Shoegazer

Whales

Whales released their first EP in 3 years this month. "The Music of Sound" is a 3 song collection of '90's influenced indie rock songs that prove the band has not lost a step.

   

Emotional Prepares to Release New Album AHH...THE NAME IS EMOTIONAL, BABY!

Editor's Note: "AHH...THE NAME IS EMOTIONAL, BABY!" is a play on the Bootsy Collins and Bootsy's Rubber Band album and album cover...just in case you didn't catch it! -je

Emotional is the lovechild of Death Records founder and long-time Bay Area music community leader, Brian Wakefield. Brian has been a part of the Bay Area music scene since early ‘00s, and has worked with numerous bands in the SF music scene.

Emotional’s LP "Ahh…The Name Is Emotional, Baby!” floats us away into a hazy, yellow daydream of synthy, easy-going guitar chords and genuine vocals that narrate your most treasured nostalgic days. The heavy layering of slow, synth sounds beats upon aching melodies and raw lyricism and are the pieces of this album that make it one beautiful, progressive oxymoron. Heartbreaking sentiments with carefree beats, songs like “Hand 4 Hire” will make you want to press repeat and lay in a perpetual state of stoney thoughtfulness.

In support of their upcoming LP release of "Ahh...The Name Is Emotional, Baby!", in perfect timely fashion, Emotional will be playing a live set in San Francisco at Amnesia on February 14th alongside The Memories and Idiot Glee. Whether it’s a time of celebration for your and your lover, or a single night out with your beloved friends, Emotional is there to hold our hand this Valentine’s day, share their new sounds, and remind us that it’s ok to get emotional sometimes. -Lindsay Stickney

TOUR DATES
02.14 - Amnesia - San Francisco, CA w/ The Memories,Idiot Glee
02.21 - Amnesia - San Francisco, CA w/ Magic Trick, Grace Sings Sludge, The She's
02.26 - The New Parish - Oakland, CA w/ Parquet Courts, Chris Cohen, The World
02.28 - Amnesia - San Francisco, CA w/ Sam Flax, Friendless Summer, Cole Lodge

   

Lubec to have EP release show on February 5th

Lubec know how to pull some emotions out of you with their music, seamlessly blending shoegaze, indie pop and affection. Their forray into the hearts of Portlanders began around five years ago, yet is sure to stay with us for more years to come. They've been recently riding high on the creation of their latest EP, Concentration, due out February 5th via Touchy Feely Records. The release show will be that same night at the Know, along with supporting sets from Versing and Post Moves. Check out the latest single from Concentration, "Late Bloomer," below. You can also preorder the new EP for $5 here.

-Cervante Pope

   

San Francisco Bay Area Open Submission Results for The Deli's Year End Poll 2015

Thanks to all the artists who submitted their music to be considered for The Deli's Best of San Francisco Bay Area Year End Poll for Emerging Artists!

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 their own scene.

Total submissions from SF Bay Area: 50

Jurors: Cody Wright (The Deli Toronto), Michael Colavita (The Deli Philly) and PDG (The Deli NYC)

​Wicked Man​ - (Indie) - 8.167​ ​​​

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Eight Belles​ - (Indie Folk) - 8 ​ ​​

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Future Twin - (Soul/Shoegaze) - 7.83 ​

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​Dangermaker​ - (Indie Pop) - 7.67

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Andy Kong​ - (Acoustic Indie Pop) - 7.67 ​

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Emily Afton - (Indie Rock) - 7.67

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Night Shapes - (Kraut/Psych Rock) - 7.3

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Lost Dog Found​ - (Jazz) - 7.3

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​Soft White Sixties - (Rock/Soul) - 7.3

Honorable Mentions:

Eliquate, The Humidor​s​, Sarchasm, Rin Tin Tiger, Roem Baur, Teens in Trouble, Sunrunners, Citabria, In Letter Form, Sit Kitty Sit, The Total Bettys and War Cloud.

WHAT’S NEXT: These results end the first phase of the poll. We will soon unveil the artists nominated by our local jurors, and then let our readers and our writers influence the poll with their vote. Keep creating, keep supporting, and stay tuned for your chance to vote! —The Deli San Francisco Staff

   

Regatta drops meditative debut EP

John Hughes is dead and gone, but the unshakeable melancholy of growing up is stronger than ever. Your dusty old VHS of The Breakfast Club doesn’t even have to leave the shelf to stand as a potent symbol of nostalgia and the loss that comes with the passing of time. Evan Hickman, the man behind Regatta, might or might not have any physical VHS tapes on his shelf, but he has a few figurative ones lodged in his spirit. His debut self-titled EP is a quick listen, clocking in at a snack-sized eight minutes with songs like sound-sketches, but what’s here is worth checking out.

The existential disenchantment is going to hit you one way or another, so you’d best just lean into it and hit the stream below. -Austin Phy