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September 2015
Advance Base
"Nephew In The Wild

To say an album "returns to form" seems to allude to something being off or missing or in a deformed state in previous releases. With the new album from Advance Base (aka Owen Ashworth), Nephew In The Wild, it is more of a beautiful blending of two "forms". This album could have easily been the first Casiotone for the Painfully Alone album since 2009's Vs. Children. This is a clear return to the sound and storytelling of the Casiotone persona. The album's open track and lead single "Trisha Please Come Home" in the perfect example. Ashworth spins tales of the everyday but tinges of sadness. His stories are sweet and sad, and always fully realized. Musically, the album is filled with familiar sounds from an array of instruments; Electric pianos, drum kits, drum machines, autoharps, Omnichords, Optigans, Mellotrons. All of this, blending with Ashworth's skill, create a perfect late summer and early fall soundtrack.

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Travel Near & Far w/Pet at Boot & Saddle Nov. 28

Thanksgiving seems to a have a residual fatigue, which temporarily knocks me out. But it’s Saturday, and the rust is coming off. The assemblage, formerly known as Snoozer, has reawakened as Pet. The trio throttles between a booming, full-on rush forward, with an internal edge. The outward instrumental push provides the primary jolt, but it’s reinforced by a pensive lyrical pull. That near-and-far sound holds you in limbo. Tonight at Boot & Saddle, they bridge the gap between the punk meets shoegazing, spacey synths of Janelle and the trio of Remote Player’s Club, featuring a pair of former State Radio members, Mike Najarian and Chuck Fay. Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 8pm, $12, 21+ - Michael Colavita 


WYLDR announce residency at The Wayfarer in December

Synth rock band WYLDR have just announced a residency at The Wayfarer in Costa Mesa for the month of December. The trio will be previewing tracks off of their upcoming EP, Gypsy Queen, which should unleash their flair for bright-eyed, candied pop with icy, hard-edged synths. 

Check out their single "Savage" below, and if you're in the mood for some jubilant frolics, don't miss one of their residency dates next month. 


Lovely Weirdos Tom Florida & The Episodes Release Lovely and Weird Video "True"

Rough and lo-fi are alright by us here at The Deli, especially when that rawness is coupled with some appropriately weird composition. Apropos of that, here's a new vid of retro oddness and lo-fi psych blues rock by Tom Florida & The Episodes for you out there who share our proclivity for the delicious strangeness that can come from those on the wacky lo-fi side of town. Tom’s music falls into that weird crack between genres where truly unique music is able to thrive like a flowering weed on the sidewalk, particularly playing around between the psych and electronic and folky genres, but really being all its own thing. Like many other iconoclastic acts, Tom Florida & The Episodes are obviously very familiar with their influencing sounds, but also a bit irreverent, and the resulting music is fun, freaky and far-out. We especially dig the 80s tech aesthetic in the band’s visuals and the electronic parts of their tracks (hear more at their Bandcamp here, where they have a new EP out as well), subjects that other psych bands often steer clear of, perhaps due to a misguided sense of trying to recreate the golden age of psych. You’ll get no such limits with Tom Florida and crew, who seem happy to stick just about anything they like from any genre or era into their work, which benefits from that freedom greatly. Put some weirdness in your eyes and ears below with “True,” y’all.


Hot Cotton Drops a Bevy of Solid Singer-Songwriter Tracks on SoundCloud

Here’s a voice from the singer-songwriter and folky sides of Austin’s musicsphere to watch. Hot Cotton is the name that local musician Eva Mueller’s solo work is released under, and after a couple tracks released a few years ago, Mueller is releasing Hot Cotton tracks again in spades on her SoundCloud page. Mueller’s work is emotional and resonates with undeniable authenticity, and sound-wise it lives somewhere around Jenny Lewis or Neko Case’s more pared-down, folskier stuff, perhaps a bit more bent away from country and toward the acoustic indie of the 90s (Neutral Milk Hotel etc.). Take a listen to one of our favorite tracks from the many Hot Cotton have just put out below, and if you like what you hear, keep tabs on Hot Cotton over at her FB page. From what we can tell, these tracks are just demos, which means there will probably be some other versions and/or more tracks coming soon, which can’t be anything but good news for those of you who dig smart, well-crafted revelatory music.


Eyelid Kid Brings More Wistful Electronic Fun with "Open Up"

Austin’s all about the band, but damn do we have some ferociously strong solo acts here. One of those is the inimitable Eyelid Kid, who’s sometimes known in a more business-facing capacity as Paul Grant, record label manager at Raw Paw. Under the Kid moniker, Grant’s been slowly releasing stellar electronic pop content over the last year, and he’s just put out another lovely little track called “Open Up” for us to bop to.

“Open Up” plays in the same vein of themes as Eyelid Kid’s other so-far released tracks “Shadow Talk” and “On Your Mind,” presenting a portrait of a thoughtful, melancholy young man who carefully observes the world about him while he looks for happiness. Also true to form, Kid’s new track is shimmering and pretty and is a nice bit of electronic pop that’d be equally at home on the dance floor and coming through the car speakers on a good drive.

Grant has made it quite clear with the three Eyelid Kid tracks so far that he’s a musician that knows how to balance all parts of a song, giving aesthetics, structure and content each the attention to detail that they need, and the result is consistent and perfectly crafted pop music, which is just what you get with “Open Up.” Listen below, and keep an ear out for this kid. He knows what he’s doing.




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