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September 2014
Seagulls
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With spindly strings horning in the opening instrumental, “Dragoon” awakens Seagulls' debut LP Great Pine, seamlessly transitioning into “Swimmin’,” a song that is initially given a steady-footed beat around which a more intricate and illuminating composition is built generating a peaceful yet purposeful layered sound, setting the tone for what lies ahead. “You and Me” plays like a surf-folk love letter, developing a warm, earnest vocal confession, while fitting nicely with the tug and pull groove of the scratching guitar and persistent bass. The vocal harmonies provide a sweetness accompanied by reserved bursts of trumpet and accordion-like effects offer a tease of nostalgia.
 
“Love, Give” follows a similar theme as vocals, strings, and snap-percussion set a pleasant, pensive, strolling pace as echoing harmonies and backing vocals reinforce, “Love give your hands to me, for someday I’ll be on bended knee.” “Old Habits” maintains an up close lo-fi aesthetic and underlying 8-bit accents, but the perspective has changed, shining a light on the dark side of relationships and a groove that has a somewhat worn and dusty ascetic, enhancing the lyrics meaning - “Old habits, die hard or they never do/so keep lying til they all catch up to you.” A well-placed take on Big Star’s “Thirteen” incorporates the honest-loving sentiments of adolescence, falling neatly inline with the group’s heartfelt vocal honesty, while simultaneously acknowledging one of their potential influences.
 
The record’s title-track “Great Pine” serves as a breath-catching ambiance builder before the turbulent “Holy Smokes” emerges. Enlisting peaks of aggressive kick-in-the-door instrumentation - particularly percussion between smooth stretches of vocally dominant valleys - in essence, layering pieces of clear skies between moments of violent storms.
 
“Distracted” concludes Great Pine with an uplifting blanket of vocals, allowing the guitar to stretch its sea legs as the backend force steers the musical ship; holding the course. This album starts on the shore, and while there are moments where it seems destined to searchingly drift out there, Seagulls appropriately demonstrate an ability to reel it in, taking a beautiful inaugural voyage. - Michael Colavita

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The Deli's SXSW Issue 2014 is online!

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P.S. 10k free copies of this issue hit the street of Austin during SXSW Music week!


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Summer 2014. NYC Issue #39
(10 Year Anniversary!)
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THE DELI NYC'S TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY ISSUE IS OUT!

On a Friday night of December 2004, at Manhattan venue Sin-e' in Attorney Street, an emerging NYC band with a home recorded debut album played The Deli's launch party. It was a packed crowd and everyone was holding the first issue of The Deli, whose cover these upstarts were gracing. That band was Grizzly Bear. It remains one of the most exciting nights of my life, the night I understood that this magazine had a shot at being here to stay.

Now, this ten-year anniversary issue hopes to be a(nother) celebration of this great scene, in a less cluttered, more narratorial and visually appealing form thanks to art critic Brian Chidester's work as a guest editor. This issue also comes with my deep hope for NYC to keep churning out exceptional music of all kinds for the foreseeable future.

FIND THE PAPER ISSUE OF THE DELI IN MANHATTAN AND BROOKLYN, READ IT IN PDF HERE, OR BUY IT HERE FOR JUST $5.

Paolo De Gregorio,
Editor-in-Chief and Publisher

The cover of the 1st Issue of The Deli (December 2004)


SXSW aftermath: Liquor Store hits Austin during US tour

Tough, rowdy, noisy and just plain raw, Liquor Store is New Jersey's punk rock pride. Their debut LP 'Yeah Buddy' was a gritty affair (with a debatable cover), but the band seems to have cleaned up the edges for the better in their recent sophomore album 'In The Garden.'  The first track "Satin Dollars" is reminiscent of Titus Andronicus with a soft touch of Blue Oyster Cult. They took their sonic noise punk to SXSW in Austin last week to play a bunch of shows (including two at Hotel Vegas Patio on 3/12 & 3/15), and they will keep touring the US until the end of the month. After that, look out for a show at their favorite Brooklyn spot: Shea Stadium of course! - Michael Haskoor (@Tweetskoor)

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Austin SXSW winners (without even trying): Sh*t-Kickers

Searching for coverage of truly emerging bands that played SXSW, we stumbled upon the Hitfix's "Band to watch at SXSW", where we were introduced to Austin's own Sh*t Kickers, who played five shows at this past SXSW fest. The band plays some kind of slacker punk with noise accents that will surely excite many local students (and us). Their music seems to be coherent with their personality: they slack so much they couldn't even get it together to create a Facebook profile for the band, not to mention a website. Press pictures, you say? Ha ha ha... Thankfully, Austin label Monofonus Press posted a couple of their songs on Soundcloud (even though they don't seem to be on their roster). Check out brief single "Living Alone" below, and don't miss their next live show for some loud slacking.

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Secret Colours "Heavy & Steady"

Secret Colours have released a new single, "Heavy & Steady", from their forthcoming EP Positive Distractions Part II. This is the band's second EP in 2014. The band made their way down SXSW this year and reportedly had some great sets.

Secret Colours will be heading at EvenFlow Music & Spirits in Gevena this Saturday, March 22nd.

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Angelina Lucero

Rooftop Sessions Chicago released their "Ugly Lamp" session with the amazing singer/songwriter Angelina Lucero late last week. Below is Lucero performing her song "Toothbrush".

Lucero is half of the duo Idyll along with Jojo Yang, and less than a month ago the two dropped a mind blowing singled called "Trouble". The duo attended SXSW over the weekend and continued to impress.

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