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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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Best DC Area Emerging Artists of 2014: FINAL RESULTS: 1. Typefighter, 2. Sleepwalkers, 3. Teen Mom

Deli Nation,

Our Year End Poll for Emerging DC Area Artists was - as usual - a painstaking (and somewhat excruciating) process, but we pulled it off with remarkable flair!

Congratulations to garage-pop wizards Typefighter for winning the poll! Typefighter released The End of Everything in early 2014 to much critical acclaim. Their tight and energetic live shows make them a must see, and obviously one of DC's most exciting bands. We wait with baited breath for their next move. 

Richmond's Sleepwalkers came in a close second with our jurors, thanks to their phenominal debut album, Greenwood Shade. Less than two years after they formed, Sleepwalkers released an impressively ambitious and succesful collection of well crafted psychedelic pop-rock that defies categorization and leaves jaws dropped.     

Teen Mom keep our excitement bubbling on a constant simmer, dropping lo-fi fuzz-pop gems every few months. A staple of DC's rich house-show scene, they do everything you love about electric guitars. We want more. Now please. Thank you.  

Here is how it all went down: first, we let the local bands submit their music (for free), and got our Deli editors to pick the nominees. Then we polled a list of 15+ DC Area scene expert (our jury) and asked them to nominate 3 more bands of their choice each. Then we polled our writers, then we polled our readers. We tried to keep things open for each single genre, from Indie Rock to Roots Music to Hip Hop.

If you are a geek interested in all the subtelties related to how this poll works, you can read its rules here (happy reading!). But if all you care about is the awesome new music DC Area produced in the year 2014, this list is all you need. Enjoy!

****** FINAL RESULTS ******
Typefighter   7   0.001 7.001
Sleepwalkers   6   0.051 6.051 icon
Teen Mom   5   0.003 5.003 icon
Dead Professional   5     5 icon
GEMS   4   0.001 4.001 icon
Footwerk   2   2 4 icon
People's Blues of Richmond     2 1.5 3.5 icon
The Walking Sticks   3   0.5 3.5 icon
Party Like It's   3   0.072 3.072 icon
Dr. Robinson's Fiasco   3   0.026 3.026 icon
Avers     3 0.019 3.019
Louis Weeks   3   0.018 3.018 icon
ELM   3   0.007 3.007 icon
Spirit Plots   3   0.006 3.006 icon
Owen Danoff   3   0.004 3.004 icon
Hot Dolphin   3   0.003 3.003 icon
The Deadmen   3   0.002 3.002
The NRIs   3   0.002 3.002 icon
Barbelith   3   0.001 3.001 icon
  Disciples of Christ   3   0.001 3.001 icon
  Lowercase Letters   3   0.001 3.001 icon
  Navi   3   0.001 3.001
  PLOY   3   0.001 3.001 icon
  Putrisect   3   0.001 3.001 icon
Art Sorority For Girls   3     3 icon
  Black Clouds   3     3 icon
  Curse   3     3 icon
  Loud Boyz   3     3 icon
  Old Lines   3     3 icon
Sean Barna   2   0.037 2.037 icon
The Cowards Choir   2   0.028 2.028 icon
Feed God Cabbage   2   0.023 2.023 icon
The Trillions   2   0.015 2.015 icon
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong   2   0.012 2.012 icon
MH & His Orchestra   2   0.006 2.006 icon
Cigarette   2   0.003 2.003 icon
Two Inch Astronaut   2   0.003 2.003 icon
7 Door Sedan   2   0.002 2.002 icon
  Furniteur   2   0.002 2.002 icon
  Priests   2   0.002 2.002 icon
  The Milkstains   2   0.002 2.002 icon
Chaz French   2   0.001 2.001 icon
  Pure Disgust   2   0.001 2.001 icon
  Terracide   2   0.001 2.001 icon
Cemetery Piss   2     2 icon
  Lightwaves   2     2 icon
  Lobo Marino   2     2 icon
  Unsacred   2     2 icon
  Vexine   1   1 2 icon
The Northerners     1.5 0.008 1.508 icon
Andrew Aylward     1.5   1.5 icon
Walk the Plank   1   0.032 1.032 icon
Fortress   1   0.031 1.031 icon
Sun Cycle   1   0.025 1.025 icon
The Duskwhales   1   0.025 1.025 icon
Sol Root   1   0.019 1.019 icon
Moogatu   1   0.012 1.012 icon
YUM   1   0.009 1.009 icon
Baby Bry Bry   1   0.007 1.007 icon
Black Water Gold   1   0.006 1.006 icon
Wanted Man   1   0.004 1.004 icon
Shark Week   1   0.003 1.003
Mirror Kisses   1   0.002 1.002 icon
Pleasure Curses   1   0.002 1.002 icon
Diamond District   1   0.001 1.001 icon
  Friendbeast   1   0.001 1.001 icon
  Margot MacDonald   1   0.001 1.001 icon
  Marian McLaughlin   1   0.001 1.001 icon
  Pree   1   0.001 1.001 icon
Blockhead   1     1 icon
  GHz   1     1 icon
  Harmonic Blue   1     1 icon
  Joy Buttons   1     1 icon
Legend: J = Jurors, W = Deli Writers,
R = Deli Readers, OS = Open Submissions

