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Hair Rocket - Weird, Art or Both? at The Khyber Jan. 20



What started out as an outpour of heartache and emotion has moved on to become a WOXY Pick of the Year in 2009, and has received a good deal of play on Y-Rock and WEQX! What started out as Chris Blasucci making a music video has since evolved into an intense garage/glam band whose music and performances have been compelling enough to have audience members in attendance volunteer locks of their own hair. So the hair might just fly when Hair Rocket plays music from their debut EP Novelty at The Khyber tonight. Be part of history and donate a lock of your hair, or at least be part of some weird cathartic art ritual! They’ll be joined by indie psych rock quintet Shining TV Screen. The Khyber, 56 S. 2nd St., 9pm, $8, 21+ myspace.com/hairrocket - Bill McThrill

Meg Baird Haunts KFN Jan. 20

 

 
EspersMeg Baird will be bringing her mellifluous voice to Kung Fu Necktie tonight when she opens for Sub Pop’s Vetiver. Her hauntingly beautiful vocals will surely resonate nicely through the wood finished room at one of our favorite local small venues. Bummer - no bumper pool tonight, folkies. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 Front St., 8pm, $10, 21+ myspace.com/pennsylvaniawildlife - H.M. Kauffman

 

Year End Best of Philly Fans' Poll Results Are In!

1
Levee Drivers
2
 Woe
3
 The Extraordinaires
4
 Conversation w/ Enemies
5
 Dangerous Ponies
6
 Kevin James Devine
7
 Swift Technique
8
 Grandchildren
9
 Prowler
10
 Orbit to Leslie

Congrats to Levee Drivers - Winners of The Deli’s Best of Philly Fans’ Poll! The results of our Composite Chart [the one including the votes from the jury and the writers which will elect our best emerging artist(s) of 2009] will be announced on Wednesday, as we need a little time to organize it and add up the votes (yeah, we suck at math). 

Congrats also to Woe and The Extraordinaires - who placed 2nd and 3rd in the Fans' Poll

The Deli Staff
 

Artist(s) Who Deserve Your Friendship: Mammal of Paradise

 

If you made it out this past Friday to Orbit to Leslie’s SOLD OUT CD Release Party that The Deli presented, you learned that the boys behind the indie pop flying machine known as Aderbat have a new project in the works to unveil to the music world. Singer/songwriter/guitarist Matt Taylor, drummer Todd Scheid, bassist Brad Kunkle and multi-instrumentalist Craig Hendrix will be now known as Mammal of Paradise. Check out a sample of what they are working on at http://www.myspace.com/mammalofparadise. Both unmastered tracks, “Anyone’s Song” and “Freeway” were mixed by anti-music industry producer Andrew Weiss (Ween, Akron Family, Rollins Band). “Anyone’s Song” is sure to be their debut single with its chill, groovy “Walk on the Wild Side” feel. Hopefully someone better than Marky Mark will be smart enough to sample or remix it. I had a chance to catch up with Matt Taylor after the show to talk about Mammal of Paradise.
 
Q.D. Tran: With such recent critical acclaim for your full length We Belong to the Sea and your EP Man Overboard as well as your debut full length Rabbits and Rocks, why did you feel that now was the right time to change your name?

Matt Taylor: A bunch of reasons actually, Mammal of Paradise is more of a new project for us than a name change. When we became a four piece with Craig Hendrix and started to record a new Aderbat record this past year, it felt like a new band. Our whole dynamic changed and not to mention our personal lives. It was then I first thought about making the album under a different moniker. Also, Brad, Todd and myself started Aderbat way back in 2003, so we have a long list of songs...too many really. Most I can’t remember or I just don’t feel excited about playing anymore. This gives us the opportunity to have a new set of music without feeling obligated to throw in the oldies. Its a new decade…new ideas. 

QDT: What is the meaning behind Mammal of Paradise? Where did the name Mammal of Paradise come from?

MT: As a child in this industrial landscape, it’s a way of thinking, being and escaping. It’s romanticism, its emotion and intuition over rationalism. More importantly, it’s taken directly from a book by Lord Whimsy called The Affected Provincial’s Companion Vol. 1

QDT: Did the new name come to you easily or was it a grueling process?
 
MT: Grueling. Making up band names can become an obsession. Drunk, high, early in the morning, I would make a list then scrap it, then do it again. I’ve got some for future projects that I’m going to start. Mammal of Paradise came early actually, but I thought we couldn’t use it until I wrote Mr. Whimsy for permission and he so eloquently said “Matthew--words are for everyone, wear it in good health”.
 
QDT: That’s pretty cool. How has the reception been with the new name from your fans and friends?

MT: Awesome, I met a guy yesterday and he asked what my band was called, I told him, and he didn’t say, “How do you spell that?” Otherwise, no one really knows.

QDT: What should we expect from Mammal of Paradise in the new year?

MT: I’m very excited for the new year. We have the Mammal of Paradise debut record presently being mixed by our friend Andrew Weiss and new songs to write. We have a couple up online now. 

QDT: Would you consider yourself a "mammal of paradise"?

MT: Absolutely, I’ve got my own exotic paradise going on right now, somehow, it's a mystery how I do it sometimes.
 
QDT: What is your favorite thing to get at the deli?

MT: Whatever I forgot to get at the grocery store...cream, cafe bustello.
 
 
(Photo by Ed Roper)
 
- Q.D. Tran

 

Gene Ween Solo at WCL Jan. 16

 

 
If you haven't heard of Gene Ween, you probably haven’t heard of Ween, and if you haven’t heard of Ween, where have you been for the past twenty-some years? The duo from New Hope, PA has skewered every possible genre over the last few decades, infecting everything they touch with an unequaled level of musicianship and a crudely bizarre sense of humor that borders on the surreal. Naturally, Gene Ween’s solo project doesn’t fall too far from the tree, but there is a heightened emphasis on simplicity. Lots of classic rock riffing, with creamy, distorted leads and Gene’s trademark congested crooning. Who else could pull off both the Zeppelin-like guitar lines of “Ooh Va La” and the ‘77 punk of “It's Not Cool” and still sound totally apart from everyone else in music? No one, probably. If you’re one of those who already inhabit the goofy Ween universe, or if you’d like to try it out, head on over to World Cafe Live where Gene is playing with indie-folk man Thom McCarthy. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street, 8pm, $25, 21+ myspace.com/geneweenband - Joe Poteracki

 

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