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The Deli SF's Weekend Highlights For 3/18-3/21

With a new week upon us it's once again time for another round of show highlights from around the city.

On Thursday the 18th at the Cafe Du Nord Love is Chemicals (who recently impressed Nicole at a free Noise Pop Happy Hour Show) will be opening for HIJK's CD release party along with Rademacher, 8pm. Free copies of HIJK's CD will be given out with the purchase of advanced tickets, so head over here to get your ticket and album.

They who run things over at Hemlock have put together quite the eclectic show this Friday. For something a little different than the usual indie rock that graces our ears check out local electronic artist Deceptikon with out of towners Tik///Tik, Captain Ahab, and Twin Crystals, 9:30pm.

Saturday night Xiu Xiu will be returning briefly to San Francisco to play an all ages show down at Bottom of the Hill, 10pm.

If non of strikes your fancy, Sunday night at Kimo's Rollercoaster will be playing with the intensely loud Sweet Nothing and Seattle garage punk-rockers Watch It Sparkle.

Well that about covers this week. Tune in next Tuesday for another round of selections.

-Ada Lann

   

Live Review: Epic Sauce Presents French Miami, White Cloud, and Silian Rail @ Milk

With turn out last Thursday at Milk being quite impressive, kudos should be thrown in the direction of Epic Sauce for putting together a great show. The crowd was thick and all ears were open, and though (much to everyone's chagrin) the drink specials ran out in all of about 5 minutes, there was for the most part a good night of music to be had in the Haight.

 

Silian Rail were the first up laying down there minimalist post-rock. I've seen Silian Rail a few times, and while I like their music on a fundamental level I'm usually left wanting more by the end of their sets. There is something of an oxymoron in minimalist post-rock as that style in many ways demands an orchestra. There is always a certain amount of tension in the give and take of instruments in any particular post-rock song -- when split between several instruments there is fascinating power relationship to listen for, but with just the two it becomes more of a fight for one to be heard over the other. These two talented musicians are making interesting music, but if they fleshed out their sound with more bodies on stage they could take their music from intriguing to downright compelling.

White Cloud came up next, and it's been a while since I've seen them. They seem to have shed most of their garage-rock elements and replaced them with reverb-drenched psyche. Still just as fascinating to listen to, White Cloud's wall of sound hit the crowd like a tsunami. Nabbing little snippets of unique tones, I sat in the incredibly dim light and swam through their layers of echoing sounds.

French Miami closed out the night and were everything you would expect. Playing their math-rock influenced dance-punk, they hammered away squealing guitar lines over synth sounds and heavily hit drums. Playing mostly from their last record, we were lucky enough to catch a couple of new tunes. It would seem they have a new record coming out this summer, anticipation abound.

Minus the almost immediate disappearance of cheap drinks, Epic Sauce put together quite a good show. This is the first in a weekly series from them so keep an eye on their site for future gigs and if you can make it, head up to Milk next Thursday for the next show.

 

-Words and Photos by Ada Lann

   

Two Deli Sponsoerd parties at SXSW

Hey discerning eared people,

The Deli this year will sponsor two parties during SXSW:

MUSIC-TECH MASHUP PARTY!
Mashup

The Music Tech Mashup Showcase is a two day/three stages event during SXSW's transition from Interactive Week to Music Week. Featuring a ton of great bands, brands, and emerging new technologies, the Mashup party celebrates the opportunities presented through the convergence of these industries.  Hosted by Shinobi Ninja and Coast to Coast Models & Events and presented by GreenShoeLace, HunnyPot, The Deli Mag and Planet Ill, this showcase will assemble the movers and shakers of these converging fields.

Artist shortlist: Shinobi Ninja, Vaxhaul Broadcast, McAlister Drive, Bamboo Shoots.

MORE INFO HERE!

NYC in ATX PARTY

NYC at ATX

The Deli Magazine NY and CitizenMusic have teamed up to bring some of the best Alt Rock bands from New York to Austin for South By Southwest 2010! "NYC in ATX" will take place on Thursday, March 18, at Hyde Park Bar and Grill (South Location).

Music will begin prompty at 6pm!

Here's the kick-ass line up! 6.00: Blackbells
6:50: New Madrid
7:40: The Shake
8:30: Deadbeat Darling
9.20: Black Taxi

And, to make it rock even harder, it's FREE and ALL AGES. So, if you're heading down to SXSW or if you're already in Austin, come experience some of the greatest rock n roll, and best french fries [so we've been told] New York City has to offer!

