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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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Souvenir Driver bring their space pop to the Know tonight

Souvenir Driver have that power to mentally transport you through dream like dimensions, with a sound supported by both a down tempo chill wave and a hardened, reverb heavy nod to alternative pop. Souvenir Driver have only been getting stronger and stronger with each release and with their new album due out soon, excitement is teeming with the possibilities of it being their greatest and most full sounding release yet.

They're playing tonight at the Know with rock duo Leading Psychics and Seattle's Vibragun. Tickets are $7 and music starts around 9pm, so if you've got some energy left after dancing about at the St. Johns Bizarre go check them out!


PREMIERE: We Are Parasols - "No Movement"

On this gloriously sunny Friday the 13th, the Deli would like to cloak the sun's bright rays with a new, darkwavey track from We Are Parasols. "No Movement" guides you through its aphotic tones, baiting you with low tempos and hauntingly angelic vocals. Brooding and moody, the track is both calming and chill while still provoking sonic interest.

The satisfyingly hypnotic video for "No Movement" is hard not to zone out to. Its black and white cyclical machine work visuals calls for a droned mental state. As the second single to come off We Are Parasol's upcoming debut Infrastructure, "No Movement" makes a lasting impression as an indicator of the band's potential output, and more than substantiates their place in Portland's darker scene.

Infrastructure comes out May 20th on the bands' No Movement Records. Check out the video for "No Movement" below.

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Animal Eyes are back with 'Where We Go'

Animals Eyes have made a glorious musical return with their first album since 2013's Ursus. With Where We Go, the band has reached one of their highest points musically as its songs pack a heavy emotional punch, supported by an elevated production. They've really come into their own with this one, which is why their album/vinyl release show at Mississippi Studios tomorrow is more than worth attending. 

Their live set is captivating, and with Fauna Shade and Sama Dams, there will be much to enjoy. Tickets are $5 and music starts at 9pm so show up on time! Below is the first track to come off Where We Go, titled "Mushroom Hunter."


Mattress is back with a new track, "Fuck the Future"

 Mattress' low, loungey tones have been a favorite around town since he started a few years ago. Mixing the Vegas appeal of Tom Jones in a nightclub with the sensually deep vocality of Nick Cave and a bit of Jamie Stewart's eccentricity, Rex Marshall has filled a niche we didn't even know was empty. 

Yesterday, he released a new, somewhat nihilistic track called "Fuck the Future." It's sentimentally exactly how it sounds - a catchy diddy that's more about living in the moment than worry about all the crap that's coming later. 

His track release show is tomorrow at the Liquor Store with Roselit Bone and Jenny Don't & the Spurs (who are also releasing a split that night!), and his new album (recorded in Isaac Brock's studio) is due out this summer on Brock's label, Glacial Pace Recordings

Listen to the track below and be sure to get to the Liquor Store on time since Mattress opens up the night's bill.


Get your low key dance on at the Liquor Store tomorrow

Combine the resonating sounds of Mamai with the soul tinged dream pop of Ellis Pink and 80's-esque electronica stylings of Fringe Class and you've got the makings for a chill night of swaying. It'll be the funkiest thing to do on a Tuesday and for $6, definitely not a bad way to take in an evolving music scene in the city. Be at the Liquor Store at 9pm so you don't miss any part of this 21+ show.


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