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May 2016
Mo Troper
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 Yes, you've heard the name Mo Troper before. Possibly as a part of Sancho and Your Rival, or maybe as a founder of blowing up label Good Cheer Records. Regardless, his recent release, late April's Beloved, has already reached levels of critical acclaim in just its first few days of actual release. And I'm adding to the pile - Beloved is one of the best new records to come out of Portland so far this year, and it's our new Album of the Month.

With a witty tongue and a sneering outlook on many things in life, Troper blares through Beloved's 13 tracks like an emotional Facebook feed. He, like the rest us, has shitty friends, a distaste for most social situations ("Star Wars") and a rollercoaster relationship with dating ("Princess," "Somebody Special"). He bitingly belts out his lyrics as if he's reliving every situation that's inspired him, making for a brashly heartfelt stock.

Beloved has received heavy comparisons to certain Elvis Costello albums and while that's fair in its own right, isn't entirely the whole case. The album does play into a Costello-esque domination of word play, but it holds a cult like influence closer to that of, say, the Get Up Kids and Saves the Day.

For his first release on his own, Mo Troper has already established himself as a solid solo artist to follow. Beloved will inevitably be added to a list of "classics," and his next album is already baiting with anticipation.


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P.S. 10k free copies of this issue hit the street of Austin during SXSW Music week!


Read online issue 47 of The Deli NYC: Stompbox Exhibit Issue!

Dear Deli Readers,

Issue #47 of The Deli NYC is now available online, you can read it here!

It's the Brooklyn Stompbox Exhibit issue! See section about pedals in the second half of the magazine, in part curated by Gearphoria.com.

Enjoy!

The Folks at The Deli NYC


Project Pabst and MFNW's Fusion Sells Out Tickets

Last year, news broke that MusicfestNW was somewhat merging, somewhat absorbing one of the newest fest's to hit the PNW, Project Pabst. With skepticism concert goers awaited for the new superfest to announce its lineup and now that the fest is here, they're proving a fruitful merger by selling out their weekend pass tickets and individual tickets for Sunday. 

Headlining Project Pabst will be Ice Cube and Duran Duran on Saturday and Ween and Tame Impala on Sunday, so of course it makes sense why Sunday's bill is sold out. Since the reuniting of Ween last year, their sporadic playing of shows has fans devouring tickets like crazy. 

Festivities for PP technically started last night with a comedy show at Dante's featuring Toddy Barry, Bryan Cook and Joann Schinderle, and with hip hop mainstays Digable Planets and Camp Lo at the Crystal Ballroom.

Local, more underground artists seem to be dominating the Project Pabst night shows (with the exception of Kyle Craft, who is blowing up and will be opening up the weekend fest tomorrow at 1 p.m.!), with Y La Bamba, Orquestra Pacifico Tropical, Haley Heynderickx, Candace and Talkative all playing tonight. Zirakzigil, Muscle and Marrow, And And And, Souvenir Driver, Rilla, Grand Lake Islands, and Summer Cannibals all play tomorrow night, with Last Artful, Dodgr and My Body opening up for Shy Girls Sunday.

Make note of the fact that Project Pabst's weekend day shows are no longer at their usual Zidell Yards, but are now held at MusicfestNW's location of the Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Tickets to the weekend shows (minus individual ones for Saturday) are sold out, but ticket purchase for PP night shows are still available.

To find the Project Pabst schedule, purchase Saturday tickets and to find out just where and when the Project Pabst night shows are, visit the festival's website.


PREMIERE: Melt - "Black Gold"

Melt has got a grip of good shit in the works, including an upcoming EP and a near 20 day West Coast tour, starting with their tour kick off next week on the 30th at the Liquor Store. Seeing them off properly will be Ah God, VCR and, with one of the greatest band names probably ever, EBT BBQ

To even more delight, we're sharing a fresh new track off Melt's upcoming release. "Black Gold" is a quick diddy that rides on a more mellow, almost 60's era melody with an incredibly catchy hook. With a run time of just about 2 minutes, it'll leave you wishing it was twice that long for sure.

If you got any plans to travel before summer is officially over, glance over Melt's tour dates while you check out "Black Gold" below. [House show info can likely be found by asking-a-punk or a social media search]

8/30 Portland, OR at The Liquor Store

9/1 Tacoma, WA at The New Frontier Lounge

9/2 Seattle, WA at a house show

9/3 Portland, OR at a house show

9/4 Eugene, OR at a house show

9/5 Chico, CA at a house show

9/6 San Fransisco at venue TBA

9/7 Santa Cruz CA at Crepe Place

9/8 San Luis Obispo, CA at venue TBA

9/9 Highland Park, CA at GnarBurger (matinee set)

9/9 Los Angeles, CA at Church of Fun

9/10 Tucson, AZ at La Cocina

9/11 Phoenix, AZ at Lost Leaf

9/12 Las Vegas, NV venue TBA 

9/13 San Diego, CA 

9/14 Los Angeles, CA at The Hi Hat

9/15 San Fransisco, CA at venue TBA

9/18 Portland, OR at Angelo's

 


Beat the Heat with a Little Bit of Intimacy

We're not talking about sexual intimacy here, though by all means get freaky. But tonight, a nice relaxing night will hit Bunk Bar with acoustic force. 

Nick Delffs translated his mammoth aptitude for guitar playing and songwriting from his established Shakey Hands project to his work with Tiburones, but more relevantly, in his solo effort Death Songs. His rich vocal quality adds dimension to his production, and also helps keep his "one man on stage" live performances intriguing. Expect this performance to include a mixture of not yet released material as well as favorites from his vast discography.

Leaving his usual post as the frontman of the more heavier rock band And And And, Nathan Baumgartner will be sharing some of the band's past, present and future songs in their original form, as they all begin acoustically during the writing process. Baumgartner's knack for creating songs of emotional turmoil will only be showcased more when backed by the personal playing of them on an acoustic guitar.

Joining Delffs and Baumgartner will be Christopher Francis and his soul-infused folk, swaddled by his crooning, husky voice. You might recognize him from playing with the Portland Cello Project, but you'll definitely remember him for his solo efforts.

Tickets to tonight's show are only $5, with music starting at 9 pm.  


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