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From The Deli's Open Blog: Galaxy of Tar release debut CD

Galaxy of Tar's Naima Mora has a face you've seen before - she won "America's Next Top Model" in 2005 and went on to to be the CoverGirl contract model - but it's high time for her to be heard and not just seen. Filling her role as front-woman with passion and dynamism, her voice soars skyward over the Latin-esque poly-rhythms and churning riffage of drummer/sonic-architect, Elias Diaz V.'s Volatile Glass, the latest free release from Lapdance Academy. Borrowing equally from Diaz's Dominican roots and the industrial pulse of Brooklyn's transit system, GALAXY OF TAR have created a unique sonic space between SANTANA'S "Abraxas" and TOOL'S "Lateralus." Rounded out by the torn, metallic shards of Nemanja Rebic's guitars and the deep pockets of Samuel Fernandez's bass lines, "Volatile Glass", the band's debut album, is available for streaming preview and free download in 256 and 320 bit-rates here. The band's next live show in NYC will be at Commodore Barry Park on June 27. - (as posted in The Deli's Open Blog - post your band's entries, videos, and Mp3s here).

 

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NYC Artists on the rise: Baby Alpaca, live at Pianos, June 10

Baby Alpaca arrive as yet-another Brooklyn based band attempting to make some kind of mark on the musical landscape. They are introduced by way of their first single “Vodka Lemonade.” “Let’s live our Marilyn dreams and dance away,” and “waste away in the sun,” is how the lyrics go. The vocals are deep and reverbed and the overall feel is lazy, lolling, relaxed and hazy. Musically, there is a 1950’s feel present, but by way of David Lynch’s filter. It is post punk, psychedelic, folk and a crooner feel to it as well. Like a male Nicole Atkins who’s chosen to sit on the sidelines and watch the world drift by in front of them. “This was our dream but it didn’t mean a thing ‘cause now you’re gone” is the cause to become “sunken in the vodka lemonade.” Heartbreak can do that to you. “Let’s live our heroin dreams, dance with coke fiends.” It’s like a gothic reply to MGMT’s “Time To Pretend.” “True Heart” continues the slow crooning aspects and again one wouldn’t be off base thinking of Ms. Atkins and the more eerily side of her catalogue (“Neptune City” “The Way It Is”). Vocalist Chris Kittrell modifies this style somewhat on “Driving To See You” which wouldn’t be out of place on, say a Cowboy Junkies album. The instrumental accompaniment is understated and sparse. Mostly consisting of a tambourine, single drum thump, mysterious organ line and a zither-like device. It all adds up to something quite unique. - Dave Cromwell

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Starring play "prog-orgy-rock" + release CD at Death by Audio, June 10th

Considering that Starring features members of Pterodactyl, Talibam! and Skeleton$, it could not possibly be a non noisy project. The band's tunes are dominated by chanting vocals, tense and staccato organ sounds, frantic drumming, and clangy guitar tones - perhaps inspired by Arto Lindsay's atonal style which he pioneered in his glorious "no wave" days. All the instruments are played in some sort of "maximalistic" way here - no room for space or subtleties. The result is some kind of weird, crowded, explosive party music with a prog rock flavor... here comes a new genre: prog-orgy-rock?! Quoting Pere Ubu, we could really call this "The New Modern Dance (for the horny post punk hipster)". The band is releasing their debut CD "The Wife of God" with a show at Death by Audio on June 10. After that they will embark on a East Coast tour that will keep them busy until the end of June, when they will play Brooklyn again (Union Pool on June 25).

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Best of NYC #38: Hospitality

We continue our "Best of NYC Countdown", covering every day one of the artists that made our Year End Best of NYC list (a chart compiled by a jury comprised of local bloggers, music writers, promoters, record store personnel and DJs).

After hearing Hospitality’s soundcheck, singer-songwriter Karl Blau offered to record the trio’s music in exchange for serving as his backing band for a few shows. The result of this unusual barter is the band's self titled EP, which features six poppy, captivating songs recorded on a 4-track. It’s difficult not to fall for Hospitality’s charms.: the lo-fi songs project such warmth through Amber Papini’s tender vocals and charismatic melodies, that bear a hint of ‘60s nostalgia. Although their songs are infused with a darling amount of sweetness, their roughness in the recording department balance things out - they recorded some tracks using the telephone as their only microphone! (That's what we call "no-fi".) Well, those tunes still sound surprisingly awesome. - Nancy Chow

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French Horn Rebellion tour the Americas, release video, play Bowl on 06.12

French Horn Rebellion are slowly conquering the world country by country, with their irresisble 70s infused disco-pop. The band has recently opened on major European stages for Matt & Kim, Major Lazer, The Drums and Sleigh Bells. They are now busy touring the Americas, starting in Montreal, stopping in NYC at the Bklyn Bowl on June 12th, and ending in Sao Paulo on June 27th!
A recent visual collaboration betrays deeper, creative connection with Canada and Brasil. Montreal based Canadian film maker DEFASTEN (aka Patrick Doan) with this video visualised The Twelves remix of “Beaches & Friends”, French Horn Rebellion’s collaboration with Brazilian duo Database, a track which provides a clearing for the long awaited French Horn Rebellion debut album recently completed aboard trains, planes, and hotel rooms across Europe. 

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