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Last year Baked came out with a tape called S/T Cassette.  Two songs short, it's enough to see where the band is coming from; they're not afraid to blur themselves, letting the sounds melt into landscape jams.  On Debt, their debut off Exploding in Sound, Baked is still melting, but it's a much more guided flow.  The album mixes high velocities with the turned down mellow feels that Baked just seems to ooze from every orifice.   R.J. Gordon's vocals take a back seat under a wash of reverb, sitting just below the pop driven melodies that surround him.  "Mick Jagger" especially is a stunner, where Yoni David's drumming drives the tune as the rest of the sounds float in zero gravity.  There's something unobtainably attractive about this band's sound, whether it's because they remind us of England's long lost Wu Lyf, or because they channel Bedhead at the same time. - Jake Saunders

The 60's
Bob Dylan

Simon and Garfunkel

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
Sonic Youth
Bad Brains
Beastie Boys
Bruce Springsteen
The Feelies
Laurie Anderson
They Might Be Giants
John Zorn
Arto Lindsay
Sonic Youth
The Fleshtones
The 90's

Jeff Buckley

The Magnetic Fields
Yo La Tengo
Soul Coughing
Cat Power
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

Welcome to the new Deli Charts, organized by genre and scene.

To rank the artists with the star system go to the Top 50.


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There's only one thing that slightly spoils this song (entitled "Lisa Loeb Probably Never Pierced Her Ears") by Bed-Stuy project Field Guides: the bass does something kind of weird (out of key?) on minute 1:16. Something like this would normally prevent a track from being covered in this blog, but this single is so catchy and charming in a early Belle and Sebastian/The Shins kind of way that we decided to make an exception, although we are aware that the band will probably hate us forever for pointing this out. Field Guides are about to release a full length entitled "Boo, Forever" - we are curious to hear the rest of the album, considering that in their 2012 debut two track single they sound like a completely different band.

October 20, 2014

We stumbled upon NYC garage pop trio The Britanys about a year ago through our digital submissions, and we hear now that the boys have been keeping at it, recently releasing a new EP entitled "It's All Right." Lucas Long's vocals tend to draw melodies that reference the Brit-pop bands of the 90s, with a tone that's reminiscent of Billy Corgan at his most nasal. However, the opening title-track (streaming below) shifts things toward a speedy garage blues that perfectly suits the band's "naughty" and youthful attitude. The Britanys will be performing twice this week within the CMJ Music Marathon, at Muchmore on 10.24 and at Arlene's Grocery on 10.25.

October 20, 2014

Last minute cancellations at CMJ are nothing new and we are really sorry to lose The Flag from our Friday 10.24 bill at Pianos' upstairs lounge. On the other hand we couldn't be happier to welcome some old friends as a replacement, duo Eddi Front, whose lead singer we praised since her beginnings, when she used to go under the moniker Ivana XL. Don't expect Friday night party music from this duo, Eddi Front will bring an intense mellowness to our showcase reminiscent of some maudit crooners of the 60s. Check out single Texas from their 2012 debut self-titled EP

October 20, 2014

We all know how picky Bowery Presents is with the artists it books - bring no crowd to one of their shows and you are out! In this perspective, a slot at Mercury Lounge during CMJ week can be seen as a valuable prize for artists respected by booking staff of the NYC venue giant. In truth, this year not many emerging locals made it on the Mercury Lounge's CMJ week listings. One of the lucky ones is the electronic tinkerer that goes under the name of Saint Pepsi (aka Ryan DeRobertis). From his ambient disco beginnings, enriched with the soul of vocal samples, Ryan in his more recent release on Carpark Records has switched gear to a more direct synth-pop format, graced by his own vocals. His music is more appropriate for a loungy party than a wild night of dancing, although - while lounging - you might not be able to prevent parts of your body from moving to his beats. Listen to single "Fiona Coyne" below and check out Saint Pepsi live at Mercury on October 22.

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best Electronic songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!

October 17, 2014

Sometimes records grow on us - such is the case for Zula's "This Hopeful," released in October 2013.
There are two sides to psychedelia: dream and hallucination. Shoegazer and Dream Pop embrace the first, Psych Rock the second. Brooklyn band Zula perfectly blend both. The band finds itself at home when it's time to engage in sonic experimentations mostly fueled by frantic stomping on guitar effect pedals ("This Hopeful"), but can deliver - a few minutes later - the perfectly placid dreamy melody of NRGZ. These are the two stronger songs in the band's debut LP "This Hopeful" (although we also dig "Poison," streaming below), an album that never ceases to surprise, and that showcases a band that dares to explore every possibility given by every single musical element at their disposal, without renegading neither melody nor noise, but admirably succeeding in retaining a stylistic identity in the process.

Read The Deli's interview with Zula from earlier in 2014 + see them live at CMJ next week, it shouldn't be hard to fit into your schedule, they are playing seven shows!

October 17, 2014

We booked NYC duo Blonds two years ago for our CMJ 2012 Rootsy Stage - we remember the band complained that they weren't really a rootsy band. Well, maybe they weren't, but we must have detected some of those soul influences that are now pouring out of the band's male half Jordy Asher's new solo project BOOTS. (For the record, soul music belong to the roots music umbrella). The young musician and producer suddenly rose to relevance (rather than fame) when in  2013 he signed to Jay-Z's entertainment company and Sony Music Entertainment imprint, Roc Nation, and produced the big majority of Beyoncé's self-titled fifth studio album, released in December 2013. He's now focusing on his solo material, which - from single Mercy (streaming below) - sounds extremely soulful and intensely mellow. Boots will be touring with FKA Twigs in November, see him at Baby's All Right on Tuesday 10.28.

October 16, 2014

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