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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...

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People Get Ready release video for "Windy Cindy"

We know, lately we covered these guys a little too often, but they always give us a good reason for some extra content - I guess you should follow their example if you want to be featured on this blog! Check out People Get Ready's new video for "Windy Cindy." Full length out in January.


Deli NYC Album of the Month: Wilsen

Much has been made of Wilsen’s unique combination of dream pop and folk, which has been dubbed as “dream folk.” Yet there is a much easier way to describe the NYC-based singer-songwriter: really, really talented. Her debut album, “Sirens,” is eerie, confident, and a fantastic first step for this bright artist.

“Sirens” opens with “House On a Hill,” which is highlighted by some strangely ominous whistling over a melodic guitar line. Wilsen then moves to her folk roots with “Dusk.” Here, her vocals softly shine while even softer instrumentation ornaments the dueling senses of comfort and apprehension.

Throughout the album, Wilsen experiments with different sounds and styles, although her overall sound keeps faith to early Leonard Cohen's sparse, pensive approach. The guitar work on “Lady Jane” has an almost Middle Eastern feel, while the vocals on “Springtime” bounce with a jazzy swagger.

Closing “Sirens” is the ten and a half minute epic, “Anahita” (see the video here). I’ve already sung the praises of this track, yet its breathtaking power cannot be overstated. The moment halfway through the song when the stunning guitar line gives way to aural chaos is one of the best recorded musical instances of the year. - Josh S. Johnson - Listen to "Sirens" on Spotify.


NYC psych-rockers on the rise: Street Smells

New York's Street Smells may be named after various aromas that are sometimes inescapable in this town, but their music appears to be more firmly rooted in Scotland, circa 1990. "Jerky Ride" ambles along with the casual cool of Jim Reid's swagger and his brother's guitar textures. "We went down, down (so far down) that I don't believe we'll ever come around" is the nihilistic searching for kicks message. "Lemon Yellow Rasberry" slows the shuffle down even further, presenting a heavier, near dirge-like quality. Tambourine on snare shot beats and dueling guitar layers create the proper level of foreboding. "The Slippery Slope of Being A Drug Dealer" takes its obvious message and positions it against a rhythm closer to The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Dirty guitar lines shear the top off power chords churning underneath. "Ghost In The Sky" returns to a shuffle rhythm while updating the two chord churn of The MaryChain's "Birthday" for maximum effect. - Dave Cromwell


Eastern Phoebes: Better People

Is the Elephant 6 Collective arriving in New York, or has a new arts commune sprung up unexpectedly in the otherwise serene waters of Long Island? Meet the fascinating arts collective/loft apartment recording project of Eastern Phoebes. While the band has already released several records, the band has now arrived at a larger juncture with their latest EP 'Better People.' An ensemble including the large, inviting personalities of Ry Cooder and Meg Bayley, it's amazing they've been able to come together to create such a cohesive statement.

Like the way Olivia Tremor Control took an analog sensibility and coupled it with an appreciation for all things Beach Boys, Eastern Phoebes is extending the noble tradition of Weird Old Americana to yet another generation. And on their latest record 'Better People,' the band delivers. From the psychedelic protest of 'Yer Dollar is a Dead Spore' to domestic dramas like the back and forth of "everyone here is allergic it seems..." off 'We Can't Have a Cat,' this record covers its subjects with a wide brush and fills in the lines with immense detail.

Here's a group exploring all the ups and downs associated with life lived among family and friends. And the humour, pain and joy of this kind of life lights up every shooting harmony and floating guitar riff off 'Better People.' Check out the record on their Bandcamp. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)


Hurricane Relief initiatives in the NYC area

This is what we can do to help spread the word about music related initiatives in the NYC area aiming at helping locals hit by Sandy. Feel free to post about any of these in our open blog and we'll link from here.

*** Hurricane Sandy, How You Can Help OhMyRockness.com guide ***

Support the Scene initiatives
Hurricane Relief Benefit at St.Vitus
Sandy Benefit Shows at LPR
NMU Studios Hurricane Relief Party Public Event
Songwriter's Beat Hurrican Relief Concert
Spottiswoode & His Enemies 15th year anniversary
Unflood BK Music - donations to aid a new music building in Red Hook
Taking Back Sunday Relief Concerts
Williamsburg Sandy Relief Party
- Sandy benefit at Public Assembly w/ 18bands
- 'Occupy Sandy' benefit at Webster Hall 
"Rock-N-Rebuild" Hurricane Fundraiser

- Band release-related initiatives: Nicole AtkinsBuke and Gase, GlintEmergency Service (CD Release Party Benefit), The Paper Jets, Sweet Soubrette.

According to New York State Democratic Committee Member Chris Owens, MUSICIANS are needed at the shelters to provide entertainment: "Singers and musicians are most welcome (particularly during the day hours), and anyone who can be creative with activities for children. There may not be a lot of space to work with, but I have faith in my fellow cultural workers. Those who carry portable instruments (e.g. - your own voice, guitars, accordions, light percussion) will have the easiest time of it, but some schools with open auditoriums have a working piano!"

The Deli's Staff


Mail the Horse play Mercury Lounge on New Year’s Eve

Part folk, part indie, and part just about everything else, Brooklyn-based band Mail the Horse achieves a melodic blend of throwback rock and charged-up, soulful fervor. The band was formed by college friends in New Hampshire in 2012, later moving to New York to piece together material and work on recordings. Mail the Horse has had several multi-track releases in their relatively short time as a band, with September’s full-length album “Great Kills” being their most recent effort. The album plays like an awakening into adulthood, and has the sonic range of a band like Wilco as sung by Beck. Mail the Horse will perform a New Year’s Eve show at Mercury Lounge alongside Felice Brothers and Yellowbirds. - Devon Antonetti


Pre War kicks off November residency at the Cake Shop

Pre War is a band from Brooklyn. Guitar, guitar, drums, and five tracks released on their Bandcamp over the last couple of months: that's about it, as far as what I know of Pre War goes - but will happily head over to the LES to find out more. Amateurs of fuzzed-out echo-filled melodies & glorious buildups, here's one for you to follow, at ease juggling harsh noise and a radiant pop edge. The band can be found playing the Cake Shop every Tuesday evening throughout the month of November - and it's free! Next week, they'll be playing with local ambient noisemaker Doron Sadja (the full list of shows is available here).


Sins of the Loose Buttons release video for "I Love Lucy"

It is no surprise that Sins of the Loose Buttons loves to show off New York City in their music videos. The guys have been running around Brooklyn and Manhattan gigging since 2007, when the oldest member of the quartet was only 15. In more recent times, about a year ago, they busted onto the scene with “Retrobox” and now they are back at it again with their newest single and music video, “I Love Lucy”. “Lucy” will kick off a slew of new releases for SOTLB over the next few months, as well as an east coast tour this winter, so stay tuned for more updates out of these guys in the very near future.




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