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August 2014
Dead Native
"Dead Native

Dead Native's self-titled sophomore album has an overall cosmic feel starting with the cover but building through out in the sound. The band blends echoing elements of psych rock, shoegaze, mototik, and pop. There is also a blues under current, but it is toned down from their 2013 debut, Keep It Strange". The adventure on the new album builds through out the tracks, but the most effective cosmic track has to be "Traveling". The 9 minute epic space journey seems built to put anyone into orbit. It is followed up by the one of the heavier tracks, "Clean Kill", that trudges through muddy fields of throbbing guitars. The album closes with an anthemic flourish with "Respite" with all instruments soaring to a close. This may or may not be a concept album, but it does truly feel like a complete listen that was meant to be played track by track. Dead Native's new album will be released on Sept. 2nd.

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Owen @ Schubas

Last month we announced the new cover album, Other People's Songs, from Owen (akak Mike Kinsella) will be released on Dec. 2nd and share his cover of The Smoking Popes song"Under The Blanket". Now we have Owen's take on "Judas" by Depeche Mode.

You can catch Owen at Schubas on Jan. 3rd to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of I Do Perceive & EP.


Krust Toons: "Thanksgiving Band Practice" by Teddy Hazard

Krust Toons: "Thanksgiving Band Practice" by Teddy Hazard - please feel free to drop him a line at teddandthehazards@gmail.com if you dig or have any funny ideas. You can also check out more of his illustrations HERE.


NYC band on the rise: Balancer

Talking about immigration controversy... The Deli would like to give the guys in Balancer (the ones in the band hailing from Columbia, since the Puerto Rican should be good) permanent residence in NYC for... making real good music? We are sure even the most raci... ahem... obstructionist Tea Partiers will fall in love with the celestial melodies of their latest record "Tipsoo," or at least with this beautiful single entitled "re-minder." And to those concerned about the fact the NYC scene (or any other place in this land) is getting less and less American, The Deli says: "yo, since when is America, American?!?"

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


New Music Video: "All Over" - CRUISR

CRUISR just premiered a new music video for the track "All Over," at Buzzfeed. The animated creation, which was directed by Chris Carboni, captures the feelings of love and hate from the song by piecing together clips of images from iconic movies. The band is currently on tour with The 1975, and will be back in town on Wednesday, December 3 at the Tower Theater.


Smooth electro-soul duo LAVACHILD plays Pianos on 12.02

LAVACHILD is a (mostly) Brooklyn based electronic collaboration between Friends' (the band) collaborator Nikki Shapiro and soulful singer Chantel Marie. Their ethereal single  "Want U To" (streaming) has the sophisticated lightness of an impressionistic painting, enriched by a voice that's beautifully expressive. The result is a sound that carves its own niche of influences in the current alt-soul NYC scene, and that will delight both the fans of Enya and Lauryn Hill. The band - unlike too many studio projects like this - is playing live regularly, you'll get a chance to see them at Pianos on December 2nd.

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



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