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Interview with Glenn DiBenedetto of Parlour Bells -- Heart Beatings EP release 1/15 at Rosebud

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We had the chance to talk to Glenn di Benedetto of Parlour Bells about Heart Beatings, Parlour Bells' new EP, new video project  Louder Now Boston and local no-wave rock duo,  Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling

Deli: Parlour Bells has a retro-style, unique sound, kind of like David Bowie meets Roy Orbison or vice versa. How did you develop this sound? When did you start singing and song-writing? Who are your influences?

GD: The sound of Parlour Bells is really about my longtime songwriting partnership with Mr. Nate Leavitt, who is probably best known for his work with The Blizzard of 78. Nate and I have been writing songs since high school and Parlour Bells is simply the latest incarnation of that long-running creative partnership. It's our sound. As for influences, we probably have more than we can cite here. But I will say that while our influences (Nate and mine) are often very similar, they are just as often quite different. That's what makes our collaboration kind of interesting, and what I think makes our songs unique.

Deli: You are one of my favorite "Facebook Personalities". You seem to have several creative projects including an interview series, a god-fearing alias and an entire Facebook page dedicated to your hair. Are these publicity stunts? How do these side projects fuel your fan-base? Can you tell me more about the webisodes you have coming up?

GD: Well, first of all, thank you. To be anyone's favorite anything is an honor. I do have a lot of creative video projects in store for 2011. The ones I most excited about are Louder Now Boston, a new web show about local music that I created with Anngelle Wood. She's the real deal when it comes to being a proponent of local rock, and it's been great collaborating with her. The second project is a sitcom I am working on with Richard Bouchard, Mike Bishop, Sophia Cacciola and Michael J. Epstein. We just named it "Special Friends" and we begin production soon. As for Goddamn Glenn and my globe bar, I'll say this. A lot of nonsense comes out of me, which people seem to find humorous. If they think it's funny, then I'm going to roll with it. I really didn't intend for these to be publicity stunts, but if they work like that...great. But if you're only going to "like" 3 of my Facebook pages, I'd prefer that you focus on Parlour Bells, Killer Suit (my video production company) and Louder Now Boston.

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Deli: You are also a videographer. Do you have any advice for musicians and bands who are looking to make a music video?


GD: Capture as much content as possible and think of ways you can differentiate it from the rest of the content out there. YouTube is awash with live music videos, which is partly why Killer Suit shies away from doing these anymore. Find a way to make them stand out. Humor is a good angle. If you're actually funny, that is.

Deli: Why is the name of your band Parlour Bells?


GD: I liked the sound of the words together. It actually doesn't mean anything. I always liked bandnames that people seemed to pull straight out of the ether. When you take on a name that brings no previous connotations, that name can become synonymous with the band's sound and songs. All that said, "Parlour Bells" sounds kind of loungey. We've been told we have that vibe. Finally, originality, especially on the web is hard to come by these days. We were pretty sure there wasn't a parlourbells.com when we first attempted to purchase the domain.

Deli: Which Boston band would you love to share a stage with?


GD: There is so much great local talent in Boston, we would feel honored to play with a number of bands. I guess that two that come to mind immediately are Gene Dante & the Future Starlets and Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling. Gene is the consumate rock star and an incredible showman, and I think the Bells and Starlets on the same bill would be sexy. DNFMOMD is just one of my favorite bands out there and I love Sophia's sultry Prisoner-themed stage persona. It's amazing how she and Michael J. Epstein can get that much sound out of vocals, drums and bass. Very raw and very noir.

Parlour Bells are releasing the EP this Saturday the 15th at Rosebud in Davis Sq. Somerville SUPER TRIPLE CD release with St. Helena (CD release) Sarah RabDAU & Self-Employed Assassins, Parlour Bells (CD release) Low Static Romance (Brendan Boogie & Magen Tracy(CD release)).

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--Meghan Chiampa





The Wild Sea – Every Tuesday in January, 7:30pm at Toad

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Last Tuesday night marked the beginning of The Wild Sea’s month long residency at long time Cambridge institution, Toad. Ruth Peterson and Todd Russell have been performing and writing songs together since their band was called Amusia over ten years ago, and their dedication to the craft of songwriting shows. Each tune is arranged purposefully, Peterson’s lyrics are thoughtful and performances are always stellar.

