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May 2010
Ghost Quartet
"Ghost Quartet
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Ghost Quartet is an anachronistic delight. Sharp, tactile, and playful, this Northfield, Massachusetts quintet (yes, you read that right—there are actually five members, none of whom are ghosts) offers up a new self-titled live EP that feels like something out of a smoke-filled 1920s nightclub. In 1975. In New Orleans. On Mars. Cacophony, chaos, and experimentation sit at the center of the five tracks on this jazz-funk treasure, transforming Ghost Quartet from a jazz recording into a piece of living, breathing art. Josh Powers weaves nimble bass lines with surgical precision under some seriously smooth vocals by Hilary Graves, whose Ella Fitzgerald-esque agility lends the group a winsome vibe with mass appeal—the same vibe, some might say, that lead singer Jenny Lewis offers Rilo Kiley. On “Catch the Funk,” guitarist Zach Holmes pays homage to 70s funk bands like Kool and the Gang and Earth Wind and Fire by digging grooves so deep, he hits rock bottom. On “Freeloader,” Graves shows off the band’s goofier side as she sarcastically taunts, “I don’t really like you much” over tubist Kevin Smith, who haphazardly blares away. Ghost Quartet sparkles not only because it embraces the unexpected; what makes it so unique is that it is a rarely-seen celebration of the raw, the unpolished, and the unperfected. While other bands reach for shiny new trumpets and fancy guitar pedals, you get the sense from these five live recordings that Ghost Quartet would rather play rusted instruments they found in an antique store. There’s something charming and wholesome about a band that sounds like it’s having fun when it performs, and by the end of Ghost Quartet, there’s no doubt that these guys (and girl) love every moment. With one foot in a speakeasy and the other in a garage, this quintet has struck a unique balance of old-timey nostalgia and youthful modernity. --Stephie Coplan





Bring Our Music Back Festival (B.O.M.B.) - May 30th

Bring Our Music Back Festival (B.O.M.B.) will bring together the most promising bands in the Northeast as well as nationally recognized names on May 30th at Durham Fairgrounds in Durham, CT. Frankie Bombaci states on the home site for the festival that B.O.M.B started with the small idea of "“Hey, what if I bring some up and coming local bands and let them play at the same scene with some well-known gigs?" The festival is headlined by Lupe Fiasco, Of Montreal and Jay Electronica. The festival will also feature some stellar local bands such as M.T. Bearington, (New Haven, CT) The Band Eclypse, (Scarsdale, NY) The Shills (Boston, MA) and Clarias (Boston, MA).

Another great thing about B.O.M.B festival is the inexpensive ticket price (A one-day advance ticket price of $50). What is done with the profits is even better than the price itself. A percentage of the money goes to foundations such as The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp and The Connecticut Children’s Hospital. Last year’s festivities raised $30,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The Deli will be attending this year's festival so come find us and say hello!

You can purchase tickets HERE - $50 advance $60 dos
B.O.M.B Festival - Durham Fairgrounds in Durham, CT

--Nicholas Palumbo

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Quiet Desperation presents the 32nd Annual WBCN Rumble!! THURSDAY AT GREAT SCOTT

 The WBCN Rock 'n' Roll Rumble is a timeless tradition in Boston. With the recent demise of WBCN, Rob Potylo has decided to revive the contest, but in a non-traditional fashion. The WBCN Rumble had a reputation to promote local bands in a competitive way through an elimination contest even though they rarely played local music on their station. WBCN has a place in my heart. I don't know what that place looks like, possibly my bedroom at age fifteen listening to Nik Carter's show writing angry notes (that would be folded into hearts) to my friends about what a stupid bastard Nik Carter is and wondering who is picking this music? As grunge died off and corporate America consumed the music business, the station turned to crap and died. The Rumble this Thursday is in celebration of local music and the Boston music community. I will be one of the "judges". Come rejoice with the sounds of:
HUMANWINE
Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling

Rob Potylo (Full-band)
KING HELL

Quiet Desperation is a sitcom about the Boston music scene. Check out episode nineteen above.

Great Scott - Allston MA 8pm, 8 bucks, 18+

--Meghan Chiampa





Laminated Cat with Apples in Stereo and Generationals at the Middle East Downstairs TONIGHT!

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Laminated Cat is an eclectic band originally from Boston but says their roots are in Coastal Maine. They carry a sound with includes the strangeness of Daniel Johnston, the rock of The Velvet Underground and the creativity The Flaming Lips. Laminated Cat is just what indie music needs, something completely different. Their songs range from calm space-songs like "Grenadine", a sweet song with light, flowery harmonic vocals to the hard-hitting, ingeniously written "Kill 'em Shorty" with angry keys, angst-ridden 70's garage guitar and creepy, desperate vocals. Laminated Cat is playing tonight with Generationals and the m'f'in' Apples in Stereo at the Middle East Downstairs. I highly, highly recommend this show. Honestly, Laminated Cat is one of the best bands I've heard since I started the Deli New England.

--Meghan Chiampa

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April 2010
Sodafrog
"Hang the Moon
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Sodafrog’s debut release, Hang the Moon is a beautiful album, three years in the making. What amazed me about this album is that Tom Janovitz, the talent behind Sodafrog, plays eight instruments on the album including the Chinese erhu and all the lead vocals. It is meticulously written, produced and recorded by Janovitz himself at “his place in Somerville” which really adds an impressive element to the album. No, element is an understatement. The quality of the sound on this album is truly gorgeous and I am extremely impressed.  It is obvious when an artist has put tremendous effort into their work to make it perfect and the end product glows with the labor and time that went into it. It makes an album very unique and gives it a pure personality. The songs vary in styles but root in American blues and indie folk-rock. The lyrics are balladistic and the stories are emotionally dark at times. “Central Nonsense” is a story about a girl who wants “more, more, more” the glockenspiel adds a jovial accent to the keep-on-truckin’ tempo and encouraging lyrics. It’s borderline poppy and is catchy as hell, I woke up with it stuck in my head. “Chances at Sea” is my favorite track on the album, composed of dire and wintery lyrics, “Don’t matter much anymore/the TV is still broken/you’re running out of books/the guitar is still missing all its strings”. The vocals are eerie and there are ghosts in the chorus. The song is beautiful and dark and sad. It is the only song on the album where Janovitz plays everything. The album is tight and the tracks are diverse. Hang the Moon is a shining example where hard work pays off. Sodafrog will be celebrating the release of Hang the Moon with a two day extravaganza at Plough and Stars in Cambridge on Thursday April 22nd and Friday April 23rd. Sodafrog will be playing with a full band including members of Mean Creek and Molly Coddle. http://sodafrog.blogspot.com/--Meghan Chiampa

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