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Check Out Diplo’s Unreleased Track with M.I.A. and Other News

While Diplo hasn’t hidden his distaste for M.I.A.’s new album (well, except for the tracks that he produced), he does seem to be hearting a demo that he made with her and that she posted yesterday. You can check out the unfinished track here. Diplo also hinted at the possibility of leaking the real version of the track on Twitter so stay tuned. While we are on the subject of Diplo news, DJ Hero 2 will contain 2 mixes (Kanye West's "Heartless" mixed with DJ Shadow's "Midnight in a Perfect World" and Major Lazer's "Pon De Floor" mixed with Harold Faltermeyer's "Axel F", by our international phenomenon. Guess you too can also dawn a slick suit and feel dapper while pretending to be your favorite local DJ hero. - The Deli Staff  

FYI on DIYs in PHL: Philadelphia Film and Music Festival

Tomorrow is the start of the Philadelphia Film and Music Festival so for four days you have a chance to see plenty of live music and films as well as be part of something that our local community deserves: our own festival. We had a chance to catch up with partners in crime Joe Lekkas (Village Green Productions) and Doug Sakmann (Backseat Conceptions) about their seemingly herculean task to unite Philly for four days of music, movies and good times. You can check out what they had to say here!

Nightlands Signs to Secretly Canadian!

Congrats to Nightlands, multi-instrumentalist David Hartley’s ProTools solo project, who just signed to Secretly Canadian! You may best know him as the bassist for The War on Drugs or possibly from his work with BC Camplight, Buried BedsAdam Acuragi and/or Pepper’s Ghost, but it is always nice to see a talented dude get some of his own recognition. Secretly Canadian will officially release the 12” for Forget the Mantra on November 9. However, you can still purchase it here via Bandcamp. - The Deli Staff


FYI on DIYs in PHL: Philadelphia Film and Music Festival

- by Dianca Potts

Tomorrow is the start of the Philadelphia Film and Music Festival so for four days you have a chance to see plenty of live music and films as well as be part of something that our local community deserves: our own festival. We had a chance to catch up with partners in crime Joe Lekkas (Village Green Productions) and Doug Sakmann (Backseat Conceptions) about their seemingly herculean task to unite Philly for four days of music, movies and good times.

The Deli: So, how did you come up with the idea for the Philly F/M Fest?

Joe Lekkas: One of my partners, Isaac Friese, has lived in Austin, Texas for years. When he moved to Philadelphia to work with me, he suggested Philadelphia did not have a multi-venue, showcase oriented music festival like SXSW. I fought the idea for a little while, being a true Philadelphian and all, until he broke me down and I started calling the clubs and booking the bands. We brought in biz wiz Joanna Marmon to organize our asses and book some bands in genres I don’t usually touch. Now I am a true believer that this festival is a good thing for Philadelphia’s rich and wonderful music scene, and anything I can do to help expose that to the rest of the country, I will do. In future years, we would love to have this be the largest east coast music and film festival. With the support of Philadelphia’s musicians, venues and music fans, I don’t see why we couldn’t do it!

TD: For you, what makes Philly’s arts and music scene unique? In other words, how does it stand out in comparison to other cities?

JL: Philly has so many great artists. The indie scene has some of the best bands in the world. I truly believe that. The folk, metal and punk rock scenes are also thriving. We have world-class small venues like Johnny Brenda’s, North Star Bar and World Café Live and lots of great small, awesome clubs. The problem is the national and international music press has always seemed to skip over Philadelphia. I mean, with The Roots and Dr. Dog putting the city on the map in a huge way these past few years, it still seems like cities like Portland, NYC and Los Angeles get more national face time for their music scenes and general livability. I’ve been to all of those cities, and they are awesome in their own way, but I truly prefer what Philly has to offer. I mean, those are all great cities, but so is Philadelphia. Anytime you see Philly in the news it is about crime, aggressive sports fans or cheese steaks. I mean, really? What about all of the great public art, amazing restaurants, architecture and history? Its just one of those things I guess. We aim to do our little part to change that if we can.

TD: 4 days, 70 events; that’s pretty impressive. It must have taken a lot of planning to get it all together. Tell us a little bit about the planning process. Did it turn out the way you hoped it would?

JL: We started small, and, as many things tend to, the festival has snowballed into something much larger. Our first thought was to keep it in the “hood” (Fishtown /Northern Liberties/ Kensington) and environs, build it up around our home base, 2424 studios. First, I held the dates at all of the venues, [and] then I got some “headliners”. We started in November of last year. Over time, we learned that lots of neighborhoods were interested in doing/already doing fall street festivals. We approached the neighborhood organizations and asked them if they’d like to move their events to the same weekend. We figured we could offer to book their sound stages with lots of great artists, and they would share in the press generated from a large music festival. They agreed, and now we have 10 outdoor free stages in Fishtown, Port Richmond, Manayunk and South Street! Then we wanted to include small bars and cool off-the-beaten-path spots so that people from out of town could really see some Philly gems they otherwise would not. It is thrilling to see how many people are interested in participating in a large festival. It is also stressful to put it all together, as you’d imagine! I truly hope people come out and support it so that each year will get bigger and better!

TD: There’s a pretty lengthy list of musical acts for the fest. What are some of your favorites? Which are you especially excited for Philly show-goers to see?

