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Bastille Block Party = Très Magnifique

 

Come one! Come all! Bastille Day is here!!

This Saturday, July 17, Pix Patisserie is hosting the 2010 Pix Bastille Day Celebration Block Party at their North Williams location! This event is free, so there's no excuse to miss out on this year's amazing music lineup, food, drink, scavenger hunts...and a four-foot tower made entirely of cream puffs? We're there...

2 p.m. - AgesandAges

3 p.m. - Dirty Mittens

4 p.m. - ioa

6 p.m. - Alan Singley and Pants Machine

7 p.m. - Jared Mees and the Grown Children

8:30 p.m. - Typhoon

9:30 p.m. - Nice Nice

10:30 p.m. - 12 a.m. - Dance Party with DJ Erik Beats

This event is in support of the Oregon Food Bank, so remember to bring donations of canned food! For each item donated, guests will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of 100 gift certificates to Portland’s best restaurants. The more items you bring, the more chances you have to win and the more mouths Pix can feed.

More goodness:

"Just in case you get hungry or thirsty at the party, don’t worry! In addition to our daily offerings of tasty French pastries, partake in the Champagne & Oyster Bar, 60-pound Carlton Farms roasted pig, Lompoc beer garden, and ice cream stand featuring beer floats and house-made novelty bars, and more!"

- Stirling Myles

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Eye-Witness Account: Mississippi Street Fair 2010

 

If we lived in a perfect world, every day we would shut down a giant street and fill it with music and food and performers of all types and drink all day. Sadly we live on Earth, and for some reason, Earthlings only do this on special occasions.

The 9th Annual Mississippi Street Fair - held Saturday, July 10 - was crowded, hot, bright and absolutely fun. For the drinker of alcoholic beverages, all the local spots along the street barricaded the section of the sidewalk in front of their businesses, so we patrons could enjoy the weather and the smoking of fine tobacco products with our drinks in hand, never having to step away from the atmosphere being provided by the collective kiosk vendor chain that ran the expanse of the street.

While walking from one end to the other, various volumes of multiple audio stimulation came pouring out of every nook and cranny. At one point, three musical gypsies were playing street-style over the beat coming from the adjacent art gallery, using the four-on-the-floor thump of electronic drum-and-bass to accompany their fiddle, banjo and upright bass playing without being drowned out. It was an advantageous thing for anyone in ear shot.

The Proust Bar and Grill patio, along with the food cart enclave proved to be my favorite spot. There was plenty of shade and the patio drinking was in full effect. The northernmost musical stage, The Parlour on the Hill, could be viewed and heard very well from that location on North Mississippi and Skidmore. That particular stage featured a lot of around-town folk acts.

Local klezmer folk band Shicky Gnarowitz & The Transparent Wings of Joy took the stage and started their three-piece violin-driven eastern European sound. If you've ever seen Everything is Illuminated, you might have a good idea of what that music sounds like. If not, expand your horizons and go check some out - it's one of my favorite kinds of world music.

Next up was Fenbi International Superstars, a five-piece conglomeration of folk-y zydeco blues, accented by accordian, violin and guitar-based melody structures. They had a stompy feel, with a pseudo-pirate/polka vibe going on and a lot of shanty sing-along lyrical threads.

Finally, I checked out one of my favorite Portland songwriters, Adam Shearer - lead singer/songwriter for Weinland. What can I say? I like what he does, a lot. He has a great voice and prescence, his lyrics are awesome and he writes very well-put-together folk songs. I've been a fan since his band came through my hometown and stayed at my house. If you haven't seen them play yet, I strongly suggest going to a show. They sound really amazing live and provide really good folk tunes that are catchy and thoughtful, with very attentive arrangements. They know what they're doing; it always feels nice to be in good hands.

All in all the fair was an ultimate success, and I am definitely going again next year. Hope to see you there.

- Paul Valladon

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Weekly Feature #210b: Fang Island prepare to tour with Flaming Lips

Some of what Fang Island has to say might be taken with a grain of salt – they are notoriously snarky in interviews, but that sort of goes along with the playful nature of the band’s powerful tunes. No matter what, they’re funny to read they’re even more fun to contemplate as the transcendent force of pure fun and happiness they envision themselves to be. I’d say they’re getting close to that vision – with a huge album (in sound and in impact) in the bag and a streak of luck that just can’t be paralleled (they found the very touring van that was stolen from them) Fang Island is poised for surfing some cosmic waves of joy in the next few months. - read Dale W Eisinger's interview with the band here.

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Weekly Feature #210a: Talk Normal at Celebrate Bklyn w/ Sonic Youth

I went to see the last show of Talk Normal’s recent tour several days before the interview below took place. I had emailed Sarah Register and Andrya Ambro several times beforehand hoping to catch an interview with them that same night. Their answer, draped in exhaustion, was a very polite “hell no.” I went to their show at Secret Project Robot in Williamsburg and approached
them after the performance.

Andrew: “Hey Sarah, I’m Andrew, I’m interviewing you for The Deli.”
Sarah: [Zombie Face]
Andrew
: So, how are you?
Sarah: [Black Hole]
Andrew
: Um, how was the tour?
Sarah: [Death Shroud]
Andrew
: Okay, see you on Tuesday.

Read Andrew Spaulding interview with the band here.
Don't miss the band's Prospect Park Show with Sonic Youth on July 30.

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Danny Ross Pianos Residency in July

Fresh from their first sold-out Mercury Lounge date, Brooklynite Danny Ross and his band are taking over New York City venue Pianos for a July Residency on Tuesday nights. The man has chosen some great local bands to join him and kitschy themes each night with gratuitous outfits. Guest bands include Paracuta, My Glorious Mess, We Are Country Mice, Candy Claws, The Lesser Ghost, Megan McCormik, The Young Things, Eastern Conference Champions, Luke Wesley, Sasha Papernik, Lake Inferior, The Hoof and the Heel CMJ calls Ross’ debut LP One Way “Gorgeous…Immaculately arranged… I hope this album becomes a breakaway hit.” Stream it free and Pay What You Want for it here. - (as posted in The Deli's Open Blog - post your band's entries, videos, and Mp3s here).

 

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