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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





Musicians needed for fundraiser!

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It's A Gift (29A Union Square across from the Citizen's Bank)  is in threat of being shut down due to finances. The store sells artwork and crafts by adults with physical and mental disabilities. During the Somerville Open Studios May 1st and 2nd, It's A Gift will have silk-screening in the store. Community members may bring in clothing or buy vintage clothing or a t-shirt ($5 or less) to have an image by one of our artists printed on them for $10.

In the evenings is where they need musicians to volunteer their time and talent to saving the store. It's a Gift will be having a Save Our Store fundraiser concert as a Somerville Open Studios after party. Starting at 6:30pm on May 1st and 2nd musicians can play a 30-45 min. set each. As an extra incentive for musicians, they can make a silkscreen of a band image/logo so that the musicians can make t-shirts,etc. If the image is brought in at the Somerville Open Studios they can have it ready with in a couple weeks.

For more info email the editor at: needitor@thedelimagazine.com

--The Deli Staff





SXSW day 5 - some of the best Austin Bands

The final day of SXSW 2010 moved in slow motion. Indescribably exhausted, I meandered through a more suburban part of town to Domy Books for the “What by Whatever Day Party.” In the backyard, the sunshine beamed down on a wooden stage that bounced with ever band, beginning with The Eastern Sea (bottom picture), a folksy seven-piece from Austin. Following them were fellow Austinites, The Frontier Brothers, whose vibrant energy radiated and awakened me from my zombie state. Last but not least, The Bright Light Social Hour (top picture) substantiated their recent award from the Austin Chronicle for the “Best Indie Band” (They should also win “Funniest Band.”), closing my SXSW on a high note. Final thought about SXSW 2010: fantastic event, great experience, I only wish venues in Austin were bigger: I had a great schedule planned out but I was unable to get into a lot of shows even with a wristband because they were too crowded... I guess everyone had the same bands in mind! - Meijin Bruttomesso





SXSW day 4: She and Him, SVIIB, Andrew W.K., Steve Conte + more

The penultimate day of SXSW took a turn for the frigid, making the festival challenging to endure. Bright and early, I froze in a two-block long line for “Mr. and Mrs. T and Rachael Ray’s Feedback Festival” at Stubb’s BBQ where Steve Conte and the Crazy Truth (NYC, bottom picture), School of Seven Bells (NYC), Andrew W.K (NYC), Street Sweeper Social Club (LA), Jakob Dylan and Three Legs, She and Him (Portland, top picture), and many more hit backyard and indoor stages. Miniature pulled-pork “sammies” and chicken quesadillas were almost unattainable, but a lucky taste test of the hearty h'ordeuvres satiated me for a short shopping spree at the American Apparel Flea Market and evening events. I caught a glimpse of The Cringe at The Texas Rockfest outdoor stage, and later, a full list of trios including New Madrid (NYC), at Mugshots Bar. The day’s highlight was an unforeseen recording session on the Lifestream AOL bus with Black Taxi, who astonished all aboard with their infectious songs and instrumental resourcefulness. - Meijin Bruttomesso





SXSW day 3: a ton of bands from Deli-cities + some big cats!

Day three of SXSW left me speechless. A mid-day slot at Rusty Spurs with Deadbeat Darling lifted my spirits before a two hour wait for LA’s leather-and-sunglasses-clad Black Rebel Motor Cylce Club the Filter Magazine Party. I stepped foot in Hyde Park Bar and Grill ONE more time for the “NYC Mixer,” another show I had co-arranged. The gig united bands from across the country, serving Texas a sample of Miss Derringer (LA, top picture), Pearl and the Beard (Brooklyn), Middle Distance Runner (DC), Outernational (NYC, bottom picture), Milo and the Fuzz (NYC), and The Frontier Brothers (Austin). Jetting back downtown to an over-packed Ghost Room, an all-star line-up, including Middle Class Rut, Jason Heath and the Greedy Souls, Michael Stipe (REM), Chris Shifflet (The Foo Fighters), Billy Bragg, Tom Morello and Boots Riley’s project, Street Sweeper Social Club, and more played mini-sets and jammed for Jail Guitar Doors, a program that rehabilitates inmates with music. To top off the night, a photo-op with Tom Morello preceded an after party at The Belmont. – Meijin Bruttomesso


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