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From our Open Blog: Loose Lips Sink Ships / Victor Villarreal

Chicago indie rock veteran/guitar virtuoso Victor Villarreal (Cap'n Jazz, Owls, Ghosts and Vodka) and DeKalb, IL's math rock wunderkids Loose Lips Sink Ships are gearing up for the pressing of a split 7" record, entitled Eating Happens. The record is set for release August 27th on Chicago newcomers Whaleplane Records. Eating Happens is Villarreal's second release under his own name (the first being 2009's Alive), and is Loose Lips Sink Ships' second 7" record on Whaleplane, a label that got its start in the college town of Fredonia, NY. The record features a track from each artist, Loose Lips contribute the knotty, spastic "Sarah Palin's Parasailing" and Victor offers up a fingerpicked folk song entitled "Prophesying Hypothesis." The record is a limited edition item (just 500 hand numbered copies are to be released this August) and is available for preorder now.

Preordering the record not only includes immediate download of this album, it also ensures that it will be shipped out before the release date. A free stream of both tracks is available, as well, at Loose Lips' webstore.


La Scala

Last week La Scala released their new ep The Last Carousel by performing at Empty Bottle. The EP was recorded at Stereophonic Studios by Marshall Terry in April of 2010 and was mixed by Balthazar de Ley at Audio Bordello. It mixes traditional indie rock with a flair for the dramatic. The band has that cabaret style that bands like My Gold Mask and The Loneliest Monk are perfecting. You can stream the ep and purchase the vinyl 12” here.

Speaking of My Gold Mask you can download the track that Gretta Rochelle of My Gold Mask performed with La Scala here. It is a cover of "Tu Farai" by Mina.


The Deli’s CD of the Month: Univox - Univox

Univox’s self-titled debut full length from Brooklyn indie label ROIR is a joyous rollercoaster ride through music history. I guess that you can call it Glam rock because it is quite theatrical and certainly rocks, but these aren’t posers smearing on makeup and tight outfits to somehow get the chicks (though drummer Kent Boersma has been known to dawn a dress). These are four young men brought together by the rock gods to twist the meaning of what they believe pop music is. With a sound that deserves to be heard through arena stacks, this quartet creates epic rock anthems, but it’s more than just power chords and guitar riffs from below the waist (well, opener “Pi” is a little bit). Led by their radio-ready vocals and the strong backbone drumming of Boersma, Univox combine monster pop hooks and straight-up pedal-to-the-floor rock with such theatrical flare that you can’t help but be swept away over the top with them.
Josh Jones’ baritone Bowie-esque vocals and the band’s impressive harmonies have you already hearing tracks like “Everybody Knows” and “You Don’t Know” on the radio (that is if you still listen to radio). “Lever Master City” embodies what I think of as the Univox sound: catchy pop hooks, strange mind-warping lyrics, steady rockin’ backbeat and guitars with gorgeous harmonies. When they drop into “die, don’t leave me alone/call me on the phone/phone make me at home/child to the wave then in the sand/light in your heart/your heart in my hand/holy master crow/who lives in a cage/letting him out in a couple of days/call to my throat/throat lend me a line/line in the salt/salt sand in my eyes/I’m seeing the sand/drop from the days/laying you out in different ways/child to the wave and in the sand/light in your heart/your heart in my hand,” it always brings a smile to my face. Did I already use the word “epic”? The band flexes their vocal muscles in the a cappella track “All This Blood Came From My Heart” which plays out like a sadistic operatic musical reminding you that Univox’s artistic vision far exceeds your normal everyday rock band. Predictable - Univox is not. “Conan” unexpectedly breaks out into an angry Devo dance party while album closer “Nobody’s That Smart” just leaves you wondering what these guys will do next. Long-awaited debut worth the wait. - Q.D. Tran



The Spinning Leaves Gather at North Star Bar Aug. 3

Michael the Baker and B the Leaf (a.k.a. Michael Baker and Barbara Gettes), the founding members of the sprouting 7-piece gypsy band The Spinning Leaves, create road-weary tunes that are accented on their full length LOVE (Ropeadope) with flourishes from a flux of over 50 Philly music community members. They “invite you to become magic yourself and spin up and whiz and glow and take everyone with you in a spinning society change, a heart reaching, a LOVE revolution.”  Appropriately, their music pays respect to the all-powerful mother nature, with track names like “A Tale of the Northern Lights”, “Marigolds”, “FIRE”, and “Lonely Firefly”, a typical gypsy song in it’s a-typicality and hodgepodge of instruments (clapping, harmonica, banjo, etc) that crescendos into a chorus of, “FREEDOM!” They plan to travel the world so enjoy them while ya still got them Philly at the North Star tonight. North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Katie Bennett



NYC Artists on the rise: Little Gold plays Cake Shop, 08.11

Former Woods/Meneguar songwriter Christian DeRoeck will be playing Cake Shop with his new band Little Gold next Wednesday, August 11th along with Texas' Fergus and Geronimo (recent signees to Sub Pop imprint Hardly Art). Haven't heard Little Gold yet? The material is definitely more upbeat than average Woods songs, and less punky than Meneguar's ones: it's DIY indie pop!


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