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April 2014
Creepoid
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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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Zoo Brother "Gemini Girl"

Zoo Brother announced last week that their debut EP, Gemini Girl, will be released on Feb. 22nd. The EP will be 7 tracks in length and will include the previously released singles "Fourth of July" and "Please Don't".

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Best of 2013 Poll for Emerging Chicago Artists: FINAL RESULTS!

Deli Nation,

Our Year End Poll for Emerging Chicago Artists was - as usual - a painstaking (and somewhat excruciating) process, but we pulled it of with remarkable flair!

For the first time in our polls' history we have two bands tied in first place! Kudos to Netherfriends and The Wild Family (both bands are pictured) for sharing the spot in the sun!

First, we let the local bands submit their music (for free), and got our Deli editors to pick the nominees. Then we polled a list of 15+ Chicago scene expert (our jury, list at the bottom) and asked them to nominate 3 more bands of their choice each. Then we polled our writers, then we polled our readers. We tried to keep things open for each single genre, from Indie Rock to Roots Music to Hip Hop.

If you are a geek interested in all the subtelties related to how this poll works, you can read its rules here (happy reading!). But if all you care about is the awesome new music Chicago produced in the year 2013, this list is all you need. Enjoy!

BEST OF 2013 POLL FOR EMERGING CHICAGO ARTISTS
****** FINAL RESULTS ******
 
ARTIST
J
OS
R
TOT
 
1
Netherfriends
5
 
0
5
1
The Wild Family
4
 
1
5
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3
Sunjacket
3
1
0.012
4.012
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4
Magnetic Reels
3
 
0.125
3.125
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5
Sarah Marie Young
3
 
0.07
3.07
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6
Xoe Wise
1
2
0.051
3.051
icon
7
Sexy Fights
3
 
0.049
3.049
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8
Zoo Brother
0
3
0.026
3.026
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9
The Vliets
0
3
0.005
3.005
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10
Panda Riot
3
 
0.004
3.004
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11 

Secret Colours
3
 
0.003
3.003
11
The Orwells
3
 
0.003
3.003
icon
13
Antony & The Tramps
3
 
0.002
3.002
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Disappears
3
 
0.002
3.002
icon
 
negative scanner
3
 
0.002
3.002
icon
 
The Kickback
3
 
0.002
3.002
icon
 
Show You Suck
3
 
0.002
3.002
icon
18
Bailiff
3
 
0.001
3.001
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Bitchin' Bajas
3
 
0.001
3.001
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Kevin Andrew Prchal
3
 
0.001
3.001
icon
21
Pat McKillen
0
1
2
3

22

 
S. Joel Norman
1
 
1.5
2.5
icon
23
Magicks
2
 
0.091
2.091
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24
Angela James
2
 
0.035
2.035
icon
25
Archie Powell & the Exports
2
 
0.028
2.028
icon
26
Radar Eyes
2
 
0.024
2.024
icon
27
So Many Ways
2
 
0.011
2.011
icon
28
Vamos
2
 
0.01
2.01
icon
29
JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound
2
 
0.007
2.007
icon
30
Kellen & Me
2
 
0.004
2.004
icon
31
Bastardgeist
2
 
0.004
2.004
icon
32
Circles
2
 
0.003
2.003
icon
33
Basic Cable
2
 
0.002
2.002
icon

 

 
On an On
2
 
0.002
2.002
icon

35

 
Kalispell
2
 
0.001
2.001
icon
36
Hemmingbirds
2
 
0
2
icon
 
Julie Meckler
2
 
0
2
icon
 
Last False Hope
2
 
0
2
icon
 
Lucki Eck$
2
 
0
2
icon
 40
Evasive Backflip
0
1.5
0.019
1.519
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41

