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July 2014
"Hot Fruit Barbeque

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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Pet Lions "Popular Nature"

Pet Lions drop their new album, Popular Nature, today! Below is "Fifteen" from the album and you can find several other new tracks on the band's soundcloud page. You can purchase the new album here.

You can catch Pet Lions at Lincoln Hall on March 1st.


Scott Lucas & The Married Men "Steady Gaze"

Scott Lucas & The Married Men have released a new video for the track "Steady Gaze". The comes from their 2012 release Blood Half Moon.

You can catch Scott Lucas & The Married Men at The Hideout as part of the SXSW send off party on March 9th.


Videotape "Monsters"

Videotape has a new cassette, This is Disconnect + 4EP, coming on March 12th via Notes and Bolts. The cassette is a reissue of their 2012 album and a new four song ep. The first single from the new EP is called "Monsters".

You can catch Videotape at The Burlington Bar on March 7th as part of the venues new reoccurring event Divergent Interest, a new monthly event featuring live Chicago ambient, drone, and shoegaze acts. They will also be performing at Township on March 22nd.


The Deli announces the First Austin Hangover Hideout! 3 days of acoustic artists on Music Week!

Deli Readers heading to Austin,

This year The Deli will present in full force in Austin during the unmentionable Live Music Fest. We were asked to help book a small room in Downtown West, and this idea became our first Deli Hangover Hideout!!! Check out this outstanding lineup of (mostly) singer songwriters and acoustic bands. 



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The Autumn Defense

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