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

 
The Spinning Leaves recently released the vinyl Love on Ropeadope Records. Probably aptly named for the way that they feel about Philly’s local music scene, the duo Michael “the” Baker and Barbara “B the Leaf” Gettes are the proud parents of Excited Light Productions who have been responsible for The Philly Folk Parade, but this interview is about the celebration of their music and victory in our most recent poll.
 
The Deli: When did you start playing together?
 
The Spinning Leaves: October 16, 2006 ~ a day after Michael met Barbara at her birthday party.
 
TD: What are your biggest musical influences, and what artists (local/national/international) are you currently listening to?
 
B:  Hmmm...The Pixies, Otis Redding, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, The Grateful Dead, Bonnie Prince Billy, David Byrne, Devendra (& family), really dig the new Hope Sandoval & Massive Attack stuff right now, Leonard Cohen, The Flamingoes, Maurice Sendak, Woody Guthrie, A Tribe Called Quest, soundtracks from Wes Anderson movies, The American Roots program on NPR, Scrapper Blackwell, The Shins, Ali Farka Toure, Cat Power, The Beatles, The Velvet Underground, Townes Van Zandt, The Beastie Boys, Bob Dylan, Radiohead, and Klezmer music. As for local - The Philly Folk Parade folks and the West Philly Orchestra!
 
M:  Gonna go ahead and agree with B on all that. And, without repeating, add Pavement and Malkmus with the Jicks, Johnny Showcase and the Lefty Lucy Cabaret, Chris Bathgate, Vetiver, Animal Collective, Neil Young, NOMO, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Air, Gillian Welch, Madlib, The Kinks, Will Oldham’s other stuff such as the Palace jawns and Superwolf, Califone, Phil D'agostino, Joanna Newsom, The Liars, Johnny Miles, love, The Skygreen Leopards, Castanets, Silver Jews, Black Star, old French movies, Sly and the Family, and an eclectic mix of others I just can't think of right now. I mean, influences are weird as far as inspiration goes. I can listen to something really developed on a recording and spring forth into fantastical new ideas, or sometimes just sit and look at something like a blade of grass and see the fabric of the universe. I like to imagine and nurture new things and be open to the nearest now.
 
TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
 
B: Jackie Pack, with my family.. repeatedly.  Jackie Pack is a woman who sang folk music for children. I loved her and had all of her records! The first album...well, I consider this one of the triggers to my music addiction. I bought 10 tapes or (something like that) for a penny from a Columbia House thing the summer before 6th grade. The tapes that I remember getting are a few Simon and Garfunkle, The Violent Femmes, Skeletons in the Closet from Grateful Dead, Eric Clapton, They Might Be Giants, and the soundtrack to Grease

M:  Uhmm...this one time my friend Matt and I were riding in the car with my mom and we heard a contest for concert tickets on this radio station called WSTO. The DJ was at a gas station and said that the first person to come claim the tickets could have them. We were basically in the parking lot. SO, my friend Matt and I saw Toni Braxton and Kenny G up close in the age of silk shirts and in the full blossom of early junior high. Truly magnificent! Kenny G is maybe five feet tall and Toni Braxton seeped sex. But my first concerts were the W.C. Handy Blues and Barbecue Festivals in my hometown of Henderson, KY. W.C. Handy wrote the "St. Louis Blues" in my hometown. Can't remember my first album, but I definitely remember locking myself in my room with Boyz II Men’s II and wailing for hours.   
 
TD: What's your take on the Philly music scene?
 
B: Ever-growing glowing family of love and incredible talent.
 
M: We are ultra-blessed! There are so many genius people making all kinds of genius music of all types in Philadelphia. And the kicker - this city is big and little enough for there to be plenty of room in the gene pool for new people to get in there and swim around yet, we're packed into the petri dish tight enough for the familiars to get familiar with each other, ya dig? Or should I say, "If you know what I'm sayin'" wink, wink.  We're set up for cross-pollination and our particular scene, the weird folky thing, feels more like a moving growing animal than an amalgamation of bands and albums and shows. There's something extra alive here right now. And this is an endless fountain of inspiration for us.   
 
