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Check them Out: Rollerball

Even though these guys have been slinging out records since the '90s, I hadn't heard of them until today.

Rollerball recently released yet another record, their 15th, called Two Feathers. I personally think that's a lot of records. I'm only just beginning to realize the depth and the assortment of layers of music this town has to offer.

From what I've read and heard so far, I would pitch their sound as extremely varied - ranging from experimental jazz influenced rock to slower tunes that are atmospheric and ambient. Their sound often seems to carry a reverberating presence, akin to the expansive spatial dome of a cathedral, and along with it, the same intensity and seriousness one might find under that type of religious dome. Some cool shit here.

Rollerball rocks rich, interesting and weird compositions with just piano, bass, drums, sax and female vocals. Take a minute and check it out.

- Joel Sommer


Check them Out: Musee Mechanique

Looking for something to sate these winter wisps? Musee Mechanique is an excellent laid-back indie band who often incorporates a well-placed touch of folk influence. They very much remind me of a non-abrasive Blonde Redhead, both in song style and vocals on certain songs. I particularly enjoyed the tracks "Two Friends Like Us" and "Nothing Glorious," both of which can be found on their MySpace profile. The band seems to enjoy creating dreamy environments that soothe the soul and often bring in quality arrangements of strings, woodwinds or vibraphones to complete their compositions.

Check out the above fan video for their song "Our Changing Skins," off of the band's stellar 2008 debut, Hold This Ghost.

- Joel Sommer


The Deli's Year End Best: Submissions Closed, 2nd phase starts in January

Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweethearts in Bands,

As usual, The Deli's Year End Poll (for emerging artists) will assign the cover of our Spring Issue 2010. The polling process is as complex as rocket science (if you want to try and get your head around it be our guest and go here).

The submissions for the open contest that will select minimum 3 artists for the next phase is now closed. We are currently receiving the jurors' votes. The next phase will be the readers' vote, which will start on January 3.

All the bands that submitted to our open contest were also added to our chart system for indie artists - which will get them some exposure in the future.

Here we are taking a little bit of a holiday break - we'll still have some content up in the next few days, but not as much. We will see you back in early January - in the meantime Happy Holidays to you all!!

The Deli's Staff


The Deli's Year End Best of Portland '09 Poll! Sponsors + Prizes

Musical peoples from Portland and beyond.

A few weeks are left before the end of 2009, and the time has come for our end of year musical "summary". Yes, you got that right: The Deli's "Best of (emerging) Portland 2009 Poll" is upon us!

This year we'll have an overall chart including the votes from Jury, Writers and Readers, and a Readers' charts including only the readers' votes. There will be prizes in vouchers, software and studio time for all the top artists in both charts.

We have a lot to tell you about this, but as this poll couldn't happen without sponsors, we'll start by listing them all, and by thanking them for being part of this.

Instructions about the poll coming soon!




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providing a total of 18 audio plug in for the pool of prizes(9 iZotope, 9 IK Multimedia)

If your company is interested in sponsoring or contributing to the pool of prizes for "The Deli Year End Best of Poll" it's not too late! Just contact us here.

The Deli Staff


Free Christmas Showcase at Doug Fir! I Can Lick Any SOB in the House Returns! Not the same show!

Michael Dean Damron

And on Christmas? You betcha. In Music We Trust is sponsoring this holiday hullabaloo at Doug Fir's cozy cabin cave, featuring a little of everything to sate your yuletide pangs.

Tunes by Miriam's Well, Jon Davidson and Russell Stafford, and the incomparable Michael Dean Damron promise to unravel the stress knots of the holidays, and kick-start the finale of 2009 in style.

Show at 9:00 p.m. (doors at 8). FREE. Tell 'em Large Marge sentcha.

In other Mike D news, it was announced this week that one of Portland's all-time dirtiest, debaucherous, downright powerful cow-punk bands ever - I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House - will be reuniting come March, 2010. Here's the statement from the band:

Hey ya'll,

Well, it's official.

On March 5th, come join us at Dante's for our first time on stage together in over three years. We're going to be playing a long set to fit in all of our favorite songs. It's going to be a night that you won't want to miss!

We'll have T-shirts available. If things go as planned, we will also have a new CD available containing songs that we had recorded, but not yet released. We're all excited that you'll finally get to hear them.

We haven't hammered out all of the details for the night yet, so check in with us before the show.

Come check us out on Facebook and leave a comment with the top three SOB songs you want to hear at the show, and a favorite SOB moment if you have one!

Mike D, Jon, Dave, Flap, and Mole

This is incredible news. Now you know.

- Ryan J. Prado


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