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July 2014
Peter Matthew Bauer
"Liberation!
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Thank God The Walkmen are on a “hiatus.” As unpopular a statement as that might be to fans of the beloved indie-rock outfit, the resulting album, Liberation! (Mexican Summer), by the group’s former bassist Peter Matthew Baur reinforces the truth behind what I think. Baur has taken the time as a chance to expand his wingspan creatively, producing an album that’s slick, resonant and infectiously psychedelic.
 
It’s a heady journey through the artist’s far-from-normal life, never lacking in emotion and fundamentally based in a sense of optimism. Also, one of the most fascinating things going on with Liberation! is how it blends local and international aesthetics without ever feeling like appropriation or pandering. Songs such as “I Was Born in an Ashram” and “Philadelphia Raga” feel organic and refreshing, incorporating exotic influences without ever making them feel awkwardly placed or unnecessary.
 
The whole effort is the culmination of a meditative post-“hiatus” tour through Europe, and it shows. The record is relaxed and casual yet exploratory, never seeming to break a sweat while being thoroughly entertaining. The collection of songs has a comforting accessibility reminiscent of couchbound evenings of honesty-filled, drunken/stoner chats with your best buddies, which may seem to come few and far between as all of us get older and busier. - Daniel Ludwig

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The Woolen Men + Cool Ghouls + Dogheart at Mississippi 7.29

Whenever you see The Woolen Men appear on a bill you can count on it being a killer show. Not just because of their own aptitude for producing first-rate garage slacker-pop jams, but also because they keep very good company. July 29 at Mississippi Studios the guys are hanging out with Dogheart and San Francisco based Cool Ghouls for a night of bouncy garage rock and crunchy guitars. Dogheart is a new band on the scene who runs with knockabout bands like The Shivas and Mister Tang, but takes a more polished and subdued approach to the Portland-garage sound. Cool Ghouls will fill in the rough-and-tumble role that Dogheart will be familiar with; their brand of R&B infused swinging rock and roll is reminiscent of early Strange Boys with a twist of psych rock texture. This lineup will get you so jiggy Will Smith would offer you a solemn nod of approval.

- Bryce Woodcock 


Deli Portland Presents: Intimate Exposures with GRANDPARENTS

The Deli Magazine would love to incite more rowdy into your summer.

To that end, on Saturday, July 26th at 2pm, we are kicking off the first installment of what will be an ongoing audio/video series that we've dubbed, Intimate Exposures, featuring interviews and live performances by Portland's best bands in varying intimate settings, and we invite you all to come be a part of it! Saturday's inaugural event will be a pot-luck style brunch house show at the Aquarium Garden House, awesomely located on the corner of Alberta and NE 6th, featuring one of our absolute favorite bands, GRANDPARENTS: a psych-pop band full of amazing musicians who, in collaboration, are known to invoke mindgasms over and over again. SS Curmudgeon will open the afternoon at 2pm with Grandparents to follow at 3pm.

Audio from Grandparents set will be recorded by Adam Harney, one of the sound engineer geniouses behind Banana Stand Media. Additionally, the party will be filmed by a team of five talented cameramen and women, with direction and editing by local videographers gurus Alexei Shishkin and Nick Gattman.

We invite you to bring some variation of food or drink to share with the party. Beer will be aplenty and FREE thanks to Salem sudster sweethearts, Gilgamesh Brewering, and local snow cone experts, Fancy Ice, will be there to help you cool down with handcrafted flavors and booze infused cones! Corn-hole will be setup in the yard, but please feel free to bring any other yard games you'll want to get down on. 

We are excited to present this series as a snapshot of the best local music, fans and culture in Portland's ever evolving music scene, during a time when change appears more evident than ever in this Rose City we love.  
 
Click here for more information and to RSVP to the event. 
 
- Colette Pomerleau
 

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Rigsketball 2014: Rock 'N Roll 'N Basketball

It would be hard for someone to argue against the statement that Portland has its quirks. When you throw in​ creative individuals who desire a strong sense of community, you get magic. You get someone like Bim Ditson. He's gone on to be one of the stand-out innovators in the Portland music and arts communities. His invention? Rigsketball (and lots of amazing music and chainmail accessories).

You might've seen Rigsketball before, especially if you hang around local music venues. There's only one brightly-painted van with a hoop attached. The game is seriously defined as "a yearly bracket style basketball tournament played between Portland bands at locations across the city on a regulation height hoop attached to the back of a van." What happens next? Music.

Semifinals and finals will occur in the parking lot of The East Portland Eagles Lodge this Friday, July 25th at 5pm​. Live performances by six of our favorite Portland artists, Bearcubbin', Sons of Huns, The Ghost Ease, And And And, Talkative and Old Age and they can be experienced between two stages. Everything is free. Everything. See you there.

For further inquiries, check out a rad writeup that VICE recently did on the subject, here, or check out this video.
 
- Colette Pomerleau
 


Artist of the Month: Jackson Boone

Last Wedneday marked the close of another Deli Portland 'Artist of the Month' poll. The fans cried loud and a new king has been crowned. Congrats Jackson Boone, your experimental folky psych tunes are the current jam! Stream their brand new album, Starlit, and name your own price to own a digital copy of it here! Produced by Reily Geare of Unknown Mortal Orchestra and accompanied on the recording by members of Radiation City, it's no wonder that this album has been on repeat in my livingroom since it's release. 

