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Wild Nothing CMJ show review

I initially didn’t care for Wild Nothing on record, thinking it sounded a little brittle for my taste. But these boys are worth the hype, in my opinion. They share an aesthetic with Beach Fossils, but without the gimmicky surf vibe. Don’t get me wrong, I love Beach Fossils, but can we get a cymbal? Wild Nothing kicks out this awesome, dynamic set. They sound perfectly mixed. They look like they are enjoying shit. And why not? Their music is so fun and bright without being abrasive. It’s part of this wave shit happening with an ear to the sounds of the 1980s, beginning with Violens “Already Over” and ending somewhere on the far side of the new Deerhunter record. - Dale W Eisinger


Live review of Lesands at CMJ

The lead singer of Lesands has an amazing presence. He’s got this effortless dance thing going that seems neither contrived or rehearsed – there’s a spontaneity that can’t be denied. This guy might be a superstar. It’s my opinion this bands needs a bigger stage. The approach the drummer takes to filling the space with a wash of dark crash just really fills up the room – I can see this happening in an arena, with the lead singer dancing all over a much, much larger stage. I really want to see what kind of moves he could perform without so much constraint. They are showmen, but demure. The spotlight is on the singer for sure. Although there is a weird dynamic between him and the drummer, who, judging by his skill, is probably one of the stronger influences in the group. This is worth checking out! It sounds like Morrisey fronting a dubstep chill wave group. And that’s pretty cool. - Alex W. Eisinger - More CMJ Coverage on our NYC site here.


Deli "Bands with DIY Instruments" CMJ Show: Buke & Gass + Octant, 7pm at The Living Room

The independent music scene of the early 21st millennium will be remembered for its DIY modus operandi. The percentage of artists who release home recorded albums has been growing exponentially in the last decade, and some of these records did and do actually sell. Right now, the DIY revolution seems like a one way ticket, but there are some artists in NYC who are already a few steps ahead in terms of "doing it themselves".

One of our "early finds" we are most proud of (the band was featured on the cover of The Deli in the summer 2009) Buke and Gass in 2010 was signed to Brassland Records, toured North America and Europe respectively with Efterklang and The National (who also run that label), and released the debut album "Riposte", finally earning a well deserved "buzz band" status WITHOUT the help of Pitchfork, which at the time of writing still hasn't spent a single word about this mind blowing project. But besides being one of the most original and edgy sounding indie bands around, the duo has the rather unique characteristic of building all the instruments they play. – Read an interview with Aron Sanchez about the Buke and Gass instruments on Delicious Audio, The Deli's blog about Pro Audio.

Songwriter/singer, and inventor-genius Matthew Steinke used to stand behind giant towering drum robots, obscured like the man-behind-the-curtain by the machinery of his own creation. Under the name Octant, Steinke built a solid body of work, releasing accessible but experimental LPs. The records span a long career working with human beings and robotic inventions alike, but these days Steinke is focusing on his work as a poet and songwriter. The huge Octant drums, with show stopping robot-bodies built into road cases so large they can only fit in a van, have been benched. Octant’s maestro now plays guitar and sings through a harmonica mic, crafting tender, cerebral music, aided by tiny, idiosyncratic robot companions who truly feel more like supportive band mates than automated devices. I had the opportunity to ask Steinke a ew questions after his July 7th performance at The Tank NYC, an amazing art space in midtown Manhattan. We talked about gear, poetry, inspiration, on-stage dynamics, and the quest to build ever more “humanly” robots. – Read an interview with Aron Sanchez about the Buke and Gass instruments on Delicious Audio, The Deli's blog about Pro Audio.


Anni Rossi, Strand of Oaks, Kendra Morris + more on The Deli's Rootsy CMJ bill at The Living Room

We are happy to announce that Shayna Zaid and the Catch (picture below) were added at the last minute to the Thursday Deli CMJ showcase at The Living Room. The bill will be opened by two truly DYI bands (see previous post) and then host a bunch of extremely talented artists all more or less influenced by roots music. Main attractions of the night will be 4AD's Anni Rossi (top picture), Philly based Strand of Oaks (recently blessed by Pitchfork's approval), and emerging Alt Soul singer Kendra Morris, but we recommend you check out all the artists on the bill because there's some real talent there.

Here's the night's full lineup:

7:00 Octant
7:45 Buke and Gass
8:30 Kendra Morris
9:15 Daniel Wayne
10:00 Anni Rossi
10:45 Mc Alister Drive (Boston)
11:30 La Strada
12:15 Strand of Oaks (Philly)
01.00 Shayna Zaid and The Catch

Full Deli CMJ show schedule here.
The Deli Staff



Birthmark is the alias of Nate Kinsella (Joan of Arc, Make Believe), and over the last three years he has been working on his second album as Birthmark. The album will be called "Shaking Hands" and will be released by Hidden Agenda on December 14th. This is the follow up to his 2007 release "The Layer"