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New Music Video: "Rock 'N' Roll Lady" - Jo Kusy

Jo Kusy keeps consistently releasing new material under the moniker(s) of his multiple projects. One of his latest examples, "Rock 'N' Roll Lady," occupies a contagious, psych-pop playground. Swaying into a riff-led, casual groove, the song veers into odd lyrical and instrumental twists before escaping the head trip. Kusy has also provided retro visuals to accompany us on this carefree journey into his mind. Press play, and momentarily visit that fantasy zone.

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Playlist: The Deli Philly's Anniversary Takeover of Y-Not Radio

Thank you, all, who tuned in yesterday to Y-Not Radio for The Deli Philly's takeover, and extra special thanks to Josh T. Landow for the invitation and support over the years! Below is the playlist that I shared, and if you haven't taken a listen to it yet, please feel free to do so now and enjoy. As always, I hope that you discover your new favorite artist and latest obsession. You deserve it. TREAT YO SELF! - Q.D. Tran

The Retinas – “Accident”

Abi Reimold – “Morning”

Eric Slick – “The Dirge”

Allison Crutchfield – “Rose Knows”

NAH – “Same Fucking Line”

RemoteControl – “Wasteland”

The Writhing Squares – “Astral Trane”

The Afterglows – “Born Again”

Spring Onion – “Egg (Driving Song)”

Cherry – “Alligators”

Jo Kusy – “New Devil Beat”

Honey Radar – “Ft Wayne Mermaids”

Them Jones – “Outburst”

Queen of Jeans – “Rollerdyke”

Suburban Living – “Lovely Times”

LOUDS – “Speak”

Residuels – “Valley Of Fire”

 

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New Jo Kusy LP Available for Streaming

Hot on the heels of The Deli Philly’s February Record of the Month, You Break Me, Jo Kusy (Far-Out Fangtooth, The Whips) has quickly issued a follow-up. Wild Violets, which will be officially released on April 3, is currently available for streaming, and is chock-full of pillowy lo-fi pop, allowing one’s imagination to subconsciously float. Kusy will perform on the Sunday afternoon of its release date at Beautiful World Syndicate, as part of a double tape release with Birds courtesy of Time Castle Recordings.

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In the Cut: Jo Kusy

For over a decade, Jo Kusy has been crafting dreamy, lo-fi recordings. Since 2009 his output has only increased, but his focus on refining his bedroom sound is fully apparent. While earlier material sounds, at times, like sketches and demos of ideas, on You Break Me, Kusy’s newest effort, he has polished his songs just enough, while still maintaining his homespun charm. And while continually writing for his own project, he has also been part of a pack. Most recently, Kusy has been performing with garage-rock outfit The Whips. Previous to that, he played guitar in the much darker psych-goth group Far-Out Fangtooth; however, when Nicky Kulp left the group to join Creepoid, this gave Kusy more time to focus on his own music, and You Break Me shows off his dexterity - both as a musician and vocalist. It is a fun album evoking Ariel Pink and hazy 80’s new wave, while exploring all the corners of Kusy’s mind. We had a chance to chat with the multi-talented artist about the recording of You Break Me (The Deli Philly’s February Record of the Month), his past and current bands, and a whole bunch more HERE.

 
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The Deli Philly's February Record of the Month: You Break Me - Jo Kusy

Jo Kusy (Far-Out Fangtooth, The Whips) cultivates an eclectic, lo-fi daydream on his new full-length album, You Break Me. The record is currently available for purchase/download, and will be found on limited cassette on February 12 via Kusy’s own imprint Kooze Kontrol.
 
The album’s opener “Long Gone Angel” establishes the LP’s loose-moving atmosphere, as guitar trickles into a percussive/bass-oriented roll. The instrumentation briefly drops out, giving way to an a cappella moment and then a sax solo, before falling back into form. The bass-forward nature of “Only a Night,” coupled with its synth, thrusts one into a danceable framework. Background vocals soften the lead. In the insta-funky “All Go To Heaven,” Kusy proclaims, “Get down, hear the sound, boogie-woogie shake your claim…”
 
“Before You Opened Your Mouth” shifts into a light youthful disposition, reflected in its humorous lyrics - “Old people acting young, it’s ok cause its only fun/young people acting old, they sound stupid…” “Ghost Funk Lesson” drops into a sly island vibration - reminiscent of The Police, while “1st Place (But They Told Me 5th) develops a eerie tone with its heavy-footed thump and the mysterious whisper of the vocals. “All the creeps come out from the woodwork, as the sun begins to rise.”
 
With its sinister stir, “New Devil Beat” perpetuates a throbbing pulse, and “Cherry Pickin’ Baby” rides a thick bass-line to accentuate its heavier playful spin on rockabilly. Shedding some weight, “Silk Paradise” gently glides, paced by the clean snap of drums and unobtrusive guitar runs. Closing with its title-track “You Break Me,” the tail end of the LP rides a steady, floating wave; a heady trip punctuated by a stealthy stretch of guitar work, throwing some fire into the meditative calm.
 
You Break Me is a fun, unpretentious album that easily gets the head bobbing and toes tapping with its minimalist approach. It’s a sleeper that you definitely shouldn’t sleep on. - Michael Colavita

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