Expect some covers peppered in during the two sets The Wild Sea plays during their residency at Toad this month. Last week we heard Fleetwood Mac and Led Zeppelin stripped down to the bones, along with a jazz-infused rendition of Michael Jackson’s "Billie Jean". With instrumental support from Adam Moss (fiddle), Chris Anzalone (percussion) and Sean Staples (mandolin) you never know what flavors might creep in. Rumor has it there will be more surprise guests as the month goes on, so make sure you catch The Wild Sea at least once this month, Tuesday nights at Toad in Porter Square. Supporting The Wild Sea this month at Toad: The Blue Ribbons

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Every Tuesday this month at Toad in Porter Square, 7:30-9:30, 21+, never a cover.

-Kat Burke





Five SonicBids.com Artist Submissions Move onto Final Poll

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Photo by Beth Oram

If your favorite band missed our open submissions, they could have jumped onto SonicBids.com to submit themselves. Below are the results:

1. Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents

2. Nervous

3. Brothers McCann

4. Love in Stockholm 

5. Casey Desmond

These acts will be entered in the year-end poll which should be up this week. 

-- Meghan Chiampa





Deli Emerging Artists 2010 Polls: Links to Open Submissions Results

We started publishing the results of the open submissions for our Best of NYC Emerging Artists 2010 Poll. As we received about 500 submissions we decided to organize the rating process by genre. As things are getting a little scattered around the site we though it might be useful to gather all the links to the various result blurbs in one place on top of our NYC site - here we go:

NEW YORK CITY 

- ALT FOLK - results here
- ALT ROCK + REVIVAL ROCK - results here
- AVANT INDIE + ELECTRO ROCK - results here
- HIP HOP + OTHER DANCEY GENRES - results here
- INDIE POP + MELLOW CORE - results here
- INDIE ROCK + POST PUNK - results here
- MIXED ROOTSY GENRES - results here
- PSYCH ROCK, SHOEGAZER, NOISE ROCK, LO -FI - results here
- SINGER SONGWRITERS - results here
- SONIC BIDS SUBMISSIONS - results here
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AUSTIN: Open Submissions - SonicBids
CHICAGO: Open Submissions - SonicBids
LOS ANGELES: Open Submissions - SonicBids
NASHVILLE: Open Submissions - SonicBids
NEW ENGLAND: Open Submissions - SonicBids
PHILADELPHIA: Open Submissions - SonicBids
PORTLAND
: Coming Soon
SF BAY AREA: Open Submissions - SonicBids
WASHINGTON - BALTIMOREOpen Submissions - SonicBids

Readers' Polls are now happening, final charts should be ready towards late january - early February.

The Deli Staff

LIST OF PRO AUDIO PRIZES FOR POLL WINNERS HERE!





Best of New England Open Submissions: Good Kids Sprouting Horns

Good Kids Sprouting Horns from Portland, ME gained the most votes for the open submissions poll amongst New England based artists that submitted to be considered for our Best of New England Poll 2010. They will therefore access the next stage of our poll. The votes were cast by two other Deli editors, the editor of the Los Angeles Deli and the editor of the Chicago Deli out of 25 bands.

Good Kids Sprouting Horns (taken from the lyrics of an Andrew Bird song) are a dreamy, creative indie-folk band from Portland, ME. Good Kids Sprouting Horns is a little keyboard crazy (but in a good way). They've recently announced that they will be putting out a new album as soon as (hopefully) Spring. 

Here's how the rest of the bands fared in the Open Submissions voting process:

1. Good Kids Sprouting Horns -- NOMINATED FOR NEXT PHASE

2. The Wandas

3. Spirit Animal

4. The Luxury

5. Hey Mama

6. Air Traffic Controller

7. VILLANELLES

8. Bobb Trimble's Flying Spiders

9. Camp Island

10. This Blue Heaven

 

-- Meghan Chiampa

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