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January 2015
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Our regular readers may have noticed that we like to highlight residencies played by local artists in local venues, but admittedly we entirely missed Bonsai's November one at Pete Candy's Store - admittedly, we weren't aware that the lovely east Williamsburg venue actually had residencies! Well, not only they have them, but they also pick good artists for them, since Bonsai's music is an absolute delight. Their self titled debut EP is a delicate and dreamy alt folk gem. Opener "Bonsai Trees" - the most accomplished track on the record, streaming below - shows the trio's interest in revisiting traditional American music in new ways, employing intriguing percussive textures, inventive and appropriate guitar parts, and a production that's edgy without being over the top. Of course, all this wouldn't do much if Simone Stevens' vocals and melodies weren't spot on, confident and compelling. The magic continues with "When it Rains," a more subdued track floating in oozes of reverb and supported by what sounds like an acoustic guitar two-note sample loop. Atmospheric ballad "I fashion you are a dreamer" turns up the melancholy big time with a verse as intense as it gets, only to deliver one of those powerfully uplifting choruses that - unless you are fully corrupted by life - can touch you in deep ways. Upbeat pop number "I Like You Man" and final folky song "Messed Up" fill up the record competently, but without reaching the heights of the first three tracks. This is a small, beautiful record with the power to awaken emotions and make people closer, i.e. exactly what the doctor orders every time a new year begins.

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A Deli NYC premiere: "Prisms" by Youth Signals

Despite being a Brooklyn band, Youth Signals' latest single, 'Prisms,' carries characteristics of the other coast - or maybe even of the music some UK bands were playing in the late 80s (Psychedelic Furs, Echo and the Bunnymen). The song evokes a landscape (and society) far from hospitable ("we live in a land where everyone steals…. crumbling buildings/ no one has a home"), but for all its bleak content, 'Prisms' retains a hopeful disposition. Its sun-stroked, washed-out guitar keeps the song afloat, and this, coupled with the darkly lush vocals and languid pace of the drums, imparts a serene sense of calm. Towards the middle, the song slows, bending to entropy, but it soon breaks through, returning to its original elated existence. - @emilioherce

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


Album Review: Krill--A Distant Fist Unclenching

A Distant Fist Unclenching, the newest batch of songs from Boston’s Krill, is--for lack of a more refined, technical musical term--freakin' awesome. Heavy Modest Mouse and Built to Spill influences permeate the tracks, especially on songs like “Foot.” Super-tight stops and thick guitars are rampant throughout this song (and the rest of the album), making it nearly impossible not to crank this record as loud as your speakers will go. 

Krill has quite a big year planned so far. Currently on a European tour, the band will be back in Boston on 3/13 for an LP release show at Great Scott, before heading back on the road for a string of dates that will be capped-off by an opening spot at this May's Boston Calling festival.  

For more about Krill (and to check out their upcoming tour dates), click here.

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)



Daniel Knox "Don't Touch Me"

This week Daniel Knox released his self-titled album on Carrot Top Records. You can purchase the album in all versions here. The album's first single is called "Don't Touch Me" and is accompanied by the beautifully directed video below.

Knox will be performing at a sold out show at Constellation on Saturday Feb. 28th.


On An On "Drifting"

After two years of touring and a move to Minnesota, On an On are back with a new single called "Drifting".

The band is heading down to SXSW back will be returning to Chicago on March 30th to play Lincoln Hall with Big Data and Chappo.


New Track: "Get Free" (Feat. Brian Dale Allen Strouse) - Kuf Knotz

Brooklyn/Philly emcee Kuf Knotz recruited The Lawsuit's Brian Dale Allen Strouse to lay down the hook for his latest single "Get Free." Producer Goldenspiral (a.k.a. Adrian Michael) also brought out their inner-reggae warriors on this track from his forthcoming album A Positive Light (Ropeadope). Kuf Knotz will be celebrating its release in Philadelphia on Saturday, March 28 at Franky Bradley's (formerly Sisters), the new Center City restaurant/bar/music venue from Mark Bee (Silk City, N. 3rd).



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