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Q.D. Tran's Favorite Philly Albums of 2017

We are here once again at The Deli Philly’s final post of the year. It’s been an honor getting a chance to share new music with all of you this past year (and nearly a decade), and I look forward to continuing to discover the best of Philly’s underground music community with you. And without any further ado, here is my “Best of” year-end list for my favorite Philly albums of 2017. I look forward to seeing you on the other side.

Much love – cheers!

Q.D. Tran

 

1. Raw Rock Fury (Relapse) – Ecstatic Vision

Ecstatic Vision weren’t joking when they decided to name their latest album, Raw Rock Fury. There are few, if not any Philly releases that can match the pure intensity and glorious shredding found on my favorite local release of 2017. And it also provides you a glimpse into the awesomeness of their live performances.

2. Rocket (Domino) – (Sandy) Alex G

With Rocket, Alex Giannascoli proves that all the adoration from the media for the young songwriter is certainly not unfounded. Using the guise of an Americana framework, he is able to craft wonderfully intimate campfire songs that make left turns at all the right places.

 

3. Veblen Death Mask (Kill Rock Stars) – Taiwan Housing Project

Veblen Death Mask is music without boundaries – so chaotically beautiful!

4. Need to Feel Your Love (Wilsuns RC) – Sheer Mag

All riffs and vocals – garage-punks Sheer Mag make their retro-fit sound oh so good. Rock ‘n’ roll is not dead.

5. Out in the Storm (Merge) – Waxahatchee

Waxahatchee’s earnest songwriting speaks right to the heart, and it’s hard to ignore.

6. My Idols Are Dead + My Enemies Are In Power (Self-released) – Lushlife

7. Messy (Self-released) – Curtis Cooper

8. Play “The Songs You Like” (Salinas) – Radiator Hospital

9. Oh, My Heart (Lame-O) – Shannen Moser

10. Soft Sound From Another Planet (Dead Oceans) – Japanese Breakfast

11. Movie Was Bad (Self-released) – Sixteen Jackies

12. Spirits (Creep) – Julia Rainer

13. Slacker Paint (Self-released) – The Mary Veils

14. Everything Is Always in the Past (@Self-released) – Blood Sound

15. A Deeper Understanding (Atlantic) – The War on Drugs

16. We Were Babies & We Were Dirtbags (Polyvinyl) – Quiet Slang

17. Tourist in This Town (Merge) – Allison Crutchfield

18. Why Love Now (Sub Pop) – Pissed Jeans

19. Shadow Expert (Carpark) – Palm

20. Let’s Be Nice – b-sides, covers & demos (Self-released) – Pill Friends

21. Birdie (Lame-O) – Slaughter Beach, Dog

22. Wilt (Self-released) – Line Leader

23. You’re So Smart (Self-released) – Joy Riding

24. Pleasure Suck (Tiny Engines) – The Spirit and The Beehive

25. Nothing Special (Honest Face) – Harmony Woods

26. Amuse-oreille, Vol. 1 (Self-released) – American Trappist

27. Grow (Self-released) – Them Jones

28. The Vernes (Self-released) – The Vernes

29. Cool and FunMadalean Gauze

30. White ReindeerLithuania

31. Tunnels (Self-released) – Vita and the Woolf

32. S/T (Self-released) – Teen Spaceship

33. Good Wind Pt. 1 (Human Kindness Overflowing) – Power Animal

34. Popular Manipulations (Fat Possum) – The Districts

35. Crime WavesMoor Mother x Mental Jewelry

36. Jumpship (Lame-O) – No Thank You

37. Palisades (Egghunt) – Eric Slick

38. Dark Web (Suicide Bong Tapes) – Dark Web

39. Sadness is a Gesture (Inherent Sounds) – Aphra

40. Motel City Honey (Self-released) – Levee Drivers

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New Track: "One More Step" (Feat. Christina Halladay) - Dirty Fences

Get ready to swoon for Sheer Mag's Christina Halladay and Dirty Fences new collaboration! "One More Step" brings on the old-timey feels, transporting us to the days when people excitedly sat by their radios or diner jukeboxes to hear the latest and greatest tunes. You can find the heartfelt rock ballad on Dirty Fences forthcoming album, Goodbye Love, due out this Friday via Greenway Records. Enjoy!

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Weekend Warrior, August 25 - 27

This Saturday evening, R5 Productions, along with WPRB, will be presenting former Deli Philly Best Emerging Artist Sheer Mag’s record release show at Union Transfer. The band’s long-awaited full-length debut, Need to Feel Your Love, (Wilsuns Recording Company) doesn’t disappoint, meshing powerfully impassioned vocals, tight late night grooves and adrenalin-laced, white-hot, rifftastic invasions. Those assertive aggressions are craftily threaded, revealing tender, candle-lit flourishes. While exhibiting a take-it-as-it-is, raw and roaring exterior, a calculated precision lies within. They’ll be supported by the fuzz-forward, sticky psych rock of Purling Hiss, the heart-pounding, quick-bursting punk of Dark Thoughts, and the instantaneous hardcore of NYC’s Haram.

