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A Heart is a Spade: Xiu Xiu Debuts New Video
A Heart is a Spade: Xiu Xiu Debuts New Video


November 2013
Wooden Shjips
"Back to Land
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Hailing from San Francisco, psychedelic group Wooden Shjips, has just released their newest album Back to Land. The album brings together a sound crafted from inspirations that range from psychedelic music to classic rock.

The album is an entire trip in itself.  One can hear hints of 80s music, classic rock, and modern garage rock styles in the record, but they always resolve back to their classic psychedelic sound. With tracks like “In The Roses,” which brings a very spacey, low volume vocals, and a lo-fi sound that is not too cheesy or under produced. to “Ghouls,” which is a much faster, much more psychedelic rock sounding song that takes influences from classic rock guitar chords, while still utilizing classic psychedelic synthesizers.

Most songs on the album carry a jam-band sound, without becoming too abstract or getting too carried away. And in some cases, the music is so vast in genre diversity, one is surprised at the resulting sound, such as in the track, “These Shadows”, which starts off with an extremely catchy intro guitar riff and carries a vague David Bowie meets Velvet Underground sound.

“Back to Land” is a great piece of work that utilizes the potential of each member of Wooden Shjips effectively and thoroughly.

Most importantly, “Back to Land” is an experimentation of how far the psychedelic genre can stretch while still successfully staying true to its roots.


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The Deli Launches Seattle Branch

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We are proud to introduce you to our latest creature: The Deli Seattle! It was just about time!!!

The Deli's Staff


Brown Bird Announce New Album: Salt For Salt; Release the Single "Fingers to the Bone"

Salt for Salt the latest full-length from Providence, RI's Brown Bird is being released October 18th, 2011 on Supply & Demand Music (Dark Dark Dark, Vandaveer).

Recorded live to tape in Pawtucket, RI, Salt for Salt is the first album by Brown Bird to capture the intense energy of the duo's live show, surging in waves that often swell into high-spirited,
 foot-stomping madness.

Paring down from five musicians on their last album to the duo of David Lamb and MorganEve Swain on Salt For Salt resulted in some necessary instrument changes. Swain, a lifelong violinist, spends most of the album on cello and double bass, instruments she picked up in the past two years. Lamb has a kick drum and woodblock/tambourine rigged to a second pedal in front of him, using his whole body and voice to carry the rhythm and melody simultaneously.

Brown BIrd have released the first single from the album, Fingers to the Bone, which you can listen to below:

Brown Bird - Fingers to the Bone

Brown Bird is playing at the Newport Folk Festival on Sunday, July, 31 at 11:30am on the Harbor Stage.

--Chrissy Prisco


Antiques -- JWNS

Antiques fourth release, JWNS is a garage-y, lo-fi affair in the best of ways. There’s brilliance beneath the smudge and that’s what makes this recording so rewarding. You have to pay attention. You have to be patient. You have to dust off the crusty veneer that cakes JWNS.

Though much of the record rocks out pretty well with wall of sound, squelching guitars relegating the vocals to the background, some of the best moments are the quieter tracks like Smile At Me and Making Friends which sound like some of Lou Barlow’s best home recordings and work with Folk Implosion.

At its core, Antiques’ JWNS is 11 tracks of fantastic indie-rock (with a bonus eleven-and-a-half minute keyboard drone tacked on at the end for good measure).

--George Dow


Q&A with the deli's Artist of the Month: Sore Eros

How did the band start?

We have always been recording things on 4-tracks or shitty computer programs. Eventually, these things all kind of came together through the cosmos and the internet.

Where did the band name, Sore Eros, come from?

Robert was laying on the floor in his friend Michael Centore's bedroom and the words sore and eros were written on a little notebook pad and it just kind of stuck...

Click here to read the rest of the interview with Sore Eros.

--Chrissy Prisco


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Q&A with Sore Eros
- by Chrissy Prisco


How did the band start?

We have always been recording things on 4-tracks or shitty computer programs. Eventually, these things all kind of came together through the cosmos and the internet.

Where did the band name, Sore Eros, come from?

Robert was laying on the floor in his friend Michael Centore's bedroom and the words sore and eros were written on a little notebook pad and it just kind of stuck...

What are your biggest musical influences?

The Beatles, early Pink Floyd, sweet soul music--any music w/ soul...Stan Brakhage movies. Sergei Paradjanov's Shadows' for Forgotten Ancestors.

