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February 2015
Dolly Spartan
"self-titled EP

I think we can all agree about the fact that age is very important in rock'n'roll; we might not like that (we don't) but we can agree about it, right? Therefore, a good rock song is bound to get some added value when it's written and performed by four musicians in their (not so late) teens. And then, if you also realize that the band has a solid six track debut EP with no fillers under their belt, things start to get really interesting: records without fillers are rare at any age... The band in question is NYC's Dolly Spartan; their self titled debut fluctuates between pop punk exuberance ('We'll say that for now,' streaming below, and ' 'Don't You Know') and more tamed melodic moments reminiscent of a dirtier Vampire Weekend ('Who Are You,') or even of sacred monsters like The Beatles and their beloved disciples XTC ('Something on my Mind'). The band's sound features the right amount of rawness (think early Pixies), which gets tamed at least in part by songwriter and lead singer's Michael Eliran tenor, that sounds way more mature than his years. The range of the six tracks, the actual songwriting, and the maturity of the arrangements is truly impressive for such a young band, and make this is one of the most consistently fun NYC made record we heard in a while. Hopefully these guys' sound won't get too polished too soon!

The 60's
Bob Dylan

Simon and Garfunkel

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

The Ramones

The Talking Heads
Richard Hell
The Dead Boys
Lydia Lunch
The Contortions  
The 80's
Sonic Youth
Bad Brains
Beastie Boys
Bruce Springsteen
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
TV on The Radio
Fiery Furnaces
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Bravery
Animal Collective
Bright Eyes
Devendra Banhart
Moldy Peaches
Le Tigre
Blonde Redhead
Grizzly Bear

This is a preview of the new Deli charts - we are working on finalizing them by the end of 2013.

Go to the old Top 300 charts


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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!

Rocky Votolato debuts new album, wows crowd at Barista

Last week, Seattle songwriter Rocky Votolato shared an intimate set with the crowd at Barista on Alberta. As he wraps up a brief solo tour, Votolato released the new album Hospital Handshakes and announced he will tour this summer with a full backing band and co-headliners Dave Hause and Chris Farren. Catch him again when he plays Mississippi Studios on August 28. Listen to the album on purevolume

Photos by Lena Knofler



Review: Mac DeMarco on surviving the test of time

It’s always great when opening acts don’t resemble the sound of the headliner.  The two openers for the Mac Demarco show last Wednesday night at the Crystal Ballroom definitely achieved distinguishing themselves from his sound.  The first was local band Meth Teeth who have a very distasteful name (especially if you’re not careful searching for them online) and are known for their fuzzy garage rock sound that fits nicely into the Woodsist label’s canon.  Their live performance was much cleaner and reminiscent of a more radio-friendly pop folk sound. 

The second opener was Dutch pop diva Dinner.  His deep voice has that same Euro-monotone quality that Nico brought to our collective conscious.  Half 80’s work-out video, half Kraftwerk-meets-Madonna, Dinner’s over the top energy might have been easy to scoff at at first, but his dedication to his act won him many fans that night.

But onto Mac.

“Does it survive the test of time?  I don’t fucking know but we’re gonna play it anyways.”

Mac DeMarco pondered briefly halfway through his band’s set before embarking on a long windy powerful guitar shred that surprised and amazed many of us who are more accustomed to his laid-back backyard BBQ jams.  DeMarco may have asked this right before jumping into his cover of Steely Dan’s “Reelin’ in the Years,” but he could’ve been thinking about his own music.  The crowd was overwhelmingly young (the under-21 section felt like packed-in sardines) yet they followed him enthusiastically as he submerged them in the 1970s rock anthem.  Perhaps it’s his status as a teen idol or maybe it was his flippant who-gives-a-fuck attitude towards the question that made this typical dad rock anthem readily loved by his young fans.  Either way it does remind us of our fleeting youth, a concept Mac lightly dwells on in “Salad Days.”  Will his songs age gracefully?  Will his fans’ tastes still be relevant as they age?  Will his songs be the lame music of some future child’s dad, only to be revived when one of their “cool” music idols covers them?  Most likely, but that’s not important to Mac.

The show was something of an eccentricity contest.  Between the plastic bag of tiny hands someone threw on stage before the first song to his bandmates’ internet-y jokes that walked that line between funny and stupid (including a creepy one about dolphin sex that really just fell flat) and the inevitable rock-concert archetypical bra-thrown-onto-stage meme during “Chamber of Reflection,” it became clear both the band and the fans were having fun strutting their coolness.  By the end of the show the crowd left feeling easy with the fact that we were part of a playful caricature of a rock concert – complete with Mac and his bandmate Andy performing that macho act of removing one’s shirt on stage, crowd surfing, and the blissful and intentionally ironic swaying of lighters in the audience.

Mac is like that cool nasally older kid on the block who’s all about pizza, skateboarding, backwards caps, and playing pranks.  He took a moment during the show to invite us all to his afterparty at the White Owl Social Club.  Recognizing his audience’s median age range, he advised those under 21 to sneak into the bar: “It’s easy, I did it all the time.”  It’s no wonder he’s a walking disciple of our time.  When he put on a pink baseball hat, everyone cheered.


Back to his question about musical immortality: Mac showed that he disregards the test of time.  To have fun and be loved in the moment seems good enough.


Joel Magid: A Welcome Spring Anthem

Some songs effortlessly capture a moment in time. For late spring’s warmth and slower, sunny days comes Joel Magid’s “Since You Went Away.” The sugary-sweet psych pop track captures a mood: one of longing, looking, and desire while remaining upbeat, catchy, and fun. Magid debuted the video for his song on Alt Citizen last week.

Magid’s debut album Pyramids is out this summer. Catch Magid at The Liquor Store on April 29.

Listen to Magid on bandcamp.

-Zibby Pillote, photo by Tom Chamberlain


Deli Portland's Best Emerging Band of 2014 Showcase: The Domestics, Jackson Boone and The Tamed West

Saturday night, April 25 at Kelly's Olympian, The Deli Portland celebrates the winners of their Best Emerging Artist of 2014 poll - where local music industry insiders, tastemakers and listeners alike democratically elect their favorite new Portland artists. Headlining the night, 2014's poll winners The Domestics will croon their way through your ear and into your hearts with their lyrically-charged, heartfelt indie rock and roll reminiscent of the late Heatmiser. The fall of 2014 saw the release of their self-titled debut LP and made The Domestics an instant classic. Support by the folk tinged dream psych wizardry of Jackson Boone, and openers The Tamed West with their more upbeat reverb washed garage pop blend of psych rock. Doors at 8:30, 21+, $5 in advance or $7 at the door.


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