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June 2014
Thomas Comerford
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Thomas Comerford has spent the last three years preparing for his second solo album, II, the follow up 2011's Archive + Spiral. The result is a thoughtful, introspective album filled folk and western sounds and themes. Most of the eight tracks are built from acoustic guitar and deep, rich vocals. The sound and style could be compared to Mike Johnson. Several tracks, "Silt and Dust", "Chrysalis", "Prefer Not To", and others, then build with twang and organic instrumentation into small southern symphonies. This is bedroom meets barroom but at times it swells into larger realms. This is most apparent in "Done and Done" with its lush full band sound. II will be released by Strange Weather Records on June 10th.


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The Deli's SXSW Issue 2014 is online!

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P.S. 10k free copies of this issue hit the street of Austin during SXSW Music week!


New Video: "Dirty Laundry" (Live) - Cayetana

Cayetana's Augusta Koch (guitar/vocals) and Allegra Anka (bass) performed an endearing, stripped-down version of "Dirty Laundry" for the most recent Space Jam Sessions. The original appears on the trio's upcoming LP Nervous Like Me (Tiny Engines). The full band will be headlining OK Fest this Friday at West Philly's Golden Tea House. (Photo by Ally Newbold)

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Avery Rosewater Opening for People Get Ready at JB’s July 30

It feels like it’s been a moment since we’ve come across Avery Rosewater in a live setting. The local outfit, fronted by Arches’ Julien Rossow-Greenberg, is a freewheelin’ rock ‘n’ roll band that doesn’t shy away from dreamy reverb on the vocals. They shared a digital single, “Jeff 24,” this past spring, which felt reminiscent of earlier War on Drugs tracks. Avery Rosewater will be opening tonight at Johnny Brenda’s for former Deli NYC print cover boys and girl, People Get Ready, who are particularly known for their entertaining live performances. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $12, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman

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New Music Video: "Snakeskin" - TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb

TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb premiered a new music video, which was produced by the group and Talk Design, earlier this week over at Philebrity. It was for their track, "Snakeskin," off the band's latest EP KONG. They also shared that all five songs from the record will get their own music video and that the album will be re-issued on September 9 via local music collective American Diamond Recordings. You can catch TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb in the flesh this Sunday at 2nd St. Fest.


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

Born into a family of horn players, it wasn’t until discovering Eminem while driving with his mother (of all places) that local emcee Armani White began finding his musical voice and putting words together into rhymes. Having lived in Philly all his life, the young rapper and recent Deli Philly Featured Artist Poll Winner has plenty to say about his hometown - good and bad. You can learn about the up-and-coming artist, his music, his crew LegendBound, and much more in our interview HERE.

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

- by Alexis V.


Born into a family of horn players, it wasn’t until discovering Eminem while driving with his mother (of all places) that local emcee Armani White began finding his musical voice and putting words together into rhymes. Having lived in Philly all his life, the young rapper and recent Deli Philly Featured Artist Poll Winner has plenty to say about his hometown - good and bad. You can learn about the up-and-coming artist, his music, his crew LegendBound, and much more in our interview below.
 
 
The Deli: How did you start making music? 
 
Armani White: I was really young. I always say 2nd grade but that was when I started rhyming words. I've always had knack for different instruments streaming from my family line. I come from a family of horn players; my grandfather taught Jeff Bradshaw how to play the horn, and all of my uncles and cousins are in brass bands. So I've always been around music. But really starting to write it out was around 2nd grade. I started listening to Eminem at a very early age when I heard him in my mom’s Hyundai, which is almost cancerous! I was sort've shut out creatively by my family; it wasn't fully their fault - I don't believe. My mother was working most of the time, and I was spending my time sneaking off the school bus to find my own way home. So hearing someone like Eminem express himself how he pleased in a song like "Kill You," which was nothing like any other type of music that ever crossed paths with me. It inspired me to start writing, abandoning homework assignments to match up different words in the dictionary. That was the hobby before writing rhymes, finding what actually did rhyme. From there on, it's just been consistent work!
 
TD: Is Armani White your real or stage name? If it isn't, what is your real name, and where did the idea to use Armani White come from?
 
AW: Armani is my actual name, and White is my second last name... if that makes sense? Haha…
 
TD: What are your biggest musical influences?
 
AW: Eminem is a huge influence. He's the reason I first grabbed a pen and decided to express myself however I chose to. Beanie Sigel was big to me, when I was at a darker stage in my life but not so much now, even though I'm still a fan. The people I make music with, as well, are big influences on my music. They don't necessarily challenge me as far as writing a rap song because they make all types of music, but it helps me stretch the parameters when I'm making music, asking myself stuff like: how far can I stretch this sound, how vibrant can we make these background noises, how nostalgic can we take the listener with this one - stuff like that. Kanye West is definitely an influence for obvious reasons. He's definitely William Shakespeare... In the flesh... Haha…
 
TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?
 
AW: Surprisingly, even with being in connection with so many Philly acts, I don't listen to any one local. I don’t know; I just haven't found the right bands or artists to gravitate towards yet. I have no doubt that they will soon come though. The only locals I listen to are the people I make music with. But on my playlist is:
WoodKid, Toro Y Moi, Eminem, 50 Cent's Massacre album is in heavy rotation, Majid Jordan, Blood Orange, Ryan Hemsworth, FKA Twigs, Arctic Monkeys, Fu-Schnickens, JANELLE MONAE, OG Snoop Dogg (Doggystyle Snoop), MIA, ONYX - BACDAFUCUP, Pharrell, Flocka, Tyler the Creator, AlunaGeorge, and a bunch of blues mix CDs I find around the house - I don't really know the artists’ names though.
 
TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
 
AW: The first concert I can remember was Power 99's PowerHouse 22 in 2004. That was wild man! It was like a prime year in music - State Property, G-Unit, Mase, LL Cool, Lloyd and a bunch of other people. Man, I was like 10 in the front row hype as hell because I was a huge Beanie Sigel and 50 Cent fan at the time. The first Album I can remember buying was The Eminem Show. That was wayyyy back when you just played the album all the way through and didn't know which song was coming next (as if the CD didn't come with a tracklist… haha). But I use to be in my shower yelling, "WHITE AMERICAAAA" - all the time, and I didn't even know what that meant! After that, I bought a Sam Cooke album, which is like a complete transition... Don't ask… haha.
 
TD: What do you love about Philly?
 
AW: Man, it has all the qualities of a big city in such a compact area. I love the diversity of the city so much. Like you can go on one street and be in the middle of an Iraq warzone, then like three streets over, there's grad students walking their dogs… lol… it's awesome! One of my favorite places in the city is Logan Square, I just found out it had a name after 19 years of living here. I always referred to it as the "the fountain" or super love park… haha. I love the subculture of the city as well; it's like the most public secrete place ever. Like there's no press here or anything. Everything just flows.
 
TD: What do you hate about Philly?
 
AW: That it’s not NYC, LA, or London… haha. I hate the selection of women in Philadelphia A LOT. Like for every 32 ghetto chicks, there's 4 well-minded ones. I live in the Yard section right behind University City, so I kind've see the actual inner city more than the city lights, and egh... I just sometimes feel trapped in. Like I always loved EVERYTHING about Philly… until I moved out of Philly in 2010… Then I was like - "what the hell was I thinking?" Haha… Like sometimes when it just really doesn't look like there's any way out, it scares me sometimes because I'm so used to moving around a lot. When I'm in Philly too long, I feel stagnant. But Philly will always have my heart. I hate SEPTA definitely, but I think I share that common hatred with everyone in the city. I hate that the limited amount Chick-Fil-A's in the city. I hate the hip-hop culture in Philly, and how it's becoming a leech of everywhere else other than Philly; like we kind've lost our sound, it's drowned out by trap and other stuff you find on the radio. I REALLY HATE the unity in Philly. It's like nonexistent. Like nobody is helping anybody do anything and that's the reason nobody is paying attention to us. Things need to be more hand in hand for us to ever grow and be recognized like we once was. I'm ranting sorry.
 
TD: What are your plans for 2014?
 
AW: Make all of Philly either fear me or follow me as I take on the world!!!! I have A lot A lot A lot of Music to put out, 2 - 3 EPs (I don’t know which are gonna make it out) and at least 10 loose track songs that I'll flood the internet with. You guys will be first to hear about it! 
 
The team I'm with is LegendBound, and the artist roster's currently: Armani White (Me), KilConfirmed, C. Watts, MarshallRoad, Chris (I don't know his stage name… haha), Tristan and Brooklyn. But then we have other's that help with everything else like Divine and Alix/Mclov (Cool ass nickname… haha) and a bunch of extras who're kinda their to carry the name.
 
Me and KilConfirmed are linking up to form a duo called The Deadbeats (don't ask… haha), and we're dropping a project. Then Me, Kil and Watts are putting the T.O.L.L. project out. We've been done that since December ,but now we're working with Tristan on the visuals. Tristan's dropping some music later this summer; it's like that genre-less cool music that's in that Toro Y Moi lane… haha. Kil's dropping an instrumental Project. The band, MarshallRoad, is putting out an LP, and I have like one feature on there, but I'm doing a lot of executive production on there. The HatexLyfe project is being put together as well. Chris plays guitar, and he raps, so he's putting some bluegrass and hip-hop out sometime this month. Brooklyn's somewhere in between wanting to make beats, wanting to mix, and being a college student, but she has some cool sounds too! We're still working with her and helping her perfect everything! I have a bunch of studio sessions and mixing sessions and stuff lined up. I'm trying to bring myself back to life in the merchandise world and get back on stage for performing and get back to the fun part of being an artist for the rest of the summer. Man, we're just working our asses off and trying to have fun while doing it!
 
TD: What was your most memorable live show?
 
AW: In 2012, I did Sneaker Pimps with Flatbush Zombies, Action Bronson and Pro Era. I was playing Forza Horizon with CJ Fly and them during the soundcheck. Then we were stealing VIP seats and getting served Heineken, and I was like 17… haha.
 
TD: What's your favorite thing to get at the deli?
 
AW: If the corner store counts, pretzels, a $.50 cup of water ice, 10 of those sour punch straw singles for $.05, a $.35 cent pack of Doublemint, a steak and Fruit snacks... Definitely fruit snacks - that should've been first… haha.

 

 

 

 

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Free Download: "Falling" (Julee Cruise Cover) - Resistor

Are you a Twin Peaks fan? Well, Resistor certainly is, and to celebrate the David Lynch cult classic being released on blu-ray today, they recorded a cover of Julee Cruise's "Falling," which can be streamed and downloaded below. You can also catch the group performing it live this evening at Silk City.

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Spazz Presents Celebrates 5th Anniversary in Philly at PhilaMOCA July 29

Tonight, PhilaMOCA helps Spazz Presents celebrate the 5th anniversary of Jeff Blinder making his trek north from Greenville, North Carolina. This evening's bill packages a quartet of singer-songwriters, including three Philly acts Eric Petersen of Mischief Brew, Fletcher VanVliet of On the Water, and Cricket Joe. Alongside a few of our local favorites, Duluth, Minnesota native (the hometown of the legendary Bob Dylan) David Dondero will also be making a special appearance. Come out, kick back, and listen to some excellent tunes while helping to cheers the last 5 years of Spazz booking rad shows in our local music community. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 8pm, $6, All Ages - Michael Colavita


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