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STEREO IS A LIE FTW!

The results of our byzantine Year End Poll are finally in, with the all-caps by nature STEREO IS A LIE scoring a rare double win: after coming out on top of the readers' poll, they combined those points with votes from our expert jury and from our own Deli Austin writers to emerge victorious overall. And so...your emerging artist of 2009: STEREO IS A LIE. Missions took second and Neon Indian and Black Joe Lewis ended up in a deadlock for third.

The champs play Beauty Bar tonight (along with Buttercup, Ideal Soul Mart and Bear Bones). Missions is at the Mohawk one week from today - Jan. 29th - and Neon Indian is out at Hailey's in Denton on the 30th. Full poll results below...

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The Deli's Best of Austin 2009: Stereo Is A Lie also wins Composite Chart

 
 Artists
J
W
R
TOT
 
1
 STEREO IS A LIE
2
1
3
2
 Missions
5
 
0.18
 5.18
3
 Neon Indian
3
2
0.01
5.001
 
 Black Joe Lewis
2
3
0.01
5.001
5
 Sarah Jarosz
3
2
 
5
6
 Brazos
3
1
0.03
4.003
7
 The White White Lights
2
2
0.02
4.002
8
 Whitman
3
 
0.12
3.012
9
 Harlem
3
 
0.05
3.005
10
 VEGA
3
 
0.01
3.001
11
 T Bird & The Breaks
1
2
 
3
 
 International Waters
1
 
2
3
 
 Irresponsible Voltron
3
 
 
3
 
 Zlam Dunk
3
 
 
3
15
 The Calm Blue Sea
1
1
0.03
2.003
16
 Pack of Wolves
2
 
0.02
2.002
 
 Sunset
2
 
0.02
2.002
18
 Spoiled Royals
2
 
0.01
2.001
   The Carrots
2
 
0.01
2.001
   Zeale
2
 
0.01
2.001
21
 Kat Edmondson
2
 
 
2
 
 The Sour Notes
1
 
1
2
23
 S U R V I V E
1
 
0.05
 1.005
24
 DJ Orion
1
 
 
1
 
 Afrofreque
1
 
 
1
26
 Monahans  
1
0.02
1.002
27
 Authors  
0.75
 
0.75
28
 Drew Smith  
0.5
0.24
0.524
29
 The Eastern Sea  
0.5
0.02
0.502

 

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Year End Best of Austin Readers' Poll - Final Top 10

1
 Stereo is a Lie
2
 International Waters
3
 The Sour Notes
4
 Drew Smith
5
 Missions
6
Whitman
7
 Harlem
 
 Survive
9
 Brazos
10
 The Calm Blue Sea
Deli Readers have spoken - final results are in for our 2009 Readers' Poll, with STEREO IS A LIE narrowly edging International Waters for the top spot. Bronze goes to The Sour Notes.

The champs play Beauty Bar this Friday (along with Buttercup, Ideal Soul Mart and Bear Bones). International Waters recently returned from the Cavern in Dallas and are slated for the Mohawk this Feb. 11th, and the Sour Notes, who just dropped their fourth album It's Not Gonna Be Pretty on New Years Day, will also play the Mohawk on Jan. 28th. Get out and see how they earned the top spots. 

The Deli Staff

 

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Balmorhea Release Party 2/19

At the time that we crowned Constellations as our current album of the month we had no news of a release party - but news has now arrived: Balmorhea will celebrate their upcoming release at the Central Presbyterian Church downtown on February 19th, doors at 8 pm. Singer-songwriter Damien Jurado - who happens to be a favorite with the Deli editor - will be there to open. 

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January 2010
Balmorhea
"Constellations
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mp3

Any band that claims Gillian Welch and Avro Part as influences is bound to be unusual; but unusual by itself is not so exciting: what Balmorhea continues to do is mix their unusual with extraordinarily compelling. Hanging descriptive words on their wordless creations feels almost tacky…but that’s our job.

Steady as clockwork but far more interesting, Balmorhea is releasing their now fourth early-year album of delicate, emotional, occasionally prickly instrumental tracks. (Previously: Balmorhea, April 2007, Rivers Arms, February 2008, All is Wild, All is Silent, March, 2009.) This one drops - does a Balmorhea record drop? Let’s say it floats - on Western Vinyl this Feb. 23rd. We’ll all be expecting another early 2011. The first, and most obvious quality of any Balmorhea record, for those of us on a steady diet of indie pop, is the lack of vocals: you’re launched into a completely different headspace by Constellations, not so much guided by the hand to a particular mood as you are given a huge space in which to wander free. Their compositions have a strange way of feeling shorter than they are, because you immediately lose track of both time and your immediate surroundings. (Or, anyway, some of us do – maybe we were unhinged to begin with.)

They are following in the footsteps of many of their Icelandic contemporaries in doing away with the distinction between classical and pop. It’s dark, it’s haunting, it has occasional vestiges of country – or, maybe, western is the better word, a soundtrack to a cold winter in Monument Valley.

It’s not, of course, a commercial sound; there is no single, but for me there’s an early standout track: “On the Weight of Night”, coming toward the end of the album, patiently builds to a glowing, expansive climax; it is the sound of the moment when All is Revealed. For a band that at first listen seems subdued, they inspire some powerful associations: biblical, abstract, apocalyptic, primal. It’s as if Balmorhea backtracked to a time before rock & blues and followed a different musical evolutionary path: there is some recognizable DNA in there, but this is a new creature altogether. Constellations will put you somewhere beyond.

The band – Michael Muller and the distractingly named Rob Lowe backed by Aisha Burns, Travis Chapman, Nicole Kern, Mike Bell, Bruce Blay and Taylor Tehan – will head out in support of this one shortly after release, and return for SXSW. No word as of yet on a Austin release party…

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