Weekend Warrior, July 30 - Aug. 1

There is plenty to do this weekend, and hopefully the right weather to do it in, but if you want to be where the partay is at, then we’ll see you at the Mad Decent Block Party this Saturday! It’s a plain and simple rager folks so get ready to have some fun! Expect performances by Diplo, The Deathset, Maluca, Nadastrom, PO PO, Bosco Delrey, Paul Devro, DJ Sega & Brick Bandits, Toadally Krossed Out, Brendan BringEm plus Dirty South Joe & Flufftronix! Did we use too many exclamation points!?! No really - bring your friends, bring your kids and bring anybody who wants to dance. Make sure that you grab some yummy Sixpoints Craft Ales and always drink plenty of water to keep the party from ending a little earlier than you’d like. Mad Decent Mausoleum, 531 N. 12th St., 1pm - 8pm, FREE, ALL AGES
If you are ready for more, here ya go…
2nd Street Festival (No Libs) SUN Black Landlord, Chuck Treece, The Midnight Beat, Tough Shits, The Homophones, Post Post, Adam Arcuragi, Gildon Works, Peasant, Wes Mattheu & the New Way Down and more
Diesel Store (1507 Walnut St.) FRI Diesel Pre-Party w/Po Po
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT It’s The Year 2004 w/ Reef the Lost Cause
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) SAT Green Evening Requiem
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) SAT Surgeon
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Paper Masques and The Fleeting Ends, SUN Hezekiah Jones
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) SUN Sure Juror
The Khyber (56 S. 2nd St.) FRI Live Not On Evil
Tritone (1508 South St.) SAT Creepoid, The Party Photographers, The Sky Drops, Frisky or Trusty
Blockley Pourhouse (3801 Chestnut St.) FRI High Kick
Danger Danger Gallery (5013 Baltimore Ave.) FRI Hot Guts, SAT Sgt. SASS and The Homophones
Millcreek Tavern (4200 Chester Ave.) FRI Baptist Preachers
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) SAT Victoria Spaeth
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Nicki Jaine
The Ox (2nd and Oxford St.) SAT The New Heaven and The New Earth
Fergie’s Pub (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Berry Jones



Live Not On Evil Bid Farewell to The Khyber July 30

With their Misfits-meet-Shellac ‘80s punk rock ethos and crude metal sludge underbelly, Philly’s Live Not On Evil will be a part of local history tonight. Along with Lustkillers, The Fishnet Stalkers, and Smoker & The Rollers, the Creep Records-signed underground punk/metal/goth triptych will play one of the last shows at the Khyber before the fêted Old City pub closes its doors to live music. It should be a live set of epic proportions - and one only appropriate for a band that loves their city. The Khyber, 56 S. 2nd Street, 9pm, $10, 21+ - Annamarya Scaccia



Nicki Jaine Opens Projektfest’10 at The Troc July 30

Deliciously acoustic, this one woman wonder blurs the line between steamy blues and cabaret with class. On top of crafting original songs and revamping tunes from the 30s and 40s, Nicki Jaine is known to sing in German mesmerizing listeners with her Marlene Dietrich-type swagger. “Sometimes Sunshine” unfolds like the nocturnal melodies of Old World Gypsy camps, her diction bringing to mind the enigmatic Bowie and his intergalactic alter-ego Ziggy Stardust. “Pretty Faces” is dramatic and haunting without sounding over-the-top. With the crackle of old time radio, “Sound of Girls” is surreal and raw. Delivered like a gloomy Liza Minnelli as Cabaret’s Sally Bowles, Jaine’s name belongs in lights. Having recently collaborated with Black Tape for a Blue Girl, Philly’s sultry siren reunites with NYC based darkwave darlings for Projecktfest’10, “a non-stop all ages goth cabaret” with Unto Ashes, The Twilight Garden, and Voltaire. The Trocadero, 1003 Arch St., 8pm, $10, All Ages - Dianca Potts



Paper Masques Hitting Old Haunt at The Fire July 30

Tonight Paper Masques make their way to The Fire. This collective, the brainchild of Stephen Quaranta (Zelda Pinwheel), has transformed from solo acoustic project to ghostly psychedelic folk orchestrations. The bands debut LP Tell the Ghosts It’s Suppertime, released in March of ’09, has all the bells and whistles both figuratively and literally with a copious rotating cast of musicians helping to record songs out of skeletons. Come see this show since it seems to be a one-off performance for these cats. You’ll also get a chance to hear what Brian Ashby (The Teeth, Flashy Python) has been up to. The Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave, 10pm, $7, 21+ - Adam G.



