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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!


Mood Music: Altadore - "Capable Wolf"

Summer's only officially been here for a few days but don't you already wish it was raining again? We do, and the perfect song to fit our rain ridden mood of longing happens to be the newest track from Altadore, titled "Capable Wolf."

Coming off his upcoming August release Opal, Luna, and Hymn on Randm Records, "Capable Wolf" tells of the heartache of an ending relationship. You can hear the sincerity of pain in David Katz's voice as he sings "I'm a wolf, I'm wolf/I don't know what I'm capable of/Just howling away most days." Featuring Patti King from Rad City on violin, her sister Kyleen King on viola and Jeff Bond on drums, Katz's vocal tones set over this Portland pro-played orchestral indie pop illcits shivers.

We'll just be wolves, howling away these hot ass days until we can brood without sweating. To put yourself in the mood, give "Capable Wolf" a listen below.


Get your morning beach vibes with Mermaid in China

Mermaid in China are dropping premium vibes for summer time with their video for "A Stroll Through Callow Bay." Reminiscent of an early 90's travel video montage, "A Stroll Through Callow Bay" plays a mellow vocality and stolid instrumental delivery of a dream-like psych pop that when put all together, just makes you want to head out to the coast and plop down in the early morning sand.

Mermaid in China just started a mini stint in Washington yesterday, rolling through Seattle, Port Townsend and Olympia next. 

Check out "A Stroll Through Callow Bay" below and let Mermaid in China's cool sounds easy you into summertime.

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Gold Casio bring Monday dance vibes to Doug Fir

Kicking off a summer series of shows along the West Coast, electronic loves Gold Casio will be sweatin' up the Doug Fir tonight in celebration of their soon-to-drop music video and upcoming debut full length. As part of the transformation of their current release, the Fever Dreams EP will see an additional five songs, propelling it from a sampler pack of their indelible dance pop to a straight serving size of active tunes. 

A video for Fever Dreams' closing track, "Last Song," will be shared some time next month.

Joining Gold Casio tonight will be synth pop duo Calm Candy and Australia's Cub Sport, rounding out the bill with a guarantee of solid gyration.

The show starts at 8:30 tonight and only costs $5, so let's groove tonight.


Stream Husky Boys' Extremely Loud and Incredibly Loud

Current Deli Portland Artist of the Month nominees Husky Boys are about to drop one of the hottest albums to come out of Portland this year. Next week, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Loud, the boys' debut, is coming out just before their tour of the eastern states. 

They're having a joint album release/tour kickoff show June 30th at Valentines along with fellow poll noms Fire Nuns, Robot Boy and Casual Boyfriend.

As a special treat to all you Deli fans, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Loud is streaming on the site a week early. Peep the Husky Boys' tour dates below while you jam out to their debut! 

HUSKY BOYS TOUR DATES
7/3 Minneapolis, MN - Rathole
7/4 Chicago, IL - Flood House
7/5 Cleveland, OH - Maple Lanes
7/6 Philadelphia, PA - The Storefront
7/7 Brooklyn, NY - Alphaville
7/8 TBA
7/9 Baltimore, MD - Sidebar
7/10 Greensboro, NC - House Show
7/11 Atlanta, GA - The Sewing Room
7/12  Nashville, TN - Queen Ave
7/13 TBA
7/14 Lawrence, KS - Replay Lounge
7/15 Denver, CO - Goosetown Tavern
  


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