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Winner of The Deli’s Best Local Record Label: Punk Rock Payroll!


It was certainly a tight race this year, but we are happy to announce that Punk Rock Payroll are the winners of our Best Local Record Label Poll which was voted on by our selected jury. They managed to edge out Siltbreeze Records by one vote, but we certainly believe that Siltbreeze deserves kudos for their years of continuous work with such interesting artists. However, this moment is about the high-quality work that Punk Rock Payroll is churning out from their headquarters in South Philly. Frede and Misty Zimmer’s adventurous spirit led by their belief in the things that they are passionate about has led them to the top of our list, and it doesn’t hurt that we love artists on their roster like The Extraordinaires and Dangerous Ponies. Congrats for seeing art in everything that you do! punkrockpayroll.com/ - The Deli Staff

Levar Mother Fucking Burton Would Be Proud of Reading Rainbow!

When I tell people that Reading Rainbow are one of my favorite new bands from Philly, they often ask me to describe what they sound like. In Reading Rainbow’s case, I can’t find the appropriate comparisons. I can’t say if you like Jesus & Mary Chain then you’ll like Reading Rainbow. But I will. Can’t say that they're My Bloody Valentine meets The Ronettes meets Bo Diddley meets Velvet Underground is right on either, but it sort of is. My point here being that while Reading Rainbow may conjure up your own personal touchstones, they are uniquely creating their own reverb nation with lo-fi sharpness, indulgent psychedelia and to-the-point noise pop melodies. Last year Reading Rainbow’s Sarah and Rob made a great record called Mystical Participationthat you owe to yourself to buy and vibe out to. myspace.com/levarmotherfuckingburton - Bruce Warren, WXPN/Some Velvet Blog


Grandchildren Definitely Running Up Strongly


Mark my words - if the rock gods are just, then Grandchildren will be HUGE! No one on the local scene impressed me more in 2009. I was instantly drawn in with my first listen of tracks from their debut full length Cold Warrior, a project by Aleks Martray three years in the making. He changed what might have been your average acoustic singer-songwriter material into something accessibly drenched with layers of the most interesting sounds coming out of our local music scene. He also performed a Herculean task of bringing together a group of Danger Danger Gallery talented misfits into a six-piece mind-blowingly dynamic live band. With Cold Warrior scheduled to be released this spring on Green Owl which was responsible for 2009’s critically acclaimed Warm Heart of Africa by The Very Best and is owned by Benjamin Bronfman, M.I.A.’s baby daddy and son of former Warner Music Group CEO Edgar Bronfman, Jr., the stars seem to be aligning correctly for this crew of West Philly’s finest. myspace.com/grandchildren - Q.D. Tran

Free Energy Always Honorably Mentioned

Free Energy was the local band that seemed to skyrocket from nowhere this year. They went from being Dave P’s fun-loving neighbors with a band to the torch carriers of classic rock ‘n roll who found themselves in the studio with LCD Soundsystem mastermind James Murphy. With more hooks than the opening day of fishing season, they are making big guitar riffs, tight pants and having a good time a prerequisite for all their shows. This year was their coming out party with DFA Records, but expect the full monty when they release their first full length album Stuck on Nothing on Astralwerks this February 23, 2010. myspace.com/freeenergymusic - H.M. Kauffman

Artist(s) Who Deserve Your Friendship: The Spooks


The Spooks play unabashed garage/surf rock with guitar riffs that come from somewhere below the waist and vocals that could scare you into loving them. Their raw, punkish energy might possibly have you playing air guitar with some serious ferocity by the end of the night. Recently back from a tour down South in support of their EP Sea Monster, the boys should be well-practiced and tight when they join The G next Sunday night at Kung Fu Necktie. myspace.com/spooksquares (Photo by Megan Trosclair) - Q.D. Tran



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