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Pumpkinseed shows us their "Holy Bits," live tonight (01.07) at DRKMTTR

Pumpkinseed’s Holy Bits is the missing link that hopped an aeroplane off Avery Island and crash landed in the middle of a stormy sea. Taking turns between meditative and peaceful tracks like album opener “My Lord Swung Low” and ones driven by brute force and raw power like “Jaime,” Holy Bits is a work worth hearing the whole way through.

Fret not if all that gets you a little hot and bothered, because Pumpkinseed's next Nashville gig is a house show tonight (January 7) at DRKMTTR with Mom & Dad, Commander Keen, and Sweet Cheeks. -Austin Phy 

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Wildcat Apollo's Second Single from Their New Album is Some Rules-Breaking Indie Pop

Wildcat Apollo is releasing 80s pop singles on us right now. Truly, we’ve been living in this time of all past eras of music being re-done and reproached by the contemporary kids as good as or better than they were originally were for a while, and Wildcat Apollo’s second single from their new album “Melt into the Ocean” is exactly that. It’s a Cocteau Twins influenced blast of a romantic pop track, but with the echoing choir indie thing of the early 2000s (itself a rehash of an 80s Paul McCartney kinda thing that itself goes back even further etc.) and a very 2016 approach to old sounds that says this is ours, and we’re gonna take it and make it like we want.

We live in the age of fast-moving everything, and one thing that’s moving so fast that it’s collapsed into itself is pop music, which has developed into music like “Red Roses” that comes off as a kind of retro-contemporary-future pop music all at one time. It’s weird that it does all these different pop things at once and doesn’t ask permission to do it. It might not be fully what many might want from pop music if we were asked to directly lay out the path we think good such music takes, and it isn’t perfect with its almost-too cutesy notes with the echoing choir shit, but it makes up for it by not caring that you might not like that and driving hard at everything the band wants the track to be. It ends up pretty endearingly done, and the track sticks in your head and gets your spirit going a bit upwards whether you'd like to admit it or not (and many will without a single problem).

Wildcat Apollo’s “Red Roses” is of the new rules pop, and it’s good fun, and you should and can listen to it below. Do that or be a stickler, hip kids of this site.





Issue #45 (Winter 2016) of The Deli NYC is online!

Lurvely Deli Readers,

We are proud to introduce you to our Winter 2016 issue of The Deli NYC, featuring on the cover Brooklyn songwriter, producer and multimedia artist Brittany Campbell, portrayed by NYC comix artist Lale Westwind. Inside the issue - besides dozens of talented emerging NYC bands and artists - you'll also find a feature about the undiscovered genius of Captain Baby and the ongoing saga of Manhattan DIY art space and venue ABC No Rio

READ IT ONLINE HERE! It will be out in print around January 15.





Instrumental band Second Sleep will soon take over your eardrums

With their debut onto the Portland scene happening just last year, Second Sleep have already affirmed their well deserved place in our fairly niche realm of local music. The two piece is made up of nothing but drums and guitars - a simplistic setup resulting in a zealous execution of prime post-rock. T.J. Burke and Bruce Reed transform distortion and weighty whirls into immutable forces that can't be ignored. So far, they've played a handful of shows and have the one easily accessible track, "Motoboats." The track is an instrumental definition of the duo's technical prowess, also acting as an indicator of what can be expected from their future releases.

Second Sleep will be playing with A Collective Subconscious and Arizona's With Our Arms to the Sun at the High Water Mark on January 13th and seem to have more and more shows stacking up in the new year. 

-Cervante Pope

 





Hartford's McLovins plays Grizzly's in Stratton, Vermont on January 9th

This past October, Hartford improv jam rock quartet Mclovins released its breezily warm self-titled album. Purveying such guitar-zipped songs as “Talk About It” and “Regulars” (streaming below), the 2008-formed band pleasantly recalls such beloved jammers as Phish--lead singer Jake Huffman does even sound a bit like Phish’s Trey Anastasio--on this release while compelling the listener with its tales of young love and summery fun. McLovins plays Grizzly’s in Stratton, Vermont on January 9th. – Zach Weg

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