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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.


scene blog
October 02, 2014

If there's one non-electronic genre the Brooklyn scene of the early aughts will be remembered for, this will undoubtly be lo-fi. A big segment of Brooklyn musicians dispute the importance of quality recordings - in part because they can't afford them. But there's more to it: there is a widespread awareness that lo-fi recording doesn't spoil a song, but in some cases actually add character to it. Considering the circumstances of their formation, Truthers could be called a quintessential Brooklyn DIY band: Oscar Guinn (vocals/guitar) and Gryphon Graham (guitar/vocals, and former keyboardist/vocalist for DIIV) met while both were crashing at the Market Hotel, the legendary and (at least for now) defunct Bushwick space that came to symbolize the peak of the local DIY scene (even a Deli cover was shot there). On the surface, their songs sound simple and rough, even quirky at times, but they actually feature sophisticated chord progressions, changes and melodies, in the best Beach Boys tradition. See them live at Cake Shop/Capeshock CMJ show on 10.24.

October 21, 2014

Expanded to a full band for their 2014 album, "Memory Palace," Brooklyn’s Stone Cold Fox deliver a collection of songs that're like the early Strokes in both sonic texture and easygoing vocal phrasing. (Elsewhere, there are hints of Bob Dylan's lyricism and the emotional drama of the Killers.) All of these influences from across the decades are made fresh by the band's intimate keyboard flourishes and succinct sound design.

Stone Cold Fox will be headlining The Deli's CMJ show at Rockwood's Stage 2 tomorrow October 22 at 11pm.
Read Dave Cromwell's interview with Stone Cold Fox.

October 21, 2014

Facebook Event here, full shcedule of The Deli's CMJ showcases here.

October 20, 2014

We are not sure how Brooklyn quartet Savants managed to land a gig at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 24, since - from the numbers we gather from their Facebook and Soundcloud profiles - it looks like they might have trouble filling that huge room. What we know, though, is that, at least musically, the guys totally deserve to play that venue. We are especially fond of their debut limited cassette 's opener "Think!" (streaming), which sounds like our beloved musical hero Syd Barrett fronting - dunno - a lo-fi version of The Kinks? The rest of the album is full of psychedelic slacker-style sketches, in perfect early Weezer style, but just a little more sober. Interesting ideas and melodies emerge from every single song, from the Lou Reed-esque "Something (Part 1)" to the laid back and bizarre "Us," where the slightly out of tune, gliding vocals add character to the track rather than detracting from it.

This band submitted their music for coverage here.
We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best Psych Rock songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!

October 20, 2014

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

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