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Congratulations to the winners of our Best Emerging Bay Area Artist of 2009!

We're happy to be finally closing the book on 2009 and wanted to take a moment to congratulate the winners of our Best Emerging Artist of 2009.

First, the Readers Poll where San Francisco's Orchestra of Antlers (in the picture) reached the top spot in a heated race with Oakland's Grand Lake. Both bands made major waves in the Bay Area music scene throughout 2009 and since the bands were only 2% apart in the total number of votes, we decided to split the banner up top to recognize everyone's hard work. You can catch Orchestra of Antlers at the Retox Lounge on January 30 and Grand Lake on February 2nd at Thee Parkside as part of SF Winterfest. In third place was Bay Area Hip Hop artists Le Vice who played the West Beach Music & Arts Festival last year along side Ben Harper and Ozomatli. Thier debut release is due in March and they play El Rio on March 11th. See the full Top 10 of our Readers Poll here.

The top winner in our overall Best Emerging Artist of 2009 was San Francisco's Girls. The band seemed to blow up in the second half of the year and their debut release Album, was widely reviewed and talked about on music sites throughout the country. Girls will be playing the Great American Music Hall on February 14th. The second spot went to another band with a lot of buzz last year, Oakland's Man/Miracle. Their LP The Shape of Things quickly sold through the first pressing and is expected to be re-released this year on Third Culture Records. Man/Miracle are playing a FREE show tonight at The Speakeasy [604 56th St., Oakland] and at Bottom of the Hill with Rogue Wave on February 24th. The third spot went to a a staple in the Bay Area music scene, Or, the Whale. This year saw them recording for Daytrotter and their self titled second release made a couple "Best Of" lists for 2009. Or, the Whale's next local show is in March at The Independent. You can see the full list of nominees and their standings here.

A big thanks goes out to all of the readers that voted, The Deli staff that helped compile and vote on the nominees an the local bloggers, engineers and musicians who acted as jurors to help deliberate over a years worth of fantastic Bay Area music! Our jurors this year were: John Flores [owner of Studio SQ] Christian Cunningham [The Bay Bridged], Nate Seltenrich [East Bay Express], Anna Gazdowicz [Stranger Dance] , John Vanderslice [musician and owner of Tiny Telephone], Mark Taylor [KQED], Ted Leibowitz [Bagel Radio] and Peter Arko [Ears of the Beholder].

The Deli SF is looking forward to lots of amazing music from Bay Area artists in 2010!

-Nicole Leigh

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Best of SF Bay Area - Girls are the Best Emerging SF Artist of 2009!

 
Artists
J
W+OC
R
TOT
 
1
Girls
9
1
0.015
10.015
2
Man/Miracle
5
1
0.011
6.011
3
Or, the Whale
6
0
0.004
6.004
4
Sleepy Sun
4
1
0.007
5.007
5
French Miami
3
1
0.006
4.006
6
Birds & Batteries
3
1
0.002
4.002
7
Grand Lake
2
0
2
4
8
Orchestra of Antlers
0
0.5
3
3.5
9
The Downer Party
3
0
0.054
3.054
10
The Dodos
3
0
0.003
3.003
11
Honeycomb
2
0
0.032
2.032
12
TV Mike and the Scarecrows
2
0
0.023
2.023
13
Citay
2
0
0.002
2.002
14
Brilliant Colors
2
0
0.001
2.001
 
The Fresh & Onlys
2
0
0.001
2.001
16
Le Vice
1
0
1
2
17
James & Evander

0

1.75
0.003
1.753
18
The Music Lovers
0.5
1
0
1.5
19
A B & the Sea
1
0
0.13
1.13
20
Leopold & His Friction
1
0
0.079
1.079
21
Michael Zapruder
1
0
0.054
1.054
22
Butterfly Bones
1
0
0.018
1.018
23
The Mumlers
1
0
0.008
1.008
24
Wallpaper
1
0
0.007
1.007
25
Baby Dino
0.5
0
0.068
0.568
Legend: "J" = Jurors vote - "W+OC" = Writers vote +
Open Contest Points - "R" = Readers vote
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Year End Best of San Francisco Readers' Poll - Final Top 10!

1
 Orchestra Of Antlers
2
 Grand Lake
3
 Le Vice
4
 A B & the Sea
5
 Leopold and his Fiction
6
 Baby Dino
7
 Michael Zapruder
8
 The Downer Party
9
 Honeycomb
10
 TV Mike & the Scarecrowes
This is our final Top 10 for the Year End Best of San Francisco readers Poll - full breakdown of the votes here.

On Thursday we'll publish the results of the Best of San Francisco 2009 Poll, which is calculated through a rather complicated system involving a jury of scene makers, The Deli's writers, our readers, the bands' fans, and also through an initial open contest - rules can be found here. - Stay tuned!

The Deli's Staff
 

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Best Albums of 2009 from the SF Bay Area

1. WHY? – Eskimo Snow
Its hard to believe these songs were written at the same time as Alopecia way back in 2007. A perfect mix between weird, poppy, and intelligent that is incredibly fun and satisfying.

2. Man/Miracle – The Shape of Things
A band with some of the most original mixes of influences, think Talking Heads doing sometimes darker indie dance songs, Man/Miracle is one of my favorite bands in Oakland. Every song on The Shape of Things becomes your favorite as you listen to it. A late release in November of 100 copies has already rumored to be sold out, but it will be re-released by Third Culture Records in February of 2010 making it a safe prediction that The Shape of Things will make it on this same list next year too.

3. Girls – Album
It seems that there are a number of people who are “over” this record or sick of hearing about it on Pitchfork and other prominent music blogs but, to be frank, those people are idiots. Excessive publicity aside, Girls made a really amazing record. Interesting song writing and Christopher Owens’ voice made most of the songs on Album impossible to not enjoy. Was there a better opening song on a local record this year than “Lust For Life” or a better almost seven minute slow tempo pop song than “Hellhole Ratrace”? No, there wasn’t.

4. Grand Lake – Nevermint
Grand Lake’s debut with their original 4 person line up blew me away when it was released in March. Short minimal pop songs became controlled explosions for all 7 tracks of Nevermint. The songwriting of Caleb Nichols is complemented perfectly by the wild guitar abstractions of Jameson Swanagon. Grand Lake may have moved on from these type of songs, but none the less Nevermint is one of the better listens from the East Bay scene this year.

5.Tall Grass – Nothing, Nothing Tra La La
Tall Grass made my favorite CD-R of 2009. The songwriting of Andrew Macey is both emotional and hilarious allowing it to touch the listener in a special and unique way. Like their performances, Tall Grass is best enjoyed in an intimate setting where you can feel as close to the acoustic guitar, fiddle, harmonies, and subtle percussion as possible.

-Glenn Jackson

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the morning benders free download

The morning benders' recently released "Promises", the first single from their new album Big Echo, as a free download from their website for a limited time. True Panther Sounds will release the 7' single with the B-side "Oh Annie" in late February. Big Echo is due out on March 9th.

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