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Frankie Cosmos

If you like unassuming, short and charming pop songs about high school, firemen and buses, look no further than 19 year old singer-songwriter Frankie Cosmos. In her just released first full-length 'Zentropy,' (though she's put out at least 40 other digital records on Bandcamp over the years - no joke!) Greta Kline reveals much of her inner child, whether singing about what her dad is up to or how birthdays don't mean you're getting older. But 'Zentropy' equally exposes a young lady just beginning to wrestle with explorations of love and life anxieties. It's a fascinating journey just begun, and songs like "Birthday" (streaming below), showcase a melodic talent that's not afraid to experiment with tempo changes and assorted influences, without losing her signature, intimate style. 
If Frankie Cosmos manages to keep half these levels of prolificity in her 20s, we can definitely expect a bunch of hits from her. Because great music - like everything else - is all about trying hard. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

Slim Wray
blues rock, happy hearts
by: Michael Haskoor date:April 4, 2014 - MORE
Tei Shi
mermaid music
by: Dean Van Nguyen date:March 17, 2014 - MORE
Christine Hoberg
minimal heavens
by: Dean Van Nguyen date:January 7, 2014 - MORE
Oh Honey
short and sweet with mitchy collins
by: Sam Kogon date:December 20, 2013 - MORE
The 60's
Bob Dylan

Simon and Garfunkel

Velvet Underground
The 70's
Patti Smith
The New York Dolls

The Ramones

The Talking Heads
Richard Hell
The Dead Boys
Lydia Lunch
The Contortions  
The 80's
Sonic Youth
Bad Brains
Beastie Boys
Bruce Springsteen
The Feelies
Laurie Anderson
They Might Be Giants
John Zorn
Arto Lindsay
Sonic Youth
The Fleshtones
The 90's

Jeff Buckley

The Magnetic Fields
Yo La Tengo
Soul Coughing
Cat Power
The 00's
The Strokes
TV on The Radio
Fiery Furnaces
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Bravery
Animal Collective
Bright Eyes
Devendra Banhart
Moldy Peaches
Le Tigre
Blonde Redhead
Grizzly Bear

This is a preview of the new Deli charts - we are working on finalizing them by the end of 2013.

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Fans of live music everywhere: Beautiful Small Machines have just written your anthem. There's something so triumphant about the electro-twang group's new single 'The DJ Stayed Home,' you'll find yourself ecstatic by the end of the tune, no matter what's going on in this troubled DJ's life. it's this kind of excitement that the band's always been able to get across pretty easily in their tracks, from the bleep-blopping synth joys of debut record 'The Robots In Love,' to their moving cover of 'Paper Planes.' It's an unapologetic warmth and joyeux de vivre that collaborators Dan DiLego and Bree Sharp always seem to find in the keys and frets of their synths and strings.

Taken from the upcoming full-length of the same name, 'The DJ Stayed Home' single is exactly what you need after finally allowing yourself to venture outside again after this winter. Take a listen below and check out their website as the band announces new dates soon. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best Rootsy songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!

April 16, 2014

Brooklyn band Relations (not to be confused with pejorative-in-name-only Gross Relations, also from the same borough), released their debut full length album "Songbirds" with a show at Shea Stadium on April 4. The booking agents at Pianos' must have liked it, since they booked the band for a 3 date May residency starting on the the 7th. Our favorite track "Believers" - streaming below - shows a band equally inspired by the edgier sound of the 80s (think Echo & the Bunnymen's "Heaven Up Here"), and the expressionist guitar sounds of shoegazer bands, with synth pop elements like arpeggiator flourishes thrown in to make things texturally even more appealing. Check out also this video for single "Goodbyes," also featured in the new record.

April 16, 2014

This summer, Xeno & Oaklander bring their minimal electronic sounds to Ghostly International with new album Par Avion, their first for the label, June 24th. The album's title is a reference to postcards — it translates as "by plane", and was used to mark airmail sent from exotic places. The songs are postcards of love for a cold age — shimmering moments from the present, romantic messages from the past, and love mementos for the future. Together, they make up an album of contrasts — the songs move from upbeat to downbeat, slow to fast, light to dark.

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best Electronic songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!

April 16, 2014

Dramatic orchestral folk ensemble 5j Barrow was featured a few weeks ago in this very blog for winning the Manhattan competition within WNYC's battle of the boroughs - hey, we thought ALL NYC musicians lived in Brooklyn! - and a week later for winning our Artist of the Month poll. The band just released this new single entitled "Wildwood" from their debut album to be released in the summer. You'll have a cool opportunity to see them live at Union Square on April 22 during Earth Day celebrations.

April 16, 2014

Dream-pop Brooklyn band Field Mouse are preparing to release their debut LP “Hold Still Life” via Topshelf records. Scheduled for July 22, the album was co-produced by the creative forces of singer/lyricist/guitarist Rachel Browne and producer/guitarist Andrew Futral. After splitting recording time between two noteworthy Brooklyn studios (Seaside Lounge and Let Em In) in late 2013, the band delegated the mixing of the songs to Kyle Gilbride (Swearin' Waxahatchee, Upset). We've had the privilege to preview the record and the new tracks stay true to the band’s original dreamy, guitar based style, while adding new sonic elements like synthesizers to the mix. Heartfelt pathos can be frequently found through the combination of sweet vocal melodies and introspective lyrics. “Asteroid,” laments that “it’s a shame” how often we just “walk away” from each other. Deeper cuts like “Horizon City” shows the band expanding on preconceived notions of their overall sound, simultaneously touching on both prog and punk elements. “Bright Lights” ostensibly incorporates bittersweet feelings of longing, joy and sadness, all at the same time. The band will be playing at Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn on May 26, and while you wait, check out the video of Field Mouse's latest single from one year ago, entitled "Tomorrow is Yesterday" - below. - Dave Cromwell

April 15, 2014

Sometimes all you need - besides a better band picture - is to break things down to the essence. Which if applied to rock'n'roll means drums and distorted guitars. Then throw some vocal melodies over that, layer it a little bit, and voila! Long Island/Brooklyn two-piece Washer does this with effortless ease. With a lo-fi sound that reminds us of our (semi-forever-lost) youth, echoing in part Local H and even contemporary acts Ty Segall or Mozes and the Firstborn, these guys deliver good songs blessed by unpretentious fun. Their jangly jams come to us just in time for spring: it's time to roll down the windows and enjoy the time-ride back to the 90s. - Joe Fish

April 15, 2014


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