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Alexis Gideon Releases Trailer for New Audio/Visual Album

Alexis Gideon - the wizard of hip-hop, animation, guitar strumming and storytelling - has just posted a trailer to his next (very ambitious looking) video album titled Video Musics II: Sun Wu-Kong. The project is being described as a “one hour multimedia video opera based on the 16th century Chinese novel ‘The Journey to the West’."

A wide variety of musical and animation contributors are credited, including Rachel Blumberg (M. Ward) and Cynthia Star (Coraline, Moral Orel, Robot Chicken). Video Musics, his previous audio/visual endeavor, had a run length of around 25 minutes while it followed ancient Hungarian Folk tales.

You can check out multiple clips from Video Musics here. The release date is slated for Fall of 2010.

Check out the preview clip below; looks weird (and cool):

Gideon has also released a cool mixtape titled Move Your Shit, Man via the folks over at African Tape Group that features an interesting remix of White Hinterland's "Begin Again". You can stream or download the mixtape here.

- Joel Sommer


Kelli Schaefer Single Release and Tour Kickoff Show Tomorrow Night at Mississippi Studios


PDX favorite Kelli Schaefer is playing this Thursday the 17th along with Aan, My Flag is on Fire and Oblio's Arrow at Mississippi Studios! This show marks not only the release of another single, but also the kickoff to a 10-date tour for Schaefer.

This new release is especially exciting because it has two B-sides, including one with a special hip-hop collaboration (keep reading to find out who) that is, frankly, quite rad.  Schaefer recently posted some of her singles on her MySpace page, most of which have been released at previous shows, and through her own record label Amigo/Amiga Recordings.

In anticipation of her big tour send-off, Schaefer graciously agreed to answer a few questions for The Deli Portland via email for your delight. Please enjoy.

Deli Portland: When are you going to release a full album?

Kelli Schaefer: We're shooting for November.

Do you like breakfast cereal, and if so what is your favorite?

I'm not a huge cereal fan. My roommate has this super blender that supposedly can blend gravel. Not that I want to eat gravel for breakfast, but I've been really into making smoothies.

Are there any places in town that you can buy your music?

If anyone wants a hard copy, they have to come to a show. Either that or you can get any of the singles or B-sides on Band Camp or iTunes.

What's your favorite breakfast spot, coffee spot and bar?

I've been really broke soooo, for breakfast? ...Fred Meyer. It's a block from my house and I can use my food stamps. Coffee? I go to Peet's. It's two blocks from my house, and I've got the hook up there. And if I happen to save enough money for a drink, I'd go to the Sapphire.

Do you like to write lyrics or music first?

I would prefer to write the lyrics first, but as far as a method goes, I haven't got one. Sometimes the lyrics come years before the melody. Sometimes the other way around. And sometimes I'll have one line, write an entire song for that one line, and then no more lyrics come. Forced lyrics are the worst. I'd rather record myself barfing before I put out a track with forced lyrics.

If you ever left Portland, where would you want to move?

A big city, maybe New York or London. I just want to try out a big city, that's all. See how long I can last before I come crying back to Portland.

What's your favorite animal?

I'm a huge fan of the pig. Just a big old giant sow.

Do you have a favorite word?

I don't have a favorite word of all time, no. But I will get stuck on one or two particular words for weeks at a time. Lately, I've been using the word ''conglomeration'' and ''integrate.'' Ha!

What's a question you would ask someone if you wanted to make them feel truly uncomfortable?

I would ask someone standing next to me in line at the grocery store, in a whisper voice, "Hey, is my fly down?" Then when they look down, I would have my finger sticking out of my fly like a fake wiener. Gotcha!

Why should people come see you play this Thursday at Mississippi Studios?

It's our tour kickoff! Also, I recently collaborated with Portland hip-hop artist Tope on a song that we will be performing that night. Should be a lot of fun!

Doors at 8 p.m. and the cover is $6. See you there.

- Joel Sommer


PDX Pop Now! Announces Lineup!


Every Northwestern popster's wet dream is back at Rotture July 30 - August 1 when PDX Pop Now! 2010 releases its aural assualt in the Southeast industrial district. Lo and behold, organizers have just released the lineup for this local music advocacy group's 7th Annual festival. You ready? You sure? Okay, here it is:

Aan, AgesAndAges, AndAndAnd, Asss, Atriarch, AU, Autistic Youth, Ben Darwish, Billygoat, Blue Cranes, Blue Horns, Brainstorm, Cloudy October, Da'Rel Junior, Defect Defect, Eternal Tapestry, Fear No Music, Get Hustle, Grey Anne, Guantanamo Baywatch, Hockey, Hosannas, I Can Lick Any Son of A Bitch In The House, Jackie-O Motherfucker, Joey Casio, Joggers, Krebsic Orkestar, Kung Pao Chickens, Kusikia, Lewi Longmire, Luck One, Michael The Blind, Operative, Parenthetical Girls, Please Step Out of The Vehicle, Reporter, Rollerball, Shoeshine Blue, Skeletron, Soup Purse, SubArachnoid Space, Tiny Knives, Tu Fawning, The Tumblers, Typhoon, Wampire, Why I Must Be Careful, and Ylang Ylang.

