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-- The 60's --
The 13th Floor Elevators
Janis Joplin
-- The 70's --
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Asleep at the Wheel
Willie Nelson
The Skunks
Townes Van Zandt
Guy Clark
Jerry Jeff Walker
-- The 80's --
The Dicks
Marcia Ball
The Butthole Surfers
Joe Ely
The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Nanci Griffith
-- The 90's --
Lucinda Williams
Arc Angels
Shawn Colvin
Alejandro Escovedo
Jimmie Dale Gilmore
The Gourds
Robert Earl Keen
James McMurtry
Toni Price
Kelly Willis
-- The 00's --
Okkervil River
The American Analog Set
...Trail of Dead
Explosions in the Sky
Patty Griffin
Sara Hickman
I Love You But I've Chosen...
The Octopus Project
Okkervil River
Bruce Robison
The Sword
What Made Milwaukee...

This is a preview of the new Deli charts - we are working on finalizing them by the end of 2013.

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Brooklyn's best kept secret: Cloud Becomes Your Hand

As you all know here at The Deli we love genres and merciless musical categories (most musicians hate them). But the truth is that the artists we love the most are the ones we have a hard time categorizing - not just because they have an original sound, but also because they allow us to be creative by coining new genres and new labels! Brooklyn based Cloud Becomes Your Hand plays some kind of insane, mostly instrumental, lo-fi, psychedelic synth pop with carousel music influences (or something). This earns them the imaginative label PSYNTH-CARNIVAL-POP. This stuff is truly out there, but very musical, very well produced - a truly exciting find. They released two records so far, and, since the last one is from 2011, are hopefully due for a new one . They'll be playing Secret Project Robot tonight opening for Zula, who will be celebrating their CD release party. Do not miss.


Small Black play Deli night at BKLYN Bazaar on 12.13

Brooklyn electro pop masters Small Black will perform at this year's Deli curated night of music at Brooklyn Bazaar on December 12. If you don't know what that is, just... go, because it's a super fun (and humongous) indoors market featuring small business, independent boutiques, artist shops, and - of course - a lot of great food trucks. On the bill also amazing two other amazing NYC electronic bands: Brothertiger (they pulled off one of the best shows we saw in a while at our electro CMJ show) and Party Supplies. Check out Small Black's latest video for "Breathless. Full Brooklyn Bazaar calendar here.


The Henry Millers release new single 'Children' + announce debut LP 'Poises'

Young NYC boy/girl duo The Henry Millers have picked up their synthesizers and novels yet again, spinning a new yarn that'll keep you guessing where their ideas keep coming from, while humming its bizarrely catchy hook at the same time. Channeling an almost Arcade Fire-like concern for familial ties, Singer/songwriters John MacCallum and Katie Schecter with latest single 'Children' take on issues unlike anything I've yet heard from them. Taken from forthcoming LP 'Posies,' the song eschews the band's usual flair for literary sexiness. Instead, it issues a warning to prospective parents that's one part good advice, one part hopeless nostalgia. A beautiful sentiment, listen below and get excited for what might herald a new direction for this indie pop group. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)


Cassandra Jenkins is in the new issue of ESOPUS

ESOPUS is a gorgeous looking semiannual arts publication based in NYC, and each issue contains a themed audio CD compilation - how vintage! For their 20th issue they asked musicians to write a song inspired by one of their personal belongings. Brooklyn singer-songwriter Cassandra Jenkins - with the help of Celestial Shore's Sam Owens - created this song inspired by a taxidermied pet rabbit belonging to good friends of hers. Considering the subject, this couldn't possibly be a happy song.


NYC Album of the Month: Blanche Blanche Blanche - "Breaking Mirrors"

Musical instability in rock music is not appreciated by all, but if you caught that bug - say - from Syd Barret's solo records, or from The Pixies (like we did) it's then very very hard not to embrace it. In their bizarre and (in most cases) gently noisy new album "Breaking Mirrors," Brooklyn duo/quartet Blanche Blanche Blanche cultivates music instability - together with a few other sonic ideas, like a certain angularity that has nothing to do with squares and rectangles, but rather with weirdly shaped polygons. The songs in "Breaking Mirrors" are actually very poppy, they feature simple melodies and structures, but (like all our favorite records) they sound nothing like pop. Sarah Smith's dead pan vocals and ambivalent lirycs double the feeling of estrangedness, and numb alienation created by arrangements that sound like geometry lessons disturbed by radio interferences. Somewhat reminiscent of Suicide and early Wire, but playing their electric instruments with an even more mechanical approach through bit crunching effects and fidelity disintegrating devices, Blanche Blanche Blanche pull off an imaginative hybrid of lo-fi, math rock, goth, noise rock and industrial, that shies away from all current trends, and sounds as fresh and challenging as it sounds, well... depressing. Which is something that's actually making us quite happy right now!




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