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A Heart is a Spade: Twin Shadow Shares New Tune
A Heart is a Spade: Real Estate Debuts New Video
A Heart is a Spade: MGMT Visits Conan
A Heart is a Spade: Com Truise Debuts New Video

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)

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
Christine Hoberg
minimal heavens
by: Dean Van Nguyen date:January 7, 2014 - MORE
Oh Honey
short and sweet with mitchy collins
by: Sam Kogon date:December 20, 2013 - 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

Dream-pop Brooklyn band Field Mouse are preparing to release their debut LP “Hold Still Life” via Topshelf records. Scheduled for July 22, the album was co-produced by the creative forces of singer/lyricist/guitarist Rachel Browne and producer/guitarist Andrew Futral. After splitting recording time between two noteworthy Brooklyn studios (Seaside Lounge and Let Em In) in late 2013, the band delegated the mixing of the songs to Kyle Gilbride (Swearin' Waxahatchee, Upset). We've had the privilege to preview the record and the new tracks stay true to the band’s original dreamy, guitar based style, while adding new sonic elements like synthesizers to the mix. Heartfelt pathos can be frequently found through the combination of sweet vocal melodies and introspective lyrics. “Asteroid,” laments that “it’s a shame” how often we just “walk away” from each other. Deeper cuts like “Horizon City” shows the band expanding on preconceived notions of their overall sound, simultaneously touching on both prog and punk elements. “Bright Lights” ostensibly incorporates bittersweet feelings of longing, joy and sadness, all at the same time. The band will be playing at Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn on May 26, and while you wait, check out the video of Field Mouse's latest single from one year ago, entitled "Tomorrow is Yesterday" - below. - Dave Cromwell

April 15, 2014

Sometimes all you need - besides a better band picture - is to break things down to the essence. Which if applied to rock'n'roll means drums and distorted guitars. Then throw some vocal melodies over that, layer it a little bit, and voila! Long Island/Brooklyn two-piece Washer does this with effortless ease. With a lo-fi sound that reminds us of our (semi-forever-lost) youth, echoing in part Local H and even contemporary acts Ty Segall or Mozes and the Firstborn, these guys deliver good songs blessed by unpretentious fun. Their jangly jams come to us just in time for spring: it's time to roll down the windows and enjoy the time-ride back to the 90s. - Joe Fish

April 15, 2014

Don't let the name fool you. Terrible Terrible is actually a talented group of optimistic musicians from New Jersey (ok, their upcoming record will be called 'Fail Better,' but I guess you've gotta set the bar somewhere...). New single 'Pulling Teeth' takes the quartet to soaring landscapes, where ambient synths marry tightly placed, reverb-soaked, loungy harmonies that take you to church and heaven and back down to Earth again. Fans of the genre known as "sophistipop" (i.e. jazzy pop from the 80s a la Sade and Everything But The Girl) should find common ground - although the NJ quartet seems to enjoy a little electronic experimentation every now and then. Look out for their debut record dropping in the early summer. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

April 15, 2014

Featured on the cover of our Fall 2013 issue (and Deli NYC Record of the Month some time before that), NYC's Wilsen excels at the art of mesmerizing through sound. The new single "Magnolia" - the title-track of an upcoming EP scheduled for a May release - is no exception. Check it out below, and read the cover story from last year's issue here.

April 14, 2014

Easy Lover, the project of multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Wimmer and singer Kali Holloway, is another very interesting dream-soul act to come out of NYC. The duo makes a lot from a little, keeping their sound deceivingly minimal, but epic at the same time (like if Beach House had come out with a workout tape in the 1980s). The arrangements are mostly electronic but feature droney guitar elements linking back to early TV On The Radio, with plenty of space for Kali's soulful voice to take over.

Sophisticated, mysterious, spacious... their latest EP 'The Night We Breathe' is all these things. Check out the truly intriguing video for "Bleary Eyed" below and listen to their tropicalia-laced, synth jam 'The Sweet' here. You can also see them when they play at 15 Anthony St. in Brooklyn with Silent Drape Runners on Saturday, April 20th. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

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

April 14, 2014

We thought the Chillwave... wave was on its way out, but maybe it was just the winter - there's no point in releasing that kind of records when it's cold, right? The first seasonal sun has triggered the release of the third (solid) album by the precursors of the genre (Real Estate), while, on the "new arrivals" side of things, Brooklyn's Little Racer has just celebrated the release of a debut 6 tracks (what's that, a Mini-LP?) entitled "Modern Accent" with a show at Baby's All Right this past Saturday. Surf, new wave and dream pop influences chase each other in this very enjoyable collection of songs, which also reference occasionally to legendary British artists like The Jesus & Mary Chain and the Madchester bunch ("Vanessa" sounds almost like a reinterpretation of The Stone Roses' "I Wanna Be Adored"). This is a very consistent release that might improve the quality of your late spring and summer months - and beyond! See Little Racer live at Pianos on April 25. - photo credit: Abigail Smithson

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

April 14, 2014


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