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The jangly, 60's psych magic of Orange County's rising sextet Deep Fields has been churning around Southern California venues as of late, and yes: it is definitely possible to fit a Rhodes piano, Juno synth, a drum set, and six warm bodies on a stage. Christian Peters, who also plays with psych-pop singer/songwriter Cotillon, started Deep Fields as a bedroom project but eventually found a handful of talented people through mutual circles. Influenced by psychedelic acts like The Zombies and MGMT, Deep Fields' music is a sonic fractal of catchy riffs and swirly textures. As of last year, the group has been hard at work writing new songs and lighting up cl like Harvard and Stone, The Slidebar, Que Sera, and Los Globos. Check out the video for their first single "Salazar" below!

Deep Fields will be playing tomorrow at Fullerton's Continental Room with L.A. Takedown and PART TIME. 21+ / Free Admission - Ryan Mo

 

April 27, 2015
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Considering the not very promising premises (they are fronted by Gossip Girl’s star actor Penn Badgley) electronic NYC band MOTHXR is actually a hell of a lot better than what the average reader of The Deli may expect. Their music is dark, percussive, and also soulful, in a suspenseful and cinematic way. The band, known until mid 2014 as 'MOTHER," lives single by single (they released four in 2014, “Easy” is their best received one so far), and sports a very convincing live show and noteworthy fan base - we experienced it directly when they packed Pianos at our 2014 CMJ show. They just unveiled this video for their second most popular single 'Centerfold.' You can catch them tonight with another Deli favorite: Buscabulla.

April 27, 2015
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The nouveau psych rock band, Psychic Jiu Jitsu has released their debut full length, self titled album. The thing about Psychic Jiu Jitsu is that they don't fit anywhere near a "genre check box" where you can neatly explain and entertain yourself with a number of comparisons to bands of the past, present or future. The album is refreshingly "out there", kicking the ten track collection of songs off with the female vocal infused opening track, Yulia's Capture at the English Front starring the band's long time friend and muse, Yulia Gorman. The next track, Dreamachine is another oldie, but goodie deriving from early jams and recordings, becoming sketched out and perfected by a number of live performances of the song.

If you're looking for a friendly rock record in this album, you're not going to find it. The next songs: Berlin Space Party, World of Warldorf and Don't Bore Us are unapologetic, youthful, fast paced and experimental. Anyone who doesn't have a sense of humor, a love of experimental music and/or a young spirit won't get these songs and will never make it through the entire album. You'll get a pastiche of musical styles with the second cluster of songs as Slow Ringing in My Dreams is a funk infused track while Golden Hair of the Sweet Sea Heir is a whimsical country/folk influenced song that moves right into the space ambient sounding song, Something Glistens. Otto Vom is the 9th song of the album and is appropriately (sort of appropriately) 9 seconds long. The final song, Black Marketeers of WWIII is a post apocalyptic track ending the album with an almost 8 minute ode to futuristic doom. You'll either like the Psychic Jiu Jitsu album or you won't. It's not wise to make a chore out of listening to the album, but you should go into it with the determination to venture into uncharted psych noise territory. This is a good debut effort from the band. If they choose to record another album, you should listen to that too, just to see how far out they plan to get over time.

April 27, 2015
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Ezra Furman has released a second single, "Lousy Connection", from his upcoming Bella Union release, Perpetual Motion People.

The album is due out July 10th and you can catch Furman at Lincoln Hall on August 11th.

April 27, 2015
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The label of New York as a melting-pot may sound cliché these days, especially when it comes to music, but not when the ingredients in question are as disparate as dream pop and Peru. Malka, who just released their debut EP 'The Constant State' and is fronted by Peruvian-born, and nine-year-New-York-resident Darko Saric, brings its own flavor of shoegazed dream-pop to the seemingly over-populated table of noisy, melodic instrumentals, highlighted by vocal brilliance and unique lyrical alternation between Spanish and English. The record flows in a mystical airiness, its songs individually building in intensity throughout, choral guitars shooting for the heavens, seamless in their strumming, and the bass diggings towards an underworld unknown with its bulldozing, growling granularity. All creates a wonderfully ethereal environment over which the vocal harmonies of Saric, EJ DeCoske (guitars and synth), and David Ciauro (bass), can dance and meld. Whether dealing in pop-rock rhythms driven by drummer Mike Dawson, as on opener “A Flock of Crows,” or the tonal clarity and spatiality of the guitars, as on “For Now We Live,” and Spanish-sung closer, “Mirame,” 'The Constant State' explores sonic territories beyond any tangible landscape, which surely helps get past the this big apple's crammed lifestyle. - JP Basileo

April 27, 2015
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Krust Toons: "Ziggy Starkrust" by Teddy Hazard - please feel free to drop him a line at teddandthehazards@gmail.com if you dig or have any funny ideas. You can also check out more of his illustrations and animation shorts HERE.

April 27, 2015
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