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avant indie

Full Deli Web Buzz charts here:

avant indie Top 20 1. 2. 3. 4.

Kaki King Yo La Tengo Department of Eagles Animal Collective

5. 6. 7. 8.

Yeasayer Son Lux Dirty Projectors Gang Gang Dance

9. Emily Wells 10. Huerco S. 11. Rubblebucket 12. Rasputina

13. Tei Shi 14. The Fiery Furnaces 15. Marnie Stern 16. NewVillager

17. Buke and Gase 18. Black Dice 19. Mice Parade 20. Celestial Shore

Playlist of NYC Avant Indie bands here:

By John McGovern


hen listening to new bands, it is natural to look for sonic elements that help us to classify it - what they sound like, what “genre” they play. Here at “The Deli,” we are guilty of that, but it’s just a way to attempt to make sense of a gargantuan scene. Of course, picking genres often reduces a band’s complexity to a simple category. So while it may be tempting, after an initial listen, to say that cloud becomes your hand sounds like some delightful concoction of early Animal Collective, Nintendo 64, acid, and jam music, there is, of course, more going on. Not that that concoction isn’t an appropriate way to describe this band: It simply goes to show that no matter how hard we try to “box” some music inside a few words, the best stuff will invariably elude anybody’s words, and will have to be experienced in person to be fully understood. So

Cloud Becomes Your Hand that’s what you should do. Remove all the distractions and escape to the foreign, beautiful and strange world of cloud becomes your hand. It’s not a coincidence that they make the familiarity of the natural and animal world (and, of course, our own world) seem so uncanny. Look out for their new album coming out on February 25, 2014. There’s been a resurgence of sixties sounding psychinfluenced bands in recent years. Are there any contemporary bands doing this sort of thing that you’re into? Bands from the past you feel have helped shape your sound?

Bubbly Mommy Gun from Athens, GA are one of the most psychedelic, gooey marshmallow bands around these days. Actually, last spring, I was down in Athens for a spell, and I recorded in their cool warehouse and recorded with some of Greg’s wondrous keyboards and Mercer’s harmonica collection. Bands from the past and helping - most important for me personally - is the Grateful Dead. Any reason for the name? The name comes from another project I’m in with Sam [Sowyrda] called Living Things that uses puppets and theatrical motives. We used to have a cloud puppet that made a curious oinktype sound, and I attempted to operate it without my

hand being seen. What’s it like making psychedelic sounding music in NY? There’s people running around trying to be Lou Reed or whoever, and then there’s bands like you guys who come out of left field. I feel a strong affinity with left field because I played baseball growing up. I’m actually still there in left field now - waiting. Its so amazing to share shows/ ideas/recordings with people like Zach Phillips. He lived in the Brattleboro, VT area for a long time, but now he’s running around Brooklyn trying to be Zach Phillips, who does he think he is?! Blanche Blanche Blanche is one of the most beautiful, strangest live bands I have seen in a long time.

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Production Corner

By Paolo De Gregorio

Anything Through Guitar Pedals Guitar pedals have become a niche product that’s going beyond… the niche itself. Many creative sound engineers love to use stompboxes not just for guitars and bass, but also to add character or weird effects to other tracks like drums or vocals. For a creative keyboardist/programmer, an audio channel routed to a pedalboard with a carefully chosen selection of pedals can be a very stimulating idea that gets extra points for letting the hands free to trigger other stuff.

But it’s not just about keyboards and samples; pretty much anything can be routed through guitar pedals. I used to play my saxophone through a wah way back in high school (you just need a DI box to convert the mic signal into line, but careful with the feedback), and some drummers into dub use delay pedals on acoustic snares to create the genre’s signature effect. Drummer Joe Tomino of NYC’s metal/dub outfit Dub Trio, when playing live, runs his drums’ mics directly through the band’s guitarist’s pedal chain.

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The “Other” Mixed board at our recent Brooklyn Stompbox Exhibit

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