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Husbandry drops new EP, 12/1 and plays Brooklyn Bazaar tonight 11/30

Husbandry is the name given for mankind's domestication of plants and animals, but make no mistake--there is hardly anything tame about the thundering NYC heavy band who takes the same name. The feral four-piece lays down surprisingly melodic post-hardcore tracks with deliciously jagged edges. Following up 2016's LP, Fera, the band is slated to release Bad Weeds Never Die, an EP that promises soaring vocals and angular riffage delivered with the effortless skill and aplomb the band has become known for.  Keep your eyes peeled for the new record hitting the digital realm tomorrow, but if you're frothing over the idea of scoring the new tracks a day early, catch the band tonight (11.30) at Brooklyn Bazaar for their album release show. Check out the video for their new single Elder Spencer Deery streaming below. - Olivia Sisinni

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The Deli Philly's Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: The Trust Fund Kids

Though The Trust Fund Kids frontman Kevin Connor grew up in “a pretty socioeconomically privileged town in New Jersey,” he reveals that he’s “not really wealthy,” and is obviously an appreciator of satire. So we were happy to learn that Connor, Nik Slackman, and Jayson Butts will be putting our mixing and mastering prizes to good use in the coming year. Look out for a new single and hopefully a new album from the recently solidified trio in 2018, as well as more performances, but before all that happens, you can learn more about The Deli Philly’s recent Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner HERE.





The Deli Philly's Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: The Trust Fund Kids

Though The Trust Fund Kids frontman Kevin Connor grew up in “a pretty socioeconomically privileged town in New Jersey,” he reveals that he’s “not really wealthy,” and is obviously an appreciator of satire. So we were happy to learn that Connor, Nik Slackman, and Jayson Butts will be putting our mixing and mastering prizes to good use in the coming year. Look out for a new single and hopefully a new album from the recently solidified trio in 2018, as well as more performances, but before all that happens, you can learn more about The Deli Philly’s recent Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner below.

The Deli: How did you start making music?

Kevin Connor: I’ve dabbled in trying to write songs since I was pretty young. I wrote Nirvana rip-offs in middle school and indie slow jams through half of high school. In junior year, I got more serious and grew as a songwriter quite a bit.

Nik Slackman: I used to record my brother and I talking and remix it into techno music in Garageband.

Jayson Butts: I used to always make mini-melodies on my piano, and despite me not being very good at playing it, it sparked some musical interest in me, and I slowly expanded through drum beats, and forcing my brother to play what I wrote down on guitar.

TD: Where did the name The Trust Fund Kids come from?

KC: I originally came from a pretty socioeconomically privileged town in New Jersey. I’m not really wealthy; it was all satirical.

TD: What are your biggest musical influences?

KC: Jeff Rosenstock, Mitski, Car Seat Headrest, sometimes Weezer, Neutral Milk Hotel, Vampire Weekend, etc. Mostly contemporary indie rock, a bit of 90’s alternative rock, folk, 50’s/60’s oldies, and synthpop basically defines my interests musically.

JB: As a kid, I used to fall in love with random bands for a year and drop them forever, so I never really had any certain influences. I just enjoy the thought that the simple concept of “making music” can lead so many bands to do so many different things.

NS: I can’t remember the chronology of influences, but it was probably Ween that got the ball rolling.

TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?

KC: As for local artists, the new Slaughter Beach, Dog LP Birdie is really strong. Also, the first Harmony Woods LP Nothing Special - I’ve been really into. Separate from that, I’m always listening to some Car Seat Headrest and Jeff Rosenstock.

NS: The new Spirit of the Beehive album is the best album of the year for me. Moor Mother is a fortune telling time traveler. Any and all Australian synthpop (Alex Cameron, Kirin J Callinan) is on rotation in my home more often than not.

JB: My music interests have recently just reflected the kind of mood I’m in/want to be in. Bands I currently listen to vary from the upbeat Eric Hutchinson, to the sadder, more laid back Band of Horses, although I’ll always have a sweet spot for Goldfish.

TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?

KC: I believe my first concert was the Red Hot Chili Peppers, when I was in seventh grade. Some drunk dude fell on me; it was a good time. The first album I ever bought was Wasting Light by the Foo Fighters at a Best Buy because it’s important to commit to that indie/DIY lifestyle.

NS: “Weird” Al Yankovic was informative concert going. When he put on the fat suit for the song “Fat,” a lot of things clicked.

