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April 2010
Typhoon
"Hunger and Thirst
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In the blind taste test of music, Typhoon proves difficult to classify into one category. With hints of Beirut, Damien Rice, Feist, the Builders and the Butchers, even a whisper of Sufjan Stevens at times, this band is a smorgasbord of influences and sounds.

With seven core members, but seventeen total band members and contributors, these Portland natives have produced an impressive range of eclectic, inventive sounds without the end result being chaotic. With haunting melodies and layered cadences, this is the type of album capable of commanding both the attention and mood of anyone within earshot. Tracks like "Starting Over" and "Belly Of The Cave" stand out amongst the others as the songs I kept hitting “repeat” on, but it’s clear that Typhoon’s new album Hunger And Thirst is meant to be listened to from beginning to end.

Although there exists today a bevy of musical groups who certainly possess talent, Typhoon comes across as having a unique voice and point of view. Hunger And Thirst is a warm and soulful album, with interesting textures and depth. And while it’s nothing epic or life-changing, Typhoon has produced an album rife with emotion, haunting at times, joyful and upbeat at others.

Hunger And Thirst will be released on May 4th, but if you preorder through Tender Loving Empire before May 3rd, they’ll kick down a copy of the two disc Friends and Friends of Friends album.

- Arielle Mullen





White Fang w/ Numerators and Magic Johnson Friday at East End

Sometimes I find myself in the mood for poorly produced music. Just focusing on some passion rolling through the cones of your speakers can relax the inner critic. No need to strain the ears for chord changes or ruffle your cerebral cortex in an effort to detect if the vocalist is slightly sharp of flat. Just enjoy it; loud, mangy, guitar-driven garage rock for your pleasure.

Please direct your attention to the White Fang show with Numerators and Magic Johnson at East End this Friday starting at 9 p.m. Also, make sure to check out White Fang's fun short video (for a short song) for the track, "Space Gemz,"

White Fang released their first record fall of last year entitled Pure Evil, which Willamette Week reviewed saying, "Pure Evil is the rare record where everything sounds like crap—only, you know, in a good way."

 


Enjoy, kids! Show is 21 and over, and will set you back a meager $6.

- Joel Sommer

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Nice Nice's Extra Wow out TODAY!

Nice Nice’s debut album on WARP Records has been a long awaited one. After churning out damn near one record a year on their old label, Temporary Residence Limited, Jason Buehler and Mark Shirazi have made us wait four years to hear some new discombobulating yet soothing, formless yet melodic tunes.

The duo has a knack for finding order in disorder, and this new album, aptly titled Extra Wow, is no exception. Though as a whole the record flows seamlessly, its fluidity is often threatened with disjointed electronics, guitar riffs, or drum beats. But Buehler and Shirazi handle chaos with such ease that it sounds natural.

The record begins with an apparent ‘60s acid-rock influence. Opening track "Set & Settting" is saturated with psychedelic buzz, static, and electronic bleeps, accompanied by Buehler’s muffled vocals, pedal-addled guitar and cymbal-heavy drums. The track meshes into “One Hit,” which may very well be homage to the great Jimi Hendrix, with Buehler asking his listeners, “Are you experienced?” The track follows its predecessor’s structure for about 40 seconds, and then takes a spastic turn, as if Buehler and Shirazi lost complete control of their hands. But amidst the drastic, chaotic change, Buehler manages to keep the melody with his vocals, and even when the two break into a disorganized instrumental bridge, they manage to effortlessly come back to the original structure of the song.

After “One Hit,” the album takes a calming break with two lucid instrumental tracks, but picks up again with “Everything Falling Apart,” another song with an acid-rock vibe, and “Big Bounce,” an aptly titled bouncy, space-y electronic track, which transitions into the album’s first single, “See Waves.” This track is still heavily experimental, but much more structured and accessible than the rest of the album. Electronic blips lead a quick-handed guitar riff and structured vocals, with tribal drumming exuding a primal nuance.

The second half of the album is much more ambient and mellow than the first, consisting of tracks with little to no vocals, giving your brain a chance to slow down and process everything it has heard, and leaving you with no words to describe the record other than “wow.”

