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Preview The Roots’ How I Got Over for FREE & New Video "Dear God 2.0"

The Roots will be releasing their eleventh album How I Got Over tomorrow June 22. You can check out the entire album for FREE at their MySpace page. Standouts for me are "Dear God 2.0" (Jim James, Monster of Folk), "Radio Daze" (Blu, P.O.R.N., Dice Raw, Mercedes Martinez) and "Right On" (Joanna Newsom, Sugar Tongue Slim). I’m sorry. But is it really necessary to have two tracks with John Legend? Does listening to him ever make you feel like cutting yourself? Hehe…just wondering. Check out the new video above for "Dear God 2.0", which was directed by Jason Goldwatch. - H.M. Kauffman



Thanks Again!

Just wanted to thank all who contributed to a fun, long Summer Solstice weekend. It started early Thursday evening with the private Punk Rock Payroll Potluck which included some tasty homemade dishes and intimate performances in PRP’s HQ/Frede’s living room with The Extraordinaires, The Armchairs and Chrissy Tashjian (Dangerous Ponies). Molestice also rocked like I knew it would! Special thanks to Delia, Erpel and Brendan for all your hard work in putting this event together and allowing me to do what I do best: picking bands that I’d like to hear and getting fucked up. Also much love to Chang Chang (watch out for those Four Locos, buddy - that shit will kill you), Hair Rocket (we can always count on you to bring the pyrotechnics), Attia Taylor ( for your sweet vocals and sharing your backline with the rest of the acts) and Rick(?) (for making and generously sharing your home-brewed kegs of Belgian-ish sour ale giving me a good reason to use my stolen Chimay glass from Brussels). Good times! Good Times! - Q.D. Tran



Interview w/ Brian King of Oranjuly - Album release 7/2 at Middle East down


Oranjuly is releasing their self-titled album on July 2nd at the Middle East downstairs.  Brian King is the front-man for Oranjuly. As you can see above, they won the recent Band of the Month poll. Deli readers, pull up a seat and get comfortable, I have something to tell you: This is the best album I've received since working as a music journalist. I like difference, I like melody. I like good fucking music. Below Brian King answers some questions. He is a brilliant musician. It is an incredible album. I don't need to get into specifics. Listen to it! Go to the show! 

Deli: Your music transcends almost the past fifty years of surf and pop-psych rock from the Beach Boys and mid-life Beatles to Queen to the early styling of Weezer and Brian Eno in general. But your sound is unique and all the songs have their own personality. How did you develop the “sound” for the album? Where did your influence come from for Oranjuly?

Brian King: Thanks so much! The big influence for me on this record was melody as obvious as that sounds. haha. Besides the little nods to my favorite artists, I just love pretty chords and melodies and putting them together in a somewhat unpredictable way. The songs have a lot of unexpected twists and turns and that's something I always keep in mind when writing but melody always comes first and is most important. I also think the album has a cohesive sound even though some of the songs were written years ago ("Hiroshige's Japan" was probably the 3rd song I ever wrote in 2005/6 or so) because I used a lot of the same sounds and elements that carry over throughout the album - but I'll let listeners figure that out! I left off three songs or so that didn't really have the "feel" of the rest of the songs. One of them was really synthy and dancey . It's like Queen meets Muse or something... 

Deli: One of my favorite tracks on Oranjuly is Hiroshige's Japan. How’d you get your hands on a harpsichord? It is perfect for the song. I love it.

BK: Ha. My poor Bach imitation. The harpsichord on "Hiroshige's Japan" was recorded when I was in college. The school made me meet with the music department chair (Karl Berger, who actually was an arranger on a Cardigans album!) and he let me use it for only an hour or so. Pretty lame, so after my lil' hour, I did some James Bond shit and put some tape over the door lock so it couldn't automatically lock after I left, so I came back much later that night and recorded all the parts.

Deli: Where did you get your band name?

BK: It's just my birth-month and my favorite color at the time combined into one incredible word.

Deli: How many different instruments do you play/use on the album? Why did you use such a wide selection?

BK: I played everything that wasn't drums for the most part - I can play a lot of instruments but I'm far from perfect on any. I just do what's right for the songs. I wrote all the drum parts and I can keep a beat but our drummer Lou and our friend Andrew Jones nailed that stuff. I think in terms of what feels right for the song more than logically what I can get my hands on. If I want an accordion, I'll ask around. I was a film major in college so that's probably a subconscious thing. I just like different sounds I guess. You can only do so much with guitars.

Oranjuly is releasing their self-titled album on July 2nd at the Middle East Downstairs in Cambridge with The Everyday Visuals, The Luxury and Spirit Kid, honestly guys, if you are going to see one show this year...SEE THIS ONE! Trust me. Listen to the album HERE. Also anyone wearing orange at the show gets a free album download.

Middle East Downstairs 472 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge -- Buy tickets HERE

--Meghan Chiampa

Very Fresh

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<p>Ah, the delights of The Deli's Open Blog! NYC duo <a href="">Very Fresh</a> posted an open blog entry <a href="">here</a> a few days ago - we checked out their songs and... we were impressed! &quot;Marker&quot;, in particular,&nbsp; is a splendid song, <em>very fresh</em> sounding, slightly reminiscent of Liz Phair for the honest, fun delivery and the surprising melodic turns, but more chilled and intense - Phair's material was always so: &quot;yeah whatever, this isn't really affecting me at all, dudes...&quot; <br /> This song shows a ton of potential and earns the band's EP &quot;Americana&quot; the Deli NYC's CD&nbsp;of the Month title. Amongst the other tracks we also like spare and dark &quot;On Moot Point&quot;, while &quot;The Clientele&quot;, which also displays a Barretesque love for unexpected melody twists, would benefit from better performances.&nbsp;</p>

Summer Solstice Festival at Kimmel Center June 19

I’m a less-is-more gal (well, for certain things), but when I guess that you are as big as the Kimmel Center and hoping to fill it all day and evening on a day where there is an abundance of things to do, more is better (for them). Well, I know that you might want to get away from the children’s face painting and adult contemporary stuff. Luckily, you can take a quick stroll to the Molestice Block Party (N. Mole St. between 15th/16th and Race/Cherry Sts.) from the Kimmel Center and grab a glass of home-brewed beer while listening to tunes that make you feel young again. Don’t worry - you’ll make it back in time to catch Philly’s Queen B of Hip Hop Bahamadia. Looks like the female protégée of Gangstarr's Guru (R.I.P.) is back on the scene, and she’ll be dropping her fourth global release HERE this summer. Other things that might make you want to pop in: Toy Soldiers, The Philadelphia Ukulele Orchestra, Gina Ferrera, The ReBel Yell, PhillyBloco and The Fleeting Ends as well as First Person Arts Story Slam and Bob & Barabara’s Drag Show. Kimmel Center, 260 S. Broad St., 3pm - Dawn, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman


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