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Sonicbids Selections: Birds and Batteries, Ben Thompson, Slowness

As we finish up the nomination process for our upcoming Deli SF 2010 Best Emerging Artist Readers Poll, we are proud to announce the bands selected from our Sonicbids submission page.

Birds and Batteries

Birds & Batteries are on a steady rise with consistently sold out shows in San Francisco, a new record, a Daytrotter session and more national touring ahead. "Panorama" is the third full-length from Birds & Batteries and their finest work to date (Spune/ Velvet Blue Music). The new album is a rare mix of organic and electronic, pop and experimental and an effortless play of surprising elements.

Birds & Batteries' "Up To No Good" EP (2009, Eightmaps) showed singer / bandleader Mike Sempert exploring synth-funk and the influences of Bowie's "Scary Monsters" and P-funk. On "Panorama" (2010, Spune/Velvet Blue Music) his love for artists like Harry Nilsson, ELO, and David Byrne shines through, and he trades in a bit of the irony for empathy. Sempert might as well be a scientist in his next life, as he is able to blend his classic folk-ish voice with synth textures for down right futuristic results. When pressed for a simple summary, he's described the sound as "Art-rock meets Tom Petty." Basically it's not all that easy to define. Sempert is joined by Christopher Walsh (guitar), Jill Heinke (bass), and Brian Michelson (drums).

The new record conjures up blue skies and big views. It is heartfelt and bold and unlike anything in the current indie landscape. After playing festivals in the spring of 2010 - SXSW, Noise Pop, NX35 - Birds & Batteries toured nationally in the summer and fall of 2010. They're scheduled to return to Noise Pop 2011 in SF in February.

Ben Thompson

Ben Thompson is a San Francisco based/Iowa raised electronic artist forging a trail into uncharted sonic territory with compositions that are as motivating on the dance floor as they are uplifting in the headphones. Graduating from Cornell College with a degree in composition, Ben marries his love of electronic dance music with his passion for structure, harmony, and melody. This hybrid of classical sensibility and contemporary sounds creatively blends elements of electronic, house, techno, rock, and funk.

Ben’s ability to keep a strong foot in both the “sophisticated” art world and the “party” club scene has earned him a diverse and growing audience, including the staff of iTunes who labeled him a 2010 Electronic Artist to Watch. Having only been producing electronic music for 4 years, Ben has already booked at premier SF venues and parties, including Mighty, 111 minna, The Boom Boom Room, the Disco Biscuits after party and Kelly’s Mission Rock, and also opened for international acts Lazer Sword, Signal Path, Shlohmo, and Ghosts on Tape.

Prior to making electronic music Ben was logging hours on the guitar playing in jazz and funk bands, writing acoustic pieces, and studying composition. He is proving to be a steadily rising star and is currently working on a follow up to his 2010 self-released EP, Time Traveler. Ben’s next release in 2011 will coincide with a small tour to promote his already infiltrating sound.

Slowness

Slowness is a drone-pop trio from San Francisco that formed in 2008 in a big living room just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. The group—Geoffrey Scott (guitars, vocals), Julie Lynn (bass, keyboards) — enlisted Monte Vallier at Ruminator Audio as producer. After several attempts to get it right, the band completed its first four-song EP, Hopeless but Otherwise, and hit the road for a 17-date U.S. tour in the summer of 2010. The group is currently recording a follow-up EP with Vallier, on which Sean Eden, formerly of Luna, will add guitars. Slowness is booking a European tour for the summer of 2011 to support the soon-to-be released For Those Who Wish to See the Glass Half-Full.

Check back again soon to begin voting on your favorite SF act.

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Best of NYC Submissions, MIXED ROOTSY: Kagero + Lily & The Parlour Tricks

Lily & The Parlour Tricks (top picture) and Kagero from the "Mixed Roots" category submissions qualified for the next round of our Best of NYC Emerging Artists 2010 Poll (Alt Folk artists and Songwriters were rated separately and the top 10 will be announced soon).

