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Julian Shah-Tayler's upcoming solo album

Julian Shah-Tayler is no stranger to writing and producing pop music. His career has lent itself to collaborations with Joaquin Phoenix, Siobhan Fahey (Bananarama), Kerli, and Whitey to name just a few. You may have even seen him DJing sets at the Standard Hotel here in town. With a schedule like his, it's a wonder that he even has time for a solo career. Well he does and his first proper release, Coito Ergo Sum, is due later this year.

Shah-Tayler's solo material falls somewhere in-between rock and new wave with synth and drum machine feeling just as cozy on the recording as his guitar work. The Deli was passed along a copy of the upcoming album to take a listen to, and there is definately some stand out work. The track "Wetter" is reminiscent of the tongue-in-cheek sexual lyrics made famous by Prince and recently resurrected by bands like She Wants Revenge. "Beautiful World" and "Roman Tower" are two delicate tracks that throws in a hint of piano ballad into the album. Things pick up with the driving rhythm and slightly more industrial feel of "Say What You Want", but Shah-Tayler doesn't stray too far from his 80's influences by sticking in some brass samples in as well.

If you're trying to lure your friends to the dark side that is indie music, or maybe you're trying to fill a spot in your collection next to David Bowie's work from the 80s, then Julian Shah-Tayler is accessible, intelligent, and skilled. You'll have to wait a bit longer for Coito Ergo Sum, but his two previous EPs, Un Ange Passe and Blah Blah Blahnik, are available on BandCamp.com for free download or donation.

-Angelo Lorenzo

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The CMJ Music Marathon is getting closer!

It's that time of year everyone -- no not Halloween -- but New York's annual CMJ Music Marathon, held over Oct. 19-23. You've seen some posts about it, but what does that have to do with us here in Los Angeles? This 30 year old festival shines a light on some of the hottest signed and unsigned talent around, including some of our home town favorites, 'cause LA has got to represent!

So who is going to be there? Folk duo The Chapin Sisters, the synth driven acts Superhumanoids and Kisses, dance party patrons Casxio, indie songsters Lady Danville, soloist Evan Voytas, and the soulful Stone Darling. If that wasn't enough, Deli favorites Loomis & The Lust, Young the Giant, and Vanaprasta will be rocking throughout the CMJ Music Marathon.

Speaking of New York, I know we're all about local music, but there is one band that has the whole Deli network buzzing and I can't let good music go unnoticed. The clock nears towards New York's Atlantic/Pacific's debut album, Meet Your New Love, out Oct. 26th thanks to a recent deal with our friends here in LA, No Sleep Records. The band's music is expertly layered, with brushed drums, light bass, keys, and folk guitar work drawing you in before their delicate and sincere vocals can deliver the final blow. Two tracks from Meet Your New Love, "Patterns" and "Some Weary Valentine", can be spotted on the band's MySpace page. Take a mental trip to the Big Apple for a few moments and enjoy these tunes.

-Angelo Lorenzo

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Free Live Recording w/Cowmuddy at The Fire Oct. 17

You may or may not know it, but Cowmuddy (a.k.a. Michael McShane) is a bit of a local legend on the singer-songwriter scene. The eccentric, environmentally conscious McShane probably would be an interesting subject for a documentary. I imagine him becoming one of those artists who’d gain more popularity and resurgence after its release and he had fallen off the radar like an Anton Newcombe or Daniel Johnston. You know that there must be something special there for him to attract help from a rotating cast of talented hometown musicians that have included Jonas Osterle (formerly of The Teeth, Flashy Python, Purples, Paper Masques) Amos Lee, “Steady” Freddie Berman (Amos Lee), Jaron Olevsky (Amos Lee), Todd Erk (Birdie Busch, Hoots & Hellmouth) and many, many more. He’ll be recording a live performance tonight at his second home, The Fire, for a new CD, and it’s FREE. Also on the bill are The Deli favorites, Levee Drivers, with their slow-burning, bluesy country rock. I know. But the Phillies game! Hopefully they’ll have it on like every music venue with a TV should these days. (Come on KFN - breakdown and play the games. It’d just make everyone happier. Hehe…is it really necessary to run that Bad Brains video again? :o) The Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave., 9pm, FREE, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman
 
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Big Art Show Halloween Spooktacular at Pterodactyl Oct. 16

There's nothing I love more than All Hallows’ Eve, rad music and even radder art (also on that list: instituting a false lexis). And the Big Art Show Halloween Spooktacular exhibit at Pterodactyl tonight is like an idiosyncratic flare-up of all three. Well, OK, it’s not on Halloween, but the minds behind the Kensington space did so cleverly allude to the sacred day in the show’s title, and that’s good enough for me. Still, designations are trivial when compared to the local rhythms that’ll vibrate threw your body while trolling the loft gallery - the blithesome folk of The Great Unknown’s alt-Americana missives, the incisive disquiet of Lion Versus’ alt-folk allegories, and the spectral jowls of A Stick and A Stone’s esoteric chronicles, plus the bemoaned strings and pining plucks of Baltimore’s indie-folk squad, A Cat Called Cricket. Pterodactyl, 3237 Amber St., Floor 5, 8pm, $5 suggested donation, All Ages - Annamarya Scaccia
 
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(The Sounds of) Kaleidoscope at KFN Oct. 16

(The Sounds of) Kaleidoscope plays exactly what their name suggests: a mottled cul-de-sac of cinereal garage rock, angsty power pop and dawdling psychedelic rock. And it’s not a metaphor pulled out of vivid thin air - the hometown quartet’s 2009 album¸ All This Heaven, plays out like a mollified light display reflecting the sonic reverberations of a thousand tiny mirror shards. Couple this with the auricular time-traveling of local garage-psych lo-fiers Far-Out Fangtooth, who released their self-titled 7-inch last month on Ian Records, and Australia’s psych-rock pushers The Lovetones, and you’ll find yourself sipping one hell of a cocktail, which, by the way, is served best with a side of Mary and an entrée of Jane. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St, 7:30pm, $8, 21+ - Annamarya Scaccia
 
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