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The Deli announces 7 stages at the CMJ Music Marathon 2010

Deli Readers,

We've been working very hard to take as many bands as possible to this year's CMJ Music Marathon. As a matter of fact we aren't 100% finished with booking yet, but close enough to announce that we will have 6 shows and 7 stages during CMJ 2010 - in 5 different venues on 4 different days! As usual, there will be a smosgarboard of bands (around 50) mostly from NYC - including Keepaway, Oberhofer, Brahms, Bear Hands, Anni Rossi, Buke and Gass, The Rassle, The Living Days, Electric Tickle Machine, Chappo... and a welcome bunch of "foreigners" from other scenes we cover, like buzz-bands Blackbird Blackbird (SF), Bad Cop (Nashville), and Strand of Oaks (Philly).


We would also like to thank the 950+ artists that submitted through The Deli to play one of our CMJ parties - a dozen of them were selected by us and the venues. We really wish we could have picked more, it was a heart breaking process...

By the way, if your band wasn't selected for CMJ 2010, you may want to check out this article we wrote just for you, about how to improve your chances to be part of it next year. Hope you find it helpful!

The Deli Staff


MMOSS, Peace & Quiet, Moon Climb the Wall, Once Dead Flesh Wednesday at O'Brien's


As Built PResents continues its September residency at O'Brien's pub tomorrow, Wednesday 9/15.  For fans of psychedelic and experimental rock and ambience, this is a bill to catch.  

Moon Climb the Wall's recent "Helium Demon" EP is a shades-of-gray, foreboding trip through ambient landscapes, often brushing elbows with hip hop, an unexpected but interesting angle.  Peace & Quiet stand closer to rock, but share MCTW's mind for ambience and rich textures.  Their "Inauguration" EP incorporates sludgy drums and vocals by turns spoken, sung and shouted - one of the most fascinating tracks, "I Am Capping," sits synth noodling underneath a frantic and distraught vocal diatribe before a sub-synth bassline that would make gangster rap jealous takes over the space.  And MMOSS, the headliner, is a head-turningly good revivalist psychedelia outfit.  They have heavy primary-source overtones; that is to say, this isn't your corner bar's resident band of Brian Jonestown Massacre fans, but the real deal, a band stemming right from the music of the '60s and '70s, and doing it damn well and with a spin of their own.

Here's an added bonus:  The first 20 guests will receive a free poster, and you can get most or all of this music right now for free (or name your price)!  Click a name below to grab yours.  (As Built PR's link goes to the label's Bandcamp site, where they offer, also free, a mix of bands playing in their September residency.)

As Built PR Presents (from bottom to top):
Peace & Quiet
Moon Climb the Wall
Once Dead Flesh

$8 / 9pm

- The Deli Staff


Muy Cansado and The Lights Out Release EPs Saturday at Middle East Upstairs

Typically, it's the vocalists on any given night of live music who leave with the odd satisfaction of a hoarse voice - the physical manifestation and deep impression of a noisy night, a good time shared with friends and strangers, and a job well done.  This Saturday, get acquainted with your vocal exercises and expect to leave the Middle East (Upstairs) like a singer.  Okay, sans glitter and makeup, maybe, and perhaps a little less sweaty - but sore voice, ringing ears and all!

Muy Cansado and The Lights Out release their latest EPs, "Love and Fear" and "Rock Pony," respectively, with star-studded support:  Boston's Sidewalk Driver and Brooklyn's The Press.  If that bill hasn't already gotten you humming a melody, head over to their websites and learn them.  Really.  That'd be an order if we could enforce it.  It's as solid and infectious an evening of high-energy rock (both pop- and, er, -and roll) as you'll find.

Check back here at the Deli New England soon for a spotlights of "Love and Fear" and "Rock Pony."  

The national release of "Love and Fear," which we can go ahead and tell you is a thoroughly wonderful collection of indie rock gems, on Goodnight Records is September 14th - but you can grab your copy early at this show.

9pm - The Press
10pm - Sidewalk Driver
11pm - Muy Cansado
12pm - The Lights Out

$10 / 8:30pm doors

- The Deli Staff


MEISA Math Rock Showcase Tonight at U. New Haven


Looking for something to do with your Thursday night?  Need a math rock fix?  The Music and Entertainment Industry Students Association (University of New Haven chapter) is launching a math rock showcase tonight at the University of New Haven's German Club.  Even if you don't necessarily need a math rock fix (or if you don't really know exactly what math rock is), you should catch this bill.

The lineup is far-reaching and varied, and sees veterans of the game sharing the stage with fresher talent.  Giraffes? Giraffes! is a duo from Northampton, Massachusetts, and their juxtaposition of calculated twitching and expansive nigh post rock movements lifts the genre to rarely mined potential.  Like Nomads (West Warwick, RI) is a five piece that takes the traditional tapped guitar, stumbling rhythms, and stabs of dissonance, and adds warbling synths and lo-fi noodling - it's a rather psychedelic angle, and it works.  Zona Mexicana (Purchase, NY) is a fast-moving onslaught of frenetic meter and kicks, side by side with layers of in-your-face vocals - something like math punk.  Good Citizens, a duo local to Connecticut, lets the tempo push and pull while keeping an incredibly tight guitar-drum chemistry; Full of Birdy (MA and RI) shares some of the same territory, but the thorny, "mathy" sections are dense and the open parts have an almost Primus-like twang to them.  Shrk Wk might have some of the densest movements to be found on the bill, and is probably the band most likely to cause a head banging-induced concussion.

The showcase is free, by the way.  So get down there at 7:30pm and see where some of the new voices in math rock are pushing the genre.

There are a lot of bands and some are traveling far, so the line-up may change only slightly (from bottom to top):

Giraffes? Giraffes!
Zona Mexicana
Like Nomads
Good Citizens
Shrk Wk
Full of Birdy

- The Deli Staff


Spotlight: This Blue Heaven's "Spinning and Shining"


"Nova Love" could be the most aptly-titled opener of the month.  A short snare fill and This Blue Heaven's latest effort, "Spinning and Shining," explodes to life.  It's rowdy and dense, a lead piano line sparkling over tectonic guitar riffs and a powerful rhythm section.  There's even a little extra time tacked onto the introduction for a little synth freakout.  And when the floor is finally cleared for MacKenzie Outlund's vocals, it isn't long before the band bursts in again and the energy is kicked back into, well, supernovaic proportions.

It's clear as the EP progresses, though, that This Blue Heaven is finding new footing.  There's a nice sense of space and pace throughout; the instruments are thoughtful in their involvement, and background layers support the production without making themselves overly obvious.  The song structures are effective - the songs guide or push, tumble or flow, and each has its own character.

The hooks fly fast and frequent; the verse of "Generous Soul" flirts and winks, while "A Serious Mistake" is a dizzying waltz that falls into what almost sounds like a barroom anthem.  If the melodies occasionally have trouble keeping up with the music, it only adds to the energy.  (Surely, these songs will find themselves as comfortable on a stage as in headphones.)  And although "Slow Dance Slow" will have the crowd reaching to get their lighters in the air, step back and pay attention to the gentle build and the bittersweet chorus melody.  The swell and culmination may be the most gratifying moment the band has crafted yet.

You can hear This Blue Heaven perform on Thursday at TT the Bear's.  We should also mention that the rest of the bill is stellar!  See you there.

9pm Apollo Run (from Brooklyn)
10pm This Blue Heaven
11pm The Backup Factor
12pm Apple Betty

$8 cover charge

- Cullen Corley


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