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Where Is My Mind?: Man Man’s Honus Honus (Part 2)

We welcome you back to the second half of Where Is My Mind? with Man Man’s Honus Honus.
TD: How has the Philly music scene changed since you became involved with it?
HH: More of on a national level. It's great. People know good (and strange) music comes from the city. I'm proud of how much Philly's scene has grown and grown to be appreciated.
TD: What is your favorite Philly band right now?
HH: Grandchildren. Very sick.
TD: You guys have a lot of antics on stage, but what about puking on stage?  Is that totally rock star, or just gross?
HH: I vomit on the stage quite often. But then I have to swallow it and keep singing. I'd say that it's pretty gross. Totally "Rock Star" would be drowning in your own vomit in a hotel. I've yet to experience that, but I won't rule it out.
TD: When we chatted briefly earlier, you spoke of an album that you had recorded with Nick Thornburn (Islands, The Unicorns) and its intriguing Doom Wop classification. When can we expect that and will there be any touring in support?
HH: Have low expectations and you'll be pleasantly surprised. Nick and I split up main vocal duties and my buddy Joe (Modest Mouse/Shins/Blackheart) handles the drums. We'll play some shows here and there whenever our 3 schedules will allow. Keep your ears peeled. We're looking to record the album this winter and get it out there sometime next year. If you can imagine a collision of Nick and my own songwriting styles packed into 3 minutes and under per song, then you'll get an idea for the sound of the band. Next year is gonna be busy for sure.
TD: What is your favorite historical mustache?
HH: Linda Lovelace.
TD: Are robots the future or the end?
HH: Cannot compute.
TD: If you could invent an instrument, what would it look/sound like, and what would it be named?
HH: Adam Gould. I'd string it up and beat it like a balloon.
TD: What sandwich do you order at the deli?
HH: Knuckle. 
- Adam G.


Party with Y-Rock On Ex-pn ex-DJs at The Troc July 13

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m usually the last in on technology. I was harshly reminded of it this weekend at Making Time when Adam G., one of our writers, said, “Damn, for someone who is an editor at The Deli, you have a ghetto-ass phone!” I do. It’s a flip phone that’s hanging off the hinges. What can I say? I’m not sure if I want to renew my contract with Sprint for another phone. Well, I’ve been making an effort to be better at this “technology thing”. I hear that the internet might catch on. I’ve been trying to check our Twitter account more often though I sometimes find it rather ridiculous (I love you ?uestlove, but how does any human find that much time to tweet?), but I have to admit that I do love retweeting free downloads and shows to people. This was tweeted to us courtesy of Pattern Is Movement’s Chris Ward, and it looks like a fun time for albeit a somewhat sad occasion. It’s a party for the ex-DJs from Y-Rock. As you’ve probably read, XPN made some major cuts recently dropping one of Philly’s few rock stations from their on-air programming. Tonight you’ll get a chance at The Troc to thank the Y-Rockers for, well, rockin’! There will be plenty of drinks served up (out of your pocket) and performances by local favorites Pattern Is Movement, Gang and The Swimmers. Admission is FREE so don’t be stingy and by the Y-Rock folks some shots! Update: I'm guessing tonight's event will be a good chance for Josh T. Landow and the crew to let their friends and fans know that they will be coming together again at internet radio station Y-Not Radio. The battle wages on. The Balcony at The Troc, 1003 Arch St., 6pm - 11pm, FREE, 21+ - Q.D. Tran


Odd Couple Motorcycle Maus and The Circadian Rhythms at DDG July 13

It’s hard to imagine how the harsh electric static of experimental post-industrial outfit Motorcycle Maus and the corporeal, rustic swinging blues-folk bumps of The Circadian Rhythms will pair together in a debauched West Philly basement venue. These adored hometown beat-factories make for strange bedfellows, really, especially when Tennessee’s revolving AM radio-pop quartet Children of Spy comes into play. But what brings these three very different (and, trust us, different is an understatement) acts together is that underlining wave of infectious pop sentimentality. So it’s kinda like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in musical form - peachy-keen, crotchety old (wo)man to awe-inspired, self-reflecting 30-something to spry, bouncy, not-yet-jaded young adult - and that’s not something you’d want to miss. Danger Danger Gallery, 5013 Baltimore Ave., 8 pm, $5 - $10, All Ages - Annamarya Scaccia


Sam Adams Launches Listen Local Program



Mayor Sam Adams must have pulled inspiration from his recently hung portrait of sir Isaac Brock for his newest endeavor.

Adams announced last week the launch of Listen Local, a program that replaces our fine city’s “easy listening” on-hold music with tunes produced by Portland musicians, and by doing so highlights the vibrant, creative culture of Portland to callers both near and far.

“From our entrepreneurs to our artists, what starts in Portland tends to be watched – and bought – around the world,” said Mayor Adams. “Portland’s economic prosperity is being built on our innovation and our creativity. Listen Local showcases both.”

Portland-based music licensing and sonic branding company, Rumblefish, partnered up with the mayor to help develop the two-year pilot program to raise awareness of Portland’s spectacular music scene and reputation for being a thriving creative community.

A Community Listening Panel comprised of Portlander volunteers determines Listen Local’s quarterly playlists. The summer quarter’s selections vary from hip-hop to folk, classical, jazz and electronic, and features a few Deli favorites including Tu Fawning, Derby, Nick Jaina and Loch Lomond (featured in the badass video below).

Listen Local with Loch Lomond from Mayor Sam Adams on Vimeo.



Listen Local invites all Portlanders to be a part of the program by joining the Panel or submitting their music to Rumblefish.


-Katrina Nattress

Y La Bamba's “Juniper,” Summer Dates and Record Release Announced


For the first seconds I was skeptical. I began to dread the reverb-y choir and opening guitar plucking preceding Y La Bamba's “Juniper.” But lo and behold, the song actually became a song.

Provided with a steady rhythm, Luzelena Mendoza (Y La Bamba herself) sways her voice to a call and response melody both eerie and moving. The tune is from Lupon, Mendoza's first full-band debut on Portland's Tender Loving Empire. Produced by the Decemberist's Chris Funk (who continues his strong résumé), Lupon will be available September 28, 2010.

However (yes there is more), if waiting until fall is too heavy a burden, might one advise a string of shows, including an artist's residency at the Laurelthirst Public House? Yes, it has been advised.

7/14- Portland, OR - Laurelthirst Public House (Laurelthirst Artist Residency)

7/18- Salem, OR - Miller Brothers Ranch - EMRG+N+SEE 2010

7/21- Portland, OR - Laurelthirst Public House (Laurelthirst Artist Residency)

7/28- Portland, OR - Laurelthirst Public House (Laurelthirst Artist Residency)

9/10 - Portland, OR - Someday Lounge (Musicfest NW)

9/23 - Corvallis OR - BS Music Fest

The band also just announced today that their album release show will be September 17 at Mississippi Studios, so clear your calendar.

Check out "Juniper" below:



 - Nick Walker

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