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People The Kangaroo drops great hits on "Greatest Hits Vol. 3"

People The Kangaroo’s Greatest Hits Vol. 3 is not a greatest hits collection at all – rather, it’s the band’s first EP, following last year’s single “We Can Still Say I Love You.” The album starts with a swelling synth and a spoken word sample, a brief detour from the music that follows. First up is the poppy “Blue Filter (Clicking Clicking),” a fair example of the band’s knack for a good hook and Pablo San Martin’s slick production, but “Time is Running Faster” is even better. With extraterrestrial backing vocals, synth and guitar riffs that twist and turn around one another and drums big enough to fill a stadium, the EP’s second track is also its focal point. Next, “Hit You” careens on the line between cheery and dissonant, fitting its creepy lyric – “I’m in the back seat, I’m gonna hit you if I can,” vocalist Alan Wurman sings. Grab Greatest Hits Vol. 3 for free on Bandcamp now and see the guys play it live at T.T the Bear’s in Cambridge on July 23. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed)

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Summer 2014. NYC Issue #39
(10 Year Anniversary!)
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CreaturoS drops video for tribute to man's other best friend: "Short Shorts"

Our new summer anthem has arrived just in time for July 4th barbeques. Vanyaland just premiered the video for the latest by CreaturoS, “Short Shorts,” and the clip is a simple, colorful tribute to the oft-ridiculed menswear trend. “Walkin’ around town gettin’ shit for my short shorts,” the garage tune laments as protagonist Nightime Gallagher wipes tears away, defeated after being booted from a record store with a “No Short Shorts!” sign at the register. If you like what you hear, you can download “Short Shorts” for free over at the group’s Bandcamp page and see them play alongside Boy Toy and Tredici Bacci at Great Scott in Allston on July 18. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed)

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THE DELI NYC'S TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY ISSUE IS OUT!

On a Friday night of December 2004, at Manhattan venue Sin-e' in Attorney Street, an emerging NYC band with a home recorded debut album played The Deli's launch party. It was a packed crowd and everyone was holding the first issue of The Deli, whose cover these upstarts were gracing. That band was Grizzly Bear. It remains one of the most exciting nights of my life, the night I understood that this magazine had a shot at being here to stay.

Now, this ten-year anniversary issue hopes to be a(nother) celebration of this great scene, in a less cluttered, more narratorial and visually appealing form thanks to art critic Brian Chidester's work as a guest editor. This issue also comes with my deep hope for NYC to keep churning out exceptional music of all kinds for the foreseeable future.

FIND THE PAPER ISSUE OF THE DELI IN MANHATTAN AND BROOKLYN, READ IT IN PDF HERE, OR BUY IT HERE FOR JUST $5.

Paolo De Gregorio,
Editor-in-Chief and Publisher

The cover of the 1st Issue of The Deli (December 2004)


Sexy Girls serves up summer-ready "Satan's Hands" LP

If there’s one thing Sexy Girls has a knack for, it’s fitting in pop hooks where you’d least expect them. On the band’s latest release, Satan’s Hands, the first arrives at 1:15 on opener “Young in a Garden”: amidst a beach shack strewn with tube amps, Alex Whitelaw sings, “With a touch of your hand I'll be at your command … Where can I take you?” before devolving into a chorus of la-las. Overall, the set is a more concise take on surf rock than 2012’s The Collection, with few changes to the instrumentation allowing Whitelaw’s songwriting – as well as Ben Semeta’s production – to shine. “It’s Painful For Me,” an everything-will-be-alright promise, stands out even without a discernable chorus or a single drum beat thanks to heaped-on distortion. On the title track, Whitelaw calls out to God to “meet me in the middle,” ending the album on an introspective note. Download Satan’s Hands for free on Bandcamp now or keep your eyes open for a physical copy at Sexy Girls’s upcoming shows in Portland, ME; Chicopee, MA; Portsmouth, NH; Jamaica Plain, MA; and Florence, MA. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed)

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