TD: What are your plans for 2010?

B: The sky is the limit!

M: A new album, some videos, tours to the Pacific Northwest, the Southeast, and Europe and the wild new things that will certainly spring forth from all that. Also, I would like to publish a few zines of my drawings and poetry.  
 
TD: What was your most memorable live show?
 
B: That’s a hard question…but off the top of my head in the recent past, our last show in moscow…a big warehouse sort of venue pretty packed…and everyone was dancing and stomping with us and smiling and celebrating in some sort of love all together. I felt like I was flying. At the end of the show, people showered us with beautiful presents. Some guy gave me a beautiful antique amber ring…and told me that it had magical powers.  Absolutely incredible, right? The last show made me even sad to leave amidst the negative 20 degree weather of Moscow!
 
M: Gonna agree with Beeb on the last show in Moscow. We were a complete oddity there and had an immense amount of energy surrounding us everywhere! Will never forget that. But also, you know, we just added a horn section to our band by way of Larry Toft and Adam Hershberger of the West Philly Orchestra and it is it ~ they make the room want to dance all night without fright. Our show last Friday at The Fire was sooo snappy!
 
TD: What's your favorite thing to get at the deli?
 
B: The pickles and matzoh ball soup!
 
M: An Italian sub. I'm from Kentucky. That's how we say it.
 
(Photo by Lisa Schaffer)
 
- The Deli Staff
 

 

   

Two Deli Sponsoerd parties at SXSW

Hey discerning eared people,

The Deli this year will sponsor two parties during SXSW:

MUSIC-TECH MASHUP PARTY!
Mashup

The Music Tech Mashup Showcase is a two day/three stages event during SXSW's transition from Interactive Week to Music Week. Featuring a ton of great bands, brands, and emerging new technologies, the Mashup party celebrates the opportunities presented through the convergence of these industries.  Hosted by Shinobi Ninja and Coast to Coast Models & Events and presented by GreenShoeLace, HunnyPot, The Deli Mag and Planet Ill, this showcase will assemble the movers and shakers of these converging fields.

Artist shortlist: Shinobi Ninja, Vaxhaul Broadcast, McAlister Drive, Bamboo Shoots.

MORE INFO HERE!

NYC in ATX PARTY

NYC at ATX

The Deli Magazine NY and CitizenMusic have teamed up to bring some of the best Alt Rock bands from New York to Austin for South By Southwest 2010! "NYC in ATX" will take place on Thursday, March 18, at Hyde Park Bar and Grill (South Location).

Music will begin prompty at 6pm!

Here's the kick-ass line up! 6.00: Blackbells
6:50: New Madrid
7:40: The Shake
8:30: Deadbeat Darling
9.20: Black Taxi

And, to make it rock even harder, it's FREE and ALL AGES. So, if you're heading down to SXSW or if you're already in Austin, come experience some of the greatest rock n roll, and best french fries [so we've been told] New York City has to offer!

MORE INFO HERE

 

 

   

Oh! Pears EP Release Party at JB’s March 13

 
When Corey Duncan left Pattern Is Movement in ‘07, he didn’t sever ties with his former band mates completely. Instead, he worked long and hard with drummer Chris Ward to create beautifully grandiose recordings for his project Oh! Pears. 13 people coming together, playing two violas, a violin, two cellos, four guitars, two drum situations, a flute, a trumpet, lots of vocals, and clapping later; the Fill Your Lungs EP was conceived. Tonight’s momentous show at Johnny Brenda’s marks the album release where Duncan and his troop of instrumentalists play with The Mural and The Mint, whose Jack McBrearty happens to be one of the thirteen. Ever since working on Private Pockets with Brian McTear, the band has been gaining widespread local attention. But since you can download their music for free on their website you can easily form your own opinion. Rest assured though, this is certain to be one melodic show. Johnny Brenda’s, 12 01 N. Front St., 9pm, $10, 21+ myspace.com/ohpearsmusic - Bill McThrill

