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The Deli Philly's Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: Goodbye Max

Saying “goodbye” can often be a difficult act, and on Goodbye Max’s self-titled debut album (which is available on cassette via Fox Food Records), the Philly singer-songwriter beautifully and elegantly captures those conflicted feels. Unpacking an “old box” of memories, he leaves you drowning in a pool of emotions, before surfacing for that much-needed gasp of life. Goodbye Max’s desire this year is to find other musicians to collaborate with. So take a listen below, check out what this project is about below, and get in touch with him ASAP!

The Deli: How did you start making music? 

Goodbye Max: I took guitar lessons at a small music school for about nine years. In middle and high school, my friends and I played music together, and we briefly had a band. It wasn't until later on that I got a USB mic and started recording stuff to my laptop on my own. I slowly became absorbed in the process of recording. Song-making was (and still is) a creative and emotional outlet for me.

TD: Where did the name Goodbye Max come from? 

GM: It's a line from a Pink Floyd song called "The Gunner's Dream". Pink Floyd is one of my favorite bands of all time. Also, the words Goodbye Max could describe what this project has meant to me - saying goodbye to the past. I guess "Max" is symbolic of all the things and people left behind as time passes and things change. I feel like so many people focus on where they're going in life and what the end goal is. Maybe I'm just nostalgic because I get stuck in old memories easily. It's like the feeling of going through an old box of stuff or photos - that's what I want Goodbye Max to feel/sound like.

TD: What are your biggest musical influences?

GM: I'm inspired by so many people that it would be hard to name them all! Early in my life (thanks to my mom), I was exposed to a lot of Pink Floyd, Smashing Pumpkins, and Radiohead. More recently, my biggest inspirations as a songwriter have been Noah Gundersen, Phoebe Bridgers, and (Sandy) Alex G.

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

GM: A Philly band, Weller, just put out an excellent record that I highly recommend giving a listen. Spencer Radcliffe, Field Medic, and Euphoria Again are other artists I've had on repeat lately. Oh, and someone told me I remind them of Flatsound, so I've been checking out their discography.

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

GM: My first real concert was Simon and Garfunkel back when the venue was called the Wachovia Center. I went with my mom, and I don't remember much about the show, probably because I was young and not as used to staying up very late. The first album I ever bought was Death Cab for Cutie's Transatlanticism. They're another of my big influences.

TD: What do you love about Philly?

GM: I love how there are areas that feel like a big city and other areas that feel like little neighborhoods. 

TD: What do you hate about Philly?

GM: The occasional lateness of the trains when I'm trying to get to class (I commute to Temple).

TD: What are your plans for 2018?

GM: I want to record and release a longer album by the end of the year. Also, I'd like to collaborate with some other musicians.

TD: What was your most memorable live show?

GM: We used to play small shows at World Cafe Live with the music school I took lessons at. They were to show off how much we'd learned. I got to play the guitar solo in "Comfortably Numb" by Pink Floyd. Afterwards, someone came up to me and told me how great it was. That was a good feeling. I haven't played a live show as Goodbye Max, but it would be cool to do that sometime.

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

GM: I'm a vegetarian these days, so it depends what they have!

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Half Stack release single "Dually" & announce LP 'Quitting Time'

The enigmatic Oakland five-piece Half Stack have released the first single off of their forthcoming LP Quitting Time. The freak-folk track “Dually” is textured with psychedelic influences that draw out and distort the vocals into a pleasantly unique incarnation of West Coast country. The repetition of the line “Is it real at all?” invites listeners to drift into Half Stack’s dream world, and we are happy to do it. Quitting Time will be released in full on October 19 via Processional Cross. - Lilly Milman 

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"No More Dancing" is a sweetly melancholic Americana tune by Five Islands

"No more dancing in the evening / you are free, no longer mine" is one of many bittersweet images in Five Islands' new single "No More Dancing." A fiddle skillfully weaves in between lyrics like a third singer or a memory, threading the different sections of the song together. The whole thing makes you wanna sit back, reminisce and let out a little sigh. Be sure to catch Five Islands when they play the Local on 8/19. -Geena Kloeppel


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New Busy Bee Project EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

A Stranger Is a Friend You Haven't Met is the latest EP from Busy Bee Project, a.k.a. Deb Gilmore. It is out now via Good How Are You Records. A free-floating, folk dream commences as one listens to this five-song selection. Absorbed in the casual, upbeat instrumentation and the inviting, natural elegance of Gilmor's vocals, one quickly feels at home in these new sonic surroundings. From the moment of introduction, a new affection is forged.

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New Pet LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

The dusty haze of Pet's folky, lo-fi melodies is breezy, simultaneously soothing, and emotively affects. With Hell Yeah Ulysses, the group taps into a sparse simplicity - one which highlights the pleasant, loose, jangly stir, without obscuring the lyrics. Much like the sparkle of sunlight off the morning dew, there’s a delight in the natural whimsy of it all. This new collection of songs quickly forges a memorable familiarity, as if they were always there.


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