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April 2015
The Tame West
"The Tamed West EP

After a couple active years in the Portland music scene, this past March The Tamed West finally released a first piece of recorded music for listeners to enjoy in the form of a self-titled EP. Though short and sweet, The Tamed West EP boasts influential elements of early Surfer Blood and the late Gauntlet Hair with a heavy wash of reverb over simple yet dancable rhythms, thoughtful vocal melodies and twinkling guitar. The Tamed West claimed the fourth seat in The Deli Portland's 'Best Emerging Artist of 2014' poll, as voted by a jury of local music industry professionals and tastemakers as well as listeners alike. Keep an eye on The Tamed West in the coming years and expect great things. 

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Motherfucker, "Confetti"

Turn your speakers to 11 because Motherfucker is bringing the sludge party rock from Athens, GA to wherever you're doing your next kegstand. And they're bringing glitter.

Shock value aside, the hair-slinging all-girl trio is taking everything we love about droney noise rock, injecting a sense of humor, then convincing it to stick a fork in a wall outlet. Their latest LP "Confetti," which dropped this summer, is ready to be spun at your next rager in all its blue vinyl glory. (You can pick that up here.)

Give "Confetti" a listen below, and don't say we didn't warn you. -Caroline Bowman



Blinds Releases Debut EP

Sometimes life just kind of... sucks. Luckily, good music is often the lemonade squeezed from a sour situation, and Nashville's Brian Zaremba is pumping out some bitter-sweet tunes under the handle Blinds.

With the broodiness of bands like The National and pop sensibilities of acts like Broken Social Scene and Beach House, Blinds is putting his own spin on ethereal wave. With dark, experimental melodies cut by ear-catching guitar riffs and deeply personal lyrics, the seven song collection is a perfectly-balanced listening pleasure.

Hear the full EP below and catch Blinds live at fooBar on 9.26 with fauna halo, aave and Lust and the Black Cat. -Caroline Bowman




Los Colognes, "Dos"

 We've been on the road quite a bit over the last few weeks, so consider this is our public "THANK YOU" to Nashville's own Los Colognes for releasing the best driving music of the year.

The guys' sophomore full-length release, fittingly named Dos, is a heartfelt fusion of classic influences like Dylan and The Grateful Dead and strong personal style, carried out with precision and ease. And, it's damn good.

The guys have already garnered stellar reviews from Consequence of Sound, Stereogum and other folks who know a thing or two about good music, but trust us, you're going to want to review this album for yourself. -Caroline Bowman



Wildwood Revival Shines Through the Rain

 Most folks need a good couple days of heavy sleep and electrolytes to recover from a weekend-long music festival binge. But after a two-day visit to Cloverleaf Farm outside Athens, GA, for the second summer installment of Wildwood Revival, we're feeling more refreshed, replenished and inspired than ever. And even through the rain (BOY, did it rain,) the festival was the event of the season.

Above all else, Wildwood Revival focuses on community. Serving locally grown and prepared meals alongside cold Georgia-brewed beer, inviting local artisans to set up shop displaying handmade leather goods, jewelry and vintage clothing, and procuring a solid musical lineup including several Southeastern favorites, the farm was buzzing with positivity and patronage. With only a few hundred attendees, guests were able to avoid lengthy lines, meander through common areas with ease and always find a good spot for enjoying the live entertainment. Keeping the festival relatively small (and friendly for all ages) also encouraged environmental conscientiousness, as drinks were served in mason jars and other reusable containers and food on biodegradable plates, and each guest made an effort to keep the farm as pleasant as it was when ze arrived.

Nashville was well represented, with Electric Western (the guys behind KEEP ON MOVIN' Mondays at The 5 Spot) spinning the records at the Saturday night dance party, Hot Yoga of East Nashville instructing a Saturday morning class and hometown heroes Blackfoot Gypsies supplying the bluesy rock 'n' roll.

Other standout bluegrass/Americana acts included Darnell Boys, Lindi Ortega, Water Liars, Tall Tall Trees, Strung Like a Horse and American Aquarium, although honestly, there wasn't a weak link in the entire lineup.

This review wouldn't be complete without mention of the scenic campsite, tintype photography, Gospel brunch (complete with biscuit bar and Bloody Marys,) wiffle ball tournament and communal bonfire under a full moon. And our plans for next summer won't be complete without a revisit to Wildwood Revival. -Caroline Bowman


The Deli NYC's Summer Issue is out digitally! Buscabulla + Stompbox Exhibit!

The Summer 2015 issue of The Deli NYC is up in the clouds!


The real thing will hit the streets of NYC on September 10.

The Deli's Staff


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