blues rock, happy hearts
short and sweet with mitchy collins
New York Dolls
The Dead Boys
Might Be Giants
The Magnetic Fields
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The Deli's SXSW Issue 2014 is online!
Read it digitally here.
P.S. 10k free copies of this issue hit the street of Austin during SXSW Music week!
Published: February 27, 2014 |
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 jok e!) 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)
Cloud Becomes Your Hand
""Rock of Cakes"
Psychedelia is often associated with big guitar parts, lots of reverb, and a sound that's at once surreal and epic - I guess that's the heritage left by bands like The Doors and Pink Floyd. But there's a less grandiose, more playful and varied current of psychedelia, more interested in the bizarrely kaleidoscopic side of dreaming. Forged and explored in depth by The Beatles, it was rehashed most famously by Olivia Tremor Control at the turn of the millennium, and less famously (but brilliantly) by XTC with their side project The Dukes of Stratosphear in the mid 80s. This is the sonic ground were Brooklyn's
Cloud Becomes Your Hand draws inspiration, adding to the mix their penchant for crooked, almost jazzy melodies, which place them on similar songwriting terrain as other heavily experimental but gentle sounding NYC bands like Dirty Projectors and Celestial Shore (both past Deli Records of the Month). These elements make of "Rock of Cakes" a psych-pop album without pop melodies (therefore not really pop music) but nonetheless extremely imaginative and enjoyable. Stream the full album here and see the band live at Roulett on Sunday 03.02.
LINKS: John McGovern
Interview with Cloud Becomes your Hand.
New Album: "Dream Vacation" - Nicos Gun
The funky, dance-rock party-starters in
Nicos Gun have a new album that they just released on the world. Their newest LP, “Dream Vacation” is certainly a great soundtrack for chillin’ outside and sippin’ some cold ones this summer, as well as just closing your eyes and drifting to your happy place if you are stuck inside. The Prince-informed, sexified vibe can be experienced in full below. These cats are about to move to LA in May, so enjoy them now before we lose them for good.
Published: April 19, 2014 |
The Deli Magazine San Francisco Presents: Modern Man Buzzmutt and Baus at DNA Lounge - 4/18
As you may or may have not heard,
The Deli Magazine San Francisco is spearheading a series of shows at the DNA Lounge. For the very first show (after our Riot Grrrl party we threw at SUB/Mission in February) April 18, we've got an excellent lineup of local bands consisting of Modern Man, Buzzmutt and Baus.
Baus is an Oakland band that made waves last month with the release of their first full-length, Idol Minds. The band blends elements of post-punk and no wave to create truly jagged and abrasive tunes. Buzzmutt is a band from San Francisco wh playing psych-tinged noise rock. And headlining is Modern Man, an Oakland-based band that weaves together drudgingly dark shoegaze. Last year the band came out with an awesome tape entitled, Small Waves.
The choice is yours: Do you want to come and celebrate a new era of The Deli Magazine San Francisco and local music, or do you want to stay at home? -
Published: April 18, 2014 |
Weekly Feature: Honduras - live at Radio Bushwick on 04.26
Sounding like a faster punk version of the Arctic Monkeys or a mind-blowing Deerhunter/Sex Pistols fusion,
Honduras (another band that's playing a lot these days) have really been stepping it up lately, especially with their latest single “Borders” (check out the video below). The Brit-sounding muffled vocals of Pat Phillips combined with the band’s knack for clean, well-tempered guitar work and percussion makes for a wild listen. Known for their energetic live performances, Honduras have a heavy Brooklyn presence and appear to be expanding pretty quickly, embracing the punk ideology without pretension while still letting you know they’re here. See them live at Radio Bushwick on April 26 and then at Pianos on May 10.
LINKS: Michael Haskoor
interview with Honduras from The Deli's issue #37 (Winter 2014).
We added this song to The Deli's playlist of
Best Punk/Guitar Rock songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!
Published: April 18, 2014 |
Stream: Priscilla Ahn, "Diana"
The new album by the soft-spoken, inventive songstress,
Priscilla Ahn, 'This Is Where We Are', was released earlier this year. It's a gutsy departure from her more acoustic offerings, and our ears are delighted. Lead single, "Diana," has all the sweetness, euphoria, and mystery of paragliding across a rainbow. Quirky, and at times aggressive soundscapes dance between serenading melodies. Her intimate and heartbreaking qualities are still on full display, especially on the ballad, "Remember How I Broke Your Heart." Filled with delicate instrumentation and breathless harmonies, this is Ahn in her purest form. The entire album seems to be a push and pull between comfort and exploration. Stream "Diana" below and catch her live set at The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery on May 30. - Jacqueline Caruso
Published: April 18, 2014 |
Published: December 31, 1969 |
Which of these acts should be The Deli's next NYC Artist of the Month?
Jeremy and The Harlequins
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