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May 2015
Pop and Obachan
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Dreaming has always been a prerogative of the young. But seeing the raising wave of dreamy NYC based bands, we start to wonder if dreaming becomes a necessity for those who choose to settle in that post-industrial wasteland that is "non affluent Brooklyn." Or maybe it's the other way around: would anobody who doesn't have a dream to nurture settle in a place like Bushwick? Whichever the answer, that gray urban ugliness is producing many colorful psychedelic flowers. One of them is Pop and Obachan, a duo that, in just over a year of existence, released two EPs that show a radical metamorphoses - one that veers towards dreaminess. Their debut EP 'Unfurl' was a modest, sparse and sleepy alt folk record featuring just voice, ukelele and acoustic guitar. Its melodies and chord progressions owe a lot to the roots of American music. But this year's 'Dream Soup' sees the band entirely transformed - and for the better. An enriched instrumentation - now featuring also drum machine, keyboards and electric guitar - supports, through inventive arrangements, some truly imaginative and personal dream-pop songwriting. The highlights are opener 'Holly' and 'Dry Land,' with their impressionistic sound, beautifully whimsical melodies, and perfectly balanced production. If this is what "non affluent Brooklyn" can do to a band in one year, there's definitely nothing wrong with it, no matter how expensive the rent is.

 
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Foxygen

Photo Recap: Treefort Music Festival

Treefort Music Fest 2015 was an absolute whirlwind. In their biggest and unarguably most successful year yet, the festival had non-stop fantastic musical curation throughout the entire long weekend. Waking up each morning with a gnarly hangover, the only admirable thing to do was to pop into Big City Coffee for a heartstopping breakfast burrito and a few cups of coffee while checking out the festival schedule to figure out your show and drinking route for the day, then, hit the ground running. Check out our photo recap, including shots of Viet Cong, Foxygen, Built To Spill, Yahct, And And And, Aan, The Domestics, Bed., Wooden Indial Burrial Ground, Grandparents and more. Photos by Drew Bandy, Adam Smith, Jessica Pierson and Grahame Bywater.


Foxygen - now a LA band - wins Best of 2012 Poll for Emerging NYC Artists

Those bloody brilliant Brooklyn betrayers did it again. Foxygen charmed our jury of NYC "scene experts" and writers and went on to win The Deli's Best of 2012 Poll for Emerging NYC Artists. Congrats guys!

But, why "betrayers"? I'm glad you asked! Not only have Foxygen moved to LA (of all places) basically the day after they landed on the cover of our CMJ issue (had that happened one day earlier, they would have been ineligible since our publication is reserved for NYC based artists)... but they even dared to sing these words in a track from their latest album: "There's no need to be an asshole/You're not in Brooklyn anymore" – Well, not sure where you were when you wrote those lyrics, Sam, but it seems like if you really try your best you can be an ass wherever you are...

Admittedly, though, we have to agree about one thing: during CMJ we had more than one report that the guys were, ahem, (see above picture) - but you know... what could be better than being under 25 and getting the feeling you’re about to become famous? We were all there at some point, right? We shall forgive them, since they are about to realize what it truly means to be an indie musician...

But as far as LosAngelinos inspiring better behavior than New Yorkers - I'm sorry dudes, you got that one mixed up. We'll let none other than The Reader's Digest prove you wrong.

What cannot be disputed, though, is this duo's crazy talent. We sang their praises many times already - well before most of the current media freak out. You can find all of our Foxygen coverage here, including this early interview.

P.S. One of the prizes for the winner of the NYC Year End Poll is the cover of the Spring issue of The Deli, but since Foxygen was already featured on a Deli cover in the past, the Spring cover will be assigned to the band placing second.

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Best of 2012 Poll for Emerging NYC Artists: FINAL RESULTS!

Deli Nation,

Our Year End Poll for Emerging NYC Artists was - as usual - a painstaking (and somewhat excruciating) process. 

First, we let the local bands submit their music (for free), and got our Deli editors to pick the nominees. Then we polled a list of 30+ NYC scene expert (our jury, list at the bottom) and asked them to nominate 3 more bands of their choice each. Then we polled our writers, then we polled our readers. We tried to keep things open for each single genre, from Indie Rock to Roots Music to Hip Hop.

If you are a geek interested in all the subtelties related to how this poll works, you can read its rules here (happy reading!). But if all you care about is the awesome new music NYC produced in the year 2012, this list is all you need. Enjoy!

