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New Track: "Long Beach Idyll" - Chris Forsyth & Koen Holtkamp

Philly guitar hero Chris Forsyth has reconnected with Koen Holtkamp to record The Island, the four-track follow-up to 2012's Early Astral. The album is scheduled for release on October 16 via Trouble in Mind Records. You can sample the first tasty morsel of the forthcoming LP below, called "Long Beach Idyll."

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Chris Forsyth Opening for Circuit des Yeux at JB's June 30

Guitar maestro Chris Forsyth has been creating killer jams, and receiving some nice press with his group The Solar Motel Band. This evening at Johnny Brenda’s, he’ll be going back to his solo roots opening for Circuit des Yeux, the meditative project from Chicago/Thrill Jockey artist Haley Fohr, who is currently on tour in support of her latest album In Plain Speech. They’ll be joined by Jeff Zeigler, who will also be on his own tonight after recently coming back from a European tour with his musical partner, harpist Mary Lattimore. Come and embrace the vibes! Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 8pm, $10 - H.M. Kauffman





The Deli Philly’s Year End Poll - Top Performers: Chris Forsyth

Walls are artificial boundaries that in some aspects contain and provide structure by limiting the possibilities of a piece of music, forcing a focus. And in most cases, this focus is welcomed. However, Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel successfully topple over the traditional mold, revealing a wide-open terrain. The abundance of space enables the group, led by Forsyth’s exemplary guitar work, to explore freely. Through this stretching process, the overall sound can better evolve over the course of a song, album or live set. Rather than rushing past an intriguing musical side street, they can get into the thick of it. While most songs provide a singular snapshot of a moment, Forsyth and crew dig deeper. An expertly honed psych atmosphere is the cornerstone of an organic yet consciously controlled sound. So, instead of merely offering a momentary glimpse, Forsyth & The Solar Motel allot the necessary time to orchestrate vivid songs that transport the listener from one place to another, mapping out the journey. This venture provides solace by comfortably erasing the expectations of knowing were you’re going and how you’re getting there. Simply letting you sit back and embrace the scenery, which is why you find Chris Forsyth in the very respectable third place position in our Year End Philly Best Emerging Artists Poll 2013. - Michael Colavita





The Deli Philly's Best of 2013 Emerging Artists Poll Winner: The Districts

Deli Nation,

Our Year End Poll for Emerging Philly Artists was - as usual - a painstaking (and somewhat excruciating) process, but we pulled it off with remarkable flair!

Kudos to Americana-rock youngsters The Districts (photo by Harrison Knowles and video by HotBox Studios) for winning the poll! It was pretty obvious that few if any local artists had a better 2013, and things don't seem to be slowing down for the Central PA transplants.

Huge thumbs up to "sex pop" outfit Night Panther and heavy psych rocker Chris Forsyth for placing second and third.

Here is how it all went down: First, we let the local bands submit their music (for free), and got our Deli editors to pick the nominees. Then, we polled a list of 35+ Philly music community experts (our jury) and asked them to nominate 3 more bands of their choice each. Then, we polled our writers and readers. All were invited to participate.

If you'd like to geek-out to all the subtleties related to how this poll works, you can read its rules HERE (happy reading!). But if all you care about is the awesome new music Philly produced in the year 2013, then check out all the fine homegrown acts below. The talent and diversity in our city is astounding! Also, we'd like to give special thanks to our jurors for sharing their personal favorites with us. Enjoy!

List of Jurors: Dan Bisogno (Y-Not Radio, VICE, AEG Live), Jeff Blinder (Spazz Presents), Gabrielle Bonghi (Philly.com), Kate Bracaglia (Philly.com, The Key), Eric Bresler (PhilaMOCA), Zac Camagna (The Styrofoam Drone), Jessica Craft (Rock to the Future), Ryan Crump (Philly Drum Project), Mikele Edwards (Silk City), Nick Fanelli (The Fire, Guild Shows), Stacie George (Live Nation), Kevin Horn (Underground Arts, Bonfire), Ellei Johndro (Shadowscene), Marshall Kavanaugh (Dream Oven, Little Berlin), Kevin Kennedy (The Swollen Fox), Colin Kerrigan (Out of Town Films, Philly.com), Fred Knittel (Folkadelphia, The Key, WXPN), Josh T. Landow (Y-Not Radio), Carolyn Lederach (Sofar, Communion), Barrett Lindgren (Independent Promoter, Johnny Brenda’s), Jesse Lundy (Point Entertainment), Gordon Mays (MilkBoy Philly, Bonfire), Brian McTear (Weathervane Music), Jeff Meyers (The Boot & Saddle, Guild Shows), George Miller (JUMP Philly), Andy Molholt (Independent Promoter), Mark Schoneveld (YVYNYL), Stephanie Seiple (Tri State Indie), Matt Smith (HotBox Sessions), Jon Solomon (WPRB), Q.D. Tran (The Deli Magazine), Pat Troxell (Kung Fu Necktie, Bonfire), John Vettese (The Key, WXPN, City Paper), Nikki Volpicelli (The Key), Chris Ward (Johnny Brenda’s), Bruce Warren (WXPN, Some Velvet Blog, The Key)

