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October 2014
Mumblr
"Full Of Snakes
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The major takeaway for Mumblr’s new album Full Of Snakes (Fleeting Youth Records) is that it really takes balls to write songs that truly say nothing. As counter intuitive as it may sound, there really is something admirable in using music to not really express all that much. Any jerk with a voice and a few chords can say a whole lot about how their ex is horrible; what really matters is how much of that content is actually worth hearing. And brother, Mumblr has found a way to make saying nothing profound.

On the surface, the album initially sounds like some sort of early 2000’s generic pop-punk; the first song “Got It” opens with that familiar sense of vague, safe anger. It’s very “high school” reminiscent, right off the bat, with lines like “I got it if you want it” and “I’ll invite you to my room.” But as the song closes and we drift into “Sober,” the tone very gradually starts to feel off. It starts to feel a bit weirder, with this sense of reckless abandon that you only hear in a Violent Femmes song. And it’s not that one is true, and the others is not; this album is walking a razor’s edge between the most self-aware of indie post-punk and the obliviousness of adolescent guilty pleasures.

And while that may sound like a chaotic mess, the seventeen-track full-length really is the having-and-eating of one's cake. We get the indulgence of grandiose guitar riffs and over the top shrieks, but with just enough originality in the composition to give it a sense of being slick and even avant-garde. Don’t let the outward sense of crazy abandon fool you - this thing is airtight. And a lot of that can be chalked up to Nick Morrison’s vocals; he brings a real sense of cleverness to the whole thing, in no small part to the fact that he can turn his voice on a dime.

One endlessly fascinating reoccurring theme is the use of repetition in their lyrics, with phrases like the aforementioned “I got it” and “someone’s been sitting in my chair” echoed over and over again, beyond the point of simple parody. It’s that old artistic trope of repeating something until it becomes meaninglessly applied to lyrics, and it’s interesting to hear expressions of youthful angst to become so alien and meaningless.

They take these universal touchstones of adolescences, including the use of “shock” lyrics such as “if God is a woman I’m going to hell” and gleefully drive them into the ground while enjoying the ride. It’s fun, it’s cool, and will leave you thinking more than any other post-punk album in months. And it does so while still being a genuinely fun throwback to a sort of music that you don’t really hear in earnest these days. - Daniel Ludwig


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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.

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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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