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April 2016
Ghost King

Hailing from The Bronx and led by Spires' drummer Carter McNeil, Ghost King plays muddy fuzz rock brightened by unexpected chord changes, psychedelic overtones, and a '90s rock inspired lo-fi production that blends the fun attitude of Violent Femmes, the stellar songwriting of The Pixies and the slacking tendencies of Pavement. Early psych rock influences emerge here and there in their debut album 'Bones' (check out the rather Barretesque 'Bones pt. 1,' or the chorus explosion of 'When the Sky Turns blue' - streaming below), enriching the sonic palette in ways rarely accomplished, in a single record, without it sounding... all over the place. But beyond the familiar and beloved references to the past, what makes this album great is its consistently brilliant songwriting, and the band's habit of taking the listener in and out of unexpected places, like for example with the dissonant riffs of 'Skeleton Dance' 's intro, which slowly morphs into a perfectly consonant verse, or through the bizarre development of ''Til You Belong to Me' or 'Bones pt. 2.'  

The 60's

Band of Gypsys

Bob Dylan

Bruce Haack

The Fugs

The Godz

Holy Modal Rounders

Velvet Underground
The 70's
Patti Smith
The New York Dolls

The Ramones

The Talking Heads
Richard Hell
The Dead Boys
Lydia Lunch
The Contortions  
The 80's
Afrika Bambaataa
Arto Lindsay
Bad Brains
Beastie Boys
Bruce Springsteen
The Feelies
The Fleshtones
Grandmaster Melle Mel
John Zorn
Laurie Anderson
Public Enemy
Run D.M.C.
Sonic Youth
They Might Be Giants
The 90's
A Tribe Called Quest
Cat Power

Jeff Buckley

The Magnetic Fields
The Notorious B.I.G.
Soul Coughing
Yo La Tengo
The 00's
The Strokes
TV on The Radio
Fiery Furnaces
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Bravery
Animal Collective
Bright Eyes
Devendra Banhart
Moldy Peaches
Le Tigre
Blonde Redhead
Grizzly Bear

This is a preview of the new Deli charts - we are working on finalizing them by the end of 2013.

Go to the old Top 300 charts


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The Deli's SXSW Issue 2014 is online!

Read it digitally here.

P.S. 10k free copies of this issue hit the street of Austin during SXSW Music week!

Honey Radar Record Release Show at KFN May 31

Philly garage-psych rockers Honey Radar have a new LP out via What's Your Rupture?, entitled Blank Cartoon. The lo-fi experimentalists obviously enjoy playing around with noise, before eventually locking into grooves that are made for lounging in the sun with a beer in one hand and a "J" in the other. It's good ole summertime fun, and you can soak in the vibes this evening at Kung Fu Necktie, where Jason Henn and company will be kickin' it live with Telepathic, People Skills, and Life Stinks. It's ok. You can let work know that I gave you permission to extend your Memorial Day weekend. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 9pm, $6, 21+ - Alexis V.


Swanning Album Release Show at PhilaMOCA May 31

Cynthia Ann Schemmer (Radiator Hospital) received her first guitar, at the age of thirteen, from her mother, who had always been supportive of her interests. After her passing, Cynthia lost the desire to write her own music, and found solace in playing the songs of others. However, with her debut album Drawing Down The Moon, released via Salinas Records, under the moniker Swanning, Schemmer is taking a "huge step forward" artistically and paying homage to the woman who had always believed in her abilities. Tonight, you can take part in the celebration of art and life at PhilaMOCA with Swanning's album release show. Backed by Jeff Bolt (Radiator Hospital, Swearin') on drums, Jenn Twigg (The Ambulars, Attendent, Fraktur) on bass, and Ali Donohue (Perfect Pussy, Fleabite) on guitar, Cynthia will also be supported by pals Allison Crutchfield, Littler, Dark Thoughts, and Empath. It's a family affair! PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 7pm, $7-$10, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman


New Music Video: "A.C.D. (Abcessive Compulsive Disorder)" - Nothing

Are you feelin' a little bummed today about the long weekend being over? Yeah, so are we. Well, unfortunately, this new animated video from Nothing for the track "A.C.D. (Abcessive Compulsive Disorder)" is probably not going to make you feel any better, but then again, some of us are able to find joy in the strangest of places. The macabre "Money for Nothing"-esque video was directed by Nickola Schuller, and Nothing will be returning to Philly on Friday, July 8 for their record release show at Union Transfer.


Ticket Giveaway: Grimes & HANA at the E Factory This Friday

Grimes is coming to the E Factory this Friday, June 3 with HANA, as part of Wizard World, and we'd like to send you out for a night of dancin'! To enter for a chance to win a pair of tix, just send an email to thedelimagazinephiladelphia@gmail.com with the subject line "Art Angels". Please also include your cell number in the body of the message (in case of an emergency). Good luck! 



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