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The Hugs Release New Video: "Let It Go"

The Hugs have just released a video to accompany “Let It Go”, a calm and reflective song that explores the emotions that surface as a relationship comes to a close. The video, directed by Sean Allen, features images of the shores on the Willamette beneath an overcast sky that mirror the intonations of vocalist Danny Delegato’s voice as he recites and sings his lyrical content into the camera. Watch the video below and be sure to listen to The Hugs latest album, Love Led You Here, on bandcamp. - Benjamin Toledo

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Party Boyz Season 1 Finale

In the epic, two part season finale of the Party Boyz podcast our favorite hosts turn the microphones on each other and we learn a bit about the rad girls (boyz) that make this podcast a possibility. The two brilliantly curated playlists that illustrate the conversation include songs by St. Vincent, Aan, Harlem, The Ghost Ease and a lot more. Listen to the first part below, check out the second part here and be sure to give Party Boyz your attention via facebook to keep up with their latest news. - Ben  

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February 2014
Aan
"Amor Ad Nauseum
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After years of playing together Aan have released their debut full-length album, Amor Ad Nauseum, and it was well worth the wait. The opening track, “Wet and Dripping”, fades in with an ambient build that lulls the listener into a sense of emotional security that is then shattered by sharp vocal shouts, swirling rhythms and lush guitar tones that seem to twist around their lucid foundation. Somehow in the first four minutes of the album Aan is able to give the listener a taste of what this entire collection is about. It’s dynamic, detailed and transforms a pop structure into something harder to define, but incredibly addicting.

     The album continues through the steady and psych-tinged “Spiritual Provisions” into its deceptively contagious single, “I Don’t Need Love”. The effervescent guitar, synth and rhythmic variations contained within are juxtaposed against a steady, fuzzed-out bass line that keeps the song grounded by its continuous groove. “Wake Me with a Kiss” is another highlight, it’s emotional lyrics are the kind that can make you reflect on the definition of love long after the final words are shouted at its conclusion. The final track, “Weirdo” seems to breath as it’s rhythmic foundation is expanded upon until it fades out through an ambient drone. Aan have taken the time to craft a debut that feels fully-developed and complete, and the result of their work is one of the most dynamic albums to come out of Portland in recent memory. - Benjamin Toledo   



Winter 2013. NYC Issue #37 (CMJ)
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Best of 2013 Poll for Emerging Portland Artists: FINAL RESULTS!

Deli Nation,

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

Kudos to nocturnal psych-rockers Genders (pictured) for winning it! Thumbs up to ethereal dream poppers WL and to sugary indie pop maestros Wild Ones.

Here is how it all went down: first, we let the local bands submit their music (for free), and got our Deli editors to pick the nominees. Then we polled a list of 15+ Portland scene expert (our jury, list at the bottom) and asked them to nominate 3 more bands of their choice each. Then we polled our writers, then we polled our readers. We tried to keep things open for each single genre, from Indie Rock to Roots Music to Hip Hop.

If you are a geek interested in all the subtelties related to how this poll works, you can read its rules here (happy reading!). But if all you care about is the awesome new music Portland produced in the year 2013, this list is all you need. Enjoy!

BEST OF 2013 POLL FOR EMERGING PORTLAND ARTISTS
****** FINAL RESULTS ******
 
ARTIST
J
W
R
OS
TOT
 
1
Genders
9
2
0.012
 
11.012
2
WL
9
1
0.006
 
10.006
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3
Wild Ones
9
 
0.002
 
9.002
icon
4
Sama Dams
5
2
0.022
1
8.022
icon
5
The Ghost Ease
6
2
0.004
 
8.004
icon
6
Grammies
5
2
0.003
 
7.003
icon
7
Your Rival
6
 
0.004
 
6.004
icon
8
Fanno Creek
5
 
0.007
 
5.007
icon
9
Rags and Ribbons
4
 
0.5
 
4.5
icon
10
Tango Alpha Tango
3
1
0.039
 
4.039
icon

11

Wooden Indian Burial Ground
2
2
0.007
 
4.007
12
Natasha Kmeto
3
1
0.004
 
4.004
icon
13
Adam Brock
 
 
1
3
4
icon
14
Bearcubbin
3
 
0.027
 
3.027
icon
15
A Volcano
3
 
0.011
 
3.011
icon
16
Bevelers
2
1
0.008
 
3.008
icon
17
Magic Mouth
2
1
0.005
 
3.005
icon
 
The Autonomics
3
 
0.005
 
3.005
icon
19
Sun Angle
3
 
0.004
 
3.004
icon
20
Holy Grove
3
 
0.003
 
3.003
21
Modern Kin
2
1
0.002
 
3.002
icon
22
Magic Fades
3
 
0
 
3
icon
 
She's Not Dead
1
 
2
 
3
icon
24
Just Lions
 
 
1.5
1
2.5
icon
 
Manx
2
 
0.5
 
2.5
icon
26
Adventure Galley
 
 
0.051
2
2.051
icon
27
The Cabin Project
2
 
0.035
 
2.035
icon
28
Grandhorse
2
 
0.016
 
2.016
icon
29
Melville
2
 
0.012
 
2.012
icon
 
Souvenir Driver
1
1
0.012
 
2.012
icon
31
Hungers
2
 
0.007
 
2.007
icon
 
Grandparents
2
 
0.005
 
2.005
icon
33
The Ecstatics
2
 
0.003
 
2.003
icon
34
The Moonshine
2
 
0.001
 
2.001
icon
35
Dresses
2
 
0
 
2
icon
 
The People Electric
1
1
0
 
2
icon
37
Coma Serfs
 
 
0.025
1.5
1.525
icon
 
Shy Girls
1
 
0.015
 
1.015
icon
39
Mister Tang
1
 
0.008
 
1.008
icon
 
Summer Cannibals
1
 
0.006
 
1.006
icon
41
Big Haunt
1
 
0.005
 
1.005
icon
42
Rare Monk
 
 
0.004
1
1.004
icon
43
Litanic Mask
1
 
0.003
 
1.003
icon
 
The Suicide Notes
1
 
0.003
 
1.003
icon
 
The We Shared Milk
1
 
0.003
 
1.003
icon
46
Soft Shadows
 
 
0.002
1
1.002
icon
47
There Is No Mountain
1
 
0.001
 
1.001
icon
48
The Last 45's
1
 
0
 
1
icon
Legend: J = Jurors, W = Deli Writers,
R = Deli Readers, OS = Open Submissions

 

List of jurors: Matt King (Mississippi Studios) James Dineen (Sessions From the Box) Rochelle Hunter (PDX Pop Now!) Nick Gattman (Alhambra Theatre) Chris Young (Oregon Music News) Cassandra Bryant (Lippop Booking) Theo Craig (Smoke Signals Booking) Louie Herr and Aaron Colter (Banana Stand Media) Michele Motta (Club 21) Nalin Silva (Kelly’s Olympian) Chris Cantino (Into the Woods) Mark Dilson (PDX Pick) Hollister Dixon and Yousef Hatlani (Faces on the Radio) Rachel Milbauer and Elizabeth Elder (Party Boyz) Dennise Kowalczyk (KZME) Gustav (94.7 too) Ashley Jocz ( RIP City Review) Jared Amon (KINK)

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

The Deli's Staff

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