Spirit Family Reunion

Best of 2012 Poll for Emerging NYC Artists: FINAL RESULTS!

Deli Nation,

Our Year End Poll for Emerging NYC Artists was - as usual - a painstaking (and somewhat excruciating) process. 

First, we let the local bands submit their music (for free), and got our Deli editors to pick the nominees. Then we polled a list of 30+ NYC scene expert (our jury, list at the bottom) and asked them to nominate 3 more bands of their choice each. Then we polled our writers, then we polled our readers. We tried to keep things open for each single genre, from Indie Rock to Roots Music to Hip Hop.

If you are a geek interested in all the subtelties related to how this poll works, you can read its rules here (happy reading!). But if all you care about is the awesome new music NYC produced in the year 2012, this list is all you need. Enjoy!

BEST OF 2012 POLL FOR EMERGING NYC ARTISTS
- FINAL RESULTS -
 
ARTIST
J
W
R
OS
TOT
 
1
Foxygen
11
2
0.032
 
13.032
2
Spirit Family Reunion
9
2
0.023
 
11.023
icon
3
Ambassadors
5
2
0.137
 
7.137
icon
4
Skaters
3
4
0.046
 
7.046
icon
5
DIIV
6
 
0.05
 
6.05
icon
6
St. Lucia
3
3
0.043
 
6.043
icon
7
MS MR
5
1
0.035
 
6.035
icon
8
Apollo Run
 
1
2
3
6
icon
9
Clementine & The Galaxy
 
2
0.156
3
5.156
icon
10
Ghost Beach
5
 
0.045
 
5.045
icon
11
Hot Sugar
 
2
0.031
3
5.031
12
Widowspeak
 
1
0.027
 
5.027
icon
13
Life Size Maps
3
2
0.024
 
5.024
icon
 
Hunters
4
1
0.024
 
5.024
icon
 
Lazyeyes
1
1
0.024
3
5.024
icon
16
Anya Skidan
3
2
0.011
 
5.011
icon
17
Julian Fulton & The Zombie...
 
1
1
3
5
icon
18
Napoleon
3
 
0.259
1
4.259
icon
19
Great Elk
 
1
0.218
3
4.218
icon
20
Black Taxi
 
2
0.098
2
4.098
icon
21
Mother Feather
3
1
0.058
 
4.058
22
Flatbush Zombies
3
1
0.047
 
4.047
icon
23
Conveyor
 
1
0.046
3
4.046
icon
24
Swear & Shake
1
 
0.045
3
4.045
icon
25
Nude Beach
4
 
0.043
 
4.043
icon
26
Laurel Halo
3
1
0.023
 
4.023
icon
27
Snowmine
3
1
0.02
 
4.02
icon
28
Dalton
 
1
0.019
3
4.019
icon
29
People Get Ready
3
1
0.017
 
4.017
icon
30
Slothrust
 
 
1
3
4
icon
 
Frances Rose
1
 
3
 
4
icon
32
Melissa Czarnik
 
 
0.198
3
3.198
icon
33
Modern Rivals
 
1
0.178
2
3.178
icon
34
Eastern Hollows
 
1
0.145
2
3.145
icon
35
Cultfever
 
 
0.087
3
3.087
icon
36
Los Encantados
3
 
0.065

 

