SUBMIT: THE DELI'S BEST OF 2013 YEAR END POLL
Independent Bands and Artists,
THE DELI'S YEAR END BEST OF [YOUR SCENE] POLL IS BACK! ! - it's free.
SUBMIT YOUR MUSIC HERE
(see prizes below)
PRIZES: FEATURE IN SXSW ISSUE + RECORDING SOFTWARE
Once again, the big prize for the Year End Poll winners is to be featured on our upcoming SXSW issue (see last year's edition on the left, read it in pdf HERE), and this year we'll also have a bundle of recording software (to be announced soon).
HOW IT WORKS
The process to determine these lists is rather complicated - if you want to try and get your head around it, be our guest and go HERE. But if all you are interested in is to be part of it and get some exposure, then read on.
The first phase of this poll allows ANY BAND OR SOLO ARTIST based in one of the scenes we cover to submit their music for a minimum of 3 spots in the pool of the "Best of" your city nominees. This phase starts right NOW!
Submit your music to The Deli's Local Scene Year End Polls
A team of Deli writers will choose a minimum of 3 artists that will be added to the pool of nominees for the next phases of the poll. The bands selected will be announced in early 2014.
Please spread the word about this and good luck!
Published: November 21, 2013 |
Album Review: Rockoon by Noble Firs
For those with a hankering for island/psych/surf jams, direct your attention to Rockoon, the newest effort from The Noble Firs. According to front man Jeremiah Brunnhoelzle, these Portland based boys were formed due to a serendipitous mix of craigslist and “lots of Portland mingling.” After adding a new drummer Nic Kohagen (contributor to hip hop project, SMAK BANG) in July, the band was itching to release some new material. This combined with the opportunity to record with producer Nori Lockhart (of Cambrian Explosion) made for a promising release. The group describes their sound as “major key chill with a splash of surf”, but there seems to be more beneath the surface. The record boasts shimmering intricacies of guitar and drum work fastened tight like stained glass into quick-pulse rhythms. The first track, “Love’s For The Birds” successfully splices a subdued, pulsing verse with an epic, cascading crash of a chorus full of vocal and guitar harmonies that verge on post rock. “Boy in a Man Suit” features lots of nice, tight rhythmic interplay between guitars and bass with even a little percussion (kongas/bongos) break in the middle. The “surf” influence is most potent in “Feathered Feet”, a throwback romp of 60s surf rock/Beatles mash-up and “Lemming Long Jumps” which features nice guitar/vocal doubling and a mid-break into a surf-groove bridge. The Noble Firs are DIY at the moment, so support the sound and the movement by popping over to their bandcamp page and checking out their tunes! - Ted Jamison
Published: December 03, 2013 |
Twinterviews Session One: Papi Fimbres
In the debut session of the new web series,
Twinterviews, hosts Colette and Meggyn sat down with one of the busiest drummers in Portland, Papi Fimbres, who you may recognize from one of the 21 bands he currently collaborates with (seriously). Probably best known for his work with experimental indie-rockers, Sun Angle, Papi reveals his early influences and more in what proves to be an enlightening interview. Watch the video below and keep your eyes out for the second session of Twinterviews in the future. - Benjamin Toledo
Published: December 02, 2013 |
Video Premiere: 'Out Through the Window' by Anne-Marie Sanderson
The wonderful local songstress,
Anne-Marie Sanderson has just released a new video to debut her song, “Out Through The Window”. In the video her voice and acoustic guitar are accompanied by a cello, violin, drum set and vivid harmonies that flow through the black and white frames of this moving studio performance. Watch the video below and be sure keep your eyes on Anne-Marie’s website for news of a new release that’s rumored to be in the works. - Benjamin Toledo
Published: November 30, 2013 |
Party Boyz Episode 8: Sama Dams
On the newest episode of the fantastic local music podcast,
Party Boyz, Elizabeth (aka Party Boy #1) and Rachel (aka Party Boy #2) sat down with Sama Dams for an especially interesting conversation. Topics ranged from the band’s highs and lows tp local foliage and a particularly exciting game of yahtzee over a soundtrack that includes songs from The Dirty Projectors, Banned Books and Catherine Feeney. You don’t want to miss this one, listen below and be sure to give Party Boyz and Sama Dams your likes on facebook. - Benjamin Toledo
Sama Dams just launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund their next record, click here to learn more and show your support for one of the most musically adventurous acts in town.