 
M!NES
0
1.5
0.011
1.511
icon
42
Ariada
1
 
0.5
1.5
icon
43
Thomas Comerford
1
 
0.069
1.069
icon
44
Michelles
0
1
0.05
1.05
icon
 
The Quiet Revelry
1
 
0.034
1.034
icon
46
Sleepy Kitty
0
1
0.031
1.031
icon
47
She speaks in tongues
1
 
0.022
1.022
icon
 
FINLEYKNIGHT
0
1
0.022
1.022
icon
49
Fake Limbs
0
1
0.021
1.021
icon

50

 
Audiences
1
 
0.013
1.013
icon
51
Santah
1
 
0.005
1.005
icon
 
toupee
1
 
0.005
1.005
icon

53

 
Syahi
1
 
0.003
1.003
icon

54

 
Daniel Wade
1
 
0.002
1.002
icon
 
Outer Minds
1
 
0.002
1.002
icon
56
Jennifer Hall
1
 
0.001
1.001
icon
 
Soft Speaker
1
 
0.001
1.001
icon
 
The Runnies
1
 
0.001
1.001
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Legend: J = Jurors, W = Deli Writers,
R = Deli Readers, OS = Open Submissions


We want to thanks our Jurors for their help in this process: Brandon Weatherbee (You, Me, Them, Everybody), Brock Marlborough (Red Bull), Ben Handler (Afterhours Sessions), Eric Schelkopf (The Total Scene), Alyssa Welch (Midwest Action), Angela Sheridon (JBTV), Eric Muhlberger (Sofar Sounds Chicago), Michael Johnston (Audiotree), Bill Valenta (Theft Liable To Prosecution), Casey Meehan (Chicago Mixtape), Matt Baron (Coach House Sounds), John Yingling (Gonzo Chicago), Coleman Brice (Cole's Bar), Elle Quintana (Reggie's Rock Club), Jim Kopeny (Chicagoist), Brandan Losch (Count Me Out), and The Alley Recoding Company.  

Hope you'll find some awesome new artists you weren't aware of!

The Deli's Staff


Porn and Chicken "Leap Frog"

Porn and Chicken have teamed up with Miami-based producer Kryoman to released a new single called "Leap Frog". You can grab the insanely fun and additive dance track from free from their soundcloud, and remember "if you're feeling froggy... Jump!".

You can catch Porn & Chicken on Feb. 3rd at evil0live (1551 W. Division St.) for their Marvel vs. Capcom Banger.

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Hot Bagels

Recent transplant to Chicago, Craig Woods is the force behind the fuzzed-out, lo-fi, garage rock of Hot Bagels. The band released Toasted this month digitally and on cassette via Be Happy Records (vinyl coming in February). The 15 mind melting tracks on Toasted range from 43 seconds to just over 3 mins in length and were recorded in "cars, basements, apartments, and practice spaces" around the city over the last three months. Hot Bagels is the essence of DIY and a band to watch and experience in 2014.

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Reader's Artist of 2013: Pat McKillen (First Place)

The top vote getter in the 2013 reader's poll for Best Emerging Artist of the Year was the talented singer/songwriter Pat McKillen! 2013 saw the release of Pat's sophomore album, The Red Headed Enemy, and a appearance on America's Got Talent. Pat's sound on the new album has deep folk roots, as expected, but with the addition of heavy percussive sounds.

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Ace Reporter "Stick To"

Ace Reporter announced the reissue of their full-length debut album, Yearling XL, today by dropping a compelling new video for "Stick To". Chris Synder fronts the four piece band and Yearling XL is based on the year his spent writing and recording one new song every day back in 2010 after his last band, The States, broke up. The new edition of the album will be released on April 22, 2014 via Ooh La La Records and features several bonus tracks.

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Readers Artist of 2013: S. Joel Norman (Second Place)

S. Joel Norman spent most of 2013 in the recording studio working on his forthcoming album, Traveling Light, but was also building a following through raucous live performances. Norman released his debut EP, Take It In Stride, back in 2011 which demonstrated his strong blues foundation. Since that time he has delved even deeper into that world and Traveling Light promises to be all the better as a result. The new album's title track was released as a single earlier this month.

You can pre-order Traveling Light now, and preorder your tickets for the release event at Metro on March 1st with My My My.

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Readers Artist of 2013: The Wild Family (Third Place)

The Wild Family spent 2013 working on the debut self-titled EP which will be released on Feb. 4th. The did release an impressive live EP of their performance at Wise Fools Pub. The 4-piece band have a youthful look and down home soulful sound. Earlier this month the released the first track from their EP, the harmonica-filled "Empty Promises". It is the depth of songwriting and the well placed harmonies that make this young band one of the finest in the city.

You can catch The Wild Family at Hideout on Feb. 7th with The Damn Choir and The Harrow.

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