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December 2014
The Spirit of the Beehive
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There is something rather dark and mysterious about a band that takes its name from a classic Spanish film that focuses on its protagonist, a young girl, who becomes fascinated by the 1931 horror movie, Frankenstein. And with an album cover that portrays a child in a bee costume positioned in front of a tombstone saying, “Here Lies Mom-n-Dad Now Their Gone Isn’t That Sad,” you can’t help but be intrigued, if not a bit disturbed. The Spirit of the Beehive is a local fledgling outfit who has popped up on my radar this past year, appearing on numerous bills, oftentimes at DIY spaces. The band has further grabbed my attention with its debut self-titled full-length album, which was recorded by The Weaks/ex-Dangerous Ponies, Evan Bernard and Chris Baglivo, and released via rising Philly indie label Ranch Records.  
 
The record’s opening track, “Roll Over,” begins with an eerie instrumentation before a languid female voice comes in with barely intelligible lines. “Cycles in and out of morphine hazes. Finding spaces between your floorboards. And I watch the dust move.” Thankfully the group provides us with lyrics on its Bandcamp page; otherwise, the beautifully poetic verses filled with drug-fueled imagery would be lost in the wash of power chords and feedback. “All lost in the black market. To wait in the fix aisle, I roll over.” You also get a sense of the band’s lo-fi, DIY aesthetic when you are abruptly taken out of the world, created by the album’s first, with studio chatter before moving on to the next track. With “Short Walk,” you can’t help but feel the influences of greats like Nirvana and more recently Creepoid with the hushed vocals and sonic bursts. These two tracks set the tone for the first half of the LP, where you travel in and out of the territories of dream pop and shoegaze when the female lead vocals grab a hold of you and then the grungier, harder-edged side takes over with the male lead. This juxtaposition provides quite an enjoyable balance that I actually wished went on longer throughout the record.
 
It’s not until “Ether,” where the two combine forces, changing the dynamic of their relationship. The title of the song suggests that you might be finding something more ethereal; however, the driving bass line provides a sense of urgency throughout the track. It also marks the point where the male lead begins to dominate the rest of the album, while taking on some of the characteristics of its counterpart. What remains a constant is a psychedelic, drug-filled angst full of guitar licks and distortion, giving off the vibe of a band that is here to rock, and they don’t care if you are ready for it or not.
 
The Spirit of the Beehive closes out their ambitious LP with the longest and cleanest sounding recording on the album, “Fever Dream,” demonstrating that they don’t need to hide behind studio effects, while making you wonder where their follow-up release will go next. It’s an eclectic and modern sounding record that also pulls from past genres I hold close to my chest. I highly recommend that you go download it ASAP. - Q.D. Tran

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Show Review: Kopecky at Mercy Lounge 12.13

Shortly after playing their last show of the year back in Nashville at Mercy Lounge this past Saturday, The Kopecky Family Band announced a name change to a more succinct "Kopecky." We read that as a step of preparation for 2015, a year that is going to see some heavy action for the band, with a sophomore album scheduled for a spring release and no doubt the same level of breakneck touring that the Kopeckys are known for. We got to hear some of the new material at their show, along with their classics and some fantastic openers (Apollo Wild and Austin Manuel.) The night also drove home the sense of community that pervades big-small town of Nashville as the crowd came together for their neighbors. Read on about the show HERE. -Terra James-Jura

 

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A Closer Look at Quioxtic II's Lineup at The Exit/In 12.18

As mentioned before, here’s a rundown of the acts playing this Thursday night at Exit/In for Sad Spaceman Promotions second showcase, Quioxtic II. We’re mildly involved sponsoring the event along with Kustom Thrills Tattooes and Bluegrass Hollywood Records, and we’re enthused about the lineup. Some Nashville standby’s are playing, along with some veterans of the industry, with a few giveaways and surprises thrown into the mix. Sad Spaceman is accepting donations for local animal rescues, to hop over to www.proverbs1210rescue.org/ after reading about the lineup to check out what to bring. Thursday's show starts at 8pm; tickets are $10 in advance (get 'em here) and $12 at the door, and the show is 21+

Hot Action Cop:

Hot Action Cop have been around for the last decade, with their irreverent pop finding its way into movie franchises and video game soundtracks. Their album “Listen Up!” was released this year, bridging the gap from their 2009 EP. The band is making an appearance in their homebase this Thursday.

The Switchmen:

The Switchmen are the embodiment of Southern rock; greasy, gritty, no questions, no apologies. November 18th saw the release of “Congress Hotel,” a 5-track powerhouse of an EP that shows off the breadth and depth of their songwriting abilities. They’re also recorded a series of live videos from the first Quioxtic showcase at Exit/In back in July, and unveiled the first last week. This video for “I Don’t Know” is a close approximation of what to expect on Thursday, minus the beer in your hand and fist pumping bodies on all sides of ya.

Regulation Nine:

Regulaton Nine represents the heavier side of rock and roll in Nashville. With a little bit of metal and a little bit of thrash, they’ve returned to the live show circuit after a brief hiatus, bringing it the only way they know how: hard.

Asheira:

Alabama-born, Army-raised Nashville transplant Asheira has all the makings of a rock goddess: she’s equal parts swagger and breathy vocals, and already knows that the best backup singer is a mean guitar lick. Check out the video for her brand new single “Sugar” to understand that she is fully capable of cashing every check she writes.

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Show Alert: Kopecky Family Band at Mercy Lounge 12.13

It's been more than a hot minute since Kopecky Family Band has played a local show. They might have touched base with Nashville all of two times this year. However, we entertain the vision of the crew touring hard across the country and having Wes Anderson-esque misadventures along the way, and, well, we can't hold anything against them. We just miss 'em is all. Which is why were excite that KFB is playing their last show of the year back in their hood, and debuting some new material off their upcoming 2015 release. There are also some solid guests joining the night: co-parent of Diarrhea Planet Evan P. Donahue will be opening up the show with his chamber-pop psychedelic mash, as well as Austin Manuel's high lonesome folk. Considering that we're still finding little gems off 2013's "Kids Raising Kids," we're hoping to be overwhelmed at least a few times on Saturday night.  Stay tuned next week for a live review!  -Terra James-Jura

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Stone Jack Jones Announces New Album "Love and Torture" Out 3.17

It's no secret that we love Stone Jack Jone's over here at The Deli Nashville headquarters (love, as in "harbor a morbid fascination with the gothic folk microcosm he has painstakingly cultivated.") We're thrilled to hear him announce the March 17th release date of his fourth full-length album "Love and Torture" on Western Vinyl. It's a swift follow-up to this year's "Ancestors," and while we know not to predict any of Mr. Jones' actions, judging by the heft and sharpness of his recent single "Circumstance" and the evolution of his sound from total near chaos to the calculated un-ease of his last album, we're expecting something even more deliberate and terrifying as his music moves closer to the surface of whatever forgotten lake it's been dropped into.  This announcement is not met without a slight hint of trepidation on our part; this music has a way of seeping into our dreams. Check out this video he released in November to promote his fall tour with O'Death and Death Vessel, then watch this mini-doc on the making of "Red Red Rose" to get some more insight on the man. -Terra James-Jura

 

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