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A gritty but efective video/song by Manual Zombie

These guys' open blog blurb is as blurred as their vocals: "Two manual zombie tape releases this summer, they'll probably cost $5 and you can probably buy them at shows, but we're not playing anymore shows this summer, so maybe you can get them in the fall." - (as posted in The Deli's Open Blog - post your band's entries, videos, and Mp3s here).

 

   

NYC artists on the rise: Greg Thomas

"In Sequence" is a track off of the upcoming album, Atlantic/Pacific, by Brooklyn-based indie rock/pop singer-songwriter Greg Thomas. Atlantic/Pacific was recorded over 5 days at Brooklyn's The Bunker Studio with Aaron Nevezie (Wakey!Wakey!, Lowry) with musicians Kirk Schoenherr, Steve Purcell and Tim Lappin. Atlantic/Pacific will be released with a show at The Living Room on 08.18 - preview a track here. - (as posted in The Deli's Open Blog - post your band's entries, videos, and Mp3s here).

 

   

Pin Me Down - NYC vocalist + Bloc Party's guitarist

Pin Me Down probably wouldn’t exist without the magic of the "internets" (as ex-President Bush gloriously renamed them a few years ago). The band is an electro-pop-rock cocktail (according to its members, their genre is “apocalyptic pop”), consisting of spicy vocalist Milena Mepris, a multi-talented musician from New York, and her illustrious foreign friend, Russell Lissack, in-your-face lead-guitarist from UK indie-sensation Bloc Party. After almost 5 years of constructing songs through email exchanges, the duo has finally finished working on their self-titled debut, which was released this April on Milena’s own label ‘Animalized Music’ - and it's available for download pretty much anywhere on the... internets, of course! - Mikhael Agafonov

   

Best of NYC #16: The Depreciation Guild

We continue our "Best of NYC Countdown", covering every day one of the artists that made our Year End Best of NYC list (a chart compiled by a jury comprised of local bloggers, music writers, promoters, record store personnel, DJs, and our writers and readers).

Taking on different aspects of pop music can get you varying degrees of success and Brooklyn band The Depreciation Guild has found a way to mix it up with their take on shoegazing emo/pop running alongside Nintendo backing tracks. The band started turning heads and ears in 2007 after the release of their album "In Her Gentle Jaws" as a free download. Their 1st release “Nautilus” was a 3 song EP that got them the attention of 8-Bit People, a small label whose love for video games is not hidden in shame. The bands’ sophomore release, Spirit Youth, sees a departure from the lo-tech 8-bit blips that made the debut album so recognizable. We find instead an even more pronounced shoegaze element in layered guitar and ethereal vocals.

   

String/Soul/Eye

The San Antonio based small press Kendra Steiner Editions is branching out into the realm of recorded music and one of their first three sonic releases just happens to be the new album from Plastic Crimewave. The album is called string/soul/eye and features five new ambient tracks. Although just five tracks the album spans over 50 minutes in length. The album is a perfect meditation on sound and allows the listen to search through the various layers that Sir Plastic Crimewave creates. Built mainly on guitar, banjo, & raagini, this album is filled with texture and soul. When you take in the catalog of Plastic Crimewave as a whole, this is a fine and expected addition. The release is on cd only and is printed in an addition of 100.