- Travis Leipzig

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The Deli Portland's Guide to PDX POP NOW! 2014

Three days, outdoor and indoor stages, tons of rad local music...even room to park your bike. The annual PDX Pop Now! fest takes place July 18th through the 20th at 226 SE Madison St, Portland, OR 97214 (underneath the Hawthorne Bridge). As always the festival is free and totally all ages. 
 
PDX Pop Now!, Portland’s rock and roll non-profit has one mission; to “stimulate and expand participation in the Portland music scene” - an admirable cause to say the least, considering all the hard work this organization has done to support local art. From its early days as a listserv for Portland music lovers in 1998, PDX Pop Now! has grown into an “all-volunteer organization committed to...provid[ing] and support[ing] live performances and recorded materials.”
 
Overwhelmed by all the stellar bands? Here are some of our recomendations of what not to miss:
 
BARRA BROWN QUINTET: Friday 18th, Outdoor Stage, 6pm
      Brown, a Lewis & Clark College alum, has been making all sorts of waves in the Portland music scene - particularly in the jazz community. He’s been composing some killer, adventurous tunes that blend his eclectic taste in music. For instance, if it weren’t for the styling of trumpeter Tom Barber along with Brown’s polyrhythmic metric play, the song, “How the West was Won” could easily pass as an upbeat instrumental pop tune. 

 
BROWNISH BLACK: Saturday 19th, Outdoor Stage, 1:30pm
      Three cheers for neo-soul! Brownish Black started when front-person M.D. Sharbatz moved here from Detroit. Raised on a steady diet of Motown, punk and metal, Sharbatz attempts to blend all three sensibilities into this project, cultivating the lo-fi, “jagged” Stax soul sound with a “hard-edged beat to it.” Get ready to break out your tambourine.

 
SOUVENIR DRIVER: Sunday 20th, Outdoor Stage, 4:15pm
      Souvenir Driver have been touring material from their recent LP, Living Water. Self-dubbed as “bliss pop” the band’s list of genre influences is myriad, toting post-punk, psych, shoegaze, and even goth. “Kiss You Close” and “Feel the Flood” combine heavy bass with echo-heavy kick-snare and vocals like a sedated Joe Strummer to produce a slick, sinister new wave sound. 

 
Also check out:
ALAMEDA: Sunday 20th, Outdoor Stage, 2:15pm
      Alameda's pristine folk pop will cradle you until nothing hurts.
 
COMA SERFS: Sunday 20th, Outdoor Stage, 6:15pm
      With their jagged, garage rock, Coma Serfs will basically tear down all that sweet healing you got from just watching Alameda...but in the best way possible.
 
- Ted Jamison 

 


Bubble Cats at Habesha 7.18

Is your life lacking in the sonic sensations that can only be provided by a night of frenzied, unfiltered rawk? Mine too, my friends, mine too. Fortunate for us, the guys in Bubble Cats will be performing at Habesha Lounge this Friday night to provide us with an auditory fix. This four-piece act shreds through jagged riffs, heavy rhythms and crisp vocal shouts backed by an energy that embodies a  punk rock spirit. Their three intertwined EPs (Hiss, Purr and Mews) showcase this energy through crisp production, but is no substitute for their live performance. Joining them will be the sludgy, blues-infused tunes created by recent Medford transplans 100 Watt Mind and Djupang. Show starts at 9pm with a 5 dollar cover, be there for a night of rock n’ roll in it’s purest form. Your ringing ears will thank you for the experience.  

- Ben Toledo 


Muffassa Kicks off West Coast tour at Kelly's Olympian 7.17

I like shows with an entirely local lineup. Especially when the bands all bring different elements of the scene. The bill at Kelly's Olympian this Thursday (7.17) is a perfect example of just how much talent Portland has to offer.

Fre$h Hair will kick off the evening with a certain mischief. This duo manages to glorify day to day heartache and experience with charming harmonic frivolity. Whilst their lyrics may seem typical of two young women trying to smoke their way through things, they bring authority in their writing and in doing so, a truly beautiful modern folk sound.

Up next is Ladywolf with their rhythmic jolt of lo fi psychedelic rock. Listening to Ladywolf is like being transported to a place I've never been. Mainly New York in the late seventies. I feel like I'm in a dirty nightclub and I'm 21 again. In a glorious way.

The Handles bring a heartache of lap steel country drawl with great, laid back capability. Their choruses play with melodies that will have you singing along even if you only pick up half of the words. "My love is a bottle, and you are the reason". It's that kind of sadness that makes you feel right at home.

Mufassa will close out the night before hitting the road the following morning to embark on a West Coast tour. If The Beatles, T Rex and Black Sabbath had a baby - spunky and confident, these boys definitely know how to pack a punch with songs like "Johnny," but can also draw you back in with the thoughtful storytelling in tracks like "Women." This evening will be quite the ride.

- Jennie Chapman


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