Jurors List: Lynda Lu (DC Rocks), Mike Rutz (WRIR), Nestor (Velvet Lounge), Matty Pants (The Sidebar), This Is Our Jam staff (This Is Our Jam), Jon Meyers (The Vinyl District), Mark (Strange Matter), Andrew Cothern (RVA Playlist), Josh Sisk (photography), Alley Gibson (DC Music Download), Craig Boarman (Ottobar), Chris Naoum (Listen Local First), Daniel Brindley (Jammin Java), Bobby Egger (Vinyl Conflict), Vincent Brown (Freedom Village), Tori Kerr (DCist), Andy Hess (DCist), John Church (Heady Entertainment), Jennifer Vinson (DC Setlist), David Hintz (DC Rock Live), Katie Bowles (DC Music Download), Metal Chris (DC Heavy Metal), Kevin Hill (Chunky Glasses), Brandon Wetherbee (Brightest Young Things), Erin Coulehan (DC Music Live/Rolling Stone), Kisha Shorter (9:30 Club).   

Hope you'll find some awesome new artists you weren't aware of!

The Deli's Staff


ROM's new video for "Micro"

ROM has released a new video for "Micro," a track off their crooning, sizzling post-punk beauty soda christ. "Micro" is a fuzz-fueled simmer reminicent of The Jesus and Mary Chain with a little romantic twee a la The Pastels. The video shows the band in B+W trying to look serious in a picturesque graveyard, but they're such happy handsome fellows that they can't help but smile, and decide instead to go bowling, and play with puppies, before ending their day at the local pub, sharing drinks with other great local musicians, including members of Black Checker and BRNDA. I <3 DC. 

You can catch ROM tomorrow night at Comet Ping Pong, where they will be part of the lineup for the Get Lucid! show to raise funds for Say No To Food Waste. Bleached Bones and Galvanize fill the bill at Comet Ping Pong, tomorrow, Friday, January 30th, at 10pm. $12. All Ages. --Natan Press 


Footwerk wins the Best of DC Area 2014's Readers' Poll for Emerging Artists

Deli Readers,

The Deli DC Area's Best of 2014 Readers and Fans' Poll for local emerging artists is over, thanks to all those who cast their vote in support of the emerging local bands and artists in our list of nominees.

Here is the top ten, and streaming track of the top four bands - which we congratulate!

1. Footwerk


2. Peoples Blues of Richmond


3.  Vexine


4.  The Walking Sticks


Here's this poll's top 10 chart, full results can be found here.

 Footwerk 855 
 Peoples Blues of Richmond  522
 Vexine  114
 The Walking Sticks  104
 Party Like It's  72
 Sleepwalkers  51
 Sean Barna  37
 Walk The Plank  32
 Fortress  31
 The Cowards Choir 28

Stay tuned for the composite chart, to be released soon, which will include details about the point nominees accumulated from the jurors and Deli writers' votes, and will crown The Deli's Best Emerging DC Area Artist of 2014.

The Deli's Staff

Blankus Larry's "No Time No Money"/"Girl You Make Me Wanna"

 Blankus Larry is garage rock done right. Recorded to tape, dirty and noisy, squeezing out the screech and holler of electric guitars. Blankus Larry released the album Hell Or High Larry in early 2013, a unblemished tour through classic analog psychedelic sounds and garage attitude, mixing indie-rock reminiscent of Frank Black with a cathartic punk-rock squall. Since then their only release (to my knowledge) was last year's lone track, the psychobilly "Dead For Christmas." It looks now like they're preparing a new wave of songs with this double-A Single "No Time No Money/Girl You Make Me Wanna" dropping in the past week.  

Not only does the single continue to demonstrate Blankus Larry's command of the genre and the studio, it suggests the band is becoming even more adventurous, infusing old forms with new energy. "No Time No Money" is a gnarly beach jam, with a killer surf-rock guitar solo. You can wiggle and dance to it, or break things. "Girl You Make Me Wanna" is like a Sonics track done by Nirvana. It is a full on sonic assault and emotional release. I'm drooling thinking of seeing these guys play at The Pinch next Friday, February 6th with Ezra Mae & The Gypsy Moon and Calavera Skull (both previous DC Area Deli Artists of the month). --Natan Press 


Haint Blue's Company of Ghosts.

If you’re looking for a little fiddle, banjo, and soul on Valentine’s weekend, Folk-pop septet Haint Blue is coming to the Velvet Lounge in Washington, D.C. on February 13th. This band’s sound is alive, with bluegrass fiddle and banjo, powerful harmonies, and melancholy lyrics. One lyric in “Company of Ghosts” (the title track to their newest album) is, “Promise myself I’d retire much older, but I still abide,” hauntingly beautiful due to the sparse instrumentation and seamless harmonies that go along with the words. Though the album is only seven tracks, it feels cohesive and complete, due to the range of emotion and sound of the songs. “Father Abraham” is an upbeat, foot-tapping song with spiritual lyrics, while “Wherever You Go” is a cynical, slower, and darker song with lyrics that are not afraid to surprise the listener. This band promises energy, passion, and musical finesse.

The show on the 13th is a must-see, with Big Hoax and Dear Creek joining them at The Lounge. If you have to miss it, though, Company of Ghosts is on sale on iTunes and Bandcamp. They are also playing closer to their Baltimore home the next night at Cafe Nola in Frederick, MD on February 14th. --Nancy Macmillan



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