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Talkative
"Hot Fruit Barbeque
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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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July 14, 2014
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The Deli Magazine would love to incite more rowdy into your summer.

To that end, on Saturday, July 26th at 2pm, we are kicking off the first installment of what will be an ongoing audio/video series that we've dubbed, Intimate Exposures, featuring interviews and live performances by Portland's best bands in varying intimate settings, and we invite you all to come be a part of it! Saturday's inaugural event will be a pot-luck style brunch house show at the Aquarium Garden House, awesomely located on the corner of Alberta and NE 6th, featuring one of our absolute favorite bands, GRANDPARENTS: a psych-pop band full of amazing musicians who, in collaboration, are known to invoke mindgasms over and over again. SS Curmudgeon will open the afternoon at 2pm with Grandparents to follow at 3pm.

Audio from Grandparents set will be recorded by Adam Harney, one of the sound engineer geniouses behind Banana Stand Media. Additionally, the party will be filmed by a team of five talented cameramen and women, with direction and editing by local videographers gurus Alexei Shishkin and Nick Gattman.

We invite you to bring some variation of food or drink to share with the party. Beer will be aplenty and FREE thanks to Salem sudster sweethearts, Gilgamesh Brewering, and local snow cone experts, Fancy Ice, will be there to help you cool down with handcrafted flavors and booze infused cones! Corn-hole will be setup in the yard, but please feel free to bring any other yard games you'll want to get down on. 

We are excited to present this series as a snapshot of the best local music, fans and culture in Portland's ever evolving music scene, during a time when change appears more evident than ever in this Rose City we love.  
 
Click here for more information and to RSVP to the event. 
 
- Colette Pomerleau
 

July 24, 2014
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It would be hard for someone to argue against the statement that Portland has its quirks. When you throw in​ creative individuals who desire a strong sense of community, you get magic. You get someone like Bim Ditson. He's gone on to be one of the stand-out innovators in the Portland music and arts communities. His invention? Rigsketball (and lots of amazing music and chainmail accessories).

You might've seen Rigsketball before, especially if you hang around local music venues. There's only one brightly-painted van with a hoop attached. The game is seriously defined as "a yearly bracket style basketball tournament played between Portland bands at locations across the city on a regulation height hoop attached to the back of a van." What happens next? Music.

Semifinals and finals will occur in the parking lot of The East Portland Eagles Lodge this Friday, July 25th at 5pm​. Live performances by six of our favorite Portland artists, Bearcubbin', Sons of Huns, The Ghost Ease, And And And, Talkative and Old Age and they can be experienced between two stages. Everything is free. Everything. See you there.

For further inquiries, check out a rad writeup that VICE recently did on the subject, here, or check out this video.
 
- Colette Pomerleau
 

July 23, 2014
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Last Wedneday marked the close of another Deli Portland 'Artist of the Month' poll. The fans cried loud and a new king has been crowned. Congrats Jackson Boone, your experimental folky psych tunes are the current jam! Stream their brand new album, Starlit, and name your own price to own a digital copy of it here! Produced by Reily Geare of Unknown Mortal Orchestra and accompanied on the recording by members of Radiation City, it's no wonder that this album has been on repeat in my livingroom since it's release. 

- Travis Leipzig

July 22, 2014
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Three days, outdoor and indoor stages, tons of rad local music...even room to park your bike. The annual PDX Pop Now! fest takes place July 18th through the 20th at 226 SE Madison St, Portland, OR 97214 (underneath the Hawthorne Bridge). As always the festival is free and totally all ages. 
 
PDX Pop Now!, Portland’s rock and roll non-profit has one mission; to “stimulate and expand participation in the Portland music scene” - an admirable cause to say the least, considering all the hard work this organization has done to support local art. From its early days as a listserv for Portland music lovers in 1998, PDX Pop Now! has grown into an “all-volunteer organization committed to...provid[ing] and support[ing] live performances and recorded materials.”
 
Overwhelmed by all the stellar bands? Here are some of our recomendations of what not to miss:
 
BARRA BROWN QUINTET: Friday 18th, Outdoor Stage, 6pm
      Brown, a Lewis & Clark College alum, has been making all sorts of waves in the Portland music scene - particularly in the jazz community. He’s been composing some killer, adventurous tunes that blend his eclectic taste in music. For instance, if it weren’t for the styling of trumpeter Tom Barber along with Brown’s polyrhythmic metric play, the song, “How the West was Won” could easily pass as an upbeat instrumental pop tune. 

 
BROWNISH BLACK: Saturday 19th, Outdoor Stage, 1:30pm
      Three cheers for neo-soul! Brownish Black started when front-person M.D. Sharbatz moved here from Detroit. Raised on a steady diet of Motown, punk and metal, Sharbatz attempts to blend all three sensibilities into this project, cultivating the lo-fi, “jagged” Stax soul sound with a “hard-edged beat to it.” Get ready to break out your tambourine.

 
SOUVENIR DRIVER: Sunday 20th, Outdoor Stage, 4:15pm
      Souvenir Driver have been touring material from their recent LP, Living Water. Self-dubbed as “bliss pop” the band’s list of genre influences is myriad, toting post-punk, psych, shoegaze, and even goth. “Kiss You Close” and “Feel the Flood” combine heavy bass with echo-heavy kick-snare and vocals like a sedated Joe Strummer to produce a slick, sinister new wave sound. 

 
Also check out:
ALAMEDA: Sunday 20th, Outdoor Stage, 2:15pm
      Alameda's pristine folk pop will cradle you until nothing hurts.
 
COMA SERFS: Sunday 20th, Outdoor Stage, 6:15pm
      With their jagged, garage rock, Coma Serfs will basically tear down all that sweet healing you got from just watching Alameda...but in the best way possible.
 
- Ted Jamison 

 

July 17, 2014
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Is your life lacking in the sonic sensations that can only be provided by a night of frenzied, unfiltered rawk? Mine too, my friends, mine too. Fortunate for us, the guys in Bubble Cats will be performing at Habesha Lounge this Friday night to provide us with an auditory fix. This four-piece act shreds through jagged riffs, heavy rhythms and crisp vocal shouts backed by an energy that embodies a  punk rock spirit. Their three intertwined EPs (Hiss, Purr and Mews) showcase this energy through crisp production, but is no substitute for their live performance. Joining them will be the sludgy, blues-infused tunes created by recent Medford transplans 100 Watt Mind and Djupang. Show starts at 9pm with a 5 dollar cover, be there for a night of rock n’ roll in it’s purest form. Your ringing ears will thank you for the experience.  

- Ben Toledo 

July 16, 2014
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