Categories: Rootsy Pop + Americana + Folk Rock + Alt Soul
Region: NYC + NJ + Long Island
Jurors: Deli SF and Nashville Editors

1. Lily & The Parlour Tricks - NOMINATED FOR NEXT PHASE
1. Kagero - NOMINATED FOR NEXT PHASE



3. The Debutante Hour
4. The Third Wheel Band
5. Shayna Zaid & The Catch
6. Reverend John DeLore
7. Alec Gross
8. Bern & the Brights
9. Abby Payne
10. Caleb Hawley

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Album of the Month: Painted Face "Undreamt" EP

"Undreamt" is the genius debut EP from DC's Painted Face, the solo project of Allie Alvarado (formerly of Telepathe and Blood Lines) in collaboration with producer Alvin Risk.  Fans of Kate Bush and Bat For Lashes ought to include this gem in their collection of pop shoegazey-driven dance anthem albums, with swirly chants found in every hit after hit track on this "I can't believe she's not playing arenas yet" EP.

The title track 'Undreamt' oozes lushy synths with layers of spiraling keys over a beat that urges your whole body to let go as Alvarado's bewitching voice croons "So if you feel it, you better make the first move..."

'Favorite One' is a beautiful ballad delivered over spasms of glitch melting into 'Sum of Me', an energetic track where Alvarado questions "did you ever know the truth, did you ever try?" 

Ending the EP is 'Girls in Love', which transports you to mid 80's pop in the first few seconds before taking a giant leap back to the future of electronica and riding the synth waves 'til the end, where you just want more.  Until an LP is revealed, we can always just hit the repeat button.  Love it.

Catch Painted Face, along with Raindeer and Stout Cortez @ the Velvet Lounge on Jan. 15 at 9 PM ($8). -Dawn

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"Undreamt" is the genius debut EP from DC's Painted Face, the solo project of Allie Alvarado (formerly of Telepathe and Blood Lines) in collaboration with producer Alvin Risk.  Fans of Kate Bush and Bat For Lashes ought to include this gem in their collection of pop shoegazey-driven dance anthem albums, with swirly chants found in every hit after hit track on this "I can't believe she's not playing arenas yet" EP.

The title track 'Undreamt' oozes lushy synths with layers of spiraling keys over a beat that urges your whole body to let go as Alvarado's bewitching voice croons "So if you feel it, you better make the first move..."

'Favorite One' is a beautiful ballad delivered over spasms of glitch melting into 'Sum of Me', an energetic track where Alvarado questions "did you ever know the truth, did you ever try?" 

Ending the EP is 'Girls in Love', which transports you to mid 80's pop in the first few seconds before taking a giant leap back to the future of electronica and riding the synth waves 'til the end, where you just want more.  Until an LP is revealed, we can always just hit the repeat button.  Love it. -Dawn





Best of NYC Submissions, ALT ROCK category: Black Taxi

Black Taxi gained the most votes for the Alternative Rock category amongst the NYC based artists that submitted to be considered for our Best of NYC Emerging Artists 2010 Poll. They will therefore access the next stage of our poll.

Listening to their music, we gather traces of bands as diverse as The Clash and Daft Punk - probably because of the band member’s diverse histories (they are the sons of rail workers, Olympians, Mennonites and sheep farmers). The final product is thick with tribal beats colliding with bold melodies, held together by catchy backing vocals. Our favorite songs are “Do What You Gotta Do” and “Shoeshine” - check them out live, they have a great show! - Leah Tribett

Categories: Alt Rock + Revival Rock + Power Pop
Region: NYC + NJ + Long Island
Jurors: Deli Austin and Philadelphia Editors

TOP 10 ARTISTS FROM OPEN SUBMISSIONS
1. Black Taxi - NOMINATED FOR NEXT PHASE
2. TAB the Band
3. Blackbells
3. Cavalier Rose
3. The Click Clack Boom
6. Black Suit Youth
6. The Telephones
8. The Shake
8. Wormburner
10. Apollo Run

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