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Me Likey An American Chinese at North Star Bar June 17

An American Chinese reminds me of that feeling you get when you hear something that's totally new and yet oddly familiar at the same time, like an old friend that you forgot about and then remembered is absolutely amazing. There's definitely a lot of that punky folk-pop, not unlike the Violent Femmes, and then other tracks carry the mark of Elephant 6 bands, with their playful synths and vocal harmonies. But neither of these things is particularly intrusive, and at the end of your listening experience, all you can really think of is "Hmm...An American Chinese...Wow." Also get there early for those space oddities Orbit to Leslie. North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar Street, 9pm, $8, 21+ - Joe Poteracki



Join Us at Molestice This Saturday June 19!!!

OK, so I once lived on a rare block in Center City with a bunch of my friends. Well, around the corner on Cherry St., but we were honorary Mole people. If you are thinking to yourself “Cherry St., I think that I’ve been there before”, you probably have been. My house was a commune for weird musicians who liked to get fucked up and the people who liked to get fucked up and listen to them play, but outside just around the bend, you had plenty of strange characters hiding in their Colonial style row homes that once were used as servants’ quarters for the plantation. You had self-elected Mayor of Mole St. Neil Benson, a former international photo journalist turned dumpster diver and “found art” trailblazer, the pro skaters and their gang of shredding junkies and video filmmakers, the dreadlock people who liked twirling fire, Mrs. Polanski (R.I.P.) who was pretty crazy and racist but we forgave her because she was too old to know better, the Swedish dude who sells cheese and loves to dance (no, he’s not on drugs - I don’t think) almost as much as he loves his trusty sidekick/master “Super Dog”, and many, many more. It was/is a great community of folks, and almost like clockwork or maybe a sundial, we shutdown our beloved N. Mole St. to celebrate “Molestice”.

What’s Molestice? It’s when music, food and drunken people all collide into a shitload of fun for hopefully the longest day of the year (or most likely the Saturday before it:o)! Well, I’d like to invite everyone and their friends to join us this Saturday for the 26th Annual Molestice Block Partay! The Deli was asked to invite some of our talented, fun-loving friends so we figured that it’s not really a partay without the high-energy performance and comical lyrical stylings of Chang Chang (oh yes - “we’ll paint this city red, and then we’ll paint it back again”). We also couldn’t resist asking former Featured Artists of the Month, Harry Rocket and Attia Taylor. We might get to experience our first live “hair rocket”! You’ll surely be smitten by the experimental pop of the adorable Attia Taylor. The community of Mole people and friends, Wasted Potatoes, Casey Alvarez, The Paper Janes, and 61 North, will also be kicking off the festivities. There will be FREE FOOD and BEER provided by the kind and friendly neighborhood residents and generous sponsor Rex’s Pizza. Molestice, N. Mole St. (between 15th/16th St. and Cherry/Race St.), 12pm - 8pm, FREE, All Ages

Molestice Lineup Schedule: Wasted Potatoes - 12pm; The Paper Janes - 1pm; Casey Alvarez - 2pm; 61 North - 3pm; Chang Chang - 4pm; Hair Rocket - 5pm; Attia Taylor - 6pm; DJ Adrian Hardy - 7pm

- Q.D. Tran


The Spooks Release Sleepy Monsters 7” and Plan Summer Tour

I’m thinking if The Spooks don’t headline next year’s Zombie Beach Party, then I might have to boycott it. I’m just sayin’. Here’s a taste from their latest 7” Sleepy Monsters called "Sleepy Sleepy" that they’ll be touring nationally in support of this summer. Take a listen. You tell me if they should be playing at a beach party for the living dead. The Spooks will also be coming out with their debut LP which they are recording with Adam Granduciel from The War on Drugs and will be releasing it on Trig Club, a new label started by the bloggers behind Yvnyl and Frightened By Bees. - H.M. Kauffman


