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August 2014
Dead Native
"Dead Native

Dead Native's self-titled sophomore album has an overall cosmic feel starting with the cover but building through out in the sound. The band blends echoing elements of psych rock, shoegaze, mototik, and pop. There is also a blues under current, but it is toned down from their 2013 debut, Keep It Strange". The adventure on the new album builds through out the tracks, but the most effective cosmic track has to be "Traveling". The 9 minute epic space journey seems built to put anyone into orbit. It is followed up by the one of the heavier tracks, "Clean Kill", that trudges through muddy fields of throbbing guitars. The album closes with an anthemic flourish with "Respite" with all instruments soaring to a close. This may or may not be a concept album, but it does truly feel like a complete listen that was meant to be played track by track. Dead Native's new album will be released on Sept. 2nd.

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Data Garden

ICA@50 - Free For All: Mitral Transmission at Institute of Contemporary Art Feb. 19

Data Garden is helping the Institute of Contemporary Art kick off its ICA@50 anniversary celebration with the launch of Greg Fox’s new album Mitral Transmission. “The temporary installation and performance uses human biorhythms to generate live music.” The former drummer for Dan Deacon and Liturgy developed the technology that generates music using the organic rhythms of the human heart for his latest project. He’ll be joined by Jamey Robinson (Man Man, Buffalo Stance) on keys, while Batsley Adams provides the visuals. Guests are encouraged to try out Fox’s creation as well as Data Garden’s previous experiment with plants and sensors, used to make sounds from human-to-plant interactions, that you may have experienced at the local electronic music label/event production collective’s Switch-On Garden or Data Garden Quartet, which was on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. There will be an accompanying installation entitled Personified, where you are encouraged to use the interface that was originally developed for the plants on your own body. At this evening’s event, you can also take home a print made of plantable paper, consume festive wintry snacks and refreshments, try on a virtual reality helmet, and listen to the music of your own body. Do something different tonight! Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36 St., 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Free, All Ages (Flier by Jason Killinger) - Q.D. Tran

Open Call for Data Garden-curated Force Field Project!

We know that there are plenty of creative folks who read The Deli. The always innovative Data Garden is curating a music + multimedia event for Force Field Project, an annual festival showcasing experimental audio, dance and sculptural art in Philly's forgotten neighborhoods (using art to call attention to the often overlooked, abandoned places). The showcase will take place in a huge warehouse, and Data Garden has put out an open call for ideas to fill the space. For more info about the installation and how you can submit your vision, please check out the video below, then go HERE. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2014.


Data Garden Keeping Things Creative at Historical Society of Frankford June 15

Always keeping things creative in Philly, tonight as part of the Hidden City Festival 2013, Data Gardenwill explore the relationship between historical artifacts, sound and technology by creating an electro-mechanical polyphonic tape loop instrument that controls audio related to objects in the Frankford Historical Society Museum.” Each of the assembled sound samples will be played adjacent to the artifacts that inspired them. Attendees will be encouraged to play these tapes like an organ. There will also be performances by Spaceship Aloha, Jacob 2-2 (Moodgadget) and Mux Mool (Ghostly International), and they’ll be using media from digital archives like YouTube and Archive.org to create new works. If you are looking for a not-so-average night out, this is the place to be. (BTW: We highly recommend that you get your tickets in advance for the ridiculous savings and to reserve a spot for this limited-space event.) Historical Society of Frankford, 1507 Oxford St., 7pm - 10pm, $15 adv/$30 door, All Ages - Alexis V.

Data Garden Releases Two New Albums from Spaceship Aloha & King Britt Today

If you made the trek to Bartram’s Garden for The Switched-On Garden 002 this past Sunday, then you should know experimental electronic music label Data Garden is doing something quite unique for the art and nature worlds, and we are really looking forward to more wonderful events from them. Well, they have two digital releases out today with limited edition plantable seed-paper packaging from gifted sound sculptures Spaceship Aloha, a.k.a. Christopher Sean Powell (Man Man, Adventuredrum, Need New Body), whose debut LP is titled Universe Mahalo: Volume #1, and King Britt, whose 5-track EP is titled The Bee and The Stamen. You can show your support, and purchase the albums HERE.


Data Garden's The Switched-On Garden 002 at Bartram’s Garden Oct. 14

Experimental electronic music label Data Garden will be celebrating its one-year anniversary by closing out this year’s DesignPhiladelphia Festival and returning to West Philly’s Bartram’s Garden today for its The Switched-On Garden 002. The event will bring together nature, electronic music and technology in the beautiful setting of North America’s oldest surviving botanic garden with live music, performances and sculptures. You’ll be treated to sets by King Britt and Spaceship Aloha, a.k.a. Christopher Sean Powell (Man Man, Adventuredrum, Need New Body), who both have new albums, The Bee and The Stamen & Universe Mahalo: Volume #1, being released via Data Garden. Dino Lionetti (Cheap Dinosaurs), Gretchen Lohse, Laura Baird and Allen Crawford will be collaborating to provide the backdrop for an essay inspired by Bartram’s Garden. As you might have experienced at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, musical compositions will be generated by the electronic impulses produced by tropical plants in regards to human interaction with the Data Garden: Duet. Klip Collective will be sharing a soundtrack and images projected “onto an “undulating mist of smoke.” Basically, there will be plenty of more artists and installations throughout the garden blurring the lines between the biological and digital worlds. It’s going to be beautiful outside so grab a blanket and go out to The Switched-On Garden 002 for one unique experience. Bartram’s Garden, 54th St. & Lindbergh Blvd., 2pm - 8:30pm, Free, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman

