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June 2015
Annique Monet
"Phantom Letters

Some records have the ability to plunge the listener into some kind of alternate reality. Annique Monet's uber-psychedelic debut album 'Phantom Letters' will do that to you. It took a few notes for opening track "Salt, Veruca," (streaming) to hypnotize us with its haunting beginning: a simple electric piano part, whistles, a fake horn section and a droney verse slowly led us towards a celestial chorus, which was quickly fogotten - for good - in favor of a baroque, droney outro. The following track 'Voodoo', a grottesque and dissonant waltz, took us to a really weird (and scary) place: we saw the devil looking at us through the speakers, from Vienna. With a beautiful melody, the first few bars of "Nowhere"  brought back some hope for a return to light, but the song didn't go anywhere - we should have expected it, considering the title. 'Relapse' delivered another waltz - a more subtle one - but filled to the brim with eerie and decadent melancholy. From its plodding intro, Turtlenecks in July resurrected the ghost of The Beatles' psychedelic pop, although sounding nothing like it, while in '52,' Greek mermeids lured us with the most ghostly of lithanies, asking us to join them - and drown. The following two songs on the record kept this beautifully absurd, elusive dream going, with noteworthy track "Unchange" closing the collection.

Although we often praise structure in songwriting (many songs here would benefit from more of it), there's very little structure in a dream - which is what this album is. In a scene that seems to have lost the imagination of its peak years, this is a record that will hopefully inspire other NYC artists to be more daring.

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

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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!

Damned Rivers, "On My Side"

As most Nashvillians know, crossing the Cumberland from East Nashville to Downtown isn't always done... willingly. And for music to be suited for Broadway AND Gallatin, it has to fit into the very particular union of heart-tugging roots music, DIY-ing indie rock and boot-stompin' Americana.

Just as their name suggests, Nashville's own Damned Rivers are putting out Southern-rooted indie folk that can hold its own anywhere in town, rivers be damned.
Although their self-titled EP won't be out until August 11, the guys are giving us a sneak peak with their single "On My Side." Give it a listen below! - Caroline Bowman (photo by Jason Reed).

The Breathe In, Breathe Out

Dim the lights, plug in a lava lamp, pour up, light up and kick back, because Nashville's psychedelic vagabonds The Breathe In, Breathe Out are taking us all on a journey into the depths of mind-altering garage/alt rock.

The four-piece released their three-song EP "Lungs" earlier this month, and crammed all of the wild, spontaneous energy of their live show into a polished, entrancing 15 minutes. Front-man Kin Sullivan's gravelly vocals find that sweet spot between wide-open and completely-controlled, and when they're partnered with grungy, groovy instrumentals and abstract, brain-swirling lyrics, The Breathe In, Breathe Out transcend the westside apartment they recorded in into... total awesomeness.
Give "Lungs" a listen below, and learn a little more about the band here (Trust me, it's worth the read.) -Caroline Bowman


Midnight Mantics, "Mixtape Vol. 1"

If we pressed the eject button on The DeLorean's cassette deck, a mixtape of Billy Idol, The Cars, Duran Duran and Nashville-based Midnight Mantics would come popping out. The biggest mystery: What year was it made?!

The chill wave duo, made up of Stacy Hogan and Adam McCants, have taken their mutual love of all things John Hughes and created an authentic, danceable and relevant debut album that could easily be the soundtrack to any 80s teen flick. "Mixtape Vol. 1," dropping in September,  is stacked with drum machines, dreamy synth, echoey vocals and catchy hooks that will have you reaching for the Aquanet.
Get a taste of Midnight Mantics with their single, "City of Dreamers." -Caroline Bowman


An Interview with Benjamin A. Harper

Okay, while the name may not strike you as immediately familiar (or maybe it does, for all the wrong reasons) Benjamin A. Harper might be more recognizable dressed to the nines and in front of his soul supergroup The Magnolia Sons, as he often is around town since their inception in 2011. He has also been working on his own cache of solo material for just as long, music that has finally been recorded and is poised to hit the masses this Friday, July 24th. Titled Get Thee Behind Me, it is a ten-song exploration of his vintage fascination propelled by his no-holds-barred sensibility. Harper is throwing an album release show this Friday at The Basement with Anderson East and Jeseah Wells. While this show has been sold out for a minute, a free in-store performance at Grimey's has recently been added at 6pm that afternoon, so despairing fans need not fret. We had the opportunity to ask Harper a few questions about the release; read on for a deeper look at the album. -Terra James-Jura




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