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April 2016
Ghost King
"'Bones'
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Hailing from The Bronx and led by Spires' drummer Carter McNeil, Ghost King plays muddy fuzz rock brightened by unexpected chord changes, psychedelic overtones, and a '90s rock inspired lo-fi production that blends the fun attitude of Violent Femmes, the stellar songwriting of The Pixies and the slacking tendencies of Pavement. Early psych rock influences emerge here and there in their debut album 'Bones' (check out the rather Barretesque 'Bones pt. 1,' or the chorus explosion of 'When the Sky Turns blue' - streaming below), enriching the sonic palette in ways rarely accomplished, in a single record, without it sounding... all over the place. But beyond the familiar and beloved references to the past, what makes this album great is its consistently brilliant songwriting, and the band's habit of taking the listener in and out of unexpected places, like for example with the dissonant riffs of 'Skeleton Dance' 's intro, which slowly morphs into a perfectly consonant verse, or through the bizarre development of ''Til You Belong to Me' or 'Bones pt. 2.'  

 
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MS MR release full length + play Governors Ball on 06.08

Many of the tracks on 'Secondhand Rapture,' the debut album by MS MR, have already trickled out in a series of hotly-anticipated singles, music videos and on the overplayed trailer for season 3 of HBO’s Games of Thrones (that song is titled “Bones”). So getting twelve big ones in long-player format feels almost like a greatest hits package. The album’s opener, “Hurricane,” is still MS MR’s strongest number. Its forceful soul vocal laments the moment when dreamers have to become, um, well, working stiffs and go make a real living - hopefully not too soon! “Dark Doo Wop” (Chet Faker remix streaming below) is one of Secondhand’s best surprises. A finger-poppin’ ballad here dares to reinvent the girl-group genre by using a dramatic bolero beat to build up the apocalyptically romantic chorus: “This world is gonna burn.” By the time of the album’s closer, “This Isn’t Control,” an illusionless gloom hangs over the entire affair with all the heaviness of deeply-felt experience. No over-singing or long-winded vocal runs here. Just evenhanded soul vocals that also manage to sound inspired. See the band live in NYC at Governors Ball on June 8. - Brian Chidester

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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!).

 
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Foxygen
 
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Spirit Family Reunion
 
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DIIV
 
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Ambassadors
 
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Ghost Beach
 
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MS MR
 
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Hunters
 
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Josh's CMJ day 3: Beast Patrol, Thomas Simon, Sewing Machines, JJAMZ, Linfinity, MS MR.

The third day of CMJ is the festival’s Humpday. Once Day Three ends, the festival is already more than half-over. Now that I’m halfway done with running the CMJ Marathon, I feel pretty good about my journey towards the finish line, although I realize that while my marathon numbers are solid, they aren’t as good as Paul Ryan’s. Of course, Ryan made up his marathon times on the spot, so at least I’m winning in the endurance department. - Read the full report by Josh S. Johnson here.


The Deli's NYC issue #32 is out, read it online!

The 32nd issue of The Deli NYC is out in the streets people, but if you don't like the streets you can still read it online here (flash version) or download it in pdf here.

Also, also! The Deli's Stomp Box Exhibit at Main Drag starts in a week - more info here.

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August 2012
MS MR
""Candy Bar Creep Show
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MS MR plays moody and sensual electro-pop, enriched by an interesting, dark soul component - the overall musical formula may bring to mind early Eurythmics, minus Annie Lennox band's "electro-futuristic" signature element. Led by female voice to kill for, the NYC band's sound is haunting and barnstorming at once. Although the band just released their debut EP, they have already sparked a tremendous buzz in early 2012 with their stellar single "Hurricane" and with the previous single, almost as good, "Bones". In the two songs (both featured in the band's debut EP "Candy Bar Creep Show") canned and contained percussions provide a clear runway for Lily’s powerhouse vocals and Derek Davies subtly tense electro-orchestral arrangements. When you hear the tortured hook in ‘Hurricane’ ("welcome to the inner workings of my mind, so dark and foul I can't disguise") you know you’ve been taken out to far deeper waters than most Pop. It’s like Portishead meets Lana Del Rey meets Florence and the Machine meets ‘My So Called Life.’ The other two tracks on the record - the chorus-less but hook-rich "Dark Doo Wop," and the more experimental and complex "Ash Tree Lane" - confirm this is a band with superior songwriting chops, and whose comfort zone is to be found in slower BPMs and sparser atmospheres.

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