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Win a Pair of Tickets to See Freelance Whales this Sunday at Doug Fir!

We know they're not exactly a Portland band - far from it. Queens, NYC to be precise about the thing. BUT, Freelance Whales will be descending, smooth indie-pop bombast in tow, to Doug Fir this Sunday, May 16th with Shout Out Louds and The Franks. And since you loyal Deli Portland readers have been so good to us, we wanna return the favor.

We've got a pair of tickets to give away to the show, and all you have to do is be the first to comment to this post with your favorite type of whale. Easy, right? We like to make things easy.

Runner-up will receive a signed copy of Freelance Whales brand new album Weathervanes, and second runner-up will receive a handy-dandy Freelance Whales tote bag!

Check out this new Darby Cicci (of the Antlers) remix of Freelance Whales' "Killer Whales" here, and check out the band's new video for "Generator 2nd Floor" below.


Freelance Whales - Generator 2nd Floor

Freelance Whales | MySpace Music Videos

If you don't win the tickets, try not to blubber (COULD NOT help it). The show is only $12 in advance, $14 day of show. Doors at 8 p.m., show at 9. Now get to commenting!

- Ryan J. Prado

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PDX Pop Now! Announces 2010 Compilation Tracklist and CD Release Benefit Show

After raising $5,454 at its Make It Pop! fundraiser, PDX Pop Now! is keeping the benefits coming. With the unveiling of this year's two-disc compilation, the organization also announced its corresponding CD release benefit show, which will be held June 3rd at Holocene. Cover for the show is $10 and includes a copy of the 2010 compilation, and the venue made special arrangements with the OLCC to make this event ALL AGES!

We'll keep you posted with the lineup for the show, but for now, check out the track listing for the 2010 PDX Pop Now! compilation:

Disc 1

1) The Basics - Tope & Epp ft. Illmaculate

2) No Nostalgia - AgesandAges**

3) Oooh Kill Ooooh - Nucular Aminals

4) Tange Rine - Deelay Ceelay**

5) City Morgue - Kelli Schaefer

6) Five Little Rooms - Menomena**

7) El Ranchero Tejano - paper/upper/cuts**

8) The Letters - Light for Fire**

9) The Upheaval on Titan - JonnyX & the Groadies

10) Never Again - Fruition

11) My Hip Hop Is Breathing - Beyoung, Empire, Lost Poet, Mr. Flea

12) Starting Over (Bad Habits) - Typhoon 1

3) bodyblood - the angry orts**

14) Bombast - Trio Subtonic

15) Let This Body Go - Death Songs

16) Steve Don't Party No More - Mean Jeans

17) Flatlands - Mike Coykendall

18) Bad Buzz - The Mint Chicks

19) Wet & Dripping - Aan

20) Patient Heart - Sean Flinn & the Royal We

Disc 2

1) Mercenary Days - Hockey

2) Boxcar Children - ioa

3) Dalvik Tide - Ocean Age

4) Hoop & Wire - Boy Eats Drum Machine

5) Tramm - Breakfast Mountain**

6) Sleep, Child - Nick Jaina

7) Marianne - Strength**

8) Only A Quality Lime for Eric Gruber - Andrew Oliver Sextet

9) Look My Way - Blitzen Trapper**

10) Don't Look Down on Me - MY-G

11) Pythia Misunderstood - Transient

12) Battling Giants - Brainstorm

13) Too Many Days Gone - Dharma Bums**

14) Wide-Eyed, Legless - Laura Veirs

15) Midcentury Motion - Talkdemonic**

16) Pulling Weeds - The Great Mundane**

17) Juniper - Y La Bamba**

18) Peacock Dreams - Peacock Dreams

19) See Waves - Nice Nice

20) Giant Stairs - A Weather

 

**Previously Unreleased Tracks

 

-Katrina Nattress

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FREE Ella St. Social Club Show TOMORROW Night!

Ella Street Social Club tested its luck with a residency not too long ago, and it looks like it went well, because it is hosting its second residency Tuesday, May 11, featuring the lo-fi pop sounds of And And And, accompanied by the tribal face-painted, psych-folkers Gratitillium.

And And And’s repertoire encompasses the lo-fi sweetness of The Kinks combined with the bouncy indie pop Pavement made oh so popular. Founded upon basement 4-track recordings, the now sextet has damn near perfected the static-saturated, crunchy vocal, DIY recording template of 1960’s lo-fi, while still producing large instrument arrangements and vocal choruses in the same vein as the Arcade Fire.

With music featuring primal chanting and fluid instrumentation, Gratitillium’s sound is just as organic as the band’s appearance on stage. Large projections of Planet Earth accompany the quartet’s live performances, and rumor has it, the band is working on incorporating costumed dancers to perform interpretive dance and skits during their shows to awaken the spirit animals in all of us.

Gratitillium - Barn Owl Hearts:

 

The show starts at 9 pm and is FREE!

-Katrina Nattress

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Hosannas Album Release Show Sunday at Mississippi Studios!!!

 

Hosannas (formerly Church) will being celebrating the drop of their new album Now and Then - released on Hush Records - this Sunday, May 9th at Mississippi Studios a full two days before its official release. 

The band will be sure to please listeners with their off-the-cuff pop musical musings as they pounce forward with their second release. The principle songwriters of the outfit - who also happen to be brothers Brandon and Richard Laws - are cited as growing up listening to the Beach Boys and Kraftwerk. These influences seem to hold true, though do not restrain their songwriting talent.

You can download the track "Happiness" from their new LP here. The track spins a happy keyboard hook around a race track of energized percussion, as the vocals anchor the experience with a core value of pop sensibility.

The show is a meager $6 and starts at 9 p.m. Opening is the mind-bogglingly cool Tu Fawning, and Deli Portland band of the month nominee Ah Holly Fam'ly! What a deal!

- Joel Sommer

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Tender Loving Empire Grand Opening Party Tonight!

 

You're already supporting local music right? So why not support all other types of creative endeavors all under one roof? Tender Loving Empire, the Whole Foods of media and art, is having their Grand Opening Party tonight from 6 - 10pm.

TLE is a media and arts collective, record label, comics imprint, consignment store with tons of homemade goods (cards, jewelry, pillows), gallery, custom screenprinter, concert/event production house, and a dangerous place to go if you are on a shopping hiatus.

Under their label are popular local bands Typhoon, Hosannas, and Boy Eats Drum Machine, the lattter of which will be playing at the party at 8:30 p.m. You can also check out earlier in the night an art show curated by Hungry Eyeball.

TLE is fully supportive of Do It Yourself activities, so why don’t you Do Yourself a favor and head out to their party tonight at 412 SW 10th Ave. (1-1/2 blocks south of Powell's Books, across from the Ace Hotel Cleaners)?

It will be a great chance to hear some good music, see some cool art, support the local arts, and check out awesome handmade items in their store. But be warned, I hear it's hard to leave without buying something.

- Deanna Uutela

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