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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.


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At the end of 2013 Brooklyn quintet Tiny Hazard caught us off guard with this song and video - so much so that we had to invent a new "Best of" just for the occasion (we don't do Video of the Month here at The Deli). The band is now releasing a new track ('Silouhette' - streaming below) that fully confirms their talent and - dare we say - uniqueness of sound. Presenting themselves as 'experimental pop' (we are always suspicious when we hear the word 'experimental' - it seems like everybody wants a piece of that pie in Brooklyn) Tiny Hazard offer complex, unpredictable songs that definitely deserve the 'Avant-' appellation, while Alena Spanger's beautifully contrived melodies keep the overall sound well inside the 'pop' territory. This is a band that deserves attention, don't miss their next live show at Le Poisson Rouge on 09.26 opening for Kneebody and Kimbra.

September 22, 2014

In her single 'Townie' (streaming) - from upcoming debut LP 'bury me at makeout creek' - Brooklyn based pop/rock muse Mitski sings about parties with no return, and her intention not to fulfill her dad's dreams. She sounds like an early PJ Harvey with a fuller sound: inspired, careless and full of life. The second track available for streaming - 'first love/late spring' - is instead a ballad that catapults us back to the 60s, and those elegant love songs sung by charming crooners, even though the arrangement here could have been created by The Pixies from the 'Bossanova' period. These are noteworthy tunes for such a young artist, and they make us look forward to the album release, scheduled for November. In the meantime, don't miss Mitski live at Baby's All Right on September 24.

September 22, 2014

Margaret Glaspy -- a California native and ex Boston resident -- seems a well of unfettered emotion. Pairing bluesy guitar lines and melancholic lyrics, the anti-folk chanteuse trades binding technicality for a vocal style as devastating as it is enchanted. We’ve yet to find a voice quite like hers. 2012's five-track record, “If & When,” is a charming collection of short stories on love lost, and is well worth revisiting. Margaret Glaspy will be performing at The Deli's CMJ official Roots Stage at Rockwood Music Hall on 10.22. - Jillian Dooley

September 22, 2014

Meet SWEET FIX, five scrappy guys from New York who play irony-free rock songs about sneaking out, falling in love, and hitting it big—anthems with danceable hooks, soaring vocals, and, yes, bitchin’ guitar. Seem like a throwback to glory days? Golden Age, the name of the band’s tight debut album, really means the future as much as the past. Cyber soundscapes converge with classic craft in music you can make out to—on the moon. See them headline Mercury Lounge on October 3 and watch for their forthcoming feature-length documentary.  - Cary Gitter

September 19, 2014

While for most musicians - or artists in general - the dream-following move to the big city is a lonely affair, the five friends in alt folk group Wild Leaves left their homes in the Midwest together a few years ago, relocating to Brooklyn. Not that they don't miss home - you can hear that in the nostalgic overtones of most of their songs - but it must be great to have well known faces around you to comfort you and remind you of it. The band has just released the second single from upcoming EP "Hello Sunlight," scheduled to be released on 10.01 with a show at Mercury Lounge (noteworthy bill with Zachary Cale and The Lawsuits). The song is called 'Black River' and it's streaming below.

A Ssng by Wild Leaves is included in The Deli's playlist of Best rootsy songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!

September 19, 2014

Lilly Wolf is the electro pop brainchild of Lilly Wolfson and (invisible) producer Alex Neuhausen, who recently relocated to NYC from the San Francisco Bay Area. Described as “pop music for pop music snobs,” the duo crafts melodic, sophisticated tunes that don't shy away from melancholy or sadness, like in single 'Pop Dream," whose video we are premièring here. Entirely shot in the big apple, the video contrasts the deep greenery of an empty Forest Park, Queens, with the concrete, graffiti-covered landscape of East Williamsburg. Video release party tomorrow (09.19) at Hail Hail Bar at 10.30.

September 18, 2014

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