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September 2014
Seagulls
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With spindly strings horning in the opening instrumental, “Dragoon” awakens Seagulls' debut LP Great Pine, seamlessly transitioning into “Swimmin’,” a song that is initially given a steady-footed beat around which a more intricate and illuminating composition is built generating a peaceful yet purposeful layered sound, setting the tone for what lies ahead. “You and Me” plays like a surf-folk love letter, developing a warm, earnest vocal confession, while fitting nicely with the tug and pull groove of the scratching guitar and persistent bass. The vocal harmonies provide a sweetness accompanied by reserved bursts of trumpet and accordion-like effects offer a tease of nostalgia.
 
“Love, Give” follows a similar theme as vocals, strings, and snap-percussion set a pleasant, pensive, strolling pace as echoing harmonies and backing vocals reinforce, “Love give your hands to me, for someday I’ll be on bended knee.” “Old Habits” maintains an up close lo-fi aesthetic and underlying 8-bit accents, but the perspective has changed, shining a light on the dark side of relationships and a groove that has a somewhat worn and dusty ascetic, enhancing the lyrics meaning - “Old habits, die hard or they never do/so keep lying til they all catch up to you.” A well-placed take on Big Star’s “Thirteen” incorporates the honest-loving sentiments of adolescence, falling neatly inline with the group’s heartfelt vocal honesty, while simultaneously acknowledging one of their potential influences.
 
The record’s title-track “Great Pine” serves as a breath-catching ambiance builder before the turbulent “Holy Smokes” emerges. Enlisting peaks of aggressive kick-in-the-door instrumentation - particularly percussion between smooth stretches of vocally dominant valleys - in essence, layering pieces of clear skies between moments of violent storms.
 
“Distracted” concludes Great Pine with an uplifting blanket of vocals, allowing the guitar to stretch its sea legs as the backend force steers the musical ship; holding the course. This album starts on the shore, and while there are moments where it seems destined to searchingly drift out there, Seagulls appropriately demonstrate an ability to reel it in, taking a beautiful inaugural voyage. - Michael Colavita

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Deli-cious reading for the Holidays!

For the upcoming holidays we thought you might enjoy some of our best articles from the past!

Hope you enjoy - and Happy Holidays!

ABOUT THE NYC SCENE
The Lower East Side is Over (2007) - by Andrew Spaulding 
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The Brooklyn DIY Scene (2009) - by Paolo De Gregorio
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The State of the NYC scene in 2012 - by Mike Levine and Paolo De Gregorio

GENRE RELATED PIECES
- Surf Music influences on the NYC Sound (2012) by Mike Levine
- Afrobeat Influences on the NYC Sound (2012) - by Mike Levine
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Soul Music Influences on the NYC Sound (2012) - by Brian Chidster

SOME "VINTAGE" BAND FEATURES
Grizzly Bear - interview from first issue (2004) - by Stephanie R. Myers
- Matt and Kim (before they became huge, 2006) - by David Schneider 
- TV on the Radio (before they became huge, 2005) - by Liz Schroeter

ARTICLES ABOUT RECORDING AND GEAR
- A History of Audio Plug Ins - by Paolo De Gregorio
- Recording: Home vs. Studio - by Bruce Kaphan
- Recording Drums: Tips & Tricks - by Paolo De Gregorio
 

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New England Deli Soundcloud Playlist is up!

Deli Readers,

Here's a little Christmas present for you: The Deli Newngland's playlist - featuring all our favorite emerging local artists we've been blogging about in the last few months - is finally up and ready to entertain you! Can you think of a better way to discover new local talent?

Check it out here.

You can access it at any time by clicking on the gray and orange rectangle on the top right of this page.

Enjoy, and Happy Holidays!


Electro Dream Pop from Boston: Child Actor

Child Actor are two cousins hailing from New Haven, CT and Boston, MA. Sedgie Ogilvy sings while Max Heath lays down the beats. Their sound is indie electro with an R&B twist. Lyrically mysterious, with reverb and auto-tune tugging the vocals back and forth between the beats on the hip hop landscape, their EP Window has a beautiful surface tension which speaks of a darker underbelly if you only stop passively listening. But why would you? In my opinion it’s the perfect thing to throw on while you’re doing just about anything. Child Actor has put together some great pop songs for a modern age. Check out a track from their full length album Victory below. - by Hillary Anderson

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Q&A with the deli's Band of the Month: A Do

deli: How did the band start?

A Do: After playing in a few different bands, Adrienne and Derek thought it was time to hit the books and start writing. Also, pulling a band together which now consists of Adrienne, Derek, Greg, and Sam. 

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Q&A with the deli's Band of the Month: A Do
by Chrissy Prisco

 

deli: How did the band start?

