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A Heart is a Spade: Quilt Debuts New Video

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Our new summer anthem has arrived just in time for July 4th barbeques. Vanyaland just premiered the video for the latest by CreaturoS, “Short Shorts,” and the clip is a simple, colorful tribute to the oft-ridiculed menswear trend. “Walkin’ around town gettin’ shit for my short shorts,” the garage tune laments as protagonist Nightime Gallagher wipes tears away, defeated after being booted from a record store with a “No Short Shorts!” sign at the register. If you like what you hear, you can download “Short Shorts” for free over at the group’s Bandcamp page and see them play alongside Boy Toy and Tredici Bacci at Great Scott in Allston on July 18. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed)

July 03, 2014

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.


Paolo De Gregorio,
Editor-in-Chief and Publisher

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

July 02, 2014

If there’s one thing Sexy Girls has a knack for, it’s fitting in pop hooks where you’d least expect them. On the band’s latest release, Satan’s Hands, the first arrives at 1:15 on opener “Young in a Garden”: amidst a beach shack strewn with tube amps, Alex Whitelaw sings, “With a touch of your hand I'll be at your command … Where can I take you?” before devolving into a chorus of la-las. Overall, the set is a more concise take on surf rock than 2012’s The Collection, with few changes to the instrumentation allowing Whitelaw’s songwriting – as well as Ben Semeta’s production – to shine. “It’s Painful For Me,” an everything-will-be-alright promise, stands out even without a discernable chorus or a single drum beat thanks to heaped-on distortion. On the title track, Whitelaw calls out to God to “meet me in the middle,” ending the album on an introspective note. Download Satan’s Hands for free on Bandcamp now or keep your eyes open for a physical copy at Sexy Girls’s upcoming shows in Portland, ME; Chicopee, MA; Portsmouth, NH; Jamaica Plain, MA; and Florence, MA. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed)

July 01, 2014

Blank Brothers might sound like a well-contrived band name, but the band is actually just that: Conor, Phil and Jon Blank make up Blank Brothers, and they released the sample-driven Fade Soul on June 9. Album kick-off “Dollar for Dollar” recalls tUnE-yArDs with its stuttering drums and repeated vocal sample, and later, “Got To Be Alright” stretches the bounds of the electronic genre, with guitars and soulful vocal harmonies filling out the lush track. Fade Soul is available for free through the band’s Bandcamp or Soundcloud, so what are you waiting for? Download it now. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed)

June 30, 2014

If you liked our recently featured artist The Rare Occasions, check out their newly released video for “Dysphoric,” the urgent opening track from May’s Feelers EP. The video is an update on the classic performance clip, with a straightjacket, claustrophobic close-up shots and the world’s most melancholy birthday celebration capturing the song’s titular mood. You can watch “Dysphoric” below. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed)

June 30, 2014

A little over a month after a strong performance at this year’s Boston Calling, Boston natives Magic Man are hitting the road for a string of headlining dates on the West Coast. The tour kicks-off with a show at The Casbah in San Diego on July 8, then meanders north up the coast for a week before ending with a gig at Biltmore Cabaret in Vancouver on July 16. Weeks before the start of the tour, the band had already generated intense interest from their fans. “I’m in shock that we sold out [The Troubador in Los Angeles on July 10] in the first week of sales,” says guitarist Sam Lee. “It’s cool to go back and play a headline show at a place that has a lot of history”, he added.


Magic Man are no strangers to the road--they’ve played dozens of shows and spent a considerable amount of time booking their own shows and managing their own tours before they received major-label support. “Sam and Joey [Sulkowski, drums] are the ‘tour dads',” remarks lead singer Alex Caplow. “They’re the power couple of tour managing.”

For more updates about the tour (and the release of their new album, Before the Waves) visit the Magic Man website.

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)

Photo Credit: Gavin Thomas


June 23, 2014


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