BEST OF 2012 POLL FOR EMERGING NYC ARTISTS
- FINAL RESULTS -
 
ARTIST
J
W
R
OS
TOT
 
1
Foxygen
11
2
0.032
 
13.032
2
Spirit Family Reunion
9
2
0.023
 
11.023
icon
3
Ambassadors
5
2
0.137
 
7.137
icon
4
Skaters
3
4
0.046
 
7.046
icon
5
DIIV
6
 
0.05
 
6.05
icon
6
St. Lucia
3
3
0.043
 
6.043
icon
7
MS MR
5
1
0.035
 
6.035
icon
8
Apollo Run
 
1
2
3
6
icon
9
Clementine & The Galaxy
 
2
0.156
3
5.156
icon
10
Ghost Beach
5
 
0.045
 
5.045
icon
11
Hot Sugar
 
2
0.031
3
5.031
12
Widowspeak
 
1
0.027
 
5.027
icon
13
Life Size Maps
3
2
0.024
 
5.024
icon
 
Hunters
4
1
0.024
 
5.024
icon
 
Lazyeyes
1
1
0.024
3
5.024
icon
16
Anya Skidan
3
2
0.011
 
5.011
icon
17
Julian Fulton & The Zombie...
 
1
1
3
5
icon
18
Napoleon
3
 
0.259
1
4.259
icon
19
Great Elk
 
1
0.218
3
4.218
icon
20
Black Taxi
 
2
0.098
2
4.098
icon
21
Mother Feather
3
1
0.058
 
4.058
22
Flatbush Zombies
3
1
0.047
 
4.047
icon
23
Conveyor
 
1
0.046
3
4.046
icon
24
Swear & Shake
1
 
0.045
3
4.045
icon
25
Nude Beach
4
 
0.043
 
4.043
icon
26
Laurel Halo
3
1
0.023
 
4.023
icon
27
Snowmine
3
1
0.02
 
4.02
icon
28
Dalton
 
1
0.019
3
4.019
icon
29
People Get Ready
3
1
0.017
 
4.017
icon
30
Slothrust
 
 
1
3
4
icon
 
Frances Rose
1
 
3
 
4
icon
32
Melissa Czarnik
 
 
0.198
3
3.198
icon
33
Modern Rivals
 
1
0.178
2
3.178
icon
34
Eastern Hollows
 
1
0.145
2
3.145
icon
35
Cultfever
 
 
0.087
3
3.087
icon
36
Los Encantados
3
 
0.065

 

