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February 2015
The Harmaleighs
""Pretty Picture, Dirty Brush"


College pals  Haley Grant and  Kaylee Jasperson bonded over shared musical tastes as students at Belmont University, . They were both also familiar with the hardships possessing the voices of angels; it was inevitable that a musical project would come of the union. The Harmaleighs formed in 2013, and the two proceeded to develop their sound, learning how to filter their shared experiences through an Americana sieve, until every heartbreak and setback sounded as though it occurred decades ago somewhere in the Appalachians.


The Harmaleigh's debut album, "Pretty Picture, Dirty Brush" will be released February 3rd. It covers the gauntlet of relationships that a young adult can encounter: partners, friends, hometowns. It also showcases the pair as the crackerjack musicians that they are. The same razor-sharp tightness that makes bluegrass so satisfying to hear is present in the entire album. Everything rings out as clear as a bell, and nothing is overdone or unnecessary. The girls have a healthy respect for the traditional, and can whip out a down-home rhythm as easily as a teenaged missive on heartbreak.  


Speaking of teenaged missives, a delicate balance is at work here. There are moments that the pair hit Watson Twin-levels of harmonies (like the ghostly intro of opening track "Hesitate") and there are times they turn right around with something more juvenille like "Got fired for dropping a glass of wine/ screw it I'm running out of time," in their recent single, "I Keep Ticking On." There's alot that can go wrong: their music acoustic guitar driven, with some lap steel and banjo thrown in, and they have a propensity to break into foot-stomping jags that recall the receding arena-folk wave. But it doesn’t matter. They’re so good, by grace of their conviction and clarity, that I’d probably be sucking this album down and singing along even if I were a 50-year-old truck driver.


That's the appeal of "Pretty Picture..." The album concentrates being young and new into something potent and delivers it with a little bit of sass; that's a combination capable of crossing quite a few boundaries. It's the emotional equivalent of four seasons of summer camp, thirty friendship bracelets, or ten viewings of "Milo and Otis." This album is bound to strike a chord within the most jaded of bastards. Keep up with The Harmaleighs at their website www.theharmaleighs.com

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Justine Lucas Celebrates Her Album Release at Viracocha TONIGHT

San Francisco based singer/songwriter, Justine Lucas will be celebrating the release of her new album tonight. Make your way to the tucked away acoustic venue, Viracocha in the Mission District to hear some super high quality bluegrass, post modern folk music. Lee White and Nelsen & Farney (members of Electric Shepherd and The Love Dimension) will support Lucus, whose voice is milky and flawless.

Justine Lucas is one of the original members of the gypsy folk rock band, The Jaunting Martyrs and released her debut solo album, Hologram Lagoon in December 2013. Now the follow up has finally been completed and we recommend you support this talented local artist and experience some really beautiful acoustic tunes.


Mondo Drag Is Set to Release a New Self Titled Album - 1/16

Oakland based heavy psych prog band. Mondo Drag is preparing to release their new self titled LP on January 16th. We're excited to announce that you can pre-order the album via Kozmik Artifactz's online store right now! Copies are available in CD or 180 gram vinyl formats. This is a perfect opportunity to be in the know before everyone gets their hands on this anticipated local release.

You can download Mondo Drag's new single, Crystal Vision Open Eyes below:


Five Bay Area NYE Parties to Suit Your Needs

One of the most important things an editor should be able to do is understand their readers. I'm not a psychic or anything, but I do realize that even though people may agree on their fave music blogs, everyone is essentially unique. If you have a good idea of what environment you might enjoy the most on New Year's Eve, here are some options that will hopefully be a good fit for your individual party needs.

The Deli SF Editor in Chief

If You Want Something Normal - City Hall - SF

You can always go right downtown to City Hall in San Francisco and bring in the New Year with a bunch of enthusiastic strangers. Think about it, you don't have to have a date, you can meet up with a group of friends and meet new people while you're celebrating at a mass outdoors event. It's free, it's fun and you can bring your grandmother whose in town and really old. It's family friendly so you won't have to worry about leaving her alone to go out and get wasted.

If You Want Something Kinky - The Amory - SF

You can go party at the place where they shoot hardcore BDSM porn for Kink.com. If you're looking to get into some dirty trouble, you should attend the massive NYE party, hosted by Vau de Vire, Opel Productions & Kink.com. The party will include internationally known DJ's, a Kink.com VIP Lounge and a number of provocative performance spectacles. At the very least, I can pretty much guarentee you'll see breats...if that's what you're into, enjoy!

If You Want Something Familiar - The Milk Bar - SF

If you don't want a lot of pressure on NYE, you can grab a drink and check out some live rock and roll at The Milk Bar. The door is affordable and if you're a part of the local music and arts scene, there is a very good chance you're going to run into at least one person you know. The Milk Bar is the hub for the local scene. Its got a chill vibe and a fun atmosphere.

If You Want Something Artsy - Imagine Affairs Art Lounge - Oakland

If you're looking for something quiet, a bit classy and out of the way, Imagine Affairs Art Lounge in Oakland will be throwing a party with live music, dinner and champagne. So, you're in some cheesy relationship where you actually want to cuddle and talk and stuff, this may be the best place for you. It's ok to want to avoid crying drunk ladies and vomit...it really is.

If You Require a Burger and Beer - Woods Bar and Brewery - Oakland

Woods Bar and Brewery will be providing a burger bar at their NYE party. Yes, you read right. You can eat and be merry while being surrounded by a bunch of micro brews and good times. The evening will also include unlimited beer, wine and empanadas. If you're a foodie - and don't care who knows - go there.


