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February 2016
Jo Kusy
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Jo Kusy (Far-Out Fangtooth, The Whips) cultivates an eclectic, lo-fi daydream on his new full-length album, You Break Me. The record is currently available for purchase/download, and will be found on limited cassette on February 12 via Kusy’s own imprint Kooze Kontrol.
 
The album’s opener “Long Gone Angel” establishes the LP’s loose-moving atmosphere, as guitar trickles into a percussive/bass-oriented roll. The instrumentation briefly drops out, giving way to an a cappella moment and then a sax solo, before falling back into form. The bass-forward nature of “Only a Night,” coupled with its synth, thrusts one into a danceable framework. Background vocals soften the lead. In the insta-funky “All Go To Heaven,” Kusy proclaims, “Get down, hear the sound, boogie-woogie shake your claim…”
 
“Before You Opened Your Mouth” shifts into a light youthful disposition, reflected in its humorous lyrics - “Old people acting young, it’s ok cause its only fun/young people acting old, they sound stupid…” “Ghost Funk Lesson” drops into a sly island vibration - reminiscent of The Police, while “1st Place (But They Told Me 5th) develops a eerie tone with its heavy-footed thump and the mysterious whisper of the vocals. “All the creeps come out from the woodwork, as the sun begins to rise.”
 
With its sinister stir, “New Devil Beat” perpetuates a throbbing pulse, and “Cherry Pickin’ Baby” rides a thick bass-line to accentuate its heavier playful spin on rockabilly. Shedding some weight, “Silk Paradise” gently glides, paced by the clean snap of drums and unobtrusive guitar runs. Closing with its title-track “You Break Me,” the tail end of the LP rides a steady, floating wave; a heady trip punctuated by a stealthy stretch of guitar work, throwing some fire into the meditative calm.
 
You Break Me is a fun, unpretentious album that easily gets the head bobbing and toes tapping with its minimalist approach. It’s a sleeper that you definitely shouldn’t sleep on. - Michael Colavita

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2015 Year End Polls For Emerging Artists: Results Scene by Scene


The Deli's SXSW Issue 2014 is online!

Read it digitally here.

P.S. 10k free copies of this issue hit the street of Austin during SXSW Music week!


All Them Witches are The Deli Nashville's Best Emerging Artist of 2015! 2nd Savoy Motel, 3rd REMMI!

Deli Readers,

Our Best of Nashville Poll for Emerging Artists has been - as usual - a lengthy and painstaking journey which took us through prairies of numbers, horizons filled with band names, and a dense, (mostly) joyous rain of music, but we have finally arrived at destination: we can announce the final results. This year we heave a very eclectic chart - at least for the top positions.

Once all the votes were tallied (you can find out more about our methods below), All Them Witches emerged as the clear winner. Winning the contest will earn them not only serious bragging rights, but also a nod in our SXSW print edition. We first covered All Them Witches way back in the long-forgotten year of 2013, and we're thrilled to see them getting some love from our jurors. Their 2015 Sweet Release EP is a journey and a half filled with long jams and tasty riffs that'll have you doing that weird air guitar impression people do where they wiggle their fingers in front of their nipples for a couple seconds. The band shows no signs of slowing down in 2016, having already announced an overseas tour as well as a handful of US festival appearances.

Coming in second are local 70's groove revivalists Savoy Motel, though to place them in a neat genre like that is a bit of a disservice. Their music is less of an old style in a modern context and more like an alternate universe, "what could have been" trip into uncanny valley. It's all kinds of groovy and catchy, but there's a certain unease that separates it from the pack. These guys don't have a lot of material online yet, but we encourage you to dig on what's available.

In third place is electro-pop songstress REMMI. Her recently released New America EP is up there with the best of what you'll hear on any top 40 station with its crisp production and sad-dancing overtones. 

