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Spacin' Deliver the Goods at KFN June 7

Sticky guitar licks that ramp up crisscrossing into long distance jams. With spider-like dexterity, sonic limbs extend outward, reaching for a higher level. Spacin' exhibits a simplistic knack to sit back and deliver the goods in a pure raw state. The group spins out in multiple directions - whether the destination is within eyes view, requiring a direct route, or one whose path will be determined by the musical monuments along the way. Either way, those in need of a psych-rock adventure should head to Kung Fu Necktie this evening. Tonight's lineup is reinforced by State Champion, whose accessible yet precise lyrical narratives plug you into the middle of the action - a granular, country-injected, rockin' sound that sticks. The multifaceted psych-shoegazing textures of Elliott Malvas-led, Virginia Beach-based, You’re Jovian, complete this billing. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $7, 21+ - Michael Colavita

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New Spacin' Album Available for Streaming & Purchase

Unlike their rad 2012 debut Deep Thuds, you can now stream Spacin's highly-anticipated follow-up, Total Freedom (Richie Records), online. Though its pressing may have come a little later than expected, we'll just ignore the late December 2015 release, and gladly welcome it into 2016. Total Freedom is already The Deli Philly's January Record of the Month so check out our review of it HERE and feel free to take the album for a spin below. Enjoy!

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The Deli Philly's January Record of the Month: Total Freedom - Spacin'

Spontaneous and impromptu moments come together to form Spacin’s sophomore release Total Freedom, available via Philly indie label Richie Records. Pieced together over a multitude of recording sessions spanning about two years, the band’s carefree attitude leads us on another sonic adventure through the minds of Jason Killinger (Birds of Maya) and his collaborators.
 
On the album’s opening track, “Over Uneasy,” you are introduced to a heavy dose of good ole rock ‘n’ roll, with interlocking guitars playing off each other and the bounce of the drumbeat helping to rev things up. After laments about “a life of debt or a life of crime” or to even show up to work at all, the first taste of Total Freedom runs joyously into a frenetic jam, before the hypnotic guitar riffs disintegrate into “Kensington Real,” a dissonant instrumental, which is meant to represent the sounds of Killinger’s neighborhood, where most of the album was recorded in his basement. Breaking out of the chaos comes slacker rock anthem “Human Condition.” It feels so good despite claims of feeling “so bad.”
 
The group’s first single from the release, “Titchy,” gives you a glimpse into a husband and wife’s private, intimate moment. (Get that mind out of the gutter.) The über lo-fi track revolves around a riff that Killinger had been working on, and he is simply backed by his wife/drummer, Eva Killinger, on the skins, laying down pro-motorik beats, during their lone session without the rest of the gang. “Stopping Man” comes in heavy with a dirty tribal-funk feel and exorcism vocals, before bringing an abrupt end to the A-side of the record.
 
On the flip side, you’ll find guitarist Paul Sukeena (ex-Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band) plucking away in a stream of consciousness manner, seemingly unaware of himself being recorded. It’s a rather serene moment on the album, before being torn to shreds by the rocker “U.S. Ruse,” a freewheelin’ anthem inspired by and with a verse borrowed from the MC5’s “The American Ruse.” Jason Killinger’s usual laidback drawl surprisingly attacks with urgency. It’s a head-bobbing, cathartic discharge of emotion that howls with ferocity - definitely one of the standout moments on Total Freedom. Appropriately closing things out is the record’s title track, which continues the necessary release of tension that is found throughout the LP.
 
While Spacin's debut Deep Thuds will always remain in heavy rotation on my record player, Total Freedom once again should place Spacin’ on the lips of vinyl collectors as an essential part of any garage-psych collection. The lo-fi recordings revel in being very in the moment, providing the feeling of sunshine on your skin and wind blowing through your hair - escapism at its finest. - Q.D. Tran

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Spontaneous and impromptu moments come together to form Spacin’s sophomore release Total Freedom, available via Philly indie label Richie Records. Pieced together over a multitude of recording sessions spanning about two years, the band’s carefree attitude leads us on another sonic adventure through the minds of Jason Killinger (Birds of Maya) and his collaborators.
 
On the album’s opening track, “Over Uneasy,” you are introduced to a heavy dose of good ole rock ‘n’ roll, with interlocking guitars playing off each other and the bounce of the drumbeat helping to rev things up. After laments about “a life of debt or a life of crime” or to even show up to work at all, the first taste of Total Freedom runs joyously into a frenetic jam, before the hypnotic guitar riffs disintegrate into “Kensington Real,” a dissonant instrumental, which is meant to represent the sounds of Killinger’s neighborhood, where most of the album was recorded in his basement. Breaking out of the chaos comes slacker rock anthem “Human Condition.” It feels so good despite claims of feeling “so bad.”
 
The group’s first single from the release, “Titchy,” gives you a glimpse into a husband and wife’s private, intimate moment. (Get that mind out of the gutter.) The über lo-fi track revolves around a riff that Killinger had been working on, and he is simply backed by his wife/drummer, Eva Killinger, on the skins, laying down pro-motorik beats, during their lone session without the rest of the gang. “Stopping Man” comes in heavy with a dirty tribal-funk feel and exorcism vocals, before bringing an abrupt end to the A-side of the record.
 
