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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 Boxing Lesson Video and Vinyl Release

Psych outfit The Boxing Lesson is starting the New Year with plenty of reason to celebrate, with honors and excitement carrying over from 2013. They’ve just released their last big work-in-progress, the space-age video for their single “Health is the New Drug”. Its parent album, Big Hits!, is the band’s first full length release in five years. Both album and single received honors on year-end lists from the Austin Chronicle, no doubt thanks to plenty of agile shredding from all members. The band is riding the wave well; Big Hits! has just received its vinyl release through Cliff House Records out of Corpus Christi. --Written by Marie Meyers

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Best of 2013 Poll for Emerging Chicago Artists: FINAL RESULTS!

Deli Nation,

Our Year End Poll for Emerging Chicago Artists was - as usual - a painstaking (and somewhat excruciating) process, but we pulled it of with remarkable flair!

For the first time in our polls' history we have two bands tied in first place! Kudos to Netherfriends and The Wild Family (both bands are pictured) for sharing the spot in the sun!

First, we let the local bands submit their music (for free), and got our Deli editors to pick the nominees. Then we polled a list of 15+ Chicago scene expert (our jury, list at the bottom) and asked them to nominate 3 more bands of their choice each. Then we polled our writers, then we polled our readers. We tried to keep things open for each single genre, from Indie Rock to Roots Music to Hip Hop.

If you are a geek interested in all the subtelties related to how this poll works, you can read its rules here (happy reading!). But if all you care about is the awesome new music Chicago produced in the year 2013, this list is all you need. Enjoy!

BEST OF 2013 POLL FOR EMERGING CHICAGO ARTISTS
****** FINAL RESULTS ******
 
ARTIST
J
OS
R
TOT
 
1
Netherfriends
5
 
0
5
1
The Wild Family
4
 
1
5
icon
3
Sunjacket
3
1
0.012
4.012
icon
4
Magnetic Reels
3
 
0.125
3.125
icon
5
Sarah Marie Young
3
 
0.07
3.07
icon
6
Xoe Wise
1
2
0.051
3.051
icon
7
Sexy Fights
3
 
0.049
3.049
icon
8
Zoo Brother
0
3
0.026
3.026
icon
9
The Vliets
0
3
0.005
3.005
icon
10
Panda Riot
3
 
0.004
3.004
icon

11 

Secret Colours
3
 
0.003
3.003
11
The Orwells
3
 
0.003
3.003
icon
13
Antony & The Tramps
3
 
0.002
3.002
icon
 
Disappears
3
 
0.002
3.002
icon
 
negative scanner
3
 
0.002
3.002
icon
 
The Kickback
3
 
0.002
3.002
icon
 
Show You Suck
3
 
0.002
3.002
icon
18
Bailiff
3
 
0.001
3.001
icon
 
Bitchin' Bajas
3
 
0.001
3.001
icon
 
Kevin Andrew Prchal
3
 
0.001
3.001
icon
21
Pat McKillen
0
1
2
3

22

 
S. Joel Norman
1
 
1.5
2.5
icon
23
Magicks
2
 
0.091
2.091
icon
24
Angela James
2
 
0.035
2.035
icon
25
Archie Powell & the Exports
2
 
0.028
2.028
icon
26
Radar Eyes
2
 
0.024
2.024
icon
27
So Many Ways
2
 
0.011
2.011
icon
28
Vamos
2
 
0.01
2.01
icon
29
JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound
2
 
0.007
2.007
icon
30
Kellen & Me
2
 
0.004
2.004
icon
31
Bastardgeist
2
 
0.004
2.004
icon
32
Circles
2
 
0.003
2.003
icon
33
Basic Cable
2
 
0.002
2.002
icon

 

 
On an On
2
 
0.002
2.002
icon

35

 
Kalispell
2
 
0.001
2.001
icon
36
Hemmingbirds
2
 
0
2
icon
 
Julie Meckler
2
 
0
2
icon
 
Last False Hope
2
 
0
2
icon
 
Lucki Eck$
2
 
0
2
icon
 40
Evasive Backflip
0
1.5
0.019
1.519
icon

41

 
M!NES
0
1.5
0.011
1.511
icon
42
Ariada
1
 
0.5
1.5
icon
43
Thomas Comerford
1
 
0.069
1.069
icon
44
Michelles
0
1
0.05
1.05
icon
 
The Quiet Revelry
1
 
0.034
1.034
icon
46
Sleepy Kitty
0
1
0.031
1.031
icon
47
She speaks in tongues
1
 
0.022
1.022
icon
 
FINLEYKNIGHT
0
1
0.022
1.022
icon
49
Fake Limbs
0
1
0.021
1.021
icon

50

 
Audiences
1
 
0.013
1.013
icon
51
Santah
1
 
0.005
1.005
icon
 
toupee
1
 
0.005
1.005
icon

53

 
Syahi
1
 
0.003
1.003
icon

54

 
Daniel Wade
1
 
0.002
1.002
icon
 
Outer Minds
1
 
0.002
1.002
icon
56
Jennifer Hall
1
 
0.001
1.001
icon
 
Soft Speaker
1
 
0.001
1.001
icon
 
The Runnies
1
 
0.001
1.001
icon
Legend: J = Jurors, W = Deli Writers,
R = Deli Readers, OS = Open Submissions


