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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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THE DELI NYC'S TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY ISSUE IS OUT!

On a Friday night of December 2004, at Manhattan venue Sin-e' in Attorney Street, an emerging NYC band with a home recorded debut album played The Deli's launch party. It was a packed crowd and everyone was holding the first issue of The Deli, whose cover these upstarts were gracing. That band was Grizzly Bear. It remains one of the most exciting nights of my life, the night I understood that this magazine had a shot at being here to stay.

Now, this ten-year anniversary issue hopes to be a(nother) celebration of this great scene, in a less cluttered, more narratorial and visually appealing form thanks to art critic Brian Chidester's work as a guest editor. This issue also comes with my deep hope for NYC to keep churning out exceptional music of all kinds for the foreseeable future.

FIND THE PAPER ISSUE OF THE DELI IN MANHATTAN AND BROOKLYN, READ IT IN PDF HERE, OR BUY IT HERE FOR JUST $5.

Paolo De Gregorio,
Editor-in-Chief and Publisher

The cover of the 1st Issue of The Deli (December 2004)


Exclusive Premiere: Sexy Girls spends a day "At The Beach Alone"

Following the video for “I Don’t Care,” Sexy Girls has unveiled a second song from the upcoming Satan’s Hands. Set for release on July 1, the set is the band’s first proper album, following The Collection’s roundup of odds and ends written by lead singer Alex Whitelaw – but like The Collection, Whitelaw’s bandmates were absent in the writing process of Satan’s Hands. (It’s something he hopes to change on the band’s third release.)

“At The Beach Alone” carries on Sexy Girls’ tradition of nonchalant surf rock with funky syncopation – but let’s talk about the beautiful, wavy chords on the song’s chorus. The single’s gloss and greater attention to detail bodes well for Satan’s Hands, while its lyrics promise further exploration into the "dark side of [Whitelaw's] mind."

If you can’t get enough Sexy Girls, come see the band play a cover-free show at Two Boots in Bridgeport, CT, this Friday at 8 p.m. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed)

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Loom creates "Echoes" on new single

If you remember d’s house sounds, you’ll want to check out the latest single from Loom – a band that consists of d, or Danielle Capalbo, alongside Willis Touri, Jared Thompson and Ashley Kenney. “Echoes” trades in the foggy vocals of house sounds for a catchy melody that sounds like Gwen Stefani tackling dreamy indie pop. On its B-side, “Every Crime,” the New Haven quartet gets even dreamier, with guitars and chimed “ooh”s that reverberate through brazen chords. Peep the songs on Soundcloud now and keep your eye out for a full-length release in the near future. – Jake Reed, @jakejreed

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New to NYC: Verdigirls debut video + play Rock Shop on 04.24

Self described "sad-grl-electro-pop-sister-duo" Verdigirl recently relocated from CT to Chelsea, Manhattan to pursue their electro-pop dream. Considering the theme of single "Feeling Nervous" (video streaming below) the ladies actually seem born to live in the Big Apple, since they obvsouly have an inclination for being overly self analytical and a little neurotic - which by the way is probably one of the reasons why this city is so prolific artistically. The tune is a well produced, melancholic, mid tempo synth-pop ballad full of tasteful blippy textures and recurring layers of violin and cello (the sisters' main instruments). If you are feeling too happy, or just want to check out a new interesting local band, go to the Rock Shop tomorrow 04.24 to see them live.

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Sneak Peek: Ladyhips – "Live at Farmtone" EP

After releasing the videos for "In The Ballroom" and "What's That Racket," Ladyhips is ready to unleash its full Live at Farmtone EP on April 22 – but The Deli New England got a first listen of the four-song set. You've already heard the triumphant brass hook of "Ballroom" and the psychedelic crunch of "Racket." On "Westmoreland," the guys slow things down and turn off the wah-wah pedals, eventually culminating the ballad-of-sorts with a two-plus minute guitar solo. "Our Consience" ends things on a high note, opting for another washed-out guitar solo after lamenting "I'm sorry for your loss" on the song's hook. 

The Deli New England chatted with Sean Rubin, the band's bassist, to learn more about the band and what went into the making of Live at Farmtone. To read the interview, click here.

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