Need something to do at 5:30 this Friday? Doesn't everyone? Come catch BOOM!, Edibles and Grandparents at the Burgerville on 12th and Hawthorne. It's the final show in the series of sexiness that is the KPSU Pledge Drive, so come out, eat some fries, and get your face meltier than the dripping cheese on your inevitable burger.
I don't think I can sing--or, rather, shout--Prowler's praises anymore than I already do. On their last album, Wooly Mammoth, Prowler's dance-noise-rock hybrid was so erratically funky, so overblown and spastic, it was hard to not want to burn down the house in sonic jubilation. And now back in the studio working on new material, they're continuing down this righteous wave of party rock (download their latest single, "Skinny Bones", for FREE below). Tonight, in a blast of celebration, they'll stir it up and shake it down with Pink Skull for their Shakedown Live Cinco de Mayo show at the Barbary (DJs Rob Paine, Willyum, and Jay Yo will spin throughout the night). Show up and drown yourself in free PBR until the well runs dry and dance 'til your feet burn but not before you read our interview with Prowler's Tyler Griswald HERE, where we talk about their new jams and the relevancy of MySpace.
I don't think I can sing--or, rather, shout--Prowler's praises anymore than I already do. On their last album, Wooly Mammoth, Prowler's dance-noise-rock hybrid was so erratically funky, so overblown and spastic, it was hard to not want to burn down the house in sonic jubilation. And now back in the studio working on new material, they're continuing down this righteous wave of party rock (download their latest single, "Skinny Bones", for FREE below). Tonight, in a blast of celebration, they'll stir it up and shake it down with Pink Skull for their Shakedown Live Cinco de Mayo show at the Barbary (DJs Rob Paine, Willyum, and Jay Yo will spin throughout the night). Show up and drown yourself in free PBR until the well runs dry and dance 'til your feet burn but not before you read our interview with Prowler's Tyler Griswald, where we talk about their new jams and the relevancy of MySpace.
The Deli: Prowler has headed back into the studio to work on new material. Are you working on a full-length, EP or one-off singles?
Tyler Griswald: We are indeed back in the studio and excited to be there. It’s great because the way we create allows us to keep one or two things simmering on the back burner at all times. Recording for us is a lot like chemistry class or a meth lab. We introduce the various elements in a neutral medium, agitate, set it to a burner, combine it at various volumes, distill, evaporate, and then BANG!, a new tune is born. We’ve never actually had a proper single, so that’s the plan for the moment and more new stuff to come later this summer.
TD: When should fans expect a new Prowler jam?
TG: When you see the giant smoke plume rising over Philly, the jams will be ready.
TD: Your last album, Wooly Mammoth, was well-received. Will your new work expand on the sonic success of that album?
TG: The first law of thermodynamics states that in any process of a system, total energy never changes. We want take all the love and momentum that we got from the last album and transfer that forward. Creatively, as a group we are always expanding and challenging each other to go to the future because the future’s where it’s at. We’re just a mad group of futurologists hedging our bets on the robots.
TD: Are you exploring any new directions with the new material?
TG: We always thought that our live performance is how we particularly shine or at least, collectively, one of the most enjoyable parts of this project. So we’re going to try and capture that energy for the new single. All of us recording in one room at once, kind of like some Villa Nellcote shit.
TD:Speaking of music, Prowler recently ditched its MySpace page. With all the new music sites popping up & gaining steam, like Bandcamp & Soundcloud, both of which you have, is MySpace even relevant anymore for bands?
TG: We only really ditched the MySpace because we finally got around to putting together a proper website. We weren’t seeing much in return from the MySpace except spam from weirdos and euro house DJs. All of these new music sites/avenues for getting your material out there and heard are both a blessing and a curse. While on the one hand it's great to have so many free sites and opportunities to promote and hustle, it is also insane some weeks to keep up with the tweeting, status updating, Bandcamp analytics, e-newsletter blasts, blogging, website maintaining and whatever else when you are a true unsigned DIY enterprise. Thankfully Keith, our singer, LOVES the internet and keeps the whole Prowler web apparatus up and running.
