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Nice Nice's Extra Wow out TODAY!

Nice Nice’s debut album on WARP Records has been a long awaited one. After churning out damn near one record a year on their old label, Temporary Residence Limited, Jason Buehler and Mark Shirazi have made us wait four years to hear some new discombobulating yet soothing, formless yet melodic tunes.

The duo has a knack for finding order in disorder, and this new album, aptly titled Extra Wow, is no exception. Though as a whole the record flows seamlessly, its fluidity is often threatened with disjointed electronics, guitar riffs, or drum beats. But Buehler and Shirazi handle chaos with such ease that it sounds natural.

The record begins with an apparent ‘60s acid-rock influence. Opening track "Set & Settting" is saturated with psychedelic buzz, static, and electronic bleeps, accompanied by Buehler’s muffled vocals, pedal-addled guitar and cymbal-heavy drums. The track meshes into “One Hit,” which may very well be homage to the great Jimi Hendrix, with Buehler asking his listeners, “Are you experienced?” The track follows its predecessor’s structure for about 40 seconds, and then takes a spastic turn, as if Buehler and Shirazi lost complete control of their hands. But amidst the drastic, chaotic change, Buehler manages to keep the melody with his vocals, and even when the two break into a disorganized instrumental bridge, they manage to effortlessly come back to the original structure of the song.

After “One Hit,” the album takes a calming break with two lucid instrumental tracks, but picks up again with “Everything Falling Apart,” another song with an acid-rock vibe, and “Big Bounce,” an aptly titled bouncy, space-y electronic track, which transitions into the album’s first single, “See Waves.” This track is still heavily experimental, but much more structured and accessible than the rest of the album. Electronic blips lead a quick-handed guitar riff and structured vocals, with tribal drumming exuding a primal nuance.

The second half of the album is much more ambient and mellow than the first, consisting of tracks with little to no vocals, giving your brain a chance to slow down and process everything it has heard, and leaving you with no words to describe the record other than “wow.”

-Katrina Nattress

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Hosannas Leaks Track from "Then & Now & Then"

 

Hosannas, formerly known as Church, are only a little over a month away from seeing the release of their Hush Records full-length Then & Now & Then. Cursory listening sessions with the advance of the album reveal a lush, melodic soundscape full of acoustic guitars, lots of echoed vocals, and layered keys, specifically in opener "The Sea."

Subsequent spins have uncovered even more sonic noodling from the Portland quartet. There's an innocence employed here, with tempered digs into early '00s Merge motifs, as well as a (hopefully) prevalent sense of purpose. It's all pretty intoxicating stuff, even if its oft-lauded tag of psych-pop doesn't really fit.

But be warned: The first leaked track, "Happiness," is the least indicative tune for the purposes of considering listening to this album, but is still a decent listen. Give it a whirl below...

Take our word for it, and get your hands on the full disc or download when it's released on May 11th.

The band will hold what's likely to be one of the most anticipated Portland album releases of the year on May 9th at Mississippi Studios. Opening will be the amazing Tu Fawning, and Ah Holly Fam'ly. $6, 9 p.m.

- Ryan J. Prado

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Portland's Hottest Bands

Here at the Deli Portland, we're all about being professional. Always educational and more on the reserved side, The Deli Magazine exemplifies "serious" music blogging. We would never think of doing something immature, like, for instance, posting who we think some of the hottest local bands are - oh wait, yes we would!

Here is my list of the guys and gals from some of our favorite local bands that make my heart skip a beat. This is purely my opinion, so feel free to comment with your faves; in fact, we encourage it!

Dropa 

 

The indie/new wave band Dropa’s members look more like they belong on the cover of GQ than a record. Their tight fitted T-shirts and well groomed 5 o' clock shadows might just distract you from their true goal, which is their music. And if you need even more convincing of how hot this band is, the keyboardist and drummer are brothers, which makes them practically twins (fantasy!). They bring some major eye candy to the group and really complement singer Micah’s geek-chic look.

Nice Boys

You can tell by the smirk on these boys faces that they are anything but "nice," and I like that. Their '70s Mick Jagger style works well with their psychedelic punk sound. It takes a confident guy to pull of the white John Travolta pants, and the Nice Boys most definitely have that. I applaud them for keeping alive the '70s rock style that still makes bands like The Rolling Stones and The Black Crowes so popular today.

Stephanie Schneiderman

This ambient-pop princess controls the stage with her voice, and enchants us with her girl-next-door face and feminine style. She looks equally as hot in jeans and a T-shirt as she does dressed couture. She has a mystery about her that keeps you wanting more.

Very International Love

If you are into the electronic pop style and sound, you will squeal for this baby-faced duo. Maybe it's the singer’s long eyelashes, or the guitarist/keyboardist’s perpetual curl in his hair. Whatever it is, it works, and makes female and male fans alike fight desperately to get their attention. The problem is figuring out which one you like more.

