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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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Down Dirty Shake Birthday Bash at The Milk Bar - 11/1

Tomorrow night - if you choose to attend you'll be in for a fine night of music and partying at the Milk Bar in San Francisco. The reigning Deli Magazine San Francisco Artists of the Year, Down Dirty Shake will be celebrating guitarist, Kyle DeMartini's birthday.

This will be an auspicious occasion as the local veteran psych band, Electric Shepherd will perform a tailor made set of covers for the night. Local bands, Trendy Dad and Peachelope are great performers so we're letting you know that this birthday bash laced with a strong local line up will give you licence to party as hard as you like.

Give Kyle happy bday wishes and support local bands who will come together to celebrate with him.


Music Video Premiere: Lee Gallagher and the Hallelujah - Gloryland

The Deli Magazine San Francisco has another great music video premiere for you today! The San Francisco based holy heavy psych band, Lee Gallagher and the Hallelujah has released a new music video from their anticipated upcoming self titled full length album.

Gloryland is the first single from the new album and it is totally searing and beautiful. Lee Gallagher and the Hallelujah is due out on January 20, 2015. Sit tight and keep your keep your eyes and ears open here at the Deli for more details! We'll be keeping you posted on the special guests performing at their album release party on January 17th at Milk Bar on Haight st. in San Francisco!

Check out this video and soak up the glory!

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The Mantles Release New Music Video - Memory

Bay Area based veteran garage rock band, The Mantles have released a new music video. Memory is written and displayed in classic underground fashion with the band performing in their living room and keeping it all local.

This is much appreciated. With all the uprooting and change going on in San Francisco and the Bay Area, we can always seem to count on The Mantles to stay consistant and always come back home.

Check out this new music video and support local music!

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Night School Cre·scen·do dot Vom and Glowy Play The Night Light - 10/27

Oakland based Doo-wop garage rock band, Night School  (Graveface Records) will be headlining a strong line up at The Night Light tomorrow night. San Francisco based dream punk band, dot Vom, noise dream pop band, Glowy and Los Angeles based sun-dreched pop rock band, Cre·scen·do will be performing as well.

If you're into dream-centric melody driven music, you should make your way to this show. All of the bands are unique variations of west coast post modern pop music. We think you'll enjoy this show. It will surely be a dance party that will induce a light hearted vibe for everyone in attendance.

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Joel Gion and the Primary Colours Support Dead Meadow -10/25

San Francisco based local legend, Joel Gion of The Brian Jonestown Massacre will be performing with his band, Joel Gion and the Primary Colours tomorrow night at Leo's in Oakland for the Oakland Echo Fest. Salt Lake City based band, Super 78 and Tuscon based band La Cerca will be sharing the the bill with Gion as all three bands will be supporting headliner, Dead Meadow.

This is going to be a great show. If you've never seen Joel Gion or Dead Meadow perform we recommend you take this opportunity to check out two influential independent bands.


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