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Submit to play during SXSW! - Music Tech Mashup Party!

Deli readers who play in bands,

The Deli has reserved 3 showcase slots at Music Tech Mashup during SXSW, which will take place at Rusty Spurs in Austin, TX on 7th St. on March 17. Rusty Spurs features 3 stages with an 800 person capacity in the middle of it all and is an official SXSW venue. During SXSW it will host shows by heavy hitters like Echo and the Bunnymen, Vega (Neon Light side project) and Semi Precious Weapons (recently on tour with Lady Gaga) amongst others.

To apply to play this SXSW show all you need to do is fill in this form HERE and click on the confirmation email you'll receive (this will simply add you to our mailing list and enter your band in our fabulous charts organized by genre and region - one day we'll also create band profiles!). 3 artists will be selected by the organizers (one of them will be a local Austin, TX artist). Any band that is available to travel to Austin is eligible. Submission deadeline is Monday 02.22 at 11.59 pm.

Music Tech Mashup Showcase (hosted by Coast to Coast Models & Events and presented by The Deli, Hunnypot, GreenShoeLace) will celebrate the convergence of music and technology and the opportunities it presents for everyone involved just as SXSW itself switches gears from Interactive Week to Music Week.This is a list of some of the artists already booked: Jada - Universal Motown Records (Boston, MA) - Bamboo Shoots - Epic Records (New York) - Shinobi Ninja - (Brooklyn, NY) - McAlister Drive - (Boston, MA) - Odd Modern - (Los Angeles, CA) - Keys and Crates (Toronto, Canada) - Curtis Santiago (Toronto, Canada) - Keith Masters (Chicago, IL) - FutureCop! (UK) - Mark Foster (Los Angles, CA).

The Deli's Staff

Archeology Looking for Video Extras this Saturday

If you are anything like me - a total attention whore - you would jump at any opportunity to get your name and/or face shown to the public. Instead of spending countless hours trying to make a video to be on the soul-sucking, brain-numbing Real World, why not be a part of something local and that doesn’t require utter humiliation?

Portland's Archeology is looking for extras for their video shoot for “By the By,” which is a single off their new album Memorial due out next month. The shoot will be this Saturday, February 20th. The locale is Sauvie’s Island and St. Helens. The feel of the video is creepy mixed with celebratory angst, and the band asks that everyone dresses in '30s-'60s period clothes.

Meeting time is 12 p.m. on Saturday at the parking garage under the NW Burnside Fred Meyers. This sounds like a ridiculously fun time and a great chance to support a local band. If I wasn’t whoring myself out somewhere else this Saturday I would be there fo’sho’. Oh, and don’t forget to come out for Archeology’s show at Mississippi Studios this Wednesday, February 17th with fellow Portland mellow-rockers Oh Captain, My Captain, and Seattle's The Globes. Doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m. $8

- Deanna Uutela


Band of the Month Nominee Spotlight: Tu Fawning


To put it mildly, Tu Fawning is a force of nature - a pulsing, bubbling, organic quartet of able-bodied musical sponges wading in the suds of Portland's post-rock puddles. To get serious about prodding their muses and defining their sound would take the combined efforts of a self-writing quill, an encyclopedic understanding of synergy and the language of trees, and the tears of a Cherokee raindancer. So I'll try to keep it mild.

Tu Fawning is the spawn of Portland musical luminaries Corrina Repp (of Corrina Repp and Viva Voce fame) and Joel Haege (the explosive force behind art-punk-funk trio 31 Knots). The duo recently became a foursome, inviting in the key-tinklin' talents of Liza Rietz (also a popular PDX fashion designer), and multi-instrumentalist/mostly brass-ist Toussaint Perrault. The quartet unhinges a fluid, tribal, melancholy melange using tambourines, samples, shadowy percussion, modest guitar, trumpets, layered vocals and more to stitch together a hollow, holistic version of minimalist orchestral rock. It's hypnotic, to say the least; and a goddamn religious experience live. 

Here, Haege's spastic, choppy guitar squalls - so patented within the carnival realm of 31 Knots - are replaced by plaintive, subtle notation. His secondary presence is due foremost to the equally engaging aura of Repp, whose fluffy-gruff vocal melodies drive the songs to parts unknown, while Perrault's brass and percussive elements mix with the shaky-hands of Rietz and her generous key contributions.

"Multiply A House" sounds like a neo-Squanto day trip recorded in an empty jail cell with Glenn Miller's Orchestra tripping on LSD and playing the same, echoing lines forever and ever. For clarification: This is amazing.

Go see this band right now. Even if they're not playing. And vote for them in our Band of the Month poll to the top right of this blog if you dig.

- Ryan J. Prado

February 2010

The band Botanist is four Portland guys just palling around, playing around town for themselves and their faithful fan base (mostly friends and family). They don’t necessarily aspire to become indie-rock gods, but they do want to make sure they play quality music that Portland will have a good time listening to.

Some guys spend their bro time playing poker, some go to strip clubs, but the Botanist bros express their man love through song. Who needs a man cave when you can jam on stage in front of enthusiastic crowds cheering your name? Well, maybe no one is cheering their name yet, but people will be after they listen to Botanist’s self-titled first record.

If I had just one word to describe Botanist it would be: pensive. I literally fell into a trance-like state after hearing a couple of songs, and I felt a peace and relaxation come over my body. Most bands wouldn’t like to hear that their music puts you to sleep, but Botanist creates such a beautiful sound that I felt myself drifting away to dream land. The song “Love to Last” has a Jack Johnson feel, and I felt I was lying in the shade in a hammock on some Caribbean beach. “Motor” and “Wander” have that western feel similar to The Killers and Coldplay. The song that could easily become their first hit single is the upbeat and catchy “Rifles Shoot Hearts.”

Some bands need to throw in a heavy amount of fancy electronics to cover up the fact that the band’s singer is just mediocre, but not Botanist. Singer Grant Harold's sweet melodic voice stands alone, and an acoustic guitar, keyboards, drums and bass are all the band needs to create some sweet harmony. I see a bright future for these guys, and I look forward to seeing what they can bring to their sound and the stage. Look for Botanist shows around town in the following months.

- Deanna Uutela

Eluvium Releases New Video from Forthcoming Album "Similes"

Portland composer and musician Eluvium, also known as Mathew Cooper, has unveiled a new video directed by Matt McCormick for the tune "The Motion Makes Me Last." The video seamlessly edits together shots from the taller examples of Portland's architecture, as they float by in a way that mysteriously matches the track.

The song will be featured on the upcoming album Similes, to be released February 23rd on Temporary Residence. I would describe what I've heard from Eluvium's previous work as both ambient and minimalist, specifically with regard to the piano work, which I've very much enjoyed.

The new song is beautiful and will hopefully be consistent with the new album. It has the opportunity to appeal to a larger spectrum of listeners, while still remaining close to the dreamy and atmospheric roots that Cooper has been perfecting over his four previous albums.

Check the video out and if you like what you hear, you can snag the song as a free download from Pitchfork.

- Joel Sommer


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