-Katrina Nattress

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Hosannas Leaks Track from "Then & Now & Then"

 

Hosannas, formerly known as Church, are only a little over a month away from seeing the release of their Hush Records full-length Then & Now & Then. Cursory listening sessions with the advance of the album reveal a lush, melodic soundscape full of acoustic guitars, lots of echoed vocals, and layered keys, specifically in opener "The Sea."

Subsequent spins have uncovered even more sonic noodling from the Portland quartet. There's an innocence employed here, with tempered digs into early '00s Merge motifs, as well as a (hopefully) prevalent sense of purpose. It's all pretty intoxicating stuff, even if its oft-lauded tag of psych-pop doesn't really fit.

But be warned: The first leaked track, "Happiness," is the least indicative tune for the purposes of considering listening to this album, but is still a decent listen. Give it a whirl below...

Take our word for it, and get your hands on the full disc or download when it's released on May 11th.

The band will hold what's likely to be one of the most anticipated Portland album releases of the year on May 9th at Mississippi Studios. Opening will be the amazing Tu Fawning, and Ah Holly Fam'ly. $6, 9 p.m.

- Ryan J. Prado

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Portland's Hottest Bands

Here at the Deli Portland, we're all about being professional. Always educational and more on the reserved side, The Deli Magazine exemplifies "serious" music blogging. We would never think of doing something immature, like, for instance, posting who we think some of the hottest local bands are - oh wait, yes we would!

Here is my list of the guys and gals from some of our favorite local bands that make my heart skip a beat. This is purely my opinion, so feel free to comment with your faves; in fact, we encourage it!

Dropa 

 

The indie/new wave band Dropa’s members look more like they belong on the cover of GQ than a record. Their tight fitted T-shirts and well groomed 5 o' clock shadows might just distract you from their true goal, which is their music. And if you need even more convincing of how hot this band is, the keyboardist and drummer are brothers, which makes them practically twins (fantasy!). They bring some major eye candy to the group and really complement singer Micah’s geek-chic look.

Nice Boys

You can tell by the smirk on these boys faces that they are anything but "nice," and I like that. Their '70s Mick Jagger style works well with their psychedelic punk sound. It takes a confident guy to pull of the white John Travolta pants, and the Nice Boys most definitely have that. I applaud them for keeping alive the '70s rock style that still makes bands like The Rolling Stones and The Black Crowes so popular today.

Stephanie Schneiderman

This ambient-pop princess controls the stage with her voice, and enchants us with her girl-next-door face and feminine style. She looks equally as hot in jeans and a T-shirt as she does dressed couture. She has a mystery about her that keeps you wanting more.

Very International Love

If you are into the electronic pop style and sound, you will squeal for this baby-faced duo. Maybe it's the singer’s long eyelashes, or the guitarist/keyboardist’s perpetual curl in his hair. Whatever it is, it works, and makes female and male fans alike fight desperately to get their attention. The problem is figuring out which one you like more.

Beyond Veronica

 

Much like some of Bonnie Veronica's influences - like Blondie and The Yardbirds - the Beyond Veronica vocalist is a front woman through-and-through, and her male band mates don’t seem to mind that one bit. Who wouldn’t like a hot, fun rocker chick fronting them in knee-high boots and a short skirt? Punk Globe magazine called them one of the best bands they have heard all year, but I call them one of the hottest bands I have seen all year.

Toxic Zombie

The rockabilly, horror-pop band Toxic Zombie has everything I love: tattoos, zombie attire and hot go-go dancers. If you haven’t seen this band perform, you are sorely missing out. They have a fun, catchy sound that is best seen to enjoy, and once you catch a glimpse of their sexy zombie go-go dancers/back-up singers Kelly and Robyn gyrate on stage, and their sweaty, shirtless guitarist Sam jump head first into the crowd, you will understand why I call them one of the hottest bands in Portland.

Bonus Category: Hottest celebrity band

She & Him

 

Two words, Zooey Deschanel.

- Deanna Uutela

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