JB: My first concert was a free show on some college campus, where I remember seeing a relatively local alt band called A Boy Named John. The first album I bought was the Rolling Stones’ Tattoo You, simply because my 7 some year-old self thought it looked cool.

TD: What do you love about Philly?

KC: I like that it’s not super crowded for a city. Old City is pretty mellow, specifically. University City is super nice. It’s just a nice city with a lot of opportunities to take advantage of for both musicians and music fans.

NS: Lots of good music and art scenes - plus, the general vibe is brown and red, which is mecha-exciting.

TD: What do you hate about Philly?

KC: I’m sad that the city of Philadelphia hasn’t swallowed the entirety of our planet yet and turned the entire planet into a Philadelphia planet. A Planet Philly if you will. I’m additionally working on a graphic novel entitled Planet Philly about this very premise.

NS: Most of the wildlife.

TD: What are your plans for 2018?

KC: We definitely are working on a putting out a single in early 2018. We’re going to use the mixing and mastering prizes we got from this poll to get this track professionally mastered and mixed. We’re trying to get an album out in 2018, too. Additionally, we’re really going to hit the ground running soon on shows. We haven’t been able to do a ton of shows since we just finalized a band lineup. Another problem is the logistics of electric shows because drummer Jayson does not live in Philly, while bassist Nik and I do. However, Nik and I have been planning on doing Modern Baseball-style, two-person acoustic sets for some time. We’re working out our set, and people can watch our Facebook page for shows.

TD: What was your most memorable live show?

KC: One time, I played an acoustic set on the radio. We’re all originally from New Jersey (but are based in Philadelphia now), and our high school had a radio station. So I played the songs “Evelyn,” “Orlando Gloom,” and “Mercy Me” live on the radio. It was a really cool experience.

TD: What's your favorite thing to get at the deli?

KC: An Italian sub. Sometimes with pepperoni but usually not. Definitely with onions, olive oil, vinegar, and oregano.

NS: Pastrami in excess.

JB: Alright, first thing first - you gotta get the largest Italian roll that money can buy. Step two: Spread honey mustard over every inch. Now, it’s worth noting that I’m a vegetarian, but since we’re playing favorites and not my regular order, I’ll start with some hot Taylor ham for the base, with a good deal of provolone cheese on the other half. Toast all that up for a minute or so. Then comes the shredded lettuce (oil and vinegar spread throughout it), tomato, onions, cucumbers, and the slightest bit of jalapeno to sprinkle over the top. Now that you have a sub that’s ready to burst at the seams, close it off, and that melty provolone cheese will spread throughout the sub, and keep everything together as if it were glue. Now all that’s left is to dig in while you transcend this mortal realm of sub-par sandwich making.

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Johnny Raincloud share new live video for "MH370"

 Back in 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (or MH370/MAS370) mysteriously disappeared while in route to its destination of Beijing, China. The plane, which was carrying 12 crew members and 227 passengers, last made voice contact some 30 minutes after takeoff, and entirely disappeared off radar an hour after that. After a few years of extensive searching only fragments of the wreckage were found earlier this year but ultimately, the search for anything more was suspended just some months ago.

Right before the Malaysia Airlines flight went down, local rocker Mike Stortz was writing some of the first songs for his band Johnny Raincloud. One of those songs coincidentally was of the same name as the flight, and has sat shelved until basically now. "When the search for the plane stopped, I wanted to make this song to be a reminder," says Stortz.

So, Stortz and the rest of Johnny Raincloud decided to record the track and make a live music video for the song at Surburbia Studios down in southeast not for profit, but as a means of keeping the lives lost on the flight in memory. "We've become so insensitive to real-life stories like MH370 but for that brief moment in time I felt connected to the whole world in a way I haven't felt in a long time," says Stortz. "It's just another reason I wanted this song to be a reminder of the brief time of when we did care. I think it's sad it takes the mystery of a missing airplane for the world to come together with love.  I think it should be like that all the time."

Watch Johnny Raincloud play "MH370" in their live video below, or later on tonight at the Twilight Cafe. Seattle bands Tyler Songs and Great Shame will also be playing, along with WorryDoll.

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New Track: "Again" - Heatmap

Comprised of Eric Freda (Wigwams), Michael Friedrich (Rahim), and Phil Sutton (Rahim, Wigwams), post-punk trio Heatmap recently released its debut EP Pulses, which was recorded by Uniform Recording's Jeff Zeigler. Standout, “Again,” flows with a bass-pulsating thump. And with that pulse identified, devious, yearning vocals and jaggedly measured guitar licks produce a danceable air of mystery.

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