The Deli’s Featured Artist(s) of the Month: Notekillers

We have to admit that we couldn’t help rooting for Notekillers. These veterans of the indie music scene are back and certainly sound like they are ready to show a whole new generation how to simply rock! We caught up with guitarist David First to get the skinny on Notekillers. (Or is it The Notekillers?)
The Deli: How did Notekillers start?
David First: Way, way, way, back, back, back in the day, in 1976, two of us, Halkin & I, rekindled a bandmate-hood that began in junior high. We started out totally improvising what we called "free rock" and slowly began imposing spring-loaded structures that I started bringing in. Another old friend, Bilenky, came in much later - sometime in 1977. Version 1.0 lasted till 1981. We reconvened in 2004 shortly after re-animator extraordinaire Thurston Moore mentioned us in an article in Mojo magazine. We're having MUCH more fun this time around.
TD: Where did the band name come from?
DF: Those were rebellious, angry times, and in that spirit, it seemed important that we take a stand against something personal for us. Notes - polite, proper pitches and sounds - seemed like a worthy adversary. We wanted to annihilate them…or at least see that they got a good slapping around. Sometimes it's Notekillers and sometimes it's The Notekillers - we can never seem to definitively decide.
TD: What are your biggest musical influences?
DF: The original rock & rollers - especially Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley & Link Wray. Psychedelic rock of the late 60s - Yardbirds, QMS, J. Airplane, and maybe, especially, a Philly band from back then - Mandrake Memorial. Free Jazz (Cecil Taylor, Albert Ayler), serious funk (early Kool & the Gang, Parliament/Funkadelic). The subversive structures of John Fahey. And for me, personally, my studies with local legend Dennis Sandole - under whose guidance I developed the chord-melody concepts behind all our stuff.
TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?
DF: I love people who are trying to create something genuinely new and nonretro. These days that generally means artists working largely in the realm of sound sans vocals or played-out ego memes. People such as Zs, Oneida, Parts & Labor, Noveller. Just saw Weasel Walter's new trio w/Marc Edwards - Cellular Chaos - and that was pretty terrific. Philly guy Nick Millevoi always seems to be in the middle of something interesting - saw him do a lovely solo show a couple weeks ago. We did a show at the M-Room recently with Empty Shapes - they impressed us with their entrancing heaviness.
TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
DF: We're old - the Doors at the Town Hall was the first show Halkin & I went to - and I even got Ray Manzarek’s autograph. First album was Meet the Beatles purchased at EJ Korvettes on Welsh & the Blvd.
TD: What do you love about Philly?
DF: The kids and bands that have made things way livelier and healthier than things were when we were starting out. The Philly creative music scene receives national attention - those of us who've been around long enough know that this wasn't always the case. Not by a long-shot.
TD: What do you hate about Philly?
DF: The chip on the shoulder that I still sense sometimes.
TD: What are your plans for 2010?
DF: Get back to playing more shows. We took time off to get a new record together - which is now done. It's called We're Here to Help and will be officially available in early November on Prophase Records. But we'll probably have it at shows earlier than that. Otherwise, we're working on new material and ever-new ways to blow up things and take people for a ride on the shards.
TD: What was your most memorable live show?
DF: All Tomorrow’s Parties in England a couple years ago was fun - I could easily get used to playing in front of a thousand-plus people all the time. A recent show at Union Pool in Brooklyn that encored with saxophonist Daniel Carter joining us was a blast. And anytime we've played at Pilam.
TD: What's your favorite thing to get at the deli?
DF: Breyers mint chocolate chip.
- The Deli Staff