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Drowned in Sound: J Mascis - Tied to a Star

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Video: The Canyon Rays, "The Sunshine Growers"

As an east coaster by-way-of the west coast by-way-of the east coast (it's a been a lot of there and back if you know what I mean), I whole-heartedly welcomed the sunny vibes that The Canyon Rays so expertly delivered upon my first listen. The band fits in perfectly with the sunshine pop aesthetic, so naturally pioneered by bands like The Turtles and The Beach Boys. I can't help but think of this band as an amped up west coast version of Real Estate whose music may be a bit mellower but share similar song structures. The Canyon Rays expel positive vibes to no end, combined with uplifting back up vocals and just the right amount of synth to add a tinge of dream-pop into the mix. The Canyon Rays recently released a music video for their self-explanatory song "The Sunshine Growers" which you can watch below; three minutes and sixteen seconds of nothing but happiness, posy-vibes and you guessed it…sunshine. - Jake Saunders



Summer 2014. NYC Issue #39
(10 Year Anniversary!)
Read it here

Stream: Wunder Wunder, “Midnight Hours”

Australian duo Wunder Wunder made their 8,000 mile trek to Los Angeles after being seduced by this city’s sun-drenched landscape, which they romantically describe having “continuous unspoiltskies, pastel sunsets, and backdrop of palm trees.” Producers Aaron Shanahan and Bejamin Platt sure try to replicate our balmy ambiance on their latest single “Midnight Hours”, a sauntering mid-tempo number with arpeggiated guitars and luminous synth patterns that could just replenish this drought-filled summer. This is the first single off their upcoming full-length Everything Infinite, which will be released on July 15 via Dovecote Records. And make sure to catch them opening up for Cymbals at The Echo on July 22.


United Ghosts play The Bootleg on July 16

United Ghosts is a band who likes to insert momentum into their music. "Out of Love", the first track off their upcoming EP, Dear Electric Sun, begins with a bass line reminiscent of a playing card in the spokes of a bicycle wheel; a ceaseless anthem of shoegazey pop, the song doesn't really let up, and that's a good thing. United Ghosts displays a powerful array of influences ranging from the power pop of Arctic Monkeys to the high-reverb landscapes pioneered by My Bloody Valentine, complete with static ridden melodies and spacey electronics. Every song on the EP is an anthemic wall of sound, where the dynamics rarely shift out of the higher gears. You can catch United Ghosts on July 16th at Bootleg Theater. - Jake Saunders



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)

Nilu tours in support of new EP Dichotomy

Art rock and soul singer songwriter Nilu has a whole new take on the classical/rock genre. Her Persian, classical, soul, and chamber inspiration creates soundscapes out of thin air, and does an enchanting job at bringing those sounds with complex introspection and self realization on her newest EP Dichotomy. Listen to her single, "Sing For You", and don't forget to check out her upcoming performance at The Wayfarer in Costa Mesa on July 25, and shortly after at Hotel Cafe on August 1. - Kayla Hay


Ludwig & Stiegler at Taste Gastropub Anniversary Party

Socially conscious restaurant, Taste Gastropub, celebrated their one year anniversary on June 12, 2014. A percentage of the proceeds went to non-profit organization, Rock The Vote, whose mission is "to engage and build political power for young people in our country." 

My mission for the night was to find out what a gastropub was and how it tasted. I hypothesized that a gastropub was an organ vital for the digestive process. My hypothesis was wrong. A gastropub is a pub that also serves high-quality food. The exterior tasted like bricks, and the interior had a finished wooden taste. In all seriousness, the food was good and from the amount of happy people I could only assume that the drinks were just as fantastic.

Once I remembered that I don't know anything about food or architecture taste, I did my job and interviewed musical duo Ludwig & Stiegler. DJ Stiegler plays house music and EDM as Spencer Ludwig plays live trumpet to accompany it. The duo has been playing at every imaginable location, bringing an interesting sound to venues across the country. 

We talked about their musical background, their strangest musical experiences, and what advice they have for local musicians on reaching their music-related goals. - Hannah Brady


Video: Punch Punch Kick, "What the Kids Don't Know"

Earlier last year, we wrote about one of our favorite local power-pop acts Punch Punch Kick. Now the four-piece have released a video for the titular track "What The Kids Don't Know", which spotlights the band performing in a game show-like setting as all sorts of crazy things happen to them. 

You can also preview the entirety of their self-titled EP on their official website.




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