Data Garden - Quartet: Live at The Philadelphia Museum of Art w/Limited Edition Plantable 7” Available

You can now purchase a recording of Data Garden: Quartet’s live performance from The Philadelphia Museum of Art HERE. There is also a limited edition plantable 7” available. Check out the intro and an excerpt from Quartet: Live at The Philadelphia Museum of Art below.


Weekend Warrior, April 13 - 15

Come check out the Data Garden: Quartet installation that will be going on all weekend in the Megawords exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art - tropical plants and you making electronic music (you bring your own drugs ;o)! If you missed our interview with the Data Garden crew yesterday, you can read it HERE. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th St. Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (FRI - SUN) 10am - 5pm, Free, All Ages - Q.D. Tran

More to choose from this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT 215hiphop.com Presents Beats & Rhymes
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI BITBY Tape Club Release Party w/Blayer Pointdujour & The Rockers Galore and Attia Taylor, SAT (Early - All Ages) Rock to the Future Benefit (1st Annual Race & Rock Scavenger Hunt) w/Cheers Elephant, Conversations With Enemies, Plumes, Vintage Kicks, (Later) Attic Dancers Album Release w/Ruby the Hatchet and Paper Masques, SUN Clamfight and Dirt Farmer
The Level Room (2102 Market St.) SAT Exploding World and Why the Wires, SUN Paige Turner, Sic Bacchus, The Back Pockets
Voyeur (1221 St. James St.) FRI Making Time
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Talain Rayne, SAT Angela Sheik
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Yuki Yuki Yasumi and The Hellstroms, SAT Vital Stats, Alpha Wavez, Fisher, Wailbone, SUN Mikingmihrab
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) SAT The Kwerks
The Blockley (3801 Chestnut St.) FRI Sonni Shine & The Underwater Sounds
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI The Heat Run
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SUN (Downstairs) D & M Album Release w/Kingsfoil, SUN (Upstairs) Clark Park Music Festival Benefit w/Joe Jack Talcum, On the Water, Jampa, Downtown Club, The Chairman Dances
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Cold Roses and Joe Trainor Trio, SAT Keystoned, Vesta, Jason Ager, SUN Beyond Dishonor, Cadaveric Spasm, Through the Flood
Triumph Brewery (117 Chestnut St.) FRI Natural Selection, SAT Dirty Paris and Solaris
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St. Philadelphia) FRI Bleeding Rainbow, SAT Chiptune Workshop w/Dino Lionetti of Cheap Dinosaurs
JR's Bar (2327 S. Croskey St.) FRI Coral Teeth, A Little Affair, The Orginal Marta, Science Club, SAT Ugh God, Sannhet, Thinking Machines
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI The Fleeting Ends and Cold Fronts
Philadelphia Brewing Company (2439 Amber St.) FRI Greensgrow Farms 4th Annual Whole Hog w/Delco Nightingale
Elena’s Soul Lounge (4912 Baltimore Ave.) SAT Motorcycle Maus, Mighty Paradocs, Boy Scout of America
The Station (1550 McKean St.) FRI Fuck Attack and Vitamin Cheese
UPenn (3130 Walnut St.) FRI Quadfest w/Sun Airway
NOSPACE (Please contact one of the acts for details.) FRI Ladies Auxiliary



FYI on DIYs in PHL: Data Garden

Data Garden is an online journal and record label encouraging the discovery of electronic music through the windows of history, science and community. When we intially heard about the collaborative being invited by Megawords (who are running a library and exhibition in conjunction with the photography exhibit of Zoe Strauss: Ten Years) to present a project that would have tropical plants hooked up to specialized electronic sensors to make music, our interest was piqued. Their Data Garden: Quartet installation will be open to the public this weekend (April 13 - 15) at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It will be “the first bio-reactive and plant controlled work of art at The PMA.” Now, you are probably wondering: What does this mean? Well, rather than cutting and pasting their nicely chosen words from the post on the Data Garden website to try to superficially explain, we decided to hit up masterminds Joe Patitucci (a.k.a. Tadoma), Sam Cusumano and Alex Tyson to find out what the Data Garden: Quartet is all about. And we were right! It is pretty damn interesting so now we are really looking forward to seeing it in action this weekend, and we think that you should definitely join us. But first, we suggest that you get a little more enlightened about the installation as well, and check out our interview with the Data Garden crew HERE.



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