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A Heart is a Spade: Xiu Xiu Debuts New Video
A Heart is a Spade: Xiu Xiu Debuts New Video

November 2013
Wooden Shjips
"Back to Land

Hailing from San Francisco, psychedelic group Wooden Shjips, has just released their newest album Back to Land. The album brings together a sound crafted from inspirations that range from psychedelic music to classic rock.

The album is an entire trip in itself.  One can hear hints of 80s music, classic rock, and modern garage rock styles in the record, but they always resolve back to their classic psychedelic sound. With tracks like “In The Roses,” which brings a very spacey, low volume vocals, and a lo-fi sound that is not too cheesy or under produced. to “Ghouls,” which is a much faster, much more psychedelic rock sounding song that takes influences from classic rock guitar chords, while still utilizing classic psychedelic synthesizers.

Most songs on the album carry a jam-band sound, without becoming too abstract or getting too carried away. And in some cases, the music is so vast in genre diversity, one is surprised at the resulting sound, such as in the track, “These Shadows”, which starts off with an extremely catchy intro guitar riff and carries a vague David Bowie meets Velvet Underground sound.

“Back to Land” is a great piece of work that utilizes the potential of each member of Wooden Shjips effectively and thoroughly.

Most importantly, “Back to Land” is an experimentation of how far the psychedelic genre can stretch while still successfully staying true to its roots.

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

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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!


At The Delancey on Tuesday 10.18 we'll have a truly fantastic bill with 9 NYC based electro-pop bands - and it's going to be free!. 21+ - $8.
Full listings of the Deli's CMJ shows here. See below for the Dream Pop and Alt Rock stages that same night in the same venue (downstairs).

P.S. If you are into Pedal Effects, don't miss The Deli's STOMP BOX EXHIBIT at CMJ on Friday and Saturday!!!


7.00 - The Casualty Process

7.40 - Illuminator
8.20 - Tiny Victor ies
9.00 - Mitten
9.40 - Computer Magic

10.20 - Psychobuildings

11.00 - Pretty Good Dance Moves

11.40 - Caged Animals

12.20 - Slam Donahue


December 2014
Frankie Cosmos

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 joke!) 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)

November 2014
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

Where Is My Mind?: TJ Kong and The Atomic Bomb's Dan Bruskewicz

If you were wandering along a country road and heard music emanating from a building just a bit farther back, a juke joint were the blues and booze seem to flow in unison and an omnipresent cloud of smoke persists like a perpetual curtain. TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb transport listeners to that cabin in the back with their foot-stomping earnest intensity and Dan Bruskewicz distinguished rasped vocals. The group will celebrate the release of their new EP bluntly entitled Kong, with a show at Johnny Brenda’s Friday. The Deli caught up Bruskewicz to get his take on the process, the community and the future. Check out the entire inteview HERE. - Michael Colavita

Interview with TJ Kong & The Atomic Bomb

- by Alexis V. and Michael Colavita

If you were wandering along a country road and heard music emanating from a building just a bit farther back, a juke joint were the blues and booze seem to flow in unison and an omnipresent cloud of smoke persists like a perpetual curtain. TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb transport listeners to that cabin in the back with their foot-stomping earnest intensity and Dan Bruskewicz distinguished rasped vocals. The group will celebrate the release of their new EP bluntly entitled Kong, with a show at Johnny Brenda’s Friday. The Deli caught up Bruskewicz to get his take on the process, the community and the future.

The Deli: What are the essentials of good lyrics for you?

Dan Bruskewicz: I enjoy lyrics with some poetry as much as the next guy, but I think it's important to recognize when the vocal melody is more important than the lyrics themselves and when a lyric doesn't matter at all or works best when played for laughs. A lot of the best lyrics or my favorite ones are not trying to be anything other than fun. That said, the lyricists I enjoy the most can do it all, they can write general pop songs that are elastic enough to reach a wide audience or they can write intimate and artistic or challenging pieces. All are equally difficult. Outkast have some of my favorite lyrics because they can play EVERY angle - “Spread” is one of the most ridiculous songs ever written but it is so damn good and every word is so funny, sexy, stupid and perfect. To be able to pull that off is really amazing, it's like the highest point on the mountain. 


TD: A couple of the tracks on the new EP are older songs. What took you so long to release them, and why did you feel that they fit on this release?

