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Thanks to our Jurors and Staff!

Burlington, Boston, Providence, Portland and the rest of New England wouldn't be known for its stellar, incomparable music scene if it wasn't for the men and women behind the curtains. They are sound engineers, promoters, tour managers, journalists and people who work in our beloved clubs. I thank them for their hard work and their willingness to participate in Deli - New England's first yearly poll.

Jurors

Adena Harford - Writer and Founder of the Deli Burlington

Alex Budney - Nectar's/Metronome 

Autumn Pincus - Tour Manager

Clay Fernald - Middle East Nightclub

Dan Cardinal - Ample-Fi Recording

Mark Kaye - Hear Now Live

Paddy Reagan - Angioplasy Media/Monkey House

Randi Millman - TT the Bear's Place

Ryan Spaulding - Ryan's Smashing Life

Susan Scotti - Club Passim

I am amazed, flattered and proud to see how well the site has been doing and the fanatic support from the New England music scene and the great writers I have on staff. And most importantly I thank the musicians for their music.

--Meghan Chiampa and The Deli Staff

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The 1st Deli New England Poll comes to an end - thanks to you all!

We would like to thank all the jurors and writers who helped us with their vote put together this list of emerging New England artists. Thanks to the readers for participating and most importantly thanks to the bands for getting the word out about The Deli's poll. 

 

Indie-rockers Mean Creek (in the picture), one of Boston's most talked about bands, won the 2009 Best Emerging Artist - congrats to them! They were a definite favorite amongst our jurors. Mellow rootsy-folk, Michael Bernier and the Uprising placed second, thanks to a strong support from their fan base in the readers' poll, while Boston soul sensation Jesse Dee came in third, gathering votes from Jurors, Writers and Deli Readers. More about the winners coming soon to the Deli, so stay tuned!

--The Deli Staff

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Year End Best of New England Poll: Mean Creek win hands down

 
Artist
J
W
R
Total
 
1
Mean Creek
13
1
0.018
14.018
2
Michael Bernier and the Uprising
3
0
2
5
3
Jesse Dee
2
1
1.575
4.575
4
Myra Flynn
4
0
0.081
4.081
5
The Low Anthem
3
1
0.006
4.006
6
McAlister Drive
1
0
3
4
7
The Day's Weight
3
0
0.09
3.09
8
The Points North
0
2
1.05
3.05
9
Township
3
0
0.035
3.035
10
Lady Lamb the Beekeeper
0
2
1.016
3.016
11
Lendway
3
0
0.009
3.009
12
Ryan Power
3
0
0.003
3.003
13
Drug Rug
1
2
0.002
3.002
15
Hands and Knees
3
0
0
3
 
Movers and Shakers
3
0
0
3
16
Brendan Hogan
0
2
0.784
2.784
17
A. Lynch & the Bee Keepers
2
0
0.019
2.019
18
Televandals
2
0
0.01
2.01
19
Bodega Girls
1
1
0.009
2.009
20
Viva Viva
2
0
0.004
2.004
21
Blues and Lasers
2
0
0.001
2.001
22
Paper Castles
2
0
0
2
 
St. Clair
2
0
0
2
 
28 Degrees Taurus
0
1
1
2
25
The Organ Beats
0
1
0.106
1.106
26
Dave Alpert
0
1
0.084
1.84
27
The Le Duo
0
1
0.013
1.013
28
The Emeen Z Band
1
0
0.011
1.011
29
Jer Coons
1
0
0.005
1.005
30
The Cush
1
0
0.003
1.003
 
tooth ache
0
1
0.003
1.003
32
Cropduster
1
0
0.002
1.002
 
Maui
0
1
0.002
1.002
34
Margaret Glasby
1
0
0.001
1.001
35
The New Collisions
1
0
0
1
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Year End Best of New England Readers' Poll - Final Top 10!

1
 McAlister Drive
2
 M Bernier & the Uprising
3
 28 Degrees Taurus
4
 The Organ Beats
5
 The Day's Weight
6
 Dave Alpert
7
 Myra Flynn
8
 Jesse Dee
9
 The Points North
10
 Township
This is our final Year End Best of New England Fans Poll's Top 10 - full breakdown of the votes here.

On Wednesday we'll publish the results of the Best of New England 2009 Poll, which is calculated through a rather complicated system involving a jury of scene makers, The Deli's writers, our readers, the bands' fans, and also through an initial open contest - rules can be found here. - Stay tuned!

The Deli's Staff
 

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January 2010
Rubblebucket
"Rubblebucket
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Rubblebucket is known for its voluminous afro-funk style and the imminent interactive dance parties that ensue at their shows. Not surprisingly, Rubblebucket won the 2009 Boston Music Award for Live Act of the Year. The band released self-titled Rubblebucket in October. I held high-expectations for the album because it is difficult to capture the feel and aura of multi-sensory performances of live music acts like Rubblebucket and I had a feeling they would pull it off well. Rubblebucket is a psychedelic garden of sound full of variety and surprises. The lyrics are earthy and make several terrestrial references to natural beings like snails, birds and the wind and sky. The first track “November” is horn heavy and fast while the vocals are dreamy and have a definite B’jork influence (most of the album does). “November” is the type of song you would hear on a space train. “Ba Donso, We Did This” is one of my favorite tracks on the album. It features the n’goni, a West-African string instrument which is usually plucked. In “Ba Donso, We Did This” the n’goni adds rhythmic twangy support to Traver’s floating vocals. While juicy horns raise the song up and the n’goni and organ mellow it out without dropping the infectious rhythm. Great contrast of sounds in this tune.“Bikes” is a signature song for the band. Jovial but strong lead vocals and big band horns it makes you feel like you are in the jungle. The lyrics of the whole album are unique and well-written and have beat-era style. “Maya” is noted as a song and poem. The first two stanzas of the poem are recited by Adam Dotson (who wrote the music and lyrics on “Maya”, the other songs are written by Travers and Toth and Craig Myers, the n’goni player on tracks 2 and 12 )in a  tinny, hollow and far away voice which adds a crisp eeriness to such a sweet song. After the reciting, Traver  sings, “Your love is like a falling flame/It sputters and goes out again/ It shoots a line across the sky/It shimmers and warms up the night” in a beautiful, elated voice. Another example of the rainbow of sonic flavor this album shares with the listener.On the final track, Hommage, the g’nogi is the star. Hommage has whimsy and a bit of old world magic laced through it. It’s a simple, beautiful song with trickling scales and soft horns that creep in and lift it up. It’s an elegant closing song for such a remarkably lively and sound rich album, like powdered sugar on a triple chocolate cake. The tracks making up “Rubblebucket” hold elements of the city and the country reflecting the backgrounds of band leaders Alex Toth and Kamila who have lived all over New England from Vermont to  Jamaica Plain. The band is in a genre of its own, they have the vibrant soul of a funk band, magical vocals, spirit-possessing percussion that makes your feet move before your head tells them to and unique lyrics of poetic grade. You can buy the album here. –review by Meghan Chiampa

 

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