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Penguin Prison releases single + tours west coast with Girl Talk

After appearing at the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival a few weeks ago, NYC dico wizard Penguin Prison just released a 7" of his single "Golden Train", a track that chugs along fueled by synth, percussion and Penguin Prison's signature voice. The single is already available for download online, but only 300 copies of the 7" will circulate worldwide. These vinyls are so coveted that the guys from Holy Ghost! tweeted, "Save a copy please." If fans cannot grab a copy, they won't have to wait too long for Penguin Prison's next album, which Neon Gold Record said will be released early next year. Here's the link to order the 7". The Penguin will be touring the west coast with his band in January supporting Girl Talk. - Abigail P. Devora

Winter Solstice Celebration at The Ox Dec. 21

I was just standing outside watching the lunar eclipse and thinking that it would’ve been funny to have a flash Lunar Eclipse/Winter Solstice party that only lasted as long as the eclipse. Of course, in reality, it would have been a pretty lame party only lasting about an hour with the other random four insomniacs on my street that happened to be up at three in the morning as well. But having A Stick and a Stone perform in full ensemble during this rare occasion. Now, that would have been a memorable moment experiencing Elliott Harvey’s vision fully realized as the beautifully orchestrated strings and haunting vocals seductively danced and battled while the Earth shaded in the moon. Instead, it was just me freezing my ass off in the cold watching what you might experience on a cloudy evening happening super slowly. Chalk it up as something that I did. Well, it’s still Winter Solstice and A Stick and a Stone will be at The Ox tonight w/The New Heaven and The New Earth, Motorcycle Maus and Scott Churchman so you have somewhere to go to celebrate your pagan ritual with like-minded people this evening. The Ox (you should know by now or just ask a friend), 8pm, $5, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman

Amy Seeley releases new CD

Amy Seeley’s songs unfold like a story you can’t put down and end up missing your stop three times for.” –

We agree. Amy Seeley is one of those unique songwriters who grabs you from the very first note.  With a delicate and unassuming style, her songs balance easily in the worlds of folk and jazz. While the obvious influences of Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos, and Sarah McLachlan are present it does not overwhelm her own individual style.

On the heels of her 2008 release, Eight Belles, she’s got a new album, Plum Coulee coming out this month. Recorded in the heart of Montana last winter, it is a remarkable collection of ten songs that continue her tradition of poignant lyrics and beautiful arrangements that will shine through any weather to come this season. - Veronica Medici

The Deli's charts FAQ


Why do you guys have charts anyway?

Even though The Deli Magazine is mostly a music blog, we have musical charts for two basic reasons:
1. We are the only website that covers music scenes through dedicated web pages (for example, is all about NYC based artists). This makes us a "community focused" site, and a community is made of many individuals, i.e. musicians. Our charts allow us to include potentially all the  musicians and bands based in the cities we cover, and create a self updating database of artists that's a little more engaging than an alphabetical list. We add the bigger acts to the charts and allow any up and coming artist to join them for free (here).
2. Charts are fun!!!

How do I enter my band in The Deli's Charts?

Just go here. If you also want to submit your CD for review while you are entering our charts, go here. We can't review all the CDs but we'll definitely check it out. If you want to get us familiar with your band you can use or regional Open Blog (look for links in your local Deli homepage).

How do The Deli charts work?

Unlike other charts, The Deli's charts are open to all bands (not only our subscribers) and are based on a system that gathers popularity and "web buzz" data from a selection of other sites, not just our own. This makes our charts as objective as web charts can get. Also, as far as we know, there isn't a way to cheat them or drastically influence them.
As you can see, there are currently 2 different charts that can be picked from a small scroll down menu: the "Popularity" chart is based on the current popularity of each artists. By current popularity we mean that if we can say that Radiohead are generally speaking more popular than Grizzly Bear, the latter could be more popular than the first - for example - just after they release an album or licensing a song for - say - an iPod commercial. The Web Buzz charts are also based on the popularity charts but give an extra push to the artists that are blogged about in the main music blogs.

How can bands in the charts benefit from being included?

Bands can benefit from being in The Deli's Charts in many ways.
Something we take pride in is our genre categorization. For example, Myspace is very generic with Indie Rock, while we have the subcategories Indie Pop, Avant-Indie, Noise Rock, Post Punk etc). Same thing for Folk (Alt Folk, Folk Rock, Rootsy Pop, Singer Songwriters, Blues/Country etc) and Metal (we have a pretty friggin' thorough metal categorization actually). AND our charts can be organized by region as well. This allows other bands, booking agents and fans to easily research new artists who play the kind of music they are looking for.
Also, you may have noticed that the top 20 artist from the main genres are featured on our local homepages, which is always good exposure for the bands in those lists.

How can you claim that your charts are reliable?

There is no way to explain why our charts are reliable, you'll have to be the judge. Web charts are never 100% objective, but we feel confident that ours get as close as you can get to that threshold. Remember that we try to omit all purely commercial music and rather focus on indie artists. What we can say for sure is that The Deli's charts are DEFINITELY more reliable than radio charts or record sales charts (it was a quite common practice for a record label to buy a certain amount of records of one of their artists to guarantee his appearance in the top 50).

The Deli's Staff

Tigerbeats’ Anniversary Party w/The Homophones at The Barbary Dec. 20!

People - keep using our DIY Calendar (to the right) because we actually do check it out! Otherwise, we would have had no clue that one of our favorite melancholy party bands The Homophones are performing tonight at Tigerbeats! They’ll be helping the youthful indie dance party celebrate their one year anniversary so expect plenty of balloons and oh so sweet tunes. And we thought that this was going to be a pretty lame Monday night. Go out, stay young and be hip at The Barbary this evening! - The Deli Staff
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