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October 2014


Steve Voss paints the picture of a mid-aughts major label stalwart that eventually buckled under the weight of feedback from the mess of people involved in the process. Framed with this context, the moniker Tetherball comes into sharp relief. At the end of his rope and refusing to be swatted back and forth into submission, Voss withdrew from Atlantic Records and his home state of Colorado. He receded to a studio in an industrial neck of Nashville, still tinkering with sound but with a very cracked perspective; essentially the industry version of Lazlo Hollyfeld.


Tetherball's album will officially drop October 28th via Silver Point Recods. Even if this backstory weren’t true, “Whimsy” still sounds like someone reveling in their eccentricity. It’s weird, and deals it out its peculiarity in mid-tempo canters and clearly-baked moseys. Sci-fi plays just as big of a thematic influence as personal experience, so if you have a taste for the slightly off-center, parts of this album will have you clapping your hands in delight. The guitar tone has a tendency to do infectiously cool things, like the jangle at the opening of “Vegetarian” or the tit for tat that kicks off “Bootss.” This album could probably play in tandem with any South Park episode and mirror it with frightening accuracy.


This is not to say that Voss has lost all awareness of pop sensibility. For very Primus off-note there is an alternative snarl, which makes for an interesting and palatable listen. Tetherball maintains a high level of theatrics throughout, from the grand sweeping boredom of “Hometown” to the Western swing of "Boulderado" the big top rhythm of “Spring Chicken,” a track that had me playing indie-rock matchmaker and wondering for a second how cool it would be to see them on tour with Thao and the Get Down Stay Down.


“Whimsy” is an amazing first statement from this fledgling band. It’s clear that this is a pin pulled from a grenade, and that the Tetherball dimension is something that will only expand. We can’t wait to see how this band evolves. Stream the album HERE, and check out their website at: www.tetherballmusic.com

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The Deli's SXSW Issue 2014 is online!

Read it digitally here.

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

Weekend Warrior, December 19 - 21

Tonight at Underground Arts will be an artist statement of sorts for Chipocrite, who is celebrating the release of his debut LP Wordplay, a culmination of years of writing, reworking, and evolving songs into the sound imagined when he began making chiptune music. The result is an expansive experience and a rock ‘n’ roll fantasy. It is an aggressive and playful album at the intersection of Chipocrite’s progressive rock roots and 8-bit infatuation. The album is a long time coming, with certain songs dating back to his previous band MJ Project, so it is fitting that his old band members will be joining him on this evening’s bill. The new project, The Blurry Nights, makes tight, proggy gems with intricate guitar leads and tasty synthesizer licks. Also, recently announced was a MJ Project mini-reunion before Chipocrite’s set, something that he had hinted at and probably won’t happen again. Making the long journey from Amaris (that is a planet) to join them tonight is Chronicles of Sound, a cosmic rock band on a life threatening and altering mission to overthrow god-emperor Drekin and discover “The Sound.” Good friend, collaborator and past bandmate Daniel Davis, a.k.a. An0va, is opening the festivities, Philly’s Enerjawn will be handling visuals for the evening.  Come by and enjoy the celebration of new music and old friends! Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 9pm, $12, 21+ - Adam G.
Other places to escape the chill this weekend…
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI The Roddenberries
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Weird Hot, El Malito & the 33rd Century, I think Like Midnight, SAT Cheerleader, Dream Safari, Louds
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Bird Watcher, Shark Tape, Wild Orphan, SAT Ladybird, SUN Cassavetes
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Penrose, Mat Burke, The Rivals, August Lutz, SAT Moonshine Social, Jesus’ Older Brother, SUN YS The DJ, Reef the Lost Cauze
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT Girls Rock Philly: Winter Programs Showcase
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI The Paper Shakers: Christmas Variety Show, SAT Betty Iron Thumbs, The Glitterbombs, Sick Panda, Kevin
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) SAT The Kalob Griffin Band, American Babies, Church Girls
TLA (334 South St.) FRI GoGo Morrow, Aaron Parnell Brown, Guordan Banks, Crown Bella
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT York Street Hustle, SUN Chest Grove
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Atley Moon & The Say Something Sound Machine,Adam Travis, SAT Square Peg Round Hole, Beverly Mud, SUN Zah Garner, Shon Goner, Suillecram, Lil Benji, Suirad Franklin, Drohn Banga
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Vilebred, Son Step, Halfro, Voss, The Funky T
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Philly Tapes Philly: Kate Faust, Minka, SAT Creem Circus, New Sound Brass Band
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Tweed, SAT Screaming Rattler
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) SUN MAST w/members of The Fresh Orchestra, FLOTE, Nommo
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) FRI Redd Panda
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.)  FRI The Donuts, SAT Caroline Reese, SUN Rusty Cadillac
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Knightlife, Beautiful Madness /The Spirit World, Northern Liberties, Wally, SAT Blakeslee (CD Release), Working Class Villains, Could’ve Been Kings/Death Maschine, Klockenhouzer, Nearest
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Rowboat Casino, East of the West, Zymotic Flow, The Riverside Odds, SAT Bosom Band
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI King Midas The Rapper, Aye-t Poseidonq Q, SUN (3pm) Beware, Outer Heaven. Nothing Left/(6pm) Knightlife
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Hoochie Coochie Men, The Heat Run, Jason Ager, Man Illuminated, Tom Mackell, SAT The Jawn, Confused Disciples, Rob Tait
Ardmore Music Hall FRI Stolen Rhodes, SUN Liz Longley
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) SAT Fight Amp, UltraMantis Black
Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock Street, Suite 76) SUN Victory Boy (Album Release), Jantones

Weird Hot Record Release Show at JB's Dec. 19

Shawn Kilroy and the other members of eclectic funk noir sextet, Weird Hot, have always been known to keep things interesting. And that's exactly what they did with the recording of their new ten-song self-titled LP that they started to lay down in NYC, fine tuned with Jeff Ziegler (Uniform Recordings), and finished up in an old Mummers clubhouse. The band is all set to celebrate the album’s release at Johnny Brenda's tonight. And they'll be joined by the high-energy live performance of El Malito, who recently cut a new two-song EP and released a music video for their politically charged track “The Pissed Off Angry Voice of Losers.” The show will be opened by the instrumental rock quartet I Think I Like Midnight. Johnny Brenda's, 1201. N Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Bill McThrill


New Video: "Masturbation" (Space Jams Sessions) - Mumblr

Below is a new Space Jams Sessions with Mumblr. The band put out an impressive seventeen-track LP entitled Full Of Snakes this past September via Fleeting Youth Records. Here's a stripped-down performance of their song, "Masturbation." They'll be playing next in Philly on Saturday, December 27 at Yarga's Basement for Day 1 of Kat Kat Phest.


New Cave People EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

There’s a natural strength that emerges unfiltered in earnest music. That honesty engages in a fundamental way that can’t be discarded or thrown to the side. Scranton transplant, David Tomaine, a.k.a. Cave People’s latest EP Older, which was engineered by Matt Schimelfenig of Three Man Cannon/Miner Street Recordings and released via Stereophonodon Records, has that small town but universal sound we all crave sometimes. You can stream the record in its entirety below.



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