The Deli's Covers
The Deli's Polls
CDs of the Month
---- Issue #16 ----
(October 2008)
Best Emerging NYC Artists of 2008
sponsored by

Cover:
Semi Precious Weapon


Specials:

Chairlift

The Felice Brothers

The Gay Blades

Saints and Lovers

Lach

+ The Anti Folk Scene



---- Issue #15 ----
(June 2008)


Cover:
Apes and Androids


Specials:

Chris Garneau

Castanets

Jupiter One

Shy Child


+ The Scene in Park Slope
---- Issue #14 ----
(March 2008)


Cover:
Yeasayer


Specials:

Vampire Weekend

High Places

The Virgins

A Place to Bury Strangers


+ NYC Scene as we know it
---- Issue #13 ----
(December 2007)



Cover:
Clare and the Reasons


Specials:

Les Savy Fav

Lucinda Black Bear

Enon

The Voyces

+ CMJ 2007
Special

---- Issue #12 ----
(September 2007)


Cover:
The XYZ Affair


Specials:

The Pierces

Dragons of Zynth

Die Romantik

Lowry


+ The Brooklyn DIY Scene!

---- Issue #11 ----
(July 2007)


Cover:
Parts and Labor


Specials:

Battles

Panda Bear

Foreign Islands

Hymns


Lower East Side article+Map!!

---- Issue #9 ----
(April 2007)


Cover:
Arizona


Specials:

!!! (chk chk chk)
The New York Howl

Ra Ra Riot


+ Williamsburg article+map!

---- Issue #9 ----
(January 2007)


Cover:
Professor Murder


Specials:

Matt and Kim

Earl Greyhound

O'Death

The Bowmans

---- Issue #8 ----
(October 2006)


Cover:
The Big Sleep


Specials:

Aloke

Chris Moore

Detachment Kit

Dub Trio

---- Issue #7 ----
(June 2006)



Cover:
The Jealous Girlfriend


Specials:

Dirty On Purpose

Asobi Seksu

Rahim

Theo Eastwind


---- Issue #6 ----
(April 2006)



Cover:
The Negatones


Specials:

The Hong Kong

Mice Parade

Blood On The Wall

NYC Scenemakers




---- Issue #5 ----
(December 2005)



Cover:
The Occasion


Specials:

Kudu

Four Volts

Mistakes

Spielerfrau


---- Issue #4 ----
(September 2005)


Cover:
Diamond Nights


Specials:

Alphabet City mp3!
Oneida mp3!!
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
from brainy Talking Heads and Brian Eno to brawny Clash.
Langhorne Slim

Two Man Gentlemen Band


---- Issue #3 ----
(July 2005)


Cover:
Nicole Atkins mp3!!

Sylvie Lewis

Specials:

The NYC scene mp3!

Akron/Family
The Comas mp3!!

Lucky Dragons mp3!

---- Issue #2 ----
(april 2005)



Cover:
Hopewell mp3!

Specials:

NYC '76-77 mp3!

Todd P mp3!
Inouk mp3!
Mudville

---- Issue #1----
(December 2004)


Cover:
Grizzly Bear

Specials:

The Lower East Sidemp3!

