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1939 Ensemble Wins The Deli Portland's Best of 2012 Poll for Emerging Artists

1939 Ensemble’s intricate compositions and unique arrangement have brought them the most nominations from our local jurors and in doing so awarded them the title of The Deli Portland’s Best Emerging Artist of 2012. Their fluid melodies, dynamic percussion and electronic ambiance entranced listeners over the course of the past year with hypnotic performances and the release of Howl and Bite. The debut showcases their distinct style and experimental drive which is seen through volatile vibraphone leads, blistering drum beats and dissonant background noise. The final results of the poll are posted below. Thanks to everyone involved with the voting process and congratulations to 1939 Ensemble. I hope that 2013 is a paramount year for you. – Benjamin Toledo

 
ARTIST
J
W
R
OS
TOT
 
1
1939 Ensemble
6
1
0.009
 
7.009
2
Pure Bathing Culture
6
 
0.003
 
6.003
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3
Onuinu
5
1
0.002
 
6.002
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4
A Happy Death
4
 
1.5
 
5.5
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5
Eidolons
 
1
0.070
3
4.07
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6
Sons of Huns
4
 
0.049
 
4.049
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7
Alialujah Choir
3
1
0.017
 
4.017
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8
When the Broken Bow
3
 
0.065
 
3.065
icon
9
Nasalrod
3
 
0.015
 
3.015
icon
10
And And And
3
 
0.009
 
3.009
icon
 
WL
3
 
0.009
 
3.009
12
Reynosa
3
 
0.008
 
3.008
icon
13
Aan
3
 
0.006
 
3.006
icon
 
The We Shared Milk
3
 
0.006
 
3.006
icon
15
Radiation City
3
 
0.004
 
3.004
icon
16
The Woolen Men
3
 
0.003
 
3.003
icon
17
Hellokopter
3
 
0.002
 
3.002
icon
 
The Shivas
2
1
0.002
 
3.002
icon
19
Lost Lander
3
 
0.001
 
3.001
icon
20
Brooks Robertson
1
 
2
 
3
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21
The Mormon Trannys
2
 
1
 
3
22
Unicorn Domination
 
1
0.014
1.5
2.514
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23
Catherine Feeny
 
 
0.5
2
2.5
icon
24
Appendixes
2
 
0.045
 
2.045
icon
25
Fanno Creek
2
 
0.031
 
2.031
icon
26
TheGoodSons
2
 
0.015
 
2.015
icon
27
The Lower 48
 
 
0.004
2
2.004
icon
 
Hausu
2
 
0.004
 
2.004
icon
29
Neakahnie
2
 
0.003
 
2.003
icon
30
Nice Shootin' Tex
2
 
0.002
 
2.002
icon
31
Your Rival
2
 
0.001
 
2.001
icon
32
Ancient Heat
1
 
0.50
 
1.5
icon
33
No More Parachutes
1
 
0.072
 
1.072
icon
34
Bloodroot Kids
 
 
0.039
1
1.039
icon
35
Shy Girls
1
 
0.023
 
1.023
icon
36
Wild Ones
1
 
0.008
 
1.008
icon
37
Aviel
 
 
0.006
1
1.006
icon
38
Shadows on Stars
1
 
0.003
 
1.003
icon
39
Federale
1
 
0.001
 
1.001
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Legend: J = Jurors, W = Deli Writers,
R = Deli Readers, OS = Open Submissions

 

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Wild Ones Play Doug Fir 1.20

As a part of the band Eskimo & Sons the clear, chiming voice of Danielle Sullivan was front and center. After the group disbanded, bandmate Thomas Himes didn't want to give up making music and must have believed that Sullivan’s voice should be heard. He persuaded Sullivan to find the words to sing over new material and they continued on. They invited back another E&S member, Clayton Knapp, who took an electronic approach to the situation after playing bass for the former. Soon, old friends from bands that had toured with E&S came to play. The product of the group, eventually dubbed Wild Ones, is described as "math pop".  "Do the Right Thing" adds ultra-harmonized vocals, tight drums, and computerized whirls over perfectly metered keys and guitars. Sullivan hits the high notes on tracks like "Forever Jam", playing innocently inside of calculated boops and rhythmic complexity. Whatever they are doing, the equation works out. - Brandy Crowe

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Brooks Robertson wins Portland's Best of 2012 Readers and Fans Poll!

