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Best of NYC #38: Hospitality

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 and DJs).

After hearing Hospitality’s soundcheck, singer-songwriter Karl Blau offered to record the trio’s music in exchange for serving as his backing band for a few shows. The result of this unusual barter is the band's self titled EP, which features six poppy, captivating songs recorded on a 4-track. It’s difficult not to fall for Hospitality’s charms.: the lo-fi songs project such warmth through Amber Papini’s tender vocals and charismatic melodies, that bear a hint of ‘60s nostalgia. Although their songs are infused with a darling amount of sweetness, their roughness in the recording department balance things out - they recorded some tracks using the telephone as their only microphone! (That's what we call "no-fi".) Well, those tunes still sound surprisingly awesome. - Nancy Chow

   

French Horn Rebellion tour the Americas, release video, play Bowl on 06.12

French Horn Rebellion are slowly conquering the world country by country, with their irresisble 70s infused disco-pop. The band has recently opened on major European stages for Matt & Kim, Major Lazer, The Drums and Sleigh Bells. They are now busy touring the Americas, starting in Montreal, stopping in NYC at the Bklyn Bowl on June 12th, and ending in Sao Paulo on June 27th!
A recent visual collaboration betrays deeper, creative connection with Canada and Brasil. Montreal based Canadian film maker DEFASTEN (aka Patrick Doan) with this video visualised The Twelves remix of “Beaches & Friends”, French Horn Rebellion’s collaboration with Brazilian duo Database, a track which provides a clearing for the long awaited French Horn Rebellion debut album recently completed aboard trains, planes, and hotel rooms across Europe. 

   

The Drums finally release debut album, sell out London

We had been wondering for a while when The Drums were going to release their debut full length - now we know: June 8 (digital version), August 10 (vinyl), September (CD). The band hit the NYC scene like a sandstorm in the summer of 2009 soon after moving here from Florida, gaining almost instant buzz in the local music blogs. Their uplifting, minimalistic pop songs, and their melancholic lyrics often recalling memories of Floridian summer and sunny beaches, are a perfect sonic appetizer for anybody's upcoming summer vacation. The Drums are currently touring Europe, and it looks like the buzz followed them there - their two shows in London on June 8-9 sold out.

   

Josh Mease plays 92YTribeca on June 10

Josh Mease belongs to the rather recent school of "adventurous orchestral songwriters", which has a strong presence in NYC. The Houston transplant feels mostly comfortable in what we call "Mellow Core" territory (i.e. ballads that are too sophisticated to be called just "ballads"). His voice alone it's a monument to mellowness, while his arrangements dabble in psychedelic atmospheres. Josh will be opening for Angus and Julia Stone at TribecaY92 on June 10.

   

Best of NYC #39: Liturgy

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 and DJs).

Liturgy are New York’s first black metal band to truly feel like New York—the hypnotic churn of Glenn Branca or Rhys Chatham; the transcendent ecstasy of La Monte Young’s Dream Syndicate; the art-punker cutter sprawl of the Swans or Suicide; the everydude psych of Oneida. Dudes are more likely to wear a Michael Jordan shirt than corpsepaint, more likely to attack metal with a noise-punkers zeal, more likely to make love than war. To wit: Drummer Greg Fox clearly values power and theatrics over speed, watching his BPM increase over the last two years has been nothing short of mesmerizing. - Christopher R. Weingarten