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April 2016
Ghost King
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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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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
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Arto Lindsay
Bad Brains
Beastie Boys
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Grandmaster Melle Mel
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Swans
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A Tribe Called Quest
Cat Power

Jeff Buckley

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Interpol
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Yeah Yeah Yeahs
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Animal Collective
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The Deli LA Artist to Watch: Sky Chefs

Just recently, and from what appears to be seemingly out of nowhere, I stumbled upon a musical collective called Sky Chefs. I don’t know anything about their backstory, or even bothered to ask (or at least just yet), but what I do know is that they write astute chamber pop songs that are as intriguing as they are spotlessly fully-formed. The band’s chiming, hook-driven songs are based on delectable chord structures (alongside twangy guitar chords and skronky horns) that are easy to love, and impossible to replicate, with joyous, self-deprecating lyrics and lovable choruses that would fit in smoothly on an indie pop mixtape sandwiched between Acid House Kings and Sambassadeur.

Sky Chefs are releasing their self-titled debut LP on April 19 via WhackArkRecords. Now, here’s hoping some local promoter immediately books them. - Juan Rodríguez

Photo credit: Devin O' Brien

 

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The Deli LA Premieres: stream "Ballads for Trying Times" by The Singer and the Songwriter

The Singer and the Songwriter may just be selling themselves short with their straight-laced moniker, so it’d be impossible for them to make any pretensions about their own cleverness. Behind the workmanlike descriptor there’s two songwriters, Rachel García and Thu Tran, a pair who’s been collaborating together for close to a decade after fate brought them together at an open mic night. The rest is, well, history.

The folk-driven duo write baroque lullabies that move along with an ease and fluidity that showcases their musical maturity and sensibility. García’s torchy vocals have a soft spoken tone that can surely alleviate the end of a busy shift, the kind that befits their knack for lilting bossa nova rhythms and lush jazz arrangements.

The Deli is proud to present an exclusive stream of The Singer and the Songwriter’s latest EP, Ballads for Trying Times, one that aptly soothes and gives hopeful tranquility to the never-ending noise of the everyday. And if you’re tempted to leave the house, which may be a bit of a challenge after an hour-long session to their music over a cup of tea, then make sure to catch their record release show tonight at Hotel Café. - Juan Rodríguez


LA bands seen at SXSW: Swimm

Chris Hess and Adam Winn of the psych-pop duo Swimm, have brought their unique beach breeziness and pensive lyrics from Florida to LA. The recently released, Beverly Hells, is a sun-drenched relaxing ride through a genre-bending soundscape. Lo-fi, surf-infused, indie has never been more emotive. Fluidity and weightlessness pervade their sound but their live performances are also as visceral as it can get, and their SXSW 2016 shows confirmed that.

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(In)Body play record release show at El Cid on 3.25

(In) Body is a duo of newcomers with the undertandings of seasoned academics. Ryan Amador and Daniel Weidlein are taking more of a pop approach with their collaborative partnership after having followed paths of distinction: Amador won the ASCAP Robert Allen Award in 2013, while Weidlein has seen some charting success as a jazz session musician. But with this project they put forth a soulful embrace of synth-based arrangements and vocal harmonies that are emotionally charged and anything but scholarly.

Helped by lead single "Safe In Your Heart", the duo are playing a record release show at El Cid on March 25 to promote their upcoming debut EP, Becom(in)g. 

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Swerve play tonight at Harvard & Stone

"I'm gonna take you far from here", vocalist Gregory Mahdesian sings with confidence on "Remedy", a track that perfectly exemplifies Swerve's impartial affection for thick, grungy riffs and jangly Brit rock. In their world, it's as if there's no seperation between the two, where even if both sounds were stylistically different they both shared a passion for gut-level immediacy. 

Swerve will be playing songs from their debut EP tonight at Harvard & Stone, where they also promise to preview an upcoming single. Is there a full-length announcement coming soon? You'll have to make it there to find out. 

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