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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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Show Alert: Kopecky Family Band at Mercy Lounge 12.13

It's been more than a hot minute since Kopecky Family Band has played a local show. They might have touched base with Nashville all of two times this year. However, we entertain the vision of the crew touring hard across the country and having Wes Anderson-esque misadventures along the way, and, well, we can't hold anything against them. We just miss 'em is all. Which is why were excite that KFB is playing their last show of the year back in their hood, and debuting some new material off their upcoming 2015 release. There are also some solid guests joining the night: co-parent of Diarrhea Planet Evan P. Donahue will be opening up the show with his chamber-pop psychedelic mash, as well as Austin Manuel's high lonesome folk. Considering that we're still finding little gems off 2013's "Kids Raising Kids," we're hoping to be overwhelmed at least a few times on Saturday night.  Stay tuned next week for a live review!  -Terra James-Jura

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Stone Jack Jones Announces New Album "Love and Torture" Out 3.17

It's no secret that we love Stone Jack Jone's over here at The Deli Nashville headquarters (love, as in "harbor a morbid fascination with the gothic folk microcosm he has painstakingly cultivated.") We're thrilled to hear him announce the March 17th release date of his fourth full-length album "Love and Torture" on Western Vinyl. It's a swift follow-up to this year's "Ancestors," and while we know not to predict any of Mr. Jones' actions, judging by the heft and sharpness of his recent single "Circumstance" and the evolution of his sound from total near chaos to the calculated un-ease of his last album, we're expecting something even more deliberate and terrifying as his music moves closer to the surface of whatever forgotten lake it's been dropped into.  This announcement is not met without a slight hint of trepidation on our part; this music has a way of seeping into our dreams. Check out this video he released in November to promote his fall tour with O'Death and Death Vessel, then watch this mini-doc on the making of "Red Red Rose" to get some more insight on the man. -Terra James-Jura

 

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Friendship Releases Video for "Die In the Summertime"

Friendship is a Nashville supergroup comprised of members from The Subnovas, Girls and Money, Creature Comfort, Mesmer Tea and Indiana's Party Lines. We covered their debut spectacle at The East Room back in November, and we have to give mad props to frontman and head instigator Taylor Cole for not only throwing a wild show, but also being one of the most high-energy and hardest working musicians in the Nashville underground. He has a knack for fostering a community spirit in a scene; for example, the first single for Friendship (or, as it's phrased online, the "Friendship Super Magic Art Project") is a cover from a previous collaboration (Children of Spy). The accompanying video to this song is a montage of live and candid footage from several of the bands brought together under the Friendship umbrella. The group will be joining the chaos of the High Watt/Mercy Lounge's New Year's Eve time-traveling costume blowout 15 other bands. More details on the night can be found here. -Terra James-Jura

 

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Caitlin Canty, "Get Up"

Caitlin Canty straddles a few lines: folk and bluegrass, country and rock. She put out "Get Up," a tense, ghostly cross-section of her influences in anticipation of the January 20th release date of her third full-length album "Reckless Skyline." Canty's history of collaboration has lead her to cull a band comprised of members from Morphine, Booker T, Satellite and Ray Lamontagne's Pariah Dogs. This team was so white-hot in their chemistry that it took only four days to record. Canty is bottling lightning by taking the same band on the road with her as she tours to support "Reckless Sky." She's in Europe right now, but returns for a Northeast tour in January, with more dates to be added, hopefully a show in her part-time homebase of Music City is in the works. -Terra James-Jura

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Show Alert: Switchmen, Hot Action Cop, Asheira and Regulation Nine at Exit/In 12.18

Nothing assuages the stress of impending travel and social obligations of the holidays like some premium rock'n'roll. Which is why The Deli Nashville is happy to be joining Kustom Thrills Tattoo and Bluegrass Hollywood Records as a sponsor for Sad Spaceman Promotions second showcase at Exit/In on December 18th. Quioxtic II's lineup is a wallop of Nashville talent, with headliners Hot Action Cop supported by Switchmen, Asheira, and Regulation Nine. We're especially excited for Hot Action Cop, and band that's built a 10+ year career on their cheeky, hook-y brand of rock. We appreciate a band with longevity, and we're also glad that, from the looks of their recent video for "House of Pain," Billy Blanks is finding work as a backup dancer. Stay tuned for more information on this night! -Terra James-Jura

 

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