Nick Jaina Kicks Off West Coast Tour with a Record Release Show at Doug Fir this Friday

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Nick Jaina’s got a busy month ahead of him. He’s wrangled up 11 musicians, some from the likes of bands such as Loch Lomond and Laura Gibson, to play with him on his West Coast tour. And what better way to say Bon Voyage than with a record release show? The alt-folk bandleader’s celebrating the release of A Bird in the Opera House, his fifth album on Portland-based label HUSH Records at Doug Fir on April 2—a little early for its April 13 release, but necessary considering it is also his tour kickoff.

The record was conceived when Jaina’s friend, Lee Howard, offered the musician not only the opportunity to record in his basement studio, but a room in his home to stay in as well. The two gradually recorded the album in the studio’s in-between times, allowing Jaina to sit in his room and have time with his songs, to think about the direction they were taking, to deconstruct them and put them back together.

“Sleep, Child,” the first single off A Bird in the Opera House, is a gleaming example of the importance of time and intimacy in the recording process. The song’s structure begins simple—guitar chords accompanied by faint percussion and Jaina’s strong, smooth vocals—but the absence of a chorus allows the track to build on itself, swelling with intensity and ending in a beautiful orchestra of vocal harmonies, pounding drums, and soaring violins.

With this taste of the album, I cannot wait to hear more.

Listen to “Sleep, Child”:


Check out the video for “Days in My Room,” also off A Bird in the Opera House:



4/2 -Portland, OR – Doug Fir (CD Release Show!)

4/7- Eugene, OR – Sam Bonds

4/8- Davis, CA – Sophia’s

4/9- Modesto, CA – Cafe Deva

4/10- Merced, CA – Partisan

4/11- Santa Cruz, CA – Crepe Place

4/12- San Francisco, CA – Elbo Room

4/13- Chico, CA – Cafe Flo

4/14- Los Angeles, CA – Echo Curio

4/15- Joshua Tree, CA – Pappy & Harriet’s

4/16- San Diego, CA – Lestat’s

4/17 -Flagstaff, AZ – Mia’s

4/19- Torrey, UT – The Patio

4/20 – Salt Lake City, UT – State Room

4/21 -Provo, UT – Velour

4/22 -Boise, ID – Early show @ the Modern/Late show @ the Linen Building

4/23- Kennewick, WA – Red Room

4/24- Pendleton, OR – Great Pacific

-Katrina Nattress

New England

Forest Fires release debut album with epic residency at The Armory on Thursdays in April

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If you haven’t heard, Christopher Pappas of The Everyday Visuals has put together a glorious side project, Forest Fires. They release their debut album, Hark! And Other Lost Transmissions on the 15th. In celebration of the release Forest Fires has a residency at the Armory (Where the Deli Showcase #2 was at) featuring some of New England’s best folk and rock musicians. I’m not just saying this to be nice. This is one of the more epic residencies I’ve seen in a while. Take a look.

April 1st:
Tom Janovitz AKA Sodafrog(8PM)
Josh Buckley (The Guilded Splinters) (8:50PM)
Forest Fires (9:40PM)

April 8th:
Michael Wheeler (8PM)
Lady Lamb the Bee Keeper (8:50PM)
Forest Fires (9:40PM)

April 15th: (Official release!!!!)
Laura Cortese (8PM)
The Everyday Visuals (8:50PM)
Forest Fires (9:40PM)

April 22nd:
Oranjuly (8PM)
Will Dailey (8:50PM)
Forest Fires (9:40PM)

April 29th:
Rasmyth (My dad’s band!) (8PM)
Jesse Gallagher (Apollo Sunshine) (8:50PM)
Forest Fires (9:40PM)

http://www.artsatthearmory.org/ 191 Highland Ave – Somerville, MA – Take the Red line to Davis and it is like a few blocks.
–The Deli Staff


Deli Band of the Month Miniboone’s new video, play Cake Shop 04.06

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Current Deli Artist of the Month Miniboone has just released this fun video of their single Cool Kids Cut Out of the Heart Itself – which perfectly channels the post punk energy of the Brooklyn band. Miniboone is one of the many awesome local bands that will play The Deli’s Best of NYC Fest in mid May (see blog entry underneath in thsi same page). Don’t miss their live show at Cake Shop on April 6.


