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Best of Portland 2014 for Emerging Artists - FINAL RESULTS: 1. The Domestics 2. Sama Dams 3. Talkative

Deli Nation,

Our Year End Poll for Emerging Portland Artists was - as usual - a painstaking (and somewhat excruciating) process, but we pulled it off with remarkable flair!


 

A huge congratulations to The Domestics for becoming The Deli Portland's Artist of 2014. For a group who seemed to materialize out of nowhere in early 2014, they recorded easily one of the best albums in recent Portland history. And it hasn't gone unnoticed. Through and through, these guys are pure musicians and true song writers. Here's looking forward to more soul-crushingly beautiful folk-friendly indy rock from them to come in the near future.

Sama Dams were not far behind, securing the Number 2 seat. Their 2014 sophomore release, Comfort in Doubt, underscores Adams ability to craft unique and heartfelt avant indie rock that both gently draws the listener in and challenges them with intelligent rhythms and out-there guitar solos.

It's also no surprise to see Talkative at the top of this list. Their 2014 debut studio lp, Hot Fruit Barbeque, was the culmination of four years of relentless high-energy gigging and self-recorded demos, and is one of the strongest recent contributions to the realm of Pacific NW psych rock. 

Here is how it all went down: first we let the local bands submit their music, and had various Deli editors to pick their favorites as nominees. Then we polled a list of 15+ Portland music scene experts (our jury) asking them each to nominate 3 more bands of their choice. Then we polled our writers. And finally we polled our readers. We tried our damdest to keep things open and inclusive across all genres, from Indie to folk to Hip Hop.

If you care to geek out on all the subtelties of how this poll works, you can check out the rules in depth here (happy reading!). But if all you care about is the awesome new music that Portland produced in 2014, then the following list is all you need. Enjoy!

BEST OF 2014 POLL FOR EMERGING PORTLAND ARTISTS
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ARTIST
J
OS
W
R
TOT
 
1
The Domestics
11
 
1
0.036
12.036
2
Sama Dams
9
 
1
0.017
10.017
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3
Talkative
7
 
1
0.027
8.027
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4
The Tamed West
6
 
 
0.013
6.013
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5
Psychomagic
3
 
3
0.008
6.008
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6
Summer Cannibals
6
 
 
0.006
6.006
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7
The Ghost Ease
4
 
1
0.033
5.033
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8
Grandparents
2
 
3
0.021
5.021
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9
Like A Villain
4
 
1
0.014
5.014
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10
Aan
3
 
2
0.011
5.011
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11
The Lower 48
 
3
1
0.004
4.004
12
Big Haunt
4
 
 
0.002
4.002
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Thanks
3
 
1
0.002
4.002
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14
Mermaid in China
 
1
1
2
4
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15
Bubble Cats
3
 
 
0.023
3.023
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16
Lunch
2
 
1
0.013
3.013
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17
Fanno Creek
2
 
1
0.006
3.006
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18
Swansea
3
 
 
0.003
3.003
19
The Shivas
3
 
 
0.002
3.002
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20
Blesst Chest
3
 
 
0.001
3.001
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Chanterelles
3
 
 
0.001
3.001
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Musee Mechanique
3
 
 
0.001
3.001
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23
And And And
3
 
 
0
3
 
The Woolen Men
3
 
 
0
3
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25
Kool Stuff Katie
 
1
 

1.5

2.5
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Jackson Boone
 
2
 
0.5
2.5
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Just Lions
 
2
 
0.5
2.5
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28
Fringe Class
2
 
 
0.018
2.018
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29
Minden
2
 
 
0.016
2.016
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30
Eidolons
1
 
1
0.013
2.013
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31
Golden Hour
2
 
 
0.009
2.009
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32
Comm
2
 
 
0.007
2.007
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33
Bed.
2
 
 
0.004
2.004
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34
Lost Lander
2
 
 
0.001
2.001
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Mothertapes
 
1
1
0.001
2.001
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  Sons of Huns
2
 
 
0.001
2.001
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37
Dirty Revival
 
1
 
1
2
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38
The Fourth Wall
1
 
 
0.027
1.027
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39
Arlo Indigo
1
 
 
0.019
1.019
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40
Jeffrey Martin
 
1
 
0.004
1.004
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Landlines
1
 
 
0.004
1.004
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42
Anna Tivel
 
1
 
0.001
1.001
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Renaissance Coalition
1
 
