My relationship to music changed pretty significantly after I took over editing duties at the Deli SF in March 2008. What opened up before me with this new concentration on the local scene was a warm, rich, nurturing community full of talented musicians, writers and enthusiasts. And Iâ€™ve been fortunate enough to hear a myriad of great bands, many of which I may not have discovered otherwise.
My favorite local record of 2008, and one of my overall favorites, was The Heavenly States‘ Delayer. It’s a solid record from start to finish, at times reminding the listener of the Replacements circa All Shook Down, Spoon circa A Series of Sneaks, The Pixies circa Doolittle, etc. etc. All the while, of course, maintaining a unique sound with every garage-tinged hook and pull on the violin. “Lost in the Light,” in particular, became one of my personal anthems of 2008 – the song’s pure energy and heart simply explodes with every listen, and there were times when I just couldn’t turn it off.
Spoon loves them. The blogosphere loves them. Delayer is really good. Hereâ€™s to even more success for the Heavenly States in 2009.Best of 2008 - The Deli: SF - The Heavenly States