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May 2015
Pop and Obachan
"Dream Soup

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
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

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

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The Deli's SXSW Issue 2014 is online!

Read it digitally here.

P.S. 10k free copies of this issue hit the street of Austin during SXSW Music week!

Aaron Lee Tasjan to Release "In The Blazes"

Aaron Lee Tasjan is the new voice of East Nashville, and if you know what's good for you, you'll listen up.
After seeing ALT play an acoustic set in the back room of fooBar in early 2014, I knew one thing for sure: This guy is something else. With a six-string slung over his shoulder and half-an-hour's worth of clever, earnest and slightly smartass lyrics, Tasjan proved he is here for the long-haul. The overwhelming connection that brought me from approving nods to welling tears to mid-song applause and back again is something I've not felt before or since. 
Fortunately, ALT's provoking live show translates well into more polished studio recordings. After quite a few well-received releases, including an EP Telling Stories to the Wall earlier this year, Aaron Lee Tasjan is dropping his latest full-length album In the Blazes 10.6. And the music world is already buzzing. (Example: This NPR feature.)
 Give three of the new songs a listen below and pre-order In the Blazes to get it before all your friends. -Caroline Bowman




The Clover Club Album Release Party at Foobar 8.29

Hard rockers The Clover Club are set to release their self-titled, full length debut this Saturday 8.29 at Foobar in East Nashville.

The Clover Club's hard-hitting tunes are injected with booze and bass, and their latest single "Devil" will have you headbanging so hard, you'll wake up in their namesake, a gone-but-not-forgotten bar in McEwen, TN.

Come by Foobar on Saturday for a FREE show in the new beer garden. The show kicks off around 3PM and goes 'til 9PM.

Check out their single "Devil" below!



PREMIERE: Sara Syms, "Crossroads"

The South has a deeply-rooted history, and the music that draws from it contains a certain darkness that lingers under the shade of mossy oaks, at the bottom of old drinking wells and in the pages of generations-old Bibles. Music City-based Americana singer/songwriter Sara Syms has captured that Southern heritage heartache and injected it into her rendition of Robert Johnson's classic song "Crossroads."

The single showcases Syms' beautifully heavy-hearted vocals atop an acoustic guitar, distant guitar wails and the crackling of an open flame.

We at The Deli are proud to premiere the music video for Sara Syms' "Crossroads." Watch the Nashville-inspired video below and listen for Syms' upcoming album Way Back Home to be released later this year. -Caroline Bowman





Wildwood Revival, Athens, GA 8.29-30

 Dubbed "The festival for people who don't like festivals," Wildwood Revival is stripping down the summer fest to create a refreshing, intimate, homespun cultural experience.

Nestled in the rolling hills outside of Athens, GA, Wildwood Revival will feature local food and goods vendors, camping on a historic 30-acre farm, a Saturday night dance party and, of course, amazing live music. The lineup blurs the country/rock line with acts like American Aquarium, Water Liars, Tall Tall Trees and Nashville's very own Blackfoot Gypsies

Give the bands a listen in the Wildwood Revival playlist below. Keep an eye out for our review, and we hope to see you there! -Caroline Bowman




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