It may be a windy ten degrees on these New York City streets, but if you’re plugged into Dream Diary, your heart is in the warm sunshine. Their track, “Something Tells Her” belongs among the dream-pop elite the likes of The Clientele, Acid House Kings and Sweden’s Labrador records. The track features an upbeat, head-bobbing melody flourished with shimmering guitar and Jacob Sloan’s Morrisy-esque vocals, the New York Times even acknowledging their “Smiths-like tendencies.” And the story of their formation is a sweet song in itself and could be the trailer of the next great indie romance; Jacob Sloan and Madison Farmer literally bumped into each other on the street in New York, both dropping ipods, both playing The Smiths’s Queen Is Dead... (uhm, should we believe this? ) Be sure to pick up their brand new album, You Are The Beat (Kanine), and to see them live at The Deli's NYC B.E.A.F. on Thursday May 26 with other great local bands like Invisible Days, Ravens & Chimes, Translations, Dinowalrus, and Prospector. - Katie Bennett
From a quick internet search, we learned today that "Pine Mouth" is a bitter or metallic taste some people develop after ingesting pine nuts. But there isn't really much bitterness (and no metallic-ness whatsoever) in this NYC based quartet's music, a sugar-coated folk-pop rich in charming melodies, twangy arrangements, and big melodic openings - you'll find all this in the embedded single "Animals". The band is brand new and will perform their first show on Tuesday May 17 at Rockwood Music Hall (stage 2). The show will also double as release party for their self titled digital EP.
Taco Bell recently announced that they will feature Chiddy Bang’s “The Good Life” in their Taco 12 Pack commercial, which is currently running and you can check out HERE as well as a remix of the track for Taco Bell’s fans. It will be the first time they’ve used one of their “Feed the Beat” artists in a national campaign. Chiddy Bang will also be teaming up with Taco Bell to give away FREE tickets for a show on Wednesday, May 25 at the First Unitarian Church that will be streamed live as well. Details are below.
Performance tickets are available through an online drawing on Facebook running on May 18 and 19 (300 winners will receive 2 tickets each to the event: ARV $20), and will be notified if they have won on or about May 20). Event attendees can fuel up before and after the show thanks to the Taco Bell Truck (@tacobelltruck), which will be on hand distributing free tacos. For more information about the giveaway, including the official rules, visit facebook.com/tacobell.
Clare Burson plays simple, twangy ballads that subtly reinvent Americana, standing clear of sterile country cliches, and instilling in the genre a powerful dose of melancholy. So powerful that the song "Goodbye My Love" (embedded here) may prove to be a dangerous listening experience on a rainy day like this... But, unlike many other pop-obsessed blogs out there, The Deli is - and always will be - proud to celebrate the beauty of sophisticated sad music (our recent Lia Ices cover can testify that once for all). Clare's melodies are supported by her gentle alto, at times reminiscent of an early Joni Mitchell with a slight lower register. Clare is currently playing a residency at Rockwood Music Hall (see her there on May 25 and 29th.)
Below is a sweet remix of Sun Airway’s “Your Moon” by BRAHMS. As posted by Sun Airway, “The first time we heard this, we were driving through a crazy snowstorm in the middle of the night en route to Chicago. IT WAS EPIC. OBVS. Get into it.” Enjoy! - The Deli Staff
Serengeti's solo debut Family and Friends is due out on July 19th from Anticon. The album finds Serengeti moving away from the style and sound he created with Polyphonic and now working closely with musicians like Yoni Wolf of Why?, Owen Ashworth (Advanced Base, Casiotone For The Painfully Alone), and Otouto as in the track below "Ha-Ha".
I was out last Friday night covering the Hezekiah Leaves and Spinning Joneses Release Party at Bookspace (which I’ll have photos up for you soon), but I was very happy to be able to make it over to Johnny Brenda’s to capture some amazing photos of the FINAL performance by The Armchairs. The madcap foursome certainly didn’t fizzle out like most bands tend to do when breaking up. In fact, it was (as I am sure most of their fans and friends will agree) the BEST ARMCHAIRS SHOW EVER which is obviously bittersweet (and makes me believe that they will share the stage together again someday), but we all had a blast anyways as you will see from the photos HERE. Enjoy! - David Turcotte