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July 2015
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

The 60's

Band of Gypsys

Bob Dylan

Bruce Haack

The Fugs

The Godz

Holy Modal Rounders

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
Afrika Bambaataa
Arto Lindsay
Bad Brains
Beastie Boys
Bruce Springsteen
The Feelies
The Fleshtones
Grandmaster Melle Mel
John Zorn
Laurie Anderson
Public Enemy
Run D.M.C.
Sonic Youth
They Might Be Giants
The 90's
A Tribe Called Quest
Cat Power

Jeff Buckley

The Magnetic Fields
The Notorious B.I.G.
Soul Coughing
Yo La Tengo
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

This is a preview of the new Deli charts - we are working on finalizing them by the end of 2013.

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Mad electropop scientists Superhumanoids performs new album at El Rey Theatre 10/14

It seems only yesterday that the Los Angeles trio Superhumanoids sculpted cane sugar citadels in the EP "Parasite Paradise", after their new wave adrenaline debut "Urgency" in 2010. When The Deli last spoke with the band, singer/guitarist Cameron Parkins admitted to indulging in "our more pronounced production traits," remixing tracks from Local Natives, Xiu Xiu, New Beat Fund, and more. Then in 2013, Superhumanoids went molecular and built tones from scratch in the charged LP Exhibitionists, only to mutate their sophomore game two years later with the confident electropop nightwalk Do You Feel OK? At this point it's pretty clear that Sarah Chernoff's voice goes well with everything — even copious amounts of gamma radiation.

So it's not just that we like Superhumanoid's diverse and uniquely superhuman sound.

We really like Superhumanoids' shared devotion to secret-formula serums, and occasionally exposing their friends' tracks to mutagenic chemicals.

We like that they're throwing a homecoming party to end their Fall Tour, with Blackbird Blackbird and Rush Midnight on Wednesday, 10/14 at The El Rey Theatre.

But what we like most about Superhumanoids: their songs are always free to stream online. Seriously. - Ryan Mo

'Koolin' at the End of Summer with Charlee Bankston x Deni

Emcees Charlee Bankston and Deni come harder and hotter than a patch of city concrete sittin' out in the Texas late-summer sun (we don't have fall here, but y'all know that) on new minimalist track "Koolin." This beat is built on just about nothin' else except a repeated oldschool rock 'n roll sample counting "One, two, three, four," a few snares, claps and bass beats and the full-court press vocals of Bankston and Deni, who take turns spittin' on the punchy beat. The rap here is allowed to be massively present due to the minimal beat, and it is some good damn rhymin' with an earworm hook, and it's hard to say whether the flow is the star for being so prominent and good, or if the boombastic beat is what makes it for providing so nice a frame for the emcees to do their thing over. Either way you wanna look at it, this hip-hop from Bankston and Deni is solid and catchy as fuck- the perfect thing to finish off the summer with a no-fucks-given bang. Get listenin'.


Geoff Earle's New Project Stiletto Feels Releases its First, Funky-Weird Single

Stiletto Feels is a project that we’ve actually posted on before, back when it seemed to be known online as The Big Fist, but when we dropped a piece on a track back at that point, we got us a confused but polite message from bandleader Geoff Earle wondering how we’d found what was then an unshared SoundCloud account meant to show off what he was working on to his close friends.

That track was taken down, and we’ve sat put on Earle (known for his work with Fresh Millions) ever since, until now. Just a few weeks ago, one of Earle’s other new tracks “Steal Your Guitar” was released at an Empire Control room show with a pretty fucking wildly good lineup (BLXPLTN, Shmu, Black Books, Corduroi, Chipper Jones and Dana Falconberry were just part of the list of groups playing), and now we can finally post on this killer-ass new music coming from one of Austin’s most uniquely musical minds.

We’re into being able to finally talk about the layered and indie electrofunky project that Stiletto Feels is, especially because “Steal Your Guitar” was so good back when we heard it a few months ago, we almost posted it as our single of the day instead of the track we went with. In fact, we like it so much, we've nominated Stiletto Feels for Artist of the Month on the strength of this track, as well on what we know is to come from these guys in the near future.

Backboned by a supersynthy, glimmering night of a melody that sounds a bit classic Vitalic or Kavinksy and then slammin’ into somethin’ funkier for the chorus, “Steal Your Guitar’s” main strength outside of its smooth synthetic grooves is its strange lyrics and subject and their equally weird delivery. Sung in a nicely and appropriately subdued but pretty manner that balances well with the heavy funk of the bass and the prettiness of the rest of the track, the lyrics of “Steal Your Guitar” are delivered from the perspective of a supposed friend of an unnamed musician’s friend who is outright telling the unlucky artist that they are about to have their guitar stolen, by said friend and for drugs.

The song is pretty bitchin’ in the way it creates this believable and poignant narrative of a situation that feels totally real (and, as I and many others who have owned guitars can tell you, this is definitely something that happens) and is pretty hardcore to listen to explained so directly. Paired with the fun and groovy instrumentals, it’s exactly the kind of pop song that we’ve been craving- something that pushes the edges of pop music out further while still being undeniably part of the pop canon.

Listen to this first track from Stiletto Feels here, and keep posted for more info on the rest of the tracks the project is said to be releasing soon. We hear it’s more of what we had found on that original SoundCloud page, all of which was perfectly killer, and that the recording process was quite unique indeed and involved folks from acts like Shmu and The Sword. We’ll have more on that as it releases, for now let Stiletto Feels tell you exactly how it goes down when a good buddy tells you to your face how they’re about to fuck you over.


Bay Area Musician DJ and Music Writer Curates Original Mixtape

Editor´s Note:

The Bay Area veteran musician, record collector/retailer and music writer, Derek See curated a short but sweet mixtape today. We´re always into supporting local musicians who express themselves in different ways. I was personally lucky enough to have local musicians and music writers like, Joel Gion, Goldmine Sacks and Lauren Espina contribute mixtapes to my nonprofit organization, Publik / Private and Derek See has shared the latest edition of Publik / Private´s original mixtapes.

¨The Gentle Cycle is See´s current and main music project. He also plays occasional guitar with Myron & E, The Rain Parade and Chocolate Watchband.¨

Enjoy this mixtape of classics and be encouraged to put together your own mixtapes!


Alyeska releases powerful new track "Medicine River"

Alyeska is the recording moniker of Alaska Reid, a Montana native now based in LA with a dry, brittle-as-fine-glass vocal tonality reminiscent of contemporaries like Sharon Van Etten and Laura Marling. Her latest single, "Medicine River", is a drifting anthem that soars with an emotional freedom that allows her to cleanse herself thoroughly from all wounds. Produced by recording mastermind John Agnello, the track’s jagged guitar lines and thumping snares are accented with a newfound clarity that follows the song’s theme to move the story forward.

You can catch Alyeska play an acoustic show at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs on October 15th, followed by a full band show at the Study on October 16th.



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