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Myra Flynn- Not My Way (video)

Burlington, Vermont’s Myra Flynn released her first music video on June 12. The simple, black and white production is a perfect backdrop for the heart-wrenching, spare track. Its three scenes document the aftermath of a fight between two lovers with Myra literally and figuratively picking up the pieces of… the broken relationship? her broken heart? a little of both? Whichever the case may be this is a beautiful piece of cinema. Watch the video on Vimeo:


. -George Dow

Sand Reckoner- Self-titled

Sand Reckoner’s self-titled debut full-length release is as genre-bending as anything they’ve done to date. This three-piece, Boston-by-way-of-Pennsylvania band has been making a name for itself in the psychedelic indie underground but their debut proves that they are much more than a throwback to the late sixties and early seventies. Sure, there are healthy doses of Crazy Horse, early Pink Floyd and Blue Cheer, but there’s also an equal measure of Thurston Moore (of Sonic Youth) and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (minus their trademark irony). Each track moves deftly from one influence to another while remaining a cohesive piece of work. The record opens with the rolling, bluesy “Shooting Bullets”, their most Zeppelin-esque track, moving on to the Neil Young influenced “Morning Star”, an acoustic guitar and harmonica-centric ballad. “The Darkest Dye” could be a lost track from The Band, while “Flesh and Bones” is the bastard child of Jon Spencer and Jack White. And here we are, not quite halfway through the record. Later in the album “Terror in the Massanutten Part I” is a surf-rock, spy movie theme song custom made for driving fast with the windows down. The Thurston Moore influence makes its first appearance on “The Deserter” and sticks through the rest of the album. It is most welcome in “No One’s Veil”, a nearly seven minute trip through all manner of psychedelic influences—call and response verses, guitar noise breakdowns, Pink Floyd-ian, dreamy “woo-ooh” choruses. Many thanks to Sand Reckoner for providing the template for a modern psych revolution. Hear it for yourself at Sand Reckoner’s Bandcamp page. -George Dow

Onslo- A Taste of Purple

For their 6th, ONSLO drop a bite-sized bomb of post-punk, prog-rock goodness. While channeling equal parts King Crimson and Mars Volta, most of the seven tracks clock in at two minutes or less, an amazing feat given the denseness of their songs. As with all of ONLSO’s releases, it’s difficult to tell if the band is dead serious or completely filled with irony. Tracks like “Can You Beat Up A Murderer?” and “I ♥ My Golden Retriever” are delivered with bombastic, wrenching choruses. Their instrumental tracks resemble classical fanfares filtered through the mind of a 12-year old punk rocker. At the end of the day it matters little whether ONSLO are utterly sarcastic or wholly earnest since the songs they deliver are so completely original and filled with hooks. You’ll find yourself leaving this ten minute EP on repeat just to keep the goodness going.

Download A Taste Of Purple at http://onlso.bandcamp.com. -George Dow

Boston band on the rise: Kid Mountain

Kid Mountain is an up and coming Boston indie band. Though hard to classify the exact genre of what they play, they like to call it Shoe-Pop. It has the ambience and reverby guitar and vocals of shoe gaze yet much more up beat with an acoustic guitar that fills everything out and gives everything a unique sound. They have an EP that came out in January called, Visitor's Center and they are currently making their debut album due at the end of the summer. Though just a baby band this quartet has already played with the likes of Reptar, The Wandas, and many more bands that are currently big on the indie scene, so keep your eye on them! - (as posted in The Deli New England's Open Blog - post your band's entries, videos, and Mp3s here).



Caliph -- June 1 Middle East Review

Hip-hop artist Caliph set the stage on fire during his performance at The Middle East Downstairs on Friday, June 1. Hailing from New Bedford, MA, Caliph brings a rare combination of energy, excitement and raw talent to each of his performances, and this show was certainly no exception. While the bill for the night consisted of more than ten Boston-based artists—including one dance company—Caliph proved to everyone in attendance that the Whaling City deserves to be represented in Boston.

Caliph’s air-tight flow and super-fast rhymes were only out-shined by his on-stage antics. It was tiring just watching him as he moved about the stage. Jumping up and down, running back and forth, spinning around with arms out-stretched, it was more like watching an aerobics class than a rap show.

In addition to the killer performance by Caliph, I was impressed by the on-stage collaboration and the genuine interest that each artist showed in what the other performers were doing. I have never seen such enthusiasm and respect from one artist to another. Usually, you go to super-hip “indie” shows around the city and everyone is too concerned with themselves to pay attention to the other acts. At one point, every performer on the bill (plus several of their closest friends) was up on stage, dancing and singing along to the choruses of whoever happened to be performing at that moment in time.

Overall, this was an excellent performance and I will certainly be keeping an ear out for what Caliph will be doing next. --Daniel McMahon

The Dying Falls -- Driftwood

There is something magical in the display and rendering of nostalgia. The Dying Fall’s LP, Driftwood, channels nostalgia from every pore and every crevasse. The album plays as a myriad of send offs: homages to lost loves, depression, childhood, teenagers. Even the overall background sound of the album sounds old. The Dying Falls create a unique, but very familiar underground sound. The title track “Youth Goes Bad,” plays like a dusty old Talking Heads album cut. Throughout Driftwood, there is a strong underground presence very similar to the kind shown in the eighties. Echoes of Sonic Youth and The Pixies are spread across this album, “Old Prisoner’s Song” in particular seems to have crawled right out of 1987.

There are several songs that feel unique simply to The Dying Falls. “The Sun Shines For Everyone (But Not For Me),” sounds wholly original. The most spontaneous and loudest track (in terms of original identity) would be the album closer “Injury.” “Injury” clicks right off the bat, and the sound that comes off this song, needs to be duplicated in later efforts by The Dying Falls. Driftwood is an album of nostalgic and underground charm.--Casey Lowrey

The Deli Kansas City is born!

Deli Readers,

In our plans of constant expansion of our coverage towards new music scenes, admittedly Missouri wasn't the top priority, but since we found some seriously committed partners over there (the awesome people at the Midwest Music Foundation) we decided to launch a Deli Kansas City web page! While working on the site we have actually discovered a very lively scene with some really cool bands. Go ahead and explore it!

The Deli's Staff

ONSLO -- March 9, 2012 @ The Dirty Douglas

The plan was to meet the guys from ONSLO at The Dirty Douglas in Lowell and chat before their set. I fell in love with ONSLO after reviewing their 2011 EP, Quartumdimensio AEdificium, with its utterly crazy melding of Weezer, Descendents, and Frank Zappa (I know… it feels strange even typing those bands in the same sentence).

Ethan warned me that “it’s kind of a DIY space” when he gave me the address. I drive by the address once, then twice, then again a third time...

Click here to read the rest of George Dow's interview with ONSLO.


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