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Annique Monet
"Phantom Letters

Some records have the ability to plunge the listener into some kind of alternate reality. Annique Monet's uber-psychedelic debut album 'Phantom Letters' will do that to you. It took a few notes for opening track "Salt, Veruca," (streaming) to hypnotize us with its haunting beginning: a simple electric piano part, whistles, a fake horn section and a droney verse slowly led us towards a celestial chorus, which was quickly fogotten - for good - in favor of a baroque, droney outro. The following track 'Voodoo', a grottesque and dissonant waltz, took us to a really weird (and scary) place: we saw the devil looking at us through the speakers, from Vienna. With a beautiful melody, the first few bars of "Nowhere"  brought back some hope for a return to light, but the song didn't go anywhere - we should have expected it, considering the title. 'Relapse' delivered another waltz - a more subtle one - but filled to the brim with eerie and decadent melancholy. From its plodding intro, Turtlenecks in July resurrected the ghost of The Beatles' psychedelic pop, although sounding nothing like it, while in '52,' Greek mermeids lured us with the most ghostly of lithanies, asking us to join them - and drown. The following two songs on the record kept this beautifully absurd, elusive dream going, with noteworthy track "Unchange" closing the collection.

Although we often praise structure in songwriting (many songs here would benefit from more of it), there's very little structure in a dream - which is what this album is. In a scene that seems to have lost the imagination of its peak years, this is a record that will hopefully inspire other NYC artists to be more daring.

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  
The 80's
Afrika Bambaataa
Arto Lindsay
Bad Brains
Beastie Boys
Bruce Springsteen
The Feelies
The Fleshtones
Grandmaster Melle Mel
John Zorn
Laurie Anderson
Public Enemy
Run D.M.C.
Sonic Youth
They Might Be Giants
The 90's
A Tribe Called Quest
Cat Power

Jeff Buckley

The Magnetic Fields
The Notorious B.I.G.
Soul Coughing
Yo La Tengo
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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Having formed back in 2000, Prewar Yardsale surely earned the title of mainstays of NYC's often overlooked anti-folk movement, and their latest release keeps faith to their aesthetics. Earlier this summer they released the 'Black and Blue' EP (streaming below), a five track sampling of eccentric lo-fi folk songs. The record channels Prewar Yardsale's punk, folk, and psych-rock influences all over the tracks, and has its grungiest peak in the titular opener, "black and blue", and perhaps its folkiest one in "where did you go". Next week (Sunday, August 9th) you can catch them live at Pianos along with fellow grunge alt-rock acts Jackal Onassis, The Dirty Blondes, Baby Acid, and Second Still. - Sam O'Hara

July 28, 2015

The project of Gabe Smoller and Freddie Wyss, Trash Gendar is a Brooklyn based band with a puzzling and probably questionable name (in particular for a country that's been growing super-oversensitive like ours) and a very interesting sound. In debut EP 'Mass Canon,' released in March of 2015, you'll find something new (in the shape of inventive, atmospheric elec-tric/tronic arrangements) and something old (in the shape of recurring Americana influences). In the record's six songs, various genres, ranging from psych rock to country, math rock and ambient, are combined to create that new, modern, 'melting pot' music that we at The Deli - for lack of a better word - call 'Avant-Indie.' The experiment reaches remarkable results with single 'Tunnel,' streaming below, which sounds a little like the (hot) bastard child of Tortoise and Radiohead. Trash Gendar will be playing The Cobra Club (6 Wyckoff Ave) on August 6. (Don't tell your trash, it may not like that moniker).

This artist submitted music for coverage here.