C. Gibbs
The Caulfield Sisters
Mixel Pixel
in collaboration with:

FINAL RESULTS
Jury + Deli Writers + Readers
Artist
Score
1 Chairlift
12.015
2 Vivian Girls
10.013
3 The Secret Life of Sofia
6.5
4 Blank Dogs
6
5 April Smith
5.5
6 Crystal Stilts
5.01
7 Pains of Being Pure At Heart
5.001
8 The King Left
5
Leah Siegel
5
10 Deer Tick
4.5
11 A Place To Bury Strangers
4.017
12 O'Death
4
Lowry
4
Sharon Van Etten
4
15 Air Waves
3.5
Taigaa!
3.5
17 Elizabeth & The Catapult
3.07
18 Jock
3.049
19 The Lisps
3.028
20 Department of Eagles
3.019
Mia Riddle
3.019
22 Titus Andronicus
3.01
23 Looker
3.007
Menahan Street Band
3.007
25 Five Dollar Priest
3.003
Free Blood
3.003
26 Francis & the Lights
3.002
Jaguar Love
3.002
29 KaiserCartel
2.5
  La Otracina
2.5
  Imaginary Icons
2.5
Chewing Pics
2.5
33 Lady Bright
2.069
34 Here We Go Magic      
2.049
35 Benji Cossa
2.033
36 The Gay Blades
2.032
37 Gunfight!
2.013
38 Brownwater
2.011
Gang Gang Dance
2.011
40 My Brightest Diamond
2.009
41 Religious Knives
2.005
  The Mugs
2.005
43 Blonde Acid Cult
2.004
The So So Glos
2.004
45 The Jadewalkers
2.003
46 Bern and the Brights
2
47 French Horn Rebellion
1.5
48 Ancient Sky
1.053
49 Chief
1.049
50 Takka Takka
1.015
51 Parlor Mob
1.014
52 Suckers
1.009
53 Asa Ransom
1.007
Led Er Est
1.007
Telepathe
1.007
56 Analogue Transit
1.006
Chicha Libre
1.006
58 Violens
1.005
59 Dinowalrus
1.004
World War IX
1.004
61 Kat
1.002
62 Brilliant Sweaters
1.001
63 Automatic Children
1
64 Plastiq Passion
0.5
  Electric Tickle Machine
0.5

List of NYC Jurors: Doug DeFalco (JellyNYC), Jen Kellas (themusicslut.com / After the Jump Fest), Andy French (insound.com), Darren McNeill (BAM), Jay Belin (Bowery Presents), Shirley Braha (New York Noise), Claire McNamara (OhMyRockness.com), Rich McLaughlin (wfuv.org), DJ Mojo (Promoter), Marc Hutner (Ascap), Samantha Cox (BMI), Jamie Dominguez (SESAC), Tim Putnam (Knitting Factory), Frank Garcia (Union Pool), Andy Bodor (Cake Shop), Gabriel Levitt (Jezebel Music), David Gwiazdowski (Club Midway), Daniel Selzer (NY Happenings), Xiaoting L. (The Annex), Pat Duffy (Pop Tarts Suck Toasted), Jack McFadden (Union Hall), Max Brennan (Lit Lounge), Andy McDowell (Pete's Candy Store), Abbey Braden, Paolo De Gregorio (The Deli).


Deli Readers' Poll Results
[> 300 votes = 2 points, > 250 < 325 votes = 1.5 points, > 200 < 250 votes = 1 point, > 75 < 200 = 0.5 points, <75 = 0.001 per vote]
Artist
Score
1 Bern and the Brights
2
  Lowry
2
  Leah Siegel
2
  Sharon Van Etten
2
5 April Smith
1.5
6 The King Left
1
7 Automatic Children
1
8 Deer Tick
0.5
9 French Horn Rebellion
0.5
10 Deer Tick
0.5
11 Chewing Pics
0.5
12 Imaginary Icons
0.5
13 KaiserCartel
0.5
La Otracina
0.5
15 Air Waves
0.5
16 Plastiq Passion
0.5
17 Taigaa!
0.5
18 The Secret Life of Sofia
0.5
19 Electric Tickle Machine
0.5
20 Lady Bright
0.069

Deli Writers' Poll Results
[> 300 votes = 2 points, > 250 < 325 votes = 1.5 points, > 200 < 250 votes = 1 point, > 75 < 200 = 0.5 points, <75 = 0.001 per vote]
Artist
Score
1 Vivian Girls
3
2 A Place To Bury Strangers
2
3 April Smith
1
  Blonde Acid Cult
1
  Deer Tick
1
  The King Left
1
  The Lisps
1
  Deer Tick
1
  French Horn Rebellion
1
  Deer Tick
1
  Francis & the Lights
1
  Gunfight!
1
  My Brightest Diamond
1
Pains of Being Pure At Heart
1
  The So So Glos
1
  Sharon Van Etten
1

List of voting writers: Bill Dvorak, Bree Dillon, Dan Berkman, Erin O'Keefe, Joe Coscarelli, Ken Partridge, Lauren Piper, Nancy Chow, Nell Alk, Rebecca Firesheet, Ryan Henriquez, Taleen Kalenderian, Toney Palumbo, Yael Greenberg, Zack Dinerstein.

