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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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Baked tours with Titus Andronicus in May

We wonder if, when Marijuana will be fully legalized in the US, Psych Rock and derivatives will be as popular among young NYC musicians as they've been during this never ending "prohibition era." Yes because right now North Brooklyn might as well be the region in the US with the highest consumption of weed per capita, and various forms of Psychedelia seem to pop up from every corner of the neighborhood.

A band that chooses to name itself Baked must be contributing heavily to this awesome (alleged) record, not only through heavy (alleged) personal consuption, but also through the creation of music that pretty much begs for an audience with altered states of mind. Thing is, the guys are good at it, which should be concerning for anti-liberalization advocates. They are so good that, thanks to an upcoming spring tour supporting NJ rockers Titus Andronicus, they'll soon get the opportunity to spread their whiffy vibes through states probably not ready for this, like North Carolina and West Virginia. We wish them good luck with this noble and dangerous mission. See the full list of shows here and don't forget to ply our collection of Psych Rock songs by emerging NYC bands when appropriate, it features Baked's single "Wet Blanket".


From the Digital Submissions: The Morning Sea's release party on 05.15 at Pianos

The Morning Sea, a softly moving, seductive chamber-pop folk collective rotating about singer songwriter Adam Cohen, is poised to travel the world from their bathtub. Looking like a mermaid (minus the coconut bra) lost in the middle of a his tub on the cover of new record 'Strange Captive,' Cohen is one-half confessional late night crooner ('Mellow Rage'), and one-half whimsical wanderer, as in the brawling rock of 'Bit My Tongue.' The music tells slowly developing stories, of lands traveled, and seas swam, no matter how difficult the journey. Especially on the fun abandon of title track 'Strange Captive,' where Adam hopefully sings 'there is still time to face the light.' And there's still time to see The Morning Sea when the band releases their 7-track 'Strange Captive' at Pianos on Thu, May 15th. See them then and check out 'Strange Captive' below. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)


NYC Record of the Month: Passenger Peru's Self Titled LP

Most artists who call themselves sound designers - those solitary musicians seeking to place aural oddities from their surrounding environments into their music - usually go about it in the most serious ways imaginable (think Eno or Peter Gabriel). Not so with Passenger Peru. These Brooklyn based sound sculptors use everything from train sounds and bird tweets ('Tiger Lily') to cult preachers talking backwards (at least that's what it sounds like to us in 'Heavy Drugs'), and end up with a quality record celebrating planet Earth, but without ever forgetting to serve up fun old indie rock while at it.

In this self titled debut LP, Justin Gonzales and Justin Stivers share vocals and instrumental duties, conjuring up tracks that are at once pensive in tone and eclectic in form. With their internal understanding of how much better the world sounds inside of a green cassette tape (that's the format of choice), the duo winds up with something resembling at times a fuzzier, crazier version of XTC, at others Animal Collective taking Beck out to the prom and keeping him up way past curfew. Truly an exciting and one-of-a-kind experience, the record abunds in sonic eclecticism, but manages to sound uniformly produced, which is a noteworthy achievemt for what seems like a mostly self-recorded effort (Stevers mixed and mastered the album). Even though it is missing a truly explosive single, we recommend Passanger Peru's debut LP to anyone on the hunt for sonic surprises. Check out epic jam "Haelth System" below and see what things sound like on the other side. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

This band submitted their music for coverage here.


Slothrust unveils two videos + supports Ben Kweller at Bowery on 04.06

Few bands these days succeed in spreading their sound over genres the way Brooklyn’s Slothrust do. At one moment, blues and folk-infused verses instill a mellow, dull ache; the next, a writhing whirlwind of metal jolts and throbs in agony. The trio embodies the Brooklyn grunge reinassaince, and stands out with their versatility. One thing remains constant throughout: the beautifully bleak and haunting vocals of front-lady Leah Wellbaum, creating soundscapes of depravity, longing and darkness.
Keeping with their diverse style, Slothrust already released two unnerving videos in 2014: paying homage to their roots, they went full metal with the cover of Black Sabbath’s "Electric Funeral," while with the claymated "No Eye Candy" (streaming) they explored the colorful world of limb amputation. They will be supporting Ben Kweller on a string of East Coast dates this May, landing at Bowery Ballroom on the 6th. – JP Basileo


Cloud Seeding releases new track featuring Alexa Wilding

We highlighted NYC guitarist Kevin Serra's project Cloud Seeding a few years ago when he released this track with Marissa Nadler. Kevin has been working at his own pace on new material, using this outlet to showcase vocalists he admires (at this stage the list includes also Nadine Carina, Greg Hatem of Heart of Hearts, Sara Syms and Kris English). Even though Cloud Seeding isn't not committed to a specific signature sound or style, new track Mirage, featuring Alexa Wilding (pictuerd), confirms Serra's preference for dreamy atmospheres with a strong melody, in this case immersed in a backdrop referencing spaghetti western soundtracks. This same collaboration is working on another single to be released later in the year.

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



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