The Domestics

Cat Hoch is The Deli Portland's Best Emerging Artist of 2015! 2nd The Domestics 3rd Golden Hour

Deli Readers,

Our Best of Portland Poll for Emerging Artists has been - as usual - a lengthy and painstaking journey which took us through prairies of numbers, horizons filled with band names, and a dense, (mostly) joyous rain of music. We have finally reached our destination and we can announce the final results!

All of us at the Deli would like to congratulate Cat Hoch for becoming The Deli Portland's Best Emerging Artist of 2015! It doesn't come as much of a surprise, though, as Cat's indelible musical footprint even landed her the opening spot for Ride's performance in Portland last year. She's talented, as is her supporting band, and she'll without a doubt keep dishing out incredible, dreamy psychedelia for the enjoyment of the masses.

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The Domestics - after winning this same poll last year, when their full length debut album hadn't been released yet - ring in our #2 slot, with their fun and loveable rock-pop. They've got a mass appeal and an easy to enjoy sound, so much so that it landed them on last year's PDX Pop Now! festial compilation album, along with our top spotter Cat Hoch (and a performance at the fest along with our 3rd place winner). 

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Round out our top 3 is DIY/post punk trio Golden Hour, comprised of wonderfully endearing ladies who produce songs that are just as captivating. Almost out of nowhere, Golden Hour sprung up on the scene, dominating every show they've played so far with a charming humbleness. The Don't Be Cute LP came out in February of last year and we're hoping to get another release from these lovelies soon.

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Check out our poll's top 15 below, and don't forget to get even deeper, exploring all the finalists organized by genre:

ALT-ROCK/METAL | ELECTRONIC | INDIE-POP | INDIE-ROCK | PSYCH | PUNK/GARAGE | ROOTS

                BEST OF 2015 POLL FOR EMERGING Portland ARTISTS
                                      ****** FINAL RESULTS - TOP 15 ******

 
ARTIST
J
OS
R
TOT
 
1
Cat Hoch
6.5
 
0.036
6.536
2
The Domestics
6.5
 
0.005
6.505
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3
Golden Hour
6.5
 
0.004
6.504
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4
Fur Coats
5.5
 
0.016
5.516
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5
Chanti Darling
5.5
 
0.014
5.514
icon
6
Moon by You
4.5
 
0.064
4.564
7
Blowout
4.5
 
0.015
4.515
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 8 
Coco Columbia
3
 
1
4
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9
Dirty Revival
3
 
0.125
3.125
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10
Rod
3
 
0.055
3.055
11
Leo Islo
3
 
0.054
3.054
12
Muscle and Marrow
3
 
0.02
3.02
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13
Sioux Falls
3
 
0.018
3.018
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14
Boone Howard
3
 
0.015
3.015
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15
Ah God
3
 
0.015
3.015
Legend: J = Jurors, W = Deli Writers,
R = Deli Readers, OS = Open Submissions

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If you wonder how this chart came into existence, 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+ Portland scene expert (our jury) and asked them to nominate 3 more bands of their choice each (3 points for the top choice, then 2 and 1). 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 Portland produced in the year 2015, this list is all you need. Enjoy!

Many Thanks to our Jurors: Aaron Sharpsteen (SSG Music), Ana Ammann (Publisher for Oregon Music News), Annie Ostrowski (Riot Act Media), Chad Davis (music video director), Duffy Rongiiland (Gnar Tapes), Heather Hanson (Portland Radio Project), Hunter Skowron (Dazzleship Records), Jeni Wren Stottrup (Portland Mercury), Linneas Boland-Godbey (Vortex Mag), Mac Pogue (Impose Magazine), Meagan Ruyle (PDX Pop Now!), Noelle Magia (CD Baby), Rob Cullivan (Portland Tribune), Todd Walberg (show photographer), Tony Prato (Bunk Bar), Travis Leipzig (Noise & Color), Yousef Hatlani (Faces on the Radio).

