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The Song Shop: An Interview with Say Anything's Max Bemis

Max Bemis and Say Anything

If all of our shoulder devils that urge excess and temptation left our consciences to prevail and formed an indie rock band, Say Anything would be it.  With content ranging from sex, love, religion, drugs and all that’s stemmed in controversy, their music stands as an eccentric journey through the life of a bipolar, dirty-minded rock star that is bold enough to speak his mind.  Through the use of metaphors and one-liners packed with double meanings, front man Max Bemis always manages to conjure a bizarre twist on almost anything he blurts out.

It is no surprise that the filterless front man who penned lyrics such as, “When I was spat onto the earth in a stream of guts, by Mother Nature, that green-eyed slut”, would conjure up so much attention from critics and fans dumbfounded with intrigue.  Say Anything’s music speaks in tongues of straightforward honesty and off-center commentary, in a way that pushes listeners to the point where they almost have to question Bemis’ sanity.  He has nurtured his ability to write about prototypical scenarios, while confronting them with a stream of words that are anything but streamline.  His wittily-written lines not only scream out Bemis’ quirky, peculiar mindset, but also of his ability to understand the industry and his fan base of music hungry listeners.

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The Song Shop: An Interview with Say Anything's Max Bemis

The Deli's CMJ Shows 2010

Tuesday 10.19
Wednesday 10.20
Thursday 10.21
Saturday 10.23


6.30 Swingset Committee
7.15 Milagres
8.00 Zambri
8.45 Mike Del Rio
9.30 The Yes Way
10.15 Living Days
11.00 The Rassle
11.45 Blackbird Blackbird

[Possible Folky Bill Upstairs]


8.00 Brahms
9.00 Oberhofer
10.00 Bear Hands
11.00 Keepaway


7:00 Octant
7:45 Buke and Gass
8:30 Kendra Morris
9:15 Daniel Wayne
10:00 Mc Alister Drive
10:45 La Strada
11:30 Elk City
12:15 Johnny Whitney


Evening Bill
7.00 Univox
7.40 Chappo
8.20 Bad Cop
9.00 Adult Themes
9.40 Electric Tickle Machine
10.20 Miniboone
11.00 Bronze
11.40 Arpline
12.20 TBA
1.00 Tayisha Busay

Afternoon Bill
12:00pm - Dead Leaf Echo
12:45pm - Teletextile
1:30 - Diehard
2:15 - I'm Turning Into
3:00 - Fan-Tan
3:45 - Appomattox
4:30 - The Press
5:15 - A Million Years







Reminder: MusicfestNW is September 8-12!




To all you dudes and dudettes who are into music just as much as we are here at The Deli Portland, here's a friendly reminder that Willy Week's highly revered music festival, MusicfestNW, starts THIS WEDNESDAY. Individual tickets to Wiz Khalifa, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Sleep are sold out, but remember, you can get into ANY show with a MFNW wristband, which can still be bought here.

We can't wait for the raucous that will ensue in the venues and streets of Portland this week(end) and can't wait to see you all out at some shows!

-The Deli Portland Staff


Album Review: Strength, "Mind-Reader"


It’s been four years since Strength made Portland all hot and bothered with its self-released, sex-saturated debut, Going Strong. The album was a swanky collection of love jams with titles of the like of, “Burning up for Two,” and, “Press Up,” crooned by Bailey Winters and accompanied by John Zeigler on keys and Patrick Morris on guitar, bass, and drums, resulting in a synth-disco album that even Europeans would get down to. Needless to say, the trio’s sophomore release was a highly anticipated one.

The boys did not disappoint. Although the track titles are not so bluntly sexual on Strength’s second self-released full-length, Mind-Reader, the content is. “Let me rub you down with brandy, let me lay you in my bed,” Winters ardently offers in the funky, hip-gyrating tune, “Brandy.” Yes, please.

His seduction gets a little darker in, “Blood,” a minor chord driven groove about a weak, thirsty vampire who has his female victim cornered as he instructs her, “Now stand back close against the wall, my hands on you feel comfortable...This is blood that will soon be mine.”

The only unsatisfying element of this record is its length. The eight-track-long LP clocks in at a measly 24 minutes that has its listener begging for more. On your next album, boys, work on your stamina.

-Katrina Nattress



Percolator's new album “None of These Are Words" is now available and starting today they will be featuring one track per day. The feature will include extra information about it: stories, lyrics, credits, and explanations, and last until all 12 tracks have been featured. The above video was shot at Odd Obsessions and in turn is slightly NSFW.