 
0.001
1.001
icon
 
Vinnie Dewayne
1
 
 
0.001
1.001
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45
Modern Kin
1
 
 
0
1
icon
 
The Binary Marketing Show
 
1
 
0
1
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Legend: J = Jurors, W = Deli Writers,
R = Deli Readers, OS = Open Submissions

Jurors List: Jared Mees (Tender Loving Empire), James Dineen (Portland Media Works, Xray.fm), Papi Fimbres (Revival Drum Shop, drummer in 20+ PDX bands), Rochelle Hunter (booker extraordinaire), Louie Herr (Banana Stand Media), Colette Pomerleau (SSG Music), Matt Singer (Willamette Week), Annie Miranda (PDX Pop Now!), Elizabeth Elder (talent buyer at Union/PineParty Boyz), Boone Howard (sound engineer at Mississippi Studios, Rontoms and Bunk Bar), Ryan Dornfeld (Eleven PDX Magazine), Theo Craig (Smoke Signals Music, Xray.fm), Ingrid Renan (Exploding Green), Alexei Shiskin (Noise & Color PDX, Gelatenous Blog), Aaron Colter (Banana Stand Media), Cody Burger (talent buyer at Firkin), Dustin Mills (Eleven PDX Magazine), Chris Young (Vortex Music Magazine), Nalin Silva (Revolver Studios, talent buyer at Kelly's Olympian), and Rachael Milbauer (Tender Loving Empire, She Shreds, Party Boyz).

Hope you'll find some awesome new artists you weren't aware of!

The Deli's Staff

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Best of Portland Readers and Fans' Choice: 1. Mermaid in China, 2. Kool Stuff Katie 3.Dirty Revival

Deli Readers,

The Deli Portland's Best of 2014 Readers and Fans' Poll for local emerging artists is over, thanks to all those who cast their vote in support of the emerging local bands and artists in our list of nominees. 

We happily announce our top three local emerging artists Mermaid in China, Kool Stuff Katie and Dirty Revival!

Stay tuned for the composite chart, to be released soon, which will include details about the point nominees accumulated from the jurors and Deli writers' votes, and will crown The Deli's Best Emerging Portland Artist of 2014.

1. Mermaid in China


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2. Kool Stuff Katie


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3. Dirty Revival


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Here's this poll's top 10 chart, full results can be found here

BEST OF PORTLAND 2014 - READERS' POLL RESULTS
 
Artists
Votes
 
1
Mermaid in China 683
2
Kool Stuff Katie 623
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3
Dirty Revival 274
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4
Jackson Boone 98
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5
Just Lions 73
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6
The Domestics 36
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7
The Ghost Ease 33
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8
Talkative 27
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9
The Fourth Wall 27
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10
Bubble Cats 23
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The Deli's Staff


Introducing: Year of the Coyote

In a city shrouded by indie rock cred, having been home to artists such as the late Elliott Smith, Decemberists, The Shins, Modest Mouse, and Portugal. The Man to name a few in just the last couple decades, musical genres that fall outside of that category can easily go un-noticed. Not to say that hip hop, funk/soul, country, hardcore, or various other genres don’t exist in Portland. They most definitely do, and in fact they’re thriving, but only in their own niche underground scenes and rarely catching the ear of press. To help fight that trend, today we celebrate Portland hardcore. In particular, Year of the Coyote.

Representing the local hardcore music scene with a vengeance, YOTC boasts a stacked lineup of well-seasoned musicians that have been active in the scene for well over a decade. Featuring Matt Hagen (previously of Brutal Fight, Rapid Fire Process, Two Hands) on guitar/vocals, Travis Wisner (Born Losers, Burning Room, Two Hands) on drums, and Matt Thornton on bass/vocals (Inked in Blood, Rapid Fire Process, Burning Room, TADA, Two Hands), these guys play a brutally sludgy blend of death and doom metal.

Back in December, YOTC released their first demo recordings, and it’s the perfect soundtrack to all my mass-apocalyptic-war dreams. From start to finish the demo showcases impeccable instrumentation. Explosive percussion, heavily fuzzed-out low-register and dissonant chord progressions juxtaposed by frenetic high-register fretwork, all bear the weight of guttural and morbid vocal growls. Blast this in your headphones and the next thing you know you’ll be the only one left in the room standing. But at barely eleven minutes in length, the three tracks leave you needing more fuel for your fire of hatred.