U.S. Girls Opening for Pocahaunted at KFN June 15

With the reemergence of lo-fi muse Ariel Pink and his more polished work on 4AD, you might have pondered what U.S. Girls (a.k.a. Meg Remy, born Meghan Uremovich) would sound like with more resources behind her. Well, Remy has wondered that herself, but for now, I have to say, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” She’ll be opening tonight at KFN for Pocahaunted (cool name, but get there early because I’m thinking the hometown girl will probably be the highlight of the evening). Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman



FYI on DIYs in PHL: PhillyMetal.com

As chief instigator of local black metal outfit Woe, Chris Grigg knows firsthand the lack of love metal feels in Philadelphia. “I have been playing music for what I think of as a long time and always felt that the metal scene in particular was simply overlooked and disorganized.” In response, Grigg launched his site, Phillymetal.com, this past September, with the intention of drawing attention to and unifying the local metal community. The minimalistic and monochromatic metal hub, modeled after the dial-up billboard services of yore, hosts a daily list of area shows and an extensive message board for metal fans, bands and promoters alike to trade opinions and information. For the Woe frontman, Phillymetal.com is about exposing metal and developing a constant “built-in” crowd, and once it was launched, he “got major support from pretty much every band and promoter in the city, and the rest is history.”
We had a chance to chat with Grigg about his website, the metal underground and why it deserves more attention.
The Deli: Why do you think Philly's metal scene is barely recognized?
Chris Grigg: It's hard to say. I don't know if there really is one answer. Lack of communication, poor show promotion, limited venue support? Horrible egos? Bands that are simply... not that good?
Things have changed a lot in the last few years and it's probably easier to talk about why things are getting better. I see it as a cumulative effect. The punk and metal scenes now have major crossover, which really got the ball rolling. My website launched, which gives promoters access to a much large number of metal fans than the city has ever had and encourages a community and networking. You have venues that are far more supportive of metal than anything we've ever seen, particularly Kung Fu Necktie and the M Room, but there are shows at the Barbary and an ever-growing number of DIY houses and warehouses all over the place.
TD: Does it shock you at all that the local music community doesn't pay attention to metal all that much, considering Decibel, a well-known metal mag, is based here?
CG: It shocks me more that Decibel does absolutely nothing for the metal community more than anything else. They put their name on shows here and there, and I guess plug them on their message board, but if they want to help, they should do a report on our fantastic scene in their magazine. As for the local music community...metal and punk have always been somewhat segregated from everything else. It's good in a way. It helps ensure that those who are there are interested in the music, not the social scene. I'd rather keep things small and dedicated than have adults who don't know anything about the music trying to act like they do because it's suddenly hip. On the flipside, there is a lot of value in underground metal that I think has appeal outside of our community. There's a lot for other scenes to learn, just as there's a lot our scene can learn from others.
TD: Going through PhillyMetal.com, it's a very simple site, visually and content wise (only show listings and a board). Why is that? Why keep the site to the bare minimum?
CG: There are a few reasons. A lot of reasons. First and foremost, I designed the site to fill very specific needs: reach the area's metal fans to promote shows, help bands, and build community. Any needs beyond that are already filled by another site, meaning that if I waste my time doing it, it probably won't be used because someone else is doing it better. It's like... I could add the ability to upload videos of bands playing and then have a Videos section of the site... but it would never be as good as YouTube, so you know what? If you want to share a video, go to youtube.com and then post the link on our message board. Don't waste my bandwidth. 
TD: What do you hope for the future of Philly Metal and metal in Philly?
CG: The website is not important. Sooner or later, something will come around that does it better and my site will be replaced. I want Philadelphia to make a mark. I want people to talk about Philadelphia (I'd settle for East Coast Metal) the way they talk about Sweden or the American Northwest. We are on our way but still need more quality people involved, more quality bands appearing, more shows, more noise, more art, MORE CHAOS!
TD: What’s your favorite thing to get in the deli?
CG: Oh...Uhh...Matzo Balls, if it's a Jewish deli.
- The Deli Staff



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