DB: Sometimes you get to a point with a song where it works live, but you know that it needs something else. I have to step away, and write other songs, and work on them for a while, and then use a new outlook to really get to the bottom of songs like that. “Dynamite” and “Blood in the Bathtub” are examples of that. And that is why I wanted them on an EP, because they have had long lives and don't necessarily fit with those songs I wrote in between that helped give me the outlook to finish them. “Blood in the Bathtub” was the most popular song we ever played live when we first started playing gigs. People really liked it. We were a two-piece then. I didn't think the song had enough body as a two-piece song. It's so epic. I wanted to thicken it out on a recording. So we put it aside for a while. I think the addition of the hammond on that song was the last piece. I really wanted some organ on that song, and we only recently started using that in the songs so it had to wait until this EP to see any daylight. 


TD: Out of singing, songwriter and playing your instruments, what do you feel that you’ve made the most improvement at since your debut EP, and why?

DB: Dancing. Because fuck the rest.


TD: You play music and book shows. You are also involved with the Philly theater community. What do you think those communities can learn from each other that you don’t think has been fully realized yet?

DB: First off, Philly has the tightest knit creative community I have ever encountered. We've been to nearly every other major American city, and some places come close - Chicago, New Orleans, Asheville, Austin, but I am constantly reminded how lucky we have it in Philadelphia. We are truly in a golden age that will one day change, and the biggest thing everyone in town needs to do is just enjoy it. This is what we have all been building together. There's not another town in the country whose artists are as supportive of each other as Philly, not another town whose venues work together, and whose restaurants and bars support each other and whose Mayor actually honors that hard work. This is some rare shit. Enjoy it. 


TD: Were you a fan of the movie King Kong when you were growing up? If so, which one is your favorite version, and why?

DB: I was not a fan. I liked dinosaurs and movies about cheetahs. The original is obviously the best though, with Fay Wray. 

TD: What are your favorite drugs to perform on and write music?

DB: Tequila and Green Tea. 


TD: You obviously love your blues, country, folk and rock ‘n’ roll. If you could start a supergroup to play any other type of genre, what would it be, and who would be in the band?

DB: It would be me and the West Philly Orchestra doing the song "Zombie" by Fela Kuti. 


TD: What are TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb’s plans for the rest of 2014?

DB: Last year, we did a lot of touring. We did the SXSW tour to Texas and a tour to California and back in July. This year, we are gonna be doing some smaller tours to show off the new EP, and revisit our favorite spots on the road - more of a lazer beam and less of a shotgun blast. We have some music videos coming for the new EP that we are very excited about. We also have some killer shows in Philly that we are looking forward to, like our EP release show at Johnny Brenda's on April 18th and our 5th annual Halloween Murdershow at Underground Arts, which we are already starting to plan. And we are gonna record our next full-length LP, which will be the third in our planned trilogy of full-length records. So not much. 










Ablebody unveils new single "After Hours" + tours with Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Member of Brooklyn bands between the dreamy and the shoegazer like The Depreciation Guild and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Abel Boynton (aka Christoph Hochheim) is the man behind Ablebody. Under this moniker, Abel put out the debut EP "All My Everybody" in 2013, and just followed it up with a new single entitled "After Hours" (streaming). Almost meditative in tone, the track develops chillwave and dream pop elements through a songwriting approach that is a little more sophisticated than the average - at times almost jazzy - in a way reminiscent of cult (and terribly underrated in the US) UK pop band Prefab Sprouts. Joined by his twin brother Anton on drums, Abel will tour the US in the spring with The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, with a final stop at The Bowery Ballroom on May 22.


Bleachers (side project of Fun.'s guitarist) plays Governors Ball

Bleachers is the solo project of New Jersey's Jack Antonoff of Fun. (and NJ rock band Steel Train). Jack’s project apparently was solely an independent goal of self-discovery, and news about the band, and its debut album, were kept secret until release of the single “I Wanna Get Better” (streaming) in February. “Except for a small group of people, most of which happened to be members of my immediate family, no one was aware that this music, or this album even existed ... even though it existed so deeply to me." The anthemic single has gathered more than 230k plays on Soundcloud in just two months, spreading good vibes with its upbeat optimism. We’re waiting to see what else Antonoff’s band has in store, but in the meantime, fans in the NYC area will have the opportunity to see Bleachers live at the next Governor's Ball Fest on June 8. - Sammie Spector




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