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Don't miss Javelin + Phenomenal Handclap Band at Bowery on 12.11

Javelin (in the picture, snacking) and The Phenomenal Handclap Band are two of the sweetest artists to emerge from the NYC scene in 2009. They share an electronic, creative approach to music, but their final sound couldn't be more different. While Javelin sparse lineup of two favors experimental, quirky sounds and their shows and overall approach to life flirt with performance art, the PH Band crowded crew prefers to stick to basics of partying. Javelin just signed to David Byrne's Luaka Pop and is schedule to release their first full lenght in early 2010. The PH Band is enjoying massive buzz accompanying their European Tour and new Deen Haan Remix of "15 to 20". Don't miss the two bands live at the Bowery on December 11!


New to the city and worth checking out: deVries - live on 12.10

Guitarist and singer Travis DeVries' name might ring a bell among those of you who obsess about cult shoegaze bands (for some reason shoegaze is the inde cult genre par excellence): he was the main force behind the band The Turn-ons, also nicknamed "the godfathers of the shoegaze Seattle scene". Now based in NYC, Travis has formed a new project and conveniently called it "deVries". The man has worked almost two years to deliver "Death to God" (released last week with a show at Cameo), a fine shoegaze-pop record that kept us involved from the first to the last fuzzy guitar chord. The songs on the album share an atmospheric and contemplative weft, given by the textured and hypnotic guitar sound and by Travis' droney, reverbery melodies. DeVries’s songs create an original musical universe while giving a lingering impression that they have always existed. The ethereal "Girl in the fur skin" and the captivating "Slowing Down" could have been classic shoegaze gems from the early '90 next to Kevin Shields' unforgettable "Girl in the City" or The Jesus and Mary Chain's "Just like Honey". "Darkest Summer" is a beguiling melody that flooats on a saturated orchestration and definitely has the power to linger in your mind for awhile. Don’t miss deVries’s show at Union Hall on December 10. - by Claire-Marie Le Bihan


The Deli's Year End Polls - How They Work







Every magazine and website has its own "Year End Best" list, but no other publication has Year End Polls like The Deli's ones,  focused on emerging artists in the 10 US scenes covered by our publication, and involving a competent jury comprised of local music industry pros who deal with up and coming bands on a daily basis, including:

- venue booking agents,
- music bloggers,
- music journalists
- radio personnel
- record store staff etc.

The goal of the poll is to involve local scenemakers (the jury), local music fans (the readers) and Deli writers in choosing the best emerging artists of 2010 of the various scenes covered by The Deli.

At the end of the process there will be 2 charts: the more rigorous one (including votes from Jury, Deli Writers and Readers) elects the local scene's Best Emerging Artists of The Year. The other one (including only the readers' votes) elects The Deli's Readers Best emerging local Artists of the Year. There will be prizes for both winners, and likely also for some of the runner-ups.

Only emerging, original local bands who aren't or weren't signed to a major label can compete. No Jazz artists, no cover bands.
The two other requisites are:
1. The artist must have recordings of their original music available online.
2. The artist must have performed live at least once in 2010.


Most bands that will end up in our "Year End Best of List" will be chosen by our jurors. However, while we wait for the jurors to reply to our vote request, we'll have a contest open to all local bands. The bands interested in participating will be simply asked to submit through a form that will also subscribe them to The Deli and add them to our charts. The Deli's writers will chose 3-5 artists from this pool of artists.

- Jury Nominated (and Voted) Artists
Jurors nominate and vote for their favorite bands at once, casting a vote for 3 bands each: they'll assign 3 points to the 1st (best band), 2 points to the 2nd band, 1 point to the 3rd.

- Writer Nominated Artists
The Deli's writers will pick 3 bands from the ones that will submit to the open contest. The band with more votes will get 1 point (1.5 in NYC), the 2nd one 0.75 (1 in NYC), the 3rd one 0.5 (0.75 in NYC). This open poll will end before the end of the year (precise dates will be decided soon).


The Deli's r writers will have one extra vote each that can only be assigned to one of the artists that were already nominated. Each Deli writer's vote counts 1 point.



In early January, after all the votes from the jurors are in, all the nominees will undergo a popular vote, which will last for about 10 days. For this poll we will use our usual monthly poll system. The artist/band that gets the most votes from the readers' poll will get 3 points, then 2 for second place, and 1 for third place. From the 4th place on, single readers' votes will also be counted as 0.001 points (which means that 1,000 readers' votes equals 1 point, and, for example, 87 readers' votes equals 0.087 points).

*** Because of the high number of nominees, NYC's readers votes will be rewarded slightly differently:***

1st place: 3 points
2nd place: 2 points
3rd place: 1.5 points
4th place: 1 point
5th place: 0.5 points
6th place on: 0.001 points per reader's vote

***STAGES 2a and 2b happen at the same time***


At the end of the voting process, the number of votes from the readers and the ones from the writers will be added to the votes from the Jury and the two charts will be compiled.

The Deli's Staff




Full list of sponsors and prizes coming soon





Talk Normal
Los Angeles:
Local Natives
I Fight Dragons
San Francisco:
Stereo is a Lie
Those Darlins
Reading Rainbow
New England:
Mean Creek
Explode into Colors

Los Angeles:
The Henry Clay People
Kid Sister
San Francisco:
Maus Haus
The Protomen
Drink Up Buttercup



Your 33 Black Angels new video

Your 33 Black Angels: "Lovers Limbo" from Benji Kast.

Your 33 Black Angels just released their third album, PAGAN PRINCESS with a show at Mercury Lounge on 12.03. The album will be available on both CD and vinyl. The release comes one year after the band's double-album melancholic opus, Tales of My Pop-Rock Love Life and 2007's Lonely Street, an album deemed "...one of the year's treasures..." by Rolling Stone magazine Senior Editor David Fricke. This is the video from the single "Lovers Limbo" (as posted in The Deli's Open Blog - post your band's entries, videos, and Mp3s here).


From the Open Blog: Some like it weird (the video): The Delfields

The Delfields self-released their third album on December 1st; a seven song EP titled "Sooner Than You Think". This release comes on the heels of their free digital EP "Twilight Town". Recorded on and off over the past year, the album is a pastiche of an eclectic number of influences ranging from C86 artists to mid 60's art pop and psychedelia. The video for Madeline was filmed in The Delfields' hometown of New Brunswick, NJ and was directed by William Kaufman who also directed a video for their first LP "Ogres". The EP is available for sale on The Delfields' website under the buy section. - (as posted in The Deli's Open Blog - post your band's entries, videos, and Mp3s here).


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