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August 2014
Dead Native
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Dead Native's self-titled sophomore album has an overall cosmic feel starting with the cover but building through out in the sound. The band blends echoing elements of psych rock, shoegaze, mototik, and pop. There is also a blues under current, but it is toned down from their 2013 debut, Keep It Strange". The adventure on the new album builds through out the tracks, but the most effective cosmic track has to be "Traveling". The 9 minute epic space journey seems built to put anyone into orbit. It is followed up by the one of the heavier tracks, "Clean Kill", that trudges through muddy fields of throbbing guitars. The album closes with an anthemic flourish with "Respite" with all instruments soaring to a close. This may or may not be a concept album, but it does truly feel like a complete listen that was meant to be played track by track. Dead Native's new album will be released on Sept. 2nd.


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The Deli's SXSW Issue 2014 is online!

Read it digitally here.

P.S. 10k free copies of this issue hit the street of Austin during SXSW Music week!


The Deli Philly’s September Record of the Month: Great Pine - Seagulls

With spindly strings horning in the opening instrumental, “Dragoon” awakens Seagulls’ debut LP Great Pine, seamlessly transitioning into “Swimmin’,” a song that is initially given a steady-footed beat around which a more intricate and illuminating composition is built generating a peaceful yet purposeful layered sound, setting the tone for what lies ahead. “You and Me” plays like a surf-folk love letter, developing a warm, earnest vocal confession, while fitting nicely with the tug and pull groove of the scratching guitar and persistent bass. The vocal harmonies provide a sweetness accompanied by reserved bursts of trumpet and accordion-like effects offer a tease of nostalgia.
 
“Love, Give” follows a similar theme as vocals, strings, and snap-percussion set a pleasant, pensive, strolling pace as echoing harmonies and backing vocals reinforce, “Love give your hands to me, for someday I’ll be on bended knee.” “Old Habits” maintains an up close lo-fi aesthetic and underlying 8-bit accents, but the perspective has changed, shining a light on the dark side of relationships and a groove that has a somewhat worn and dusty ascetic, enhancing the lyrics meaning - “Old habits, die hard or they never do/so keep lying til they all catch up to you.” A well-placed take on Big Star’s “Thirteen” incorporates the honest-loving sentiments of adolescence, falling neatly inline with the group’s heartfelt vocal honesty, while simultaneously acknowledging one of their potential influences.
 
The record’s title-track “Great Pine” serves as a breath-catching ambiance builder before the turbulent “Holy Smokes” emerges. Enlisting peaks of aggressive kick-in-the-door instrumentation - particularly percussion between smooth stretches of vocally dominant valleys - in essence, layering pieces of clear skies between moments of violent storms.
 
“Distracted” concludes Great Pine with an uplifting blanket of vocals, allowing the guitar to stretch its sea legs as the backend force steers the musical ship; holding the course. This album starts on the shore, and while there are moments where it seems destined to searchingly drift out there, Seagulls appropriately demonstrate an ability to reel it in, taking a beautiful inaugural voyage. - Michael Colavita

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Radiator Hospital Record Release Show at Golden Tea House Sept. 2

Radiator Hospital celebrates the release of their latest LP Torch Song (Salinas Records) with a show this evening at Golden Tea House, as well as the launch of a corresponding tour. Sam Cook–Parrott continues to deliver a heartfelt blend of personal, powerful tunes with no shortage of catchy pop-appeal. Building momentum on honest lyricism, his songs ride on a wave of free-flowing instrumentation, putting a positive spin on sometimes melancholy sentiments. Tonight, the duo of Katie Crutchfield (Waxahatchee) and Keith Spencer (Swearin’) team up once again as Great Thunder, dishing out a wide-ranging mix of experimental rock that can switch gears at any moment. Keeping with the friendly-familial vibe, Attendant (whose debut album, Freaking Out, includes multiple contributions from within the same excellent creative circle) are set to bring their songs out of the lab and onto the live stage, while Wild Flowers of America will be performing their second show ever. Golden Tea House, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.), 8pm, $5, All Ages - Michael Colavita

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Debut Cayetana LP Available for Streaming

Cayetana just premiered their debut LP Nervous Like You, over at Brooklyn Vegan. The album officially comes out next week on September 9 via Tiny Engines. The ladies will be hitting the road this week for a weekend jaunt that will wrap with a record release show on Sunday, September 7 at Golden Tea House.

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Free Download: "Got It" - Mumblr

Here's a new track from Mumblr's forthcoming album Full of Snakes called "Got It," which you can stream and download for free. It's the third single from the record, and is about "being a strange, confused young man; feigning confidence and asking people to take him as he is," according to frontman Nick Morrison. Full of Snakes will be available on September 16 via Fleeting Youth Records, and the band will be celebrating its release on Friday, September 19 at Golden Tea House.

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September 2014
Seagulls
"Great Pine
"
mp3
With spindly strings horning in the opening instrumental, “Dragoon” awakens Seagulls' debut LP Great Pine, seamlessly transitioning into “Swimmin’,” a song that is initially given a steady-footed beat around which a more intricate and illuminating composition is built generating a peaceful yet purposeful layered sound, setting the tone for what lies ahead. “You and Me” plays like a surf-folk love letter, developing a warm, earnest vocal confession, while fitting nicely with the tug and pull groove of the scratching guitar and persistent bass. The vocal harmonies provide a sweetness accompanied by reserved bursts of trumpet and accordion-like effects offer a tease of nostalgia.
 
“Love, Give” follows a similar theme as vocals, strings, and snap-percussion set a pleasant, pensive, strolling pace as echoing harmonies and backing vocals reinforce, “Love give your hands to me, for someday I’ll be on bended knee.” “Old Habits” maintains an up close lo-fi aesthetic and underlying 8-bit accents, but the perspective has changed, shining a light on the dark side of relationships and a groove that has a somewhat worn and dusty ascetic, enhancing the lyrics meaning - “Old habits, die hard or they never do/so keep lying til they all catch up to you.” A well-placed take on Big Star’s “Thirteen” incorporates the honest-loving sentiments of adolescence, falling neatly inline with the group’s heartfelt vocal honesty, while simultaneously acknowledging one of their potential influences.
 
The record’s title-track “Great Pine” serves as a breath-catching ambiance builder before the turbulent “Holy Smokes” emerges. Enlisting peaks of aggressive kick-in-the-door instrumentation - particularly percussion between smooth stretches of vocally dominant valleys - in essence, layering pieces of clear skies between moments of violent storms.
 
“Distracted” concludes Great Pine with an uplifting blanket of vocals, allowing the guitar to stretch its sea legs as the backend force steers the musical ship; holding the course. This album starts on the shore, and while there are moments where it seems destined to searchingly drift out there, Seagulls appropriately demonstrate an ability to reel it in, taking a beautiful inaugural voyage. - Michael Colavita

Krust Toons: "Down With The System" by Teddy Hazard

Krust Toons: "Down With The System" by Teddy Hazard - please feel free to drop him a line at teddandthehazards@gmail.com if you dig or have any funny ideas. You can also check out more of his illustrations HERE.

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Free Download: "Forever" - DAODA

It's hard not to reflect on the end of summer when Labor Day weekend rolls around. And this latest dreampop ditty, "Forever," by DAODA, a new project from Mike Sacchetti of pop-punk outfit Bad News Bears, creates those wide-open space for your thoughts to get lost in - reminiscent to Captured Tracks' Beach Fossils. So hold on or let go, and download for free below - enjoy!

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