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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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Show Alert: Ben Cameron at the Stone Fox Tonight 5.22

Tonight Ben Cameron is among the lineup at The Stone Fox, opening for Swear and Shake and Brave Baby. He describes himself as “yacht rock meets folk rock,” which is something we might quickly pass along to our aunts back in the midwest suburbs, if it weren’t for this track, “I Believe.” The Deli Nashville, as it turns out, might have a secret affinity for white guys singing gospel with conviction. Feel free to compare and contrast this track with older material like “Eloise,” and if his versatility appeals to you, head down to the Stone Fox tonight to check him out! -Terra James-Jura


Josephine and the Wildfront “Sovereign”

Maybe the release of this single from Josehpine and the Wildront flew under our radar, but we’re catching it this go-round thanks to a gentle Facebook reminder from Ms. Moore herself. “Sovereign” features a low guitar line that sounds as though it comes out of the mist, supported by splashy drums and spectral background vocals. Moore plays with dynamics a little, going softer just when the listener is expecting things to get loud. The now foursome is recording their new EP, “Strange Gold.” You can catch them playing at The Boro this Saturday with Bree and Stagolee. -Terra James-Jura

Cardboard Kids Album Release Show at The High Watt 5.23

Cardboard Kids have been toiling away on their debut release for several months, and the fruit of their labor, “Echo Boomer” is about to meet the public on May 20th. Their music has an unabashed swagger to it thanks to their Texas upbringing, countered by a pop-punk sneer borrowed by their 90’s influences. Title track “Echo Boomer” showcases the grit and attitude that makes up the album. The band will have their release party at The High Watt this Friday with Golden Youth, Lenachka and Poema. -Terra James-Jura


Weekend Roundup

With Willie Nelson and the Wild West Comedy Festival going on around town, weekend plans may already be in place, but there's always room for some local flavor.  


Ex-Cult is playing with The Slammers, Weekend Babes and Waxed at The End, 9pm, $10

Scale Model celebrates the release of their album "Star" at fooBar with The Grayces and Levi Ray, 9pm, $5

The Deli Nashville has already reccomended joining Lulu Mae at Exit/In to ring in their new album "Mean River" and bid farwell to Joel Finley as he starts his journey in becoming a Doctor (maybe you can ask him if he needs a Companion).  The Oak Creek Band and ELEL round out the bill; the show starts at 7pm, cover is $5.

Catch songstress Erin Rae and The Meanwhiles opening with Pageant for Oxford, MS stars Water Liars at The Basement, 9pm, $7

Former Artist of the Month Winners Blue Matches open for Black Market Research at 12th and Porter with Hollywood Kills, 8pm, $5


This will be a rager: The East Room is hosting the release party for PUJOL's new album "Kludge." The lineup is a roll call of notable Nashville riff raff: Natural Child, Fox Fun, and Denney and the Jetts.  The show starts at 9pm, cover is $5.  

Do your good deed for the month, and support the rescue of abused animals by attending Rock for Paws at The Rutledge.  Micheal Ashley Cloyd, Vahalla, Jonesworld, Killing Grace, and Fever Hound come together to raise money for Tennessee Death Row Dogs and The Tennessee Chapeter of the SPCA. 7pm, $10


Gift, Lines in the Sky, Fouled Out and Spacetrain play The End, 8pm, $5 

The Basement's Sunday Post features The Dead Deads, Tennesee Scum, Megajoos, and The Revolutions, 8pm, no cover.


Congratulations to Fast Astronaut, Our New Artist of the Month!

Congratulations to Fast Astronaut, for absolutely carrying the win for The Deli Nashville's Artist of the Month poll. The group started when dorm mates EJ Morgan and Andy Wildrick decided to write a song one evening, wherein they realized they had complimentary visions of creating epic yet relatable pop music.  After finding drummer John Scaffer, the threesome created EP "Invisible Sun," and are moving forward at a brisk pace.  "Stranger" manages to be anthemic and heartfelt, somewhat similar to Fun if they were relieved of their grating, wide-eyed earnesty.  The Deli Nashville urges readers to creep on all their social media feeds to stay abreast of what they do next! -Terra James-Jura



Lulu Mae Album Release Show at Exit/In 5.16

 "Mean River" is the title of Lulu Mae's newest album, which dropped just this past Tuesday. They are celebrating its release into the wild with a show at Exit/In with friends ELEL and The Oak Creek Band.  The album is a slight departure from Lulu Mae's previous releases; they've shed some of their wholesome, gee-golly-family-band persona for some meaner licks and harder rocking (keep an eye on the Deli Nashville for a full review.) Check out the official video for title track "Mean River" to get a little taste of the new edge to their rambunctious folk-rock. This show also comes with sad news for fans: lead vocalist and backbone Joel Finley is departing Nashville for medical school, which may make this the last Lulu Mae show for a very, very long time.  His gain is certainly our loss, and all the more reason to be present this Friday night. -Terra James-Jura  


The Suez Release Self-Titled Debut EP

After listening to a just a few seconds of The Suez' first song “Johnny Get Angry” off of their self- titled debut album released this May, I am in love. The Suez are a band out of Murfreesboro with a pretty cute back story. The four grew up together, grew apart, and reunited for a local fish fry. The band is a blend of older doo wop tunes and rock, pop, and punk. That mix is bound to be killer, and the outcome is pretty rad. I can’t pick out a favorite song; I try, and realize that they are all my favorites. The Suez are awesome, they are catchy, and I can see their charisma shining through in all of their kick ass songs. Their next show is at The Boro on May 30th, as part of Tennessee Scum's record release party.  -Amanda Aydelott


Thom Donovan Album Release Show The Basement 6.11

June 17th is the release date for pop experimentalist Thom Donovan.  Titled "Canon," it will be his third album in his efforts as a solo artist.  He has spent years as a studio and touring musician before forming his own band, Lapush, and subsequently splitting off again in pursuit of bending pop music to his classically-trained sensibilities.  Such endeavors result in high-brow  concepts such as tracks inspired by poems from 1562 ("The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet," Arthur Brooke) with unusual instrumentation and a mind towards ear-catching repetition, like his first single, "Shipwreck." The video is an absolute feast for the sense, featuring accomplished vocalist Ruby Amanfu.  The album release party  for "Canon" is scheduled for June 11th at The Basement. -Terra James-Jura 



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