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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, December 22 - 24

Meshing a traditional country-blues feel, anchored on an accessible storytelling foundation, there’s a spectrum of gut-wrenching, emotional outpouring and simultaneous threads of tenderness in the music of the Levee Drivers. Those familiarly worn, vital vocals of August John Lutz II roar in a rabble-rousing fashion, as each spirited song is on the verge of tearing the listener to piece. Surrounded by an incendiary, dusk-light, dusty-road stomp, the band is hardwired to a heart-aching but optimistic duality, stinging with sincerity, as evidenced by their latest album Motel City HoneyTonight, as part of the Big Damn Holiday Brawl at Ortlieb’s, they’ll be joined by the soul-grasping, country rock of Ali Wadsworth, the melodic, energy-infused garage rock of Scantron, and silky-serenading, retrofitted country-folk of Dirty Dollhouse. Get rowdy this holiday weekend! – Michael Colavita

More places to wet your whistle at this Christmas weekend…

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Levee Drivers, Ali Wadsworth, Scantron, Dirty Dollhouse, SAT Thunderbird, Gibbous Moon

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Southwork, Circadian Rhythms, Miss Cantaloupe

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Frost Giant, Corpse Hoarder, Wolves Attack /It’s a King Thing, Joy Riding, The Classic Brown/DJSC/Trieves: Jesse Tyler, Sean Hearn, SAT Slingshot Dakota/Solomonic Sound System

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Voltheque, Cheap Dinosaurs

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Mars Parker, Harvey Cash, KilConfirmed, Juso O, Sodacanman, Corey Lee, Re.ye

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Annabelle Kempf, The Soundcheck, The Disapproved, Julia Kenyon, The Brandywine Fiddlers/(Downstairs) Steal Your Peach, The Whiskeyhickon Boys, SAT GTS Presents: 3rd Annual Rockmare Before Christmas

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Tweed, Agent Zero

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Behind The Grandstand, La Capitaña/Reed Streets, SAT Kingfisher, Tucker Hill Band, Sitting In Cars

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Ed Christof, SAT DJ Deejay

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Jersey Corn Pickers, SUN Rusty Cadillac

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI The Plibmen. Mr. Unloved, KMX Band

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Chris Urban, SAT Brian Toll

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI FV

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Something Divine, Slow Voice, Judah Kim & The Assassination, Kevin Cox Band, SAT Apple Juice Jones

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Kings & Comrades, SAT Electron, Eat Your Beats

The Deli Philly's Featured Artist Poll Winner: Zack Krall

It seems that a genuine love for the guitar is the catalyst for bringing Zack Krall into the world of songwriting. With what sounds like an insatiable appetite for music, the young artist continues to take in his surroundings, weaving them into the tapestry of his latest recordings. Krall recently shared his new "That Girl," which finds him at the crossroads of Jack White-inspired rock 'n' roll blues licks and Beatles psychedelia, and is looking forward to releasing his debut full-length album in the coming year. However, before Breathe drops in February, you can read more about our final Deli Philly Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner of 2017 HERE.

The Deli Philly's Featured Artist Poll Winner: Zack Krall

It seems that a genuine love for the guitar is the catalyst for bringing Zack Krall into the world of songwriting. With what sounds like an insatiable appetite for music, the young artist continues to take in his surroundings, weaving them into the tapestry of his latest recordings. Krall recently shared his new single, "That Girl," which finds him at the crossroads of Jack White-inspired rock 'n' roll, blues licks and Beatles psychedelia, and is looking forward to releasing his debut full-length album in the coming year. However, before Breathe drops in February, you can read more about our final Deli Philly Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner of 2017 below.

The Deli: How did you start making music?

Zack Krall: I started playing guitar the summer before sixth grade. I had already been playing piano and trumpet, but didn’t get hooked on those quite the same way that I did with the guitar. I almost immediately started trying to write music (which led to a pretty embarrassing talent show in sixth grade but that’s a story for a different time). By high school, though, I had figured the whole songwriting thing out a little bit more, but didn’t really perform anywhere except the school talent show, and I didn’t have a band. In ninth grade, a friend of mine named Chris Cerbone, who didn’t play drums at all, kind of just volunteered to take up drums and start a band, so we did it. We learned a few Ramones songs and White Stripes songs, and before long, got a couple other guys involved and started writing our own music and playing it around town when we could. We played at the local music store a few times, at street fairs, and that sort of thing. That band has since fallen apart, but Chris and I still work together. He played drums on a good portion of my album that’s on its way, including the first single, “Cannonball”.

TD: What are your biggest musical influences?

