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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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FREE SHOW Alert: The Offseason in Harvard Square 1/30

Fellow Boston-area blogger Bishop & Rook has been busy the past few months, starting a local media collaboration called Boston Scene Party, and partnering with Sound Lion in Harvard Square to host a series of monthly acoustic concerts. In fact, one of these performances is scheduled to take place on January 30th--how ‘bout that for a convenient coincidence?

 

Along with a live performance by The Offseason, the sketch artist Louis Roe from Squishy Sandwich Art will be drawing at the show. Still not impressed? There will be free beer (compliments of Bishop & Rook) and The Offseason will have a supply of limited-edition, totally awesome, colored vinyl for sale. Sounds like one heck of a way to say “peace-out” to January.

You can RSVP to this free event here. Music starts at 8PM. All ages.

For more info on The Offseason, check out their Facebook page.

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)


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Nashville Open Submission Results for The Deli's Year End Poll 2014 for emerging artists

Thanks to all the artists who submitted their music to be considered for The Deli's Best of Nashville Year End Poll for Emerging Artists. We had a record number of submissions from Nashville this year - 49! - thanks so much for the overwhelming response!

After tallying our editors' ratings for the Open Submissions stage, it’s time to release the results. Please note that to avoid conflicts no local editor was allowed to vote for bands in his/her own scene.

Total submissions from Nashville: 49

Jurors:Travis Leipzig (The Deli Portland), Maylis Personnaz (Deli Writer), Paolo De Gregorio (The Deli NYC).

Acts advancing to our Readers/Fans Poll:

1. Gunther Doug - 8 (out of 10)


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2. Vinyl Thief's - 7.88

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2. The Harmaleighs - 7.88


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4. I'm an Island - 7.66


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5. Chrome Pony - 7.5

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6. Jack Berry - 7.33

6. Smooth Hound Smith - 7.33


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8. The Cunning - 7.11

Honorable Mentions (scores above 6.5)

Koa, Yumi And The System, Stewart Eastham, Everyone Moves Away, Creature Comfort, DEDSA, Aaron Moses, The Double Intenders, Sugar Lime Blue, David Newbould.

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WHAT’S NEXT: These results end the first phase of the poll. We have already unveiled full list of nominees that also includes the artists nominated by our local jurors (see left column here). It's now time for our readers to influence this Year End Poll for Emerging Nashville Artists with their vote - look out for th readers' poll on the right column of this same page!

The Deli Nashville

 


New Video: "Every Time the Sun Comes Up" (Sharon Van Etten Cover) - Young Statues

Young Statues frontman Carmen Cirignana rediscovers the fun of playing guitar. Check out his Zero Platoon Take Cover session where he shares his rendition of Sharon Van Etten's "Every Time the Sun Comes Up." The song is off her latest release Are We There, which is Cirignana's favorite album from 2014.

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Best of NYC 2014 - Open Submission Results for REVIVAL ROCK+GARAGE ROCK

Here are more results from the NYC Open Submissions for The Deli's Best of NYC Year End Poll for emerging artists. We are tackling now the entries in the REVIVAL ROCK/GARAGE ROCK category, genres that have seen a resurgence in NYC in the last few years.

Total submissions in this category: 23

Jurors: QD Tran (The Deli Philly), Jordannah Elizabeth (The Deli SF), Paolo De Gregorio (The Deli NYC).

Artists qualified to the next stage (i.e. the Readers' Poll, starting around 01.25):

1. Winstons - 7.33 (7.33 out of 10)


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2. Jeremy & the Harlequins (7)

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Honorable Mentions (score above 6.25):

WYLDLIFE, Whiskey Bitches, The Teen Age, The Bottom Dollars, Jane Lee Hooker, Carbon Mirage.

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More results coming soon, we are getting there!

The Deli's Staff

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Kydd Jones Is Who He Is

Hip-hop should be as synonymous with Austin as any other genre of music. You might have noticed a bit more of it here at The Deli lately; that's my fault. Hey there, I'm Trevor Talley, and I've taken over as editor of The Deli Austin. While we're certainly gonna keep pumpin' out the good rock, folk and whatever else jams this city can create here at the ATX blog, one thing I'm doing as editor is to widen the focus of The Deli a bit and make sure that the good shit of all kinds that's coming out of the 512 gets its due.

In today's case, I'd like to kindly direct your e-gaze at Kydd, aka Kydd Jones, a bright comet shootin' out of the beats and rhymes system in this town. I went back today and found the first piece I did that mentioned Kydd, back when I was working the hip-hop and electronic beat for Red River Noise, and in that review (an RJD2 concert Kydd opened for) I said the man was a "true rapper, with a lazer-accurate flow." Two years later, Kydd has only gotten better. As a producer and a rapper, Kydd has quite obviously been doing work, watchin' where hip-hop is going and making sure he's right there with his own twist on it. "Who Are You" is the right question for the world to be asking about Kydd, and the snakelike winding of this slow-burner with trap snares and a stoned melody answers that question. He's goddamn Kydd Jones, one of the best artists in the ATX. I said back in that 2012 joint for RRN that Kydd could get big in the future, and this could well be that time. Keep your good ear on him, and keep your eye on The Deli for more of what you've loved in the past, and a little bit more. -- Trevor Talley @defenderdefends

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