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

July 28, 2015

Now in its 6th year, Out In the Streets Festival is back in action to bring your favorite indie bands to Queens for a weekend of art, food, fun, and music. Hosted at the historic Onderdonk House in Ridgewood, the outdoor fest is the smaller, DIY version of all the big summer music festivals that have competed for your attention and presence in the past few months. Since it began on a street corner in Bushwick in 2009, Out In the Streets has kept itself homegrown and independent but continues to grow every year, celebrating local artists and eateries in this two-day multimedia festival. The lineup includes bands like Mr Twin Sister, Total Slacker, The Love Supreme, Wild Yaks, Salt Cathedral and many more. The bands performing this weekend are all mostly NYC-based, and the lineup on Sunday is featuring local bands from Bushwick and Ridgewood. Full weekend passes are still available for only $35, with one day tickets going for $20, on sale here. Check out a Spotify compilation of all the performing bands here, or streaming below. - Sam O'Hara

July 28, 2015

On Thursday July 23rd, The Deli sponsored and helped book a Sofarsounds.com show in NYC. Since the Sofar Sounds shows are always secret, we couldn't promote the participating bands, therefore we'll take the opportunity to blog about them today.

The show was hosted in a beautiful apartment in Manhattan's Battery City by the west river, with gorgeous view of New Jersey. NYC's folk duo Laura & Greg - pictured above minutes before their performance - opened the show with their delicate and intimate songs, featuring a simple acoustic guitar and two way harmonies that took us back to the glorious days of Simon & Garfunkel. The band released a full length album entitled 'Forever For Sure' - you can stream the title track below.



We were very familiar with the second band on the bill, since they performed at our Best of NYC Fest in June. The Cabana Kids played a stripped down set without giving up the electric guitar, a signature instrument of their dreamy, surf influenced sound. The absence of drums conveied a more folky vibe to their song, allowing their catchy melodies and harmonies to shine.


Last on the bill, a duo we wrote about a few years ago and we recently re-discovered: Gracie and Rachel (in the top picture). After two guitar based, drumless acts, the two ladies switched things up a little, introducing the audience to their instruments: a piano, a violin, and a kick drum turned on its back, and taken care of by a (charming) dude. What followed could be described as some kind of avant-orchestral bliss: in this music, Gracie Coates's peculiarly moody songwriting and percussive piano style feeds the imagination of Rachel Ruggles' classically trained violin. The two also harmonized flawlessly on occasion, displaying an impressively well-rounded talent. Check out their latest single 'Tiptoe,' streaming below.

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

July 27, 2015

Nick Kinsey is the kind of musician who's worn many hats throughout his career; he's been a member of Diamond Doves, A.C. Newman, and AA Bondy, and has performed and recorded with the likes of My Morning Jacket, Bon Iver, and Cold War Kids. But the latest outfit from this multi-instrumentalist is a solo project simply called Kinsey, whose anticipated first album is very aptly titled, 'My Loneliest Debut'. The first taste of the record - recorded in a chicken shack in upstate New York - was released through the single, "Get Lost" (streaming below), a psychedelic indie-pop tune with surprisingly confessional lyrics. The record will be released on September 18th, but in the meantime, you can catch him playing the (early) release show at Shea Stadium on August 6th.

July 27, 2015

Brooklyn psych rockers Weird Owl (who've been around long enough to earn the title of "pillar of the local psychedelic scene") recently released their fourth album “Interstellar Skeletal.” Throughout the 9 tracks and nearly 45 minutes of music, the band covers an extensive range of neo-psychedelia, post-rock and alternative/indie. Highlight track “God” pulls a number of these elements together in the best possible way. Initially establishing an electro chill groove, the track's pace moves along in ways reminiscent of Washed Out’s “Feel It All Around” (a track popularized as the theme song to Portlandia). A big, majestic guitar hook emerges, anchoring the track with an extra dose of memorability, while lyrics like “Can’t get any sleep - there’s noises and this heat” - quite relatable in this NYC summer - contribute to the song's lynchian haziness. After one more ambient plateau the track continues to build towards a crescendo of snare shots, cymbal crashes and guitar blasts, creating a mayhem effect of epic proportions. The band is now preparing for a mid-September European tour. - Dave Cromwell

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

July 27, 2015

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