Jury Vote Breakdown
Artist
Score
  Chairlift
3+2+2+2+2+1=12
  Vivian Girls
2+2+3=7
  The Secret Life of Sofia
3+3=6
  Blank Dogs
3+3=6
  April Smith
3
  Crystal Stilts
3+2=5
  Pains of Being Pure At Heart
1+1+2=4
  The King Left
4+1=5
Leah Siegel
3
  Deer Tick
3
  A Place To Bury Strangers
2
  O'Death
3+1=4
Lowry
2
Sharon Van Etten
1
  Air Waves
3
Taigaa!
3
  Elizabeth & The Catapult
3
  Jock
3
  The Lisps
3
  Department of Eagles
3
Mia Riddle
3
  Titus Andronicus
3
  Looker
3
Menahan Street Band
3
  Five Dollar Priest
3
Free Blood
3
  Francis & the Lights
3
Jaguar Love
3
  KaiserCartel
2
  La Otracina
2
  Imaginary Icons
2
Chewing Pics
2
  Lady Bright
2
  Here We Go Magic      
2
  Benji Cossa
2
  The Gay Blades
2
  Gunfight!
2
  Brownwater
2
Gang Gang Dance
2
  My Brightest Diamond
2
  Religious Knives
2
  The Mugs
2
  Blonde Acid Cult
2
The So So Glos
2
  The Jadewalkers
2
  Bern and the Brights
0
  French Horn Rebellion
1
  Ancient Sky
1
  Chief
1
  Takka Takka
1
  Parlor Mob
1
  Suckers
1
  Asa Ransom
1
Led Er Est
1
Telepathe
1
  Analogue Transit
1
Chicha Libre
1
  Violens
1
  Dinowalrus
1
World War IX
1
  Kat
1
  Brilliant Sweaters
1
  Automatic Children
0
  Plastiq Passion
0
  Electric Tickle Machine
0

List of NYC Jurors: Doug DeFalco (JellyNYC), Jen Kellas (themusicslut.com / After the Jump Fest), Andy French (insound.com), Darren McNeill (BAM), Jay Belin (Bowery Presents), Shirley Braha (New York Noise), Claire McNamara (OhMyRockness.com), Rich McLaughlin (wfuv.org), DJ Mojo (Promoter), Marc Hutner (Ascap), Samantha Cox (BMI), Jamie Dominguez (SESAC), Tim Putnam (Knitting Factory), Frank Garcia (Union Pool), Andy Bodor (Cake Shop), Gabriel Levitt (Jezebel Music), David Gwiazdowski (Club Midway), Daniel Selzer (NY Happenings), Xiaoting L. (The Annex), Pat Duffy (Pop Tarts Suck Toasted), Jack McFadden (Union Hall), Max Brennan (Lit Lounge), Andy McDowell (Pete's Candy Store), Abbey Braden, Paolo De Gregorio (The Deli).


The Deli's Bands of the Month 2008
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February 2008 - 2nd half

February 2008 - 1st half
January 2008
For the Artists of the Month
of 2007 see here
The Deli's Best of NYC 2007 - FINAL RESULTS
sponsored by:


Combined results (Jury + Readers)
Jurors had 3 votes each (3 points for the first artist, 2 for the second, 3 for the 3rd). The readers vote was counted this way: 3 points for the first classified (My Other Friend); 2 for the 2nd (Fireflies); 1 for the 3rd (Beluga). From the 4th classifieds on each reader vote was counted as 1/1000 of a vote (example: 100 votes = 0.100)

