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September 2015
Advance Base
"Nephew In The Wild

To say an album "returns to form" seems to allude to something being off or missing or in a deformed state in previous releases. With the new album from Advance Base (aka Owen Ashworth), Nephew In The Wild, it is more of a beautiful blending of two "forms". This album could have easily been the first Casiotone for the Painfully Alone album since 2009's Vs. Children. This is a clear return to the sound and storytelling of the Casiotone persona. The album's open track and lead single "Trisha Please Come Home" in the perfect example. Ashworth spins tales of the everyday but tinges of sadness. His stories are sweet and sad, and always fully realized. Musically, the album is filled with familiar sounds from an array of instruments; Electric pianos, drum kits, drum machines, autoharps, Omnichords, Optigans, Mellotrons. All of this, blending with Ashworth's skill, create a perfect late summer and early fall soundtrack.

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Summer 2014. NYC Issue #39
(10 Year Anniversary!)
Read it here


On a Friday night of December 2004, at Manhattan venue Sin-e' in Attorney Street, an emerging NYC band with a home recorded debut album played The Deli's launch party. It was a packed crowd and everyone was holding the first issue of The Deli, whose cover these upstarts were gracing. That band was Grizzly Bear. It remains one of the most exciting nights of my life, the night I understood that this magazine had a shot at being here to stay.

Now, this ten-year anniversary issue hopes to be a(nother) celebration of this great scene, in a less cluttered, more narratorial and visually appealing form thanks to art critic Brian Chidester's work as a guest editor. This issue also comes with my deep hope for NYC to keep churning out exceptional music of all kinds for the foreseeable future.


Paolo De Gregorio,
Editor-in-Chief and Publisher

The cover of the 1st Issue of The Deli (December 2004)

:: MODRAG :: Friday 06.27 At The Continental Club ::

Bands we follow from their first show often hold a special place in our hearts.  Even more so if they turn out to develop into something as great as Modrag.  Bragging rights aside, we've loved Modrag from the start.  They are an all hands on deck sort of outfit.  The controlled chaos element of the psych-rock spectrum and that rare case when a band has just the right mix of influences and modern creativity.  

The songs of Ron Davy, Cliff Real, T.L. Ford and Tom Hartman are no doubt torchbearers of the small town garage rock of the 60's but no band gets out of the 21st century unscathed by modern influence.  When it comes out the other end for Modrag it sounds like Lonlilust (featured below).  What sounds to us like Iggy and Suicide left the space echo running.  They've been busier than ever in the past few months touring and playing around Austin in what is quickly becoming the predominant scene of our city.  Friday night the fellas play at the famous Continental Club to what will no doubt be some very surprised tourists and die hard fans alike.  


:: Modern Medicine Sound Off ::

There aren't many bands playing within the genre of Experimental Post-Mayan music.  Call it a niche. Whatever the guys from Modern Medicine want to call it, we like it.  I can't say it's easy to find out much about these elusive characters but their confidence and patience on what we have heard are not indicative of someone who doesn't know their way around a recording studio.  The slow and steady sermon of Holy Roller has the mark of veteran craftsman.  We'll keep an eye out for them and you can vote for Modern Medicine for Artist of the Month on our new poll.  


NYC Artist on the rise: Arum Rae (ex White Dress) plays Brooklyn Bazaar on July 12

Bloody musicians... you can't take your ears off them for a minute that they change their band's name and move to a different city without telling ya! This is the case for now Brooklyn based artist Arum Rae, a project known in its Austin incarnation as White Dress. The debut EP under the new moniker, realeased earlier this year, is titled after the beautiful single 'Warranted Queen' (streaming), which sounds a little like a modern version of 'Walk on the Wild Side' sung by a lady. Now it doesn't get more NYC than that, does it? We were rooting for a sax solo at the end of the tune! The other tracks on the record reveal a more electronic and soulful musical attitude, which solidly places Arum Rae in the new wave of quirky caucasian artists experimenting with soul influences. Look out for a full length out later this year, and a show at Brooklyn Bazaar on July 12.

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



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