A Do: After playing in a few different bands, Adrienne and Derek thought it was time to hit the books and start writing. Also, pulling a band together which now consists of Adrienne, Derek, Greg, and Sam.

Where did the band name, A Do, come from?

The name 'A Do' was derived by simply by combining ‘A’ for Adrienne + LeDoux (Derek’s last name)= A Do, seemed to make sense.

What are your biggest musical influences?

It’s difficult to hit them all between four members, but Queens of the Stone Age is one for all, then everything from Led Zepplin to STP, Pearl Jam, classic Motown, it’s really difficult to answer this one, as there’s so many.

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

The current Boston/NYC playlist includes: Grand Evolution, The Blackboard Nails, Shadwell, Shannon Corey, Satellites Fall, Madison Red, Late Night Cat Fight, TAB the Band, Pillow Theory, and January Jane. We are listening to UK bands, old and new, like The Flow, Fuckshovel and The Discords. Also, Lightspeed Daredevils from ATL, they collaborated on our album and EP.

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

Derek’s album purchased was Sony and Cher. “Forget the album, remember Cher in the white dress on the cover? First concert? Ratt. I can still hear the ‘Round and round…’ buzzing in my head.”

What do you love about New Englands music scene? The people, specifically the other bands, promoters, sound people, bartenders, photographers, etc. It always feels like we’re going to a club meet or a reunion. We’ve made so many friends along the way.

What would you like to see change in the local music scene? More A Do fans?

What are your plans for the upcoming year?

More music definitely, beyond that we aren’t sure. I think fun will be involved.

What was your most memorable live show? Can’t beat the first one. When Greg exchanged his bass for a mic and did "Fortune Cookie" we weren’t quite sure how it was going to go down. It was an effort to concentrate on the song rather than bust out laughing.

Is there someone who has helped your band grow through support?

Our friends who selflessly come to our shows to support us and vote for things when we ask them to. It means so much and you don’t realize it till you’re in a band. Also, Stephen Maffeo was our first drummer, good friend and veteran band musician. He gave us a lot of advice before our first gigs.

Is there a piece of equipment you couldn't live without and why?

Derek says his Les Paul BFG custom.

Why do you read The Deli?

Not only do we love roast beef but, seriously it’s a great site. LOVE.

 
 

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Org: Literati and Jaggery "Private Violence" EP Release -- Thursday, November 8 @ Oberon

Org: Literati celebrates performance specifically inspired by the literary arts. Producer Singer Mali (of Boston art rock band Jaggery) invites local performers to create and cross the medium from books, poems, and prose to music, dance, film and theater. On Thursday, November 8, Org: Literati coincides with the release of Jaggery's EP Private Violence, inspired by Truman Capote's In Cold Blood. Hosted by a former English professor, and featuring work inspired by writers from Yeats to Genet to Dostoevsky.

Performers include:

Gem Club
What Time Is It, Mr. Fox?
Eileen Little
UnAmerika's Sweetheart Karin Webb
Jennifer Hicks
Jaggery
live artist Kristilyn Stevenson
Professorially MC'd by Mika Cooper.

Suggested attire: in costume as your favorite literary character.

Bring: a copy of your favorite book that you are willing to part with.

Thursday, November 8th
Oberon
2 Arrow Street
Cambridge, MA
Doors: 7:30 pm, event starts at 8 pm 18+
Adv tickets: $20 seating, $15 standing / Day of tickets: $20 standing, $25 seating
Click here for tickets.

--The Deli Staff


Rustic Overtones @ David Square Theater Saturday, November 3 -- w/ Love in Stockholm & Orange Television

Rustic Overtones will be hitting the road in support of their new album Let’s Start a Cult, their 8th studio album. They will be playing Davis Square Theater on November 3. This will be Rustic Overtones first stop in the Boston area since the release of their album. They will perform a collection of songs off Let’s Start a Cult and a few old favorites. The band will continue with shows throughout the northeast all Fall. Joining them will be Boston favorite Love in Stockholm who has opened for both Maroon 5 and Chicago. Also on the bill is Orange Television from Northampton, MA.

November 3rd, 2012
Davis Square Theater
255 Elm St.,
Somerville, MA
Doors 8 pm,
$15 Advance / $18 Day of Show

--The Deli Staff


Wichita -- When You Wake Up Everything Will Be Okay

Wichita is a Post-Rock band hailing from Cumberland, Rhode Island. They started up in February 2012 and later recorded an EP, Stay Awake, in June. They are focused around melodic guitars which are calm and atmospheric and later progress to a distorted climax. While playing live, Wichita has been complimented on their mixed guitar tones and the way they seem to mesh together. Their EP is on their bandcamp and is available for free download.


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