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The Deli's Featured Artist(s) of the Month: Slutever

We have to admit that we think Slutever is a kick-ass name, and the title of their EP Sorry, I’m Not Sorry is unapologetically awesome. And we are kind of curious about what it’d be like to knock back quite a few drinks and have sloppy, totally inebriated relations with both of them (at the same time). But we really nominated the duo for our poll because we enjoy their brash yet fun take on songwriting. The “ladies” of Slutever will be bringing their post-riot grrrl angst to the North Star tonight with another interesting newcomer that we are excited about, Blackhawks, so there really is a reason to trek off the beaten path deep into the Art Museum area. But first, maybe you should check out our Q&A with Slutever below if you want any chance of taking both these gals home. ;o)
 
The Deli: How did the band start? 
 
Nicole Snyder: We shared an apartment last year and boredom led to jamming on some of our respective solo songs. Eventually, that evolved into us writing songs together. We knew we both wanted to make music of a similar aesthetic, and it just made total sense to hangout and get angsty together.
 
The Deli: Where did the band name Slutever come from?
 
NS: Originally we had a different project, Lux, that was this kind of dreamy pop thing that never actually materialized. And then we realized our true calling was brat punk and that we needed a new name to match the sound. Our friend Ang used the word, and the first time we saw it, we knew it was right for us.
 
TD: What are your biggest musical influences?
 
NS: I would say Bikini Kill is a total inspiration - we love the riot Grrrl scene and really thrive off playing with other female fronted acts. We really love nineties music, and I’d say that a lot of that probably shows through in our music. Non-musically, inspiration comes mostly from still feelings like lazy, sleepy, burnt out teenagers. And breakups, and fast food cheeseburgers.
 
TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?
 
NS: Locally, we love our BFF’s Omar. They’re also a punk duo and they are totally amazing. We also really love Reading Rainbow. As far as other non-local bands go, we love No Age, Marnie Stern, Deerhunter, Male Bonding, Cloud Nothings, Beach House…and Nicki Minaj - totally obsessed with her.
 
TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
 
NS: I saw the Spice Girls in 1997 and had floor seats, but I was only like 4 feet tall and I couldn’t see anything from way in the back and spent half of the show crying about it.
 
Rachel Gagliardi: When she was pregnant with me, my mom went to see Bon Jovi.
 
TD: What do you love about Philly?
 
NS: The music scene is thriving and we love our friends to death. There’s food and beer everywhere!!!
 
TD: What do you hate about Philly?
 
NS: It’s kind of small and smelly and there’s construction everywhere and it’s hard to get space from people you don’t want to see. Like Rachel.
 
RG: Not enough authentic Mexican food. Um, get it together guys.
 
TD: What are your plans for 2011?
 
NS: 2011 holds more exciting things - our first national tour!
 
TD: What was your most memorable live show?
 
NS: We played with Cults and Best Coast at the First Unitarian Church in September, and it was sort of a homecoming for both of us and all of our friends were there. Plus playing at the church has always been a big dream of ours and we’re psyched that it came true with such cool bands.
 
TD: What's your favorite thing to get at the deli?
 
NS: Hot pastrami and…
 
RG: French fries and coca cola.
 
- The Deli Staff
 
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Hollus' Lucy Grey

Hollus is back with a new video for their track "Lucy Grey" which appears on their latest EP Part One. You can stream the entire EP on the band's website. The band will be releasing Part Two in 2011.

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Soft Circle - Black Dice Drummer's new project

Soft Circle started as a solo project of Hisham Bharoocha, the former drummer of experimental rock bands Lightning Bolt and Black Dice, recently became a duo with the addition of Ben Vida (Town and Country/Singer/Bird Show). Soft Circle's new work is blissed-out minimal electronic music with sparse arrangements that would fit in with the catalog of Bharoocha's former label, DFA. Earlier this month, Soft Circle released a new track, "Treading Water" a blast of electronic indie pop full of catchy synth loops and a beat so infectious that although the lyrics are about drowning it's still incredibly danceable. The song is available on "Shore Obsessed", Soft Circle's new album on the Post Present Medium label. You can also stream it down here. - Nick Haycock

Soft Circle - Treading Water.

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Free Download: 6 emerging bands in the Brooklyn Heat 2010 Compilation!

This past summer recording engineer and Delicious Audio contributor Shane O’Connor took six bands of his choice into Monsterland Recording Studio in Brooklyn. Each band recorded one song in one day, and the result is Brooklyn Heat 2010, a compilation featuring up-and-coming Brooklyn acts Shark?, Quilty (top picture), Quiet Loudly, Little Racer, Magnetic Island (in the picture below) and GunFight! The compilation features no-frills indie rock that runs the gamut from rowdy rock n’ roll sing-alongs (Shark?’s “You Ignore Me” and GunFight!’s “I Would Be Your Man”), to dissonant and spacey pop (Quiet Loudly’s “Be My Baby Mama” and Quilty’s “In the Guts”), and infectious, angular post-punk (Magnetic Island’s “Shake the Fog” and Little Racer’s “On The Run”). According to O’Connor, the bands were chosen without a specific theme, but simply because they each offer “exciting live shows, [and] were willing to promote themselves in interesting ways, and were open to collaboration with other artists.” Each song on Brooklyn Heat 2010 compliments the next perfectly, providing for an undeniably fun and engaging listen. And yes, it’s free to download, so go grab these tracks right now.

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New Finds - Jack Littman

Recommendations flood our inboxes constantly here at the Deli, but Jack Littman stood out of the most recent bunch. Naming influences like Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, and Neil Young, his music is decidedly folk. There is one song though, "GOT2HAVU" shows Littman is willing to break the mold of his chosen genre to incorporate drum machines and synths -- the kind of thing that would make Ric Ocasek proud.

He'll be Hotel Cafe with Patrolled by Radar on Dec. 19th.

-Angelo Lorenzo

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