NYC Artists on the Rise: Elephant Parade

Elephant Parade is kinda cutesy, kinda sappy, kinda heavy in the pseudo-folk guitar strumming. But Estelle’s vocals really are the major touchstone: something syrupy, pliable, wrapping around those little accents of keys or horns, the tricky little drumbeats. We’re a little slow on the uptake, here – they’ve been putting out music for the better part of five years. The duo makes for an easy listen – sort of like The Blow not on blow – with flighty, sometimes light-hearted lyrics that resonate once in a while. The kind of limitless DIY that takes you to a meadow and an open sky, and now and then there’s an awesome animal traipsing about. - DWE


Best of NYC #15: Dinosaur Feathers, now touring the US

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).

Dinosaur Feathers are a quirky, different kind of pop -- both undeniably and instantly likeable. There’s a lively looseness about the Beach Boysie and XTC-type musical arrangements that come across as laid-back and cool, rather than sloppy. Strip away all these strange goodies accompanying the songs, and at the bare fruit revealed is smart pop-island music, clearly influenced by now-extinct dinosaurs of the 60’s. Only a band with a warped tropical mindset, fusing fun and talent, could produce such passionately diverse music (check out “Vendela Vida”), all while retaining an anchored uniqueness. Failing to get excited about Dinosaur Feathers is not an option. The band is currently busy touring the US, they'll be back home in late August with a show at Littlefield on the 28. - Paul Dunn


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