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The Shining Sea -- May 28 -- Pianos NYC Upstairs Lounge

This Saturday, May 28, check out CT-based band, The Shining Sea. This show marks the last in the band's month-long Saturday night residency at NYC's Pianos (upstairs) with Jesse Kohn.

The Shining Sea blends surf-like riffs with elements of nouvelle vague soundtracks from early 60's french cinema, thrown in with lots of other genres that somehow all work to create a shimmery soundscape.

Saturday, May 28
9 pm -- The Shining Sea
8 pm -- Jesse Kohn
A different opener each week on at 7pm.

Pianos Upstairs Lounge
158 Ludlow Street
New York, NY 10002

--Chrissy Prisco

 





Streight Angular wants your feedback for their upcoming EP, Everyone is Syncopated. FREE Download!

Streight Angular love and respect their fans and appreciate their input. They want to include you (the fans) in their recording and mastering process of their new EP.

Follow this link to download rough mixes of the new EP, Everyone is Syncopated.

Give it a listen and let the band know what you think! With the EP anticipated to be released sometime in the Summer, they want your honest feedback to help them in the process of laying down the final cuts. You can contact them via twitter and facebook. Also, feel free to share the music with others. Streight Angular wants to get everyone up and dancing and singing along to their songs!

To check out more by Streight Angular, head down to The Middle East (Up) on Sat 6/11. They're playing with The Vital Might, Oranjuly, and Hello Ninja. 18+ $10 Advance / $12 Day Of Show.
 

--Chrissy Prisco





Drink Up Buttercup Confirm Spilt

What a drag: Drink Up Buttercup has confirmed today that they've broken up and that their appearance at The Fire's Sundrop Arts and Music Festival will be their last under the DUB name. We knew it was coming months ago when we heard murmurs from mutual friends but were waiting for official word, and now that we have it (thanks to the Key for bringing it to our attention), we're bummed out. Even though the spark started to fade according to frontman Jim Harvey and the buzz just didn't match their pre-Yep Roc days, DUB was excellent at what they did (that's why they were our 2008 Best Emerging Artists Poll winner and their debut full-length, Born and Thrown on a Hook, was our March CD of the Month [2010]). Still, out of the ashes comes the new, so we're excited to hear what Jim Harvey, Mike Cammarata, and Farzard Houshiarnejad are gonna produce now that they've revamped as White Birds. Should prove interesting if "Veins Lined with Rust" is any indication. - The Deli Staff

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Q&A with our Artist of the Month, THE DOTTED EYES

The Dotted Eyes, our artist of the month, took time out of their hectic recording sessions to answer a few questions for us. Here, we learn about how searching for girls on the Internet sometimes really can work out, how diverse their musical tastes all are (Boyz II Men was really popular back in the day, we dig.), and what their biggest pet peeve is about the Boston music scene.

deli: How did the band start?

The Dotted Eyes: A few years ago, Neil Mittal started writing a lot of quiet male/female duets. Duets are very difficult to sing by yourself, so he decided to get a band together - which included our guitar/keyboardist Josh Breckman. The songs quickly turned into pop/synth/rock anthems that didn't quite work. As a result, the band fizzled and Neil and Josh learned some valuable lessons.

After a few months off, Neil and Josh took a step back and tried a new approach to working on these songs: demo early and often. Josh has a studio in his basement, and they'd record rough versions of their songs, and constantly tweak them until the arrangement really complemented each song. The results were quieter, more acoustic songs that really highlighted the melody and the duet nature of the songs.

Tried as they might, Neil and Josh had quite a bit of trouble playing male/female duets by themselves. So they started looking for girls on Craigslist...

Click here to read the rest of the interview!!

--Chrissy Prisco

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Q&A with The Dotted Eyes

by Chrissy Prisco

 

deli: How did the band start?

The Dotted Eyes: A few years ago, Neil Mittal started writing a lot of quiet male/female duets. Duets are very difficult to sing by yourself, so he decided to get a band together - which included our guitar/keyboardist Josh Breckman. The songs quickly turned into pop/synth/rock anthems that didn't quite work. As a result, the band fizzled and Neil and Josh learned some valuable lessons.

After a few months off, Neil and Josh took a step back and tried a new approach to working on these songs: demo early and often. Josh has a studio in his basement, and they'd record rough versions of their songs, and constantly tweak them until the arrangement really complemented each song. The results were quieter, more acoustic songs that really highlighted the melody and the duet nature of the songs.

Tried as they might, Neil and Josh had quite a bit of trouble playing male/female duets by themselves. So they started looking for girls on Craigslist. Not deterred by the invitation to go meet up in a stranger's basement, Raquel Barrientos got in touch with them, tried out, and was almost immediately an essential member of the band.