Deli Readers,

The Deli Portland's Best of 2012 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. Congrats to Brooks Robertson  for being The Deli's Readers Best Portland Artist of 2012. Here's this poll's top 10 chart.

Stay tuned for the composite chart, to be released soon, which will include the point nominees accumulated from the jurors and Deli writers' votes, and will crown The Deli's Best Emerging Portland Artist of 2012.

The Deli's Staff

 
ARTIST
VOTES
 
1
Brooks Robertson
360
2
A Happy Death
228
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3
The Mormon Trannys
150
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4
Catherine Feeny
 94
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5
Ancient Heat
88
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6
No More Parachutes
72
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7
Eidolons
70
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8
When the Broken Bow
65
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9
Sons of Huns
49
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10
Appendixes
45
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Brooks Robertson Wins The Deli Portland's Best of 2012 Readers and Fans Poll

Brooks Robertson’s mastery of the guitar is apparent to anyone who listens to his music. He plays fluid, complex compositions that entrance the listener and have garnered him the support to come out on top of the viewer’s choice poll. He surely has a successful career ahead of him, and with the dedication he has shown to his craft he surely deserves it. – Benjamin Toledo

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A Happy Death Places 2nd in The Deli Portland's Best of 2012 Readers and Fans Poll

A Happy Death’s relentless gigging, unrestrained energy and vintage style has catapulted them through the past year and brought them some well-deserved attention in the Portland scene. Their songs are both catchy and chaotic; their style dark and riotous with a touch of noir. Keep an eye on these guys, their psychedelic sounds aren’t showing any signs of slowing down in 2013. – Benjamin Toledo

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The Mormon Trannys Place 3rd in The Deli Portland's Best of 2012 Readers and Fans Poll

The Mormon Trannys are on a mission to save confused and oppressed souls through the gospel of punk rock and I love them for it. By combining a message of acceptance with a comedic and satirical presentation their performance is without a doubt one of the most unique in town and also one of the most enjoyable. Congratulations to these guys for placing 3rd in the viewer’s choice poll, keep up the good work. – Benjamin Toledo  

 

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Pigeons Play Big Ass Boombox Festival 1.12

Once upon a time great rock and roll was derived from thriving pianos. Fortunately for many, this trend made its return in the middle of last decade during the indie rock revival. Pigeons rely heavily on the same acoustic instruments that gave indie rock prominent place in modern music. They have a very diverse sound that consists of guitars, drums, bass, and a piano; all topped off with a sweet violin. Each song brings something unique as they go from slow and very harmonic to thrashing noise that somehow manages to stay together, which can be heard throughout their 2010 album The Talking WirePigeons have the rare ability to play the softest instruments in the hardest way possible. It’s sweet, smooth, raw and everything in between. - Colin Hudson

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Get Your Big Ass (Boombox) Downtown this Friday and Saturday 1.11/1.12

The second annual Big Ass Boombox Festival is this weekend, and you should probably go. You really have no reason not to. There are over 40 bands at 4 different venues in 2 days and it costs nothing, except maybe max rides and PBR. Shows are going to be downtown at Someday Lounge, Backspace, Kelly's Olympian, and Floating World Comics (awesome!). There are going to be so many rad bands, like Wooden Indian Burial Ground (Friday, Someday), Father Figure (Saturday, Kelly's) and Tiananmen Bear (Saturday, Someday). Check out the lineup and set times at www.bigassboombox.com. It is going to be great and you don't even have to walk far. - Annie Wheeler


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