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July 2015
The Great Void
"Shift Age

If you're one of the few not plagued by thoughts of mortality and burdened by self-reflection, consider yourself lucky. If you're a brooder, however, then Shift Age, by NYC dark electro-rock project The Great Void, might be the record for you. It bears all the outwards signs of happy pop music, though the longer you listen, the more surreal it gets. Especially vivid is “Medicine Ball,” whose plunky synths and new-wave vocals divert bleakly-rendered lines like, “I know we'd have fun/But you're much too young.” By “Shift Age (Part 2),” it's clear the gloss is just a cover for deconstructing nostalgia itself. “Out with the days of the old ways” sings leader Josh Ascalon before a barrage of high-pitched squeals surge towards an apocalyptic finale. Or maybe that's just the hardware inside his keyboard threatening to fry out? - Brian Chidester

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Band of Gypsys

Bob Dylan

Bruce Haack

The Fugs

The Godz

Holy Modal Rounders

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
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
They Might Be Giants
The 90's
A Tribe Called Quest
Cat Power

Jeff Buckley

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

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Emerging Bands and Artists,

The Deli's Regional Year End Polls for Emerging Artists are back!



Ugh, do you REALLY want to know? The process to determine these lists is rather complicated, and occurred to The Deli's fouding fathers during a collective nightmare back in 2006 - if you want to try and get your head around it be our guest and go here. But if all you are interested in is to be part of it and get some free exposure, then STAY AWAY FROM THAT PAGE!!!

Eligibility: To be eligible, your band needs to 
1. be based in one of the scenes we cover (list here), 
2. have music available online
3. have played live at least once in 2013
4. Have less than 15k Facebook friends. By the way, fake Facebook friends make us angry. 

The first phase of this poll allows ANY BAND OR SOLO ARTIST to submit their music for a minimum of 3 spots in the pool of the Best of your city nominees. This phase starts right now! 


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ƬĤƐ ѴƐƓƐƬΛßĿƐ ҠĪИƓD♡M Breaks Sufjan Stevens' "Drawn to the Blood" Into Tiny, Excellent Pieces

The Vegetable Kingdom is an extreme electronic music deconstructor, and he’s got a new track for you.

For those that aren’t familiar, Vegetable Kingdom typically makes tracks (a good many of which are found for free on his SoundCloud) that are heavily abstract and minimal in their elements. His songs are low on concurrently running parts and high on making those parts each play out together exactly. The result is a song-creation style based in rich and complex soundscapes that play on the idea of electronic music by breaking it down, which for some of us is a form of the genre that plays right into the kind-of intellectual and artistic edginess that, for all of its other good qualities, the poppier sides of the medium don’t generally have the capacity to reach.

The new track we’ve got for our listenin’ today is about as solid of a connection to more well-known and regularly structured stuff that The Vegetable Kingdom gets- a “remix” of Sufjan Stevens’ “Drawn to the Blood,” but you get those quotes because the VK version of the track warps the living fuck out of the original song. Vegetable Kingdom takes Sufjan’s melancholy indie prettiness and makes it into a heavy-hitting melodic electronic tune that’s overwhelming and badass for being so. It kind-of reminds me of the power in the darker, more complex hymns out there (I just heard a bunch at a funeral, so they’re on the mind), with both those and this track going for a really sensory attack and a mindset that’s all big, crashing, cosmic and dangerous.

This track is definitely from the school of remixing that produces an artist’s impression gathered from a song’s parts rather than a repackaging of the song; for instance, for a whole song fully of syllables (that Sufjan sure can stuff a song with words), the VK remix features just one small snippet of singing repeated infinitely over the wild and unhinged reworking of the instrumentals. Doing that with finesse enough to create a track that stands alone as a more abstract piece is hard, but The Vegetable Kingdom does just that with this entry. It’s good weird shit for sure, and music that is probably best experienced when talking isn’t going to happen for a while (Grade A thinking tunes), and we highly recommend that if you weren’t familiar with this artist’s music before and if you’re also into good weird shit, that you use this track as an introduction to a ferocious electronic artist.



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