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Parenthetical Girls Release New Video and First Installment of New Album

Evelyn McHale leaped to her death from the Empire State building’s 86th floor observation deck in May of 1947. A limousine caught her fall. Minutes after her death photographer Robert Wiles captured McHale’s peculiarly serene post-jump repose.

And now, 63 years later, Parenthetical Girls have written a song equally as morose and beautiful as its namesake. “Evelyn McHale,” is one of four tracks comprising Privilege: Pt. 1 – On Death and Endorsements, the first of a series of five extremely limited-edition 12-inch EPs released by the band’s own Slender Means Society label. On Death and Endorsements will be released February 23, with a quarterly release of the following EPs spanning the next 15 months.

Parenthetical Girls plan to release the final 12-inch, concluding the box set and completing the record, May of 2011. Each installment of Privilege is limited to 500 physical copies and will not be distributed in stores.

 -Katrina Nattress

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A quick look outside your local scene: The other Deli Best of 2009 Polls

Rockers, Folkers and Poppers of all ages, sexes and hair colors,

The Deli's regional Year End Best of Polls for emerging artists are finally over and it's time to have a quick look at what's going on outside your local scene. Here's a recap of the winners of our nine polls with links to overall charts and readers' polls results:

AUSTIN - Winner: Stereo Is a Lie
Overall Chart
- Readers Chart - list of jurors

CHICAGO - Winner: I Fight Dragons

Overall Chart
- Readers Chart

LOS ANGELES - Winner: Local Natives

Overall Chart
- Readers Chart

NASHVILLE - Winner: Those Darlins

Overall Chart
- Readers Chart

NEW ENGLAND- Winner: Mean Creek

Overall Chart
- Readers Chart - list of jurors

NYC - Winner: Talk Normal

Overall Chart
- Readers Chart - list of jurors

PORTLAND - Winner: Explode into Colors

Overall Chart
- Readers Chart - list of jurors

PHILLY - Winner: Reading Rainbow

Overall Chart
- Readers Chart - list of jurors

SF BAY AREA - Winner: Girls

Overall Chart
- Readers Chart - list of jurors

The Deli's Staff





Liz Harris Helps Out with Indie Film Sputnik


Liz Harris of the solo project Grouper has done a fabulous job of writing and arranging a little score for Weston Currie's weird and eerily shot film, Sputnik. Grouper's last album, Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill, was met with great critical reviews, and was recognized on Pitchfork's Best 50 albums of 2008.

Harris' craft of spinning ethereal sounds continues to grow, as does her commercial success.

- Joel Sommer

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Wampire: Over the River and Into the Woods, a Free Holocene Gig

How can this town possibly afford to give away anymore free music?

On Wednesday, January 27th, Holocene introduces their first edition of Carpet Culture where you can "get warm n fuzzy in the front lounge room with some of Portland's greatest up-and-coming musical talents."

This week features electro-rock with Wampire, dark soundscapes from Tunnels, and some cozy and curly ambient like the fur of Golden Retriever Moody. Plus Wampire shows up again on the big screen in the premiere episode of Into the Woods, a new web series where Portland bands march out to a cabin in the wilderness of Mt. Hood to perform an intimate concert with their besties.

Check the trailer out here but show your face at Holocene at 8:30 p.m. for the real deal, for free!!! 21+

 

- Chris Young

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Explode Into Colors Voted the Deli Portland's Best Emerging Band of 2009: Part Deux!!

 

As evidenced by the composite points chart blogged just below this post, the voters of Portland have spoken, Facebooked, MySpaced, Tweeted, cold-called and badgered the general populace to come right and announce that, yes, Explode Into Colors was Portland's Best Emerging Band of 2009! Major huge congratulations go out to the all-girl, lo-fi, found-sound dance trio for their trailblazing 2009, and for making our ears tilt just a little more than usual this year.

Thanks, again, to everyone who voted on the Readers Poll, the Open Poll, and also to our amazing list of Jurors. The Deli Portland's stellar list of Jurors consisted of some amazing local bloggers, writers, and music people, and we couldn't have come to such a wide cross-section of bands without their valid input. Here they are, in no particular order:

DJ Gustav: DJ for 94.7 FM Alternative Portland;

Nick Mattos: Celebrated queer columnist, and arts writer for Portland's Just Out newspaper;

Chris Young: Contributor to the Deli Portland, Associate Editor and DJ/Electro Editor of Oregon Music News;

Michael Miller: Contributor to the Deli Portland;

Katrina Nattress: Assistant Editor for the Deli Portland, Music Editor of Button Magazine, and contributor to Willamette Week newspaper;

Ryan J. Prado: Associate Editor of the Deli Portland, staff writer for Just Out newspaper, contributor for Synthesis, Wonka Vision, and Alternative Press;

Mark Lore: Editor/founder of The Days of Lore music blog, contributor to Spin.com, Chico News and Review, and The Portland Mercury;

Joel Sommer: Contributor to the Deli Portland

 

And let's not forget the runners-up in the Best Emerging Band of 2009 poll: Nurses, and Deli Portland Readers Poll winner Bodhi! We can't say enough great things about these bands, but we'll try as soon as we catch our breath.

 

Stick around for our regular monthly Band of the Month polls, beginning February 1st. And keep reading The Deli Portland!

- The Deli Portland Staff

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