This Saturday (12/2), DC’s alt. rockers Oh So Peligroso take the Red Palace stage for their S/T CD release party. Formed back in 2009 by a group of UMW college friends, Oh So Peligroso mix uber-chant vocals and harmonic driven guitars with rocked and rugged bass lines, very apparent in the track "Suitcase" featured below. Also on the bill is the Laughing Man– so get there early (doors at 8:30) to be amazed. Lifted from the OSP invite: "You better put your 3-D glasses on ’cause we got some holiday shit comin’ straight at ya." Word.
(Avi Salloway and Celia Woodsmith) are wrapping up their folk roots rock project Hey Mama and will be persuing some really great projects. Salloway will be traveling to the Middle East to study music and work with a peace program and Woodsmith will be studying for a career in health services and women’s empowerment. AWESOME! In the meantime they will be giving their fans one last taste of their unique musical experience. Get out your washboards and flannel.
11.13 – Lebanon, NH – LEBANON OPERA HOUSE
11.18 – Brunswick, ME – BOWDOIN COLLEGE
11.19 – Portsmouth, NH – THE PRESS ROOM
12.2 – New York, NY – THE BITTER END
12.3 – Falmouth, MA – GRUMPY’S
12.4 – Northampton, MA – PEARL STREET BALLROOM
12.9 – S. Burlington, VT – HIGHER GROUND
12.11 – Cambridge, MA – THE MIDDLE EAST DOWNSTAIRS
12.16 – Newmarktet, NH – THE STONE CHURCH
12.17 – Kennebunkport, ME – NEVERDUN FARM
— The Deli Staff
Independent Bands and Artists,
THE DELI’S YEAR END BEST OF POLLS 2010 ARE ON!
SUBMIT YOUR MUSIC HERE (FREE)
A few weeks are left before the end of 2010, and the time has come for our end of year musical "summary". Yes, you got that right: The Deli’s "Best of 2010 Poll for Emerging Artists" is upon us!
Recent Winners: With recent winners including Local Natives, Yeasayer, Girls, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Chairlift, Those Darlins, Drink Up Buttercup,. Vivian Girls, Vampire Weekend, Reading Rainbow and High Places, our poll system has gathered a rock solid reputation.
Exposure + Prizes: To make things more interesting, the winners of the poll not only will get great exposure on The Deli’s website, but will also win prizes in Studio Time, Audio Equipment and what not from our various sponsors.
How it works: The process to determine the Year End Best of your scene’s list 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.
First phase: Open Submissions: 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 2010 nominees. This phase starts right NOW!
By submitting, you will also add your band to our chart system – which will get you some exposure (and probably some gigs) in the near future. To be eligible your band needs to have music available online and to have played live at least once in 2010 (and not be signed to a major label).
A team of Deli writers will select the artists that will be added to the pool of nominees for the next phase of the poll. The bands selected will be announced in early 2011.
Please spread the word about this and good luck!
***** Deadline for free submission is 11.30.2010 *****
After that date you’ll still be able to submit through SonicBids.com until December 15 paying $5
– The Deli Staff
Coming out of Thanksgiving it looks to be a spectacularly busy week for live music. Here are a few selections.
Wednesday seems to be a blog themed evening with a Kata Rokkar and Ears of the Beholder sponsored show at the Rickshaw. Featuring former Artist of the Month winners Phantom Kicks alongside The Actors and Sunbeam RD, this looks to be a spectacular evening of music, 9pm.
I’ve always taken as given that we’ll all eventually wake up in a post-apocalyptic dystopia not unlike Terry Gilliam’s Brazil. In that particular nightmare scenario, huge loudspeakers on rusted towers blast Fake Babies in all directions. Maybe it’s a society-wide kneejerk reaction to bubblegum pop that the post-industrial electronic sludge peddled by Fake Babies was voted best new music in Connecticut by The Boston Phoenix, or maybe we’re all just doing more drugs than we used to. In either case, these guys are gonna be huge. Fake Babies began as a duo in 2007 with Justin Roberts and Robert Nuzzello Jr. The group has since expanded to include Gary Velush and Jay Sirianni, and is now signed to New Haven’s Safety Meeting Records, who will be releasing Fake Babies’ debut LP We Started Blues on February 18th, 2010.
