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New Video: "Wakin On A Pretty Day" (Christmas Version) - Heavenly Chorus (Feat. Kurt Vile)

Kurt Vile stopped by the Public Theater in NYC for a taping of Joe's Pub Presents: A Holiday Special. Leading a "heavenly chorus" that also included Lisa Loeb, Bridgett Everett, and event host Tony Hale, the motley crew got in the holiday spirit with an improvised Christmas rendition of "Wakin On A Pretty Day". Now, we're not sure if you'll hear this version at his upcoming New Year's Eve concert this Saturday at The Fillmore Philly with Woods and Nathan Bowles, but Vile will definitely be pulling out some fan favorites for the hometown crowd.





Buzz Alert: The Smallest Town Ensemble Paints a Portrait of City Life With EP Out East

Brainchild of Matt Bowker, The Smallest Town Ensemble is not an easy band to track down, but if you're lucky enough to come across their EP, Out East, you'll be telling all of your friends about the gem you found.  A love letter of sorts to the Somerville, MA community, Out East paints a portrait of urban life that anyone inhabiting a cramped city apartment can relate to.  From country/folk twang to brass choir harmonies and gospel musings, Bowker weaves through a multitude of genres, creating a beautiful and poignant tapestry.  Each track features a unique instrumentation, masterfully tailored to the needs of the song.  Spend some time with this album and keep your eyes open for more from Matt Bowker and friends. -Brian Varneke





Band new and promising: Magana plays FIKA on 01.06

Ever wish all songwriters were actually songRIDERS - i.e. they focused on taking us for a ride, rather than just... writing songs? This neologism works well for Brooklyn's Magana, the indie pop/alt folk project of Jeni Magana, who released her haunting and slightly eccentric debut, four track EP 'Golden Tongue' this past October 2016. In it, Jeni takes us on rides of the mental variety, and since we are brainy New Yorkers, we are feeling right at home. Two songs stand out to our ears: ballad "The World doesn't Know," with its elegant melodies, trembling guitar and sophisticated chord progression, is dream folk perfection; its lyrics, through Magana's heartfelt vocals, find the ideal form of control a lover can have over the loved one: an imaginary one. "Get it right," as moody and only slightly faster, also deals with thought process and relationships, focusing instead on how the right words, but only the right ones, can change minds. (Incidentally, that's a lesson we all need to learn if we want to win the next elections). We stream both tracks below. Magana will be performing live at Manhattan's FIKA on January 6th.

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best mellow songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!





New Track: "Life" (Feat. Dave B) - Ivy Sole

Featuring Seattle emcee Dave B and produced by Kam DeLa, "Life," the new single from Ivy Sole, seamlessly intertwines an elegant, simplistic beat with a blend of reflectively active lyrical lines. They mesh the soul-oriented nature of the chorus, and then enhance the depth of detail with decisive rhymes. The track, which can be found on her forthcoming release East, maintains a natural ease, while demonstrating power.





New Track: "It's Easy (Like Walking)" (Feat. Kurt Vile) - The Sadies

Kurt Vile made a guest appearance on the latest single from Toronto's The Sadies called "It's Easy (Like Walking)". Vile had toured with the alt-country group many moons ago, and they've "been friends ever since." The track will appear on the band's forthcoming LP Northern Passages (Yep Roc), and Kurt has a big show this New Year's Eve with Woods and Nathan Bowles at The Fillmore Philly so grab your tix ASAP.

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