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

The Deli's Staff

   

Deli Portland's Best Emerging Band of 2014 Showcase: The Domestics, Jackson Boone and The Tamed West

Saturday night, April 25 at Kelly's Olympian, The Deli Portland celebrates the winners of their Best Emerging Artist of 2014 poll - where local music industry insiders, tastemakers and listeners alike democratically elect their favorite new Portland artists. Headlining the night, 2014's poll winners The Domestics will croon their way through your ear and into your hearts with their lyrically-charged, heartfelt indie rock and roll reminiscent of the late Heatmiser. The fall of 2014 saw the release of their self-titled debut LP and made The Domestics an instant classic. Support by the folk tinged dream psych wizardry of Jackson Boone, and openers The Tamed West with their more upbeat reverb washed garage pop blend of psych rock. Doors at 8:30, 21+, $5 in advance or $7 at the door.

   

Photo Recap: Treefort Music Festival

Treefort Music Fest 2015 was an absolute whirlwind. In their biggest and unarguably most successful year yet, the festival had non-stop fantastic musical curation throughout the entire long weekend. Waking up each morning with a gnarly hangover, the only admirable thing to do was to pop into Big City Coffee for a heartstopping breakfast burrito and a few cups of coffee while checking out the festival schedule to figure out your show and drinking route for the day, then, hit the ground running. Check out our photo recap, including shots of Viet Cong, Foxygen, Built To Spill, Yahct, And And And, Aan, The Domestics, Bed., Wooden Indial Burrial Ground, Grandparents and more. Photos by Drew Bandy, Adam Smith, Jessica Pierson and Grahame Bywater.

   

Best of Portland 2014 for Emerging Artists - FINAL RESULTS: 1. The Domestics 2. Sama Dams 3. Talkative

Deli Nation,

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


 

A huge congratulations to The Domestics for becoming The Deli Portland's Artist of 2014. For a group who seemed to materialize out of nowhere in early 2014, they recorded easily one of the best albums in recent Portland history. And it hasn't gone unnoticed. Through and through, these guys are pure musicians and true song writers. Here's looking forward to more soul-crushingly beautiful folk-friendly indy rock from them to come in the near future.

Sama Dams were not far behind, securing the Number 2 seat. Their 2014 sophomore release, Comfort in Doubt, underscores Adams ability to craft unique and heartfelt avant indie rock that both gently draws the listener in and challenges them with intelligent rhythms and out-there guitar solos.

It's also no surprise to see Talkative at the top of this list. Their 2014 debut studio lp, Hot Fruit Barbeque, was the culmination of four years of relentless high-energy gigging and self-recorded demos, and is one of the strongest recent contributions to the realm of Pacific NW psych rock. 

Here is how it all went down: first we let the local bands submit their music, and had various Deli editors to pick their favorites as nominees. Then we polled a list of 15+ Portland music scene experts (our jury) asking them each to nominate 3 more bands of their choice. Then we polled our writers. And finally we polled our readers. We tried our damdest to keep things open and inclusive across all genres, from Indie to folk to Hip Hop.

If you care to geek out on all the subtelties of how this poll works, you can check out the rules in depth here (happy reading!). But if all you care about is the awesome new music that Portland produced in 2014, then the following list is all you need. Enjoy!

BEST OF 2014 POLL FOR EMERGING PORTLAND ARTISTS
****** FINAL RESULTS ******
 
ARTIST
J
OS
W
R
TOT
 
1
The Domestics
11
 
1
0.036
12.036
2
Sama Dams
9
 
1
0.017
10.017
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3
Talkative
7
 
1
0.027
8.027
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4
The Tamed West
6
 
 
0.013
6.013
icon
5
Psychomagic
3
 
3
0.008
6.008
icon
6
Summer Cannibals
6
 
 
0.006
6.006
icon
7
The Ghost Ease
4
 
1
0.033
5.033
icon
8
Grandparents
2
 
3
0.021
5.021
icon
9
Like A Villain
4
 
1
0.014
5.014
icon
10
Aan
3
 
2
0.011
5.011
icon
11
The Lower 48
 
3
1
0.004
4.004
12
Big Haunt
4
 
 
0.002
4.002
icon
 
Thanks
3
 
1
0.002
4.002
icon
14
Mermaid in China
 
1
1
2
4
icon
15
Bubble Cats
3
 
 
0.023
3.023
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16
Lunch
2
 
1
0.013
3.013
icon
17
Fanno Creek
2
 
1
0.006
3.006
icon
18
Swansea
3
 
 
0.003
3.003
19
The Shivas
3
 
 
0.002
3.002
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20
Blesst Chest
3
 