Beyond Veronica

 

Much like some of Bonnie Veronica's influences - like Blondie and The Yardbirds - the Beyond Veronica vocalist is a front woman through-and-through, and her male band mates don’t seem to mind that one bit. Who wouldn’t like a hot, fun rocker chick fronting them in knee-high boots and a short skirt? Punk Globe magazine called them one of the best bands they have heard all year, but I call them one of the hottest bands I have seen all year.

Toxic Zombie

The rockabilly, horror-pop band Toxic Zombie has everything I love: tattoos, zombie attire and hot go-go dancers. If you haven’t seen this band perform, you are sorely missing out. They have a fun, catchy sound that is best seen to enjoy, and once you catch a glimpse of their sexy zombie go-go dancers/back-up singers Kelly and Robyn gyrate on stage, and their sweaty, shirtless guitarist Sam jump head first into the crowd, you will understand why I call them one of the hottest bands in Portland.

Bonus Category: Hottest celebrity band

She & Him

 

Two words, Zooey Deschanel.

- Deanna Uutela

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Nick Jaina Kicks Off West Coast Tour with a Record Release Show at Doug Fir this Friday

Nick Jaina’s got a busy month ahead of him. He’s wrangled up 11 musicians, some from the likes of bands such as Loch Lomond and Laura Gibson, to play with him on his West Coast tour. And what better way to say Bon Voyage than with a record release show? The alt-folk bandleader’s celebrating the release of A Bird in the Opera House, his fifth album on Portland-based label HUSH Records at Doug Fir on April 2—a little early for its April 13 release, but necessary considering it is also his tour kickoff.

The record was conceived when Jaina’s friend, Lee Howard, offered the musician not only the opportunity to record in his basement studio, but a room in his home to stay in as well. The two gradually recorded the album in the studio’s in-between times, allowing Jaina to sit in his room and have time with his songs, to think about the direction they were taking, to deconstruct them and put them back together.

“Sleep, Child,” the first single off A Bird in the Opera House, is a gleaming example of the importance of time and intimacy in the recording process. The song’s structure begins simple—guitar chords accompanied by faint percussion and Jaina’s strong, smooth vocals—but the absence of a chorus allows the track to build on itself, swelling with intensity and ending in a beautiful orchestra of vocal harmonies, pounding drums, and soaring violins.

With this taste of the album, I cannot wait to hear more.

Listen to “Sleep, Child”:

 

Check out the video for “Days in My Room,” also off A Bird in the Opera House:

 

TOUR DATES

4/2 -Portland, OR - Doug Fir (CD Release Show!)

4/7- Eugene, OR – Sam Bonds

4/8- Davis, CA - Sophia's

4/9- Modesto, CA - Cafe Deva

4/10- Merced, CA - Partisan

4/11- Santa Cruz, CA - Crepe Place

4/12- San Francisco, CA - Elbo Room

4/13- Chico, CA - Cafe Flo

4/14- Los Angeles, CA - Echo Curio

4/15- Joshua Tree, CA - Pappy & Harriet's

4/16- San Diego, CA - Lestat's

4/17 -Flagstaff, AZ - Mia's

4/19- Torrey, UT – The Patio

4/20 – Salt Lake City, UT - State Room

4/21 -Provo, UT - Velour

4/22 -Boise, ID - Early show @ the Modern/Late show @ the Linen Building

4/23- Kennewick, WA - Red Room

4/24- Pendleton, OR - Great Pacific

-Katrina Nattress

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Wax Fingers at Rotture this Wednesday

 

Forget the tribulations of hump day this week. No one ever ends up humping anyway. And what better way to forego your reproductive duties than to indulge in a psych-pop haze at Rotture this Wednesday? I'm willing to bet the guys from Wax Fingers would support you zipping it up for one goddamn night.

With one foot planted firmly in an experimental psychedelic stew, and the other tippy-toed on a tight wire of spastic instrumental noodling, Wax Fingers succeed in injecting their plunky pop with depth, but without the pretension. Case in point would be "Sticky Bees," the band's single off of their debut EP Ones and Threes (available for free download here). The tune emerges cleanly, steeped in bright chords, tinkly piano, lots of guitar effects, and reverb-washed vocals during the lengthy intro and first verse, only to bust open into a tantrum-laced chorus. The surprises don't end there, and you'd be foolish to listen to only a snippet to decide if their worth your tutelage.

The Portland trio will be holed up in the Southeast Industrial District this Wednesday at Rotture along with math-y PDX dudes Duck, Little Brother, Duck! and Yeah Great Fine. 9 p.m. $5 at the door.

- Ryan J. Prado

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