TD:Isit even relevant for anyone?
TG: It’s still a platform for people to get there shit out there and heard, but the more recent iterations have made it less user friendly and restricted. Everything changes over every couple of years. I guess it is still relevant for house DJs, bad rappers, female escorts, and bar bands from the mid ‘90s.
TD:You have a show coming up at the Barbary with Pink Skull for Cinco de Mayo. Doing anything special to honor the holiday?
TG: We are super psyched for the show. It is going to be a rad night. We really want to thank the Shakedown dudes, Pink Skull, and PBR for putting it together. For Cinco de Mayo, Mike the dude will be riding a low-rider bumping Nortena, Ryan will be doing shots of Cuervo, I will be fronting bandelero, Kat will sing in Spanish, Keith will be all mariachi and together it will be going down at the Barbary.
COSMAL is a new One Man *Experience* involving the sampling of several LIVE instruments on stage, the live coordination of programmable beats, some sweet jams, and an awesome light show! Check out the live video of a song here. Show Listings: 5/9- Trash Bar, Brooklyn (10pm) 5/14- Art Festival, Rye Town Park (5pm) 5/25- Big Daddy's, Massapequa (7pm) 6/10- The Cup, Wantagh (9pm) 6/16- National Underground, NYC (9pm) Many more to come so check back! - (as posted in The Deli's Open Blog - post your band's entries, videos, and Mp3s here). The Deli's NYC Open Blog is powered by The Music Building.
Stretch your mind so open and step into the mystical world of Sarah Weis. The latest release from the local cassette label Plustapes is the far reaching and career encompassing effort from Sarah Weis. Musik & Plus is a 25-song collection of the best moments and sounds from this adventurous musician, actress, and just all around creative person. This is infact is her debut album, but this songs and images have been circling our consciousness for years.
The cassette will be released in June, but Sarah is holding a virtual listening party on May 10th at 6:30. She will be playing the new cassette on her Fisher Price tape player. Join the party here.
The Part Five have a new single out called "C-Clamp". It comes from their new full-length release called The Tightening. The track reminds me a little of early New Order, but with a little more rock and a little less of the '80's cheesy. I love how this tracks breaks down around the 2 minute mark and then comes back full force.
The Part Five will be performing at The Empty Bottle on May 15th with Dozens. Tickets are only $3 and the shows starts at 7pm.
For fresh hip hop beats, look no further than tonight’s Flash Mob Production showcase at Kung Fu Necktie. Ever since Theotis Joe moved to West Philly, he has been honing his 80s - 90s hip hop influence into skilled production and directorial work. But he has also managed to fine tune his songwriting skills, which is apparent with the release of his breakthrough debut After Hours. Most recently, he cut a hip hop tune inspired by Bruce Springsteen’s “Streets of Philadelphia” in honor of the Boss’ 60th birthday, and it has been in heavy show rotation. He’ll be joined this evening by Headshop, which merges members of The Great Vibration and Illipsis, and versed emcee Yikes The Original. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Bill McThrill
White Apple Tree has opened for Ghostland Observatory, Starfuckker, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and will rock the stage for electro pioneers Dirty Vegas at the Echoplex in Los Angeles on Friday, May 6 for their new Electric Love Tour. This bands pop rock melodies and poetic lyrics will put a smile on your face and fill your day with sunshine. Their next LP, Smooth Jaws, will be out by the end of summer. To tide hungry fans over for now, the new single “Circles” will be available May 17. Michele McManmon
You heard right! Indie pop darlings The Submarines -- if their music strikes you familiar, you might have heard them in an iPhone commercial -- are playing the Troubadour with Deli favorites Pepper Rabbit and White Sea on Saturday, May 7th and we're giving away a pair of tickets.
Color Radio will be releasing their debut full-length album, Architects, on June 14th. The band has made a video with the talented Elijah Alvarado for Elephilms for the albums first single "Quiet House".
Color Radio will be performing at Subt on May 6th with Big Science and An Aesthetic Anaesthetic (17 & Over / $10).