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July 2014
Skull Practitioners
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Where the genre of “psych rock” will usually refer to “psychedelic rock,” Skull Practitioners take it to a level where the meaning “psychosis rock” would be more appropriate, hurling harsh guitar tones and thumping bass haunts, along with an avalanche of drum fills, into a whirlwind of amplified delirium. The NYC trio produces a heavier and more diverse wall of sound than most five-piece bands out there, swelling and punching up and down scales and arpeggios, blasting through fuzz and decay, resulting in a bleakly intense look into a mind lost. With different vocalists featured on various tracks, it might be difficult to discern an established frontman, but does it matter? The sounds coming from Jason Victor and Ken Levine’s amps, back Alex Baker’s drums are the huge focus here. – JP Basileo


genre benders with hope
by: Sam Kogon date:May 16, 2014 - MORE
Shilpa Ray
finding beauty within darkness
by: John McGovern date:April 25, 2014 - MORE
Baby Alpaca
by: Bianca Seidman date:April 25, 2014 - MORE
Erin Barra
blue eyed technocrat
by: Bianca Seidman date:April 18, 2014 - MORE
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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
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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

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From the NYC submissions: Black Sugar Transmission

There's something for everyone in glam rocker Black Sugar Transmission's music. An artist connecting the dots between the glam of Roxy Music, the sex funk of Prince, and just a hint of Marilyn Manson's angst, his latest record, The Glamour Pantomine, finds the artist dealing with all his pet peeves at once, from the annoying 'Loud Girls on the L Train,' to people who mis-use synths in 'Synthesizer License,' to his hatred of all things auto-tuned. This record may be Brooklyn-based frontman Andee Blacksugar's bitch-fest, but it couldn't be more dance-ready. Andee knows when to take things seriously, and when to let go and have fun instead. Check out the pop-tastic 'Love is Theatre' below and get moving. Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

This band submitted their music for coverage here.


Stream Show Me the Body's New EP and Latest Video

Show Me the Body is a band that's generally hard to categorize.  Operating mostly under a punk DiY ethic, they cross territories; something hard to miss during their live sets.  Last night I caught the trio at Baby's All Right at the 1:30 AM slot, where naturally most of the club had moved on to whatever it was that people do at 1:30 on a Wednesday night. Although the venue may not have been preferred to their usual basement/loft space, the incredible presence that Show Me the Body never fails to bring mustered up the remaining twenty people to an exciting energy. By the middle of their set everyone was dancing.  After their last song people were hugging and handing out daps, unified by the performance that we had just witnessed.  Although one could certainly say that Show Me the Body is a sinister and dark punk band, the trio never fails to invite audiences into their darkness, sharing an experience that always comes out as a satisfyingly stress-relieving.  These boys love and embody their music, and people can feel that, creating a space where preoccupations of where we are, who we are with, and how many people are in the audience go out the window.  You can stream their EP, Yellow Kidney, here.  And stream the excellent and self-produced new video for their song, "Steep Rock", below.  -Jake Saunders



New Japanese Breakfast Cassette Available for Streaming & Download

Little Big League's Michelle Zauner introduced us to her lo-fi solo bedroom project, Japanese Breakfast, last summer by sharing June, an ambitious attempt at writing and recording a song a day for a month. She continued with this creative outlet earlier this summer by recording seven more songs as part of a blog with Eskimeaux, Florist, Frankie Cosmos and Small Wonder, which encouraged her to be "really open and honest" about her feelings. She eventually released the collection of tracks as an EP Where Is My Great Big Feeling? that will be available on cassette, along with her latest eight-song album entitled American Sound, via Seagreen Records. You can stream and download the project's first label release in its entirety below.


