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Drowned in Sound: FaltyDL - In the Wild
Drowned in Sound: Interpol - El Pintor
Drowned in Sound: Sinkane - Mean Love
August 2014
"' Horizons' EP

Cantina is the Italian word for "cellar," the dark and rather cold place where time, wood, air and silence magically transorfm tedious grape juice into inebriating, delicious wine. Cantina is also the name of Renata Zeiguer's growing musical project, a band so quiet that one could say it flirts with silence, and so charming and dreamy to sound magic. Their seven track debut EP 'Horizons' opens with airy ballad 'When Your Eyes,' that sounds like an irresistible siren call coming out of an old wooden gramophone, where a lush, acoustic arrangement slowly overwhelms a melody so pristine it could only be conceived in the the squalid corners of Bushwick. All we can gather from the lyrics is: "and if you ask me to..." - which is really all a siren should say to a hungover NYC-life sailor. The rest of the record offers similar atmospheres, althought at times more upbeat ('Stay Like This') and more electric ('Fields') but always dominated by Renata's celestial soprano and her otherworldly melodies, and well supported by an unobtrusive musical background that perfectly serves each song.

The 60's
Bob Dylan

Simon and Garfunkel

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
Sonic Youth
Bad Brains
Beastie Boys
Bruce Springsteen
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
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

This is a preview of the new Deli charts - we are working on finalizing them by the end of 2013.

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Ludwig & Stiegler at Taste Gastropub Anniversary Party

Socially conscious restaurant, Taste Gastropub, celebrated their one year anniversary on June 12, 2014. A percentage of the proceeds went to non-profit organization, Rock The Vote, whose mission is "to engage and build political power for young people in our country." 

My mission for the night was to find out what a gastropub was and how it tasted. I hypothesized that a gastropub was an organ vital for the digestive process. My hypothesis was wrong. A gastropub is a pub that also serves high-quality food. The exterior tasted like bricks, and the interior had a finished wooden taste. In all seriousness, the food was good and from the amount of happy people I could only assume that the drinks were just as fantastic.

Once I remembered that I don't know anything about food or architecture taste, I did my job and interviewed musical duo Ludwig & Stiegler. DJ Stiegler plays house music and EDM as Spencer Ludwig plays live trumpet to accompany it. The duo has been playing at every imaginable location, bringing an interesting sound to venues across the country. 

We talked about their musical background, their strangest musical experiences, and what advice they have for local musicians on reaching their music-related goals. - Hannah Brady


Video: Punch Punch Kick, "What the Kids Don't Know"

Earlier last year, we wrote about one of our favorite local power-pop acts Punch Punch Kick. Now the four-piece have released a video for the titular track "What The Kids Don't Know", which spotlights the band performing in a game show-like setting as all sorts of crazy things happen to them. 

You can also preview the entirety of their self-titled EP on their official website.


Video: The Dead Ships "Golden Room"

Rabble-rousing garage rock trio The Dead Ships have just released a video for their new single, Golden Room, a fiery new track that follows on the tracks of their attention-grabbing full length debut, Electric Ahab, back in 2012. The no-frills video is just as expected for a band of this caliber - three slightly unkempt, yet passionate garage rockers bangin’ a tune in a ratty setting without any concerns about buttering or sensibilizing their surroundings. Oh, and there's a human crow that seems to disturb their jam, or is it the other way around? Though more details about their sophomore effort are still forthcoming, they did reveal that they just wrapped up the mastering of the record with Broken Social Scene scribe Brendan Canning in the helm of the recording. For those who happen to be in New York City this week, they're playing tonight at Glasslands Gallery.



Download: Sanglorians, "Everybody Likes a Pretty Girl"

Baroque pop outfit Sanglorians first caught our attention last year with their debut full-length Initiation, which we previously honored the title of Artist of Watch last year for their vigorous, yet mirthful take on classic power pop. One of the most commanding tracks off Initation, "Everybody Likes a Pretty Girl", will soon get the full treatment with a music video that complements the song's powerful message. It's one of the more musing moments on the album, a snarky assessment on how American society places physical beauty on a pedestal. We'll be posting up the video shortly, and starting today we're offering a free mp3 of the track that you can download by clicking the link below. 


Stream: MOTOFIGHTR, "Grow"

As we rapidly lead into the summer season, there's always that spirited debate about which songs will soundtrack the scorching Pacific sun. MOTOFIGHTR, the duo comprised of Alec Feld and Miles Gabriel, are making a compelling offer to anyone's mixtape addition with their latest track "Grow", a rush-inducing dance track that begins with a seductive tropical beat and breaks into a relaxed surge of glinting, tuneful guitars and sparkling synths. "Grow" maybe not be included on their upcoming debut EP Pacific Post Highway, due out on July 15, though there's always the possibility that portions of the track may be featured in some capacitiy. Still, it's quite the generous introduction into their tasteful electro house.


Secret Someone is Bess Rogers and Leila Brussard's' new band - live at Brooklyn Bowl on 06.20

Talented songwriters Bess Rogers (from NYC) and Lelia Broussard (from LA) have recently joined forces to form a new band called Secret Someones, also featuring Hannah Winkler & drummer/multi-instrumentalist Zach Jones. The band released a three song debut EP at the end of last year that blended pop and rock featuring the streaming sinlge 'I Won't Follow', while the latest single "Never Stop Love" it's a ballad with dreamy overtones reminiscent of the slower songs by The Bangles. They are currently on tour and will be at Brooklyn Bowl on June 20.


Artist To Watch: Wartime Recitals

Translating emotion through brimming exuberance is not an easy task. Baroque pop outfit Wartime Recitals aren’t really up for this challenge, but only because it already comes so natural to them. The incredibly mirthful sextet write fun-loving, piano-driven tunes that are sharp and tuneful, carefully tailored and encompassed with an elated grin even when they find the need to pound a somber minor key. Seeing as they’re an ensemble of many moods, their rippling harmonies front-and-center, there’s a necessity to function in perfect synchronicity through those highs and lows. The equivalent of a seasoned handbell school band, there’s hardly a false note in their impenetrable, mainly classicist approach. Those gleeful voices are what elevate each of the six tracks in their self-titled debut EP - comparisons to AC Newman and the New Pornographers will be inevitable, since their vigorous search for that pitch-perfect, glistening pop song is handled with a precision that’s meticulous and passionate. But they convey that jubilance with a very personal touch, coming together with a driving force that bursts with life even they sing that sad song.

Wartime Recitals are playing at dba 256 Gallery & Wine Bar on Friday, June 13.


Stream : Raw Fabrics, "Down The Drain"

The delicious melodies of Raw Fabrics create a sound no one is used to. The uniquely talented singer and guitarist Jack Franco has a creative twist on the electric/indie music genre, injecting raw, live performances to give the listeners an authentic representation of their stimulating reverberation. Their newest hit single, "Down The Drain", reveals the ingenious inner workings of this up and coming band, one that should be a hard act to follow any day of the week.

Raw Farics are playing a string of shows throughout the month of June, making a stop at Viper Room on June 22. - Kayla Hay




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