Down and Outlaws Support Reignwolf at the Independent TONIGHT

The San Francisco based rock band, Down and Outlaws will be performing tonight at the Independent in support of the Canadian powerhouse of a one man band, Reignwolf. This is going to be a night of heavy fuzzed out blues rock. Reignwolf has been compared to Jack White and loved to listen to Ray Charles and Howlin' Wolf when he was a kid. If you're into any of those artists you should check out Down and Outlaws early in the evening and stay late to get the full effect of the garage rock blues experience of Reignwolf.


The Deli SF's 10 Best Albums of 2014

Since 2015 is only a week away I thought I'd take a little time and highlight a few of my favorite local albums of 2014. I get numerous submissions every day and there are certainly some great releases that slip through my fingers, but the special thing about these albums is that I chose many of them from memory because they simply stood out. I've watched some of these artists create their albums from start to finish, some of them I have never met, nonetheless, like every Bay Area artist, they put their heart into their work and deserve to be recognized.

It is my pleasure and honor to serve the Bay Area as the editor of The Deli Magazine San Francisco. Thanks to everyone for sending their music, playing our shows and being so supportive. On behalf of The Deli Magazine, I wish you happy holidays and a happy new year. Let's have a great 2015!

The Deli SF Editor in Chief

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The Deli SF's 10 Best Albums of 2014

Balms - EP


The Bay Area based shoegaze band, Balms has had an exciting year as their breathtakingly beautiful new album, EP received a great amount of critical acclaim. EP is a lovely and sweet yet confidently executed shoegaze/dreampop album. It's full of evenly layered, reverb latent ballads that are sure to mellow you out while keeping you engaged from beginning to end.

Luke Sweeney - Adventure: Us


We love Luke long time (if you're too yong for Stanley Kubrick films, you can just write that first sentence off as a typo). His 2014 debut full length release, Adventure: Us is a larger than life eccentric psych pop album. Sweeney has a classic rock and roll singing voice that is perfectly fused with his band's unique and upbeat songs (which are mixed in with a few 60s-esque slow jam ballads on the album). Sweeney's humor is always at the forefront of his work but Adventure: Us is a coherent album that spews quality and charm.

King Woman - Dove / Fond Affections


Kristina Esfandiari of successful dark-gaze band, Miserable has a new side project called King Woman. She's a major band crush of ours and her single, Dove/Fond Affections has the ability to make the hairs stand on the back of your neck. Flaunting a swaying and washed out ambient compositional style, Dove/Fond Affections is eerie and entrancing. Her cover of Rema Rema's 1980s track, Fond Affections brings life to an almost forgotten 4AD classic.

Mark Nelsen - Homeward


Mark Nelsen is a musical force of nature. As the electrifying singer/guitarist of the Bay Area band, Electric Shepherd, Nelsen took a trip inward and went on a personal space odyssey with his themed solo album, Homeward. This collection of songs are moving, thorough and sonically impressive. Nelsen takes you on an intergalactic trip as the other worldly tones of this album make the "lost in space" theme exciting, clear and poignant.

Al Lover - Sacred Drugs


Anything the San Francisco based DJ and music mixologist, Al Lover touches turns to gold. His 2014 release, Sacred Drugs is no different. This trippy, drone-psychedelic mixtape is seamless and exhibits a deep jungle shamanistic vibe. If you're looking for an album that's going to take you deep down the rabbit hole of an unpredictable musical dreamscape, Sacred Drugs is certainly an album you should hear.

Feather-Bright - Feather-Bright


Feather-Bright's debut self titled album is a breath of fresh air. This folk indie rock album is a unique genre bending record that will keep you guessing as the album's tracks flow from soft ballads to electric waltzes that morph into prog musical pop overtures. Feather-Bright has a musical style of their own and it's really nice to hear a band mold their own style that doesn't quite fit into any box.

The Love Dimension - Create and Consume


The SF based veteran band, The Love Dimension released an impressively thoughtful and exciting album called Create and Consume. This hardworking 60s revivalist rock band put their heart and soul into this psychedelic ode to the Universe. Create and Consume is a really special album that reflects the memory of the roots of San Francisco's hayday of the free love culture, but this album goes deeper and takes a post modern look at love, spirituality and looking to the inner self for wisdom and artistic motive.

Joel Gion - Apple Bonkers


The legendary tambourine and percussionist, Joel Gion released his debut album, Apple Bonkers. It's inspiring to see that even though he enjoys a 20 year music career, he stretched and reinvented himself in 2014. This psych pop album sounds great and shows Gion's individual musical talent that defines his optimistic and kind spirit. Not every album can reflect the full spectrum of an artist's presence and personality. Apple Bonkers is a real treat for true Joel Gion fans.

Known to Collapse - Collectives


Singer/songwriter, Kevin Lehner made his way to Oakland from Birmingham and immediately began to immerse himself in the Bay Area live music scene. Known to Collapse' Collectives is a really beautiful alternative folk album that showcases Lehner's competent vocal abilities. It's not easy to make electro-acoustic albums flow well, but Collectives' blend of acoustic guitar and tasteful effects and distortion is done in a touching and smooth fashion.

The Electric Magpie - Begins


The young mod-centric revivalist band, The Electric Magpie released their anticipated debut album, Begins earlier this year. This full length album does not disappoint as it is doused with memorable tracks that inhabit an surprising level of depth coming from such young songwriters. Begins delivers a well produced collection of throwback tracks that are full of color, expression and humor.




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