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When the orchestra gets weird: Birthmark plays Pianos on 08.17

There's something touching about the quiet voice of concern that Birthmark gives to the people he meets. Like the intimate chamber/electronic music of Destroyer or Jeremy Enigk, singer/songwriter Nate Kinsella uses random materials (whether these be drum machines or pizzicato violins) to pull something deeply personal out of otherwise far-flung genres. Whether the towering tribute of 'Big Man' or the mysterious source of inspiration in 'You lighten me up,' his latest LP 'Antibodies' digs deeply into the human condition. Birthmark pulls inspiration from unlikely places, repeating this sentiment over either baroque oboes and after-hours electronics alike.

In a desperate world filled with all manner of overlapping human and musical families, Birthmark designs a universe where both of these can live together. Handling his subjects in a delicate manner, one story at a time. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

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The new, grown up sound of The Mommyheads

Its official: NYC and SF scenes staples The Mommyheads have grown up. I guess that should be expected from a band fast approaching the 15 year mark, I just never thought I’d hear such an introspective sound from the kings of the hard indie groove. Not that they’ve lost any of the power and special weirdness that makes Adam Cohen and company such an iconic indie institution.

For the band’s just-released full-length ‘Vulnerable Boy’ (Dromedary Records), the band returns full of the quirks and charm that come from a group on par with Guided by Voices’s decibel levels. But you’ll find plenty more happening here on closer inspection that’s not quite as expected. In their latest single ‘Medicine Show,’ Mommyheads reveal a glow that swirls around their haunting ruminations on the limits of words. The song acts as much as a title track for the record as anything, and serves as a centerpiece of their new attitude. For a band that’s been around the block more than a couple of times, Mommyheads still have quite a few tricks up their sleeves. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

Free Mp3: The Mommyheads - "Medicine Show"
Free Mp3: The Mommyheads - "Science and Reason"

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Ballroom Jacks play The Knit on July 21

You won’t have to go through much of Ballroom Jacks' new EP ‘Do the Wolf Paw Waltz’ to understand what they brought you here for: it’s time to get moving, and you know it’s been too long. Sure you didn’t get the girl, but that’s no reason to mope around. As singer Will Arland says in closer ‘I Could Be You,’:”‘I don’t need you, I’m just jealous of you.”

A band exploring New York’s uptown in bouncy guitar-driven tracks like ‘Harlem,’ the quartet has more in common with Britpop icons like Blur and Arctic Monkeys than they might think. Like Albarn, Arlan channels personal relationship outcomes both good and bad to universal resonance with, band in tow. See them live at The Knitting Factory on July 21. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets) - This band submitted their music for review to The Deli here.

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DC/NYC's Drop Electric Release New Songs & Video

DC/NYC's post-rock shoegazers Drop Electric recently released 4 new songs on their Summer 2012 demo, 2 of which ("Empire Trashed" and "Fighting at the Mall") feature vocals in what had otherwise been a dreamy instrumental wall of noise rock band. But those vocals only add another beautiful and unique layer to the mix, so bring on more! The stunning score-makers also just released a video for "Empire Trashed" showcasing their skills in pairing gargantuan sound to the stellar visuals created by Patrick Ryan Morris, Drop Electric's Visual Artist. -Dawn

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Clinical Trials releases new video, plays Sullivan Hall on 07.26

Clinical Trials has just released a new music video, file it under "Best Inappropriate Use of Childhood Dolls." Directed & edited by Dan LeMunyan, it's a fun downward spiral into the mind of a suburban housewife with more than a few dark secrets. Somer Bingham - frontwoman, founder, and creative thrust of Clinical Trials - is playing July 26th at Sullivan Hall. Check out more videos at Clinical Trials' YouTube channel and more music at www.clinicaltrialsmusic.com. - (as posted in The Deli's Open Blog - post your band's entries, videos, and Mp3s here). The Deli's NYC Open Blog is powered by The Music Building.

 

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