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Non-chalant Minks release album on Captured Tracks in early 2011

Singing with nonchalance and slightly out of tune is an art in itself. Curiously, when found together (and in the right dosage), these two qualities work like a double negative and resolve to a positive - often identified as "character". Everything started here in NYC with Lou Reed - I believe - but Syd Barret was probably this particular art's unsurpassed genius, and bands like Pavement and more recently Crystal Stilts started new similar trends in the past 2 decades. Nonchalance seems to have become a defining trait for the 2010 Brooklyn hipster bands, and new Captured Tracks' signees Minks try to bring that quality to its extremes within the pop format. Their extremely structured songs, formally reminiscent of The Jesus and Mary Chain with the Cure's rhythm section, are "nonchalanted" through weird vocal effects a-la' Ween (de-tuning, flanger, distortion and delay/reverb of course), or drunken, crooked instrument parts like int the song "Drunk Punks" here - again, Ween's  craziness comes to mind, although Minks is in no way a band of comedians like the PA duo was. Look out for the debut album in January.

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Gregory and the Hawk back with a new album

Gregory and the Hawk is the project of playful and dreamy singer songwriter Meredith Godreau, who moved to NYC from Massachusetts in the mid 2000 to find a record deal with Fat Cat Records. Intense and sleepy, Godreau's songs play with simple melodies that aim at the heart, and are the perfect soundtrack to sweeten up the darkest of seasons. The unconventional, sparse arrangements employ instruments as varied as strings, mallets and harp. This video of the song "For The Best" was realized using some of the artist's own drawings.

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The Deli’s Featured Artist(s) of the Month: Ryat

With a blur of electro beats and delicate atmospherics, Ryat’s Avant Gold is a welcomed new sound for the former As Human/Kilo members Christina McGeehan and Tim Conley. (You can check out our review of Avant Gold here.) The duo recently finished a successful national tour with Chris Wood (Grimace Federation, Orbit to Leslie) joining them on drums to help fill out the live sound. We had a chance to catch up with the creative couple to shoot them some “get-to-know-you” questions so you can find out what they had to say here.
 
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The Deli's Featured Artist(s) of the Month: Ryat


With a blur of electro beats and delicate atmospherics, Ryat’s Avant Gold is a welcomed new sound for the former As Human/Kilo members Christina McGeehan and Tim Conley. (You can check out our review of Avant Gold here.) The duo recently finished a successful national tour with Chris Wood (Grimace Federation, Orbit to Leslie) joining them on drums to help fill out the live sound. We had a chance to catch up with the creative couple to shoot them some “get-to-know-you” questions so you can find out what they had to say below.

The Deli: How did the band start?

Christina McGeehan: I started the project back in 2006 in my bedroom, when I was experimenting in producing avant-electro-beat-driven music. I was chopping up live improv and remixing/mashing it up and adding vocal arrangements to them. I mostly did studio collaborating for years under the name RYAT, until I got solid enough on all the gear to play it out live, which was in 2009. I had been playing with Tim Conley in a project called As Human for a few years, which was a band that could not tour. I wanted to tour so I asked Tim if he would do a 3 month Euro/US tour in Spring 2010 with just RYAT and that’s when he decided to fully join the group. We are now writing and producing all of the music together and with other collaborators.

TD: Where did the band name/moniker Ryat come from?

CM: I had a band for one year called Fusion Riots, which were really experimental synth driven tunes, with lots of changing parts that almost never made sense. It was fun, but hard to keep the band together since everyone was in like 5 other bands. I decided to just venture into the studio solo and call the new project RYAT. I think there is an Ewok named Ryat, and I always wanted to be an Ewok.

TD: What are your biggest musical influences?

CM: It's hard to say. We are really into a lot of stuff. THIS WEEK: Tonight we are going to see an Ars Nova avant jazz show, last night was a mini Klezmer symphony, and this morning I cleaned my bathroom to Wu Tang. This weekend I cooked to an Animal Collective mix, and I watched a documentary on John Lennon, Harry Potter music (John Williams) and Quincy Jones. I am about to listen to Ursula Rucker's latest, and I constantly am inspired with anything Rucyl and King Britt blog about and do themselves.

TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?

CM: On the last tour in Sept., we played with a lot of amazing bands and got to see some great shows. We played with this band Religious Girls in Oakland that we've been listening to a lot and Hideous Men out of Denver. We got to see Beach House in Austin the same time we were out there, and their set blew us away. We've had in steady rotation on our media player of choice…Ratatat, Battles, Bach and anything Brainfeeder and Ninja Tune puts out on their labels.

TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?

CM: My first concert was Milli Vanilli and MC Hammer. The first tape I bought was Bjork, Debut. I remember I bought it in New Hope and because I loved the cover. I was 14, and finally had my own job and money to buy what I wanted.

Tim Conley: First concert was the Judds and first album was Michael Jacksons Thriller.

TD: What do you love about Philly?

CM: We love how raw Philly is.

TD: What do you hate about Philly?

CM: The Crime! Also the Philly scene can be a little too incestuous sometimes.

TD: What are your plans for the future?

TC: Well, we don't have extensive plans for 2010 considering it’s almost over, but for 2011, we are booking another tour now for the spring all over the US and Canada again. And looking to get back to Europe in August. We have some remixers working on an Avant Gold remix record. Christina is working on an all vocal RYAT record inspired by Native American Heroes, and I am finishing up an album of original neo-classical avant jazz compositions. And working on the next RYAT LP in collaboration with Greg Augenblick again.

TD: What was your most memorable live show?

CM: Our first Richmond house party. There were maybe a hundred amped up kids, jumping up and down and dancing like maniacs. We were so scared we were going to fall through into the basement. I also was paranoid our gear was going to glitch with the beer and sweat flying around. There was something so special about that night. I love crowded rooms sweaty with dancers.

TD: What's your favorite thing to get at the deli?

CM: Fresh Mozzerella if they have it.

TC: Veggie Chicken Cheeseteak Hoagie if they have it.

- The Deli Staff

 

 

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Rye Rye Gets Remixed

Baltimore's brilliant club rapstress Rye Rye, recently back from a tour with Die Antwoord, released a remix EP of her smash track "Sunshine" featuring guest vocals from M.I.A. The EP features remixes from MSTRKRFT, 12th Planet, LA Riots, and Cataracts, and after her LP Go!Pop!Bang! was unleashed, music mags were hitting the floor.

Some of what they had to say:

"Rye Rye is the sort of vivacious dancer that kinda makes you feel like a klutz just being in the same city with her" -- XLR8R

"...the hip-hop album most likely to set the club on fire." -- Rolling Stone

"....Baltimore grime at its best" -- Bust

Sunshine feat. M.I.A - 12th Planet Remix by z11221133

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