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Q.D. Tran's Favorite Philly Albums of 2017

We are here once again at The Deli Philly’s final post of the year. It’s been an honor getting a chance to share new music with all of you this past year (and nearly a decade), and I look forward to continuing to discover the best of Philly’s underground music community with you. And without any further ado, here is my “Best of” year-end list for my favorite Philly albums of 2017. I look forward to seeing you on the other side.

Much love – cheers!

Q.D. Tran


1. Raw Rock Fury (Relapse) – Ecstatic Vision

Ecstatic Vision weren’t joking when they decided to name their latest album, Raw Rock Fury. There are few, if not any Philly releases that can match the pure intensity and glorious shredding found on my favorite local release of 2017. And it also provides you a glimpse into the awesomeness of their live performances.

2. Rocket (Domino) – (Sandy) Alex G

With Rocket, Alex Giannascoli proves that all the adoration from the media for the young songwriter is certainly not unfounded. Using the guise of an Americana framework, he is able to craft wonderfully intimate campfire songs that make left turns at all the right places.


3. Veblen Death Mask (Kill Rock Stars) – Taiwan Housing Project

Veblen Death Mask is music without boundaries – so chaotically beautiful!

4. Need to Feel Your Love (Wilsuns RC) – Sheer Mag

All riffs and vocals – garage-punks Sheer Mag make their retro-fit sound oh so good. Rock ‘n’ roll is not dead.

5. Out in the Storm (Merge) – Waxahatchee

Waxahatchee’s earnest songwriting speaks right to the heart, and it’s hard to ignore.

6. My Idols Are Dead + My Enemies Are In Power (Self-released) – Lushlife

7. Messy (Self-released) – Curtis Cooper

8. Play “The Songs You Like” (Salinas) – Radiator Hospital

9. Oh, My Heart (Lame-O) – Shannen Moser

10. Soft Sound From Another Planet (Dead Oceans) – Japanese Breakfast

11. Movie Was Bad (Self-released) – Sixteen Jackies

12. Spirits (Creep) – Julia Rainer

13. Slacker Paint (Self-released) – The Mary Veils

14. Everything Is Always in the Past (@Self-released) – Blood Sound

15. A Deeper Understanding (Atlantic) – The War on Drugs

16. We Were Babies & We Were Dirtbags (Polyvinyl) – Quiet Slang

17. Tourist in This Town (Merge) – Allison Crutchfield

18. Why Love Now (Sub Pop) – Pissed Jeans

19. Shadow Expert (Carpark) – Palm

20. Let’s Be Nice – b-sides, covers & demos (Self-released) – Pill Friends

21. Birdie (Lame-O) – Slaughter Beach, Dog

22. Wilt (Self-released) – Line Leader

23. You’re So Smart (Self-released) – Joy Riding

24. Pleasure Suck (Tiny Engines) – The Spirit and The Beehive

25. Nothing Special (Honest Face) – Harmony Woods

26. Amuse-oreille, Vol. 1 (Self-released) – American Trappist

27. Grow (Self-released) – Them Jones

28. The Vernes (Self-released) – The Vernes

29. Cool and FunMadalean Gauze

30. White ReindeerLithuania

31. Tunnels (Self-released) – Vita and the Woolf

32. S/T (Self-released) – Teen Spaceship

33. Good Wind Pt. 1 (Human Kindness Overflowing) – Power Animal

34. Popular Manipulations (Fat Possum) – The Districts

35. Crime WavesMoor Mother x Mental Jewelry

36. Jumpship (Lame-O) – No Thank You

37. Palisades (Egghunt) – Eric Slick

38. Dark Web (Suicide Bong Tapes) – Dark Web

39. Sadness is a Gesture (Inherent Sounds) – Aphra

40. Motel City Honey (Self-released) – Levee Drivers

Weekend Warrior, July 14 - 16

Today was a good day for Philly music with the release of new records from Sheer Mag (Need to Feel Your Love) and Japanese Breakfast (Soft Sounds From Another Planet). And we are happy for the arrival of another new one from our featured Weekend Warrior pick, Waxahatchee. Out In The Storm, the fourth album from Katie Crutchfield, is now available via Merge Records, and you can also check out its stripped-down demos that are included with the deluxe version of the most excellent breakup album (below). Crutchfield will be bringing the tunes to life this evening, joined by her full band, when she headlines Union Transfer. They’ll be supported by Philly DIY gals Cayetana and Baltimore’s Snail Mail so don’t be afraid to weather the flash flood warnings tonight to get there early enough to catch this stacked bill. - H.M. Kauffman

