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December 2009 - Week 1

December 2009 - Week 1
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Album Review - Stomacher: Sentimental Education

Stomacher

The San Francisco 5 piece, Stomacher, sounds like they listen to a lot of Radiohead. The first CD under their new moniker (the band was formerly known as In Reverent Fear) plays like what could be a more commercial Radiohead record from a few years ago. Jarrod Taylor’s vocal style sounds like a more angsty Thom Yorke without being a complete rip off. His voice carries the songs with a slow and relaxed delivery, at times layering with itself to create a lush blanket of voices.Sentimental Education has a very diverse 10 songs, constantly varying in tempo and arrangement without making the songs feel out of place.

Stomacher sounds more at home with the slower more sparse songs on Sentimental Education. “The Devil” features a lush organ sound, twinkling electronics, and a bed of strings slowly brewing for three and a half minutes below the high and slow vocal. The album closer “Untitled/Dark Divider” has a consistent acoustic guitar rhythm and a catchy yet relaxing electric guitar melody. The song builds but never becomes overly epic, rather blurring itself into a murky mess, drowning Jarrod’s voice before returning again to its original form.

Sentimental Education may at times sounds a little too much like it’s influences but never the less is still impressive.

-Glenn Jackson

Stomacher play Bottom of the Hill Saturday, December 19th with Mata Leon and Halfway.

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Geographer to play Slim's

Geographer's Innocent Ghosts is one of the ear catching gems from 2009. Their latest single Kites, available on vinyl only from Tricycle Records, features a dreamy and angelic cover version of New Order's Age of Consent as a b-side. Naturally, The Deli SF was excited to hear that Geographer will begin to wind down the year by opening for 25 year rock veterans Poi Dog Pondering at Slim's on Friday December 4th.

-Nicole

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Album Review - Impediments

Impediments

The Impediments are four young rockers from Berkeley (High School that is). Their debut self-titled CD holds nothing back, furiously pumping their punky garage rock from beginning to end almost sounding like a reissue of a forgotten record from the late 70s punk rock scene, but not quite. Which is a good thing! The production of Greg Ashley fits the music well without sounding like a complete copy of the music that it was influenced by. A heavy bed of murky bass and drums and the occasional piano leave room for a complete onslaught of rock guitar riffs and solos as well as some exceptionally humorous and sometimes crude lyrics.

There is an undeniable and unrelenting energy to the eleven songs found on Impediments. If you don’t find yourself tapping along to every part of “Violence” with its, well, badass guitar solo or the simpleness of “You Want a Square” then you probably have no rock and roll in you. This record is way cooler than the music most of us made in high school and the aesthetic sense and musicianship are rather impressive. A great CD from four young guys with probably the coolest record collections at Berkeley High.

Impediments is out now on Happy Parts Recordings.

-Glenn Jackson

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Five Questions with: Blisses B

Blisses B

Noah from Blisses B is under the microscope this week. The San Francisco folk rockers fist LP You Should was released earlier this year.

What food item best describes your music?
Macaroni and Cheese. It's something we can all eat and agree on, random cheeses too please.

What instrument have you wanted to include but have yet to find a way to fit into your sound?
Pedal Steel Guitar. I own one but we haven't incorporated it into any songs yet. Nick, Ben and I were fiddling with it last practice and it is coming off the bench soon.

Embarrassing childhood memory?
Fracturing my elbow chasing Rod the Ice Cream Man. People get such a kick out of the story, all I got was a scar on my right arm that grew with me into adulthood.

What musical artist would you like to grab a beer with?
Bill Withers. He has been an integral part of my whole life, some of my first memories were bobbing my head to his cassette tapes in the backseat of my parents car.

And finally, time travel or space travel?
Space travel. Any direction/length of time is fine. I get the feeling the take off part would be my favorite part...

If your band has answers to The Deli's Five Questions forward them to sfeditor@thedelimagazine.com.

-Nicole

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