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April 2016
Ghost King
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Hailing from The Bronx and led by Spires' drummer Carter McNeil, Ghost King plays muddy fuzz rock brightened by unexpected chord changes, psychedelic overtones, and a '90s rock inspired lo-fi production that blends the fun attitude of Violent Femmes, the stellar songwriting of The Pixies and the slacking tendencies of Pavement. Early psych rock influences emerge here and there in their debut album 'Bones' (check out the rather Barretesque 'Bones pt. 1,' or the chorus explosion of 'When the Sky Turns blue' - streaming below), enriching the sonic palette in ways rarely accomplished, in a single record, without it sounding... all over the place. But beyond the familiar and beloved references to the past, what makes this album great is its consistently brilliant songwriting, and the band's habit of taking the listener in and out of unexpected places, like for example with the dissonant riffs of 'Skeleton Dance' 's intro, which slowly morphs into a perfectly consonant verse, or through the bizarre development of ''Til You Belong to Me' or 'Bones pt. 2.'  

 
The 60's

Band of Gypsys

Bob Dylan

Bruce Haack

The Fugs

The Godz

Holy Modal Rounders

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
Afrika Bambaataa
Arto Lindsay
Bad Brains
Beastie Boys
Bruce Springsteen
The Feelies
The Fleshtones
Grandmaster Melle Mel
John Zorn
Laurie Anderson
Public Enemy
Run D.M.C.
Sonic Youth
Swans
They Might Be Giants
The 90's
A Tribe Called Quest
Cat Power

Jeff Buckley

The Magnetic Fields
Nas
The Notorious B.I.G.
Soul Coughing
Yo La Tengo
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!


PREMIERE: The Toads - "I'm a Toad"

*photo by Todd Young 

Coming out onto the scene with a fervent drive to dominate the pop punk world with excitable power, The Toads have done a lot with themselves in their first year as a band. Since their formation early last year, they've recorded a full length, performed upwards of 60 shows and have a couple music videos to tout. Today, we're presenting you with another one.

With shots filmed around the Pearl, "I'm a Toad" is a fun video showing the three toadies, guitarist Matt Kane, bassist Matt Dinaro and drummer Mitch Gonzales run somewhat of a muck through Saturday Market, donning all white a la Andrew W.K. Their color performance scenes were filmed at the Khao San restaurant, with the restaurant owner Bud funding the video and even making a guest appearance chauffeuring the trio around in a Tuk Tuk.

The Toads have got a show coming up on the 28th with Daisy Deaths and Lord Becky at the Turn Turn Turn. "I'm a Toad" is both the kind of song and video that makes you want to jump up, act crazy and freak a few people out. Give it a watch below.

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Catch Roselit Bone while you can!

Just in case you haven't heard, country music is alive and well in Portland. We're not talking about that American Idol mess your mother probably listens to. We're talking the dusty steel, brooding Americana that keeps the genre a contender for space on your playlist.

Both Roselit Bone and Jenny Don't & the Spurs can turn even the most stubborn anti-country music fan into an appreciator of that twang. The two just release a split a couple weeks ago and while Jenny Don't & the Spurs have already hit the road for tour, you've still got a couple chances to see Roselit Bone before they leave for theirs in August. 

They've got a show coming up tomorrow at Bunk Bar with Abronia and Tucson's Ohioan. You really can't miss it, since that second chance won't be coming up until right before they hit the dusty trails.


Saturday Night Sounds: Small Million - "Sleep Long"

Sleep is a cool mistress, forever beckoning you to disregard all plans and responsibilities with her seduction of comfort. The latest track from Small Million, titled "Sleep Long," premiered earlier this week on The Wild Honey Pie and is coming off their upcoming June 4th debut, the Before the Fall EP. Malachi Graham's varied harmonies atop Ryan Linder's cleanly produced instrumentation make it perfect for a Saturday night spent cuddled up in bed with you know who.

Their album release party will also be on June 4th at the Secret Society with Leo Islo and Mothertapes, but if you're really itching for some of them you can preorder Before the Fall on their Bandcamp page for $5. 

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Friends of Noise seek to create a permanent all ages haven

 The lack of all ages spaces in Portland is an obvious problem. Sure, we've got Anarres Infoshop and the select house show venues that will host an all ages show every once in awhile, but with the wealth of youth seeking to engage in the city's music community the present options just aren't enough. That's why Friends of Noise, a group of music community members with all sorts of knowledge and experience in the music game, are acting to change that.

The group was built by a collection of non-profits and leaders in the music community, including participation from the likes of Music in the Schools, PDX Pop Now!, XRAY.FM, KBOO and My Voice Music to name a few, with growing support. Members are collaborating all efforts in attempts to maintain Portland's ecclectic and special artistic community through finding opportunities to integrate youth into producing, performing and being able to safely gather at music and art spaces and events.

In the quest to create a permanent space, Friends of Noise will be hosting four satellite shows held in each sector of the city. The first one, on Sunday, May 22nd at Los Prados Event Hall in St. Johns, is a hip hop show with some of Portland's finest underlying acts. Gem Dynasty, Drex Porter, Neo G Yo and the Doo Doo Funk All Stars will all be playing the kick off event. Tickets are $5 for youths (or $8 for two young'ns) and $10 for adults, with music beginning at 6:30pm.

Friends of Noise recognizes the kids in this town are the only hope we have of keeping our creativity alive and by trying their best to make sure arts and music can thrive despite the changing atmosphere in Portland, we just may have hope. 


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