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October 2014
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The major takeaway for Mumblr’s new album Full Of Snakes (Fleeting Youth Records) is that it really takes balls to write songs that truly say nothing. As counter intuitive as it may sound, there really is something admirable in using music to not really express all that much. Any jerk with a voice and a few chords can say a whole lot about how their ex is horrible; what really matters is how much of that content is actually worth hearing. And brother, Mumblr has found a way to make saying nothing profound.

On the surface, the album initially sounds like some sort of early 2000’s generic pop-punk; the first song “Got It” opens with that familiar sense of vague, safe anger. It’s very “high school” reminiscent, right off the bat, with lines like “I got it if you want it” and “I’ll invite you to my room.” But as the song closes and we drift into “Sober,” the tone very gradually starts to feel off. It starts to feel a bit weirder, with this sense of reckless abandon that you only hear in a Violent Femmes song. And it’s not that one is true, and the others is not; this album is walking a razor’s edge between the most self-aware of indie post-punk and the obliviousness of adolescent guilty pleasures.

And while that may sound like a chaotic mess, the seventeen-track full-length really is the having-and-eating of one's cake. We get the indulgence of grandiose guitar riffs and over the top shrieks, but with just enough originality in the composition to give it a sense of being slick and even avant-garde. Don’t let the outward sense of crazy abandon fool you - this thing is airtight. And a lot of that can be chalked up to Nick Morrison’s vocals; he brings a real sense of cleverness to the whole thing, in no small part to the fact that he can turn his voice on a dime.

One endlessly fascinating reoccurring theme is the use of repetition in their lyrics, with phrases like the aforementioned “I got it” and “someone’s been sitting in my chair” echoed over and over again, beyond the point of simple parody. It’s that old artistic trope of repeating something until it becomes meaninglessly applied to lyrics, and it’s interesting to hear expressions of youthful angst to become so alien and meaningless.

They take these universal touchstones of adolescences, including the use of “shock” lyrics such as “if God is a woman I’m going to hell” and gleefully drive them into the ground while enjoying the ride. It’s fun, it’s cool, and will leave you thinking more than any other post-punk album in months. And it does so while still being a genuinely fun throwback to a sort of music that you don’t really hear in earnest these days. - Daniel Ludwig


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Intimate Exposures Presents: Grandparents - Pill Spector

Here it is! The final piece of the first installment of Deli Portland's 'Intimate Esposures' audio/video series with our inaugural exposees, the Portland psychedelic pop rippers, Grandparents! Recorded by Adam Harney, and filmed by a wild pack of dslr owners with editing by Nick Gattman, enjoy Grandparents unreleased track "Pill Spector" performed live at the Aquarium House in NE Portland! Thanks again to Gilgamesh Brewing for the tasty suds you donated, and to everyone who helped make the production possible or came to party! Stay tuned for deets on the next IE rager we'll throw. Cheers!

- Travis Leipzig

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Sons of Huns Live at Devils Point 10.22

Some things are just meant to go together... mac and cheese; whiskey and fightin'; Yin and Yang; and of course Rock n' Roll and babes! This Wednesday night, The Devils Point strip club presents the latter: live, cut-throat, riff-heavy metal by Sons of Huns, who will be accompanied by the infamous badass, mowhawk yielding, tattood nudie dancer, Malice. The Huns are sure to fill out this small, single dance stage club with their raucous sounds and rowdy fans alike. Having spent a good chunk of the past year touring the States and playing with various huge names in the metal scene such as Andrew W.K, Danava, Kadavar, Graveyard, Wolfmother, and Saint Vitus to name a few, SOH only have a few remaining shows to play for us this year here in Portland before they hunker back down to record a follow up to their slaying debut album, Banishment Ritual. And what more could you ask for than such an intimate show with live nudes? 10pm, Wednesday night 10.22, $5 cover.

- Travis Leipzig

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Intimate Exposures with Grandparents: The Interview...

This series wouldn't be very "intimate" if we didn't talk with the band and bring to light their deepest and darkest, am I right? Well, here at The Deli Portland we don't really know what we're doing, and we sure as shit don't know how to keep things serious. That said, enjoy our interview with Grandparents and stay tuned for their second live music video next week! 

 

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A Portland State of Mind 10.18

There is not enough room on our humble blog to rave about each of the amazing acts playing at Portland State University on Saturday. At the risk of sounding like Stefon from SNL, it has EVERYTHING. The lineup is a delightful sampler of some of Portland’s best acts in a variety of genres, put together by our buddies at Banana Stand Media.

DJ Anjali and the Incredible Kid offer a Bollywood/world beat DJ set that will get everyone dancing--they’ll probably even teach you some new steps.

TxE (the “x” means “and,” DAD!) put together some of the hottest hip-hop in town, hands-down. Check out their rad album Vs. Portland where they sample a bunch of killer local indie acts.

Hustle & Drone, who last week relased a new track and Instagram-style video featuring raps by Portland Trailblazer Damian Lillard (unbeknownst to him), will bring their ridiculous energy and giant synth pop to the stage as well as some pretty rad lights that make you feel like you’ve just smoked a rainbow.

Top it all off with the enfatuatingly hazy love-pop/rock of dream babes Radiation City, and it’s bound to be one of the best shows you’ll see all year.

So skip a trip to the pub and invest in local music. Or if you go to PSU it’s free, and you’re all definitely studying and not drinking, anyways. Saturday, October 18, from 7pm-11pm in the Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom, room 355, 1825 SW Broadway Ave. The show is free for PSU students, $10 advance for the general public, or $15 at the door. Reserve your ticket at the PSU Box Office.

-Chandler Strutz


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