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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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Best of Portland -- Fans' Poll Concludes and Winners Announced!

Best of Portland -- Fans' Poll Concludes and Winners Announced!

We are happy to announce that the final round of our "Best Emerging Act of 2011"--the Fans' Poll--has finally concluded! While this portion of voting is only one part of the entire process, it is a crucial poll--one that not only wins the top act the "Artist of the Month" banner at the top of the page, but also has commonly broken close ties for "Best Emerging Act" in years past. All that being said, we would like to congratulate the following "Top Three" acts and their fans for their dedication in getting out the vote:

1. The Druthers

The Druthers

Feel good, country-tinged soft rock nestled comfortably between Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl" and a Taylor Swift/John Mayer duet.

2. Tope

Tope

A Portland rhymesayer and prolific beatmaker that's as concerned with the size of his chain as he is with genrefication  - not very. 

3. Sons of Huns

Sons of Huns

Top 5 contenders in the Open Submission portion of this year's "Best of" poll. This is a group that knows where rock came from and aims to never let it die.

Thanks to the bands, but most importantly though, to all the fans who participated in the voting process. Without you, the Deli and all of the bands involved would likely not exist.

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