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July 2014
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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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
icon
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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