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December 2014
""bury me at makeout creek"

In her third album "bury me at makeout creek," Brooklyn songwriter Mitski reveals a dual musical personality and a multi-faceted talent. Opener "texas reznikoff" presents us with what (deceptively) sounds like your regular, acoustic guitar armed singer songwriter, who gently sings about her wishes, her lovers and far away lands. It takes less than a minute and a half for that first impression to get completely subverted by a sudden build up of distorted guitars. The sonic saturation continues in the following track, the noise pop gem "townie," where Mitski sounds like a riot girl of the new millennium, crafting a beautifully tense melody, full of carefree lyrics, over an unrelenting carpet of fuzzy guitars and feedback. Following track "first love / late spring" take us back to the initial sparseness, introducing a very elegant, if not seductive melody, reminiscent of the crooning charmers of the '50s. A few tracks later, "jobless monday" doubles down on the crooner-pop influences, forging another incredibly beautiful vocal line. The rest of the record keeps dwelling between these recurrent extremes, revealing an artist who relies on her pop sensibility to allow her poetry to shine, while her instinctive, youthful angst leads her to reject anything that's too conventional or predictable. Many great records emerge from this kind of tension.

The 60's
Bob Dylan

Simon and Garfunkel

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
Sonic Youth
Bad Brains
Beastie Boys
Bruce Springsteen
The Feelies
Laurie Anderson
They Might Be Giants
John Zorn
Arto Lindsay
Sonic Youth
The Fleshtones
The 90's

Jeff Buckley

The Magnetic Fields
Yo La Tengo
Soul Coughing
Cat Power
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

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Show Alert: Them Vibes, Super Shaker, and Slowriter at The East Room 12.22

Whether you're leaving town in a few days or about to have an unwanted houseful of relatives, take advantage of your f*cked-up holiday schedule by treating Monday like a Friday and taking yourself out to see some music. The East Room has a great lineup for such an off night, consiting of some local faves, up-and-comers, and out-of-towners. Its also budget-friendly at $5. The show starts at 8pm, and is 18+.

Them Vibes:

It's no secret that the Deli Nashville loves Them Vibes, who have always proven capable of bringing some down and dirty rock and roll to any situation, and countering it with some down-home rootsiness. We've been digging the level of quality in their recent video for "Lorelei."

Super Shaker:

We posted about their single "Kong" a few months ago, and then chanced upon them last Wednesday at the Tin Roof, and were blown away. While "Kong" might conjure visoins of some rigid nerd rockers poking at keyboards, Super Shaker kicked our expectations in the face with their high-energy onslaught of gritty, post-punk electronica. These boys can put on a SHOW.


Hailing from Atlanta, GA, Bryan Taylor and a rotating cast of friends operates under the title of Slowriter. He coaxes out interesting loops with a hip-hop sense of direction, and branding them with his particular quirk and earnesty. "King of the Void" is the title track of his recent 2014 release.


Philadelphia Independent Craft Market w/Khari Mateen at District N9NE Dec. 21

The 8th Annual holiday edition of the Philadelphia Independent Craft Market descends upon District N9NE today, just in time for some last minute shopping for the perfect gift. And it will feature 40+ arts & craft and vintage vendors who will be selling an eclectic selection of handmade jewelry, apparel, antiques, and then some. There will also be food supplied from the likes of Vernalicious and the Cupcake Carnivale as well as refreshments from Philadelphia Brewing Company. It wouldn't be an Independent Craft Market without some live music, and this time it will be headlined by the Grammy/Emmy-winning multi-instrumenatlist, songwriter, and producer Khari Mateen. The multi-faceted musician has recently collaborated with his father, Radji Mateen Sr., who is a seasoned saxophonist that has worked with the likes of Kindred Family Soul, Dice Raw, and Snoop Dog, to rework his song Thinking About You. The market will also feature a performance by The Philadelphia Reggae Band. District N9NE, 460 N. 9th St, 12pm, $2, All Ages - Bill McThrill


Congratulations to Le fomo for Winning The Deli Magazine SF's Artist of the Month poll

Congratulations to Le fomo for winning The Deli Magazine San Francisco's Artist of the Month poll. We asked, you voted and this San Francisco based electro experimental pop band came out on top. They're an uber creative group and are working hard while releasing a new music video.

We wish them all the success in their musical endeavors!


Louds Opening for Cheerleader & Dream Safari at JB's Dec. 20

Starting as a familiar collaboration between brothers Pete & Charlie Brooks and growing to incorporate friends within the artistic community, Louds has set the bar relatively high with their single “Ways,” a highly contagious electronic blast of loose, fun energy. With its free-flowing iridescent tones meshing with clear augmenting lyrics and a constant danceable groove, the song is a promising first step as they work on their EP If More People Bought Art, More People Would Buy Art. Tonight, Louds opens the evening of performances at Johnny Brenda’s, which also features the inviting jungle-vibed electronic blend of synth/keys and percussion of Dream Safari, a.k.a. Chris Coulton, shining a steady luminosity in which movement proliferates. The vibrant, joy evoking tunes of Cheerleader will headline this bill of locals. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9:15pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita


Teen Girl Scientist Monthly plays Rockwood on 01.03

NYC's Teen Girl Scientist Monthly coined a new genre to describe their upbeat, energetic music: "pop stomp" (why not "stomp pop"? It sounds better...) Here at The Deli we are fans of the band’s fast paced pick-me-up single “Summer Skin”, which feels like a well needed shot of unpretentious rock'n'roll, something kind of rare in our tense and often angry rock scene. The Brooklyn band has a super fun live show that has the potential to get even the laziest of humans out of their seats for some frantic dancing. That's why they are asked to play Rockwood Music Hall on a Saturday - in this case January 3, 2015. - Robert Frezza



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