The Deli SF's Weekend Highlights For 7/21-7/24


Of course your Friday should already be planed, what with the exciting line-up The Deli will be presenting at the Hemlock, but if your still undecided, or looking for another show or two to attend this weekend, here are a few selections from the calendar.

This Wednesday Studio SQ, who proudly sponsor our band of the month poll, well be presenting a show at Milk featuring Le Vice, Tim Car, George Cochrane, and Dude House, 8pm.

The following night, again at Milk, local blog Epic Sauce will once again flex it's nearly invincible booking muscles and provide us with another amazing line-up. Headlined by Maus Haus (whose inclusion in this year's Treasure Island Music Festival, incidentally, is righteously exciting) and featuring support by Skeletal System, Psychic Handbook and Rangers, this show is one of many this week not to be missed, 8pm.

Offering some stiff friendly competition, The Bay Bridged on Friday night will be presenting their now yearly Regional Bias show and fundraiser, at the Verdi Club, featuring Thao Nguyen, Man/Miracle, Exray's, and John Vaderslice, 8pm.

Finally, on Saturday Little Teeth will be opening up for Sleepytime Gorilla Museum at the Great American, 8pm.

That about rounds out this week.  Hope to see many of your shining faces at the Hemlock this Friday.


-Ada Lann


This Week! The Deli SF Presents White Cloud, The Paranoids, and Red Blue Yellow at the Hemlock

This Friday The Deli SF proudly presents White Cloud, The Paranoids, and Red Blue Yellow at the Hemlock.  Surely there is no better way to end you week than having portions of clothing (perhaps socks?) rocked off.  Friday July 23rd at 9pm.  No excuses.


Business 80

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Strangers With Me
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<p>From the outset <a href="http://www.myspace.com/business80">Business 80's</a> debut <em>Strangers With Me</em> quivers with a looming sensation of darkness. It oozes a sadness that lurks in the darkest corners of its sound. A collage of glitching synthesized sounds, live instruments, and ominously sung vocals, Business 80 is the latest project by local songwriter H.A. Eugene (whose previous creation, <a href="http://www.myspace.com/burbankinternational">Burbank International's</a> <a href="http://www.thedelimagazine.com/sf/index.php?name=thedelisf&amp;itemId=206422"><em>City of Burbank</em></a>, put him squarely on the Bay Area's music scene map) and a dramatic turn from the tender folk sounds of his previous work.</p> <p>A mostly electronic album, <em>Strangers With Me</em> is broken into three movements, each (for reasons not outwardly clear) named after Tenderloin bars (Koko, Hemlock, and Ha-Ra). With driving industrial rhythms and often piercing electronic squelches throughout <em>Strangers With Me</em>, apt comparisons to acts like Nine Inch Nails (or a much harder version of Depeche Mode) certainly jump to mind, peppered with a spirit of IDM from the likes of Plaid, Autechre, or even Squarepusher (maybe a stretch).</p> <p>Opening amidst a wash of penetrating electronic sounds and almost choked vocal gurgles, the eerie and despondent &quot;Koko&quot; begins the section of the same name. As with most the songs on this album, an intricate depth characterizes the soundscape of this song, with multiple pieces waiting to be found amidst the layers. Trapped in a loop, the album title is repeated endlessly as the synth sounds punctuate the space of the song. The result of this, as the line &quot;strangers with me&quot; is muttered ad nauseum, is an unnerving level of violence to the loneliness evoked throughout &quot;Koko.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;Who Died?&quot; follows, and with it's crescendoing viola line it may well be my favorite track on this album (the track that follows being a close second). Coupled with an ethereal-sounding arppegiated synth-line, and one of the more forceful and driving bass outros I've had the pleasure of hearing, this song really sends chills down the spine.</p> <p>If &quot;Who Died?'s&quot; outro is an emotional ascension, &quot;Mad at Nothing&quot; is its zenith. Certainly the funkiest track on the album, &quot;Mad at Nothing,&quot; if for its title only, really captures the spirit of <em>Strangers With Me</em>. There is a feeling of impudent rage that permeates throughout the narrative of these songs. From the anger and the drive that pushes the vamping repetition of the line &quot;never learned shit, got stupider stupider,&quot; to the flailing rage that percolates from Mad at nothing, to the suffocating impotence of &quot;Getting Sick for Real&quot; and &quot;This Place Where We Used to Play,&quot; there is an invisible force that torments the character of <em>Strangers With Me</em>.</p> <p>All things considered, with its tumultuous layers of electronic sounds, <em>Strangers With Me</em> is an alluring and schizophrenic emotional ride. Peppered with rage, terror, loneliness and pure driven anguish <em>Strangers With Me</em> is a fascinatingly complicated album.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>-<em>Ada Lann</em></p> <p>Note: <em>Strangers With Me</em> can be purchased <a href="http://business80.bandcamp.com/">here</a>.</p>

TONIGHT: Kata Rokkar Presents Snob Theater @ The Dark Room

Continuing what has been a fascinating series, tonight local blog Kata Rokkar will be putting on their fourth Snob Theater, once again in the intimate space of the Dark Room in the Mission. This time around local country folk band, and previous artist of the month winner, TV Mike and the Scarecrowes will be playing with Sean Hayes along side comedians Coree Spencer, Loren Kraut, Dave Thomason and Miles K. Starting at 10, if you haven't had a chance to check out one of these shows yet they come highly recommended. More information about the comedians and the bands can be found here.


-Ada Lann


A Devotion to Sound: the Drummer of Two Gallants Releases Instrumental Project

Although the San Francisco duo Two Gallants are known for their tales of murder and outlaws in the Wild West, Tyson Vogel and Adam Stephens have recently branched off into very different solo projects. I spoke with Tyson and his band members about his new project, the Devotionals, whose first album came out yesterday on Alive Records. Vogel teamed up with violinist Anton Patzner (who has played with Bright Eyes and Judgment Day), cellist Lewis Patzner (Judgment Day), Andrew Maguire (vibraphone player from Honeycomb), and drummer Jeff Blair.

Deli: Does Two Gallants and the Devotionals come from a similar place?

Tyson Vogel: “Personally, I feel as much honesty in each project. It is a very different angle I am taking with the Devotionals though. Otherwise, it would be incorporated into material for Two Gallants. Adam and I kept each other going for so long, but there became a need for personal conservation, it came naturally for us to branch off into solo work. We had been touring for six years nonstop. We were building our music careers, but the other side of our lives was being neglected.”

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