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July 2014
Baked
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Last year Baked came out with a tape called S/T Cassette.  Two songs short, it's enough to see where the band is coming from; they're not afraid to blur themselves, letting the sounds melt into landscape jams.  On Debt, their debut off Exploding in Sound, Baked is still melting, but it's a much more guided flow.  The album mixes high velocities with the turned down mellow feels that Baked just seems to ooze from every orifice.   R.J. Gordon's vocals take a back seat under a wash of reverb, sitting just below the pop driven melodies that surround him.  "Mick Jagger" especially is a stunner, where Yoni David's drumming drives the tune as the rest of the sounds float in zero gravity.  There's something unobtainably attractive about this band's sound, whether it's because they remind us of England's long lost Wu Lyf, or because they channel Bedhead at the same time. - Jake Saunders

 
The 60's
Bob Dylan

Simon and Garfunkel

Velvet Underground
The 70's
Television
Patti Smith
The New York Dolls

The Ramones

The Talking Heads
Richard Hell
The Dead Boys
Blondie
Suicide
Lydia Lunch
DNA  
Mars
The Contortions  
The 80's
Sonic Youth
Bad Brains
Beastie Boys
Bruce Springsteen
Swans
The Feelies
Laurie Anderson
They Might Be Giants
John Zorn
Arto Lindsay
Sonic Youth
The Fleshtones
The 90's

Jeff Buckley

The Magnetic Fields
Yo La Tengo
Soul Coughing
Cat Power
The 00's
The Strokes
Interpol
TV on The Radio
Fiery Furnaces
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Bravery
Animal Collective
Bright Eyes
Devendra Banhart
Moldy Peaches
Le Tigre
Liars
Blonde Redhead
Grizzly Bear
 

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The Deli's SXSW Issue 2014 is online!

Read it digitally here.

P.S. 10k free copies of this issue hit the street of Austin during SXSW Music week!


Krust Toons: "Insta-cram" by Teddy Hazard

Krust Toons: "Insta-cram" by Teddy Hazard - please feel free to drop him a line at teddandthehazards@gmail.com if you dig or have any funny ideas. You can also check out more of his illustrations HERE.

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New Track: "Pink Rabbits" (The National Cover) - Strand of Oaks

Strand of Oaks, a.k.a. Timothy Showalter, just shared his meaningful cover of The National's "Pink Rabbits." The track, which is found on 2013's Trouble Will Find Me, became the soundtrack to some recent rocky times for the local area singer-songwriter. You can read about his connection with the song from a post via Magnet (when he guest edited online in July) and stream it below. Strand of Oaks will be performing at The Boot & Saddle this weekend for two sold-out shows.

"The most important song for me in recent memory. A lot of music is great but not important. Listening to “Pink Rabbits” became mandatory for me. I would associate this song with my lost month or months last fall. I unfortunately discovered that drinking potato vodka alone with the only the National to keep you company can be dangerous. I would find myself talking with angels and other crazy shit when this song was on repeat. Then I realized I don’t have to get fucked up to love this record. This song saved me and destroyed me simultaneously."

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Literature Record Release Show at Underground Arts Sept. 15

Literature is a great indie-pop band. I thought that the very first time I heard the group’s debut LP Arab Spring. And now, their long-awaited full-length follow-up, Chorus, has found a fitting home at Slumberland Records. With an arsenal of unapologetic hooks, frontman Nathaniel Cardaci’s charming Anglo-accented phrasings, and upbeat instrumentation that injects a warm glow into your soul, Literature has produced another must-add-to-your-collection release, which I suggest grabbing sooner than later since the first pressing of Chorus is “ALMOST GONE”. They’ll be having a belated celebration of its deliverance tonight at Underground Arts (moved from the First Unitarian Church) opening for Brooklyn outfits The Drums and Beverly. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 8pm, $15, All Ages - Q.D. Tran

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Show Recap: Unannounced War on Drugs Performance w/Kurt Vile at JB’s

This past Friday, as the evening approached and the week’s end commenced, a buzz surrounded Johnny Brenda’s unannounced show, which hung in the balance as a wildcard. And as time moved forward, word came out that the unnamed act would be The War on Drugs, and there was much rejoicing.
 
The crowd filed into the friendly confines on the corner of Frankford and Girard with an atmosphere of excitement, and they were not disappointed. With a set heavily weighted upon songs from their latest album Lost in a Dream, including the set opener “Burning,” they sweetened the surprise treat even more with former War on Drugs member Kurt Vile lending his axe wizardry throughout the set, elevating celestial songs like “Arms Like Boulders” and “Eyes to the Wind.” Clicking on all cylinders, the audience was naturally caught up in their hazily powerful set, initially and appropriately concluding with “Lost in a Dream.”
 
This memorable blur of a night was capped off by an encore, where Vile reemerged joining the Granduciel-led crew on the apropos “Brothers,” accenting why Philly is such a great music town. (Photo by Nikki Volpicelli) - Michael Colavita

New Track: "Tropical Jinx" - Little Big League

Here's the latest single and title track, "Tropical Jinx," from Little Big League's forthcoming album. The band premiered it earlier this week over at Spin. Their ten-song LP is scheduled for release on October 14 via Run For Cover Records.

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Hop Along Opening for Dr. Dog at the Mann Center Sept. 13

Tonight, a pair of hometown favorites is set to hit The Skyline stage at the Mann Center. Bookended by the sibling combination of Frances and Mark Quinlan, Hop Along runs home-hitting, relatable, narrative lyrics, delivered through Frances’ unique breathy vocals and lilt, while reaching back for raw earnest force when its contextually called upon. When those vocals meld with an energy-filled charge of instrumentation, the songs are given a powerful mode of movement. Speaking of movement, Dr. Dog insights just that, layering melodies, harmonious vocals, and the omnipresent infectious groove. When all those elements react together, throwing in chunks dual-lead guitar ferocity and a touch of the psychedelic, the results are an ear-grabbing groove, inducing good times. Mann Center - The Skyline, 5201 Parkside Ave., 6:30pm, $20-$35, All Ages - Michael Colavita 

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Weekender Opening for Mo Lowda & The Humble at Bourbon & Branch Sept. 13

Huffington Post’s new favorite band, Mo Lowda & The Humble, carry on their monthly residency at Bourbon & Branch tonight. But who you might want to pay close attention to for this edition could be up-and-coming act Weekender. Derek and Nic Sheehan have played with different combinations of musicians over the years, but they might have just found their best when paired with Emily Cahill (Gypsy Death And You) and Tom Anthony (Bleeding Fractals). And when they won studio time with producer Kyle “Slick” Johnson (Creepoid, Bleeding Rainbow, Cymbals Eat Guitars, etc.) in a Deli Philly Giveaway, they used it well to record their debut EP Spanish Peaks. Since then the band has went on to open for the likes of Future Islands and The Growlers, and received their first taste of big festivals this year at Firefly Music Fest. They’ll also be joined by lo-fi rockers Roof Doctor and blues-folk rock artists Midwestern Exposure. Bourbon & Branch, 705 N. 2nd St., 8pm, $8-$10, 21+ - Bill McThrill

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