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Weekly Feature: Being Experimental in NYC

A few days before I started writing this article, I learned of a serious fight involving NYC drummer Kevin Shea and the son of the owner/talent buyer of an East Village venue, iconic for its historical interest in avant jazz and experimental music. The owner wanted the musicians to pay her $50 bucks since no one came to hear them. The owner’s son punched Kevin in his left eye when he refused. The musicians chased him into Tompkins Square Park. Read Valerie Kuhne's essay 'The Sporting Life: Being Experimental in NYC' here.

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Weekly Feature: Call of the Wild

Brooklyn, NY's Call of the Wild is an unhinged rock 'n roll trio that plays from the heart and goes for the throat on their eight-track endeavor LEAVE YOUR LEATHER ON. When corresponding with guitarist/vocalist Johnny Coolati, we spoke about the origins of their band's name, what makes them a must-see act in the NYC scene, and the process of making their debut recording. Having kicked off a US tour last week, the band will be off the roads November 21st - stay tuned for new local dates & read Mike SOS' interview with the band here.

Stream 'Autobahn', off 'Leave Your Leather On' here.

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Buke and Gase release new track off 'General Dome' + play Red Hook benefit at Saint Vitus 11.10

If at The Deli, we've seized just about every opportunity to share some love for Buke and Gase, a relief initiative definitely seems as good a chance as any, so here's spreading the word. Joining the effort of many local musicians to raise funds for the victims of hurricane Sandy, the band released a new single off their forthcoming album 'General Dome', the adequately-titled 'Hard Times” (streaming below), the proceeds from which are being donated to the Red Hook Initiative.

Garnering a growing crowd through the success of their first album 'Riposte' (2010), the duo released in September a four-track EP, consisting of a deconstructed, discordant take on New Order's Blue Monday (also on the 'Hard Times' single) and three other improv-based songs written over a week. 

Compared to previous outputs, both 'Hiccup' and 'Hard Times' find the band adopting more linear a structure, making both polyrhythmic and dissonant efforts far more subtle, blending into the grit-laden stream of the song. Whether or not it is a new direction, we'll find out as the full album becomes available, early 2013. 

Coming back to the point, Arone Dyer & Aron Sanchez will be playing a Red Hook benefit at Saint Vitus, alongside Walter Schreifels, Believer/Law, Neon Indian and Bloodyminded, tomorrow evening (11.10 - $10 minimum donation). Find all the info here. TM 

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We Are The Woods play Mercury Lounge on 11.11

It's pretty clear that the US music blog establishment is MUCH keener to give exposure to any lo-fi indie band (no matter how instrumentally inept) rather than to highlight deserving, original, "mellowish" folky acts (rocking ones have more luck). It's a shame because there are a lot of fantastic bands in NYC that craft quality music of this kind (Lucius, Pearl & The Beard, Swear & Shake, to name a few), and who - onstage - can tear to pieces 90% of the indie rock bands out there.

Mostly driven by Jessie Murphy's thoughtful songwriting and Marcia Webb's multi-instrumental talent, We Are The Woods - whom we had the pleasure to see live at our CMJ rootsy show in 2011 - is a band that manages to blend an exhuberant creativity with the intense nature of the rootsy genre. They just released their full length "Whales and Roses" in November, and we recommend you go see them at Mercury Lounge on November 11.

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NYC Artists on the rise: Black Light Dinner Party

Time to get magical. I'm talking about that all-night trip that can only be properly delivered by skinny doods dancing and singing along to deep bass, chirpy keys and auto-tuned lead vocals. This has become the sound of revelation for late-night revelers, so maybe Black Light Dinner Party have plenty to be happy about... but they're admittedly very good at making this combo work.

With a sound conjuring Passion Pit's penchant for inserting anthem-ready hooks into deep house grooves, BLDP have a couple good reasons for you to stay up late tonight. From the ridiculously catchy 'Older Together' (streaming below), to the house-party ready 'Gold Chain,' these guys have to dance about, and that's probably what we need right now. Check out their sampler on their Facebook, and tell them to start announcing some more dates! - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

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