1 Yeasayer - 10.017 (9 jury, 1 writers, 17 readers)
2 Vampire Weekend - 9.014 (7-2-14)
3 High Places - 8.014 (8-0-14)
4 The XYZ Affair - 6.049 (6-0-14)
5 Pterodactyl - 5.005 (5-0-5)
6 Suckers - 4.028 (4-0-28)
7 A Place to Bury Strangers - 4.022 (4-0-22)
8 Team Robespierre - 4.01 (4-0-10)
9 Mad Juana - 3.269 (3-0-269)
10 Ra Ra Riot - 3.031 (2-1-31)
11 Goes Cube - 3.027 (2-1-27)
12 Les Savy Fav - 3.019 (2-1-19)
13 The Virgins - 3.013 (3-0-13)
14 Paleo - 3.012 (3-0-12)
15 Blank Dogs - 3.008 (3-0-8)
16 Standing Nudes - 3.007 (3-0-7)
17 No Neck Blues Band - 3.004 (3-0-4)
18 Rahim - 3.004 (3-0-4)
18 The Epochs - 3.004 (3-0-4)
20 My Other Friend - 3 (0-0-readers poll winner)
20 Cassettes Won't Listen - 3 (3-0-0)
22 Cruel Black Dove - 2.323 (2-0-323)
23 White Hills - 2.092 (2-0-92)
24 My Teenage Stride - 2.058 (2-0-58)
25 Hologram - 2.056 (2-0-56)
26 These Are Powers - 2.029 (2-0-29)
27 Ola Podrida - 2.022 (2-0-22)
28 The Gay Blades - 2.017 (2-0-17)
29 The Pains of Being Pure at Heart 2.011 (2-0-11)
30 The Dust Dive - 2.006 (2-0-6)
31 Sam Champion - 2.002 (2-0-2)
31 Kinetic - 2.002 (2-0-2)
33 Fire Flies - 2 (0-0-readers' poll 2nd place)
34 Lucinda Black Bear - 1.077 (1-0-77)
35 Mancino - 1.066 (1-0-66)
35 Telenovela Star - 1.066 (1-0-66)
37 Man in Gray - 1.027 (1-0-27)
38 Gates of Heaven - 1.015 (1-0-15)
38 White Rabbits - 1.015 (1-0-15)
40 White Magic - 1.01 (1-0-10)
40 Blues Control - 1.01 (1-0-10)
42 Muggabears - 1.009 (1-0-9)
43 Baby Oliver - 1.008 (1-0-8)
44 Project Jenny Project Jan - 1.005 (1-0-5)
45 The Press - 1.003 (1-0-3)
46 Beluga - 1 (0-0-readers poll 3rd place)
47 Automatic Children - 0.158 (0-0-158)
For the Artists of the Month
of 2007 see here


December 2008
Callers
"Fortune"

mp3!!


It took me decades to appreciate that it is often if not always true that less is more. This is a development in taste many music lovers seem to follow: an early love for the chaotic fullness of rock, metal, industrial music, combined with despise for the mellow and sparse atmospheres our oldest friends seem to appreciate. Then, when the fast pace and chaotic fullness of work (or study) takes over our lives, there comes the need for sparser, emptier music, that can remind us how "slower emotions" are a potent antidote to that poison that is the (self imposed) workaholic lifestyle.

Callers are a Brooklyn based trio that isn't afraid of silence in between notes. To describe their music we could say that "way less is much more", as songs can't really get any sparser than this - the void becomes a band member, more present than any other instrument. The band's music is full of blues and country references, although the songwriting has a progressive approach to these genres: some tracks like "More Than Right" make Nick Cave's slower ballads spring to mind, while others recall The Cowboy Junkies of course, and - once again - Joni Mitchell. Sara Lucas' expressive, somehow relinquishing alto infuses even more intensity to "Fortune", in particular in our favorite track, called "Rone". - PDG - website

November 2008
Becca Stevens
"Tea Bye Sea"

mp3!!


