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October 2014
Tetherball
"Whimsy
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Steve Voss paints the picture of a mid-aughts major label stalwart that eventually buckled under the weight of feedback from the mess of people involved in the process. Framed with this context, the moniker Tetherball comes into sharp relief. At the end of his rope and refusing to be swatted back and forth into submission, Voss withdrew from Atlantic Records and his home state of Colorado. He receded to a studio in an industrial neck of Nashville, still tinkering with sound but with a very cracked perspective; essentially the industry version of Lazlo Hollyfeld.

 

Tetherball's album will officially drop October 28th via Silver Point Recods. Even if this backstory weren’t true, “Whimsy” still sounds like someone reveling in their eccentricity. It’s weird, and deals it out its peculiarity in mid-tempo canters and clearly-baked moseys. Sci-fi plays just as big of a thematic influence as personal experience, so if you have a taste for the slightly off-center, parts of this album will have you clapping your hands in delight. The guitar tone has a tendency to do infectiously cool things, like the jangle at the opening of “Vegetarian” or the tit for tat that kicks off “Bootss.” This album could probably play in tandem with any South Park episode and mirror it with frightening accuracy.

 

This is not to say that Voss has lost all awareness of pop sensibility. For very Primus off-note there is an alternative snarl, which makes for an interesting and palatable listen. Tetherball maintains a high level of theatrics throughout, from the grand sweeping boredom of “Hometown” to the Western swing of "Boulderado" the big top rhythm of “Spring Chicken,” a track that had me playing indie-rock matchmaker and wondering for a second how cool it would be to see them on tour with Thao and the Get Down Stay Down.

 

“Whimsy” is an amazing first statement from this fledgling band. It’s clear that this is a pin pulled from a grenade, and that the Tetherball dimension is something that will only expand. We can’t wait to see how this band evolves. Stream the album HERE, and check out their website at: www.tetherballmusic.com

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Deleted Scenes is The Deli DC Area Best Emerging Artist of 2011

Deleted Scenes is The Deli DC Area Best Emerging Artist of 2011

They did it again!

Imaginative indie poppers Deleted Scenes won our Best of DC Area 2011 Poll for emerging artists for the second year in a row! This is the first time a band wins it twice...  They sure need to buy a beer to that ONE fan who voted for them, since that single vote (worth 0.001 points in our perverse system) avoided a tie with Sweet Leda, the funk-rock winners of the Readers' and Fans' Poll, who placed 2nd. Big Kudos also to Bluebrain, a really interesting electronic project that was rewarded in particular by the Jurors' vote.

1. DELETED SCENES

2. SWEET LEDA


ComScore

3. BLUEBRAIN

 
BAND
J
W
F
OS
TOTAL
 
1
Deleted Scenes
3
1
0.001
2
6.001
2
Sweet Leda
3
 
3
 
6
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3
Bluebrain
5
 
0.005
 
5.005
icon
4
Ed Schrader's Music Beat
5
 
0
 
5
icon
5
The Mean Season
3
1
0.017
 
4.017
icon
6
Lower Dens
3
1
0.005
 
4.005
icon
7
Pianos Become the Teeth
2
1
1
 
4
icon
8
Brooks Long
2
 
1.5
 
3.5
icon
 
Satori Trova
 
 
2
1.5
3.5
icon
10
Big/Bright
3
 
0.12
 
3.12
icon
11
Presto Bando
3
 
0.055
 
3.055
icon
12
Auroboros
3
 
0.017
 
3.017
icon
13
Satan's Satyrs
3
 
0.005
 
3.005
icon
14
Storm The Beaches
3
 
0.003
 
3.003
icon
15
Black Hills
3
 
0.002
 
3.002
icon
 
Mobius Strip
3
 
0.002
 
3.002
icon
 
Silo Halo
3
 
0.002
 
3.002
icon
 
Warchild
2
1
0.002
 
3.002
icon
19
Murder
3
 
0
 
3
icon
20
Is And Of The
 
1
0.051
1.5
2.551
icon
21
Dance For the Dying
2
 
0.037
 
2.037
icon
22
Shark Week
2
 
0.011
 
2.011
icon
23
The Blackberry Belles
2
 
0.011
 
2.011
icon
24
Acid Queen
2
 
0.006
 
2.006
icon
25
Birdlips
2
 
0.004
 
2.004
icon
26
Office Of Future Plans
2
 
0.004
 
2.004
icon
27
The Diamond Center
2
 
0.002
 
2.002
icon
28
Miyazaki
2
 
0.001
 
2.001
icon
29
John C
2
 
0
 
2
icon
30
The Capital Hearings
2
 
0
 
2
icon
31
The Will To Survive
 
 
0.5
1.25
1.75
icon
32
The Great Unknowns
 
 
0.008
1.5
1.508
icon
33
Kindlewood
 
 
0.078
1
1.078
icon
34
The Flying Eyes
1
 
0.068
 
1.068
icon
35
Brittany Jean
1
 
0.04
 
1.04
icon
36
White Life
1
 
0.013
 
1.013
icon
37
Drop Electric
 
 
0.008
1
1.008
icon
38
Borracho
1
 
0.006
 
1.006
icon
 
Teen Mom
1
 
0.006
 
1.006
icon
 
We Were Pirates
 
 
0.006
1
1.006
icon
41
Ilsa
1
 
0.004
 
1.004
icon
 
Spine Buster
1
 
0.004
 
1.004
icon
 
The Young Ladies
1
 
0.004
 
1.004
icon
43
Deathrats
1
 
0.003
 
1.003
icon
 
Dope Body
1
 
0.003
 
1.003
icon
45
Regents
1
 
0.002
 
1.002
icon
 
The Hint
1
 
0.002
 
1.002
icon
47
Volta Bureau
1
 
0.001
 
1.001
icon
48
Alice Anna
1
 
0
 
1
icon
 
River James
1
 
0
 
1
icon
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W = Deli Writers - F = Fans
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