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Best of NYC Submissions, PSYCH + NOISE: Invisible Days + Kordan

This year we grouped Psych Rock and Shoegazer submissions to our Best of NYC Emerging Artists 2010 Poll with Noise Rock ones, although it was mostly artists from the first genre group that rose to the top positions. Invisible Days (top picture), after catching the attention of the NYC staff with their new single "Solitary Time", they also impressed The Deli's out of town editors selected to rate bands in this category, and they qualified to the next round together with Kordan (whom we also decided to promote to the next phase because they got an outstanding average rating of 9 out of 10). All the artists in this top 10 received really good ratings and it breaks our hart to get only two of them through to the final stage of our poll.

Categories: Psych Rock, Shoegazer, Noise Rock, Lo-Fi
Region: NYC + NJ + Long Island
Jurors: Deli Washington and New England Editors

1. Invisible Days - NOMINATED FOR NEXT PHASE
2. Kordan - NOMINATED FOR NEXT PHASE



3. Dead Leaf Echo
4.Young Boys
5. FOOD S†ΔMPS
6. Elika
7. Backlights
7. Pet Ghost Project
7. Quiet Loudly
10. Quilty

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Where Is My Mind?: An American Chinese’s Mitch Marzec

The first time that I booked a band for a show at Johnny Brenda’s I was introduced to the music of An American Chinese who also shared the bill. They had just released the EP Panic Pilgrim and an ingenious video for the track “Panic Pilgrim, Quick Grab Your Suitcase”. I have to admit that I was quite enamored by the attention to detail and uniqueness that I found in the artistic efforts of all things An American Chinese so the wait for their latest release and debut LP Utopian Tree has been a bit excruciating at times, especially with lead man Mitch Marzec’s empty promises of its release over the last year. However, I forgive him because it has been worth the wait, and tonight they’ll finally have the official/belated celebration for the release of Utopian Tree at Kung Fu Necktie so join us this evening and enter the strangely unique world of An American Chinese. But first, check out our interview with Mitch Marzec for Where Is My Mind? here.
 

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Where Is My Mind?: An American Chinese's Mitch Marzec

- by Q.D. Tran

The first time that I booked a band for a show at Johnny Brenda’s I was introduced to the music of An American Chinese who also shared the bill. They had just released the EP Panic Pilgrim and an ingenious video for the track “Panic Pilgrim, Quick Grab Your Suitcase”. I have to admit that I was quite enamored by the attention to detail and uniqueness that I found in the artistic efforts of all things An American Chinese so the wait for their latest release and debut LP Utopian Tree has been a bit excruciating at times, especially with lead man Mitch Marzec’s empty promises of its release over the last year. However, I forgive him because it has been worth the wait, and tonight they’ll finally have the official/belated celebration for the release of Utopian Tree at Kung Fu Necktie so join us this evening and enter the strangely unique world of An American Chinese. But first, check out our interview with Mitch Marzec for Where Is My Mind? below.

The Deli: How did An American Chinese come together?

Mitch Marzec: I have been using An American Chinese as a name for ideas since I was a kid. It’s backwards, and I like that.

TD: We really enjoy your lyrics. What inspires your lyrical content?

MM: I like delving into the strange loot of eccentric lives. I hear or think of a name or situation that sounds odd and suddenly there is a character in my mind that I find myself writing about.

TD: It seemed like every time we talked that you were very close to having Utopian Tree ready for release. So what took so long?

MM: It’s always been the writing that’s come fast and the production that has slowed me down, but I was learning as I went. Things will go faster now that I know my process. Also I’m a fucking perfectionist with a serious case of OCD. Once I hear a song in my head, I can’t help but think about it a lot. I need to be able to tweak and finesse it as long as I want.

TD: Since it has taken so long for the release of Utopian Tree, do you have any new material ready for the next album yet?

MM: As long as this first album took, I have never stopped writing and recording new ideas. So there is a ton of new material I am working on. I have a split single I’m about to release with my AAC bassist’s band Bermuda Bonnie. As well as a second album that should be ready by the end of the year. Seriously.

TD: If you had to pick one of your songs that best represents the An American Chinese sound, which one would it be and why?

MM: This is a hard question for me. I don’t feel like I have a song that epitomizes us. I like music that plays well - sounds right during a moment. Sometimes I write for the dark and melancholy moments, other times I tend toward what’s bright, but usually I feel pretty lost and psychedelic in this world so hopefully that shines through.

TD: What song by another artist do you wish that you wrote?

