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Drowned in Sound: Maybeshewill - Fair Youth
                                     
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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New Track: "Eliminator" - Ruby The Hatchet

Below is a new seductive nine-minute-plus rocker called "Eliminator" from stoner metal outfit Ruby The Hatchet. The track can be found on the band's latest EP The Eliminator, which will also be available on limited-edition vinyl and casstte. Ruby The Hatchet will be down in Austin this week in support of the new release. Enjoy!

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New Music Video: "Admit It" - Far-Out Fangtooth

So this new Far-Out Fangtooth music video is an absolute mindfuck. It's pretty much the worst acid trip ever, but in the hands of the gothic psych-punks, you know that they are deriving great pleasure from matching "Admit It," off their latest LP Borrowed Time (Siltbreeze), with the cinematic madness. Once again, Far-Out Fangtooth will be one of the many fine acts that Philly will be contributing to SXSW this year.

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Dinner and a Suit Release Video "Where We Started"

Try as I might, I could not stop the video for “Where We Started” from kicking my heart cockles. I was good until the last 30 seconds before the assault of flannel, Polaroids and cornfields in autumn had me doubled over. Dinner and a Suit offers universally appealing, piano driven pop rock that is completely capable of dominating the Top 40 stations. For now they are putting plenty of miles on their van Caroline as they tour their dapper little hearts out. They’ll be making a SXSW appearance at Headhunter’s Patio on March 11th. –Terra James-Jura

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PUJOL Releases Single "Pitch Black"

I picked up a new word while reading up on PUJOL. A kludge is “a clumsy or inelegant solution to a problem; an ill assortment of poorly matched parts, forming a distressing whole,” and also the title of the band’s new album. Slated for a May 20th release, it’s a follow-up to the acclaimed debut album “The United States of Being,” that won over listeners with smartass lyrics and Daniel Pujol’s bratty snarl. Judging by the vinegar in the shambling single “Pitch Black,” “Kludge” is sure to deliver the same punk in the face. Pujol will be at the Parish Underground On March 14th. –Terra James-Jura

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Bear Hands unveils video for "Giants" + plays SXSW

Bear Hands, who graced the cover of the 23rd issue of The Deli NYC back in 2010 just came out with this new video for single "Giants" from the new album "Distraction." The band is currently co-headlining a US tour with fellow Brooklynites Miniature Tigers (coincidentially a Deli CD of the month that same year), with support from Total Slacker. The band is also performing at five showcases at this year's South By Southwest in Austin, TX, including appearances at the KCRW Showcase and at Stubbs with The 1975. 

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Humming House Heads to SXSW

Humming House threw a WWII-era newsboy cap into the mess of swing revivalists with their self-titled release in 2012. Since then they have toured the world, warming up crowds with their blend of Irish folk and backwoods stomp for the likes of Jason Isbell, Justin Townes Earl and the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Their most recent live album “Live at the Red Clay Theater” is available for free download here. SXSW appearances include Twangfest and Rowdy's Saloon on the 15th. This video for “Fly On (Forever is Better With You)” portrays the fun-loving sentimentality that makes the band so entertaining to hear. –Terra James-Jura

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Weekly Feature: Sam Fermin plays SXSW + tours US and Europe

Don’t call it a rock opera. Despite his orchestral composition, lyrics that are a dialogue between characters and a “necessary” song order, Ellis Ludwig-Leone, mastermind behind San Fermin, says their self-titled debut is just, “…a sort-of indie-pop record, that's thoroughly composed.” The band had a hell of 2013, and it's ripping the rewards with a two month tour that will take them from the US to Europe, with a single appeareance at SXSW on March 15 at Latitude 30. They'll be playing the BRIC house in Brooklyn on March 28.

Links: Bianca Seidman's interview with San Fermin.

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Album of the Month: Ryley Walker "All Kinds Of You"

The debut album, All Kinds of You, from Ryley Walker is impressive in its thoughtful restraint and intimate sounds and lyrics. Walker has spent years in Chicago's noise scene, but this album is a near folk masterpiece. Walker shows skill in guitar playing, singing, and writing though the album. The album opens with the track that Walker is currently known for "The West Wind". It is a solemn journey that Walker present in a video last Fall. The production value of the album shines through on a track like "Twin Oaks pt. 1" where the sounds builds into a lush down home party complete with drums, strips, and guitar picking. All Kinds of You (Tompkins Square, April 15th) presents and old soul, a journeyman in the form of this talented 24 year old singer/songwriter.

Ryley Walker will be a part of The Hideout's SXSW Send Off Party tomorrow night, March 8th, along with many other SXSW musicians. He will be performing at SXSW on Thurs. March 13th, Stephen F's, Intercontinental at 10 pm.

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