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Yeah Clementines at M Room March 18

Marc Laurick first came onto the scene as a part of Sensory Fix, and later as a member of the reemergence of the classic post punk band Bunnydrums when their back catalog was rereleased on Metropolis (and has performed with the likes of Skip Heller and Mose Giganticus in between). When the band went back into hiatus, he started Witchtrialz!, a post punk outfit reminiscent to Buzzcocks and Killing Joke that featured members of Pyramids and Sensory Fix. But now Laurick is ready to introduce a new project, which features another Bunnydrums member in Howard Harrison. Aside from the credentials of both musicians, much of Yeah Clementines is still shrouded in mystery. But demos such as “An Aporia” and “Castoreum” reveal an old school lo-fi sound that any fan of Iggy & The Stooges and Dinosaur Jr. might enjoy. M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave., 9pm, $8, 21+ myspace.com/witchtrialz - Bill McThrill



Happy St. Patty’s Day!

It’s St. Patty’s Day, and I love it! It reminds me of my teenage days in my hometown getting drunk with my friends before hitting the parade and getting even drunker at a Japanese hibachi restaurant while we watched the parade through the front window by the bar. I know. Japanese hibachi restaurant on St. Patty’s Day? What do you expect when you are sixteen? You take it where you can get it. Since I’ve already started the day with some Guinness and Jameson, I’ll keep this short because my motor skills may leave me very soon. If you want to shake a little booty and kiss anyone who is Irish or not, I would swing by Silk City for Prowler and Reef the Lost Cauze. If you want to drunkenly sing-along to some Irish tunes and witty-ass lyrics, head over to the M Room where our favorite anti-folk hero Death Panel (a.k.a. Charles Latham) will surely be bringing grins to everyone’s faces. If the drunk and belligerent college crowd is your scene, then grab your baseball cap and favorite frat/sorority gear and meet someone (whose name you’ll probably not remember in the morning) at The Blockley Pourhouse with The Quelle Source. Just remember swallowing anything green isn’t always a good thing. Cheers! - Q.D. Tran



Lux Perpetua, Hair Rocket & The Armchairs Baring All at The Bellevue!

Holy shit! It’s not raining anymore. Well, it’s beginning to look like spring for the moment. We wanted to give you a heads up about The Deli’s Lunchtime Escape next Friday, March 26th at The Bellevue. We are very happy to announce that Lux Perpetua (a.k.a. Justin Wolf - formerly of The Extraordinaires), Hair Rocket and The Armchairs’ Andy Mulholt will be joining us for this intimate performance.
Lux Perpetua creates melodic garage/folk rock that gets your head bobbing and your body moving. Don’t let his scruffy bearded exterior fool you! His tunes have a warmth and heart that will surely come out in this stripped-down setting. Hair Rocket always leaves it all on stage. Led by Berklee dropout Chris Blasucci, their songs are like any good breakup. It’s equal parts dark, mysterious and bizarre, but cathartic. Despite the deeply personal nature of his lyrics, the songs are no less relatable and universal. Lastly but certainly not least will be The Armchairs’ frontman Andy Mulholt. His positive energy simply forces you to gravitate towards him. You never know what will happen at one of his performances. Like true art, Mulholt aims at each performance to bring out emotions from you (whether good or bad) that you weren’t sure existed. This intimate setting is sure to give you a glimpse into the world of some of Philly’s most talented emerging artists so we hope to see you there! The Bellevue (food court area), 200 S. Broad St., 12pm - 2pm, FREE, All Ages (Photo by Mike Persico) - The Deli Staff



The Disco Biscuits Celebrate Planet Anthem at TLA March 15 & 16

Love ‘em or hate ‘em - you have to respect how far The Disco Biscuits have come from their frat party days at Penn. It’s not easy to sustain a nearly 15 year career in this fickle music industry, especially with little radio airplay. But they did it the old-fashion way - by hitting the road and building their legion of rabid “tree-thugger” fans one show at a time. Moving away from the Phish covers that once were found in their setlists in the early days, The Disco Biscuits changed the landscape of the Jamband scene when they introduced their hybrid of electronica and live music which they dubbed “Trance fusion” spawning a whole generation of imitators (well, too many in my opinion, but imitation is the highest form of flattery). This evening they begin a two-night run at the TLA to celebrate their latest release Planet Anthem, their most radio-friendly album to date containing collaborations from such artists as Don Cheegro and Dirt Harry (Ludacris, Beanie Sigel), Damon Dash (co-founder of Roca-a-fella Records) and Tu Phace. But don’t worry my little “tree-thuggers”, there will still be plenty of techno dance beats, headies and psychedelics to get you to the after-party at the hotie. TLA, 334 South St., 8pm, $30, All Ages myspace.com/discobiscuitsofficial - H.M. Kauffman



