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April 2014
The perfect solace for winter’s passing, Creepoid’s second full-length self-titled LP combines the zeitgeist of 90's grunge with pristine dissonance and somber lyricism. Released earlier this month by No Idea Records, Creepoid is eerie, melodic and stirring from beginning to end. 

The record’s introductory track “Nauda” opens with a singular note that swells into a melody, aligning itself with the listener in a way that feels confessional yet synonymous. A well-wrought continuation of the earnest diction reminiscent of Horse Heaven, “Nauda” is as bittersweet as its vocals, informed by the paradox of loneliness and longing. Expanding into a cinematically moody soundscape, guitars wail like sirens, beckoning chords to crash and settle into a fading ricochet - a premonition of “Sunday.” Coupled with acoustic strums and crisp vocal croons, a solemn request, “take my light and pull it out,” is beautifully melodic with perfectly placed tambourine that brings to mind the memorable mood concentrated. Exploring the affect and consequence of relational presence and its subsequent absence, the orchestration of “Sunday” renders a relatable narrative evocatively raw and sincere. 

“Yellow Wallpaper” ignites with driving bass and swirling riffs. As if resurrecting the perfection of Jeremy Enigk (ex-Sunny Day Real Estate), a la “Killed By An Angel” meets “Pillars,” the song evokes an eerie all consuming sense of the sublime that centers the track’s duration. Like an extension of Horse Heaven’s “Hollow Doubt,” the contextual weight of “Yellow Wallpaper” is harmonically haunting and intentionally poignant. “Baptism” washes over its listener in waves of riffs and echoed vocals that occupy an emotive territory similar to lesser-known tracks by Sonic Youth, subverted and painted darker by the brooding buzz reminiscent of shoegaze greats like My Bloody Valentine. 

In its decline, “Baptism” casts a feeling of transcendent submersion, befitting its namesake. With a crystallized aggression, “Gout” does the same - urgent and arresting with visceral shouts and screams. “Stay Inside” is considerably more subdued than the album’s preceding tracks but equally mesmerizing, unfolding “Tired Eyes,” a hypnotic chant of a fatigued psychedelic. “Golden String” feels slightly optimistic, while “Acrimony” blossoms then retracts into a reserved yet deliberate ballad that demands its audience’s attention like a gloomy lullaby with teeth. “Vulgar,” warm and sunlit, is lush and arresting, setting the stage for the album’s closer “Old Tree,” a jubilant ending to yet another epic compilation of clairvoyant anthems evoked by Creepoid. - Dianca Potts 

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Deli-cious reading for the Holidays!

For the upcoming holidays we thought you might enjoy some of our best articles from the past!

Hope you enjoy - and Happy Holidays!

The Lower East Side is Over (2007) - by Andrew Spaulding 
The Brooklyn DIY Scene (2009) - by Paolo De Gregorio
The State of the NYC scene in 2012 - by Mike Levine and Paolo De Gregorio

- Surf Music influences on the NYC Sound (2012) by Mike Levine
- Afrobeat Influences on the NYC Sound (2012) - by Mike Levine
Soul Music Influences on the NYC Sound (2012) - by Brian Chidster

Grizzly Bear - interview from first issue (2004) - by Stephanie R. Myers
- Matt and Kim (before they became huge, 2006) - by David Schneider 
- TV on the Radio (before they became huge, 2005) - by Liz Schroeter

- A History of Audio Plug Ins - by Paolo De Gregorio
- Recording: Home vs. Studio - by Bruce Kaphan
- Recording Drums: Tips & Tricks - by Paolo De Gregorio

The Deli's Staff

Preview: Marqissmas Holiday Show and Album Release at the Subterranean Arthouse

If you’re wondering what to play at your holiday shindig that isn’t as stale as the proverbial fruitcake, look no further. #Christmas is not your great aunt’s Christmas compilation album. Your great aunt does not even know how to pronounce #Christmas. But @you do #youtechsavvything.

The Ivy Hill Entertainment release features local indie artists like Finish Ticket, Mr. Kind, and Marqiss, singing new Christmas songs and breathing life into old ones. The album is available on Bandcamp for whatever you want to pay (including goose egg, but you wouldn’t do that). All proceeds go to Swords to Plowshares, a non-profit veteran service organization.

In light of the album release, Marqiss, The Plastic Arts, and Maria Quiles & Rory Cloud will be putting on a holiday show called Marqissmas at the Subterranean Arthouse in Berkeley tomorrow, December 20. Entry is $10. Here is the best promotional video I’ve seen all year.

Oceanography EP Release at Hemlock Tavern, Dec. 13

Oakland-based Oceanography's EP Parachutes of Plenty, was released today on iTunes and Bandcamp. The project of Brian Kelly (Disclosure: Kelly is the East Bay Express' art director and my colleague), Oceanography combines the depressive folk of Low, the gloom pop of Echo and the Bunnymen, and indie rock -- circa early 2000s Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where Kelly used to live. 

