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August 2014
"' Horizons' EP

Cantina is the Italian word for "cellar," the dark and rather cold place where time, wood, air and silence magically transorfm tedious grape juice into inebriating, delicious wine. Cantina is also the name of Renata Zeiguer's growing musical project, a band so quiet that one could say it flirts with silence, and so charming and dreamy to sound magic. Their seven track debut EP 'Horizons' opens with airy ballad 'When Your Eyes,' that sounds like an irresistible siren call coming out of an old wooden gramophone, where a lush, acoustic arrangement slowly overwhelms a melody so pristine it could only be conceived in the the squalid corners of Bushwick. All we can gather from the lyrics is: "and if you ask me to..." - which is really all a siren should say to a hungover NYC-life sailor. The rest of the record offers similar atmospheres, althought at times more upbeat ('Stay Like This') and more electric ('Fields') but always dominated by Renata's celestial soprano and her otherworldly melodies, and well supported by an unobtrusive musical background that perfectly serves each song.

The 60's
Bob Dylan

Simon and Garfunkel

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
Sonic Youth
Bad Brains
Beastie Boys
Bruce Springsteen
The Feelies
Laurie Anderson
They Might Be Giants
John Zorn
Arto Lindsay
Sonic Youth
The Fleshtones
The 90's

Jeff Buckley

The Magnetic Fields
Yo La Tengo
Soul Coughing
Cat Power
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

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FYF 2014 Local Report: Thundercat

Having Stephen Brunner, known for his stage name of Thundercat, at the Lawn stage of this year’s festival made perfect sense. The six-string bass maestro brought his peculiar brand of avant-garde jazz to what was suitably the chillest of all the stages, and though a good few of us were standing up, you could sense that the majority of relaxed attendees - most of them laying face up and letting the sundays hit - were letting his improvisational psychedelic arrangements sink in. Brunner plays with crisp sophistication, letting his masterfully precise fingerpicking speak for itself with the backup of top-shelf musicians who each add their own improvisational grit with seamless momentum. It was a welcome respite from the bustling activity going around the festival grounds, all of us nodding in unison with casual ease as the sun began to make its descent. - Juan Rodriguez

Photo Credit: Jennifer Mergott


STRNGRS to headline Mercury Lounge on 8.29

NYC's soulful and blues-minded 3-piece rock & roll outfit, STRNGRS, are everything you love about Jack White without the massive ego. Their most recent riff-heavy sophomore EP titled 'Magic Boy' is a passionate, solo-filled, harmonica-wailing musical mayhem. Listen below to closing track 'Outta My Mind' below, an up-and-down ride that climaxes in a bluesy sexplosion, kind of like the last half of The Black Keys' song 'Little Black Submarine'. They're set to headline Mercury Lounge on 8/29 with Clam. - Michael Haskoor (@Tweetskoor)


FYF 2014 Local Report: Kelela

One of last year’s surprises was Kelela’s startling mixtape Cut 4 Me, a fine collection of experimental R&B featuring a who’s who of producers that shined the light on a bright and exciting young voice. Glowing in a darkened arena inside the LA Coliseum during a mid-afternoon scorcher, the MacArthur park resident caught the attention of a modest amount of attendees who were instantly drawn by her dark, yet inviting dance music. Kelela’s voice shimmered and soared above a series of perturbing, icy synths, demonstrating a great deal of overpowering versatility even when the samples she plays against are so commanding. She also gave one of the most genuine call-outs in the festival’s two days, thanking her fans for supporting her mixtape with an affable glee after mentioning how she was working at a call center in the Valley just a year ago. Kelela may be a fiery, even threateningly seductive on stage, but her warm radiance and humility outside of it makes it easy to root her. She enter a new stage in her rising career, proving that her journey to megastardom is just getting started. - Juan Rodríguez

Photo Credit: Carl Pocket for FYF Fest



New Track: "Here On My Street" - Dark Blue

Below is the second single, "Here On My Street," off Dark Blue's forthcoming album Pure Reality. The record is scheduled for release on October 7 via Jade Tree. Pure Reality began when bandleader John Sharkey III was working as a nightwatchman on a desolate university campus in Canberra, Australia. "A good portion of these songs were written in this walking coma at 4 am under the cold ACT moon. Alone and to be quite honest, comfortably beleaguered." The album was eventually recorded and produced by Jeff Zeigler (The War on Drugs, Kurt Vile, Nothing, etc.).


Sweaters, "Beggars"

Let this track kick off your week. Sweaters was founded by brothers Adam Sweaters and Jason Lankford, who went on to add four more members, resulting in a big rich sound and small army of voices to harmonize with. “Beggars” has a meaty, 60’s pop slant to it. Its infectious creep in no way sets you up for “Good Ghost,” the b-side of their EP. It’s a soft, sighing riff on du-wop, with a chorus culminating with the line “I’m dead-“ that could be perfectly fitting on this Monday morning, especially if those fluorescent office lights are a little too bright for your hangover. Sweaters are having a tour kickoff show at The 5 Spot on September 3rd with The Sudonistas, Saturday Night Special, and David Ohney. –Terra James-Jura


Philadelphia Podcast Festival - Going to Hell w/Cookie Rabinowitz at Tattooed Mom Aug. 24

Deli contributor and all around rad gal Brandi Lukas will be bringing her show Going to Hell to Tattooed Mom today, from 6pm - 7pm, for a live recording as part of this year’s Philadelphia Podcast Festival. Come out and watch Brandi awkwardly interact with her guest-host Big Tom (of JamminOldiesRadio.com) and musical guest Cookie Rabinowitz (whom we invited to join her), tackling important topics like exes that write songs about you, bathroom rules when it comes to transgenders, a different take on the Ferguson riots, and much more! Admission is free, and there will be a half-off drafts special. Tattooed Mom, 530 South St., 6pm - 7pm, Free, 21+ - Q.D. Tran


Noise Pop 20th Street Block Party Happens TODAY!

An awesome free event is going down TODAY in the Mission. The Noise Pop 20th Street Block Party will take place from noon to 6 pm. Located on 20th street between Bryant and Harrison, there's going to be a number of cool things to check out. Bands like Melted Toys, The Mattson 2 featuring Tommy Guerrero, Myron & E and 8th Grader will be playing among others!

You can also hangout out at the Mutiny Radio Station for a fun time on Florida street, and The Box Factory will be hosting local music from Down Dirty Shake, Jordannah Elizabeth, a solo set from Luke Sweeney, Spider Heart and more.

Don't miss this event!!! It is totally FREE and such a wonderful community based gathering!! We'll see you there!


Myrrias Opening for Dead Gaze at The Boot & Saddle Aug. 23

The ladies of Myrrias have been steadily building noise ever since their live debut at Ortlieb’s at the tail end of 2013. Each of their members are part of well-respected Philly acts like Arc In Round, Lantern, Downtown Club, and Break It Up, so they’re no strangers to the local music scene. The four-piece is currently working on new material with Uniform Recording’s Jeff Zeigler. They’ll be making their Boot & Saddle debut tonight opening for North Mississippi’s Dead Gaze, and will be joined by garage-rock outfit Sheer Mag, who are getting ready to release their debut 7” next month. Half of Myrrias (Mikele Edwards and April Harkanson) just celebrated their birthdays last week so wish them well and buy them plenty of drinks! The Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 6pm, $10, 21+ - Bill McThrill



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