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File under "NYC Melting Pot": Rav Shmuel plays Lach's show, July 28

A good humored Orthodox Hasidic rabbi father of six who hangs out in Greenwich Village and plays original compositions on his guitar, Rav Shmuel does not see an inconsistency between these two identities. Rather, he thinks of Judaism and pop music as complementary and often coalescing tools and methods for communication. Rav, who has taught Jewish Philosophy and Talmud at various Universities, has also toured the country with Gefiltefish, his first band, playing sold-out parking lots before and after Phish shows. He does not play klezmer, although he does make the odd Maimonidean joke, and he thinks of himself as a Rock Star. Rav Shmuel will play the Marlin Room at Webster on July 28, during Lach's monthly appointment with Anti-Folk music.


Village on Giant System

This week's Giant System video feature one of my favorite new bands in the Village. The band will be performing at Lincoln Hall on July 14th. 


Farewell, Christopher Pappas!

I can't remember the first time I saw Chris Pappas sing or the first time I saw The Everyday Visuals. I think I know. I think it was at the Lizard Lounge while I was working there. I remember they sang “God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys which is one of my favorite songs. I think it is #2 on my ultimate list. Chris Pappas is an extra-ordinary, once-in-a-life-time local musician. He's kind, humble and talented as hell. I’ve seen him perform in the Lizard Lounge basement, in the attic of a bookstore in Western Mass with Forest Fires and in the courtyard of Kendall Square. He never fails to impress.

I recently saw him conduct an orchestra at the Middle East Downstairs. It was one of the most thrilling musical experiences I’ve had in Boston. He even composed a concerto for feedback guitar. I’ve never heard the crowd at the Middle East be dead silent. Pappas is a treasure, he’s a diamond in the rough, the rough isn’t that bad but, he’s definitely a very sparkly musician. Sadly, Pappas will be leaving us in Boston in July for LA to work on his band The Everyday Visuals and get some fresh air (metaphorically). You can catch him at the Middle East downstairs this Friday with Oranjuly (kick-ass CD release, remember?), The Luxury and Spirit Kid.

Good-bye and Bon Voyage, Chris Pappas, come back soon! You are one of my favorite local musicians.

--Meghan Chiampa


The Deli’s Featured Artist of the Month: Dani Mari

Our recent featured artist is certainly no stranger to Philly’s indie music scene. Whether she’s performing at one of our many venues, hosting an open mic of fresh faces or making sure that your glass is never empty as you listen to your new favorite tunes, Dani Mari is happy to be there helping our local music scene grow. Now, you have a chance to support her when she performs this Friday, July 2 at World Café Live (Downstairs). But first, here are a few words from the lovely Ms. Dani Mari.
The Deli: What inspired you to start writing and performing your own music? 
Dani Mari: I grew up in a very musical family. My father plays guitar and was always jamming out to Eric Clapton, the Allman Brothers Band, the Doors…my mother sings and has a powerful broadway voice singing mostly in that genre and my brother plays drums, guitar and bass. I did the choir and band geek thing throughout high school and finally picked up a guitar in college. I walked away from it for a bit until I was just about 25. Then I decided it was now or never to try to play my music out. I started playing "Fool Me Twice" at the Lickety Split open mic, the Fire, Fergies and just about every other open mic until I got my first show at the Grape Street Pub. I haven't stopped writing or playing since then.  
TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?
DM: I was recently introduced to Sparklehorse who I cannot get enough of. Locally I've been listening to Paper Masques, Hezekiah Jones, Berry Jones, Ryan Williams, Good Boy Elroy and Boy Wonder. There are so many talented musicians here in Philly.
TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
DM: The first concert I ever went to was Jewel, and I fell asleep…lol. After that I saw Radiohead at Madison Square Garden, and it was an amazing show. The first album I ever owned was Debbie Gibson "Electric Youth".
TD: What do you love about Philly?
DM: I love the Philly music scene. Before I started playing out here, I thought the city would be very intimidating. Everyone has been very supportive, and the array of talent in Philly is very inspiring.
TD: What do you hate about Philly?
DM: The Philadelphia Parking Authority - enough said.
TD: What are your plans for 2010?
DM: I plan on having an Album Release Party for Impulsive sometime in the fall. I am also in the process of shooting another music video.
TD: What was your most memorable live show?
DM: One of my most memorable live shows was at this place called Arianna Miles in Quakertown. I opened up for Jeffrey Gaines. It was a cozy room to play in the middle of a snowstorm. The food was great, and Jeffrey Gaines put on a great show. He was also a really nice guy.   
TD: What's your favorite thing to get at the deli?
DM: I like learning about new local artists.  
(Photo by Kristen Cummings)
- The Deli Staff



Deli Record of the Month: Adult Themes

The Noise Rock genre seems to have three main branches: the unstructured, purely noisy one that finds inspiration in Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music; the very structured, super poppy prong that likes to bury beautiful melodies under layers and layers of feedback and guitar noise - a la' Jesus and Mary Chain's Psycho Candy; and finally the still structured but inherently non-pop "thing" that Sonic Youth invented and then refined in their "mature" period, when they mastered the art of what can be called "dissonant songwriting": i.e. noise rock that works like pop music, but achieves that genre's "liberating" effect through the interaction of dissonant elements, rather than melodic ones. Adult Themes is one of the few bands that's developing that idea and making it their own. This band's deranged melodies and dissonant instrumental deviations somehow make perfect musical sense. Their controlled cacophony raises musical tension exactly to the point of alarm rather than ear piercing, unbearable madness. The songs in their debut 7" - Young Bodies and Four Fires - are perfect examples of this and mark an obvious improvement from the band's previous unreleased recorded material. Highly recommended.


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