ZK: The reason that I got into music to begin with was an absolute obsession with The Beatles in fourth and fifth grade; they’re still a big influence on me musically. There’s also, of course, Jimi Hendrix. He’s easily my favorite guitarist of all time for pretty obvious reasons. I think that the biggest influence on my actual style of playing and songwriting, though, is Jack White, because of when I started listening to him. I discovered The White Stripes around the time that I was starting my first real band in high school, and I loved how raw their music was and how much sound they could make for a two-piece band. This definitely influenced the way I went about making music. But it also led me deeper into blues stuff that I knew but had never given my full attention to, and that was really important for me. I got to see Buddy Guy live during my junior year of high school, and that show really changed my playing. I was just starting to play with a new band around then, and we would get into long jams on blues numbers or Hendrix songs and to see a legend like Buddy Guy at that time made me a different guitarist. I took the instrument almost more seriously. I spent more time really learning to play and soloing over blues backing tracks and that sort of thing rather than just knowing my basic chords and a few licks. There are tons of other influences on me, and I listen to as many different styles as I can, but those are sort of the turning points.

TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?

ZK: On a national level, I got into Black Pistol Fire recently. I went to see them live at The Foundry with the other guitarist in my band, Aram Donabed, and it was the kind of show that when they finished, I turned to him, and we both just said “wow”. They had so much energy. Their albums are great too, but don’t even do the live show justice. I also saw The National a couple months ago now, and was really into them. The same case with The War on Drugs, who I saw in September. Before that, it was Gary Clark Jr. and Michael Kiwanuka, who I saw on the same bill over the summer and are both incredible – not to mention that Gary knows his way around a guitar. Over the summer, I also made it to one day of Panorama in New York, and started listening to a lot of Active Bird Community and Alt-J. Those have all been on my playlist for the past couple months since I tend to get pretty into bands that I see live. Locally, I’m a fan of Val Jester. They released their first album last spring, and it’s an awesome album from top to bottom. I also really like Maggie Barnett’s music. She actually just started playing bass with my band, but also has some really cool solo material. Z by Z is another band from where I am in University City that has some good, fun rock. So is The Cold Spring. They never disappoint. I could go on and on, but those are a few.

TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?

ZK: My parents started taking me to The Clearwater Festival in Croton, New York when I was like four or so, and I’ve been going just about every year since then. It’s a really cool music and arts festival that’s focused on protecting the Hudson River. I’ve seen some awesome acts there too – Arlo Guthrie, Joseph Arthur, Lake Street Dive, Drive-By Truckers, Son Volt, and Martin Martin Sexton just to name a few. The first concert that I remember other than Clearwater was a Paul McCartney show. It was a pretty incredible first stand-alone show to go to. I was about ten or eleven, and Paul McCartney was my absolute favorite so I was, of course, blown away. Paul McCartney was also the first album that I actually picked out myself. It was a two-CD live show called Tripping the Live Fantastic that I got at a record store in New York around the same time that I went to the show. I would listen to that album practically on loop, and it made me want to pick up a guitar. I remember trying to play my dad’s old classical guitar along with some of the songs on the album. I wasn’t very successful, but before long, I got my first guitar – and actually started learning how to use it – partly because of that album.

TD: What do you love about Philly?

ZK: There’s a lot to love about Philly. It’s just a really nice city to live in. But the thing that I think I’ve come to love about it the most is the music scene. There are a lot of artists in a relatively small area, but it never feels cut-throat or anything like that. Everyone is really supportive, and the bands and artists are willing to help each other out where they can. And on basically any given night, I can decide I want to see some live music, and there are options all around me in every size show and every genre imaginable.

TD: What do you hate about Philly?

ZK: There’s honestly nothing that I hate about Philly. I’m sure my mom will be reading this so, you know, it’s too far from my family – I think that’s what they’d want me to say.

TD: What are your plans for 2018?

ZK: Well, my biggest plan for 2018 is releasing my first full-length album, Breathe. “Cannonball” was the first single, and I have a new one, called “That Girl”. The full album will be out in February. With that, my band and I are also going to be playing some live shows, which I haven’t done too much of recently while getting this album ready. So we’re excited for that! Beyond that, we’ll see. Those are definitely the priorities right now.

TD: What was your most memorable live show?

ZK: I can think of a couple memorable ones – my first actual gig that wasn’t a school talent show and then my first show outside of my hometown, because that finally felt like a real gig – but I think that the most memorable one was actually one in my own basement. In my senior year of high school, myself and a few other musicians from my town decided to start a concert series for the local music scene that we called The Front Porch Series. Naturally, we tried a show on someone’s porch, but there was a noise complaint, and police arrived so we tried again in my basement – still calling it The Front Porch Series – and it was a success. We had twelve bands and solo performers all playing on the same night. We intended to end by about eleven o’clock, and it went until closer to two or something. But it was great. We had a mosh pit in my basement and a huge turnout, yet nothing was broken and nobody was hurt, with the exception of one crowd surfing related bloody nose. It was just pure fun and brought together a little music scene in our town. We did it a few more times but that first one was the most memorable.

TD: What's your favorite thing to get at the deli?

ZK: I’m a sucker for fresh mozzarella.

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