On the flip side, you’ll find guitarist Paul Sukeena (ex-Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band) plucking away in a stream of consciousness manner, seemingly unaware of himself being recorded. It’s a rather serene moment on the album, before being torn to shreds by the rocker “U.S. Ruse,” a freewheelin’ anthem inspired by and with a verse borrowed from the MC5’s “The American Ruse.” Jason Killinger’s usual laidback drawl surprisingly attacks with urgency. It’s a head-bobbing, cathartic discharge of emotion that howls with ferocity - definitely one of the standout moments on Total Freedom. Appropriately closing things out is the record’s title track, which continues the necessary release of tension that is found throughout the LP.
 
While Spacin's debut Deep Thuds will always remain in heavy rotation on my record player, Total Freedom once again should place Spacin’ on the lips of vinyl collectors as an essential part of any garage-psych collection. The lo-fi recordings revel in being very in the moment, providing the feeling of sunshine on your skin and wind blowing through your hair - escapism at its finest. - Q.D. Tran
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Weekend Warrior, December 18 - 20

Total freedom - that’s what I feel when I listen to Spacin’, and that also just happens to be the title of their sophomore LP, which is available on vinyl via Richie Records. It’s freewheelin’, unpretentious rock ‘n’ roll, and it will be comin’ to you live this Saturday at Everybody Hits! The group will be celebrating the release of their highly-anticipated album, and I can’t wait to get my paws on my very own copy. You do not want to miss this, especially since you never know when Spacin’ will be popping up again. It will also be Jeff Zeigler’s first performance under the moniker Valley Exit, with Bethesda, Maryland’s Hothead sandwiched between the two. Everybody Hits, 529 W. Girard Ave., 9pm, All Ages - Alexis V.
 
Other places that you won’t find total freedom at this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI The Band of Rivals, The Late Saints, Dylan Jane, SAT Baroness
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Sun Hat, Pilkington, SAT Howlish
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI The Slot Cars, Sonic Screemers, The Missile Toads, SAT Wizard Eye, Sheena & Thee Nosebleeds, Heavy Temple/Whaler, Julia Rainer, Miles Orion Butler/The Bul Bey, Ill Fated Natives, SUN Voltheque, Hex Inverter
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Close To Good (Reunion Show), Minka, Red 40 and the Last Groovement, SAT The Holy Mess, SUN Petal
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St,) FRI Good Old War
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.)FRI Peek-A-Boo Revue presents: Slay Belles SAT The Bad Tequila Experience, Jimmy Berry, Uphevil, The Stone Eye
 
TLA (334 South St.) SAT Among Criminals
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Dukes of Destiny/(Downstairs) The York Street Hustle, SAT (Upstairs) Sonnder, Nathan Allebach, Summer Scouts, The GoAround, SUN (Downstairs) Peek-A-Boo Revue
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Bandit, 3rd Party, Destiny X, Parkhouse Kenny, SAT Ryan Villanueva, SUN Last Full Measure, In The Pines, Goddamnit
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT Crucial
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St) FRI Mother Of Mercy, SAT Blurry Nights, The Phix
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo Bliz, Low Budget, DJ Deejay
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Franco and the Detonators, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Railroad Fever, The Doublewides, Soldier On, Continuum, SAT Lovers League, You Do You, Dan Collins, Katie Barbato, Vince Federici, The Members Club, Jacques St. Claire, Bosom Band, Mikey G., MAO, Emily Mineo, Alec Stewart, Barry Dwier, Endless Taile, Ru-Bear, Larry Saklad, SUN Solus Rex, Sweet Eureka, The Evergreen Drive
 
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Love City DJs, DJ Royale, SAT Ed Christof, SUN The Tease of the Sugar Plum Fairy
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Justin Phillippi Band, Agent Moosehead, Bohka, Tom Mackell, SAT The Raknoss, The Good Mess,
 
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI August John Lutz II (with his band), Dirty Dollhouse, Brian Dale Allen Strouse, SUN The Sixties, Birthday Boy, Ringfinger
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Beru Revue, Swarthmore Ukulele Orchestra, SUN Ron Smith Tribute & Gala: Café Ole
 
Beautiful World Syndicate (1619 E. Passyunk Ave.) FRI I Tried to Run Away When I Was 6, Addie Pray
 
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) SAT Beach Slang, Field Mouse
 
Second Empire (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Pollen, Get to the Gig, SUN The Spirit Of The Beehive
 
The Collective (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Beer Me ATM Machines, Community Service, Destruct Device, Lip Service, Clementine
 
Beaumont Warehouse (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT The Low Budgets, Bucketflush, The Charley Few, Pushin’ It 2 the Limit, Westboro Baptist Choir
 
Girard Hall (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Noise Berger, Guillermo Pizzaro, Imbued Vagary, DWN CX, Jim Strong
 
Eris Temple Arts  (602 S. 52nd St. ) FRI SKGB, Warsaw, Ventriloquist, Radio Eris, DETLOFF, Giftpilz
 
West Kensington Ministry (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Whoopsydaisy, Tape Monster, A.P. Vague
 
The Sound Hole (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Post Sun Times, Jank, Upperfields, Sad Hana, R. R. Perkins
 
Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Wyldflowers, Resilient, Kelsey Cork
 
The Nest (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Brandon Can’t Dance, Bathzalts
 
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