MORE INFO HERE

 

 

   

Record Review: Debut 10-Inch from Weekend

With the feel of a desperate man at his breaking point, beseeching an immeasurable abyss, Weekend’s debut 10-inch EP is a considerable needle to thread though the ear. Though fuzz inadequately describes the level of distortion on the guitars, Weekend’s hypnotic noise-rock owes much to A Place to Bury Strangers and the traditions of My Bloody Valentine and Yo La Tengo, but imbues the complexity of that shrill, droning musical style with the tender naïveté of best of saccharine pop melody.

Rocking back and forth like a hand on a cradle, “All American” opens up the EP with equal parts penetrating guitar and a lulling rhythm and melody line. It has the soothing quality of falling asleep with your head next to an open window in a car speeding down the highway. As the song progresses and the guitars layer, Weekend creates an intricate space of almost white noise in which the listener may wander about. There is much to explore in the delicate layers of texture, while a disembodied voice continuously ask us where we are going.

Flipping over, “Youth Haunts” opens up with a piercing squeal that rang through my apartment, startling me and waking the neighbor’s baby. Needless to say, he wasn’t happy. With a driving melody like pistons slamming, “Youth Haunts” ebbs and flows like an elaborate sea of noise. Between the two I’d say this is my favorite. Though both have a lot to offer, “Youth Haunts” has wraith-like eeriness to it with several lovely different sounds to seek out in each listen.

Permeated with tangible chills, Weekend’s EP is certainly not for the faint of heart. Layered in textures of fuzz and distortion, this EP offers as much as it asks from the listener and should be a part of any noise-connoisseur’s collection.

 

-Ada Lann

Weekend's debut 10-inch can be purchased here from Mexican Summer.  Download cards are available with purchase.

 

   

7-inch/EP Review: Maus Haus Winter/Zig Zag and Sea Sides

It seems uncanny that Maus Haus (a large group of musicians) can maintain staying power without crumbling under the weight of their own eclecticism; most other groups with similarly eccentric sound have very few members. Yet Maus Haus seems to have found a way to push onward and upward defiantly, following last years strikingly unique Lark Marvels, born out of living room musings, with an equally impressive collection of tracks built around the 7-inch EP Winter/Zig Zag. For all of Lark Marvels' cavalier creation, and any aloofness that may have permeated those recordings as a result, Maus Haus’ latest recordings reveal a band further coalescing and maturing their sound.

With something of an eerie feel, “Winter” on Side A of the 7 inch, descends on you like a heavy blizzard in a swirl of bass-y synthesizer sounds and mono-syllabic vocal harmonies -- certainly a staple of music with a heavy psyche influence. With the air of a dispassionate homily, “Winter” creates the feeling of a cold deserted street complete with a disembodied voice advising us to “look at the mess we’ve made." A part of me wants to think this is the band telling us to pay close attention to the mess of sounds we’re about to be thrown into.  If I had to guess I'd say these boys have been listening to a lot of Syd Barrett, as the lyrical style of “Winter” (and many of these new tracks as well) implore the somewhat syncopated rhythmic singing style that owes a lot to Syd’s influence.

Kicking off like a fall down a deep hole, Side B’s “Zig Zag” thunders along like a demented fun-house ride. Contrasting “Winter’s” trundle, “Zig Zag” is driven by an upbeat tempo, a powerfully forceful bass line, and a cavernous layer of vocals. Certainly the more complex of the two (if its feel is not apparent in its title) “Zig Zag” changes rapidly, jerking the listener along it’s intricate journey.

Though these two songs make a brief and very dense 7-inch, it seems Maus Haus was not entirely done, releasing these two songs along with an additional three as the digital EP Sea-Sides. Sounding like it could very well have been left off Lark Marvels “Skyward Housing,” the first of the remaining digital tracks is a well-earned bit of levity from the darker tone of the 7-inch. True to its title, “Skyward Housing” builds a rising crescendo of synthesizer sounds in an electronic whirlwind. With a driving siren like melody, "Skyward Housing" builds up the movement towards the more ambient plateau that closes out the EP.

Creating a subdued mood with a more cavernous electronic soundscape, the final tracks "Sunshine" and "Sneaky Feelings" come well-versed in the lessons of Brian Eno circa Another Green World. The tones of these tracks carry less of a punch then the preceding ones, relying instead on a fuller more ethereal construction with multiple layers of synthesizer sounds. There is a nice calmness at work in these two that function as a soothing dénouement from the more intense moments earlier in the EP.

A fantastic follow up, Maus Haus’ latest recordings carry themselves with the gravitas of a band really getting comfortable in their own groove. Thematically there is something much darker at work in these new recordings, but the chills instigated by the eeriness of the sounds are exciting to experience nonetheless. Let’s hope for a full-length in the near future.

 

-Ada Lann

The 7-inch Winter/Zig Zag can be purchased here from Rocinante Records.  Download cards for Sea-Sides are available free with the purchase of a 7-inch.