 
0.001
3.001
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Chanterelles
3
 
 
0.001
3.001
icon
 
Musee Mechanique
3
 
 
0.001
3.001
icon
23
And And And
3
 
 
0
3
 
The Woolen Men
3
 
 
0
3
icon
25
Kool Stuff Katie
 
1
 

1.5

2.5
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Jackson Boone
 
2
 
0.5
2.5
icon
 
Just Lions
 
2
 
0.5
2.5
icon
28
Fringe Class
2
 
 
0.018
2.018
icon
29
Minden
2
 
 
0.016
2.016
icon
30
Eidolons
1
 
1
0.013
2.013
icon
31
Golden Hour
2
 
 
0.009
2.009
icon
32
Comm
2
 
 
0.007
2.007
icon
33
Bed.
2
 
 
0.004
2.004
icon
34
Lost Lander
2
 
 
0.001
2.001
icon
 
Mothertapes
 
1
1
0.001
2.001
icon
  Sons of Huns
2
 
 
0.001
2.001
icon
37
Dirty Revival
 
1
 
1
2
icon
38
The Fourth Wall
1
 
 
0.027
1.027
icon
39
Arlo Indigo
1
 
 
0.019
1.019
icon
40
Jeffrey Martin
 
1
 
0.004
1.004
icon
 
Landlines
1
 
 
0.004
1.004
icon
42
Anna Tivel
 
1
 
0.001
1.001
icon
 
Renaissance Coalition
1
 
 
0.001
1.001
icon
 
Vinnie Dewayne
1
 
 
0.001
1.001
icon
45
Modern Kin
1
 
 
0
1
icon
 
The Binary Marketing Show
 
1
 
0
1
icon
Legend: J = Jurors, W = Deli Writers,
R = Deli Readers, OS = Open Submissions

Jurors List: Jared Mees (Tender Loving Empire), James Dineen (Portland Media Works, Xray.fm), Papi Fimbres (Revival Drum Shop, drummer in 20+ PDX bands), Rochelle Hunter (booker extraordinaire), Louie Herr (Banana Stand Media), Colette Pomerleau (SSG Music), Matt Singer (Willamette Week), Annie Miranda (PDX Pop Now!), Elizabeth Elder (talent buyer at Union/PineParty Boyz), Boone Howard (sound engineer at Mississippi Studios, Rontoms and Bunk Bar), Ryan Dornfeld (Eleven PDX Magazine), Theo Craig (Smoke Signals Music, Xray.fm), Ingrid Renan (Exploding Green), Alexei Shiskin (Noise & Color PDX, Gelatenous Blog), Aaron Colter (Banana Stand Media), Cody Burger (talent buyer at Firkin), Dustin Mills (Eleven PDX Magazine), Chris Young (Vortex Music Magazine), Nalin Silva (Revolver Studios, talent buyer at Kelly's Olympian), and Rachael Milbauer (Tender Loving Empire, She Shreds, Party Boyz).

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

The Deli's Staff

   

Artist of the Month: The Domestics

When Michael Finn quit drumming for Old Age a couple of years ago, all I could think was "what the fuck man? Old Age Kills! You Kill! WHAT THE FUCK?!" But then I watched Finn play a handful of solo acoustic sets which showcased a side of the artist I hadn't seen yet, some startlingly beautiful chops and an honest knack for songwriting. And when I heard the first tracks from his new project, The Domestics, where he's teamed up with fellow songwriter Leo London, I finally felt at ease about Finn's departure from Old Age. The Domestics absolutely kill, too! Which is why they've earned themselves the righteous title of Deli Portland's Artist of the Month. Congrats boys!

With a sound that's Part Elliot Smith, part The Beatles and a dash of Nick Cave, The Domestics write songs from the heart and their delivery couldn't be more polished. Keep your eyes on this band, they're shure to make a big splash with the release of their forthcoming self titled debut album due for release on September 5, 2014. 

- Travis Leipzig