We want to thanks our Jurors for their help in this process: Brandon Weatherbee (You, Me, Them, Everybody), Brock Marlborough (Red Bull), Ben Handler (Afterhours Sessions), Eric Schelkopf (The Total Scene), Alyssa Welch (Midwest Action), Angela Sheridon (JBTV), Eric Muhlberger (Sofar Sounds Chicago), Michael Johnston (Audiotree), Bill Valenta (Theft Liable To Prosecution), Casey Meehan (Chicago Mixtape), Matt Baron (Coach House Sounds), John Yingling (Gonzo Chicago), Coleman Brice (Cole's Bar), Elle Quintana (Reggie's Rock Club), Jim Kopeny (Chicagoist), Brandan Losch (Count Me Out), and The Alley Recoding Company.  

Hope you'll find some awesome new artists you weren't aware of!

The Deli's Staff


Ratking unveils single from upcoming full length "So It Goes"

NYC Hip Hop act Ratking - highlighted in the 2012 edition of our Best of NYC Poll for Emerging Artists - mold their smooth yet in-your-face rhymes together with skill. Their take on experimental hip-hop takes its own form, kind of kicking it old school like the piercing jabs of KRS-One mixed with Death Grips. One of their first marks on the scene was a team effort track with Eric Copeland of Black Dice back in November for Converse's Rubber Tracks. In preparation for the release of their debut album, titled 'So It Goes' (which will include a collaboration with King Krule), the band just dropped a pretty tight new single. Listen to their new, infectious track titled “Canal” below. – Michael Haskoor (@Tweetskoor)

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Weekend Warrior, January 31 - February 2

Space has no sound; it’s a vacuum of nothingness. Much of today’s experiments with psych rock can be imagined as noise from the vast void - how space might sound if it did. But The Solar Motel Band doesn’t make music for floating away into the universe; they make jams for the trip back as you’re hurling through Earth’s atmosphere. Warped, Americana-inspired folk intermingles with crashing and mathematical noise, it’s a calculated journey that is straight from the mind of Chris Forsyth, whose forays into the vast reaches of the musical genre has helped produce this screaming rocket of sound. In addition to Forsyth’s latest project, fledgling all-female outfit Myrrias will be on the bill tonight at Johnny Brenda's. Although the band is newly formed, the ladies that make up the group have all been around the block with members consisting of Mikele Edwards (Arc In Round), April Harkanson (The Downtown Club), Emily Robb (Lantern) and Casey Bell (Break It Up). The band promises a minimalist sound with backbone, or as they describe it, “light as a feather, stiff as a board.” Also on the docket is Horse Lords. Hailing from Baltimore, this band rocks an avant-garde, experimental style all their own. The night promises to be a veritable feast of sound - come out and broaden your musical horizons, or revel in a genre with which you’re well versed! Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Shaylin O’Connell
 
With temperatures rising a bit, here are some other places to hang this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Drone Ranger, Endor Endor, Mohican
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Craig Hendrix (of Auctioneer), SAT Divers, SUN Nothing, Sad Actor
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Joey Sweeney & The Arctic Splash, SAT (Downstairs) Merring, (Upstairs) Congenital Death, GUNK, Ted Nguyent, SUN The Great Explainer, Podacter, Seeing Snakes
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Night Panther, El Malito & &he 33rd Century
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI Vinnie Paz Feat. Army of the Pharaohs
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT Sparklefight, Reckless Dodgers
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Vikesh Kapoor, SAT KIDROCKERS w/Grandchildren
 
Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Dr. Dog, The Districts, SAT Dr. Dog
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI RW and The Mean Jeans, Trackjackets, Circadian Frequency, Glitter, SAT Big Tusk, Themuffinmanisaband, The Phosphenes
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Cold Roses, St. James and The Apostles, SAT The Nocturnal Jocks
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Black Stars, Dr. Beardfacé and The Spacemen
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) SAT Chipocrite, Dauragon, Disassembler
 
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Let It Out Matt!, Witch Fist, SAT Bastards of Earle, Chris Zurich, Angel Ocana, SAT Lamplighters, Welter, Truant Minds, Ex-Friends
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI Camille Peruto, Bobby Mahoney and Sarah Larson, SAT Vance Gilbert
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Fastride, SpiTune, Leo Minor, Squirrel Mansion, Marc Lancaster, SAT Transonic, Manifested, Vibratek
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Local Smokes, Arizona Lights, Fang Fang, SAT Kenny Price, Brielle Kimmins
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT Mason Porter Release Show w/Sean Hoots
 
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Albondigas, Marge, Cool Points
 
Motel Hell (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Low Charge, War Emblem, Anxiety Hammer, Mindless Attack
 
Great Indoors (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Hound, Amanda X, Cassavetes
 
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Porn and Chicken "Leap Frog"

Porn and Chicken have teamed up with Miami-based producer Kryoman to released a new single called "Leap Frog". You can grab the insanely fun and additive dance track from free from their soundcloud, and remember "if you're feeling froggy... Jump!".

You can catch Porn & Chicken on Feb. 3rd at evil0live (1551 W. Division St.) for their Marvel vs. Capcom Banger.

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