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

With so much focus on the presidency these days, is it time for a concept album about our 22nd & 24th president, Grover Cleveland? Dominy mastermind John Dominy certainly thinks so, and what we do know is that John’s family will certainly be behind this truly original idea, as they have always been in regards to his musical endeavors. The band, which is also made up of his brother Alex (on keys), cousin Michael Youngkin (on guitar), and childhood pal Zakary Iannitelli (on drums), is getting ready to return to the studio next month to flesh out the ambitious concept. And while we wait to hear the life of Grover Cleveland come to fruition in song, you can learn more about Dominy, our recent Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner, HERE!





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

With so much focus on the presidency these days, is it time for a concept album about our 22nd & 24th president, Grover Cleveland? Dominy mastermind John Dominy certainly thinks so, and what we do know is that John’s family will certainly be behind this truly original idea, as they have always been in regards to his musical endeavors. The band, which is also made up of his brother Alex (on keys), cousin Michael Youngkin (on guitar), and childhood pal Zakary Iannitelli (on drums), is getting ready to return to the studio next month to flesh out the ambitious concept. And while we wait to hear the life of Grover Cleveland come to fruition in song, you can learn more about Dominy, our recent Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner, below!

The Deli: How did you start making music? 

John Dominy: I first started to playing music around the age of 12. My uncle gave me and my siblings an old drum set of his, and I was hooked. Several years later, my grandmother gave me her old acoustic guitar, and I can remember staying up all night try to learn to play it. As soon as I had a couple of chords down, I just started writing, though I can't really say it was ever a deliberate decision. Writing songs on guitar was from the start, and still is, something of a compulsion for me. 

TD: Why did you name the band Dominy? 

JD: Dominy is my (and my brother Alex's) last name. I released several albums and toured as John Dominybut a year ago when I added my brother Alex on keys, my cousin Michael Youngkin on guitar, and my childhood friend Zakary Iannitelli on drums, the project began to feel much less like my own solo endeavor and more like a band. We knew we wanted to change our name to reflect that, but in the end, we decided it was best just to go as Dominy to preserve some continuity with my early music. 

TD: What are your biggest musical influences?

JD: My dad would always play Pink Floyd, The Who, and The Rolling Stones, so those bands are really burned into my musical DNA. I'm sure you can hear those influences in our music. Radiohead dominated my teenager years. While I'm still a sucker for sappy sad music, in my mid 20's, I've felt a growing affinity for a lot of late 60's and 70's stuff, like Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Lou Reed. 

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

JD: Right now, I'm loving everything that Twin Peaks (Chicago) is doing. I think they've got some killer swagger. It's the same thing with Philly natives Sheer Mag. Andy Shauf and Big Theif are two acts that I can't stop listening to. Both have such tight songwriting, along melancholic aura that helps me really marinade in the slushy hellscape of winter in Philly. 

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

JD: My first concert was Green Day's American Idiot tour. It absolutely melted my brain. It was probably the exact point at which I knew I had to be in a band. I like music and all, but a great show can be something totally transcendent. My first album was Green Day's Nimrod. I still know that album front to back. 

TD: What do you love about Philly?

JD: Go birds!

TD: What do you hate about Philly?

JD: I can't say I really hate anything about Philly. Philly is kind of like that weird uncle who just got out of prison, and even though he's a big mess if you compare him to other people, he's actually doing okay all things considered. 

TD:  What are your plans for 2018?

JD: Even though we just release our debut album Wet Leather, we're mapping out new songs, and looking to get back in the studio this March. I'm working on a concept album about America's 22nd AND 24th president, Grover Cleveland. Trust me on this; it's just dumb enough of an idea to work. On top of that, we're gonna hit the road again this summer, which we are very excited about!

TD: What was your most memorable live show?

JD: Our most memorable live show has to be this show at some spot in Richmond, Virginia. Towards the end of our set, my brother Alex tripped and knocked his whole keyboard into the drum kit, which belonged to another band, taking out two mics stands on the way down. The local headliners thought we were doing some intentional Keith Moon-esque stage destruction. Words were exchanged, and we ended up getting kicked out of the venue. My only regret is that we didn't get pictures.

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

JD: Hmmm…sometimes I go to a deli and just buy a croissant or two. No need to get any meat or cheese into the picture. The croissant is a noble roll that stands well on its own. 

TD: We love a good, buttery croissant!

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New Danimakesmusic LP Available for Streaming & Download

Let's talk about The Dialogue, the new LP from Dani Mullen, a.k.a. Danimakesmusic. Liquid beats establish an enticing, energetic yet laidback, sonic flow. Set into motion, an open, intimate, lyrical discussion unfolds. Relaxed, unguarded honesty is paired with a sense of mobility that continues the musical engagement.

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SXSW Presents: SassyBlack

 *photo by Dusty Henry

SassyBlack is everything. The songstress and producer is well-educated and classically trained with roots in jazz and soul, though she is in no way confined to them elementally. Formally of the Seattle group THEEsatisfaction and having worked closely with experimental hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces and traveled the world, SassyBlack (whose real name is Catherine Harris-White) has no shortage of experience to contribute to the psychedelic electronic r&b she makes.

Her voice smooth like soulfully funky butter, it's reminiscent of Ella Fitzgerald, Janelle Monae, Erykah Badu and J*Davey with a Herbie Hancock twist to her production, adding a modern and intellectual spin to her performances. SassyBlack grew up with a family devoted to music, their time spent together having dance parties and playing music history trivia. She still engages her love for pop culture and music history, having recorded three volumes so far of her Pop (& R&B) Treasury cover EPs. 

Whether it's an original track or a tribute to a deep cut, everything SassyBlack touches is gold, and worthy of numerous replays.

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Santa Cruz's Marty O'Reilly releases folksy 'Stereoscope' LP

In Santa Cruz-based Marty O’Reilly’s most recent LP Stereoscope, he takes Americana to another level, blending delicate violin arrangements with bluesy vocals and soulful harmonies to create something startlingly beautiful. The dynamic songwriting of O’Reilly—who is always joined by bandmates Chris Lynch, Ben Berry, and Matt Goff—takes the listener by surprise, as he breaks out of the tropes of his genre that would otherwise restrict such progression. The opening track “Firmament” (streaming below) offers a glimpse into the rest of the album, which is a complicated and well-crafted addition to a genre whose fans constantly think they have finally ‘seen it all.’ Marty O’Reilly and his band are currently on a cross-country tour and will be heading down to SXSW this year. - Lilly Milman

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