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May 2010
Manuel's Parking Lot
"They Paved Paradise and Put Up Manuel's Parking Lot

Manuel’s Parking Lot pays tribute where tribute is due. Jake Sinetos and Alex Musto invoke Joni Mitchell’s most well known hit with both the title of the CD and the intro. They close with Eugene (Please Don’t Take My Van), which has opening lines that will take anybody back the childhood where they were forced to listen to Dolly Parton by the Country & Western loving parents. I still have nightmares of those days. Though the album is far from anything resembling actual country, it does call on both folk and do-wop. The opening track, You Stole My Grandma (Let you Granny go Round), mixes folk rhythms on the guitar with do-wop style background vocals. My knee jerk reaction was, “This will never work.” I am happy to say that after multiple listenings, it does work. Quite well in fact.

The opening piece sets the tone for most of the album. Stripped down music, primarily just guitar tambourine, accented with the occasional sound clip or electric guitar riff. The CD maintains the sound, only slowing down for Dinosaur (twee pop a lop), which serves as the nostalgic ballad, making me long for days of recess twice a day. It also makes me wish I knew the rules to “…the game we called dinosaur.”

The most rousing track, and probably my favorite, is Fuck Art Lets dance (A Symphony in 3 Movements). The boys actual pull of three movements, encouraging their listeners to get out on the dance floor. The further flaunt their knowledge of artists before them with the Orwellian named Knowing is Unkowing. All though Big Brother would be proud of their prowess in Double Speak, it’s more a call to look beyond the thin surface and find the beauty underneath. To look critically and appreciatively view at the world around us, with a special emphasis on the music we listen too.

Manuel’s Parking Lot is a must have for someone who is looking for fun music with something to say. It’s the kind of music that forces you to nod in time and hum along, even at the office. Sinetos and Musto may borrow a bit from other artists, but make no mistake, they have used it to create something truly unique in a musicscape where everybody is trying to be different just like everyone else.

Manuel’s Parking Lot is available for download on iTunes. Your discriminating music tastes will be wanting with out it.


-Jonathon L. Miller

The Deli SF's Weekend Highlights For 5/20-5/23

Checking out the calendar, it looks as though this weekend certainly has quite a lot of activity on the slate.

Rapidly becoming one of the Bay Area's essentially taste makers, Epic Sauce has yet another show, this Thursday the 20th at Milk, to start your weekend with.  This one is co-presented with local PR wizards Terrorbird who will be celebrating their 4th anniversary.  Featuring Man/Miracle, Baths, The Splinters, and Sister Crayon with DJ sets by Sugar and Gold and Disco Shawn, this party is not one to be missed, 8pm.

Head down to Thee Parkside on Friday for a well packed line-up including The Fresh & Onlys, Sonny & The Sunsets, The Art Museums and out-of-toweners Jacuzzi Boys, 9pm.

Saturday night wander up Polk St to the Hemlock for the folk sounds of The Finches with Key Losers and Breezy Days Band, 9pm.

Lastly, round your weekend out at Cafe Du Nord on Sunday where our friends over at The Bay Bridged are presenting an event with KALX.  The album release party for Emily Jane White and featuring Slow Motion Cowboys and Devotionals, this relaxing folk show will be a nice place to wind down for the coming workweek.


-Ada Lann


Eytan & the Embassy play Pop and Roll - release at Mercury on May 29

Eytan and the Embassy play that kind of pop music that throws you back to the 50s - something Elvis Costello was very good at, although these guys' opreation is more literal, almost revivalist. It's music that wears its light and fun emotions on its sleeve. Their CD release party at Mercury Lounge on 05.29 should be fun.


Release Date for The Roots’ New Album - June 22 on Def Jam

After several delays, The Roots’ eleventh album How I Got Over is scheduled for release on June 22 on Def Jam. The album features a cameo from My Morning Jacket's Jim James and a Joanna Newsom sample. You can check out the cover art above, and download the title track here. - H. M. Kauffman


NYC Atists on the rise: Hurricane Bells play Mercury on May 22

Hurricane Bells is a new indie rock project from Longwave's Steve Schiltz. Vagrant Records released their debut album Tonight Is The Ghost digitally towards the end of 2009. Since then the band has gained momentum. The show at Mercury Lounge on May 22nd will be the last one of their East West Coast, that kept them busy for the last two weeks - recommended show.


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