Just as miners in rural Kentucky wrote mountain ballads to express the trials of their time, Fake Babies convey the full extent of New Haven’s battle with urban poverty, crime (a national study ranked it the 18th most dangerous city in the country), and commercial blight through a brand of electronic creation that’s marked by a tendency towards improvisation and open experimentation. While I’ve heard them compared to witchhouse/rapegaze hoodlums Salem (and this is true in so much as both bands share a certain gritty aesthetic), Fake Babies have real technical virtuosity and an overarching musicality that allows them to transcend the repetitious patterns that plague most electronic groups. Let’s say I traveled back to 1968 and gave Can a laptop with Ableton and some midi controllers, then brought them back to 2010 New Haven and locked them in a room with nothing but the Devo box set–you’d pretty much get Fake Babies.
Intrigued? Can’t wait until February to slip into the ooze? Like watching naked women rub themselves with animal blood? If yes, then Fake Babies’ latest video "Sophisticated Thighs" is on the fast track to blow your mind: http://www.vimeo.com/8898362
— Ben Heller of The Ampeater Review (ampeatermusic.com)
September Deli Artist of the Month Doppelganger play a refreshing brand of rock and roll that is smart, riff-based and with a healthy dose of swagger. R. Francis (guitar), Ryan Oh-No (drums / vocals) and Joey Hamm (bass) seem to draw their inspiration from classic guitar bands of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Their debut EP "Get It Over With Already" is chock full of this vibe. "Breaks My Head" comes at you initially with a start/stop guitar pattern, morphing into something more cohesive. If the verses reference The Strokes, the chorus bursts large like the best 80’s Guitar Hero band. A clever nod is also made to The Beach Boys or perhaps Plastic Bertrand’s "Ca Plane Pour Moi." The ghost of Billy Idol’s "Dancing With Myself" walk hand-in-hand with lyrics stating "but you don’t listen, when I say, hey let’s go." – Dave Cromwell
Tonight at Cameo Gallery, EMEFE will transport its audience out of Williamsburg into a distant place, resonating with Afrobeat sounds, infused with funk, soul and jazz. Phonetically, the pronunciation of the band’s name is M-F-A and according to its members it stands for "Music Frees All." The young guys in EMEFE take that idea to heart with songs like "Free Your Self" and "The Night" that are as groovy as hits from the late James Brown. Hearing and seeing one of EMEFE’s members play the shekere, a West African insturment made from a gourd covered with a net of beads authenticates the experience even more. EMEFE shares the bill tonight with two Latin-influenced bands Spanglish Fly and Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra. – Abigail P. Devora
Brooklynites Aaron Mendelsohn (vocals, guitar), Nick Burleigh (guitar, violin, bass, keyboard, vocals), Mike Drucker (bass, guitar, violin, vocals), and Jesse Bilotta (drums, vocals) collaborate on a pleasantly pop-rock project, The Yes Way. Although active around town and in recording, the multi-instrumental pack has yet to say, “yes,” to an official release date of any type of album – they have a demo out though (which can be listened to and purchased here), and you can always check them out live – they are playing The Delancey on 12.04 and Bowery Electric on 12.09.
Formed in 2009, Neighbors is led by Williamsburg stoop-dweller and former Jacksonknife founder Noah Stitelman. The band’s debut EP "Hooligans" is out on Paper Brigade, and was written and recorded by Stitelman in his Brooklyn apartment. Evan Johnson, Brian Harney, Steph McParty, and Anne Minor join him to create a rich assault of synth and guitar with brooding vintage pop sensibilities, right down to Stitelman’s lyrics about the small failures of daily life. – Read Whitney Phaneuf’s Q&A with Noah here.
This Friday, 12/3, Eastside Drive-In will play host to the latest performance of Hexadecagon by The Octopus Project, who no one will accuse of lack of ambition: the live performance is a surround-sound, surround-visual, all-encompassing multi-media blowout, with the band surrounded by the audience and the audience surrounded by the media…if you follow me. If you don’t follow me, just go, and it will all make sense.
Kudos to Here We Go Magic for this video they premiered on Biatchfork (that’s how we’ll start calling the Chicago site after they gave a miserable 6.8 to the best band in the world – Buke and Gass). Anyway, I think it’s the first musical video I see that tackles deeply disturbing issues like death, injury and… the (weird) cycle of life and death – that part is towards the end of the clip, don’t miss it! The band is currently touring Canada.