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January 2015
The Goodbye Party
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The Goodbye Party, a.k.a. Michael Cantor (formerly of The Ambulars), has released a new record Silver Blues via Salinas Records. The album finds Cantor largely in control using a vast arsenal of instruments, while also enlisting Joey Doubek (of Pinkwash) for percussive duties on a series of tracks.
 
“Heavenly Blues” nudges the entrance open to the cathedral of sound. Cantor’s smooth trustworthy vocals deliver a suggestive message amid a chamber of sonic layers, “…you have halos, you have lights, you have ghosts that sing into the night.” There is a well-produced divide, between that enlightening tone fortified by a residual hum, the soft drops and tapping tambourine, and bowed guitar that provides a more ominous dimension.
 
“Crossed Out” shoves that door further open with its optimistic jangly guitar/rolling percussion and bass, illuminating the scenery - “holes in the windows, where the wind slips through…” There’s a balancing point between the coldness of the lyrics and the resounding warmth of Cantor’s delivery and instrumental accompaniment. Taking foreboding tones of thumping percussion and the stirring rings of guitar, “I’m Not Going to Your Heaven” silver-lines them as the ringing morphs into a pleasant cry while the song winds down with a scratchy conclusion.
 
In a flash of joy, “Personal Heavens” is jumpstarted with a groove yet despite this, the lyrics reveal a grey point of view - “Homesick for personal heavens and homes you’ll never see again.” Slipping you back into the cathedral in “27 Times,” the finessed layering of backing vocals wrapping around Cantor’s lead shields it from the cold.
           
“New Decay” has a jaded push behind it, as guitars twist into knots and drums smash a path for Cantor to admit, “I keep breaking what I’ve already fixed/I keep fixing what I’ve already fixed.” Silver Blues closes with the bone chilling solemn string-oriented “White on White” - “the world/burns in the dark/echoed songs, resonations, every night.”
 
The record sweeps through ones mind in what seems like a moment. However, its melding of darkness and light leaves poignant, beautiful moments that makes Silver Blues worth revisiting frequently. - Michael Colavita

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2014 Year End Polls For Emerging Artists: Results Scene by Scene

LATEST NEWS: L.A. READERS' POLL IS ON! - CHICAGO READERS' POLL IS ON! - NYC Alt Folk Open Submissions - NEW ENGLAND READERS' POLL RESULTS! - TORONTO READERS' POLL RESULTS! - NASHVILLE READERS' POLL IS ON! - Los Angeles Open Submissions - NYC Indie Rock Open Submissions - PORTLAND READERS' POLL IS ON! - Nashville Open Submissions - NYC Garage Rock Open Submissions - KC READERS POLL RESULTS - Chicago Open Submissions - Portland Open Submissions - NYC Hip Hop + Other Open Submissions - S.F. BAY AREA READERS' POLL IS ON! - NYC Psych Rock Open Submissions - DC AREA READERS' POLL IS ON! - SF Bay Area Open Submissions - NYC Folk Rock/Americana Open Submissions.

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The Black Ryder release new single "Seventh Moon"

Set to drop February 24th of this year, The Black Ryder has decided to self-release their newest and upcoming album The Door Behind The Door. After roaring reviews and positive vibes from press and fans with their 2009 album Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride, duo Aimee Nash and Von Ryper are bringing new textures, an organic drive and earthy melodies to contract a new, personal connection to the music. Lucky for us, two singles have been pre-released for our enjoyment, including ‘Seventh Moon’ and ‘Santaria’. “Seventh Moon’ is a dreamy combination of Nash’s sensual, relaxing voice and Von Ryper’s loaded chords and mellow, effortless flow, creating a creepy for of psychedelic rock. The Black Ryder is best paired with a dark room, scentless candles, Dragon’s Blood incence and a bottle of red wine. Enjoy irresponsibly. - Kayla Hay

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Kiev wins the L.A. Open Submission for The Deli's Year End Poll 2014

Thanks to all the artists who submitted their music to be considered for The Deli's Best of Los Angeles Year End Poll for Emerging Artists. We had a record number of submissions from Los Angeles this year - 72! - thanks so much for the overwhelming response!

After tallying our editors' ratings for the Open Submissions stage, it’s time to release the results. Please note that to avoid conflicts no local editor was allowed to vote for bands in his/her own scene.

Total submissions from Los Angeles: 72

Jurors: Travis Leipzig (The Deli Portland), Roxy Morrison (The Deli Toronto), Paolo De Gregorio (The Deli NYC).

Acts advancing to our Readers/Fans Poll:

1. Kiev (8 out of 10)


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2. Sex Helicopter (7.83)


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3. Valley Queen (7.5)


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4. Hearty Har (7.33)


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5. Afternoons (7.16)


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5. Dalton (7.16)


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5. Fellow Bohemian (7.16)


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5. Hi Ho Silver Oh (7.16)


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5. Dark Furs (7.16)


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Honorable Mentions (scores above 6.83)

Twin Oaks, Vokab Kompany, Meg Olsen, Brooklyn Pets, Lady Low, Wages.

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WHAT’S NEXT: These results end the first phase of the poll. We have already unveiled full list of nominees that also includes the artists nominated by our local jurors (see left column here). It's now time for our readers to influence this Year End Poll for Emerging Los Angeles Artists with their vote - look out for th readers' poll on the right column of this same page!

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Rosechild release debut EP on Jan. 29

Alternative rock band Rosechild are prepping up for the official release of their debut EP Remedies, a warm and organic three tracks with a slight psychedelic bend to them. Lead by the evocative vocals of Haile Meirow, the EP is forceful yet tactful, hard-edged mid-tempo songs that pulse with a slight dissonant edge surrounded by ambling guitar textures. You can listen to the entirely of Remedies on their soundcloud page. 

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