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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

 
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October 02, 2014
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Facebook Event here, full shcedule of The Deli's CMJ showcases here.

October 20, 2014
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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
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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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We stumbled upon NYC garage pop trio The Britanys about a year ago through our digital submissions, and we hear now that the boys have been keeping at it, recently releasing a new EP entitled "It's All Right." Lucas Long's vocals tend to draw melodies that reference the Brit-pop bands of the 90s, with a tone that's reminiscent of Billy Corgan at his most nasal. However, the opening title-track (streaming below) shifts things toward a speedy garage blues that perfectly suits the band's "naughty" and youthful attitude. The Britanys will be performing twice this week within the CMJ Music Marathon, at Muchmore on 10.24 and at Arlene's Grocery on 10.25.

October 20, 2014
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Last minute cancellations at CMJ are nothing new and we are really sorry to lose The Flag from our Friday 10.24 bill at Pianos' upstairs lounge. On the other hand we couldn't be happier to welcome some old friends as a replacement, duo Eddi Front, whose lead singer we praised since her beginnings, when she used to go under the moniker Ivana XL. Don't expect Friday night party music from this duo, Eddi Front will bring an intense mellowness to our showcase reminiscent of some maudit crooners of the 60s. Check out single Texas from their 2012 debut self-titled EP

October 20, 2014
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