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Shlohmo to release Shlomoshun Deluxe LP May 24


Shlohmo, aka Henry Laufer brings a keen ear to the music he makes, using mostly found sound, fragile old gear and a laptop. With beat and soundscape arrangements that leave the listener hypnotized, the songs breath life from the organic and electronic worlds colliding. Fan favorites "Hot Boxing The Cockpit" and "Antigravity" place him right amongst neu-bass contemporaries like Flying Lotus, Nosaj Thing, Ras G and others in the Low End Theory-fueled Los Angeles beat scene while a track like "7am" oozes Dilla-esque swagger; all the while remaining effortlessly cinematic. Laufer will release Shlomoshun Deluxe on May 24, as a follow-up to his acclaimed Shlomoshun EP out late 2009.


NYC's potential next big thing: The Dig, concert review

May Day, 2010, NY’s The Dig - a band we've been following for a few years now - played to a sold out Mercury Lounge alongside the UK’s The Joy Formidable on the second day of their mini-tour. These guys' infectious grooves on “You’re Already Gone” and “Two Sisters in Love” pumped up the packed Lounge, while “Look Inside” and “Sick Sad Morning” blended heartfelt verses with romantic melodies and pounding bass lines. Impassioned vocals floated over ringing guitars and syncopated backbeats on “Penitentiary”; and “He's a Woman” undulated with instrumental feedback and distortion, championing The Dig’s psychedelic inspirations spiced with alternative rock flavor. “She's Going to Kill That Boy” shook with a haunting guitar and trippy keyboard reverb and erupted into a head-banging refrain. Closer, “I Just Wanna Talk to You,” interspersed with crowd clap-along segments, oozed with bluesy seduction and a classic rock ‘n roll spirit. On June 5, The Dig will return to Mercury Lounge to celebrate the release of “Electric Toys” due out officially on June 8.  –Meijin Bruttomesso


CD Of The Month: Sonoi

The press release for Sonoi’s debut album defines their sound as experimental pop, and with an album that is diverse and complex I can see why they defaulted to that verbiage. However, this album is very accessible, melodic, and clearly driven more by pop than experiment. What adds that extra element and excitement are the layered and textured sound that the listen will find hidden throughout the album. Yes, there is cowbell and catchy rhythms, but the band does expand their sonic palette and breaks some patterns with horns and other surprising elements. A song the really brings all of this together is the albums very first track, “Red Ant”. The track begins with what sounds like flutes or horn and then transitions into a calculated guitar rhythm before giving way to Adam Busch’s creative vocals. My favorite track on the album is the mysterious and eerie “Rotativa”, it’s all instrumental and beautifully constructed. Coupled with the closing track, “Friends In Dry Places”, Sonoi becomes more closely related to the likes of The Books than anything else. Sonoi made it live debut just over two years ago at the Hideout, and since then have culled a strong local following that with this worldwide release on Low Transit Industries should begin to spread.

Sonoi plays at Empty Bottle on May 14th.


Best of NYC #53: Zambri

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 sotre personnel and DJs). Many of the bands in this list will play The Deli's Best of NYC Fest in Williamsburg in May (6 shows in 3 different venues between the 13 and the 15).

Dreamlike and echoing, Zambri layer an array of effects over airy female vocals performed by front sisters Jessica and Christi Jo.  The Brooklyn-based group’s first release, “Bang for Changes EP” explores elements of shoegaze, placing heavy emphasis on synthesizers, reverb, and grungy distortion, and mixes these musical facets with electronic tidbits and dance club undertones. Experimenting with changes in the tempo within songs and following unusual melodic patterns, Zambri fashion a trippy listening experience. -Meijin Bruttomesso


Pete Rose Documentary Scored by Guided by Voices' Robert Pollard

Does Pete Rose deserve to be in the Baseball Hall of Fame? Fuck yeah! Does Pete Rose like to gamble? Sure, but what does that have to do with his accomplishments as a baseball player? I guess “Charlie Hustle” will have to settle for a documentary scored by Guided by Voices’ Robert Pollard for now. Yeah, he’d rather be in Cooperstown, but we hope that this photo helps to ease your case of the Mondays a bit. Well, at least it does for us. (Photo by Charles Sotto, CEI Sports Inc.) - The Deli Staff