3.065
icon
37
Le1f
2
1
0.064
 
3.064
icon
38
Kiss Slash Crooked Smile
 
 
0.037
3
3.037
icon
39
Turkuaz
1
2
0.031
 
3.031
icon
40
Beast Patrol
2
1
0.027
 
3.027
icon
41
ARMS
 
1
0.022
2
3.022
icon
42
Lady Lamb the Beekeeper
2
1
0.02
 
3.02
icon
 
Parquet Courts
3
 
0.02
 
3.02
icon
44
The Stationary Set
1
2
0.019
 
3.019
icon
45
James Ferraro
3
 
0.018
 
3.018
icon
46
Kids These Days
3
 
0.015
 
3.015
icon
47
Psychobuildings
2
1
0.014
 
3.014
icon
48
Lake Street Dive
3
 
0.01
 
3.01
icon
49
Celestial Shore
2
1
0.009
 
3.009
icon
50
The Lone Bellow
2
1
0.007
 
3.007
icon
51
Blanche Blanche Blanche
3
 
0.006
 
3.006
icon
52
Grand Resort
2
1
0.005
 
3.005
icon
53
The Henry Millers
 
1
0.5
1
2.5
icon
54
Sorcha Richardson
 
 
0.25
2
2.25
icon
55
The Everymen
 
 
0.195
2
2.195
icon
56
Azar Swan
2
 
0.125
 
2.125
icon
57
sami.the.great
 
 
0.114
2
2.114
icon
58
Delphic Oracle
2
 
0.105
 
2.105
icon
59
Derrick & The Black Sea
 
 
0.082
2
2.082
icon
60
In One Wind
2
 
0.076
 
2.076
icon
61
Avan Lava
 
1
0.064
1
2.064
icon
62
Frankie Rose
2
 
0.039
 
2.039
63
Sleepies
2
 
0.029
 
2.029
icon
 
Lisa Jaeggi
 
 
0.029
2
2.029
icon
65
Midnight Magic
2
 
0.026
 
2.026
icon
66
Ursa Minor
2
 
0.025
 
2.025
icon
67
The Courtesy Tier
 
1
0.023
1
2.023
icon
68
Ratking
2
 
0.021
 
2.021
icon
69
Vassals
2
 
0.014
 
2.014
icon
70
Xenia Rubinos
1
1
0.012
 
2.012
icon
 
Port St. Willow
2
 
0.012
 
2.012
icon
 
The Ludlow Thieves
 
 
0.012
2
2.012
73
Scott and Charlene's Wedding
2
 
0.008
 
2.008
icon
 
Tunetown Philharmonic
2
 
0.008
 
2.008
icon
75
Teen
2
 
0.006
 
2.006
icon
76
Kiddo
2
 
0.004
 
2.004
icon
76
Pony of Good Tidings
2
 
0.004
 
2.004
icon
78
Chron Turbine
1
 
0.5
 
1.5
icon
79
Ludwig Persik
1
 
0.293
 
1.293
icon
80
The Prigs
1
 
0.161
 
1.161
icon
81
Lora Faye
1
 
0.145
 
1.145
icon
82
Natural Child
1
 
0.11
 
1.11
icon
83
The Dough Rollers
1
 
0.035
 
1.035
icon
84
The Babies
1
 
0.031
 
1.031
icon
85
Big Ups
1
 
0.024
 
1.024
icon
86
Ex Cops
1
 
0.013
 
1.013
icon
 
KNTRLR
1
 
0.013
 
1.013
icon
 
Makeout Room
1
 
0.013
 
1.013
icon
 
Wilsen
1
 
0.013
 
1.013
icon
90
Sora An
1
 
0.011
 
1.011
icon
91
St. Claire
1
 
0.008
 
1.008
icon
 
Weekend
1
 
0.008
 
1.008
icon
 
Swearin'
1
 
0.008
 
1.008
icon
94
Empress Of
1
 
0.007
 
1.007
icon
Legend: J = Jurors, W = Deli Writers,
R = Deli Readers, OS = Open Submissions

List of Jurors: Sebastian Freed (Bowery Presents), Jify Shah, Cameo Gallery), Patrick McNamara (OhMyRockness.com), Steven King (Rock Shop), Andy Bodor (Cake Shop), Heath Miller (Webster Hall), Karen Soskin (Other Music), Brian Chidester (The Village Voice), Free Williamsburg's list of Best albums of 2012, Rami Haykal (Glasslands), Heather D (The Bell House), Dian (Bowery Electric), Alex Rossiter (The Studio), Matt McDonald (CMJ), Steve Trimboli (Goodbye Blue Monday), Max Brennan (Lit), Dana & Amanda (The Delancey), Billy Jones (Pianos), Eric Berrebbi (Arlene's Grocery), Jamie Dominguez (SESAC), Chris Diaz (Knitting Factory), Jennifer Gilson (The Living Room), John (Sycamore), Zack Dinerstein (Spike Hill), Samantha Cox (BMI)

Hope you'll find some awesome new artists you weren't aware of!

The Deli's Staff


Skaters win The Deli Writers' Best of 2012 Poll for Emerging NYC Artists

Deli-rious beings,

In our insanely convoluted (but SUPERBLY accurate) system governing our Year End Poll for Emerging NYC Artist, our writers have a rather influential vote. Here are the results of this specific poll (top 3 positions only).

Quite unexpectedly, indie guitar-pop trio Skaters (pictured) took home the gold (the band is currently recording their debut LP, needless to say we are looking forward to it!), with the silver going to electro-pop masters St. Lucia and 10 bands getting a sliver of bronze.

BEST OF 2012 FOR EMERGING NYC ARTISTS
- DELI WRITERS' POLL RESULTS -

 
ARTIST
VOTES
 
1
Skaters
4
2
St. Lucia
3
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3
Ambassadors
2
icon
  Anya Skidan
2
icon
  Black Taxi
2
icon
  Clementine & The Galaxy
2
icon
  Foxygen
2
icon
  Hot Sugar
2
icon
  Life Size Maps
2
icon
  Spirit Family Reunion
2
icon
  The Stationary Set
2
icon
  Turkuaz
2
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Final results out on Monday!!!!

The Deli's Staff


Best of NYC Poll - JURORS' VOTE: Foxygen, Spirit Family Reunion, DIIV + more

This year 28 NYC "scene experts" helped us with our Best of NYC Poll 2012 for Emerging Artists by choosing their 3 favorite up and coming NYC acts. These jurors are comprised of local venue agents and other industry people who work with many local bands throughout the year (full list coming soon). Their votes this year produced a list of 68 artists, which means that - as always - most jurors voted for different bands. But some bands appeared more thans once in the "ballots": below we compiled a list of the artists who accumulated more points through the jurors vote only. Kudos to Foxygen (already on the cover of our 2012 CMJ issue) for getting the top spot.

The Best of NYC 2012 Readers and Fans' Poll - including all the nominees - will start in a few days - stay tuned (since we have one of these polls happening in each scene we cover, we need to schedule them carefully to avoid to overload our server - thanks for your patience!).

 
ARTIST

 

 
1
Foxygen
 
2
Spirit Family Reunion
 
icon
3
DIIV
 
icon
4
Ambassadors
 
icon
4
Ghost Beach
 
icon
4
MS MR
 
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7
Hunters
 
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