My Other Friend announce release debut album in July

We've been following indie poppers My Other Friend for quite some time and it's good to know they are finally about to release their debut album - a digital release out towards the end of July. In the past few years the band has collected a series of rather prestigious supporting slots, sharing stages with the likes of Titus Andronicus, Bear Hands, The Beets, and Drink Up Buttercup. The full-length, entitled "Burning Bright Tonight" was produced by Kevin McMahon (The Walkmen, The French Kicks).


Best of NYC #44: Double Wonderful

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).

Unapologetically mainstream, Double Wonderful creates in-your-face, energetic pop melodies, often accompanied by 80’s snyths and even that nifty T-Pain vocal effect. It’s pop-geek-dance-rock, and I can’t imagine these guys take themselves too seriously…which isn’t necessarily a bad thing here; if nothing else, this music is fun. The snobbier listener may immediately dismiss this, but I don’t give a shit who you are, it’ll be hard not to smile and move to these sounds. Double Wonderful seem to exist on the border of obnoxiously generic and pop genius. They don’t care – they’re having a blast. - Paul Dunn


Gig Opportunity: Play to Bedford Ave (W'burg) during Make Music NY (06.21)

NYC bands and artists,

Make Music New York  is a unique festival of free concerts in public spaces throughout the five boroughs of New York City, all on Monday, June 21st, the first day of summer. MMNY takes place simultaneously with similar festivities in more than 327 cities around the world — a global celebration of music making.

Spike Hill - the bar / music venue in the middle of Williamsburg's busy Bedford Ave - will have an outdoor concert starting at 2pm and is looking for NYC bands to headline the festival from 8pm till close. Other bands will also play inside Spike Hill, with the venue's doors open to the street to pipe live music straight to the street crowds.

If you are interested in submitting your band for this event please sign up here. - artists will be selected by the Spike Hill promoters, not by Deli staff.

P.S. As this is a free event, there isn't a budget for performing bands, but a tip jar will be passed around the crowd after each performance to gather some money for the artists performing.

The Deli's Staff


File under "Gorgeous NYC Noise": Stellarium

When you think of the city of Singapore you're not likely to conjure up thoughts of early 90's shoegaze/stoner/noise/dream-pop. Yet that is in fact where the band Stellarium hails from. Their debut album combines shoegaze textures (and attitude) with shredding, bombastic, noise assault guitars. Opening track "Any Day Is Fine," immediately hit our eardrums with a barrage of guitars that shriek, wail and churn with controlled chaos. Multiple layers swirl and feedback, melding together in a beautiful synchronicity of hazy sonics. "Chocolate & Strawberry" is a driving piece that redefines the "fuzz bass" sound. A Place To Bury Strangers' Jono Mofo would be proud. “Harbinger” sets a deep reverb echo to its cautionary tale about war. Exploding into a gorgeous wash of sound, straddling the lines between heaven and hell. “Fader” employs a rising sonic effect giving the sensation of your head “lifting off.” Stellarium show musical sophistication with their tempo changes within songs. The over 8 minute “final” track on the album – “Dead Nebula culminates in a shredding dual guitar attack. For the final 4 minutes it’s nothing but this - what's not to love? - Dave Cromwell


Weekly Feature #203a: El Jezel

El Jezel sparked when George and Dan randomly met at house parties in Massachusetts years back and discovered that they actually only lived a town away from each other. Both eventually linked up with Jessica about ten years ago, which led to playing open mic sessions in downtown Manhattan and ultimately the three formed a band. Recently performing along the East Coast, El Jezel brews bigger plans for its new EP due to release this Spring and desires more extensive tours, although they always value the importance of intimate settings for live shows. - Read Gina Alioto interview with the band here.