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Bladen County Records Presents a Night of Musical Fortune You Can and Should Take a Chance On

 

 

Bladen County Records is putting on the Spin the Wheel Showcase @ Holocene this Thursday the 21st! What does that mean? We're glad you asked...

Here's how it works: A member of the audience gets to come and and spin a fun and giant "Wheel of Fortune" to determine which one of the local and talented bands is to come up and play one song. The process then repeats itself, and keeps on rolling. The format lends itself toward laughing and libations - things are bound to get a little silly.

The various possibilities for performance are endless! Why not start by buying a vowel? Give me an O! You can bask in the melodically indulgent, vintage indie rock of Oh, Captain, My Captain.

Give me an H! Perhaps you then leisurely take a stroll through the weird, though beautiful and transfixing compositions of Hosannas (formerly Church).

Give me a T! Here comes a delightful ditty from indie-folk songsmiths, Typhoon.

Give me an M! Hither comes a '50s rock 'n' roll/pop classic from Oh, Captain, My Captain spin off, Monarques.

Give me a P! A well-crafted garage-pop jam with addicting organ lines just may blossom through live cultivation from Patterns. The wheel will decide!

The boisterous carnival of music kicks of at 9:00 p.m. for $5.

- Joel Sommer

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Pyramiddd and The Builders and The Butchers Each Headline Benefits for Haiti

 

In the wake of the devastating Haiti earthquake, Portland musicians are banding together to raise donations for the disaster’s horrific aftermath.

On Sunday, January 24th, Holocene hosts a benefit of electronic proportions with electro-pop darlings Pyramiddd (or Starfucker to you and me), the instrumental, visual art duo Deelay Ceelay, and experimental dance outfit, Gulls. Show starts at 8:00 p.m.

On Monday, January 25th, The Woods hosts a benefit featuring the Americana sounds of The Builders and The Butchers, vast folk/gospel arrangements of Tu Fawning and indie folk songs of Nick Jaina. Show starts at 9:00 p.m.

Tickets for each show are $10, but more donations are welcome. All of the proceeds will go directly to Mercy Corps.

- Katrina Nattress

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BREAKING NEWS: Housefire at White Eagle Saloon TONIGHT!

 

If you have ever gone through the multimedia program at the University of Oregon, you would have no doubt taken an electronic music class. The class I took consisted of learning about sampling, sequencing and memorizing a bunch of terminology that I forgot the minute after taking the final. By the end of the term we were supposed to have created this three-minute-long mixed masterpiece, and even though I completed the task, I made nothing you could ever call music. In fact, listening to the electro, experimental band Housefire, I see just how far off I was.

Unlike myself, who should just stick to spelling synthesizer, the members of Housefire actually know how to use a synthesizer and are damn good at it. The band is so beloved by Portland that they won The Deli’s Portland's recent Open Poll and came in second place for our Reader’s Poll. There is something very ethereal and, for lack of a better word, space-y about Housefire’s music.

If you are looking for something upbeat and shimmery, this is not the band for you. But if you are into the type of music you can sit down and relax to while you drink a copious amount of beer, than Housefire will become your new best friend. Luckily for you, your new best friends just happen to be playing at White Eagle Saloon on Wednesday, January 20th at 8:00 p.m. with fellow Portlanders Ocean Age, and billygoat. It is a free show, so you’ll have more money to spend on your other best friend, Mr. Pabst.

Say hello to him for me!

- Deanna Uutela

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From the Deli Portland Open Blog: Lasers for Eyes Party Programme

Lasers for Eyes

Featuring former members of Phoenix band Bodhisattva and Portland's short-lived, exclusively house show band BOOKENDS, Lasers for Eyes is a bass-crunching, drum-rattling duo who draws influences from Northwest post-punk and noise like Blood Brothers and The Get Hustle, as well as San Diego-area psych and hardcore like Antioch Arrow.

Though often compared to bands like Death From Above 1979 because of their bass & drums lineup, the band is moving into a more psychedelic and garage sound and away from dance.

Their next show is at Backspace, Friday, February 5th. featuring newcomers Wizard Rifle, and - fresh from a European tour - veterans KidCrash.

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Year End Best of Portland Readers' Poll - Final Top 10!

1
 Bodhi
2
 Housefire
3
 Starry Saints
4
 C. Margolin & the Dregs
5
 Soft Tags
6
 Kelli Schaefer
7
 Mimicking Birds
8
 Dropa
9
 Y La Bamba
10
 Very International Love
The Deli Portland would like to thank all of the readers who went hog wild in the Readers Poll voting of your favorite emerging Portland artist for 2009. We had over 800 votes in just a little under two weeks, and after a neck-and-neck sprint on the final lap, garage-rock debutantes Bodhi emerged the victors! Congratulations to Bodhi (also a former Deli Portland band of the month in September 2009), and a special shout-out to ALL of the bands, fans, and readers who helped us with the voting!!!!


Stay tuned this Wednesday when we unveil our Deli Portland Best Emerging Artist of 2009 composite chart, which will name the overall Best Emerging Artist of 2009
. This chart combines the Readers Poll voting points, as well as points bestowed Portland bands by way of our Open Poll, as well as our Jury Votes from the end of 2009.

As always, make The Deli Portland your daily potion for local show previews, live reviews, album reviews, and whatever other gossip enters our surly, brow-beaten craniums.

- The Deli Portland Staff

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