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Frankie Cosmos

If you like unassuming, short and charming pop songs about high school, firemen and buses, look no further than 19 year old singer-songwriter Frankie Cosmos. In her just released first full-length 'Zentropy,' (though she's put out at least 40 other digital records on Bandcamp over the years - no joke!) Greta Kline reveals much of her inner child, whether singing about what her dad is up to or how birthdays don't mean you're getting older. But 'Zentropy' equally exposes a young lady just beginning to wrestle with explorations of love and life anxieties. It's a fascinating journey just begun, and songs like "Birthday" (streaming below), showcase a melodic talent that's not afraid to experiment with tempo changes and assorted influences, without losing her signature, intimate style. 
If Frankie Cosmos manages to keep half these levels of prolificity in her 20s, we can definitely expect a bunch of hits from her. Because great music - like everything else - is all about trying hard. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

Erin Barra
blue eyed technocrat
by: Bianca Seidman date:April 18, 2014 - MORE
true to themselves
by: Michael Haskoor date:April 18, 2014 - MORE
Slim Wray
blues rock, happy hearts
by: Michael Haskoor date:April 4, 2014 - MORE
Tei Shi
mermaid music
by: Dean Van Nguyen date:March 17, 2014 - MORE
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

This is a preview of the new Deli charts - we are working on finalizing them by the end of 2013.

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scene blog

We stumbled upon Big Data's name yesterday while blogging about Tiny Victories, the two electronic bands will share the Baby's All Right stage on May 8. A closer look at this project reveals that it's a creative outlet of Brooklyn producer Alan Wilkis, who seems to borrow the modus operanding of Massive Attack and other record releasing electronic producers, consisting in creating the songs' arrangements and letting pro vocalists sing. This being said, Big Data's selection of vocalist seems a little limited, since in debut EP "1.0" all the 4 tracks - including streaming single "Dangerous" - feature Rochester, NY based Joywave behind the mic, indicated as a "guest."  Big Data is about to play a string of shows in the NY and CA areas, and we are not sure if Joywave will join the live show - I guess we'll find out on the 8th.

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

April 24, 2014

Ramona Lisa is the project of Chairlift front lady Caroline Polachek. She just unveiled this video for a single much more melodic than the one we blogged about a few weeks ago, although still miles away from the 80s inspired pop sound of her main band. Debut album "Arcadia" will be released by Terrible Records on April 29th, and from the preview tracks on Soundcloud it promises to be sonically all over the map. If you are a fan, don't miss the release party at Baby's All Right on April 28.

April 24, 2014

A band committed to piercing eardrums, shattering bones and making music fans love the blues all over again, Brooklyn trio STRNGRS seem to take after Jack White and The Raconteurs but with darker turns and heavier pits. They’re set to play good ole Arlene’s Grocery this Friday (4/25) and plan on letting it all out, after being hard at work on new tunes.  Listen below to the wailing guitar and harmonica solos in their uptempo blues-rock track “Outta My Mind,” from their last EP titled "Magic Boy" and keep an ear to the ground for their next release, coming soon. – Michael Haskoor (@Tweetskoor) 

April 24, 2014

Ted McGrath, former member of now defunct NYC noise rock band These Are Powers, is the brainfather of The Flag, an electronic project recently highlighted by The L Magazine that blends the darkest post punk attitude and sound (think a mix of Wire and Throbbing Gristle) with modern lo-fi textures and occasional EDM elements. The 2011 recordings gathered under the title "Wear The Vest Of Wealth" sound like an exploration in style, ranging from semi-improvised horror tracks to droney, industrial songs with the resemblance of a pop structure, with the addition of various instrumental tracks - always rather gloomy - contributing to the overall suicidal mood. The more recent single "Alpha 60 Punch Out" (streaming) displays a tenuous ray of poppiness, which allows the track to more effectively breathe thanks to the introduction of more musical moments of release, in an otherwise constantly tense atmosphere. One could see a possible evolution towards an even more melodic future in the recent cover of Peter Gabriel's "No Self Control," if it didn't get literally decimated through lo-fi effects and a bizarre arrangement that can be described as borderline nihilist. Stimulating music for those who don't fear depression.

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

April 24, 2014

Self described "sad-grl-electro-pop-sister-duo" Verdigirl recently relocated from CT to Chelsea, Manhattan to pursue their electro-pop dream. Considering the theme of single "Feeling Nervous" (video streaming below) the ladies actually seem born to live in the Big Apple, since they obvsouly have an inclination for being overly self analytical and a little neurotic - which by the way is probably one of the reasons why this city is so prolific artistically. The tune is a well produced, melancholic, mid tempo synth-pop ballad full of tasteful blippy textures and recurring layers of violin and cello (the sisters' main instruments). If you are feeling too happy, or just want to check out a new interesting local band, go to the Rock Shop tomorrow 04.24 to see them live.

April 23, 2014

It's always fun to go through The L Magazine's yearly appointment with the "8 NYC Bands You Need to Hear." We won't deny that we see this list like some sort of test for us, to see how many of those artists we covered already and how many we missed.

This year we did pretty well - as usual actually - with 6 hits and 2 misses. We abundantly covered in this blog and in our magazine Slothrust (Artist of the Month some time last year), Gondola, YVETTE (Deli NYC Record of the Month back in May 2011), Porches (Record of the Month a few months ago), WET (also a Record of the Month last year and 3rd best emerging NYC band in our latest Year End Poll), and Teen Girl Scientist Monthly (NYC Artist of the Month some time in 2012). So 5 out of 6 were not only covered but also rewarded with our semi-prestigius titles! A self-pat on the back is due right here, right now.

We totally missed in the blog post punk minimalists The Flag and electro rapper Cities Aviv, although our new - and rad - live listings section picked them up here and here. We'll cover both these artists soon with dedicated posts.


April 23, 2014

Which of these acts should be The Deli's next NYC Artist of the Month?

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