I've never really been very interested in jazzy folk, until the day when, while riding the London "tube", I was violently hit by Joni Mitchell's album Hejira, a CD I was actually on my way to sell. The Canadian singer songwriter is not one of those artists who leave storms of disciples, like say The Velvet Underground. Probably because while every half assed (but charismatic) musician can put together a 3 chord moody song and sing it slightly out of tune, updating Mitchell's legacy requires a humongous dose of talent and self discipline (which has never been a rock'n'roll must...)
Becca Stevens has the talent and the instrumental skill to pick up Joni Mitchell’s legacy. Her level of musical maturity is outstanding for her young age. Her debut album Sea Bye Tea showcases her many abilities: a beautiful alto voice, complex but balanced and original songwriting, an intricate and personal way to play the acoustic guitar, and last but not least: a bunch of musicians who aren't interested in playing the old boring standard folk parts. We saw Becca perform solo at the Williamsburg Songwriter Competition 2008 and we were captured. Hopefully she’ll find the strength to keep at this and explore new paths in a musical genre that desperately needs young, daring heroes. - PDG - website

October 2008
Crystal Stilts
"Alight of Night"

mp3!!


So that's where Ian Curtis' ghost went. The Crystal Stilts represent Brooklyn's morose, rockin' freshly undead population—or that's the impression their music gives. Bathed in a thick coat of Joy Division and glittered with a blend of the Smiths and Cramps-style zombie surf, the Crystal Stilts are bringing back an air of goth in music but (thankfully) leaving the adjunct fashion trends behind.
A few of their songs (and tourdates) on their Myspace page and a free download of their very own theme song ( found at Stereogum) should tide you over until their debut album Alight of Night is released on the Sumberland label at the end of the month.
The Crystal Stilts will be off to the West-coast for a bit after their October 25th show at the Yard (a perfect pre-Halloween fix)—so see them soon or prepare to wait for their imminent return with the rest of New York's slothenly creatures of the night. - website

September 2008
Department of Eagles
"In Ear Park"

mp3!!

Department of Eagles
possesses a peculiar sound, different from most music at the moment. Faint traces of influence from other musicians are detectable, but only in the most basic ways. Matthew Herbert comes to mind, with his penchant for musique concrete (recorded sounds and noises not necessarily musical), minus the political commentary. Beyond this, DoE really stands apart as an unparalleled force to be reckoned with. With its eerie instrumental elements and oft disturbing high-pitched harmonizing, its overall aesthetic proves not only original, but also largely indefinable. What springs to mind upon listening to “In Ear Park” is a carnival. A circus. A bizarre bazaar. These entities together greet the past and meet the future within what can only be described as a cross between a dream and a nightmare. Fred Nicolaus, Daniel Rossen, Chris Bear and Chris Taylor are responsible for this methodic and compulsive departure from mainstream to above and beyond anything you’ve heard before or since. Experimental with a twist of extraterrestrial, DoE’s sound surprisingly reminds me of The Beatles, both musically and lyrically. I’ll leave you with a clever line from the third track on the album, “Classical Records”: “Do you listen to your classical records anymore?/ Or do you let them sleep in their sleeves where they weep?” Poetic and poignant, this snippet merely scratches the surface of this laudable disc, laden with deeper meaning and packed with potential. Best songs? “No One Does It Like You” and “Around the Bay.” – Nell Alk - website
August 2008
Luke Temple
"Snowbeast"

mp3!!

I know this CD came out ages ago (August 2007), but records follow mysterious routes before they land on our CD player, and a late landing isn't a good reason to forget about a quality flight - and yes, we'll put this ill-conceived airline metaphor to rest now. "Snowbeast" sounds like the product of an inspired and talented artist who spent several months playing around with his toy (music), discovering and experimenting with a series of instruments, ranging from the acoustic to the electronic. There is a strong traditional element in this record, which constitutes its solid songwriting spine. But in this world overloaded with good songwriters, the next level is found in the details, and details put this CD in a category of its own: the odd tempos popping up suddenly in the chorus of "Saturday People", the plodding piano in "Serious" and that samba rhythm that comes to the surface every now and then; the unexpected quirky analog synths in The Owl Song, the droney vocals punctuated by the banjo in Time Rolls A Hill - which almost sounds psychedelic in an early Pink Floyd kind of way. Overall, the arrangements are top notch - creative without sounding too quirky, imaginative but still "organic" - they serve the song and add to it, rather than distract. Luke Temple sounds like Beck would - if he had a much higher registry and a background in country music rather than indie rock and hip hop. His well tempered falsetto can sound whimsical and theatrical, but also sincere and compelling when required, in the latter reminding one of our adopted NYC heroes: Jeff Buckley. "Snowbeast" is a fantastic record, obviously created in a moment of grace. It's music at its best: a profound but entertaining toy for our ears. - PDG - website
July 2008
Chairlift
"Does You Inspire You"