Published: November 25, 2013 |
Show Review: Chervona at Star Theater
- by Brandy Crowe
We are at the end of that brief time of year between Halloween and Thanksgiving. For a few more days we can still have pumpkins and wear fall colors and savor that little bit of leftover scary, before all of the glitter and pageantry of winter holidays are vomited upon us.
This “season” has offered up some enjoyment, starting with an annual Day of the Dead Celebration with internationally known, Portland based band Chervona at the newly poshed Star Theater. The event did cater to a remembrance and celebration of loved ones past. Outside in one corner of the large patio space there was a glowing, ornate alter with linen strips for the names of family or friends that had died. A beautiful dead girl nearby told me that I didn’t have to go to it, it would call to me.
Mostly though, that first Friday, the first night of November holiday was an extension of the Halloween weekend, a gathering of sugar skulls, masquerade and steam-punk opera. Someone broke all the rules and decided to meld Transylvanian and Voodoo.
Chervona took the stage with front-man André Temkin rocking a pink fro. To overuse the term “high-energy” applies here. With members spanning homelands of Russia, Lithuania and Brazil, these guys put a Russian/ Eastern European/Gypsy Punk spin on traditional folk and party songs, and on some currents too, like turning Lady GaGa’s “Bad Romance” into Polka and having the whole place love it.
The show was headlined by Vagabond Opera. I had thought of the Opera as a mere title but found it in the beautiful, powerful voice of Ashia Grzesik along with cello, accordion and stand-up bass; all with an enticing charm of a mysterious sideshow. An in-house artist donning a long-nosed venetian mask painted during the music and there was a belly dancer who by all accounts was “HOT”. The whole thing was said to have ended with a séance, but with all the drinks and dancing, new and old friends were already floating between worlds.
In addition to this event, Chervona has been busy with recent gigs at The Portland Polish Festival and Library, and with Abney Park at The Swashbucklers Ball. Currently they are preparing to make it crazy for their 7th Birthday Celebration/Red Party at Alberta Street Pub this Saturday, November 23rd.
Souvenir Driver at Dante's 11.22
Souvenir Driver plays Dante’s this Saturday, let’s take a minute and explore exactly why this is going to be a hell of a show. You may recognize these boys from projects like Soft Paws, Happy Prescriptions and Hawkeye, but Souvenir Driver has taken most of their efforts as of late, which is evident. The band identifies as post punk which certainly rings true in their first LP, Lifts the Curse. Lead singer, Nate Wey says the record was made in efforts “to lift our sadness, our obstacles, our darkness, in order to come to a place of bliss and understanding.” Upon listening, you realize that this album is a process - a cathartic journey from tumbles down jagged sonic valleys of tracks like “Futures” and “Philosophy” to the slow crystalline ascension of “Daylight is a Movie”. In preparation for their new LP, Living Water (self-released in April) the band has been leaking singles to their bandcamp page. “Kiss You Close” and “Feel the Flood” combine heavy bass with echo-heavy kick-snare and vocals like a sedated Joe Strummer to produce a slick, sinister new wave sound. In “Feel the Flood” Nate screams, “everybody hear the sound of your own blood.” This statement is beautifully indicative of a live set with these boys, producing a sound just as physical and visceral as the ringing in your ears afterwards. - Ted Jamison
Published: November 21, 2013 |
Noble Firs Residency at the Firkin Tavern
Noble Firs play a laid back variation of the indie-rock genre that’s as likely to induce swaying bodies as it is headbanging enthusiasts. Their latest release, Moss Mouth, is a three track showcase of bright guitar tones, kinetic drumming and animated vocals that move between breezy verses and moments of turbulence that seem to be designed to move an audience. If you’d like to be part of that moving audience this is a good month for you. The Noble Firs have taken up a residency at the Firkin Tavern (making it the Noble Firkin Tavern?) and will be performing there for the next two Saturdays, ending in their record release show on November 30th. Catch them this Saturday night with Autonomics and Ghost Frog. - Benjamin Toledo
Published: November 21, 2013 |
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