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New Curly Castro LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

TOSH, the new album from Wrecking Crew member Curly Castro, recently dropped via Backwoodz Studioz. Meshing the grimy with elements of dub, the record brings the heat in a perpetual, potent, slow burn. Balancing an air of danger and determination, there’s an authentic wisdom delivered. However, you'll also an emphasis and enthusiasm, embracing the moment at hand. Polished beats and bars come together on a versatile LP that won’t stop.





Baby Jey: a new agey-country gem from 2018

The music on Someday Cowboy, the debut album by Baby Jey, is catchy, familiar even, so it’s tough to explain what makes categorizing it so hard. Certainly, the Brooklyn via Edmonton group could be labelled country or Americana—take the opening lap steel guitar-driven folk of “Hannah Holliday’s Son” or the twangy ballad “Every Thing”—but there’s an almost kitsch (semi-)modern pop element, perhaps best summed up by the aptly titled “Someday My Space Cowboy Will Come” which features ‘80s synths, heavily produced drums, and lyrics about a space cowboy. The mixture is almost funny, almost overly earnest with hints of Paul Simon’s eclecticism and Father John Misty’s retro quirks. The result is charming and odd yet accessible. Take a listen to Someday Cowboy below. – Cameron Carr





New Track: "Palm Reader" - Commonwealth Choir

Indie rockers Commonwealth Choir have a new single, called "Palm Reader," which was produced by Dan Pawlovich (Valencia, Panic! At The Disco). The song is a description of the way you can change as you emerge from adolescence. Melodically marching forward with guitar runs as exclamation points and the balance of vocal harmonies, the recording is caught between the pull of memories and the drive of the future. Despite your best intentions, sometimes it’s best to cut ties, or alter expectations. (Photo by Abi Raymaker)





The Deli Philly’s January Record of the Month: Big Dogs - Johnny Utah

Delicate piano and an airy rhythmic push allows one to drift into “Crazy For Your Love,” which kicks off the Big Dogs EP from Jacob Sullenger, a.k.a. Johnny Utah, available via Z Tapes Records. Toggling between bright falsetto and introspective, spoken, behind-the-scenes asides, the song hovers in a slinky, playful manner, as intermediate trumpet blasts breathe fresh air into the mix. It’s followed by “Folding Like Honey,” which creeps in a funky, key-oriented, night-time groove. The soft, secretive delivery of the vocals rides over the sirens of the streets. It’s a brief confessional track of infatuation, shown through pops of neon light, while “Really Meant” builds drama & warmth in a strolling, vamping headspace. “Patty” is instantly dipped in a deep R&B/funk tone. The song is a candid manner of reaching out, revealing one’s feelings in the hopes that they will be reciprocated or a relationship rekindled. At the same time, the smooth flow of that instrumental elixir induces movement on the dance floor. Album closer, “Skytop Garden,” opens with an encouraging message, draped over a mellow, jazz sample of the classic “Blue Moon,” which is kicked up by the backbeat. Featuring SCALISI, the recording creates a soulful, musical dialogue that serves as a snapshot of an earnest love story. With the EP clocking in at about 12 minutes, one becomes easily immersed in Sullenger’s experimental, bedroom-pop world, which is definitely worth revisiting. – Michael Colavita





Record of the Month: Flower - "Flower C/S"

We'll be honest with you: these days, punk revival is not a kind of music that makes us fall over ourselves. The genre, in most cases, comes across as a stale rehashing of a rudimental style that has lost its true revolutionary meaning. But... that's just a theoretical statement that completely falls apart the moment you stumble upon a record like Flower's self-titled EP - because real, powerful music, is stronger than trends and abstract theories about how dead a genre is. 
Flower plays unapologetic, ultra-fast hardcore punk. And since real punk is always a political statement, their record feels like a perfectly appropriate aural retribution for the people that have given us the horrifying political spectacle the US has been witnessing. The brutally explosive songs on this record should be played live in the US Congress, to express the only possible rebuttal to the farce American politics have become, as some sort of cathartic ritual that - in the best tradition of ancient Greece - will somehow purify souls through art and partying, and prepare for a new beginning. 
What's most impressive about this band is its incredible tightness at the basis of their relentless and furious energy, something that's truly hard to pull off from an instrumental standpoint. But it's the convulsive and possessed high pitch vocals (reminiscent of early Pixies and Rage Against the Machine, but even more intense) that connect directly to our inner instincts, bypassing our rational filters and triggering what rock'n'roll is supposed to trigger: an incontrollable desire for rebellion.

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