Noise-musician makes a pop record


Sometimes our open blog page feels like a mailbag or a therapy session:

Noise-musician makes a pop record

Shaw used to play in a band called Railcars, who the Deli seems to love. Shaw has also been interviewed by the Deli, which was kind of awkward because he was a little drunk at the time. Now, Shaw makes music in the comfort of a bedroom (the same one where Cathedral With No Eyes was recorded). Shaw's new 5-song EP is titled "Pretending We're Not Animals," and talks are already underway to release a 7" in January with a locally recognized label. Thanks a lot, Deli!

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The Stone Foxes at The Hotel Utah

The Stone Foxes Rock n’ Roll Spectacle from Joe W. Shapiro on Vimeo.

Just in case you missed all the action during The Stone Foxes month long residency at the Hotel Utah [or if you just want to re-live the magic] The Deli SF now presents, for your viewing pleasure, The Stone Foxes Rock n' Roll Spectacle.

Stay tuned for a new Deli SF show announcement soon!





Superfinos VTO, Aspect and Con Brio at Kimo's


Check it out! Tonight at Kimo's The Deli SF Artist of the Month, Superfinos VTO play with The Deli Portland's Artist of the Month Bodhi! Two solid acts from two west coast cities in one night. San Francisco's Aspect and Con Brio open. 9pm sharp!




From our Open Blog: Con Brio

This entry was an exciting find in our open blog. You can post about your Bay Area band band by visiting this site.

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Con Brio's songs feature powerful, soulful vocals backed by a no-nonsense, deep-pocket rhythm section. "Xandra Corpora's vocals are stunning....The band, tight as a bungee cord, is a funky, acoustic, jazz/blues casserole. That's right-casserole. What's more, they kill it live." -Bricks and Mortar Media

Con Brio plays El Valenciano on November 18th. 1153 Valencia St @ 22nd St, San Francisco, California 94110



Album Review - Manuel's Parking Lot

Manuel's Parking Lot

Manuel’s Parking Lot pays tribute where tribute is due. Jake Sinetos and Alex Musto invoke Joni Mitchell’s most well known hit with both the title of the CD and the intro. They close with Eugene (Please Don’t Take My Van), which has opening lines that will take anybody back the childhood where they were forced to listen to Dolly Parton by the Country & Western loving parents. I still have nightmares of those days.

Though the album is far from anything resembling actual country, it does call on both folk and do-wop. The opening track, You Stole My Grandma (Let you Granny go Round), mixes folk rhythms on the guitar with do-wop style background vocals. My knee jerk reaction was, “This will never work.” I am happy to say that after multiple listenings, it does work. Quite well in fact.

The opening piece sets the tone for most of the album. Stripped down music, primarily just guitar tambourine, accented with the occasional sound clip or electric guitar riff. The CD maintains the sound, only slowing down for Dinosaur (twee pop a lop), which serves as the nostalgic ballad, making me long for days of recess twice a day. It also makes me wish I knew the rules to “…the game we called dinosaur.”

The most rousing track, and probably my favorite, is Fuck Art Lets dance (A Symphony in 3 Movements). The boys actual pull of three movements, encouraging their listeners to get out on the dance floor. The further flaunt their knowledge of artists before them with the Orwellian named Knowing is Unkowing. All though Big Brother would be proud of their prowess in Double Speak, it’s more a call to look beyond the thin surface and find the beauty underneath. To look critically and appreciatively view at the world around us, with a special emphasis on the music we listen too.

Manuel’s Parking Lot is a must have for someone who is looking for fun music with something to say. It’s the kind of music that forces you to nod in time and hum along, even at the office. Sinetos and Musto may borrow a bit from other artists, but make no mistake, they have used it to create something truly unique in a musicscape where everybody is trying to be different just like everyone else.

Manuel’s Parking Lot is available for download at CDBaby now, and soon on iTunes. Your discriminating music tastes will be wanting with out it.

-Jonathon L. Miller