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The Deli's Featured Artist(s) of the Month: Attia Taylor

We had a chance to catch up with our recent featured artist and poll winner, the adorable Attia Taylor. She’s a girl who’s not afraid “to show you how to love”. You can fall in love with her tonight at The Fire, and here is some background info about her to give you the right words to say.
 
The Deli: When and how did you start recording and performing out?
 
Attia Taylor: My band Oak Oak Okay formed during Girls Rock Philly, and after camp ended in August 2007, we had our first official show at Johnny Brenda’s for a GRP benefit. I’ll never forget it. I started recording in early 2009 with no clue as to what I was doing. My band was on a break, and I just knew that I had a Mac and a condenser mic. I made 8 songs in 8 days as a project. “Flash Photography Class” was one of them. After I finished that, I kept going and I had no idea it would go this far.
 
TD: What are your biggest musical influences?
 
AT: I’d say Badly Drawn Boy, PJ Harvey, Marvin Gaye, Imogen Heap, Grizzly Bear, Stereolab, and Belle & Sebastian.
 
TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?
 
AT: I just started listening to Reading Rainbow, so good! I’m also listening to Oh! Pears, St. Vincent, Stereo Total, Cibo Matto (always), Hot Chip, The Bird and The Bee, Joanna Newsom, Dan Deacon, Au Revoir Simone, gosh just so many.
 
TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
 
AT: The first concert was Beyonce when I was 12. It was spectacular. She’s so amazing almost to the point of robot!! I think the first album was The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill which I still listen to from time to time. They have both shaped me musically in some sense.
 
TD: What do you love about Philly?
 
AT: I love the size. You always run into someone who knows someone you know! It’s great. Philly seems so intimate and yet still has so much culture!
 
TD: What do you hate about Philly?
 
AT: Those Tastykakes with just the jelly. Super weird.
 
TD: What are your plans for 2010?
 
AT: Well, I’m currently working on a new EP called Short Stories & Small Glories, which is much different from Dear Universe, but acts as a great follow-up. Each song holds a little gem from my life thus far. It’s almost like opening a book of short stories, and I’ll just say you will dance and cry at the same time! It should hopefully be done by early June.
 
TD: What was your most memorable live show?
 
AT: Gosh, they were all so special. I think the most memorable live show was the one I played just recently with Gemini Wolf and Lillie Ruth Bussey for Sugar Town. I really admire their music so I was psyched to share a stage and so many people came out to show support!  It was just an enchanting night!
 
TD: What's your favorite thing to get at the deli?
 
AT: I have an unhealthy obsession with Italian Hoagies. It scares me sometimes. 
 
- The Deli Staff
 

 

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Notekillers Reviving a Few Notes at M Room April 8

Notekillers are so legendary that their 1980 7” was dubbed a significant influence by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth. When the band first brought their twisted blend of psychedelic noise to the stage from 1977-1981, it was well ahead of its time. But in the present day, it’s the fitting anthem to our flash forward culture, and with the help of Thurston Moore’s Ecstatic Peace Label, the band has reunited and recorded their long-overdue debut full-length studio album We’re Here to Help, scheduled for release this spring from Naction Records, so check out what they’ve been up to lately at the M Room tonight, especially since they’ll be joined by friends Marc Laurick and Howard Harrison of Bunnydrums, who will be making some memorable noises of their own with their newest project Yeah Clementines. M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave, 9pm, $10, 21+ myspace.com/notekillers - Bill McThrill

 

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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.

 

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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

 

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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

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