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Interview with Jakob Battick

Jakob Battick & Friends won last month's Deli band of the month, and for very good reaon. The young artist along with his rotating cast of musicians are sonically pushing things in their hometown of Portland in the most delicately poweful way possible. Jakob mixes folk and atmospheric elements in the style of Current 93, but brings a unique and more diverse edge to the stage that carves their sound out to stand wholly on it's own.

Jakob is releasing a new EP at the end of the month, Heavy the Mountains, Heavy the Seas, and has even bigger things planned for the outfit.

The Deli: How and when did you get your start and what does the "Friends" in your name refer to?
Jakob Battick: I started playing music at the same time that I started recording. I would craft these song cycles of loner folk on an old four-track tape machine, like soundtracks for little strange cartoon worlds, and give them to my friends. I remember banging on dollar store cutlery in my garage to make drum tracks. From there, I passed through loud fuzzed-out noise rock things to slow and wilted dreamfolk things. I formed bands, 1800s Sea Monster & Swollen Spring Violets & Mt. Moon. Somewhere along the line I decided to use my own name, but added "& Friends" to pay honor to the loose...

Read the whole interview Here.

--Interview by Will Ryan

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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






Movers and Shakers - Middle East Down 3/25 and Radio Bean 3/26

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A little rock, a little roots, Boston’s Movers & Shakers will be performing at the Middle East Downstairs in Cambridge, Mass this Thursday, March 25th and along with the Box Elders and the Black Lips. The will be playing Radio Bean on the 26th. The Movers & Shakers are a superb Americana group. Their music combines rock and country inspired vocals with bluesy instrumentals, harnessing a sound that’s clean and defined without sounding forced. There’s an ease to the music that allows the audience to slip into bittersweet rock-inspired tracks like “Bottom of the Ocean” as easily as the twang-tinged “Boom Splat.” Be sure to check out their Mid East Down show this Thursday and their upcoming residency at the Plough and Stars this May.

--Meghan Guidry

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