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May 2010
Ghost Quartet
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Ghost Quartet is an anachronistic delight. Sharp, tactile, and playful, this Northfield, Massachusetts quintet (yes, you read that right—there are actually five members, none of whom are ghosts) offers up a new self-titled live EP that feels like something out of a smoke-filled 1920s nightclub. In 1975. In New Orleans. On Mars. Cacophony, chaos, and experimentation sit at the center of the five tracks on this jazz-funk treasure, transforming Ghost Quartet from a jazz recording into a piece of living, breathing art. Josh Powers weaves nimble bass lines with surgical precision under some seriously smooth vocals by Hilary Graves, whose Ella Fitzgerald-esque agility lends the group a winsome vibe with mass appeal—the same vibe, some might say, that lead singer Jenny Lewis offers Rilo Kiley. On “Catch the Funk,” guitarist Zach Holmes pays homage to 70s funk bands like Kool and the Gang and Earth Wind and Fire by digging grooves so deep, he hits rock bottom. On “Freeloader,” Graves shows off the band’s goofier side as she sarcastically taunts, “I don’t really like you much” over tubist Kevin Smith, who haphazardly blares away. Ghost Quartet sparkles not only because it embraces the unexpected; what makes it so unique is that it is a rarely-seen celebration of the raw, the unpolished, and the unperfected. While other bands reach for shiny new trumpets and fancy guitar pedals, you get the sense from these five live recordings that Ghost Quartet would rather play rusted instruments they found in an antique store. There’s something charming and wholesome about a band that sounds like it’s having fun when it performs, and by the end of Ghost Quartet, there’s no doubt that these guys (and girl) love every moment. With one foot in a speakeasy and the other in a garage, this quintet has struck a unique balance of old-timey nostalgia and youthful modernity. --Stephie Coplan





Quiet Desperation presents the 32nd Annual WBCN Rumble!! THURSDAY AT GREAT SCOTT

 The WBCN Rock 'n' Roll Rumble is a timeless tradition in Boston. With the recent demise of WBCN, Rob Potylo has decided to revive the contest, but in a non-traditional fashion. The WBCN Rumble had a reputation to promote local bands in a competitive way through an elimination contest even though they rarely played local music on their station. WBCN has a place in my heart. I don't know what that place looks like, possibly my bedroom at age fifteen listening to Nik Carter's show writing angry notes (that would be folded into hearts) to my friends about what a stupid bastard Nik Carter is and wondering who is picking this music? As grunge died off and corporate America consumed the music business, the station turned to crap and died. The Rumble this Thursday is in celebration of local music and the Boston music community. I will be one of the "judges". Come rejoice with the sounds of:
HUMANWINE
Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling

Rob Potylo (Full-band)
KING HELL

Quiet Desperation is a sitcom about the Boston music scene. Check out episode nineteen above.

Great Scott - Allston MA 8pm, 8 bucks, 18+

--Meghan Chiampa





Interview with Will Etheridge of Eternal Otter Records

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Will Etheridge, founder of Portland's Eternal Otter Records recently released Death, Rebirth and Transformation, a small collection of vinyl singles performed by Portland locals, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Cerberus Shoal and Blaque Boose. He's been a strong influence of Portland's music scene.

Deli: When you moved to Portland in 2008, what was your first impression of the music scene? What has changed since your arrival?


Will Etheridge: I moved in next door to an old friend of mine, John Fountain, who was a musician involved in the scene and he helped introduce me to a lot of great bands. I was just immediately blown away by the quality of the music. I hosted a radio show in college and now DJ for WSCA 106.1 fm in Portsmouth, so I'm constantly listening to new music - and I honestly believe some of the best stuff is being made in the little city of Portland, Maine.

Read the whole interview by Meghan Chiampa HERE

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Laminated Cat with Apples in Stereo and Generationals at the Middle East Downstairs TONIGHT!

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Laminated Cat is an eclectic band originally from Boston but says their roots are in Coastal Maine. They carry a sound with includes the strangeness of Daniel Johnston, the rock of The Velvet Underground and the creativity The Flaming Lips. Laminated Cat is just what indie music needs, something completely different. Their songs range from calm space-songs like "Grenadine", a sweet song with light, flowery harmonic vocals to the hard-hitting, ingeniously written "Kill 'em Shorty" with angry keys, angst-ridden 70's garage guitar and creepy, desperate vocals. Laminated Cat is playing tonight with Generationals and the m'f'in' Apples in Stereo at the Middle East Downstairs. I highly, highly recommend this show. Honestly, Laminated Cat is one of the best bands I've heard since I started the Deli New England.

--Meghan Chiampa

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Aloud to play Boston 4/30 - Portland 5/1

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Hard-rocking and aptly titled Aloud is touring around New England promoting their sophmore album Fan the Fury. Aloud will be playing two shows next weekend. One at TT's (Look at that line-up!!! BAH!)  and another at Geno's in Portland. I saw them play at the Rock and Roll Rumble in 2007 and they were incredible.


Friday, April 30th, 2010
TT The Bears
10 Brookline Street, Central Square, Cambridge, MA
Doors at 9:00pm, Aloud at 9:05pm
with Flying Machines, The Lights Out & Everyday Visuals
$10, 18+


Saturday, May 1, 2010
Geno's
625 Congress Street, Portland, ME
Doors at 9:30pm, Aloud at 11:00pm
with aLEX kEATON & Metal Feathers
$5, 21+

--Meghan Chiampa

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