 

   

Kong, Toy Soldiers and Cheers Elephant Ramble Through The Fire March 13

 
The last time I wrote about TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb I was musing over drinking, or maybe the act of being drunk. Which is pretty ironic since I don’t remember writing it. I vowed to myself never to write anything about TJ Kong while that drunk again. So here I am, tripping balls and typing vigorously as I watch this prose dissolve and reform into what appears before you (but I’m definitely not drunk). TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb will be brining their gut-punching blues-folk to The Fire tonight alongside fellow locals Toy Soldiers and Cheers Elephant. Me and this purple flan next to me are super excited to check out the musical time machine that is Toy Soldiers. This eclectic collective utilize any instrument that they can get their hands on to churn out anything from swing, to blues, to folk, to doo-wop and even one particularly invigorating fuck jam in “I Just Want to Make Love to You” (c’mon, no one says that anymore). Lead singer Ron Gallo has an impressive vocal range that allows him to belt with the best of them, and sing with the delicate timbre reminiscent of Devendra Banhart. These guys and gals sound like they are having a hell of a good time playing their music, and I am sure they will get your boots a’tappin’ and your fingers a’snappin’. Along with these bros and broettes will be super British sounding Cheers Elephant (even the name reeks of fish and chips). So step away from the computer and start getting your show on because it is super difficult to type with these damn hooves. Cheerio. The Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave, 9pm, $7, 21+ - Adam G.

 

   

Weekend Warrior, March 12 - 14

What’s the plan for this weekend? We’ll be heading over to Kung Fu Necktie Saturday night for Drink Up Buttercup’s debut Album Release Party for Yep Records’ Born and Thrown on a Hook, our March CD of the Month (check out our review below to the right). They’ll be joined by the monster-lovin’ crew Conversations with Enemies. For once, KFN’s weekend band curfew works in our favor. Since the night will still be young, we’ll be making the trek to West Philly to the Mar Bar for the homecoming of Free Energy who just released their debut album earlier this week Stuck on Nothing on Astralwerks/DFA Records (check out our interview with singer Paul Sprangers below). We’ll hopefully be rockin’ out with you at both shows! Drink Up Buttercup - Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 7:30pm, $8, 21+ (Photo by Bryan Bruchman) myspace.com/drinkupbuttercupband, Free Energy - Mar Bar, 200 S. 40th St., 9pm, $10, 21+ myspace.com/freeenergymusic
 
It might be wet, but at least it’s pretty warm. Don’t be a baby! Go out and put some money back into the economy. Here are some other places to do it…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Faux Slang, SAT Oh! Pears Record Release Party w/The Mural and The Mint
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI The Parsnip Revolt, The Roddies, Hair Rocket, SAT TJ Kong & The Atomic Bomb, Cheers Elephant, Sisters Three, Toy
Soldiers
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Phantasm, Even The Res, Metroplex, SAT PhillyBloco, SUN Ganto Barn

M Room (12 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Lauryn & EgBot, SUN Red Devil
 
Tritone (1508 South St.) SAT The Lopez, Betty Iron Thumbs, SUN antiEmz
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Swift Technique, The Hustle, Black Landlord

Blockley Pourhouse (3801 Chestnut St.) FRI Chris Kasper and Andrew Lipke
Millcreek Tavern (4200 Chester Ave.) FRI Clamfight and Wizard Eye
Greenline Café (4239 Locust St.) FRI Music & Mentorship Showcase w/Clean Equations and Jim Thomas
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) Don McCloskey
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT Ruder Than You
The Ox (2nd and Oxford St.) SAT Bubonic Bear
Danger Danger Gallery (5013 Baltimore Ave.) SAT The Chimeras and Casual Viking