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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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Weekend Warrior, May 5 - 7

Psychic Teens orchestrate gloomy, ruminating, melodic post-punk with volatile noisy tendencies, magnifying the murky slow burn into a full-on, shoegazing spectacle. Tonight, the trio celebrates their latest album HEX (available via Hex Records) with a release show at Boot & Saddle, where they’ll explore the darkness via steel-cold, slicing guitars and booming, brooding, baritone vocals. They’ll be joined by the combative, grunge-punk quartet of Tiny Vices and the ferocious, fuzzed-out, psych instrumentations meets clairvoyant, catchy vocals of Dulls. And after releasing their sophomore album New Kind of Normal via their own label Plum Records earlier today, Augusta Koch, Allegra Anka and Kelly Olsen, a.k.a. Cayetana, welcome their introspective, honest, emotive rock release this evening with a show at First Unitarian Church, where they’ll be supported by Shannen Moser, Katie Ellen, and Aster More.  

A day after releasing their new LP Veblen Death Mask via Kill Rock Stars, the enchanting, eclectic experimentation of Taiwan Housing Project steps into Johnny Brenda’s, wielding their off-kilter, jigsaw-puzzle sound, meshing the hauntingly unexpected with the inherently gripping. They’ll be sharing the stage with the mind-warping psych-punk of Igneous Eyes and ESCAPE-Ism, the latest project from D.C. stalwart Ian Svenonius.  

The crowds head back to Boot & Saddle this Sunday for a March On Harrisburg Benefit, featuring the exuberant, melodic, psych-folk stretches of Pine Barons. They’ll be donating their time along with the get-loose, retro-fitted psych-pop of Ceramic Animal and harmony-harnessing trio of TIOGA. - Michael Colavita  

More places to enjoy this weekend… 
 
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Psychic Teens (Record Release), Tiny Vices, Dulls, SAT Work Drugs, Sad Heaven, No Thank You, SUN March On Harrisburg Benefit: Pine Barons, Ceramic Animal, Tioga
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Weekender, SAT Taiwan Housing Project (Record Release), Igneous Eyes
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI DJ Deejay, SAT LTC, Zilla Rocca / DJ Baby Berlin, SUN The Sharkskins
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SUN Girls Rock Philly Spring Showcase
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Phil Yeah
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Matthew W Charles
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT Paul Kurrey Band, Kevin McCove Band, Sunny Deniro, Supreem Da Rezarekta', Young Trizz, Sucka Free G/Victim, 46 Sherman, Peter Mitchell, Calla Bere & The Attitude, Venn
 
TLA (334 South St.) SAT Let There Be Lips
 
The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) SAT The Prestige Tattoo & Music Festival: Work Horse III, Anthrophobia, St. James & The Apostles, SUN The Prestige Tattoo & Music Festival: Brain Candle, Stinking Lizaveta, Kingsnake
 
The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) SAT Among Criminals
 
Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.)
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Conjunto Philadelphia, Michael and Leilani / (Downstairs) Start Making Sense, The Insidious Rays, SAT (Downstairs) My Funky Brethren, Darla
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Blubird, Soto, SAT Supine, Buddy Leezle, The Magnificent ShitHawks, Manikineter
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Flux Capacitor, Kingfisher
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Baker Man, Essonite, Hueman Garbij, SAT Camp Candle, Strange Parts, Silent Shapes, SUN Hidden Lights, The Gravies
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Dan Bruskewicz, Sarah Gliko, Tom Gliko, Evan Cory Levine, Michael Baker
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Bern & the Bastards (EP Release), Endless Taile, Dirty Soap Blues Band, Fallible Being, SAT Sweet Eureka, Vilebred, Endless Taile
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Beanie Sigel, Reef The Lost Cauze, SUN Ill Doots
 
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT DJ Pierson
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) SAT Granz, Danie Ocean
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI She Became Grey (Reunion Show), SAT Adrian Belew Power Trio, SUN Countdown to Ecstasy
 
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) FRI Cayetana (Record Release), Shannen Moser, Aster More
 
Leonard Pearlstein Gallery (3401 Filbert St.) SAT Coping Skills, My Name Is Tom
 
The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Seeing Snakes, Sublaymen, Dr. Beardfacé and the Spaceman, Truant Minds, The Barren Marys/Thief, Steal Me A Peach, Gozer, Doggo, Rentboy, SAT John Dominy, Lev Ziskind, Cabbage, Sex with Rollercoasters, Towering Pine, Lamplighters, SUN Pauline, Geisha Facade
 
Black Magic (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Eagle Daddy, Arthur Shea, Whine Moms, Well Room, Earthboy
 
Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.)
 
The Waiting Room (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.)
 
Nico Nico Mansion (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Loadcard, Tyler Burkhart, Big Nick
 
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New Taiwan Housing Project LP Available for Streaming

Spellbinding, noisy, experimental, unfiltered rock that resonates and lingers, Veblen Death Mask, the new album from Taiwan Housing Project, will be officially released tomorrow via Kill Rock Stars, but you can currently stream it in full over at Noisey. The album may feel chaotic at first; however, those non-traditional instrumental combinations create an engaging unpredictability, while still capturing pop sensibilities amid the heavy churning undertow. Catch Taiwan Housing Project’s record release show this Saturday, May 6 at Johnny Brenda's with Igneous Eyes and ESCAPE-ISM!

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New Track: "Authentic Alien Perfume" - Taiwan Housing Project

“Authentic Alien Perfume,” the first single off Taiwan Housing Project forthcoming album Veblen Death Mask (available on May 5 via Kill Rock Stars) lights a fire under you. With an intoxicating, immediate, rolling-through-the-neighborhood groove complemented by unrestrained, rattling, noise-guitar riffs, the interplay of dual-fronted vocals, and brisk brutal blasts of saxophone, the track refuses to be bound by a predetermined script. Catch the band’s record release show on May 6 at Johnny Brenda’s with Igneous Eyes, Ursula, and Ian Svenonius!

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Taiwan Housing Project Sign to Kill Rock Stars

Congrats to noise-punks Taiwan Housing Project for signing to Kill Rock Stars! The revered indie label announced that they'll be releasing the band's EP Three Song Record, which originally surfaced via M'Lady's Records as a self-titled seven-inch. Willfully inaccessible and unapologetically harsh, feel free to take the album for a spin (once again) below. It just might be what you need today to shake off the recent horrific Trump announcement of white nationalist/antisemite/"alleged" domestic abuser Steve Bannon's appointment to the position of White House Chief Strategist. We haven't been overreacting. This isn't normal. Don't let them fool you into thinking that it is. Let's get ready for a battle, folks.

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