More places to see new Philly music this weekend…

Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St,) FRI Waxahatchee, Cayetana

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Camp Candle, Max Swan, SAT The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret, Judith Priest, Mary Radzinski, SUN The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret, Johnny Showcase And Rumi Kitchen, The Flannel Chucks

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI The Spinto Band, Suburban Living, SAT Cranes Are Flying, Decent, Danafox

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Rubber, Decap Attak/Heavy Temple, Moons/Dev79, Sideswipe/DJ Deejay, SAT S.R. Frost & The Sanctuary Band/DJ PHSH, Mr. Sonny James, SUN Mob Terror

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Speaking Parts, DJ Shari Vari, SAT Jake Bernard, Sophie Coran

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Bored As Hell, SAT MAGNIFEEQ, Reece Stacks, Ace Malachi, Rellrap, Scoob Roc MIA, M.B.M., Tae Da Kid

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI Splintered Sunlight

Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Dayne Jordan

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Dukes of Destiny, Nothing Wrong, SAT (Upstairs) Gnarbot

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Storm Blooper, Oven Rake, SAT DJ Jem, DJ Baby Berlin, Remote Control, DJ UFO, SUN Malcolm Culleton

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Thrills, The Orange Drop, SAT The Superweaks, In The Pines, SUN Taylor Kelly, Max Swan, My Funky Brethren/MG & Swayzie, Sleepy Dahi, Mason, OHM, No Headliner

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Looseleaf (CD Release), Vilebred, Emily Drinker, SAT Ellen Siberian-Tiger

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St) SAT Brackish (Release Show)

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) Lee Mayjahs?, DJ Everyday, SAT DJ Deejay

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Sean Hoots, Joey Sweeney & the Neon Grease, OOLALA, SAT Manikineter, The Magnificent ShitHawks Of The Greater Northern Americas, Sheena & Thee Nosebleeds

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Counterfeit, SUN Young Gravy

Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT DJ Lean Wit It, SUN Sunset Live with Slainte

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Trap Rabbit, Joe Kenney, SAT Mesmeria, Age of Truth, Madeline Haze, The Royal Ghosts

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Tom Hamilton’s American Babies, SAT HR (Bad Brains) with Kingsound Vibration, Hezekiah Jones, Mason Porter, HighKick (Album Release), Chris Grunwald & The Slow Response, West Philadelphia Orchestra

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Narra

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Space Drugs, Space Waster, SAT Anomie, A Day Without Love/Suburban White Males, I Am Not The Universe, SUN Yeenar, Sleepy Limbs, Heavenward

University City Arts League (4226 Spruce St.) SAT Ghost in Salad, Sirius JuJu

Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Lev Ziskind, Cerulean Blue, Witch H(c)unt

Trash House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Bahdeavn, Tombo Crush, Fan Dancer

The Inconvenience Store (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Broken Beak

Little Italy (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Pauline, Short Milani, Soft Idiot

New Waxahatchee LP Available for Streaming

Waxahatchee, a.k.a. Katie Crutchfield, comes "out in the storm," and manages to find clarity and herself with her new album, which officially drops July 14 via Merge Records. The LP was a vehicle that helped Crutchfield work through a tumultuous breakup, leaving it behind for clearer skies. The record often feels bittersweet but necessary for the growth of the 29-year-old artist. You can now stream Out In The Storm in its entirety over at NPR's First Listen, and make sure to grab your very own copy this Friday at Union Transfer, where Waxahatchee will also be supported by tourmates Cayetana and Baltimore's Snail Mail.

Snail Mail tours, plays Union Transfer 07.14 with Waxahatchee and Cayetana

Baltimore indie-rock act Snail Mail is playing Union Transfer on July 14th with DIY favorites Waxahatchee and Cayetana. On Snail Mail's most recent EP, Habit, fuzzed-out and reverb-drenched guitars lay the groundwork for Lindsey Jordan's resonant vocals, which often seem to drift out of painful, nebulous daydreams: "I wanna spend the entire year/Just face down/And on my own time/I wanna waste mine." The show will kick off the band first US tour of the year, followed by a second leg in October. Check out the video for "Thinning" below.  - Ethan Ames

New Track: "Angeles" (Elliott Smith Cover) - Waxahatchee

American Laundromat just released a new compilation album, Say Yes!: A Tribute to Elliott Smith. It features contributions from indie favorites like Julien Baker, J Mascis and Lou Barlow just to name a few. Below is West Philly's Waxahatchee, a.k.a. Katie Crutchfield, with her own electrified rendition of "Angeles," off 1997's Either/Or. (Photo by Scott Murry)


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