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The Great Void
"Shift Age

If you're one of the few not plagued by thoughts of mortality and burdened by self-reflection, consider yourself lucky. If you're a brooder, however, then Shift Age, by NYC dark electro-rock project The Great Void, might be the record for you. It bears all the outwards signs of happy pop music, though the longer you listen, the more surreal it gets. Especially vivid is “Medicine Ball,” whose plunky synths and new-wave vocals divert bleakly-rendered lines like, “I know we'd have fun/But you're much too young.” By “Shift Age (Part 2),” it's clear the gloss is just a cover for deconstructing nostalgia itself. “Out with the days of the old ways” sings leader Josh Ascalon before a barrage of high-pitched squeals surge towards an apocalyptic finale. Or maybe that's just the hardware inside his keyboard threatening to fry out? - Brian Chidester

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  
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Afrika Bambaataa
Arto Lindsay
Bad Brains
Beastie Boys
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Grandmaster Melle Mel
John Zorn
Laurie Anderson
Public Enemy
Run D.M.C.
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A Tribe Called Quest
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Jeff Buckley

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The Notorious B.I.G.
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Yo La Tengo
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The Strokes
TV on The Radio
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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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Echo Bloom aka Brooklyn-based orchestral folk musician Kyle Evans takes a desperate yet ultimately sweet journey on his keys-sprinkled new single, "Leaving Charleston" (streaming below). With the warm vocal drawl of a country song and the drum-racing jubilance of a Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band track, "Leaving Charleston" engagingly sets a somewhat ominous tale of uncertain travelling lovers against sunny instrumentation, the hope of a bright future carrying the characters forward. The South-hailing Evans, whose Echo Bloom moniker derives from a term used to describe the offspring of baby boomers, doesn't just intriguingly use counterpoint with "Leaving Charleston" but crafts a simply pleasant, warm cut. While he doesn't seem to have any New York shows coming up, Kyle Evans will play at Philadelphia's Xfinity Live this Saturday (10.10) and then go on an extensive tour of Germany from late October through all of November. - Zach Weg 

October 09, 2015

Get ready for a new, comfy night of NYC lady-made music, this upcoming Monday October 12 at Greenpoint's Manhattan Inn. For the un-initiated, the Deli-sponsored series (organized by Hypnocraft) is called "The Hum" and features female NYC musicians in a collaborative setting. On Monday you'll see in action one of our favorite NYC singer songwriters, Tamsin Wilson of the band Wilsen, who graced the cover of our NYC magazine back in 2013. Tamsin will be performing a set with singer, actress & dancer Katrina Cunningham and (in normal circumstances) one-woman-band Idgy Dean.

The second set will involve two Latinas from bands who also got recent love from us, both in print and online: Gabi Jimeno, drummer of Balancer, and Juliana Ronderos, singer of Salt Cathedral. Yo, Balancer will also be playing at our CMJ Pop Stage on the following Saturday, BE THERE!!!

The third set, quite appropriately curated by Tom Tom Magazine (a rag entirely focused on female drummers), will feature Mindy Abovitz (Chica Vas, Taigaa), Mickey Vershbow (Mal Blum), Cati Bestard (Doble Pletina), and Maia Macdonald (Mirah). With 50% of the musicians on stage being drummers, you can expect a rather percussive performance!

This is a free event, hope to see you there!

The Deli's Staff - (in the picture, White Prism and Half Waif at last Monday's event - photo by David Andrako)

October 08, 2015

(True, we don't really have a "Video of the Month" appointment here at The Deli, but sometimes we need a title that stresses how much we like something, so there you go.)

Music revivals can be great, don't get us wrong. But a blog dedicated to a scene with a history as eclectic and forward thinking as the NYC one should not miss any opportunities to highlight artists that are making an effort to sound different (without sounding awful, because it's too easy that way!). Brooklyn based Captain Baby makes such effort, and pulls it off brilliantly. We noticed their music about a year ago, cherry picking it from the jungle of our digital submissions. Listening to their debut album "Sugar Ox" one year later, we realize it's a true gem. Led by Afghani composer Asher Rogers, this is a project that finds inspiration in genre mashup, with an overall "avant-indie" sound that swallows and processes music as distant as reggae, African rhythms, funk, Eastern music and Calypso among others. They have three videos out, all obviously low budget, but very cool nonetheless. Check out below the one for "I Say You" and their strangely soulful latest single "More than a Woman." Captain Baby will be performing at Arlene's Grocery on 10.13 (early show) within the CMJ Music Marathon.

October 08, 2015

With all the copycat artists snatching fame by biting simple styles, it’s evident more artists haven’t taken to the OutKast model because of its complexity and tenuous corporeality. Flatbush’s The Underachievers may be the only crew brave enough to attempt the feat. "Evermore: The Art of Duality," their second studio album on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label, is a further exploration into the realms of psychedelic street rap. It’s MCs Issa Gold and AK’s ability to vacillate between complex lyrical patterns and simple blunt truths, referencing both Alduous Huxley and Tupac in the same track, that makes them so effective. In “Rain Dance,” AK raps, “Hennesy Sippin, crippin since I was a teen nigga, still a street hitter, psychedelics helped me see bigger.” Coupled with their predilection toward ethereal bouncy beats, Evermore is an effort Andre 3000 and Big Boi would be proud to have rattle their trunks. Currently on a US tour, The Underachievers will hit Webster Hall on October 24. - BrokeMC

October 08, 2015

Brooklyn garage punk trio The Mad Doctors enjoy spending their time churning out raw energy and fuzz-driven riffs, delivering some fine sludgy musical goodness. These beard-sporting, faux physicians take the sounds of Black Sabbath and smash it clean into some Black Flag surf-era punk rock. They're set to play The Gutter this Saturday (10.10) so if you've never witnessed their live presence now's your chance. You can also listen to their raging new single 'Justin's A Cop' below, and buy the cassingle split with Vamanos via Pizza King Records, out now. - Michael Haskoor (@Tweetskoor)

October 07, 2015

On October 2nd, Brooklyn stalwarts Fort Lean released their debut full-length album "Quiet Day" on indie label Ooh La La Records. Establishing themselves on the local scene over the last few years through a number of singles, EPs and live performances, the band delivers with its latest release their most accessible but also best orchestrated work to date. Standout track “Might’ve Misheard” (streaming) emphasizes the verse/chorus structure by aligning it with quite/loud production values. While the verses are sonically spacious (allowing for intimate detail storytelling), the bombastic chorus delivers a memorable vocal hook bathed in a sea of distorted guitars. “I thought you said we could both disappear – then we’d get away” provides both auditory and emotional release, while cleverly embedding the songs title within follow-up lyrics. Previously released opening single “Cut To The Chase” builds around clean, undistorted guitar figures over a 50’s stroll rhythm. Melancholy bridge chords emerge as the lyrics turn pensive and confessional. “Never mind, it’s alright, you can lie, you can say that it’s ok” comes as the defining hook. Title track “Quiet Day” burns slowly as a steady bass guitar pattern runs through it. Mental turmoil is suggested not only through lyrics but via audio textures that play like a tense psychological dramatic film soundtrack. Catch them at Pianos during the CMJ Music Marathon on October 13. - Dave Cromwell - The Deli interviewed Fort Lean in 2012.

October 07, 2015

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