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May 2015
Pop and Obachan
"Dream Soup
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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.

 
The 60's

Band of Gypsys

Bob Dylan

Bruce Haack

The Fugs

The Godz

Holy Modal Rounders

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
Afrika Bambaataa
Arto Lindsay
Bad Brains
Beastie Boys
Bruce Springsteen
The Feelies
The Fleshtones
Grandmaster Melle Mel
John Zorn
Laurie Anderson
Public Enemy
Run D.M.C.
Sonic Youth
Swans
They Might Be Giants
The 90's
A Tribe Called Quest
Cat Power

Jeff Buckley

The Magnetic Fields
Nas
The Notorious B.I.G.
Soul Coughing
Yo La Tengo
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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Ludwig Persik

Ludwig Persik releases new single via White Iris

We fell in love with Ludwig Persik's psychedelic gems the very first day we heard his music - that's why his debut EP was our Record of the Month back in October 2012. The young man is currently working on a full length, while releasing the single "No Go" - streaming below - on White Iris Records (home to Best Coast and Fool's Gold amongst others).

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

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Weekly Feature: Ludwig Persik's Pianos Residency

Ludwig Persik - whose debut "2012" EP was our NYC Record of the Month last July - possesses a "transversal" charm, with the potential to capture fans of Syd Barrett's crooked and surreal compositions ("Forward Motion"), beat-addicted avant-pop a-la Beck lovers ("Willow" and "Son"), and even those who - like us - miss John Lennon's playful flirtations with circus and parade music ("On The Town," streaming below). Ludwig recently landed a residency at Pianos, if you belong to the aforementioned categories you shouldn't miss his next shows on February 20 and 27. - Read Mike Levine's Interview with Ludwig Persik here.

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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)

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Deli Record of the Month: Ludwig Persik - Live at Mercury on 10.09

If you've been wondering what beat boxing soul machine Jamie Lidell has been up to, it turns out he's been teaming up with psychedelic, acid rock revivalist Ludwig Persik. Ludwig's self-titled debut EP trips through Iggy Pop and Lou Reed's New York, filled with the secret, late-night adventures you've always imagined happening across the Bowery in the '70s. And Ludwig should know, having grown up on the LES himself, this legacy permeates his slight frame. It's spirit is channeled through all five of these tunes.

From the welcome open of the Beatlesque 'Forward Motion,' to the Bowie-indebted 'On The Town,' there's a kind of staggering drunkenness to Ludwig's adventures through his city. Like he's already seen a lot of life, but can't quit now and let sleep get in the way of more story-making.

He may be rambling along throughout these jams, but 'Hallway Light' is arguably the album's most immediate destination. Looped in with a creepy, digitally distorted video, one wonders if Ludwig might be a half-cyborg invention beneath all the angst and alienation.

It’s a fascinating debut dealing with old styles, struggling to come to terms with new relationships, and trying to make sense of unfamiliar surroundings. The further along he goes, the more he leaves that past behind. As Ludwig explains in raucous album closer ‘Son,’ “I don’t want to come home… I’ll die if I have to.” See him when he plays Mercury Lounge Oct 9. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

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July 2012
Ludwig Persik
"Self-Titled
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If you've been wondering what beat boxing soul machine Jamie Lidell has been up to, it turns out he's been teaming up with psychedelic, acid rock revivalist Ludwig Persik. Ludwig's self-titled debut EP trips through Iggy Pop and Lou Reed's New York, filled with the secret, late-night adventures you've always imagined happening across the Bowery in the '70s. And Ludwig should know, having grown up on the LES himself, this legacy permeates his slight frame. It's spirit is channeled through all five of these tunes.

From the welcome open of the Beatlesque 'Forward Motion,' to the Bowie-indebted 'On The Town,' there's a kind of staggering drunkenness to Ludwig's adventures through his city. Like he's already seen a lot of life, but can't quit now and let sleep get in the way of more story-making.

He may be rambling along throughout these jams, but 'Hallway Light' is arguably the album's most immediate destination. Looped in with a creepy, digitally distorted video, one wonders if Ludwig might be a half-cyborg invention beneath all the angst and alienation.

It’s a fascinating debut dealing with old styles, struggling to come to terms with new relationships, and trying to make sense of unfamiliar surroundings. The further along he goes, the more he leaves that past behind. As Ludwig explains in raucous album closer ‘Son,’ “I don’t want to come home… I’ll die if I have to.” - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

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