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November 2013
Wooden Shjips
"Back to Land
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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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Geographer Releases "Lover's Game" Video, Tours with Freelance Whales

Geographer Releases "Lover's Game" Video, Tours with Freelance Whales

San Francisco’s indie-pop trio Geographer recently released a video for the catchy-gone-existential “Lover’s Game,” from their most recent album Myth.

Appropriately set at night in the Nevada desert, the video portrays humans as aimless lights in the dark.  It is only after two individuals meet that their faces emerge, and their interactions are consecrated by a stretchy, colorful goop. Fun fact: that stringy goop is mostly a substance called Oobleck, AKA cornstarch and water, which thickens under the force of sound vibrations. Cool.

Geographer is combing the country on its Myth tour with Freelance Whales. It sounds dangerously close to the premise of a kooky children’s book, but it should also make for a great concert. 

GEOGRAPHER TOUR DATES

Oct 18 - San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine
Oct 20 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
Oct 21 - Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
Oct 23 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Oct 24 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
Oct 26 - St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
Oct 27 - Nashville, TN @ The End
Oct 28 - Atlanta, GA @ The Loft
Oct 30 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
Oct 31 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Nov 1 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Nov 2 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Nov 3 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club

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