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November 2013
Wooden Shjips
"Back to Land

Hailing from San Francisco, psychedelic group Wooden Shjips, has just released their newest album Back to Land. The album brings together a sound crafted from inspirations that range from psychedelic music to classic rock.

The album is an entire trip in itself.  One can hear hints of 80s music, classic rock, and modern garage rock styles in the record, but they always resolve back to their classic psychedelic sound. With tracks like “In The Roses,” which brings a very spacey, low volume vocals, and a lo-fi sound that is not too cheesy or under produced. to “Ghouls,” which is a much faster, much more psychedelic rock sounding song that takes influences from classic rock guitar chords, while still utilizing classic psychedelic synthesizers.

Most songs on the album carry a jam-band sound, without becoming too abstract or getting too carried away. And in some cases, the music is so vast in genre diversity, one is surprised at the resulting sound, such as in the track, “These Shadows”, which starts off with an extremely catchy intro guitar riff and carries a vague David Bowie meets Velvet Underground sound.

“Back to Land” is a great piece of work that utilizes the potential of each member of Wooden Shjips effectively and thoroughly.

Most importantly, “Back to Land” is an experimentation of how far the psychedelic genre can stretch while still successfully staying true to its roots.

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Video: "Conundrum" by Horrorscopes Makes You Feel Warm and Carefree

Video: "Conundrum" by Horrorscopes Makes You Feel Warm and Carefree

This music video for "Cunundrum" by San Francisco's Horrorscopes made my day.

Spoiler alert: it’s a lot of shots of the band playing music, sometimes with that photo booth-y mirror effect, interspersed with clips of them touring around doing awesome stuff. All of this is accompanied by glistening guitars, addictive synth riffs, and a cruising bassline that perfectly complements the rangy, DGAF vocals.

Ultimately, this video will delude you into thinking today is a warm Indian summer day, and not some woebegone grayfest. Special shout out to sparklers and Cabazon dinosaurs.

Be sure to check out Horrorscopes at their next show on November 1st at Brick and Mortar.


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