Word on the street is that Year of the Coyote recently lost Matt Thornton who just moved up to Alaska, and while AK is perhaps the most metal place in all of the US of A, here’s to hoping that YOTC will be able to carry on and grace us with a longer follow-up recording before too long. Because Satan knows, Portland needs more bands like this one to help fight the overwhelming current of mainstream indie pop that is constantly being spoon fed to us. 

- Travis Leipzig

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Mr. Bones Relese Self-titled Debut Cassette

PDX garage pop outfit, Mr. Bones, release their self-titled cassette via Good Cheer Records. 

The debut full-length opens up with “Lurch,” a track that runs just under a minute. The minimalistic intro starts with just vocals and guitar, then adds a lo-fi sample pad beat. It almost sounds like it could be a track from fellow PDX songsters The Morals.

As the album moves forward, things get louder and gnarlier, sonically and lyrically. Tracks like “Glaring at U” and the single, “You Don’t Have a Skull of Your Own” blast through your speakers, and straight into your heart. Straight until the end, Mr. Bones pair noise with catchy melodies, straddling the line between destruction and summer-pop.

Many of the lyrics, like the songs themselves, are stream-of-thought, and span subject matter such as looking at strangers on the internet (“Another Fucking Summer”), generic people, love, and loneliness.

The album feels like they recorded everything live in someone’s basement, which suits the rawness and excitement of the band. This grungy, DIY vibe gives each song an added sense of urgency and earnesty -- a rare change of pace from the often-overproduced pop (etc) album. Seems like a perfect touch to release it on a cassette tape. They even have hand-written lyrics on the inside of the liner!

Guitarist and singer Leland Brehl comes from the punk side of the Portland music scene, which might help explain the emphasis on energy, over clarity. Expect driving guitars and crashing drums, with vocals JUST outside of the focal point throughout the album.  

Overall it’s a pretty smash-and-grab album, with short, hard-hitting songs (and a few mellow ones interspersed) -- the longest track on the album is just over three minutes, so things move quickly throughout, often ending abruptly and moving immediately to the next song/feeling. So if grunge-pop via punk is your jam, Mr Bones’ self-titled tape is definitely worth checking out. Also, an entire listen only takes about twenty five minutes -- I bet you have that kind of time if you’re reading this.

Good Cheer Records is a new label from Blake Hickman (of KPSU) and Morgan Troper, and so far hosts only Mr. Bones and Teenspot in their lineup.  

From the label: “The cassette is being released on February 10th, The band is playing an in store at Music Millenium at 6 PM that evening to celebrate the release. More info about our label can be found at www.goodcheerrecords.com”

Written by Chandler Strutz

Photo of Mr. Bones by Yousef Hatlani

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Ready or Not America, Here Come the Coma Serfs!

Ready Or Not America! Here Come The Coma Serfs! Props to Portland’s own Coma Serfs for providing this lazy hack of a writer with a perfect introductory sentence to his article announcing the release of their all new EP, Ready Or Not America! Here Come The Coma Serfs.

And the utility of this EP’s title doesn’t end there; it also serves as a warning for those who are unprepared to hit the deck lest they receive one of these hot, fresh psychedelic chart-busters to the eye. That’s not where you want a song like “Lords Of Paradise” to get you, trust me. The spiraling, manic build at the beginning of the song may as well be Donkey Kong winding up for one of his patented Giant Punches--and anyone who’s ever played Smash Bros knows you better be ready when that shit drops. The song transitions into a wash of dizzying effects and chaotic intensity like a strung out surfer’s fever dream. Recurring accented hits punctuate the song and assault your ears like the beating in your temples of a gnarly hangover.

Preparing yourself for the Coma Serfs, however, isn’t always about being ready to defend yourself physically. For example, the song “Set Me Straight” beseeches more of a cerebral preparation in order to appreciate it to its full potential. The song’s chipper, upbeat energy captures that same carefree, kicking-a-pebble-down-the-sidewalk vitality of The Warlocks on their album Phoenix.

Come see them show off these shiny new songs plus more at Bunk Bar (1028 Southeast Water Avenue) 1/31 with Still Caves and Jackson Boone.

- Bryce Woodcock

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