Check out our poll's top 15 below, and don't forget to get even deeper, exploring all the finalists organized by genre:

ALT FOLK - ALT ROCK - AMERICANA - 
ELECTRONIC
 - INDIE POP -INDIE/PSYCH ROCK - 
REVIVAL ROCK
 - SINGER-SONGWRITER

BEST OF 2015 POLL FOR
EMERGING NNASHVILLE ARTISTS
****** FINAL RESULTS - TOP 15 ******
 
ARTIST
J
OS
R
TOT
 
1
All Them Witches
6.5
 
0.008
6.508
2
Savoy Motel
5.5
 
0.001
5.501
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3
REMMI
4.5
 
0.042
4.542
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4
The Gills
4.5
 
0.006
4.506
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5
Steelism
3.5
 
0.004
3.504
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6
The Nearly Deads
3
 
0.068
3.068
7
Twiggs
3
 
0.068
3.068
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Soft Bodies
3
 
0.052
3.052
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9
Cappa
3
 
0.022
3.022
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10
Organ Stills
3
 
0.016
3.016
11
Sheep Shifter
3
 
0.013
3.013
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12
Hot Tub Club
3
 
0.003
3.003
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13
Elliot Root
3
 
0.003
3.003
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14
The By Gods
3
 
0.002
3.002
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15
Step Sisters
 
3
0.002
3.002
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Legend: J = Jurors, W = Deli Writers,
R = Deli Readers, OS = Open Submissions

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If you wonder how this chart came into existence, here is how it all went down: 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+ Nashville scene expert (our jury) and asked them to nominate 3 more bands of their choice each (3 points for the top choice, then 2 and 1). 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 Nashville produced in the year 2015, this list is all you need. Enjoy!

Many Thanks to our Jurors: Ron Brice (3rd and Lindsley), Brendan Donohue (Pureform Media), Staff, (Lockeland Springsteen Music Blog), Staff (Grimey's), Jay Gregory (Sad Spaceman Promotions), Steve Cross (Concert Photographer), Jared & Kristen Corder (East Nashville Underground), Robert Bragdon (Break on a Cloud ), Andrew Minske (Show This ), Brian Waters (DJ/Lightning 100), Tyler Walker (Queens Art Collective), Michael Eades (We Own This Town), Stephen Tragdser (Nashville Scene), Wes Davenport (Mercy Lounge), Crying Wolf, Christopher Paxton (Event director), Mistaa Gattii ( ACME Feed & Seed), Jesse Baker (Exit/In), David Oakleaf (The Building). Many other jurors were asked to send us their preferences but chose not to do so.

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

The Deli's Staff

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Ron Gallo premieres "Young Lady, You're Scaring Me," plays tomorrow night (02.05) at The Basement

Philadelphia-to-Nashville expat Ron Gallo might not even be done unpacking all the boxes in his apartment, but he’s got a chest full of musical treasures that he’s more than ready to start showing off. For his first act as a Tennessean, he’s released a video for “Young Lady, You’re Scaring Me,” a wooly-as-a-mammoth, jittery-as-a-jumping-bean little number off his forthcoming long player Heavy Meta. Ron stays cool and detached over it all with a rambly, hiccup-prone cadence not unlike Grinderman-era Nick Cave after a liter of cognac, and he’s got the literate, coarse lyrics to match.

Watch the video right here, and stop by The Basement tomorrow night (02.05) to catch Ron with Diane Coffee. Give him a warm Tennessee welcome for us, would ya? -Austin Phy

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Ace Quaalude rides high on "aq"

From the goofy band name to the crass track titles right down to the muddy-as-hell mix, Ace Quaalude's debut aq is the rare kind of album that manages to look and sound like it cares very little what you think of it while still coming off as unpretentious and—more importantly—highly enjoyable. To make a series of recordings so naturally slick (think Fat White Family with a gothic streak) takes serious chops. The sense of "bedroom fuckery that came out way better than expected" is strong here, and the result is an enjoyably raw and honest EP. Check it out or don't; Ace Quaalude will be having a chuckle about it either way. -Austin Phy

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