MM: Oh god man, um, here’s three I’m digging: “I am the Walrus” by the Beatles, “Sunday Morning” by the Velvet Underground and “Disorder” by Joy Division. But really there are so many great songs out there, and that is just what came to mind today.

TD: Your sister, Joy, is also in the band. Did you grow up in a musically supportive family? If so, how did they encourage you growing up?

MM: My family has been supportive, but I definitely think they wonder where this all comes from at times. Weirdly, it was Joy who used to barge into my room while I was playing guitar to tell me that I sucked - we were in middle school then so all is forgiven. These days Joy makes movies and is a big inspiration to me and my drive to keep making art.

TD: If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

MM: Oh man, where to start…

TD: If you could become huge enough in one foreign country to move there and make a comfortable living playing music for the rest of your life, where would it be and why?

MM: Anywhere that would allow me to write, record, and play music is where I want to be. Ultimately, I’m a recluse, so just give me some scratch to live on and my studio please.

TD: I loved your video for “Panic Pilgrim, Quick Grab Your Suitcase”. Any plans to make a new video?

MM: I have a great idea for a new video. It is all 1940’s spy meets ghosts in sheets protecting a cache of very important eggs. I have the actors, anyone want to help me shoot it?

TD: If An American Chinese ever had a documentary made about them, what would be the title?

MM: Spooky Actions at a Distance

TD: What are your plans for 2011?

MM: To keep recording.

TD: What’s your favorite type of Asian food?

MM: A cookie with a decent fortune.

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

MM: A magazine!

 

 

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Big Ugly Yellow Couch Session w/Grandchildren

Big Ugly Yellow Couch recently posted their Couch Session with Grandchildren. It was BUYC’s first ever nighttime recording, which should have created the perfect mood for the West Philly crew’s dreamy soundscapes. You can check out the intimate versions of “OK I’m Waiting”, “Everlasting”, and “When You’re Not Looking” below. Enjoy! - The Deli Staff

OK I'm Waiting by Grandchildren from Big Ugly Yellow Couch


Everlasting by Grandchildren from Big Ugly Yellow Couch


When You're Not Looking by Grandchildren from Big Ugly Yellow Couch

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Best of Philly Open Submissions: Ryat

Ryat gained the most votes amongst the Philly-based artists that submitted to be considered for our Best of Philly Poll 2010. She will therefore go on to the next stage of our poll along with Hair Rocket and Science Fiction Fantasy.  
 
“Collaboratively paired with composer/boyfriend Tim Conley, Ryat’s ‘inter-dimensional’ soundscapes create a universe of their own, luring listeners in with smoldering backbeats and dizzying synth. Expressive and pronounced, Ryat’s work is delicate, fierce, and daring, departing from the norms within her genre for destinations elsewhere.” - Dianca Potts
 
“Like any good breakup, it’s equal parts dark, mysterious and bizarre…With this EP (Novelty - Hair Rocket), we are introduced to what can happen when a Berklee dropout takes what he has learned, what he has felt and what he has tolerated, smashes them all together and hopes for the best. Lucky for us, the result pretty much kicks ass.” - Meaghan McCafferty
 
“The sound at times recalls the haunting pop of Grizzly Bear while the sonic pulsing that emerges seems to pay homage (very skillfully) to ambient composer Steven Reich…It is an emotional traveler that effortlessly flows from melancholy to dreamy contentment both lyrically and musically. The intricate cascading vocals and detailed arrangements along with the thoroughly enjoyable glitch-outs show Science Fiction Fantasy to be a musical chameleon that can flawlessly imitate and thoughtfully create.” - Adam G.
 

TOP 10 ARTISTS FROM OPEN SUBMISSIONS
Region: Philly
Jurors: Deli San Francisco and Chicago Editors

1. Ryat - NOMINATED FOR NEXT PHASE
2. Hair Rocket - NOMINATED FOR NEXT PHASE
3. Science Fiction Fantasy - NOMINATED FOR NEXT PHASE
4. Lillie Ruth Bussey - NOMINATED FOR NEXT PHASE
5. Negative Department - NOMINATED FOR NEXT PHASE
6. The Synth Sircus - NOMINATED FOR NEXT PHASE
7. Creepoid - NOMINATED FOR NEXT PHASE
8. Hermit Thrushes - NOMINATED FOR NEXT PHASE
9. Univox - NOMINATE FOR NEXT PHASE
10. Da Comrade! - NOMINATE FOR NEXT PHASE
 
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