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July 2014
Talkative
"Hot Fruit Barbeque
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Whitnessing the growth of Portland punky psych-pop outfit, Talkative, over the years, has been an absolute pleasure. Each of their albums has a home in my music library and heart. Not to mention the dudes in the band are some of the finest gents among the Portland music community. I knew we'd be good buds from the first time I met guitarist/synth/vocalist Cody Berger in 2011, after my own band played a show at Kelly's Olympian, and I reluctantly let an intoxicated Cody, saying "hey man, I heard you like to smoke pot too, cool!" hop a ride back to the SE with me to shorten his walk home. 

Talkative's latest stoney efforts, Hot Fruit Barbeque, takes their raucous high energy sounds to new levels. And it's not just upscaled production. The album feels more purposeful than their previus work, each song commanding you to yield and listen or dance (I prefer to wiggle). Lead single "Rudy Huckleberry" will be left lingering in your ear as you try to recreate Berger's catchy but mostly unintelligible vocal hooks for the remainder of the day. Equally as catcy, "Snow Jobs" and "Hava Nagila" showcase the impressively explosive capabilities of Casunn Taft's drumming. The boys explore slightly more worldly rhythms and tones alongside their distorted guitars on "Gentrifuckation" for an overall excelent, bouncy, party track. 

Hot Fruit Barbeque easily falls at the top of my list of favorite albums in 2014. Listen here.

- Travis Leipzig


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Palabra Release 'Manos Luminosos y El Cubo Blanco' 4.19.14

The threat of Palabra never performing again was once alluded. Now, the jazzy latin prog trio consisting of Zach Evans, Johan Wagner and Papi Fimbres are performing at Habesha Lounge this Saturday night for the release of their second album Manos Luminosos y El Cubo Blanco which mysteriously means "luminous hands & the white cube." Palabra give off effortless vibes of an openness to whatever influences cross their path. With an emphasis on jazzy rhythm, synth and psychedelia, their experimental groovy jams are destined to cloud your mindspace. Sharing the stage with Palabra Saturday night are Elfin Elephant and the SuS Quartet.  

Watch Palabra's trippy music video for the first single, "UpStepTrep," off the new album, then make plans to attend their album release Saturday. Cut ties with distractions and don't let anyone else waste your time.
 
 - Colette Pomerleau

  


Artist of the Month: Mufassa

It's time we set aside our previous notions that Mufassa is the King of the Jungle, or that unfortunate condition of the male genitalia that you've read about on Urban Dictionary (here).

Rather, Mufassa is one of Portland's most promising new bands who play a powerful blend of soulful, bluesy garage rock, reminiscent to the genious of King Kahn. And, as voted by the people, Mufassa is The Deli Portland's current Artist of the Month! The group is currently working on a new album, of which they gave listeners a taste last month with their single Johnny. The track is an epic dancy rocker, showcasing classic rock'n roll guitar riffage, and gentle soulful vocals like that of a higher pitch Elvis. Take a listen for yourself and keep an eye out for their next album. - Travis Leipzig 

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Afternoon Metal House Show: Thou and Contempt 4.17.14

If you can't appreciate the aggression, emotion and straight up virtuosity that produces up some of the best black metal/doom/hardcore music, then I question your roots in rock 'n roll and music in general. This Thursday afternoon shake off your hipster timidness, release the inner punk rocker you once were and show some gusto at the Megaton Haus show freaturing Batton Rouge doom band Thou, midwest grindcore Cloud Rat, Oakland's Reivers and Portland's very own Contempt. While you're there, pick up Contempt's January release Skinwalker on cassette. The show starts at 1pm at 10128 NE Pacific st. Portland. - Travis Leipzig

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Foxy Lemon // Mufassa // 4.12.14

The five guys of Foxy Lemon  have been working hard on production, tightening and experimenting with sounds which largely encompass dripping bass, strong drums, and and classic rock guitar elements of rock and blues. They have oft been compared to doing some fresher, glammy Led Zeppelin or Jack White. Keishi Ihara's voice is emerging, and the band's work on their  XOXO EP- like that dirty guitar stretch on "Muscat" (oh, sweet wine),  is kinda hot. The fact that they are returning to The World Famous Kenton Club with Mufassa tomorrow night instantly garners my approval. Patrimony open the night at 8:30 followed by The Ex-Girlfriends Club. - Brandy Crowe


Little Dragon and UMO 4.10.14 - Live Photos

Check out the live photos from the Little Dragon and UMO show at Roseland Theater April 10th, 2014. All photos by Craig Williams. 

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Havania Whaal Tour Fundraiser with Mascaras 4.12.14

So what is a Havania Whaal? Havania Wall? Whale? Wail?

Drummer Noelle Magia says she and her band/housemates Kelly A.D. and Paul Billy were just having fun. "Just words we made up" she says, "we like seeing how people say it/spell it. " Whatever it is, their EP Chateau de Chienne is a full bodied vintage of  brood-gaze. There is a touch of pop, a little spice, and a nice long finish in lo-fi. Some tracks such as "Foine"indulge in sing-song "get your motor running" anthems, but mostly the band is moving in a heavier direction. "Real Surreal", "Moths", and "Codeine Dreams" are examples; building on heavy bass and dead-pan choruses with a swirl of feedback threatening in the background, then lashing into alternating rhythms and bang-out basement rock. 
 
Havania Whaal plays Habesha April 12th to raise funds for their East coast tour which starts later this month at NYC's The Cake Shop. Also on the bill Saturday at Habesha are Máscaras, Love And Caring, and Muzzy. Go fill your ears with guitar fuzz and give them some money. - Brandy Crowe

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Ghost To Falco (Album Release) // Aan // 4.11.14

Ghost to Falco have been shaping and re-shaping their experimental psych/prog rock sound in Portland since 2001, under the guiding hand of Eric Crespo. Friday night at Bunk Bar, the band will release their fourth album Soft Shield through Itialian based Fooltribe Records. GTF will be joined by the brilliant experimental popsters Aan, whose February release Amor Ad Nauseum was featured as the Deli Portland's last Album of the Month (view our current Album of the Month, Polyester Itch by Hands In here). Seattle’s Dragging an Ox through Water open the night at 9pm. The cover is $7 and worth every penny.

Check out GTF's video for their first single, 'Born to Win,' off Soft Shield.

- Chandler Strutz


Adventure Galley // Wishyunu // Just Lions // 4.9.14

Stop by Holocene Wednesday night for a night of dancy electro pop and fancy guitarwork. Headlining the evening, Adventure Galley have fancy new stage lights and new jams to showcase along with tunes off their November '13 debut LP Anywhere That's Wild. Wishyunu are second on the bill with their low-fi blend of electro pop, and Just Lions open up the night with their mellow guitar centric indie rock. Just Lions also have a brand new music video for you to enjoy. - Travis Leipzig


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