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The Shake wins free studio time at Stratosphere Sound through The Deli

As you all should be aware by now, The Deli's mission is to give local artists free exposure and opportunities. Recently Stratosphere Sound, the Chelsea based recording studio owned by Smashing Pumpkins' James Iha and Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger, gave to The Deli readers the opportunity to win a FULL DAY of free studio time (there will be more, so stay tuned!). We can now announce that the winners of this first studio time giveaway (chosen directly by the Stratosphere Sound's staff) are alt rockers The Shake - congrats! Stratosphere Sound has a 30% discount on their studio rates for all those who will mention The Deli until the end of September.

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Diehard CD review and new video

There seems to be a trend of late that we certainly won’t complain about: local NYC/Brooklyn bands channeling earnest 90s music styles to match the Doc Martens and grandmother-inspired floral prints seen on the streets of Williamsburg. After a positive review from Pitchfork for their track, “Future Tense,” local band Diehard couldn’t be blamed if they were to perhaps act like they have it all sorted, but this power pop four-piece offers no hint of pretension on their Oh So Premier EP.
After the minimal-to-layered buildup of the opening track, the record kicks into higher gear with “Was I Wrong?,” a playful Velocity Girl-like singsong of regret that can’t help but bring on a smile. “Future Tense,” a haunting I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One-evoking track manages to honor that quintessential record while also offering a new breath of youthful beats and lyrical beauty. We can easily imagine it as a worthy track to follow “Damage,”  yet it holds its own in the sincere indie rock department.
“Cool Kids”, the final track on the EP, is a beach friendly take on harmony and happenstance. “We’re all down/We’re around” makes us want to meet them at the benches in front of Bouton Hall for an afternoon of youthful time wasting.
Oh So Premier may do its fair share of conjuring up the past, but it also marks an enjoyable present and promising future for Diehard. - Lora Grillo for StereoactiveNYC.com

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The Blow return with a show at Glasslands on May 13

Under the name The Blow, Khaela Maricich has released a number of music albums and toured nationally and internationally. Working in music venues as well as art spaces, her performances explore and exploit the conventions of each format. Her recent work interweaves elements of narrative performance art with traditional pop-show dynamics, while her music is an intriguing, minimalistic mix of synths, drums, and delicate vocal melodies that's hard not to love. Although The Blow's last album (entitled "Poor Aim: Love Songs") dates back to 2007, the project is active live and will hit Glasslands on May 15 (Acrylics will be the openers).

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Weekly Special #203a: The Static Jacks, live at Cameo, May 8

The Static Jacks are an extremely young rock band from New Jersey that blends Interpol's tense guitar work and driven drum beats with a more "alt-rock" approach; mostly traceable in their preference for epic, open melodies. In their still short career they already managed to play with bands of the caliber of Tokyo Police Club, Youth Group, and Nightmare Of You. Self-described "Infamous rock mangler" Lee A. Cohen (manager of The Dandy Warhols and So So Glos) is a big fan of the band and recently sat down with them for a Deli-cious interview - read it here.

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Weekly Special #203a: NewVillager

Pop has been hurting since the King of Pop’s reign peaked more than a decade ago. Ben Bromley and Ross Simonini of NewVillager are rivaling for the indie ticket to usurp at least as pop princes. “Michael Jackson and The Beatles [are] the two presiding artists of pop mythology who set the great big shining standard that needs to be broken,” says Simonini, when asked who NewVillager sounds like. “We can use the lens of M.J. and The Beatles to see our own music in a broader light.”
Although only a 7-inch has been released for “Rich Doors” and “Genghis On,” the songs exhibit the duo’s adept ability to draw from disparate influences and construct cohesive, memorable songs. Their performance during CMJ revealed that they have a ready arsenal of material filled with huge hooks and beats. The songs jog the collective pop memory while adding an element of surprise and fascination. Not content with just writing and recording music, Bromley and Simonini plan to release different forms of art media to accompany their pop masterpieces. - Read Nancy Chow's interview with the band here.

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