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Big Ugly Yellow Couch's best CMJ acts: Dinosaur Feathers, Santah, Young The Giant

The peeps at the NYC based blog Big Ugly Yellow Couch sent us a blurb about their favorite CMJ 2010 bands - here it is

"After our CMJ haze fueled by slices of bodega pizza, lack of sleep and Pianos margaritas was lifted, we realized we're actually even more obsessed with the three bands that played our showcase than we were before. Santah, compadres of ours from back home in the Midwest, played the best shows we've seen, and we've been in the audience for years. We forgot how much fun Dinosaur Feathers' songs were in an acoustic setting, too, and like seemingly everyone who was at CMJ, we're totally hard for LA's Young The Giant." - Dinosaur Feathers in the picture.


Feast of Music Best of CMJ list

Our friend Peter at Feast of Music sent us a list of his favorite artists he saw at CMJ:

Yo La Tengo, MOG Showcase @ Brooklyn Bowl: incredible set from local indie heroes, with Ira Kaplan shredding his guitar and keyboard with feverish abandon. Hard to believe these guys have been at it for over 25 years!
The Luyas, M for Montreal Showcase @ Arlene's: quirky, experimental pop led by the strange pixie Jessie Stein. Like Stereolab meets Victoria Williams
Buke and Gass, DeliMag Showcase @ Living Room: Weird experimental folk anchored by the irresistably cute Arone Dyer, smiling through her banshee wail. 

The Loom (pictured) @ BV/Whisk & Ladle Loft Party: ethereal, orchestral roots music with brass and banjo in a packed Williamsburg loft, leaving everyone sweaty and beaming
Big Freedia @ BV/Converse Party @ Public Assembly: Wild mayhem from the Queen Diva of Bounce, with dancers and audience members shaking their booty (literally) onstage. "Azz Everywhere," indeed.

CMJ 2010 winners: Chappo - Live at Coco66 on 11.17

Chappo was featured by Apple in their iTouch ad before Brooklyn Vegan wrote anything about them (they still haven't by the way, just the usual mention in their listings that everybody gets...) This is something the electronic giant deserves credit for, because Chappo not only has the ability to write (more than one) incredibly catchy indie pop gems, but has also a super-fun live show - frontman Alex is a true performer. Just to give you an idea of how much we enjoyed their packed show at Spike Hill, we'll say that they looked and sounded a like a new, non acoustic version of Violent Femmes... You must not miss their show at Coco66 on 11.17. P.S. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not a huge Apple fan, quite the opposite actually... I'll never forgive them for being so successful and for murdering lala.com. - Read The Deli's interview with Chappo from last spring here.


One of the Bestest Release Dates Ever in Philly!

Today is proof of how amazing the Philly music scene is doing right now. Where else can you get such a talented and diverse group of artists releasing their albums on the same day? It’s certainly a date that has been circled on our calendars. (Ha…do people actually use paper calendars anymore?) You already know that Sun Airway’s Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier is out today via Dead Oceans (check out our interview with Jon Barthmus for Where Is My Mind? here). But if infectiously catchy, lo-fi indie pop isn’t your thing (anymore) and you just simply want to rock, then Purling HissPublic Service Announcement via Woodsist has plenty of those nasty psychedelic blues guitar riffs full of angst and rage that you’ve been hoping to snap the indie music scene out of its chillness. Maybe you are looking for some experimental Americana with Dylan-esque vocals and verses. The War on Drugs will make you surrender to the hallucinogenic haze of their latest EP Future Weather via Secretly Canadian. And if you are looking to rock your soul with a little funk and hip hop on the positive tip, then Kuf Knotz brings his BoomBox Logic to the masses via Mad Dragon. While it’s nice to see record labels scooping up our local talent, our love goes out to those true indie artists who dig into their own pockets to share their music with us. That is why we are proud to be presenting the CD release party for Grimace Federation’s On Velvet this Friday, Oct. 29 at JB’s, but if you just can’t wait that long, then contact them here. I’m sure that they’d be glad to get you a copy. Go out and buy any or all of these albums today! Your ears will thank you. - The Deli Staff

Piece of Boxing Lesson History: Fur State

The long-ago recorded album Fur State (created 2004) by the haunting psychedelic electronica wizards The Boxing Lesson is due to officially drop today. In some senses this makes Paul Waclawsky our own resident Axl Rose, although actually not at all, since the band released Wild Streaks and Windy Days and Songs in the Key of C in the lengthy interim. So this makes him instead our resident Paul Waclawsky, and his bandmate still our resident Jaylinn Davidson, and the band remains the inimitable Boxing Lesson, and the two of them, as recent poll winners, reside atop our website with mushrooms in attendance, making us for today a very Boxing Lesson-centric site. 

Costume + listening party for Fur State is coming up at the Side Bar (602 E. 7th) this Thursday, 10/28. 


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