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Interview: Netherfriends

There are several exciting bands coming into town this weekend for the Pitchfork Music Festival. Bands like Neon Indian, Best Coast, Free Energy, Sleigh Bells, and others are exciting new acts that will be performing at Pitchfork. However, there are a few local bands that will get the opportunity to perform in front of a potentially new crowd. The Smith Westerns, Alla, and Cave (Alla and Cave perform at the same time) will be there, but I was happy to Netherfriends returning home are spending a few months on the road completing the first leg of his ambitious 50 Songs for 50 States. I recently asked Shaun Rosenblatt, the man behind Netherfriends about the tour and his thoughts on performing at Pitchfork.

The Deli (TD): You just wrapped up the first part of your 50 Songs for 50 States tour. Overall how do you think the tour went? Did it is accomplishing what you hoped it would?
Shaun Rosenblatt (SB): Well, it's only 3 months in. I finished up the east coast and some of the mid-west. I have 21 states done. It is accomplishing exactly what I hope it would... Keeping my mind busy.

TD: Would you do something similar in the future? Do you feel bands need to tour like to this to make any kind of a living?
SR: I have a feeling after the year is up, I will be do the whole project again. Yes, OF COURSE!!! If they can, bands need to give up their apartments and hit the road forever.

TD: How are you feeling about playing Pitchfork Music Fest? How did they approach you?
SR: Very excited, but not expecting much. They emailed me and asked.

TD: What can fans expect to hear and see at your set on Saturday (1:00pm Balance Stage)?
SR: Some new, some old songs. See some new and some old band members.

TD: What's coming up next for Netherfriends?
SR: Moving to Seattle for a month for the 50 songs 50 states West Coast tour and then Alaska tour in September.

Netherfriends plays Pitchfork Music Fest on Saturday at 1pm on the Balance Stage, and will also be performing later that night at The Inconvience at 9pm. In addition to that he will be also be playing at Double Door on July 18th and at Ball Hall (with The Zookeepers) on July 23rd. Netherfriends self-released a new album called Barry & Sherry on June 15th.


Eytan & the Embassy win free studio time at Stratosphere Sound

Recently Stratosphere Sound, the Chelsea based recording studio owned by Smashing Pumpkins' James Iha and Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger, gave 3 Deli readers in bands the opportunity to win 1 FULL DAY of free studio time each. Grammy winning producer Geoff Sanoff (the studio's chief engineer who worked with Secret Machines, Nada Surf, and Obits among others) volunteered to engineer/produce these sessions for free - adding value to a package worth around $2k. We can now announce that the winners of the third and last studio time giveaway (chosen directly by the Stratosphere Sound's staff) are pop'n'rollers Eytan & the Embassy - congrats to them!

P.S. Stratosphere Sound has a 30% discount on their studio rates for all those who will mention The Deli until the end of September.


Live Review: Summer Sessions w/ Black + White Years, Cowboy + Indian, L.A.X.

Summer Sessions at the beatific One World Theater Saturday night was a dance party made better by the gorgeous view, art, and cocktails in the gallery. There were a couple of surprises; one being that Cowboy and Indian (and Rider) never saw the stage but was banished to the gallery. Their balanced harmonies and costumes managed to steal a handful of fans from the sunset, the art, and the bar in the opposite corner. L.A.X. began in the upstairs theater soon after Cowboy and Indian dismantled, followed by the headliner.


“Ladies and Gentlemen, the Black and White Years,” and with flashing red lights, the band launched into a set that got the hipsterati to pause their photo opps and do what they drove out to Bee Caves to do: dance.

For a solid hour pulses climbed as blood pumped by an ecstatic collective heart, which had napped through the preceding acts, was finally awakened by shuddering guitars, thunderous drums, and frantic yips from lead vocal Landon Thompson.  His stage presence is goofy but dangerous. Nervous, maniacal giggles and the glare of stage on Thompson’s thick glasses transformed him from mere mortal to demon nerd hopped up on prescription study aides; guitar as his pitchfork. Up-tempo grooves spanning their work induced brownian muscle spasms among the crowd and band. Scott Butler’s twisting grew in proportion to the accelerated thumps coming from Billy Potts’s drums during Steady as it Goes, the climax of a frantic set. It wasn’t until the first song of their encore, Broken Hand, that the band slowed, but only for the verses.

--Resalin Rago  




Speak + Bob Schneider @ Antone's 35th

The venerable and venerated Austin venue Antone's turns 35 this year...perhaps this day...and at any rate celebrates tonight (7/15) with the help of another Austin institution, the versatile Bob Schneider. Electronic maestros Speak (pictured above, photo by Jon Patillo) will open... 


Univox’s New Video for “You Don’t Know”

Here is a new video from the guys of Univox for “You Don’t Know” from their ST debut album on ROIR. It was shot and directed by the band on their last tour. They’ll be performing next at KFN on July 28 w/Conversations with Enemies. - The Deli Staff




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