BEST OF 2013 POLL FOR EMERGING PHILLY ARTISTS
****** FINAL RESULTS ******
 
ARTIST
J
OS
W
R
TOT
 
1
The Districts
26
 
2
0.012
28.012
2
Night Panther
8
 
3
0.004
11.004
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3
Chris Forsyth
8
 
2
0.006
10.006
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4
Cruiser
8
 
1
0.01
9.01
icon
5
Commonwealth Choir
9
 
 
0.007
9.007
icon
6
Needle Points
7
 
1
0.019
8.019
icon
7
Waxahatchee
6
 
2
0.01
8.01
icon
8
Hop Along
6
 
1
0.019
7.019
icon
9
Drone Ranger
6
 
1
0.005
7.005
icon
10
Lantern
4
 
2
0.037
6.037
icon
11
Worshyper
4
 
2
0.008
6.008
12
The Bad Doctors
5
 
1
0.005
6.005
icon
 
The Lawsuits
5
 
1
0.005
6.005
icon
14
Cayetana
5
 
1
0.004
6.004
icon
15
Alex G
3
 
1
2
6
icon
16
Our Griffins
3
2
 
0.036
5.036
icon
17
Swearin’
5
 
 
0.008
5.008
18
Little Big League
4
 
1
0.003
5.003
icon
19
Maitland
4
 
1
0.001
5.001
icon
20
Red Martina
 
3
1
0.5
4.5
icon
21
Proexibitors
3
 
1
0.011
4.011
icon
22
Radiator Hospital
1
 
3
0.008
4.008
23
Nothing
2
 
2
0.006
4.006
icon
24
Amanda X
4
 
 
0.005
4.005
icon
25
Modern Baseball
2
 
2
0.005
4.005
icon
26
DRGN King
2
 
2
0.004
4.004
icon
27
Thin Lips
3
 
1
0.003
4.003
icon
28
Brian Fitzy
2
 
 
1.5
3.5
icon
29
Pine Barrons
3
 
 
0.5
3.5
icon
30
Banned Books
3
 
 
0.04
3.04
icon
31
Pill Friends
1
 
2
0.034
3.034
icon
32
Chelsea Sue Allen
3
 
 
0.016
3.016
icon
33
Buried Beds
1
 
2
0.012
3.012
icon
34
Charmaine’s Name
3
 
 
0.008
3.008
icon
35
Gunk
1
 
2
0.006
3.006
icon
36
Break It Up
3
 
 
0.003
3.003
icon
37
Spacin’
1
 
2
0.002
3.002
icon
38
Lushlife
3
 
 
0
3
icon
 
The Wallace Brothers
3
 
 
0
3
icon
 
True Gold
1
 
2
0
3
icon
41
Cheers Elephant
 
1.5
1
0.005
2.505
icon
42
Jackie Paper
2
 
 
0.036
2.036
icon
43
Angela Sheik/Dante Bucci
2
 
 
0.03
2.03
icon
44
Katie Frank
2
 
 
0.03
2.03
icon
45
The Love Club
1
 
1
0.026
2.026
icon
46
Satellite Hearts
1
 
1
0.025
2.025
icon
47
Daddy Long Legs
 
1
1
0.024
2.024
icon
48
Liz and the Lost Boys
2
 
 
0.017
2.017
icon
49
Heathen Reign
2
 
 
0.012
2.012
icon
50
Ali Wadsworth
2
 
 
0.008
2.008
icon
51
Grandchildren
1
 
1
0.006
2.006
icon
52
Harsh Vibes
1
 
1
0.006
2.006
icon
53
Big Tusk
2
 
 
0.005
2.005
icon
 
Work Drugs
2
 
 
0.005
2.005
icon
55
Son Step
2
 
 
0.004
2.004
icon
 
The Interest Group
2
 
 
0.004
2.004
icon
57
Batty
2
 
 
0.003
2.003
icon
 
Gretchen Lohse
2
 
 
0.003
2.003
icon
 
Marian Hill
2
 
 
0.003
2.003
icon
60
Nightlands
2
 
 
0.002
2.002
icon
61
Chill Moody
2
 
 
0.001
2.001
62
Rosu Lup
 
1
 
1
2
icon
63
Weekender
 
1
 
0.032
1.032
icon
64
Chase Allen
1
 
 
0.03
1.03
icon
65
No Other
1
 
 
0.015
1.015
icon
66
Levee Drivers
 
1
 
0.014
1.014
icon
67
Fantasy Panther
1
 
 
0.01
1.01
icon
68
Acres of Diamonds
1
 
 
0.006
1.006
icon
69
Mohican
1
 
 
0.005
1.005
icon
 
Residuels
1
 
 
0.005
1.005
icon
71
JJL
1
 
 
0.003
1.003
icon
72
Divers
1
 
 
0.002
1.002
icon
73
Dreambook
1
 
 
0.001
1.001
icon
 
Market East
1
 
 
0.001
1.001
icon
75
Profligate
1
 
 
0
1
icon
Legend: J = Jurors, W = Deli Writers,
R = Deli Readers, OS = Open Submissions

 

Hope you'll find some awesome new artists that you weren't aware of!

The Deli's Staff





New Chris Forsyth Album Available for Streaming

Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band have been really impressing folks around town with their epic live jams lately. Forsyth's new album Solar Motel officially comes out October 29 via Paradise of Bachelors. However, you can scramble your brain by stream the record in its entirety HERE.

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