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Talkative
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Whitnessing the growth of Portland punky psych-pop outfit, Talkative, over the years, has been an absolute pleasure. Each of their albums has a home in my music library and heart. Not to mention the dudes in the band are some of the finest gents among the Portland music community. I knew we'd be good buds from the first time I met guitarist/synth/vocalist Cody Berger in 2011, after my own band played a show at Kelly's Olympian, and I reluctantly let an intoxicated Cody, saying "hey man, I heard you like to smoke pot too, cool!" hop a ride back to the SE with me to shorten his walk home. 

Talkative's latest stoney efforts, Hot Fruit Barbeque, takes their raucous high energy sounds to new levels. And it's not just upscaled production. The album feels more purposeful than their previus work, each song commanding you to yield and listen or dance (I prefer to wiggle). Lead single "Rudy Huckleberry" will be left lingering in your ear as you try to recreate Berger's catchy but mostly unintelligible vocal hooks for the remainder of the day. Equally as catcy, "Snow Jobs" and "Hava Nagila" showcase the impressively explosive capabilities of Casunn Taft's drumming. The boys explore slightly more worldly rhythms and tones alongside their distorted guitars on "Gentrifuckation" for an overall excelent, bouncy, party track. 

Hot Fruit Barbeque easily falls at the top of my list of favorite albums in 2014. Listen here.

- Travis Leipzig


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This series wouldn't be very "intimate" if we didn't talk with the band and bring to light their deepest and darkest, am I right? Well, here at The Deli Portland we don't really know what we're doing, and we sure as shit don't know how to keep things serious. That said, enjoy our interview with Grandparents and stay tuned for their second live music video next week! 

 

Intimate Exposures with Grandparents: The Interview from Deli Portland on Vimeo.

October 17, 2014
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There is not enough room on our humble blog to rave about each of the amazing acts playing at Portland State University on Saturday. At the risk of sounding like Stefon from SNL, it has EVERYTHING. The lineup is a delightful sampler of some of Portland’s best acts in a variety of genres, put together by our buddies at Banana Stand Media.

DJ Anjali and the Incredible Kid offer a Bollywood/world beat DJ set that will get everyone dancing--they’ll probably even teach you some new steps.

TxE (the “x” means “and,” DAD!) put together some of the hottest hip-hop in town, hands-down. Check out their rad album Vs. Portland where they sample a bunch of killer local indie acts.

Hustle & Drone, who last week relased a new track and Instagram-style video featuring raps by Portland Trailblazer Damian Lillard (unbeknownst to him), will bring their ridiculous energy and giant synth pop to the stage as well as some pretty rad lights that make you feel like you’ve just smoked a rainbow.

Top it all off with the enfatuatingly hazy love-pop/rock of dream babes Radiation City, and it’s bound to be one of the best shows you’ll see all year.

So skip a trip to the pub and invest in local music. Or if you go to PSU it’s free, and you’re all definitely studying and not drinking, anyways. Saturday, October 18, from 7pm-11pm in the Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom, room 355, 1825 SW Broadway Ave. The show is free for PSU students, $10 advance for the general public, or $15 at the door. Reserve your ticket at the PSU Box Office.

-Chandler Strutz

October 15, 2014
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I'd be lying through my teeth if I told you there wasn't much going on this weekend. What I can genuinely state is that the Lose Yr Mind music fest should take highest priority. Over the course of two days, the AudioCinema warehouse located in industrial southeast will host a memorable party with an amazing lineup full of psychedelic, garage, lo-fi, alternative and grunge. 

This brand new event kicks off Friday, October 17th with Sun Angle, And And And, Talkative and Summer Cannibals. Saturday night, The Ghost Ease, Wooden Indian Burial Ground, Clarke and the Himselfs and Naomi Punk will conclude the festivities. All mentioned above have created their own following for different reasons, but they all share in that none are forgettable. 
 
Beer will be served and spilled. People will thrash. Maybe someone will pray or whatever. Maybe that someone will be you once you realize how crazy things get. Maybe you don't even believe in god and this might be the one thing you can ever believe in. Either way, trust me on this. $10 each night, 21+, 8pm, cop yr tickets ahead of time here.
 
- Colette Pomerleau

October 15, 2014
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 For the second installment of The Deli Portland's first Intimate Exposures audio/video series, we present to you: Grandparents - All The Way. 

Listen to / buy Grandparents albums here, and give them a 'like' on facebook here

October 14, 2014
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For the first installment of The Deli Portland's brand spankin' new video series, 'Intimate Exposures,' we bring you Portland psych pop babes, Grandparents, playing live at the Aquarium house on a fun summer's afternoon. The party was a blast, chock-full of floral prints, short shorts, kiddie pools, spiked snow cones, smoothies, the best people in town, and of course the band... holy fuck, their performance outstanding.

With audio from the show recorded and mixed by Adam Harney and videography by Alexei Shishkin and Nick Gattman, we've captured some pure gold. We will be rolling out videos from the party over the next two weeks. For now, enjoy the sizzle reel!  

- Travis Leipzig

The Deli Portland Presents: Intimate Exposures with Grandparents from Deli Portland on Vimeo.

October 10, 2014
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Starting up a record label is a pretty big endeavor – it's as stressful as it is time-consuming, and in the age of self-publishing and rapid media consumption, it seems like a pretty thankless job. Fortunately, those reasons keep the half-hearted folks away, assuring that the labels that do exist are truly run by music lovers who are dedicated to supporting their community (be it local, national, global, what have you). And since these folks are dedicated to their community, it only makes sense that you can return the favor and support them, right? You don't have anything better to do this Friday night anyway.

The latest independent record label to enter the Portland fold is Touchy Feely Records. Their current roster consists of three acts Grandhorse, Dedere, and Sleep School, and more acts will surely follow in the coming months. This Friday, October 3rd, they'll be throwing a gigantic launch party in North Portland over at the Kenton Club. There will be free tarot readings, silent auctions, raffles, and of course, music.

It's a packed bill that night, featuring six bands, the center piece of which is Sleep School, releasing their first EP, White Girl Wasted. Other bands who will be performing include Grandhorse, Dedere, Bubble Cats, tigerface, and Hart & Hare. The festivities kick-off at 7pm with a price tag of $5 to get in. And before you decide, “It's not a free show, so I'm not going,” take a minute to a) think of how ridiculously entitled your attitude is and b) consider that you get a raffle ticket upon entry, meaning you could possibly win back way more than those five bucks you spent to get in.

This should be a seriously fun event, so come on down to the Kenton Club on Friday, October 3rd, and check it out! Find out more and RSVP over on Facebook at the event page, and while you're at it, give a like to Touchy Feely Records.

- Alexei Shishkin

October 02, 2014
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