYC Poll Top Performer and now LA natives High Places on the bill. They have this Beach House meets Lali Puna thing going for them. Also the feminine half of the duo is quite a cutie so that’s a major plus. Don’t miss this super intimate show with two bands that are sure to be making waves on the shores of the indie scene for years to come. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $10, 21+ myspace.com/thewarondrugs - Adam G.

 

   

The Extraordinaires & Lux Perpetua Go Underground at Ava House April 6

It’s been brought to our attention that while we love spreading the word about talented artists who might not always get the recognition that they deserve, the location of the underground venues that they enjoy to perform at sometimes might be put in jeopardy by our desire for everyone to join in the fun. Well, we love our local DIY venues, especially the ones that run like “Thunderdome” (where no rules really apply) so we have no problem keeping your locations a secret. But if you have a venue that you want people to know about or not really know about except for the fact that you host some kick-ass music, please feel free to e-mail us at thedelimagazinephiladelphia@gmail.com. Now that being said, The Extraordinaires and Lux Perpetua will be hosting Detroit’s Chill Bite and Zoos of Berlin at Ava House. South Philly representing YO! (BTW: Will someone please open up a decent legal South Philly venue for me to see a show at already!?!) OK, if you want directions to Ava House, go to http://www.myspace.com/avahouse215 (telephone numbers and email addresses are on there as venue contacts) or email Tony at deadindustrybooking@gmail.com. Otherwise, google (yup, you know that it’s a verb now, but should it be capitalized?) it, and get general directions to the area. Shhh…listen carefully for the music. Cheers! Ava House, (PLEASE READ ABOVE), 7pm, $5 donation, All Ages myspace.com/theextraordinaires, myspace.com/luxperpetua - Q.D. Tran

 

   

The Deli’s April CD of the Month: People Songs - Power Animal

When I first reviewed Female Wrestler by Power Animal (a.k.a. Keith Hampson) in December 2009, I remember thinking where are those amazing tunes with the ridiculously long names that were on his MySpace. I actually felt bad that more people might not get to hear them. Well, I’m happy to see/hear that those tracks have re-emerged on Power Animal’s official debut full length People Songs released on Waaga Records, an offshoot of indie label Lefse (Neon Indian, Tape Deck Mountain). These bedroom recordings have returned more polished, but certainly have not lost any of their experimental pop goodness that makes People Songs its own unique animal among the herds of lo-fi artists grazing on the landscape of the indie music scene. The album puts you in a dream-like state where there are plenty of moments that you find yourself happily grooving out to the strangest mixtures of polyrhythmic beats and harmonies mixed with samples, handclaps, xylophones, banjoes and anything else that might make noise. The highlight of the album for me is (take a breath) “Dear My Body, I'm Not That Body. Dear Keith Hampson I’m Not Your Name. You Are A Shaky Boat With A Curse Upon It, But I Need You To Get To The Other Side Of The Lake.”, but with other favorites like “Money/Pocket”, “All I Can Hear Are The Bees”, “Birds Have Worries Too!”, “Copernicus”, “Sometimes” - actually just hit Play Repeat All and enjoy. Fun drugs definitely recommended while listening. myspace.com/poweranimalpa - Q.D. Tran

   

Artist(s) Who Deserve Your Friendship: Creepoid



So I’ve been gravitating toward the debut tracks from Creepoid, a new local lo-fi psych dream pop outfit. They’ll have 30 test press 7” records available for their EP Yellow Life Giver out on Phonographic Arts tonight when they open for lo-fi California dreamin’ Best Coast and West Philly 1-2-knockout-punch combination Reading Rainbow at The Barbary. I liked Creepoid’s description of themselves from our Open Blog (yes, we do read and check them out whenever we get a chance) so I thought that I’d share it with you below, but with tracks like “My Rotten Tooth”, I think that the ghost of Kurt Cobain joined their beer-drinking and acid-taking hang with his acoustic guitar. Count me in too!

“Creepoid has a sad, dark sound that would definitely make your third eye cry. Think Beck and Lou Reed drinking beer at The Modern Lovers practice space listening to Mazzy Star on acid.”

myspace.com/creepoidphiladelphia

- Q.D. Tran

   

The Swimmers Can Do More Than the Doggy Paddle at JB’s April 3

Philly quartet The Swimmers’ upbeat pop debut, Fighting Trees, was enough to warrant some local fame. With last November’s People Are Soft, singer-songwriter Steve Yutzy-Burkey and fellow bandmates changed directions and crafted a laid back LP heavily influenced by 80’s New Wave. From the echoed and uttered intro of “Save Me (From the Brightness)” to the atmospheric swell of “The Bells,” The Swimmers songs are magnetically sweeping and equally moving. The energized handclaps of “Give Me Sun” drips with undertones of early Spoon (circa Girls Can Tell) with vocals fashioned after New Wavers like Toni Basil and Gary Newman with a splash of Arcade Fire’s Win Butler. A terribly fun track, “Give Me Sun” competes with the buzzing shred of “Drug Party”, making the most of humming riffs and quintessential tambourine. As catchy as Girls’ Lust For Life but with a higher grade of maturity and skill, The Swimmers’ sound, much like our current weather, is warm, exciting, and rare.  Catch ‘em tonight with BC Camplight, whom you maybe seeing for the last time, and Le Fits at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave, 9pm, $10, 21+ myspace.com/helloswimmers - Dianca Potts