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Yula Beeri (ex Nanuchka) CD release party: 04.23 at Santos

We were big fans of the Nanuchka's theatrical pop - but then they split up. The band's Israeli lead singer and multi instrumentalist Yula Beeri is now going the solo way with an album that (apparently) was not only recorded but also written in just 24 hours - now that's what we call being extremely productive! On her side ex Blue Man Isaac Gardner and a bunch of talented musicians that call themselves "the Extended Family". Yula's histrionic qualities are once again confirmed in the breathtaking - almost ska - single Back Off America. The release party of the CD (entitled "Dark Side of The Bee") promises to be entertaining - don't miss it: April 23 at Santos Party House.


The Salts Part Ways

Yes, The Salts have split up, but in their wake they leave three solid albums that you can now download for free. Each band member has other projects to focus on, Travis Lee Wiggins is still continuing to play and record with his solo project Essex Chanel, as well as with his other two current bands, The Personal FX and Dolphins Swimming. Mike Rice is starting a new band that you can visit here. Luke Krause has been playing drums for City at Large. It sad to see the band part ways, but it’s great to get some free music!


Pilam in Jeopardy!?!

Well, I just received some awful news yesterday for our indie music community. As some of you may or may not know, Pilam’s Human BBQ was shutdown early this Saturday by the cops. It was definitely a huge buzzkill for what was a fantastic day/evening! What’s worse is that I was told the venue/house is in jeopardy of being shutdown by Penn which means all future events are currently in limbo that also includes The Deli’s Best of Philly Showcase scheduled for next Saturday w/Reading Rainbow, Grandchildren and Levee Drivers. We are currently looking into an alternative venue just in case Penn decides to shut them down, but we are hoping for the best. I’ll keep you updated about Penn’s decision and the moving or rescheduling of The Deli’s Best of Philly Showcase. We know. This SUCKS! We’re totally bummed too. - Q.D. Tran



Live Review: Blunt Mechanic, And I Was Like What?, Lee Corey Oswald - April 8th at Berbati's Pan


Singer, guitarist and songwriter Ben Barnett has a new sound, a new band, and a new LP - World Record - coming out April 20th. I got a chance to check out his band, Blunt Mechanic, at Berbati’s Pan last Thursday, along with Portland groups And I Was Like What? and Lee Corey Oswald.

The crowd was sparse and the atmosphere quite dark, but that didn’t keep any of the bands from rocking out hard. The Oswald duo opened the show and reminded me once again how much I love listening to acoustic guitars and a sweet harmony. However, I have to admit that their harmonization was a little off live, and they at times sounded like they were trying to yell over each other. They got the crowd all warmed up and raring to go though, and once And I Was Like What? stepped on stage, the crowd was ready to groove to their Americana pop beats.

This all-bearded band really had their shit together and it's hard to believe they are still unsigned. They sounded fantastic live, and I absolutely loved the band’s use of the electric violin.

By the time Blunt came on I was starting to feel the fatigue setting in, so I was hoping they were going to bring some mad energy to the stage. Lucky for me they did. The best was definitely saved for last in this case, and Blunt was just as much fun to watch as they were to listen to. Barnett is not new to the music scene; in fact, he released 10 albums with the band Kind of Like Spitting and works as the Music Director of Seattle’s School of Rock. All of his experience shows on stage, and his enthusiasm and passion pours over you like a banana split with a cherry on top.

All three bands have upcoming shows in the Northwest, so keep your eyes glued to The Deli and your ears tuned to your local radio stations.

- Deanna Uutela


Casting Call for Free Energy’s “Bang Pop” Video!

Did you see the “balloon video” and think “those Free Energy dudes look like fun guys - I’d love to be in one of their videos”? Well, you might have your chance! If you are available for shooting April 16 - 19, come down to Urban Outfitters (1627 Walnut St.) tomorrow Tuesday, April 13th from 5 - 7pm for your chance to be cast in Free Energy’s “Bang Pop” video. There are over 100 parts to be filled for the video. For casting, please bring a photo ID. If you are under 18 years old and want to be in the video, you must have a parent or guardian with you. Come dressed to impress, especially the ladies! - The Deli Staff


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