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May 2010
Manuel's Parking Lot
"They Paved Paradise and Put Up Manuel's Parking Lot

Manuel’s Parking Lot pays tribute where tribute is due. Jake Sinetos and Alex Musto invoke Joni Mitchell’s most well known hit with both the title of the CD and the intro. They close with Eugene (Please Don’t Take My Van), which has opening lines that will take anybody back the childhood where they were forced to listen to Dolly Parton by the Country & Western loving parents. I still have nightmares of those days. Though the album is far from anything resembling actual country, it does call on both folk and do-wop. The opening track, You Stole My Grandma (Let you Granny go Round), mixes folk rhythms on the guitar with do-wop style background vocals. My knee jerk reaction was, “This will never work.” I am happy to say that after multiple listenings, it does work. Quite well in fact.

The opening piece sets the tone for most of the album. Stripped down music, primarily just guitar tambourine, accented with the occasional sound clip or electric guitar riff. The CD maintains the sound, only slowing down for Dinosaur (twee pop a lop), which serves as the nostalgic ballad, making me long for days of recess twice a day. It also makes me wish I knew the rules to “…the game we called dinosaur.”

The most rousing track, and probably my favorite, is Fuck Art Lets dance (A Symphony in 3 Movements). The boys actual pull of three movements, encouraging their listeners to get out on the dance floor. The further flaunt their knowledge of artists before them with the Orwellian named Knowing is Unkowing. All though Big Brother would be proud of their prowess in Double Speak, it’s more a call to look beyond the thin surface and find the beauty underneath. To look critically and appreciatively view at the world around us, with a special emphasis on the music we listen too.

Manuel’s Parking Lot is a must have for someone who is looking for fun music with something to say. It’s the kind of music that forces you to nod in time and hum along, even at the office. Sinetos and Musto may borrow a bit from other artists, but make no mistake, they have used it to create something truly unique in a musicscape where everybody is trying to be different just like everyone else.

Manuel’s Parking Lot is available for download on iTunes. Your discriminating music tastes will be wanting with out it.


-Jonathon L. Miller

The Deli SF's Weekend Highlights For 5/20-5/23

Checking out the calendar, it looks as though this weekend certainly has quite a lot of activity on the slate.

Rapidly becoming one of the Bay Area's essentially taste makers, Epic Sauce has yet another show, this Thursday the 20th at Milk, to start your weekend with.  This one is co-presented with local PR wizards Terrorbird who will be celebrating their 4th anniversary.  Featuring Man/Miracle, Baths, The Splinters, and Sister Crayon with DJ sets by Sugar and Gold and Disco Shawn, this party is not one to be missed, 8pm.

Head down to Thee Parkside on Friday for a well packed line-up including The Fresh & Onlys, Sonny & The Sunsets, The Art Museums and out-of-toweners Jacuzzi Boys, 9pm.

Saturday night wander up Polk St to the Hemlock for the folk sounds of The Finches with Key Losers and Breezy Days Band, 9pm.

Lastly, round your weekend out at Cafe Du Nord on Sunday where our friends over at The Bay Bridged are presenting an event with KALX.  The album release party for Emily Jane White and featuring Slow Motion Cowboys and Devotionals, this relaxing folk show will be a nice place to wind down for the coming workweek.


-Ada Lann


TONIGHT: Epic Sauce Presents @ Milk


Once again local blog Epic Sauce will be hosting a show at Milk in the Haight with a number of great acts.  Boasting drink specials (that will hopefully last this time around) and free before 10:30 with an RSVP (here), this is sure to be a good show.

Live: Tempo No Tempo, Fake Drugs, Cosmonauts

DJ Sets: Starfucker, oOOoO, and Bye Bye Blackbird

Milk Bar

1840 Haight St



-Ada Lann


The Deli SF's Weekend Highlights For 5/13-5/15

Though Bay to Breakers (and Jonathan Richman's residency at the Starry Plough for the matter) may be offering stiff competition for audiences this weekend, for those disinterested in the theatrics of college style drinking sports, or at least brave enough to combine a nights worth of bar beverages with morning marathon mayhem, here are a few selections from this weekends calender.

Thursday the 13th out Rank/Xerox's Liars-esque punk sounds at the Eagle with Awesomes, Deep Teens, and Olympia's Western Hymn, 8pm.

This Friday cross the water to the Uptown in Oakland for The Aerosols, Bitter Honeys, Vows, and Joel Robinows Explosion. Billed as "a night of 'new oldies' and girl group sounds," this should be a great evening in music, 9pm.

Local dance-punk duo Casey and Brian are slated to play Saturday night, with Cookie Mongoloid and the ever nebulous "and more," in the Lil Tuffy's 8th Annual Prom. Sponsored by Suicide Girls, head up to the Red Devil Lounge to bounce around a floor that rarely sees any thing but the banality of cover bands.

That about raps it up for this week. If in fact you are doing the Bay to Breakers, don't do anything I wouldn't do on a bike.


-Ada Lann


The Morning Benders tour with Broken Bells and The Black Keys

The Morning Benders are following up their recent US tour with more touring. Since the release of their sophomore album Big Echo in early March, they have been on the road non-stop headlining in several US cities. Beginning May 18th, they can be playing to sold out audiences in the US and Canada with Broken Bells and in July and August with The Black Keys. Additionally, Rough Trade Records will be introducing Big Echo in late June to audiences in the UK, Europe and Australia just in time to help promote, you guessed it, a European tour in the fall. Pack light fellas.

-Nicole Leigh


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