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May 2016
Mo Troper
"Beloved
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 Yes, you've heard the name Mo Troper before. Possibly as a part of Sancho and Your Rival, or maybe as a founder of blowing up label Good Cheer Records. Regardless, his recent release, late April's Beloved, has already reached levels of critical acclaim in just its first few days of actual release. And I'm adding to the pile - Beloved is one of the best new records to come out of Portland so far this year, and it's our new Album of the Month.

With a witty tongue and a sneering outlook on many things in life, Troper blares through Beloved's 13 tracks like an emotional Facebook feed. He, like the rest us, has shitty friends, a distaste for most social situations ("Star Wars") and a rollercoaster relationship with dating ("Princess," "Somebody Special"). He bitingly belts out his lyrics as if he's reliving every situation that's inspired him, making for a brashly heartfelt stock.

Beloved has received heavy comparisons to certain Elvis Costello albums and while that's fair in its own right, isn't entirely the whole case. The album does play into a Costello-esque domination of word play, but it holds a cult like influence closer to that of, say, the Get Up Kids and Saves the Day.

For his first release on his own, Mo Troper has already established himself as a solid solo artist to follow. Beloved will inevitably be added to a list of "classics," and his next album is already baiting with anticipation.

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1939 Ensemble Wins The Deli Portland's Best of 2012 Poll for Emerging Artists

1939 Ensemble Wins The Deli Portland's Best of 2012 Poll for Emerging Artists

1939 Ensemble’s intricate compositions and unique arrangement have brought them the most nominations from our local jurors and in doing so awarded them the title of The Deli Portland’s Best Emerging Artist of 2012. Their fluid melodies, dynamic percussion and electronic ambiance entranced listeners over the course of the past year with hypnotic performances and the release of Howl and Bite. The debut showcases their distinct style and experimental drive which is seen through volatile vibraphone leads, blistering drum beats and dissonant background noise. The final results of the poll are posted below. Thanks to everyone involved with the voting process and congratulations to 1939 Ensemble. I hope that 2013 is a paramount year for you. – Benjamin Toledo

 
ARTIST
J
W
R
OS
TOT
 
1
1939 Ensemble
6
1
0.009
 
7.009
2
Pure Bathing Culture
6
 
0.003
 
6.003
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3
Onuinu
5
1
0.002
 
6.002
icon
4
A Happy Death
4
 
1.5
 
5.5
icon
5
Eidolons
 
1
0.070
3
4.07
icon
6
Sons of Huns
4
 
0.049
 
4.049
icon
7
Alialujah Choir
3
1
0.017
 
4.017
icon
8
When the Broken Bow
3
 
0.065
 
3.065
icon
9
Nasalrod
3
 
0.015
 
3.015
icon
10
And And And
3
 
0.009
 
3.009
icon
 
WL
3
 
0.009
 
3.009
12
Reynosa
3
 
0.008
 
3.008
icon
13
Aan
3
 
0.006
 
3.006
icon
 
The We Shared Milk
3
 
0.006
 
3.006
icon
15
Radiation City
3
 
0.004
 
3.004
icon
16
The Woolen Men
3
 
0.003
 
3.003
icon
17
Hellokopter
3
 
0.002
 
3.002
icon
 
The Shivas
2
1
0.002
 
3.002
icon
19
Lost Lander
3
 
0.001
 
3.001
icon
20
Brooks Robertson
1
 
2
 
3
icon
21
The Mormon Trannys
2
 
1
 
3
22
Unicorn Domination
 
1
0.014
1.5
2.514
icon
23
Catherine Feeny
 
 
0.5
2
2.5
icon
24
Appendixes
2
 
0.045
 
2.045
icon
25
Fanno Creek
2
 
0.031
 
2.031
icon
26
TheGoodSons
2
 
0.015
 
2.015
icon
27
The Lower 48
 
 
0.004
2
2.004
icon
 
Hausu
2
 
0.004
 
2.004
icon
29
Neakahnie
2
 
0.003
 
2.003
icon
30
Nice Shootin' Tex
2
 
0.002
 
2.002
icon
31
Your Rival
2
 
0.001
 
2.001
icon
32
Ancient Heat
1
 
0.50
 
1.5
icon
33
No More Parachutes
1
 
0.072
 
1.072
icon
34
Bloodroot Kids
 
 
0.039
1
1.039
icon
35
Shy Girls
1
 
0.023
 
1.023
icon
36
Wild Ones
1
 
0.008
 
1.008
icon
37
Aviel
 
 
0.006
1
1.006
icon
38
Shadows on Stars
1
 
0.003
 
1.003
icon
39
Federale
1
 
0.001
 
1.001
icon
Legend: J = Jurors, W = Deli Writers,
R = Deli Readers, OS = Open Submissions

 

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