JL: I am super psyched to see the Dead Milkmen and Black Landlord at World Café Live as I grew up on both The Milkmen and The Goats . The Tribute fest with Misstallica , Queen Diamond , Into the Void, Black Dog , Dirty Diamond and The Riff Mountain DJs at The Trocadero is definitely going to be fun as hell! The live scoring by Agent Moosehead of Attack of the Giant Leeches at World Café Live is going to be super cool and unique…To my personal taste, all of the Johnny Brenda’s shows and the shows at The Crane Arts Building are incredible. Some bands I am excited to see again or for the first time are Creeping Weeds , Blood Feathers , Evan Dando, A Sunny Day in Glasgow , Field Music, West Philadelphia Orchestra , McRad , Frog Holler , Slo-Mo , Bobby Bare Jr. The entire lineup of the Small Stone label showcase at the Millcreek is pretty sweet, and those bands are coming into Philly from all over the country. You can only see something like that at SXSW, and they are even skipping CMJ this year to be a part of our thing. That really means a lot to us! Honestly, my taste in music is all over the map, and it is really hard to come up with a definitive list of bands I am excited about more than others. There really are so many great bands of different genres that are good at what they do, you know?

TD: You’re screening cult classics, rockumentaries, and indie flicks for the cinematic side of the fest. What are some of your all time favorite films? Which of the films scheduled to screen do you think Philly film buffs will love?

Doug Sakmann: Well, I am a horror filmmaker myself so I love good gory horror movies - directors like Lloyd Kaufman and Hershell Gordon Lewis - both of which were showing the latest work at Philly F/M Fest. We have Lloyd Kaufman's latest Tromasterpiece Poultrygeist, which is a musical horror comedy so it fits right in. Then we are doing the Philly premiere of a new HG Lewis documentary directed by Frank Henlotter (Basket Case, Frankenhooker) as well as Lee Demarbe's Smash Cut which was also inspired by and features HG Lewis. We are also screening Rocky Horror and REPO: The Genetic Opera with live actors doing shadow casts. So yeah, there is a lot of cult and horror flicks for film buffs to check out. I tried not to let my horror sensibilities bleed into the programming too much so there are a lot of music themed movies and documentaries and tons of music videos. But there’s a lot of great musical horror stuff so it all works well together. We’re also screening Cannibal: The Musical, the first movie from South Park's Trey Parker and Matt Stone which is the ultimate mix of music and horror.

TD: The mastermind behind Morris County is from Philly, right? Give us some deets about the film/filmmaker. Are their any other films screening from Philly-based screenwriters, producers, or directors?

DS: I've actually known Matt for over 10 years. We worked at Troma together. We had lost touch, and I didn’t even know he was in Philly or making movies until he submitted to the fest. So now we’re screening Morris County as well as a new short of his that just premiered at the Fantasia Film Fest in Montreal. We are screening tons of local filmmakers’ projects. We've included several showcases devoted to awesome Philly directors and producers including Joe Frantz (MTV’s Jackass and Bam Margera’s projects), Scott Johnston (Peekaboo Revue, Fancypants Cinema), Woodshop Films, tons of local music videos and more! We’re also opening the fest on Thursday the 23rd with the world premiere of the pilot episode of Philadelphia: The Great Experiment, a look at the early beginnings of the city by local filmmaker Sam Katz. Lots of Philly premieres, lots of good movies and tons of fun!

TD: What do you love most about the City of Brotherly Love?

JL: The things I love the most about it I assume many people from other cities might dislike. On a basic level, I like its lack of polish, I like how genuine and in your face Philadelphians can be, even though that is a hard pill to swallow sometimes. Philly is pretty much a “what you see is what you get” city. I kind of dig that quality. There is a real fabric of that in the sound of Philly music. The thing that makes this city the real deal is the mix of the old and the new, the polish and the rough. It’s got something for everyone.

TD: In what way would you like to see Philly’s art/music scene grow?

JL: I’d obviously like to see it get more national and international recognition. I’d like there be a better support system for Philly musicians, artists and filmmakers here in the city, you know? I’d like to see the city itself embrace its artists, promoters and venues as local treasures. It would be cool to follow the ideas of other thriving music cities and have a “music office”, if you will. A government subsidized resource to help musicians be musicians and focus on their careers as artists without worrying about not having health insurance, being unable to pay rent and getting no support from the city. I know, cue “What a Wonderful World” or “Imagine”, but seriously, it would be pretty damn cool, right? Our mayor is a DJ, that’s a start! Haha.

TD: What can we expect to experience from Philly F/M Fest next year?

JL: Hopefully bigger artists, more events, more fun! But first, we need the support of the city’s music and film fans! Get the word out, support and enjoy all this city has to offer!

TD: What’s your favorite thing to order at the deli?

JL: Rock n Roll Spicy Tofu Bahn Mi.

DS: Definitely something with meats. Roast beef with ketchup and pickles.










?uestlove Ready to Become a Published Author!?!

It seems ?uestlove’s addiction to tweeting might have spawned a new career for him. According to Okayplayer, our fuzzy-haired drummer will be writing a book tentatively titled Mommy, What’s a Questlove? for Grand Central Publishing. There is no confirmed release date yet. Hopefully his real-life tales will have a Charlie Murphy-esque flare. - The Deli Staff


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