mp3!!


In today's overcrowded, constantly experimenting indie rock arena, genre bending (mixing and shaking) is almost the only possible route for artists that aspire to sound original.
Needless to say, beside the obvious importance of songwriting, musical skill, character and all that jazz, the choice of the ingredients (i.e. the various genres for the "mix") has its fair share of importance. Chairlift's pick is a very intriguing one - and the band, in their debut full length CD "Does You Inspire You?" demonstrates the skills of mixing them together like the musical equivalent of an iron chef. There's something really wonderful about the song called Earwig Town: it somehow manages to merge Morriconian cowboy movie soundtracks and ethereal atmospheres - strongly emerging about half the way through the song - reminiscent of Enya and The Cocteau Twins.
"Planet Health" - a droney, mellow number - brings in pretty Chinese chimes melodies in some sort of Nick Kershaw-y arrangement (huge Nick fan here!) - poppy slapped bass line included! (Please note that slapped bass has been purposely banned from indie music for decades...) Chairlift, with their confident female vocals, their beautiful musical architecture built on exotic and varied influences, the sometimes ironic male voice counterpoint (see the song "Evident Utensil"), is a complex, compelling band that brings new life to a scene that cannot survive without the blessing of imagination. - PDG - website

June 2008
Samamidon
"All Is Well"

mp3!!


I've always had a problem with the term "Alt Country" applied to Wilco's "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot", simply because the country elements in that record sound extremely subtle to my ears.
Samamidon's "All Is Well", on the contrary, sounds exactly like Alt Country should sound: music that delivers classic country elements - arpeggioing acoustic guitar, banjos and fiddles, a slightly melancholic voice telling stories about little guys called Johnny Brown - altered through an alternative take on it. In this case, traditional country music loses its direct approach and density of instrumentation in favor of sparse, repetitive, slowly building atmospheric songs. Samamidon's melodic cadence - throughout the album - works as a constant reminder that this is a country record, even when the banjos and fiddles are nowhere to be heard, like in the mellower tracks. Relying on a few words, a rather repetitive melody, and a progressive raise in tension, "Little Johnny Brown" is a song that is at once powerful, disturbing and enjoyable - we need more of this, more goosebumps from music. - website

May 2008
Alice Cohen
"Sky Flowers"

mp3!!


The beauty of the Deli's Record of the Month is that it can be assigned to any un-hyped artist we really like. Alice Cohen definitely doesn't have a lot of buzz at the moment, although she's been making music for some time with bands like the Vels and Die Monster Die. But her songs bring us back to the wonderful years when 4AD was the coolest label on earth - not for The Pixies and The Breeders just yet, but because of other sophisticated, dark sounding, incredibly creative artists like: Dead Can Dance, Cocteau Twins, This Mortal Coil, Pale Saints etc. The sound in question is equal parts ethereal vocals, electronic arrangements and unexpected twists. The song Black Pepper in particular is a little gem that deserves your attention: with its incessant and obsessive guitar line, swirly effects and beautiful vocal harmonizations, it sounds a little like a new wave version of Enya. The distinctive analog sound of the Oberheim keyboard is central to most of the songs, in particular, we like Rings of Saturn and Seaweed. - PDG website

April 2008
Violens
"Self Titled"

mp3!!