The Deli Portland's Guide to PDX POP NOW! 2014

Three days, outdoor and indoor stages, tons of rad local music...even room to park your bike. The annual PDX Pop Now! fest takes place July 18th through the 20th at 226 SE Madison St, Portland, OR 97214 (underneath the Hawthorne Bridge). As always the festival is free and totally all ages. 
PDX Pop Now!, Portland’s rock and roll non-profit has one mission; to “stimulate and expand participation in the Portland music scene” - an admirable cause to say the least, considering all the hard work this organization has done to support local art. From its early days as a listserv for Portland music lovers in 1998, PDX Pop Now! has grown into an “all-volunteer organization committed to...provid[ing] and support[ing] live performances and recorded materials.”
Overwhelmed by all the stellar bands? Here are some of our recomendations of what not to miss:
BARRA BROWN QUINTET: Friday 18th, Outdoor Stage, 6pm
      Brown, a Lewis & Clark College alum, has been making all sorts of waves in the Portland music scene - particularly in the jazz community. He’s been composing some killer, adventurous tunes that blend his eclectic taste in music. For instance, if it weren’t for the styling of trumpeter Tom Barber along with Brown’s polyrhythmic metric play, the song, “How the West was Won” could easily pass as an upbeat instrumental pop tune. 

BROWNISH BLACK: Saturday 19th, Outdoor Stage, 1:30pm
      Three cheers for neo-soul! Brownish Black started when front-person M.D. Sharbatz moved here from Detroit. Raised on a steady diet of Motown, punk and metal, Sharbatz attempts to blend all three sensibilities into this project, cultivating the lo-fi, “jagged” Stax soul sound with a “hard-edged beat to it.” Get ready to break out your tambourine.

SOUVENIR DRIVER: Sunday 20th, Outdoor Stage, 4:15pm
      Souvenir Driver have been touring material from their recent LP, Living Water. Self-dubbed as “bliss pop” the band’s list of genre influences is myriad, toting post-punk, psych, shoegaze, and even goth. “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. 

Also check out:
ALAMEDA: Sunday 20th, Outdoor Stage, 2:15pm
      Alameda's pristine folk pop will cradle you until nothing hurts.
COMA SERFS: Sunday 20th, Outdoor Stage, 6:15pm
      With their jagged, garage rock, Coma Serfs will basically tear down all that sweet healing you got from just watching Alameda...but in the best way possible.
- Ted Jamison 


Dream Council @ Burlington Bar (Tonight!)

Dream Council released a video this week for the track "Scary Nights" which appeared on their 2014 EP ∞ICE∞.

You can catch Dream Council tonight, July 17th, at Burlington Bar with Dub Thompson, Ought, and Barber Greene.


New Track: "Serious Things Are Stupid" - Cayetana

Local all-female pop-punk trio Cayetana continues to gain momentum leading up to its debut album Nervous Like Me. Following the joyous burst of youthfulness in "Hot Dad Calendar," the group is back with another bouncy, endearing new single called "Serious Things Are Stupid," which you can check out over at Steregum as well as an interview with the site's "Band to Watch" (but Deli readers knew that already ;o). The track will also be found on their forthcoming record that will be available on August 26 via Tiny Engines.


Bubble Cats at Habesha 7.18

Is your life lacking in the sonic sensations that can only be provided by a night of frenzied, unfiltered rawk? Mine too, my friends, mine too. Fortunate for us, the guys in Bubble Cats will be performing at Habesha Lounge this Friday night to provide us with an auditory fix. This four-piece act shreds through jagged riffs, heavy rhythms and crisp vocal shouts backed by an energy that embodies a  punk rock spirit. Their three intertwined EPs (Hiss, Purr and Mews) showcase this energy through crisp production, but is no substitute for their live performance. Joining them will be the sludgy, blues-infused tunes created by recent Medford transplans 100 Watt Mind and Djupang. Show starts at 9pm with a 5 dollar cover, be there for a night of rock n’ roll in it’s purest form. Your ringing ears will thank you for the experience.  

- Ben Toledo 

Luke Sweeney Releases Second Single From Upcoming Album Adventure:Us

Luke Sweeney has released a new track from their upcoming full length album, Adventure:Us. This endearingly jangly pop rock track is quintessential Luke Sweeney, but slightly stripped down and more lyric based. Doin' It To You is a pleasing song that doesn't overwhelm and reveals warm tones, but still contains that sense of humor we've come to enjoy and expect: an over the top song title coating a non-aggressive musical composition style that is fun, creative and well produced.

Keep your eye out for the release of Adventure:Us on October 14th us through Aerobic International. -je




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