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Drowned in Sound: Oscar and the Wolf - Entity

-- 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.

Go to the old Top 300 charts


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Mary Alouette performs live film scoring at Nitehawk Cinema

I suppose now that technology is so portable, it was only a matter of time until someone tried incorporating electronic elements into gypsy jazz. But that's not everything Mary Alouette does. With a voice that sounds wild but always in control, this ex opera student's sound is too multifaceted to be pigeonholed in a few sentences. Gipsy/Jazz influences intersect with old style French ballads and wicked trip hop/ambient tracks - and sometimes all these ingredients get mixed together. This weekend she's performing a live film scoring at Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn - and we are pretty sure she'll reveal her electronic/experimental side, rather than the jazzy/acoustic one. Her best track to date is 'Angel' (streaming) - a song that sounds like the bastard child of Funki Porcini and Portishead.

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


NYC band on the rise: The Pluto Moons play Rock Shop on 09.03

I'm not entirely sure what kind of effect The Pluto Moons have on the mood of humans or aliens, but I'm finding myself caught between wanting to either dance, or freak out... or both every time I play their new LP 'Mannequin Legs.' One second, the band is all soft dancefloor pop, the next ... time to orbit the Earth with all manner of electronic warbles and twirks. With almost Zappa-like schitzophrenia, these Brooklynites manage to cover all this enormous ground in just a couple of minutes. Truly an unexpected surprise. Check out their just-released LP next time it comes time to blast off and get down at the same time. And see them live at Rock Shop on 09.03 or Silent Barn on 09.14. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)


Hunters unveils cleaner sound with "She's So" + play Death By Audio on 08.24

We've always had a thing for Brooklyn duo Hunters - definitely one of the best new Noise Rock acts to emerge from Brooklyn in recent years. The band recently released two singles from their upcoming album, scheduled to drop on September 24, that - compared to the wild debut EP - showcase a sound less primal and slightly more controlled. Seizure (video here) offers the signature alternating, litany-like male/female vocals and a wall of distorted power chords between the bluesy and the dissonant which could have well figured in an early Soundgarden record. The latest single "She's So" (streaming below) features a clean guitar tone that's quite unusual for the duo. It triggers immediate nostalgia for some Sonic Youth track from "Daydream Nation," The Smashing Pumpkins' "1979" and maybe even the late Feelies (best NJ band ever by the way), building towards an explosive distorted chorus scarred by a crooked minor melody .

To hear other songs from Hunters' debut album before 09.24, go see them live at Death by Audio on 09.24


Half Waif unveils video + plays Silent Barn tonight (08.22)

Bedroom-pop at its finest comes form Nandi Rose Plunkett, otherwise known as Half Waif. Her EP "Future Joys" is charming and artfully crafted. Plunkett’s voice - slightly reminiscent of Grace Slick and Kate Bush at once - is powerful but never belting, and it gets you right where it hurts, through melodies that defy genres. Her vocal layering makes for dreamy clusters and swells, which float on a dark and ambient soundscape that would make Brian Eno proud. See Half Waif live tonight at Silent Barn. Check the new video from single Wooden Horse below. - Paul Jordan Talbot


Jonathan Rado of Foxygen shares new single "Seven Horses"

We blogged about Foxygen guitarist Jonathan Rado's new upcoming solo album just a few weeks ago - here's a new single that sounds very "Eno-esque" to us, although also a little psychedelic, which is an influence Brian Eno - one of the most brainy human beings to ever exist - would probably abhor. 



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