3.065
icon
37
Le1f
2
1
0.064
 
3.064
icon
38
Kiss Slash Crooked Smile
 
 
0.037
3
3.037
icon
39
Turkuaz
1
2
0.031
 
3.031
icon
40
Beast Patrol
2
1
0.027
 
3.027
icon
41
ARMS
 
1
0.022
2
3.022
icon
42
Lady Lamb the Beekeeper
2
1
0.02
 
3.02
icon
 
Parquet Courts
3
 
0.02
 
3.02
icon
44
The Stationary Set
1
2
0.019
 
3.019
icon
45
James Ferraro
3
 
0.018
 
3.018
icon
46
Kids These Days
3
 
0.015
 
3.015
icon
47
Psychobuildings
2
1
0.014
 
3.014
icon
48
Lake Street Dive
3
 
0.01
 
3.01
icon
49
Celestial Shore
2
1
0.009
 
3.009
icon
50
The Lone Bellow
2
1
0.007
 
3.007
icon
51
Blanche Blanche Blanche
3
 
0.006
 
3.006
icon
52
Grand Resort
2
1
0.005
 
3.005
icon
53
The Henry Millers
 
1
0.5
1
2.5
icon
54
Sorcha Richardson
 
 
0.25
2
2.25
icon
55
The Everymen
 
 
0.195
2
2.195
icon
56
Azar Swan
2
 
0.125
 
2.125
icon
57
sami.the.great
 
 
0.114
2
2.114
icon
58
Delphic Oracle
2
 
0.105
 
2.105
icon
59
Derrick & The Black Sea
 
 
0.082
2
2.082
icon
60
In One Wind
2
 
0.076
 
2.076
icon
61
Avan Lava
 
1
0.064
1
2.064
icon
62
Frankie Rose
2
 
0.039
 
2.039
63
Sleepies
2
 
0.029
 
2.029
icon
 
Lisa Jaeggi
 
 
0.029
2
2.029
icon
65
Midnight Magic
2
 
0.026
 
2.026
icon
66
Ursa Minor
2
 
0.025
 
2.025
icon
67
The Courtesy Tier
 
1
0.023
1
2.023
icon
68
Ratking
2
 
0.021
 
2.021
icon
69
Vassals
2
 
0.014
 
2.014
icon
70
Xenia Rubinos
1
1
0.012
 
2.012
icon
 
Port St. Willow
2
 
0.012
 
2.012
icon
 
The Ludlow Thieves
 
 
0.012
2
2.012
73
Scott and Charlene's Wedding
2
 
0.008
 
2.008
icon
 
Tunetown Philharmonic
2
 
0.008
 
2.008
icon
75
Teen
2
 
0.006
 
2.006
icon
76
Kiddo
2
 
0.004
 
2.004
icon
76
Pony of Good Tidings
2
 
0.004
 
2.004
icon
78
Chron Turbine
1
 
0.5
 
1.5
icon
79
Ludwig Persik
1
 
0.293
 
1.293
icon
80
The Prigs
1
 
0.161
 
1.161
icon
81
Lora Faye
1
 
0.145
 
1.145
icon
82
Natural Child
1
 
0.11
 
1.11
icon
83
The Dough Rollers
1
 
0.035
 
1.035
icon
84
The Babies
1
 
0.031
 
1.031
icon
85
Big Ups
1
 
0.024
 
1.024
icon
86
Ex Cops
1
 
0.013
 
1.013
icon
 
KNTRLR
1
 
0.013
 
1.013
icon
 
Makeout Room
1
 
0.013
 
1.013
icon
 
Wilsen
1
 
0.013
 
1.013
icon
90
Sora An
1
 
0.011
 
1.011
icon
91
St. Claire
1
 
0.008
 
1.008
icon
 
Weekend
1
 
0.008
 
1.008
icon
 
Swearin'
1
 
0.008
 
1.008
icon
94
Empress Of
1
 
0.007
 
1.007
icon
Legend: J = Jurors, W = Deli Writers,
R = Deli Readers, OS = Open Submissions

List of Jurors: Sebastian Freed (Bowery Presents), Jify Shah, Cameo Gallery), Patrick McNamara (OhMyRockness.com), Steven King (Rock Shop), Andy Bodor (Cake Shop), Heath Miller (Webster Hall), Karen Soskin (Other Music), Brian Chidester (The Village Voice), Free Williamsburg's list of Best albums of 2012, Rami Haykal (Glasslands), Heather D (The Bell House), Dian (Bowery Electric), Alex Rossiter (The Studio), Matt McDonald (CMJ), Steve Trimboli (Goodbye Blue Monday), Max Brennan (Lit), Dana & Amanda (The Delancey), Billy Jones (Pianos), Eric Berrebbi (Arlene's Grocery), Jamie Dominguez (SESAC), Chris Diaz (Knitting Factory), Jennifer Gilson (The Living Room), John (Sycamore), Zack Dinerstein (Spike Hill), Samantha Cox (BMI)

Hope you'll find some awesome new artists you weren't aware of!

