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Daryl Shawn plays all NYC Boroughs in one day for Make Music NY

Daryl Shawn is one of those acoustic guitar gems that can seize you and drag you along with him in an erratic dance in the pick of a string. Blending African, Andalusian and European classical influences acquired in his early years of musical exploration, San Francisco born Daryl Shawn's vocal compositions bring an unsettling touch to the soothing sounds of his guitar solos. It is clumsy in a Syd Barret kind of way, delightfully disharmonious, and only gets better as the stories unfold in angst and precipitation. The tempos clash as the voice nonchalantly tells the colorful tales of a West Coast white boy, while the instrumentals get carried away in an exotic adventure of their own. Currently based in Brooklyn, Shawn is working on a range of new material which he will be presenting during a tour of the US West Coast this fall. But for now he's training for a personal musical marathon which will take him to play 5 shows in NYC - one per borough - during Make Music NY on June 21. He picked a hot day for a marathon! Watch out for updates, and in the meantimes, treat yourself to some of his work, both vocal and instrumental, on the website. - Tracy Mamoun


The Deli Kansas City is born!

Deli Readers,

In our plans of constant expansion of our coverage towards new music scenes, admittedly Missouri wasn't the top priority, but since we found some seriously committed partners over there (the awesome people at the Midwest Music Foundation) we decided to launch a Deli Kansas City web page! While working on the site we have actually discovered a very lively scene with some really cool bands. Go ahead and explore it!

The Deli's Staff

Talk Normal signs record deal + announces album + plays Glasslands on 06.22

When a band that graced the cover of one of our NYC print issues signs with a record label, it's always cause for celebration here at The Deli. Brooklyn based female duo Talk Normal inserts itself in the NYC tradition of noise worshippers started in the early 80s by the Brian Eno blessed No Wave movement, and maybe even earlier by Lou Reed's most uncompromising experiments both solo and with the Velvet Underground. With their previous debut full length released in 2009, a new album by these rad ladies is now overdue, and scheduled for release in October - it's title "Sunshine". If you can't wait to get your ears abused and your brain melt by Talk Normal's dissonant and uncompromising tunes, you can go see them at Glasslands on June 22. Streaming below, the single "In A Strangeland" from their debut album "Sugarland".


Troubled Sleep - indie guitar rock like in the good old days

Boasting the perfect name for a (rather) dissonant indie rock band, Troubled Sleep is a young Brooklyn based trio whose songs take us on a trip back to the days when guitars still ruled the rock realm. These fellas - who judging from the pictures available seem too young to even enter a bar - already have 1 demo and two EPs under their belt. The trio forges the kind of "underdeveloped" songs we learned to appreciate listening to artists like early Pavement and (also early) Modest Mouse, replacing those bands' pop element with a preference for droney, borderline depressed and "closed" melodies. The contrasting voices of the lead singer's alto and the backing vocalist's tenor add an intriguing element to the band's sound. There's definitely a noteworthy amount of talent at work here, and the quality of the material is consistently good, which is always an important sign.


Jeff Litman releases video with show at Bitter End on 06.26

Jeff Litman is having some trouble getting older... he's spying on his beautiful (and married) ex-girlfriend in his new record 'Outside,' taking reckless chances, and rolling in the dirt 'til Someone Got Hurt'. The album finds Litman attempting to move on from the relationship that was the focus of his last record. But like he says in the album closer: 'Time Heals Nothing.' Time does however, seem to produce some solid tunes...

Sounding sometimes like Bright Eyes, and sometimes like a mix of Elvis Costello and Tom Petty, Litman borrows liberally from the ghosts of confessional singer-songwriters past, while still retaining a deeply personal reality channeled by his own experiences in and around NYC. Or at least I assume that's what he's referring to when discussing chance encounters with the 'Girl Down I95.'

Check out his new record 'Outside' here and see him when he plays at The Bitter End with Mark Radcliffe on June 26, in occasion of the release of his new video for single "Over and Over" (streaming below). - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets) - This record was submitted digitally to The Deli here.


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