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The perfect solace for winter’s passing, Creepoid’s second full-length self-titled LP combines the zeitgeist of 90's grunge with pristine dissonance and somber lyricism. Released earlier this month by No Idea Records, Creepoid is eerie, melodic and stirring from beginning to end. 

The record’s introductory track “Nauda” opens with a singular note that swells into a melody, aligning itself with the listener in a way that feels confessional yet synonymous. A well-wrought continuation of the earnest diction reminiscent of Horse Heaven, “Nauda” is as bittersweet as its vocals, informed by the paradox of loneliness and longing. Expanding into a cinematically moody soundscape, guitars wail like sirens, beckoning chords to crash and settle into a fading ricochet - a premonition of “Sunday.” Coupled with acoustic strums and crisp vocal croons, a solemn request, “take my light and pull it out,” is beautifully melodic with perfectly placed tambourine that brings to mind the memorable mood concentrated. Exploring the affect and consequence of relational presence and its subsequent absence, the orchestration of “Sunday” renders a relatable narrative evocatively raw and sincere. 

“Yellow Wallpaper” ignites with driving bass and swirling riffs. As if resurrecting the perfection of Jeremy Enigk (ex-Sunny Day Real Estate), a la “Killed By An Angel” meets “Pillars,” the song evokes an eerie all consuming sense of the sublime that centers the track’s duration. Like an extension of Horse Heaven’s “Hollow Doubt,” the contextual weight of “Yellow Wallpaper” is harmonically haunting and intentionally poignant. “Baptism” washes over its listener in waves of riffs and echoed vocals that occupy an emotive territory similar to lesser-known tracks by Sonic Youth, subverted and painted darker by the brooding buzz reminiscent of shoegaze greats like My Bloody Valentine. 

In its decline, “Baptism” casts a feeling of transcendent submersion, befitting its namesake. With a crystallized aggression, “Gout” does the same - urgent and arresting with visceral shouts and screams. “Stay Inside” is considerably more subdued than the album’s preceding tracks but equally mesmerizing, unfolding “Tired Eyes,” a hypnotic chant of a fatigued psychedelic. “Golden String” feels slightly optimistic, while “Acrimony” blossoms then retracts into a reserved yet deliberate ballad that demands its audience’s attention like a gloomy lullaby with teeth. “Vulgar,” warm and sunlit, is lush and arresting, setting the stage for the album’s closer “Old Tree,” a jubilant ending to yet another epic compilation of clairvoyant anthems evoked by Creepoid. - Dianca Potts 

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MC Zulu

Chicago's dancehall guru MC Zulu is back with his new album Electro Track Therapy. The album is out now via Perception2020 Recordings and combines Zulu's unique take on dancehall with diverse harmonies and rhythms. The album features contributions from Poirier (Ninja Tune), Chrissy Murderbot (Planet Mu), Kush Arora, Maga Bo, Mochipet, Bionik, and many more.

MP3: Call Red Alert


Into It. Over It. on Daytrotter

Daytrotter's session with Evan Weiss (aka Into It. Over It.) was posted yesterday. Evan is currently touring through Canada in support of his debut full-length Proper. You should also check out the documentary the Alternative Press recently put together. 


Interview With The Damn Choir

Forming back in 2009, the sextet The Damn Choir is heading to CMJ, but first will be performing at the CMJ Chicago send off at Ultra Lounge this Saturday, October 15th. Gordon Robertson (vocals & guitar) and Katy Myers (cello & vocals) from the band were kind enough to answer a few of my questions.

Ghost by TheDamnChoir

You can read their interview here, and you can catch The Damn Choir at Ultra Lounge tomorrow night (10/15) with Paper Thick Walls, Radiation City, The Lumineers, and Kellen and Me.


Interview with The Damn Choir

- by Jason Behrends

Forming back in 2009, the sextet The Damn Choir is heading to CMJ, but first will be performing at the CMJ CHicago send off at Ultra Lounge this Saturday, October 15th. Gordon Robertson (vocals & guitar) and Katy Myers (cello & vocals) from the band were kind enough to answer a few of my questions.


Deli: How did the band start?

The Damn Choir: We (Gordon and Katy) met at Underbar, very very late at night. Within three months of meeting, we both dropped out of school and started recording, "Faithful Fools." For a year or so, it was just the two of us. The band as it is today is fairly new, but feels the most natural and connected it ever has.

Deli: Where did the band name come from?

The Damn Choir: We started off as "Gordon and Katy" for lack of a band name, but always hated it. There were a few maybes, including St. Supery after Gordon's favorite vineyard, as well as some really really bad ideas, but Gordon came up with The Damn Choir one night while we were recording our first album, and it clicked for both of us right away.