The Deli's Staff

   

Best of NYC Poll - JURORS' VOTE: Foxygen, Spirit Family Reunion, DIIV + more

This year 28 NYC "scene experts" helped us with our Best of NYC Poll 2012 for Emerging Artists by choosing their 3 favorite up and coming NYC acts. These jurors are comprised of local venue agents and other industry people who work with many local bands throughout the year (full list coming soon). Their votes this year produced a list of 68 artists, which means that - as always - most jurors voted for different bands. But some bands appeared more thans once in the "ballots": below we compiled a list of the artists who accumulated more points through the jurors vote only. Kudos to Foxygen (already on the cover of our 2012 CMJ issue) for getting the top spot.

The Best of NYC 2012 Readers and Fans' Poll - including all the nominees - will start in a few days - stay tuned (since we have one of these polls happening in each scene we cover, we need to schedule them carefully to avoid to overload our server - thanks for your patience!).

 
ARTIST

 

 
1
Foxygen
 
2
Spirit Family Reunion
 
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3
DIIV
 
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4
Ambassadors
 
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4
Ghost Beach
 
icon
4
MS MR
 
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7
Hunters
 
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Spirit Family Reunion sells out Mercury, tours East Coast

Trends come and go, but some styles seem to always stay relevant. It's true with Spirit Family Reunion, from whom you can expect a classic kind of Americana performed by musicians who know how to pluck a banjo the right way. But what really makes this band stand out is that they don't sound like they're re-inventing anything. When you see them live, the sound is all their own, and the soulful yelps and gospel harmonies in jams like 'I am Following the Sound' and 'On That Day' should convince you of what you've been missing. After a sold out show at Mercury Lounge last Friday (probably also caused by recent coverage on Rolling Stone), the band will be soon leaving for a 2 week East coast tour. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

   

Weekly Feature: Spirit Family Reunion on first LP 'No Separation'

Spirit Family Reunion released their 'proper' debut album “No Separation” on June 15th , a follow-up to their widely celebrated self-titled EP. “No Separation” highlights the band’s infectious sound with a blend of bluegrass and gospel revival, poised with soulful honesty. Marked in traditional roots, few New York-based bands can achieve an authentic, banjo-laden country sound while maintaining such an effortless appeal. As of August 31st, they'll be playing a series of shows across Northern Ireland & Ireland, kicking off at Omagh's Bluegrass Festival; however, before they leave, you can catch a last NYC show at Brooklyn's Sycamore on Tuesday (8.21). Read Devon Antonetti's interview with the band here

   

Best of NYC #26: Spirit Family Reunion plays Newport Folk Festival + readies debut album

Spirit Family Reunion (#26 in our latest Best of NYC Emerging Artists Year End Poll) is one of those bands seen playing in the subway, in the back of noisy bars, or on busy street corners, going unnoticed to bright lights and mobs of listless pedestrians with their earbuds at full blast. Or at least that’s what their cracked and weathered sound would make you believe. Their songs are drenched in soul and the twang of the banjo, taking the Brooklyn band far beyond the ordinary bluegrass rock group. Traveling as far south as they do north, Sprit Family Reunion are a gospel-infused reminder of everything that makes roots music great. The band ill make their Newport Folk Festival debut this summer but you can catch them in their hometown on May 12 at Mercury Lounge, playing songs from their forthcoming debut album, which they're mixing as we speak. - Devon Antonetti