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The Great Void
"Shift Age

If you're one of the few not plagued by thoughts of mortality and burdened by self-reflection, consider yourself lucky. If you're a brooder, however, then Shift Age, by NYC dark electro-rock project The Great Void, might be the record for you. It bears all the outwards signs of happy pop music, though the longer you listen, the more surreal it gets. Especially vivid is “Medicine Ball,” whose plunky synths and new-wave vocals divert bleakly-rendered lines like, “I know we'd have fun/But you're much too young.” By “Shift Age (Part 2),” it's clear the gloss is just a cover for deconstructing nostalgia itself. “Out with the days of the old ways” sings leader Josh Ascalon before a barrage of high-pitched squeals surge towards an apocalyptic finale. Or maybe that's just the hardware inside his keyboard threatening to fry out? - Brian Chidester

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Band of Gypsys

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Bruce Haack

The Fugs

The Godz

Holy Modal Rounders

Velvet Underground
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The New York Dolls

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The Talking Heads
Richard Hell
The Dead Boys
Lydia Lunch
The Contortions  
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Afrika Bambaataa
Arto Lindsay
Bad Brains
Beastie Boys
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Grandmaster Melle Mel
John Zorn
Laurie Anderson
Public Enemy
Run D.M.C.
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A Tribe Called Quest
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Jeff Buckley

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The Notorious B.I.G.
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Yo La Tengo
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TV on The Radio
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Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Bravery
Animal Collective
Bright Eyes
Devendra Banhart
Moldy Peaches
Le Tigre
Blonde Redhead
Grizzly Bear

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November 24, 2015

Independent Bands and Artists,

The Deli NYC's Year End Poll for Emerging Artists is back!


As always the big prize for the New York City winner is the Cover of The Deli's Spring 2015 Best of NYC Issue (read last year's issue here), and free mastering with The Lodge. More prizes to be announced.

Ugh, do you REALLY want to know? The process to determine these lists is rather complicated, and occurred to The Deli's fouding fathers during a collective nightmare back in 2006 - if you want to try and get your head around it be our guest and go here. But if all you are interested in is to be part of it and get some free exposure, then STAY AWAY FROM THAT PAGE!!!

Eligibility: To be eligible, your band needs to
1. be based in one of the scenes we cover (list here),
2. have music available online
3. have played live at least once in 2013
4. Have less than 15k Facebook friends. By the way, fake Facebook friends make us angry. 

The first phase of this poll allows ANY BAND OR SOLO ARTIST to submit their music for a minimum of 3 spots in the pool of the Best of your city nominees. This phase starts right now! 


The Deli Peeps

November 20, 2015

If you are fascinated with the idea of parallel worlds, you should immerse yourself in the music of Brooklyn’s (via Colombia) duo Salt Cathedral (the band will perform live at Rough Trade on December 19th). Their gently impressionistic arrangements and celestial atmospheres, combined with Juliana Ronderos’ angelic voice and melodies, might transport you to the closest thing to the seventh heaven you’ve ever experienced – or at least a dancey version of it. We asked Juliana a few questions about the band’s creative process, check out the link below.

Delicious Audio: Salt Cathedral and the Creative Process

November 25, 2015

Talent is talent, but when presented in a sloppy shape, it becomes contagiously charming, and an adorable band name can only boost that perception. This is the lesson we have learned today via Brooklyn's quintet Flower Girl, who play some kind of lo-fi twangy pop and have been around for longer than we expected (their debut album was out in 2013). Their latest, sophomore LP, entitled Okie Dokie Howdy Doody came out in the summer of 2015 and it's a very solid, uber-amiable work, full of delicate melodies and qurky moments, that re-elaborates the disorderly genius of Syd Barret and the (early) Beta Band, marrying it with the not-so-traditional approach to... traditional American music of Neil Young and late Camper Van Beethoven. Based on an odd time signature, opening single "Scary Drive" (streaming) is a scruffy, limpy alt-country number a la' Beck that will make you crack a smile - which is always priceless. Following track "A Platypus" starts as a plodding blues but gradually accelerates in ways only The Feelies could conceive, slowly morphing into a delirious slacker rock tune. Third song Eat Worms flirts again with blues but develops in a gentle, idyllic melody reminiscent of the Flaming Lips at their most tear-inducing - although the lyrics "come to terms/eat that worm that's feeding you" might conflict with a weeping mood. The remarkable variety of the twelve tracks, with textural ballads like "Romantic Mood" juxtaposed to punkish numbers like "Stop Starin'," doesn't mine the band's identity, rooted in an "anything goes" attitude that's refreshingly unpretentious. 

Flower girl will be performing live at Palisades on December 2nd and at Alphaville on December 11th.

November 24, 2015

We've been following Eddie Front's Ivana Carrescia (ex Ivana XL) for a considerable amount of time (check out a 2009 interview over here). She spends her time writing beautiful but mostly sad songs, and has developed a unique style that blends the melancholic crooning of the pre-rock'n'roll '50s with ambient music and dream folk. Hopefully her upcoming album "Marina" - her debut full length - will put this talented singer songwriter in front of a bigger audience, although in this country - sadly - not many people can appreciate music that it's not upbeat. That's when Europe comes handy. Check out preview single "Goldie" below, and if you are in the mood for a quiet night, don't miss her show at Palisades on November 25.

November 24, 2015

We had the chance to talk about Gabi Jimeno a bunch of time already, since she's the drummer of dream pop Brooklyn band Balancer - a very impressive drummer for that matter. We never covered her solo project Ela Minus though, which also deserves attention. Recently nominated one of the "Queens of the South-American Indie" by this webiste, Ela Minus offers minimalistic synthpop, at times resembling a less dramatic version of Bjork, at others filtering through an electro filter Gabi's homeland musical influences , like in the first single "Jamaica" (from of her upcoming "First Words" EP) based on what sounds like a Bossanova drum pattern, enriched by a delicate melody and harmonies that are at once pretty and edgy. The Deli NYC is premiering here the second single from that EP, entitled "Kiddo," a sparser, more experimental track, in which Gabi's soprano reaches sky high altitudes with a melody as vague as it is haunting. Look out for the third single to be released in the next few weeks.

November 24, 2015

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