The Deli’s Featured Artist(s) of the Month: The Spinning Leaves

The Spinning Leaves recently released the vinyl Love on Ropeadope Records. Probably aptly named for the way that they feel about Philly’s local music scene, the duo Michael “the” Baker and Barbara “B the Leaf” Gettes are the proud parents of Excited Light Productions who have been responsible for The Philly Folk Parade, but this interview is about the celebration of their music and victory in our most recent poll.
The Deli: When did you start playing together?
The Spinning Leaves: October 16, 2006 ~ a day after Michael met Barbara at her birthday party.
TD: What are your biggest musical influences, and what artists (local/national/international) are you currently listening to?
B:  Hmmm...The Pixies, Otis Redding, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, The Grateful Dead, Bonnie Prince Billy, David Byrne, Devendra (& family), really dig the new Hope Sandoval & Massive Attack stuff right now, Leonard Cohen, The Flamingoes, Maurice Sendak, Woody Guthrie, A Tribe Called Quest, soundtracks from Wes Anderson movies, The American Roots program on NPR, Scrapper Blackwell, The Shins, Ali Farka Toure, Cat Power, The Beatles, The Velvet Underground, Townes Van Zandt, The Beastie Boys, Bob Dylan, Radiohead, and Klezmer music. As for local - The Philly Folk Parade folks and the West Philly Orchestra!
M:  Gonna go ahead and agree with B on all that. And, without repeating, add Pavement and Malkmus with the Jicks, Johnny Showcase and the Lefty Lucy Cabaret, Chris Bathgate, Vetiver, Animal Collective, Neil Young, NOMO, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Air, Gillian Welch, Madlib, The Kinks, Will Oldham’s other stuff such as the Palace jawns and Superwolf, Califone, Phil D'agostino, Joanna Newsom, The Liars, Johnny Miles, love, The Skygreen Leopards, Castanets, Silver Jews, Black Star, old French movies, Sly and the Family, and an eclectic mix of others I just can't think of right now. I mean, influences are weird as far as inspiration goes. I can listen to something really developed on a recording and spring forth into fantastical new ideas, or sometimes just sit and look at something like a blade of grass and see the fabric of the universe. I like to imagine and nurture new things and be open to the nearest now.
TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
B: Jackie Pack, with my family.. repeatedly.  Jackie Pack is a woman who sang folk music for children. I loved her and had all of her records! The first album...well, I consider this one of the triggers to my music addiction. I bought 10 tapes or (something like that) for a penny from a Columbia House thing the summer before 6th grade. The tapes that I remember getting are a few Simon and Garfunkle, The Violent Femmes, Skeletons in the Closet from Grateful Dead, Eric Clapton, They Might Be Giants, and the soundtrack to Grease

M:  Uhmm...this one time my friend Matt and I were riding in the car with my mom and we heard a contest for concert tickets on this radio station called WSTO. The DJ was at a gas station and said that the first person to come claim the tickets could have them. We were basically in the parking lot. SO, my friend Matt and I saw Toni Braxton and Kenny G up close in the age of silk shirts and in the full blossom of early junior high. Truly magnificent! Kenny G is maybe five feet tall and Toni Braxton seeped sex. But my first concerts were the W.C. Handy Blues and Barbecue Festivals in my hometown of Henderson, KY. W.C. Handy wrote the "St. Louis Blues" in my hometown. Can't remember my first album, but I definitely remember locking myself in my room with Boyz II Men’s II and wailing for hours.   
TD: What's your take on the Philly music scene?
B: Ever-growing glowing family of love and incredible talent.
M: We are ultra-blessed! There are so many genius people making all kinds of genius music of all types in Philadelphia. And the kicker - this city is big and little enough for there to be plenty of room in the gene pool for new people to get in there and swim around yet, we're packed into the petri dish tight enough for the familiars to get familiar with each other, ya dig? Or should I say, "If you know what I'm sayin'" wink, wink.  We're set up for cross-pollination and our particular scene, the weird folky thing, feels more like a moving growing animal than an amalgamation of bands and albums and shows. There's something extra alive here right now. And this is an endless fountain of inspiration for us.   
TD: What are your plans for 2010?

B: The sky is the limit!

M: A new album, some videos, tours to the Pacific Northwest, the Southeast, and Europe and the wild new things that will certainly spring forth from all that. Also, I would like to publish a few zines of my drawings and poetry.  
TD: What was your most memorable live show?
B: That’s a hard question…but off the top of my head in the recent past, our last show in moscow…a big warehouse sort of venue pretty packed…and everyone was dancing and stomping with us and smiling and celebrating in some sort of love all together. I felt like I was flying. At the end of the show, people showered us with beautiful presents. Some guy gave me a beautiful antique amber ring…and told me that it had magical powers.  Absolutely incredible, right? The last show made me even sad to leave amidst the negative 20 degree weather of Moscow!
M: Gonna agree with Beeb on the last show in Moscow. We were a complete oddity there and had an immense amount of energy surrounding us everywhere! Will never forget that. But also, you know, we just added a horn section to our band by way of Larry Toft and Adam Hershberger of the West Philly Orchestra and it is it ~ they make the room want to dance all night without fright. Our show last Friday at The Fire was sooo snappy!
TD: What's your favorite thing to get at the deli?
B: The pickles and matzoh ball soup!
M: An Italian sub. I'm from Kentucky. That's how we say it.
(Photo by Lisa Schaffer)
- The Deli Staff



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