Bands are successful for different reasons. Some of them have built their career on their live energy, others on their attitude and good looks and some on the actual music... But there aren't that many artists whose songs are so good to have the power to "hit" the average music lover at first listening. Violens definitely belong to this category. Their sunny pop doesn't have the tension rockers might crave, but shines in pretty much any other department: beautiful songwriting, imaginative arrangement, airy melodies, solid structure... gorgeous vocals and backing vocals. The result draws obvious comparisons to Brian Wilson and his Boys, making this probably the NYC band with the least NYC sound out there. But don't we need a little bit of the West Coast's chill in this frantic city?

P.S. The timing of this discovery is also perfect, as the Violens music IS as warm and flowery as this NYC spring. - PDG - website - buy it now

March 2008
We Tigers
"Blood Moon"

mp3!!

I thought that the NYC scene (or any other one for that matter) had taken the psych rock genre to its spaciest, trippiest and most out there - when I heard We Tigers. The first track began with nothing but a sitar and then some intense drumming; fazed vocals kicked in and a full blast of guitar - some kind of free rock took shape, which seriously inspired me. Their music is melodic, complex and captivating. Vocalist Harris Novick sings with the tone of a man in the throughs of desperation. Pure and believable, his is the sort of wonderful cry whose every word you want to believe without a shadow of a doubt. The band moves effortlessly from a lilt to a wall of noise hitting the listener square in the chest. New York Indie meets British New Wave, with a bit of an eastern flavor brought by Michael Kirsch's sitar, who has spent some time in India studying with the instrument's original masters. The band are presently in the studio working on their third release for Them Tigers Records, the follow up to the acclaimed Rivals EP, and should be hitting the road soon. We can only imagine the joyful madness of this bands live show. - TJ Olsen - website

February 2008
Apes and Androids
"Blood Moon"

mp3!!

Two years after their seemingly out-of-nowhere arrival on the NYC music scene, Apes & Androids prove with their debut album, "Blood Moon," that reports of this band's awesomeness are not exaggerated. This 18-track behemoth of an album demonstrates a mastery of a dazzling array of styles - hip-hop, R&B, geek-rock, cinematically orchestrated epics, and Radiohead-esque introspection, to name only a few. The thread connecting it all is the sheer explosion of creativity and technical skill that this album sends spewing out from the speakers. Depending on one's attachment to traditional song structures, some of the tracks on the album may feel short on choruses or predictable trajectories – but the departure from convention on this album does impart a certain freshness to the listening experience.
For those who would like to know all the wonders this band has to offer first-hand, I have two recommendations: buy the album here) and read a Deli interview with the band here. -Handlebar Jack - website

January 2008
Kino
"Map of the Universe"

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Is being pretentious an unbearably naive personality trait or an essential quality of the greatest artists? Probably both things, but let's stress the positives here: rock'n'roll has always been very much about pretending - unlike becoming a lawyer or an architect, there's no piece of paper that certifies the "rockstar" status: you just have to be able to pull it off (i.e. pretend well enough) - and somehow manage to sell records.
NY/London based Kino seems to have the 1st part of the job nailed - at least on the communication side of things. He describes himself as a musician poet, filmmaker and the personification of revolt (hey, I did warn you!). He skillfully takes advantage of new media to transmit his work from artist to audience, skipping the industry medium (check out his website in this regard). Map of the Universe, his latest work, is comprised of a book, album and film. The work is reported to attempt to overcome the limits of language and is centered on the iconographic character '9,' who discovers the ancient Map of the Universe. As far as selling records goes, let's say Kino is on the right path. He has landed a residency at Nublu - the alphabet city based venue/label that was instrumental in launching electronic world pop heroes Brazilian Girls. His music is an interesting melange of electronic pop and experimental trials and errors, ranging from melancholic futuristic ballads a la' Air ("Bequeath Me the World") to more personal and aggressive songs full of attitude and weird sound (like our favorite "Vainglorious"). A vein reminiscent of the British psychedelia of the 60s emerges here and there ("Hypnotic" and "Watchman"). - PDG - website


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