Craigslist then graced them with J.C. Zwisler on drums. At the same time Mike Johnson, Josh's ex-bandmate from Making It Right, was on a mini-tour with his band Elle Driver. The band imploded mid-tour and Josh quickly recruited Mike to fill out the line-up.

With their line-up in place, the new band recorded and released an EP - and played their first show in December of 2010 to a crowd of flannel-wearing-think-rimmed-glasses-types at the Middle East.



deli: Where did the band name come from?

DE: Band names are the worst!  If you stare at a band name long enough, they all sound stupid.  "The Wishing Fit" was tossed around for a while, but was nixed by a lot of people we talked to.  Anyway, we were almost done with our EP and still didn't have a band name.  Josh was up late one night, and looked up a list of common phrases/sayings that we could try to have fun with.  "Cross your t's and dot your i's" came up and "The Dotted Eyes" stemmed from that.  It felt familiar, but different - and we're sort of perfectionists, so it felt like a good fit.



deli: What are your biggest musical influences?

 
Josh: The Beatles, Belle and Sebastian, Sufjan Stevens, of Montreal

Neil:  Ben Gibbard, Jesse Lacey, Rivers Cuomo

Mike: Neil Diamond, Dustin Diamond, Oh Sleeper, Lady Antebellum, Vanna, Taylor Swift, Pearl Jam

JC: Alkaline Trio, Death Cab for Cutie, The Mountain Goats

Raquel: The National, Neko Case, Rilo Kiley


deli: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?
 
Raquel: I pretty much have The National on repeat; I usually fall asleep listening to High Violet and it makes for some pretty incredible dreams. I'm a big fan of Emiliana Torini and just discovered The Rescues. Fantastic harmonies are paired really nicely with very clever lyrics that get stuck in my head and I find myself singing them out loud as I'm going about my day.

Neil: I have been listening to a lot of local stuff - I am really into The First Annual - they are like Tom Petty and Bright Eyes combined.

Mike: Locally: the Tower and the Fool, Save Ends, & Vanna Nationally: the Decemberists, Lady Antebellum, A Day to Remember, We Came As Romans

Josh: Sufjan Stevens’ new album was pretty fantastic.  I tend to listen to "of Montreal" more than I should.  

JC: A lot of Death Cab, getting ready for Codes & Keys. The Weakerthans, Against Me!, The Hold Steady, The Frames.


deli: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
 
Josh: Green Day's Dookie and... Green Day live.  sigh.

Neil:  Boyz II Men 2 and  Philly Y100 Feztival (someone stole the radio).

Mike: Horde Fest w/the Black Crows and Ziggy Marley and I think the first cassettes I had were New Kids on the Block or a Wilson Phillips single (which I still have).

JC: Bought Running With Scissors by Weird Al and then saw him a few months later at the Warner Theatre.

Raquel: The first show I saw was The Plus Ones at The Catalyst in my hometown, Santa Cruz. It was a really small pop-punk show. The first CD I bought was Coldplay, Rush of Blood to the Head. I actually never bought a CD until I was seventeen. I listened to a lot of records and made tapes from the radio.


deli: What do you love about Boston's music scene?

 
DE: We like that the city is literally full of music. On any given day there is music playing somewhere and it's all so varied.

As a band, we're still pretty new to the Boston scene, but we've legitimately liked all the bands we've played with - both musically and personally.


deli: What would you like to see change in the local music scene?

 
DE: This is a pretty minor gripe, but shows tend to run past the time the T stops running.  No one wants to be in a band, or see a band start to play at 11:30pm on a Wednesday night.  People need to take the T home and work the next day, so a lot of shows without big headliners tend to just fizzle out as the night goes on.  


deli: What are your plans for the upcoming year?
 
DE: This past Sunday we started recording a 10 song CD!  We hope to be done by the end of the Summer.  We'll be sure to keep you posted!
 

deli: What was your most memorable live show?
 
DE: Our first show felt pretty great.  It wasn't perfect, but we had just released our EP that week and it felt like it really legitimized us as a band.


deli: Is there someone who has helped your band grow through support?
 
DE: Our wives/girlfriends/neighbors/friends who put up with us playing the same songs over and over and over and over again... and have only put one brick though our windows (same brick, multiple windows).


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

 
DE: We use Josh's recording setup in almost all of our songwriting/demoing.  If that vanished, we'd have to completely change how we orchestrate and lay out our new songs.  


deli: Why do you read The Deli?

 
DE: It's 'deli'cious!  

Seriously though, as a small band, it's really good for us to keep track of what else is going on around Boston and New England, and The Deli helps with that.  So thanks!
 

The Dotted Eyes


 
 
 

 

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