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Zoom Lens releases compilation album "Love Without Domination"

"We are pissed and we came here to dance."

So reads the last line of the synopsis to Love Without Domination, the newest, largest, and arguably most political release by Los Angeles-based label Zoom Lens. With a title referencing Jenny Zhang's essay "Against Extinction", Love Without Domination is a 22-track charity compilation from artists across diverse genres of local and international fame, galvanized by recent events and connected by an urgency to create sounds of protest. New songs featured include Meishi Smile's post-industrial catharsis "Hate Floods Slow", as well as contributions by Plaster Cast & The Sleep, Thought Tempo, and Magic is Real. New local artist debuts include the noise rock duo Comrade(s) and post-techno producer pleasure promenade.

The release of Love Without Domination comes at a precarious time for artist communities, only one week since the tragic fire in an Oakland DIY space and one month following results of the 2016 presidential election. But in spite of these troubling events, in spite of increased crackdowns on DIY spaces and rising hate crimes, Zoom Lens compels listeners to act against the oppression and injustice of marginalized communities through nuanced self-expression.

"Through art, make dialogue and break boundaries. When dealing with an oppressive force who is meant to pacify our feelings, self-expression is rebellion. Utilize your skills, your privileges, and your strengths in all forms. Militarize yourself with unforgiving self-love and radical passion. "

Love Without Domination is free to stream and available to purchase—listeners can name their price, and all proceeds will go to fund the non-profit organizations ACLU, Border Angels, and Planned Parenthood. - Ryan Mo, Album Art by Brian Vu

   

Our Prayers Go Out to the Victims, Families and Friends of the Ghost Ship Fire

The Deli Magazine San Francisco and the Deli Magazine Family are sending out our truest and heartfelt thoughts and prayers for the victims in the fire at Ghost Ship in Oakland, CA.

If anyone has tips or information on any victims that have still been deemed missing feel free to contact us and we will do our best to get the word out.

We love you. We support Oakland and will do what we can to be a helping hand.


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Os Tropies release sprawling debut album

Toronto is famous for its multiculturalism. It's a place where the entire world can be found, even when it comes to music. Os Tropies are making a name for themselves as the city's purveyors of Tropicalia, the unique Brazilian spin on psychedelia. Featuring Brazilian and African rhythms, rock and roll structures, and challenging soundscapes, their new album 'The Soil' is an exhilarating trip back in time to a moment of radical musical experimentation. But while their songs are steeped in history, the band still manages to sound current, blending modern lyrical themes and avant-garde textures into the mix. Get the album on Bandcamp. - David Levy

   

Tocaio Emits Ambient Brilliance on Yesca EP

 Ambient waves of electronic bliss gently wash up on the soft sands of Tocaio's music. Formed in the Winter of 2015, Tocaio is the solo project of Carlos Ramirez who creates electronic instrumentals that tap into vivid tapestries of nostalgia in the listener's mind. Ethereal progressions and airy grooves hint at Nujabes or Books as influences, but Tocaio does well in finding it's own unique vibe and sound. The 6-track Yesca EP includes four originals and two remixes which can both lull you into a dreamlike trance as well as scintillate your senses.Yesca sets the stage for Tocaio's debut album, Pointillism, which is expected to be released early next year.

   

NYC singer songwriter Billy Lewis Jr. is lead actor in rock opera 'The Portal'

Making a living out of music or art is a tall order, in particular in a pricey place like NYC, but having a multi-faceted talent, like actors do, can certainly come in handy. The Portal - a Rock Odyssey, is an artful mishmash of theatrical performance, concert, and movie, an immersive, live band backed rock opera about the search for love and inner desire for transformation. Many local musicians are involved in this production, including lead actor Billy Lewis Jr. (Fox’s “Glee,” The Who’s Tommy, Spring Awakening, Hedwig & the Angry Inch), who is also a singer songwriter. Here's a sneak peak (or sneak listen, if you will) into The Portal's soundtrack: "Space Child", a track influenced by droney Eastern music and originally composed by Guatemalean group Kan'Nal, features entrancing vocals by the lead actor and an atmosphere that builds in intensity over time. Experience The Portal Wednesday through Saturday at The Minetta Lane Theatre. - Ashley Muniz