Meanwhile, Home Outgrown is presenting a weekend-long fest, dubbed A Fest We Didn’t Know What to Name, which will spread across three Philly DIY spaces. Three Man Cannon and Coping Skills are among those ushering tonight’s show at Broke Down Palace, while the bombarding, catchy Superweaks are lined up to headline Hole Foods this Saturday, and the diverse, personal narratives of Curtis Cooper will be setting up shop on Sunday at Little Italy. – Michael Colavita

Other places to hang this weekend…

Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) SAT Sheer Mag (Record Release), Purling Hiss, Dark Thoughts

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI DJ Sylo, Josh Hey, SAT Beyond The Bars Benefit Show: Reef The Lost Cauze, Hezekiah, The Bul Bey

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Man About a Horse, Huey & The Banjo, SAT Aaron Parnell Brown

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Drums Like Machine Guns, Plastic Ivy, DJ Speaking Parts/Le Yikes Surf Club/DJ AMH/Sean Hearn, Jesse Tyler, SAT Honey Radar/City Fitness, Ben Kopp/Fame lust, SUN Loafass

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Stephon Amir (Listening/Release Party)

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT (Balcony) Senvenire, Beneath Polaris, CJ Dunleavy/AfroBear, On Wa, The Sermon, The Sly Foxes, SUN Mason X FortuneWest

TLA (334 South St.) SAT Pound$ide Pop, Phatgeez, Lil Doe, Mally Savage, MambaCinco, JidMack

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) SUN Kur, DJ Drama

Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.)

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Steal Your Face, Scott Dinolfi, SUN (Upstairs) Egocentric Plastic Men, Above the Mendoza, Amora

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Delfederate Army, Mr. Unloved, Dirty Soap Blues Band

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Hueman Garbij, SUN Timur And The Squad/Faringwell, In The Pines, Sold

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Travel Lanes, The Peace Creeps

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Roxy Rollz, Medusa's Disco, Bosom Band, SAT Suburban Living (DJ Set)

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Francisco Collazo, SAT DJ Deejay

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Shaheen J. Dibai, Blaine C. Martin, Khalid Quesada, SUN Rusty Cadillac

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Gross Ex Machina, Eyes of the Living, SAT Comfy, Tiny Moon

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Varials, Vicious Embrace, Mercy Blow

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Jac Carson, Karmalatta, Jonathan Veit, SAT DJ Oneson, Argonautic, The Jawn

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Gorgeous Porch, The Morelings, SAT Bazmati Vice

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Echoes, SAT Splintered Sunlight, The Hoppin' Boxcars

Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Blvd.) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT DJ Kevin Kong, SUN Ear Me Now

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Dottie Riot's Music Revue

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) SAT Santi Suede, Snake Boy Gang

LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) SUN Maryn Jones, The Goodbye Party

Broke Down Palace (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Three Man Cannon, Coping Skills

Hole Foods (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT The Superweaks, Grayling, SUN Donor

Little Italy (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) Curtis Cooper, Major Pursuit, James Barrett

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New Sheer Mag LP Available for Streaming

The official release date for Sheer Mag’s full-length debut via Wilsun RC is July 14. However, the wait is over; Need to Feel Your Love is here courtesy of NPR’s First Listen. The album immediately adheres as juxtaposing, ready-to-rumble grit is countered by sweetened, soulful vocals. Meshing that tough vulnerability with short-fused guitar licks and grimy infectious grooves, Sheer Mag unleashes a polished, pugilistic power, while demonstrating an ability to adjust and adapt over a course of sonic settings.

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New Track: "Need to Feel Your Love" - Sheer Mag

It sounds like Philly punks Sheer Mag might have found their first commercial radio single with "Need to Feel Your Love". The rifftastic crew lays down an infectious groove for the title track from their forthcoming album. Frontwoman Christina Halladay shares a bit of insight into their latest offering: "When you get to the point of a romantic relationship and you feel as if you have done everything to give that person a chance to make the most out of it and you are at the breaking point and you NEED them to do something more, even if you don’t exactly know that is." Need to Feel Your Love is due out July 14 via Wilsuns RC, and the band has plans for a massive U.S. tour in support of the album. You can join them at their record release celebration in Philly on Saturday, August 26 at Union Transfer, where they'll be sharing the billing with Purling Hiss, Haram, and S-21

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