What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?

The War on Drugs, The Supreme Dicks, Bob Fay, Sonny Sharrock and we try to avoid anything that's on that pitchfork website.

What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?

Adam: The GD: Skeletons from the Closet.
Matt Brown: Snoop Dogg.
Robert: I saw Weezer play in New Haven, CT for the Pinkerton tour, I was only 15 and it was a school night, but my parents were kind enough to let me go and I met Rivers Cuomo. Great times.

What do you love about Boston's music scene?

We like Zuzu and anything the dudes from Doomstar! set us up with...and we like when Nick Brannigan and Kris Thompson come to our shows.

What would you like to see change in the local music scene?

Pay any out of town band enough $ to buy gas and Mass. Pike tolls to get home...

What are your plans for the upcoming year?

We just released an EP called Just Fuzz on Blackburn Recordings and we are currently working on a tape for Night-People, we may tour the US in the Fall with The Renderers.

What was your most memorable live show?

When we opened for Kurt Vile and Real Estate at Harpers Ferry, but I think that place is called something else now...House shows in the middle of no where are always great too.

Is there someone who has helped your band grow through support?

Shdwply Records released our first record ever, we are currently not on good terms with one another, but we are forever grateful for that. Jonathan from Blackburn Recordings has been really sweet to us, and of course all our family and friends for being there for us..

Is there a piece of equipment you couldn't live without and why?

Adam: Rhodes piano
Robert: My acoustic guitar that I learned to play on 15 years ago and still use live and on recordings.

Why do you read The Deli?

They support and plug good bands! Thanks guys!

 

 

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The Deli Magazine NE Presents: Summer Concert Series

We here at the The Deli are excited to announce a series of Deli Presents shows this summer at P.A.’s Lounge in Somerville.

The first show in the series is happening this Thursday, July 14. The line-up includes Melt, Pack of Morley's, Tan Vampires and Il Abanico. This is going to be a fun, energetic, show. We hope all of you will come down to PA's and help kick-off the Deli's Summer Concert series in style!

The next Deli Presents shows are August 10 & 24, also at P.A.’s Lounge -- mark your calendars now, further details on these upcoming shows will be announced shortly.

11:30 -- Il Abanico (Boston)
10:30 -- Tan Vampires (NH)
9:30 -- Pack of Morleys (Boston)
8:30 -- Melt (Boston)

Thursday, July 14
Doors @ 8, 21+, $8

See you all there!

--Chrissy Prisco


Deep Heaven Now IV -- Free Compilation Now Available

The Deep Heaven Now IV music compilation is now available for free download. The compilation features tracks by each of the artists slated to play the festival August 5 & 6 in Somerville. The DHN festival, organized by Jinsen Liu (28 Degrees Taurus), is a revival of the Deep Heaven festivals that took place in the 90's in Boston. DHN showcases the very best of the current ambient, shoegaze and psych rock scenes from all around the country.

In this, the fourth installment, notable acts to watch out for are The December Sound (MA), Herbcraft (ME), Ghost Box Orchestra (MA, pictured above), Gospel Gossip (MN), Kohoutek (PA), and The Vandelles (NY), among many others.

The festival is a two day affair, taking place August 5 & 6 at PA's Lounge and Precinct Bar in Somerville's Union Sq. For line-up and further information, check out the event's facebook page.

Click here to download the free DHN IV compilation.

--Chrissy Prisco


Louder My Dear -- What’s The Matter With You, Rock?

For a band from Boston, Louder My Dear sound suspiciously like London in the late 70s. More specifically, LMD sound like late-period The Jam. With his Paul Weller-esque drawl, I expect leader David Grabowski to break into “That’s Entertainment” at any moment. What a welcome surprise.

Much of What’s The Matter With You, Rock? is acoustic-based indie rock, which makes sense when you consider that the bulk of the record was written by Grabowski before the band ever formed. Though every song gets the full-band treatment, you can hear the bedroom roots in every track.

WTHWYR is surprisingly well produced for a debut release on a tiny indie label (Midriff Records). Subtle electronics coupled with occasional horns and strings make the tracks pop. Any one of these songs could hold its own on any progressively-minded radio station alongside the current indie rock playlist.

With ballads like American Standard and Little Boat and poppy rockers like Two Cars and Clamshack, WTHWYR has the variety to match any self-respecting music fan’s tastes.

--George Dow


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