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February 2010
Pretty Good Dance Moves

From a duo split between Chicago and Brooklyn comes an ep, PGDM, that is just divided but still quite enjoyable. The first aspect is their ability to recruit talented vocalist to sing over their beat driven sound-sculptures. Second, it is the inventive but danceable instrumentals they provide their vocalists. Featuring contributions from Angelina Lucero, Bjorn Yttling, Heather Christian, and Sydney Wayser, the ep offers depth in texture and sounds that was not as prevalent in the duos first ep. A track like “600 Days” finds the bands pushing into a slower, more mature area of sound, while “Leave Me Alone” is more radio-ready catchy pop. Yes, this is dance music, but it has more soul than most. It’s a mixture that will prove successful when Jimmy Giannopoulos and Aaron Allietta do attempt to venture out and record a full-length album.

Goodness Gracious

Chris Otepka (formerly of Troubled Hubble) may have recently moved to Washington, but he is still a Chicagoan at heart. In fact, most his new album, Goodness Gracious (Greyday Records), was recorded here last March just before Chris left. Chris spent his last Chicago winter around a wood stove with friends Michael Mergenthaler, David James, Steven Mitchell and Nick Lombardo, who played in local band Ulysses S. Grant. The result is a chilling collection of songs that are a full-band composite of many songs written and performed solo by Chris during the past two years of touring. Releasing at least one record per year since the first The Heligoats release in 1999, this album is not just another entry in the catalog. Opteka and the band have really crafted something unique and extremely enjoyable here.

Goodness Gracious was released today by Greyday Records, and The Heligoats will be playing at Schubas on March 2nd.


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!).


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


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


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


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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


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


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


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


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(2nd place overall)
Bodhi (3rd place overall and Fans' Poll winners)
Portland Overall Chart - Portland Fans' Chart


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(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

Me And The Devil

A Chicago legend, Gill Scott-Heron, return this month with the release of his album I'm New Here (xl Recordings) on February 22nd. A full review of the album is coming, but for now you can preorder the album and watch this incredible video directed by Coodie & Chike and Michael Sterling Eaton.


Boca Negra

Last week the Chicago Underground Duo released their fifth album Boca Negra and completely blew me away. Like many of you I went through a jazz and swing period in my listening history, I dug through the old crates and even found some modern classics, but I thought those days were behind me. However, Rob Mazurek and Chad Taylor have brought me back in time. The album, their first not recorded in Chicago, was recorded in Sao Paulo, Brazil at Rocha Studios. It has some Brazilian elements, but at its core is pure jazz. Well, more than jazz it is the art of creating jazz that makes this album so special, and after twelve years still a vibrant contribution to their catalog.

Chicago Underground Duo will be performing at Chicago Cultural Center on Feb. 3rd and at The Hideout on Feb. 20th.


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