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Kid Chocolate -- Greatest Hits

If you’re searching for some new songs to add to that ipod you got for Christmas, look no further than Kid Chocolate’s latest release, Greatest Hits. The ten-track album is a brilliant mix of both laid back and upbeat tunes. The opening track, Hardly Ever, reaches out and pulls the listener into a sea of churning guitars and hypnotizing melodies. The entire song sounds like it could be a B-side from some early Black Keys recording, if Dan Auerbach had five too many beers and decided to lay down some vocal tracks.

Upon moving to the second track, the album completely changes direction and breaks out into a rockin’ song reminiscent of the early Kings of Leon days (remember when they actually sounded good?). The songs continue to evolve and change shape as the album progresses, as one can hear in Sea Monster, with its catchy keyboard riffs and reverb-laden vocals that dominate the track.

Overall, I was extremely pleased with Kid Chocolate’s efforts. The band manages to provide an eclectic, yet cohesive, collection of songs that are sure to appeal to a wide range of listeners. You can stream (and download!) all of Greatest Hits for free on Kid Chocolate’s bandcamp site. Be sure to vote for the band in this month’s The Deli New England Artist of the Month Poll as well!

--Daniel McMahon

Llama Tsunami -- Get Serious

Llama Tsunami want to dance with you. If their music doesn’t make you want to stand up and jam with all nine members of this Connecticut ska band, it may be that either A. you take yourself too seriously, or B. you’re intimidated by vocalist Nick Perry’s dance skills, a staple to any show they play. If the answer happens to be A., Llama Tsunami’s album Get Serious is aimed specifically at you. Get Serious isn’t about pretense or obscurity, it’s about keeping it upbeat and fun and Llama Tsunami’s twelve-song album reaches a level of fun that’s on-par with The Aquabats-- maybe it comes with their shared affinity for writing pirate songs. That said, sea bandits aren’t even the most peculiar song subjects on the album. Ernest may be the first song about a gay shark ever to be recorded, and more power to the band for filling that niche.

The lighthearted attitude found in most of their song lyrics pairs well with their catchy riffs and impressive four-piece horn section (two trumpets, a trombone, and a baritone sax), giving the album an all-around happy-go-lucky vibe. The album also keeps a good-natured, sassy sense of humor as it pokes fun at man thongs, emo kids, and themselves, like in the title track lyric: “And our biggest fans are our biggest fans because your mom can’t hate your band.”

Get Serious does have a few changes of pace, though, as in Unraveling, When It’s Over, Swing, and Bite My Thumb, all of which demonstrate more reflective songwriting and moods.

Llama Tsunami are constantly playing shows around New England, their next show is  Sunday, Jan 15, 2012 @ the Waterford VFW in Waterford, CT.

--Sarah Ruggiero

Thick Shakes Announce Northeast Tour in January with Radio Control

Thick Shakes are braving the New England winter (but wasn't it 50 degrees just a couple days ago?) and hitting the road this January with Radio Control for a tour around the Northeast.

Tour dates:
1/13 Flywheel, Easthampton, MA: w/ Missing Data, the Fantasies
1/14 house show, Syracuse: w/ ThoseGhostfuckers
1/15 the Monkey House, Winooski, VT
1/21 131 Washington, Portland, ME: w/ the Restless Shades

The band says they'll be back in Boston in late January for shows that include Ghost Box Orchestra, Royal Wedding & Leagues at the Rosebud, as well as Boston's first Ladyfest.

--Chrissy Prisco

The Vacant Lots Announce Free Digital Single Remix, Kingdom Come, To Be Released New Year's Eve

Burlington, Vermont's The Vacant Lots are offering a new unreleased track, Kingdom Come, as a free download on New Year's Eve. Remixed by Spectrum drummer Roger Brogan, who also provides drums, percussion, electronics and drone, Kingdom Come was written and produced by The Vacant Lots. Brian MacFadyen contributes organ and electronics to the track as one half of the band's permanent lineup, while Jared Artaud provides guitar, vocals and lyrics, as the groups frontman.

A steady gentle organ runs throughout the track, allowing Jared's vocals and spaciously executed guitar figures to float atop like waves on an ocean. The mix is carefully textured, with percussion provided more for emphasis, rather than any kind of steady beat keeping. That, combined with shifting tempos, creates a somewhat mystical listening experience.

On NYE these links will be activated :

Official Music Video
Free Download link of Kingdom Come on Bandcamp.

Citing influences such as the Mississippi delta blues sound of Bo Diddley, New York pioneers The Velvet Underground and Television, Detroit's The Stooges and The UK's Spacemen 3, the band has evolved all of this into their own sound, combining minimal drumming, hypnotic guitar riffs, electronic drone, poetry-driven lyrics, and live film projections. They are a band who not only embrace their influences - but are confident that the filter of their own sensibility will yield something uniquely their own.

Their debut single Confusion/ Cadillac was released earlier this year on Mexican Summer as the band embarked on east and west coast tours, while playing significant festivals inbetween. Their tours have included supporting Sonic Boom's Spectrum as well as apperances at SXSW, Austin Psych Fest 4, and a featured support slot for Dean & Britta's Galaxie 500 show in Brooklyn. This past September had them touring the west coast, followed by a mid-western stint during October. Currently in the process of recording new material, expect a second single out soon, to be followed by a first official album release.

--Dave Cromwell

Deli Regional Year End Polls Update: Open Submissions Results slowly released

Deli readers, indie bands and artists,

This year, our Year End 2011 Polls for emerging artists are proving to be more challenging than ever, with 11 US scenes involved and 1,500+ submissions between our own system and the Sonic Bids applications. We are spending a significant portion of the our Holidays listening to your music (thanks for that by the way!), and we haven't even had the chance to check out the bands selected by our jury of local promoters, bloggers and scene makers yet...

ANYWAYYYY... the results of the Open Submissions are slowly coming toget and we are slowly going to publish them starting with NYC (check back!). Sonic Bids selections will be coming after that.

Whether you were selected or not, it's always good to remember that in 1961 The Beatles were rejected by Decca with the following gems: "guitar groups are on the way out" and "The Beatles have no future in show business." Take that as a friendly reminder that there is no final authority on music, despite what pitchfork.com would have you believe.

Year End Poll Next Phase: The Fans' Poll
The next phase of the Poll - a vote open to the fans - is likely to start in the first week of January and end at the end of that same month. We'll spread the cities out a little bit to minimize contemporary traffic spikes that repeatedly brought our site down last year. So stay tuned. We should have the final results for our two separate final charts (fans poll and composite chart including the jurors' vote) by the end of January.

Also, of course all this is possible also because of our sponsors - many of them are providing free studio time and prizes for the winners. Here they are - God Bless 'em!


The Deli's Staff


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