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June 2016
Pinkwash
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Solemn resonance slides the door open to “No Real Witness,” the opening track from Pinkwash’s debut album, Collective Sigh. The much-anticipated LP from the prog-punk combination of Joey Doubek and Ashley Arnwine is available via Don Giovanni Records, and takes little time to develop its emotively-charged release, as the unrelenting battering of percussion unites with those eerie key/synth tones, uncorking the aggression. And with a surge, “Metastatic” jumps out with a sense of controlled high-speed rhythm. The guitar riff and percussion weave in a tightly bound flow, giving way in moments to Doubek’s soaring, lingering vocal outcry. The deep stemming personal feel and weight of his lyrics are thrust forward as the instruments smash ahead.
 
The instantaneous groove of “Gumdrop” surrounds you in a steady power-exuding bounce. The kinetic energy is infectious as that locked-in guitar pattern and pummeling snap of percussion mesmerizes, and Doubek delivers a set of serious-toned yet matter-of-factly-delivered lines: “Feeling of going down, shot to the ground, you’ll have to put me down”. Keys slice through that hypnotic attack like a bright, omen-echoing light.
 
The album takes a moment to breathe as “inhale, exhale” is methodically repeated in “Sigh,” while anticipating the foreboding guitar that emerges gradually from the background, with an upper-cutting sledgehammer of sludgy instrumentation. “Walk Forward With My Eyes Closed” - much like the rest of album - appears to hit on the pain and grief of deep and profound loss. That musical push toward coping is surrounded by the encompassing walls of heavy sonics that gather momentum as Doubek musters up strength. “I’ll walk forward with my eyes closed.”
 

With a thunder-smashing yet deeply personal side, Collective Sigh etches its message at the core, transforming the power of grief into a heavy–hitting memorable display of emotion. - Michael Colavita


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


Gold Casio bring Monday dance vibes to Doug Fir

Kicking off a summer series of shows along the West Coast, electronic loves Gold Casio will be sweatin' up the Doug Fir tonight in celebration of their soon-to-drop music video and upcoming debut full length. As part of the transformation of their current release, the Fever Dreams EP will see an additional five songs, propelling it from a sampler pack of their indelible dance pop to a straight serving size of active tunes. 

A video for Fever Dreams' closing track, "Last Song," will be shared some time next month.

Joining Gold Casio tonight will be synth pop duo Calm Candy and Australia's Cub Sport, rounding out the bill with a guarantee of solid gyration.

The show starts at 8:30 tonight and only costs $5, so let's groove tonight.


Stream Husky Boys' Extremely Loud and Incredibly Loud

Current Deli Portland Artist of the Month nominees Husky Boys are about to drop one of the hottest albums to come out of Portland this year. Next week, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Loud, the boys' debut, is coming out just before their tour of the eastern states. 

They're having a joint album release/tour kickoff show June 30th at Valentines along with fellow poll noms Fire Nuns, Robot Boy and Casual Boyfriend.

As a special treat to all you Deli fans, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Loud is streaming on the site a week early. Peep the Husky Boys' tour dates below while you jam out to their debut! 

HUSKY BOYS TOUR DATES
7/3 Minneapolis, MN - Rathole
7/4 Chicago, IL - Flood House
7/5 Cleveland, OH - Maple Lanes
7/6 Philadelphia, PA - The Storefront
7/7 Brooklyn, NY - Alphaville
7/8 TBA
7/9 Baltimore, MD - Sidebar
7/10 Greensboro, NC - House Show
7/11 Atlanta, GA - The Sewing Room
7/12  Nashville, TN - Queen Ave
7/13 TBA
7/14 Lawrence, KS - Replay Lounge
7/15 Denver, CO - Goosetown Tavern
  


Deli Portland gems to dominate the Doug Fir for record release

The Doug Fir will be host to a lineup comprised of some the Deli's Portland's most prized artists tomorrow. The Cabin Project are having their record release show for the new Unfolded, joined by Deli Portland Artist of the Year for 2015 Coco Columbia and the instrumentally dynamic and colorful Human Ottoman.

The orchestral pop of The Cabin Project boasts grand choruses and harmonies paired with scopic string sections, manifesting a desirably mellow affect that landed them the runner up slot in the Deli's Year End polls. Katie Sawicki, the Brooklynite that founded The Cabin Project, developed her vision over the last near decade by injecting an intimacy of poetically heartfelt lyrics paired with a musical output that's just as affectionate. Now joined by Zanny Geffel and Rebekah Hanson, The Cabin Project's full sound translates into an ornate projection on all members' innermost emotions.

Unfolded is the third release from The Cabin Project and promises to be the most sentimental yet. "[Unfolded is] an album about despair, loss, hope, freedom, heartache, justice and love.  We hope that our listeners will connect with the words and feelings of this record and believe that it is catharsis for all who have felt these universal feelings within their own journeys through life," the band states on album's intent.

Coco Columbia's angelic jazz pop fills an empty pocket in Portland's rock dominated music scene, while Human Ottoman's revived take on the typical instrumental makeup of a band (using only a cello, vibraphone and drums) is sonically raucous.

An album stream for The Cabin Project's Unfolded will be available on the Deli Portland site before the release show tomorrow, so be sure to familiarize yourself before you see it live at this Deli endorsed event. 


Logan Lynn releases single for Orlando victims

 The recent tragedy that happened at Orlando's Pulse nightclub have obviously stunned the nation but more specifically, the LGBTQI community as the center of the attack. While many of us remain mournful and full of sorrow, some took to their respective creative outlets to express their feelings. Local Logan Lynn falls into that latter category.

He released his track for "Go There When You Want To Be Loved" just two days after the June 12th massacre, with a heartfelt statement on the track's Bandcamp page.

"I feel sick and afraid. I want to cancel all of my upcoming public appearances and find a closet to go back inside of. But I cannot. And I will not. I will not be made quiet by fear. I will not let American apathy dictate my path. And I will never stop hoping that change will come," Logan wrote.

"I wrote this song “Go There When You Want To Be Loved” about my own feeling that there is no safe place for me in the world at times as a gay man, as a person living with persistent mental health struggles, and as a public person known for both. These lyrics feel like the only words I can find for how I am feeling, so I am releasing it now as a fundraiser for my queer family in Orlando."

Logan's sentiments aren't outcast, as many relate and are looking for this opportunity as a much needed chance to band together and support one another. With vigils happening across the world and very inclusive, grandiose ones happening on Portland's front, that support is extensive.

All proceeds from Logans track are going towards the recovery of the LGBTQI community in Orlando. We're coming out of Pride Week, but don't let that stop the feeling. Listen to it, share it, do what you can. The community needs it.

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