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December 2014
Mitski
""bury me at makeout creek"
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In her third album "bury me at makeout creek," Brooklyn songwriter Mitski reveals a dual musical personality and a multi-faceted talent. Opener "texas reznikoff" presents us with what (deceptively) sounds like your regular, acoustic guitar armed singer songwriter, who gently sings about her wishes, her lovers and far away lands. It takes less than a minute and a half for that first impression to get completely subverted by a sudden build up of distorted guitars. The sonic saturation continues in the following track, the noise pop gem "townie," where Mitski sounds like a riot girl of the new millennium, crafting a beautifully tense melody, full of carefree lyrics, over an unrelenting carpet of fuzzy guitars and feedback. Following track "first love / late spring" take us back to the initial sparseness, introducing a very elegant, if not seductive melody, reminiscent of the crooning charmers of the '50s. A few tracks later, "jobless monday" doubles down on the crooner-pop influences, forging another incredibly beautiful vocal line. The rest of the record keeps dwelling between these recurrent extremes, revealing an artist who relies on her pop sensibility to allow her poetry to shine, while her instinctive, youthful angst leads her to reject anything that's too conventional or predictable. Many great records emerge from this kind of tension.

 
The 60's
Bob Dylan

Simon and Garfunkel

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

The Ramones

The Talking Heads
Richard Hell
The Dead Boys
Blondie
Suicide
Lydia Lunch
DNA  
Mars
The Contortions  
The 80's
Sonic Youth
Bad Brains
Beastie Boys
Bruce Springsteen
Swans
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
Interpol
TV on The Radio
Fiery Furnaces
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Bravery
Animal Collective
Bright Eyes
Devendra Banhart
Moldy Peaches
Le Tigre
Liars
Blonde Redhead
Grizzly Bear
 

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The Henry Millers

The Henry Millers release new single 'Children' + announce debut LP 'Poises'

Young NYC boy/girl duo The Henry Millers have picked up their synthesizers and novels yet again, spinning a new yarn that'll keep you guessing where their ideas keep coming from, while humming its bizarrely catchy hook at the same time. Channeling an almost Arcade Fire-like concern for familial ties, Singer/songwriters John MacCallum and Katie Schecter with latest single 'Children' take on issues unlike anything I've yet heard from them. Taken from forthcoming LP 'Posies,' the song eschews the band's usual flair for literary sexiness. Instead, it issues a warning to prospective parents that's one part good advice, one part hopeless nostalgia. A beautiful sentiment, listen below and get excited for what might herald a new direction for this indie pop group. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

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The Henry Millers release new video for "Hop" + plays The Studio on 04.01

A true indie pop overload, The Henry Millers incorporate all the signature sounds of the genre into one band: heavy melodic guitars, playful synths, and harmonizing male and female vocals find their place in the band's upbeat music. Check out their new video for the song "Hop" below, and see them live at Websters Hall's Studio on April 1st. - Lucy Sherman

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Deli Best of NYC 2012 - Open Submission Results for INDIE POP

We call "Indie Pop" Pop music for the sophisticated minds. This genre achieves it's "pop" status through melodic quality and uptempo bpm, while maintaining an "indie" edge through mild sonic experimentation and careful avoidance of cliches. The bands who submitted in this genre deviate from the mainstream with their unique sound and talent.  

Total submissions in this category: 45

Artists Qualified to the Poll's Next Stage (starting soon):

1. Dalton - 8 (Out of 10)
1. Cultfever - 8
3. The Henry Millers - 7.83

Honerable Mentions (Score Above 7.16)

The Great American NovelBattle flags, BroomsRAILBIRDMiracles Of Modern ScienceThe Universal ThumpSt. LenoxHollandsRebecca BrandtDeb Oh &, the CavaliersSinem SaniyeEmanuel & The FearLudwig Persik

Jurors: Lucy Sherman (Deli Contributer), Hillary Anderson (Deli New England), QD Tran (Deli Philly)

The Deli's Staff


NYC Year End Poll - Indie Pop Submission: The Henry Millers Take 3rd Place

Whenever I think of The Henry Millers, the ultra-literate quartet from Brooklyn, I always think of my parent's music and how every band sorta looked like a family back in the '60s. While not related to one another, singers John MacCallum and Katie Schecter certainly convey a kind of sibling understanding in their discussions of exes ('Mr. Flash Gordon') and love ('Spinning Daises').

Their kind of folksy wisdom isn't out of step with memories of listening to The Mamas and The Papas for latest LP 'Daises'. The record's charm just might bring you into their family too. See the band live when they play at The Studio at Webster Hall on April 1st. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

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The Henry Millers play Pianos on 12.07 (tonight)

New and young NYC electro-pop band, The Henry Millers, is playing a show in support of their debut “Daisies” at Pianos on Friday DEC 7th (tonight). Produced by former Pharell/Neptunes protégé Maxwell Drummey of Chester French, the album was released less than a month ago. The music video for their single “Diamonds” (streaming below) is a playful mix of Looney Tunes style cannibalism and One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest. The song itself is a reminder of pop bands such as Under the Influence of Giants and other earthy California style pop rock. Check them out, bring some flowers. - Julia Kwamya

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