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Interview: Netherfriends

There are several exciting bands coming into town this weekend for the Pitchfork Music Festival. Bands like Neon Indian, Best Coast, Free Energy, Sleigh Bells, and others are exciting new acts that will be performing at Pitchfork. However, there are a few local bands that will get the opportunity to perform in front of a potentially new crowd. The Smith Westerns, Alla, and Cave (Alla and Cave perform at the same time) will be there, but I was happy to Netherfriends returning home are spending a few months on the road completing the first leg of his ambitious 50 Songs for 50 States. I recently asked Shaun Rosenblatt, the man behind Netherfriends about the tour and his thoughts on performing at Pitchfork.

The Deli (TD): You just wrapped up the first part of your 50 Songs for 50 States tour. Overall how do you think the tour went? Did it is accomplishing what you hoped it would?
Shaun Rosenblatt (SB): Well, it's only 3 months in. I finished up the east coast and some of the mid-west. I have 21 states done. It is accomplishing exactly what I hope it would... Keeping my mind busy.

TD: Would you do something similar in the future? Do you feel bands need to tour like to this to make any kind of a living?
SR: I have a feeling after the year is up, I will be do the whole project again. Yes, OF COURSE!!! If they can, bands need to give up their apartments and hit the road forever.

TD: How are you feeling about playing Pitchfork Music Fest? How did they approach you?
SR: Very excited, but not expecting much. They emailed me and asked.

TD: What can fans expect to hear and see at your set on Saturday (1:00pm Balance Stage)?
SR: Some new, some old songs. See some new and some old band members.

TD: What's coming up next for Netherfriends?
SR: Moving to Seattle for a month for the 50 songs 50 states West Coast tour and then Alaska tour in September.

Netherfriends plays Pitchfork Music Fest on Saturday at 1pm on the Balance Stage, and will also be performing later that night at The Inconvience at 9pm. In addition to that he will be also be playing at Double Door on July 18th and at Ball Hall (with The Zookeepers) on July 23rd. Netherfriends self-released a new album called Barry & Sherry on June 15th.


Joan of Arc Boxset

Joyful Noise announced this morning that they will be releasing a 10-album Cassette Box Set (w/ Digital) from Joan of Arc on September 14th. The box set includes Portable Model Of (1997, Jade Tree), How Memory Works (1998, Jade Tree), Live in Chicago, 1999 (1999, Jade Tree), The Gap (2000, Jade Tree), So Much Staying Alive and Lovelessness (2003, Jade Tree), In Rape Fantasy and Terror Sex We Trust (2003, Perishable Records), Joan of Arc, Dick Cheney, Mark Twain (2004, Polyvinyl), Eventually, All at Once (2006, Record Label), Boo! Human (2008, Polyvinyl), and Flowers (2009, Polyvinyl). As a teaser the label is giving away a 10 track digital sampler which you can download here.

This is the bands entire catalog and the collection will be housed in a custom-built wooden box, elaborately screen-printed, hand-numbered and limited to 100 copies. You can preorder your boxset for $49 today. The Chicago show to celebrate the release will held on August 21st at Ronny’s.


Please Call it a Comeback

The wonderful folks over at Milk Productions have created a new video from Coltrane Motion's song "Please Call it a Comeback". The song appears on their latest release Hello Ambition!.

Coltrane Motion will be performing at Schubas on July 22nd.


Blood Under the Bridge

Blood Under the Bridge is the third release and second full-length by Bottomless Pit. The album will be released by Comedy Minus One on August 10th. Our first peek at the album is a song called “38 Souls”.



The Hood Internet have dropped a new mixtape! Feature everything from Aesop Rock and Drake to Beach House and Washed Out the new mix is the perfect summer party mix. You can download "Thrillwave" here.

The Hood Internet will be a part of Dickfork 2.010 taking place on Friday the 16th at Darkroom. The event starts at 9pm and also features Kid Static and Only Children and more.


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