Catch Oceanography live at its record release show at Hemlock Tavern on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 9 p.m., with openers Swells and Wilding.

--Whitney Phaneuf


Preview: Girls In Suede Album Release w/ Wes Leslie, Of Shape & Sound, and Coast Jumper

Santa Rosa schizophrenic garage rockers Girls in Suede demand your attention. Just when you think you can juggle the music in their debut self-titled album, they’ll toss you another sound. 

Aligning closest with alt rockers like early Chili Peppers and Modest Mouse, the band also nods to jazz, call-and-response, funk, prog, and old-fashioned garage punk. That's a lot of nodding. Listen for angst-ridden screaming choruses, soulful saxophones, and guttural, fuzzed out guitars and basses that make up the album's teenage anthemic colors. 

Girls in Suede will be making their way down to Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco for their album release on Thursday, December 20th. Joining them will be locals Wes Leslie, Of Shape and Sound, and "post-schizoid" rockers Coast Jumper. Get your tickets here


Fever Charm's Upcoming Album and Release Show

I was just chatting with a friend about how, once in a while, we’ll come across those people whose futures we’d want to invest in. I think it’s just a matter of time before the teens in Oakland’s Fever Charm wind up on the charts, and it’d really rev my hipster sensibilities to say, “I knew them when.” 

Fever Charm’s infectious music is a collage of early 60’s rock ‘n’ roll, pop punk, and modern alt rock. If you’re not bopping your head within the first 30 seconds of any song, you’re almost certainly the Grinch.
Stream their newest single, “Recognize Me,” off upcoming full-length, West Coast Rock And Roll, for a sock hop swooner, or listen to their last EP, Sail Away, for nostalgic high school goodbyes and youthful ambivalence. I am convinced that “I Won’t Sleep Tonight” could overtake mainstream airwaves as the next big rock anthem.
Fever Charm drops their new album and performs at Bottom of the Hill on January 5th. They will share the stage with Rin Tin TigerEveryone Is Dirty, and False Priest, who are releasing their own album, Uncanny Valley, that night. 
Read our interview with Fever Charm, and definitely make sure to check out the description of their best live show.

Preview: Neck of the Woods Opening Night on December 1st

There’s a new venue in town. Neck of the Woods, formerly known as Rockit Room, will be throwing an opening party on December 1st, featuring six top notch bands, two DJs, two stages, and an after party. Here’s the lineup and all the info you need to have a great Saturday night. No, I won’t pay for your cab fare.

Debbie Neigher

DJ Aaron Axelson (Live 105, Popscene)

Doe Eye

The Hundred Days

Mister Loveless

New Diplomat

Nova Albion

Seeking Empire

After Party (1am) @ Downstairs Stage with DJ Huffy (Death Valley High, Minushead Records)

You can buy tickets at the door for $12, or you can buy some here for $10, and put those two smackaroos toward one fearsome bar tab.

Mahgeetah's Full-Length Album and Upcoming Show at The Night Light, Dec. 7

Let’s start by saying Mahgeetah’s first full-length album Heavy Baby doesn’t qualify as your typical SF indie scene staple. 

Beginning with a single interval on a B3 organ—or a B3 imposter—and ending with a classic blues-rock jam, the album is truck stop music’s sensitive cousin who went off to college, but still gets nostalgic for his blues and folk rock roots. It would gladly trade your Bay Area reverb for a little distortion any day.

Heavy Baby uses influences like Dr. Dog and Wilco as a compass, but ventures into territory of its own. It is constructed of propulsive rhythms with easy riding guitars, and furnished with Cat Stevens-like electric piano riffs with soulful, staccato vocals that call to mind Arcade Fire’s Win Butler and Wolf Parade’s Spencer Krug.

Listen to the album all the way through; this is much more than a catchy road trip playlist.  

Here's the only track from the album I could find for free download, but you can stream it on major streaming platforms like Rdio, and buy it on major buying platforms like iTunes. 

Get convinced you want to buy or stream Mahgeetah's album by watching their show at The Night Light, December 7, with T.V. Mike and Scarecrows. 


Evil Eyes' Dreamy Singles and Impending Album Release

Evil Eyes’ musical adventure begins with a bro jam in a shabby motel room in a mysterious, suntanned land called Florida. Four years, three new members, two singles, and one EP later, the band is preparing to release their first full-length album here in Palesville (okay, San Francisco), CA.

Their gauzy, glazed pop lives in a similar zip code as Real Estate, Beach House, and Youth Lagoon. Heavy on janglitude, guitar pedals, and pentatonicism, they should have no issue packing out a space in the prolific West Coast shoegaze scene. 

Listen to their stuff here, and look forward to their album release early next year.



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