It would take me damn near an hour to link to all those bands here, but rest assured; happiness is found in digging a little deeper, people. I know it.

Don't forget that these sets are both indoors and outdoors, volleying audiences back and forth like some kind of fucked-up pop-rock pinball game. Only you get as many balls as you can handle for three straight days (SEXUAL INNUENDO OVERLOAD). Also, the whole damn thing is FREE, and ALL AGES.

The 2010 PDX Pop Now! compilation album is available for sale at local retail outlets and online here.

Press release excerpt (i.e. important stuff):

"Proceeds from sales of the album go towards funding the festival and the rest of organization's activities. The 7th installment of the heralded compilation features 40 tracks, including music from Typhoon, Mean Jeans, Nick Jaina, Laura Veirs, A Weather and Tope, as well as rare or previously unreleased tracks by Menomena, Blitzen Trapper, Dharma Bums, Talkdemonic, Y La Bamba, and more."

There's also a song called "City Morgue" on there by Kelli Schaeffer, which means you need to get it right now. Like now. Now now. Or you could listen to it at her MySpace site here. But would you really wanna do that when there's all that other great music on there? Not to mention the fact that PDX Pop Now! is a volunteer-driven, 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to celebrating and promoting Portland's vital music community? That's what we thought.

- Ryan J. Prado


Pics from the First Deli Portland Showcase!

After many hours of bribing bands (with delusions of endless online print), bribing venues (by telling them we were Paste Magazine), chasing whiskey with more whiskey and generally wondering whether or not anyone cared at all or might come to the first ever Deli Portland (and the Days of Lore) sponsored Portland music showcase, we're happy to announce that it was a great success! We can't thank the bands - or our generous hosts at The Woods - enough for being so accommodating to the interesting lineup we garnered (mental note: might not be best to position the psych-math, pedal-toting power trio before the emotive folk-rock troubadour, followed by the synth-rock starlet...). But, you know what? That's pretty much what the Deli Portland is about anyway, not to mention the Portland underground music community in general. There are no barriers, there are no oil and water genres (unless maybe we tried to land the next showcase at Satyricon) and good tunes is good tunes.

We're working on the July and August showcases as we speak. Be sure and go visit our dear (old) friend Mark Lore at The Days of Lore blog site. We'd love to see you at the next one. Here are a few live shots from last night:


Wax Fingers (above) wowed the crowd as openers, exacting a systematic aural assault with lots of effects pedals, tight bass tracks, two guitars and drums. Vocalist/guitarist Pete Bosack employed breakneck finger-tapping, anchoring the squal of the trio's massive, swirling, razor-sharp roiling rock. You can help fund their upcoming album via the band's Kickstarter site.


mbilly (above) brought in a full band, filling out his sparse, somber folk rock with a more raucous sheen. Culling from a healthy helping of tunes from his recently released full-length, Mr. Nobody Baby (buy it here), mbilly parlayed revved-up renditions of his catalogue with austere, passionate abandon. You can tell he means what he sings, and that he loves to sing what he means, and that made for a wonderful audience reponse.


Jen Moon (above, with guitarist Jesse Bettis) took the stage to round out the show, and immediately showed why her local stock is rising so quickly. Gooey pop melodies dripped rivulets from Moon's vintage Moog, cascading waves of peppy synth, slick guitar leads, minor-key mauling, and a blistering rhythm section to appease the swaying hips of a now-standing crowd. Ripping through a balanced set of ska-tinged rockers and No-Wave confessionals, Moon and Co. impressed with a command of the subtleties inherent in all non-angst-ridden compositions - making sure the songs didn't have time to spiral, filling the gaps with delectable dallops of taste and precision. It's a wonder how the crowd refrained from cutting up a rug, the curtains, the very shirts off their backs.

Download her 4-song demo for free here.

Stay tuned for details on the next Deli Portland showcase. We have a feeling you're going to dig what we have in store.

- Words and Photos by Ryan J. Prado


June 2010
Blue Giant
"Blue Giant

To say the self-titled debut album from Portland's Blue Giant is great would be a huge understatement. I was immediately captivated from the first track to the last, as if I just took a long walk through the woods.

The vast amount of instruments and weaving vocal harmonies gives a strong narrative to the entire album, creating a very cinematic listen - allowing the listener to wade through a lush landscape of sound and intricacy.

Husband and wife Anita and Kevin Robertson - along with Chris Funk, Seth Lorinczi, and Evan Railton - have formed this "supergroup" from their vast catalogue of wonderful projects, and have created a beautiful follow up to their Target Heart EP.

A standout track is "Clean the Clock." The song is wonderfully crafted with driving acoustic guitar, strong electric guitar leads and stronger vocal patterns supporting them. The song moves into very different places, shifting through natural ebbs and flows, all while keeping a general theme and referencing different parts of the piece.

One of my favorite things about the album is how the songs bleed into each other, demanding the audience consume the album as a whole. I highly encourage everyone to give this album is a listen!

- Stirling Myles


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