Deli: What are your biggest musical influences?

Gordon: My biggest influence is Nick Drake. Pink moon really changed my song writing a lot. Also frightened rabbit has played a big role in my writing. I love the honesty and sadness from their second album, Midnight Organ Fight. Pedro the lion has also been a big part of my life. I think David bazan has a beautifully dark way of writing about religion, which is something I try to portray.

Katy: For me, bands with cello players I admire have been big: Cursive, Murder By Death, Cloud Cult, Ra Ra Riot, and Margot and the Nuclear So and So's. Also, all the bands I've been in before TDC have had a lot to do with my current sound: Gaberdine, Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, Tomorrow Music Orchestra, Dialogue, and The Minneapolis Henrys were the big ones.

Deli: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?

The Damn Choir: Two bands we can't seem to stop listening to are The Head and The Heart and local Chicago artist Brendan Losch. Also Lanterns on the Lake, Paleo, Devendra Banhart, Hank Williams, The Avett Brothers, Mumford and Sons, Maps & Atlases, Fleet Foxes, The National, Arcade Fire, Beirut, and Bon Iver.

Deli: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?

Gordon: First concert was Audio Adrenaline, first album was Super Tones - I was only aloud to listen to christian music growing up.

Katy: My first concert was Boyz II Men in 4th grade, first album I bought myself was the Lion King soundtrack.

Deli: What do you love about Chicago?

The Damn Choir: It feels like the music scene here is about to blow up. There are just so many good bands in this city right now. It's great to be a part of, and it really keeps you on your toes. Oh, and it's pretty great that there are bars open till 4am.

Deli: What do you hate about it?

The Damn Choir: The winter. And people on bikes getting hit by people in cars.

Deli: What are your plans for 2011?

The Damn Choir: Release our second album, "You're My Secret Called Fire," and rid Gordon's apartment of mice.

Deli: What was your most memorable live show?

The Damn Choir: The most memorable for us was probably a talent show type thing we played in Winona Lake, IN last year. There's a guy there who teaches "rock lessons" to kids and this was their showcase. Each kid (ages 6-18) played at least one song and then we played a set at the end. It was a pretty conservative town (the flyer called us, "The D*** Choir") and the parents weren't so into some of our darker lyrics, but the kids loved it. They had us take pictures and sign CDs and they were just so freakin cute.

Deli: Can you name a few other local bands you feel particularly close to on an artistic level?

AP: All the bands associated with our management company, Wine From the Moon, especially Paper Thick Walls and Briar Rabbit. We call it the Wine From the Moon family, and it actually feels that way, both musically and personally. Others would be Brendan Losch, Wooden Wing, and Dastardly (although that one's more of a musical crush from afar than a close relationship... for now)

Deli: What's your favorite thing to get at the deli?

Gordon: Roast beef, extra mayo, extra cheese

Katy: Um... a 40?...


The Damn Choir



The Damn Choir 
You’re my Secret Called Fire



The Deli's NYC issue 28 is out! CMJ + Stomp Box Exhibit issue!

The Deli's NYC fall 2011 issue is now out in the streets and shops of The Big Apple, peoples!

This issue's focus is on the Deli's official CMJ showcases at the upcoming Music Marathon and The Deli's phantasmagoric Stomp Box Exhibit - download it HERE or pick it up in any musical spot in The Lower East Side, Williamsburg, Bushwick, Chelsea, East+West Village, Park Slope, Greenpoint etc. etc.

The Deli's Staff

From Our Open Blog: J. Silvia

J. Silva is a singer/songwriter from Chicago. Her debut Urban Pop EP titled "Digital Candy" is available on all online retailers. Her lead off video, "Lonely in Here," is quickly racking up youtube views. Her current singles, "Call me by my name" and "Blowing Kisses" can be heard on radio and in clubs worldwide! J. Silva is currently doing promo dates nationally and getting ready to shoot her second video to the single "Blowing Kisses."


BJ The Chicago Kid Mixtape

BJ The Chicago Kid has released a new mixtape called "The Life Of Love's Cupid". The mixtape features a mixture original tracks and live recordings. It also features his cover of Little Dragon's "Twice". You can check it out here.


I Fight Dragons "Kaboom"

Kaboom is coming on October 24th and can be preorder here. Below is the tracklisting and the track "Save World Get Girl".

Kaboom! Tracklist:
01. Fanfare
03. Save World Get Girl (mp3)
04. cRaZie$
05. Gloria (Interlude)
06. My Way
07. With You (feat. Kina Grannis)
08. Fight For You
09. The Geeks Will Inherit The Earth
10. Disaster Hearts
11. Don’t You?
12. Working
13. Before I Wake
14. Suburban Doxology



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