Congrats Frontier Bros! + New Psych-Out Poll

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The Frontier Bros. ran away with our most recent poll and will therefore shortly adorn the top of our homepage with their cuddly faces; congrats to them! They’ve got an EP forthcoming & will celebrate its release in the company of the Lemurs at the Parish 4/16. And…in honor of the upcoming Austin Psych Fest we’ve created an all-psychedelic poll for you to kick off April: Headdress, Ringo Deathstarr, Shapes Have Fangs, Smoke & Feathers and The Tunnels (above) – all of them on the schedule for APF 3 – are now nominated for your consideration…check ’em out upper right & cast your vote! 


Return of the rhymesayer

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Indie hip-hop wordsmith Kenan Bell has just dropped a new album of political innuendo, love songs and musings on life and whatnot– now available on iTunes. The release party is at Spaceland Saturday April 3rd, and he’ll be opening for our Angelino hip-hop faves The People Under the Stairs on their national tour for their April dates. Photo by Angelica Bonomo.


Free triple folky bill at Living Room 04.01: A. Wilkinson, J. Peel + M. Bell

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Ah, the reverie of spring. In lieu of fields to loll about in go get cozy for free with Alexa Wilkinson (in the picture), Julie Peel, and Mercy Bell (in the picture) at The Living Room, Thursday, April 1, from 8pm-11pm. Julie Peel unleashed her debut full-length album on American Laundromat Records (ALR) September 22nd 2008, and has been enjoying rave reviews and charting at college & specialty radio ever since. Previously featured on ALR compilations, this is Julie’s first solo full-length release. She counts Aimee Mann, Kim Deal, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell among her influences, and their impact is not hard to discern on Near the Sun. Julie’s lo-fi, guitar-driven pop recalls the likes of Ida, Anna Ternheim, Caithlin de Marrais, and Mirah, but bears her own distinctive indie sensibility and style. Alexa Wilkinson plays a unique blend of music a unique of blend of music with jazz, rock and folk influences. She has toured and shared the stage with Ingrid Michaelson, Josh Kelley, Natasha Beddingfield, Mieka Pauly, Bess Rogers, Joshua Radin, Vanessa Carlton, Dar Williams, Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers, and many more. She has had various songs from her both albums featured on MTV’s "The Hills", CBS’s "NCIS: NY" & "Make It or Break It", and many others. Mercy Bell has been playing her crunchy folk-pop around New York for almost two years and is working on her first album. – (as posted in The Deli’s Open Blog – post your band’s entries, videos, and Mp3s here).



Best of NYC #66: Callers

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Today we start some sort of "Best of NYC Countdown", covering every day one of the artists that made our Year End Best of NYC list here (a chart compiled by a jury comprised of local bloggers, music writers, promoters, record sotre personnel and DJs). Many of the bands in this list will play The Deli’s Best of NYC Fest in Williamsbur on May (6 shows in 3 different venues between the 13 and the 15).

Callers earned the accolade of The Deli’s CD of the month back in December of 2008 with its spellbinding “Fortune.” In a brief yet memorable 30-some minutes, vocalist Sara Lucas and guitarist Ryan Seaton guide listeners through an intimate, contemplative journey conveyed by blues, jazz and folk tones. The arrangements are sparse but they only make the songs more evocative and highlight the strength of Lucas and Seaton’s potent, volatile voices with their respective instruments. It’s difficult to pull away from the songs without being affected; Callers crafts moods that reach beyond its songs and proactively engrosses its listeners.


New NYC Bands: Quiet Lights, live at Cameo, April 16

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Brooklyn’s Quiet Lights is A new project from ex-members of Gods&Queens/Argentine/Desert Fathers. Inspired by small batch bourbon, conspiracy theories, dream-pop, haruki murakami, zombie massacre preparedness, pulled-pork bbq, raw milk, the smell of dew on fresh mowed grass, boutique guitar pedals, over-analyzing, cupcakes, rush-hour subway rage, reverb. Check out Quiet Truth, Weapons Thrown one of 3 tracks on our pre-release with a proper album being recorded soon. – (as posted in The Deli’s Open Blog – post your band’s entries, videos, and Mp3s here).




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With less than a year together, Dozens will be releasing their debut EP on May 1st at Schubas. The trio of Kyle Mann, Vincent Naples, John Norman weave textures and sounds with the best, and on their EP they combine elements of Morphine, mellower Alice in Chain, and even a touch of Fleet Foxes. These three harmonize in song and instrument to create a tight collection of sonic explorations.

You can download Dozens EP for free here and check them out live on May 1st at Schubas with Rego and Elsinore.


Motion Glass

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I posted my review of the new EP from Panda Riot a couple of weeks ago, and it seems they have made a video for my favorite track from the album, “Motion Glass”. The new EP, Far & Near will be released on May 11th.