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Band of the Month Poll BACK UP!!!!!

 

Sorry for the temporary meltdown of the Band of the Month blog. It's working now. VOTE!

Sincerely,

- The Deli Portland Staff

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Band of the Month Nominee Spotlight: Grouper

Grouper is Portland musician Liz Harris. Starting from humble means and a self-release in 2005, Harris has continued to build steam toward lofty heights of creativity and popularity. She now has four full-length albums, as well as a collaboration project with NYC-based group, Xiu Xiu.

I appreciate that Grouper strays away from the stereotypical 10-minute length ambient-dream tracks, and instead bends toward the three-five minute standard that the majority of modern songs in the world tend to curtail themselves at. Even without utilizing lengthy tracks, the heart of Harris' art wells from the pairing of haunting vocals gliding over the calm magic of her chord changes. What she does, she does well.

Grouper's latest release, Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill, received superlative critical reviews, and ranked high on several 2008 blog "end of year" lists, including, Gorilla vs Bear's 2nd best album pick of 2008. After giving the album a once-through-listen, I was impressed with how the mood and musical changes worked to keep the album interesting, while remaining very much the same with regard to style and rhythm tempo. You can stream the album on LaLa.

Harris is also involved, along with Honey Owens, with the vintage clothing shoppe Rad Summer located on Burnside (right in my hood, yo). Design firm Wieden and Kennedy have been releasing an awesome video series entitled, "Don't Move Here," which features music artists from the already robust, yet always growing music scene in Portland. Check out both these musicians (and business women) in the third episode of "Don't Move Here."

With keyboards, guitar and vocals, Grouper paints a string of songs that act as small landscapes for the listener to enjoy. Ambient dream-scapes and steady acoustic strumming steer the listener over an ocean of rolling swells and shrouding fog to arrive at something musically satisfying. Check it out, and then reach out and vote for the next Deli Band of the Month. Perhaps you will do so just a little more calmly than normal.

- Joel Sommer

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Band of the Month Nominee Spotlight: Pegasus Dream

Pegasus Dream - Lady Luck from Andy Carlson on Vimeo.

With a guitar and a keyboard, J.T. Lindsey and Andy Carlson make up yet another fantastic electro-pop duo hailing from the fine City of Roses. This one’s called Pegasus Dream, and the name is fitting for the psychedelic, spacey dance tunes produced by this twosome.

Lindsey’s high-pitched croons layered with poppy keyboard riffs and effect pedal-laden guitar chords create a sound much larger than two people, not to mention a sound that makes its listener involuntarily break out in dance.

Though the drum machine saturated, electro beat loving pair has yet to be signed, the boys have had the privilege to perform with such acts as Mew, Hockey, Boy Eats Drum Machine, Japanther, Pyramiddd, and my favorite local electro duo, The Helio Sequence. So they must be doing something right, right?

Pegasus Dream will be playing at The Parlour February 17th before embarking on a small Washington tour with our favorite little arsonists Housefire in March, so mark your calendar! The band’s music video for “Lady Luck,” will give you a good idea of the duo’s sound, but if this isn’t enough, you can download Pegasus Dream’s EP, Miles of Sound, here, and if you dig it, you can give them your vote on our Band of the Month poll.

-Katrina Nattress

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"Don't Quit Your Day Job" Features Reporter's Michael aka Mr. Potato Head


Into the Woods TV has unleashed yet another awesome Portland-based insider anomaly with the first episode in their series "Don't Quit Your Day Job." The series goes behind the scenes into the working week of PDX rockers and rollers in a candid, often hilarious overview of their careers offstage.

The first episode was uploaded today, and features Mike from ambient-poppers Reporter and his uber-popular Potato Champion french fry cart, located on SE 12th and Hawthorne - one of many fantastic late-night wheeled eateries on the corner.

Also be sure to check out the additional video series' being produced by the guys from Into the Woods, including the site's namesake, which documents bands playing intimate performances (where else?) in the woods; "Learning Curve," which are tech-y tutorials led by various Portland musicians; or "Feels Like Home," a series documenting bands playing in their own homes.

And if you haven't been to Potato Champion yet, you're doing it wrong.

- Ryan J. Prado

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Deli Best of Local Scenes 2009 Final Summary - don't miss these bands!

The Deli's Year End Polls for emerging artists are a great opportunity to catch up with all the most exciting up and coming bands that left a mark in the previous 12 months. Don't forget to check out these bands as they might hit it big in 2010 (if they haven't already!).

AUSTIN BEST EMERGING ARTIST OF 2009STEREO IS A LIE


Also check out
Missions (2nd place overall)
Neon Indian (3rd place overall)
Black Joe Lewis (3rd place overall)
Austin Overall Chart - Austin Fans' Chart

CHICAGO BEST EMERGING ARTIST OF 2009I FIGHT DRAGONS


Also check out
Hey Champ (2nd place overall)
Netherfriends (3rd place overall)
Chicago Overall Chart - Chicago Fans' Chart

LOS ANGELES BEST EMERGING ARTIST OF 2009LOCAL NATIVES


Also check out:
Fitz & The Tantrums (2nd place overall)
Crash Kings (3rd place overall)
Light FM - (Fans' Poll Winners)
LA Overall Chart - LA Fans' Chart

NEW ENGLAND BEST EMERGING ARTIST OF 2009MEAN CREEK


Also check out:
Michael Bernier and the Uprising (2nd place overall)
Jesse Dee (3rd place overall)
McAlister Drive - (Fans' Poll Winners)
New England Overall Chart - New England Fans' Chart

NASHVILLE BEST EMERGING ARTIST OF 2009THOSE DARLINS


Also check out:
Non Commissioned Officers (2nd place overall)
Protomen (3rd place overall and Fans' Poll winners)
Nashville Overall Chart - Nashville Fans' Chart

NYC BEST EMERGING ARTIST OF 2009TALK NORMAL


Also check out:
Freelance Whales (2nd place overall)
Bear in Heaven (3rd place overall)
Midnight Spin (Fans' Poll winners)
NYC Overall Chart - NYC Fans' Chart

PHILLY BEST EMERGING ARTIST OF 2009READING RAINBOW


Also check out:
Grandchildren
(2nd place overall)
Free Energy (3rd place overall)
Levee Drivers
(Fans' Poll winners)
Philly Overall Chart - Philly Fans' Chart

PORTLAND BEST EMERGING ARTIST OF 2009EXPLODE INTO COLORS


Also check out:
Nurses
(2nd place overall)
Bodhi (3rd place overall and Fans' Poll winners)
Portland Overall Chart - Portland Fans' Chart

SAN FRANCISCO BEST EMERGING ARTIST OF 2009: GIRLS


Also check out:
Man/Miracle
(2nd place overall)
Or, The Whale (3rd place overall and Fans' Poll winners)
Orchestra of Antlers (Fans' Poll winners)
SF Overall Chart - SF Fans' Chart

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