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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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Best of 2013 Poll for SF Bay Area Emerging Artists: FINAL RESULTS!

Best of 2013 Poll for SF Bay Area Emerging Artists: FINAL RESULTS!

Deli Nation,

Our Year End Poll for Emerging SF Bay Area Artists was - as usual - a painstaking (and somewhat excruciating) process, but we pulled it off with remarkable flair!

Kudos to vintage sounding psych rockers Down Dirty Shake (pictured) for winning it! Thumbs up also to dissonance masters Disappearing People (ion second place) and to bronze medal winners indie pop high fivers French Cassettes who bring a wave of optimism to this truly out there top 3... but it's SF, baby! (Oh and there's no medal, really...)

Here is how it all went down: first, we let the local bands submit their music (for free), and got our Deli editors to pick the nominees. Then we polled a list of 15+ SF Bay Area scene expert (our jury, list at the bottom) and asked them to nominate 3 more bands of their choice each. Then we polled our writers, then we polled our readers. We tried to keep things open for each single genre, from Indie Rock to Roots Music to Hip Hop.

If you are a geek interested in all the subtelties related to how this poll works, you can read its rules here (happy reading!). But if all you care about is the awesome new music SF Bay Area produced in the year 2013, this list is all you need. Enjoy!

BEST OF 2013 POLL FOR EMERGING SF BAY AREA ARTISTS
****** FINAL RESULTS ******
 
ARTIST
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W
OS
R
TOT
 
1
Down Dirty Shake
7
 
 
1.5
8.5
2
Disappearing People
6
1
 
0.003
7.003
icon
3
French Cassettes
3
 
3
0.051
6.051
icon
4
The Love Dimension
6
 
 
0.015
6.015
icon
5
Chasms
6
 
 
0.006
6.006
icon
6
8th Grader
3
1
 
0.052
4.052
icon
7
Meat Market
3
1
 
0.012
4.012
icon
8
JAM
2
 
2
0.004
4.004
icon
9
Everyone is Dirty
3
 
 
0.096
3.096
icon
10
Sea Dramas
 
 
3
0.045
3.045
icon

11

Twin Steps
2
1
 
0.037
3.037
12
Black Cobra Vipers
3
 
 
0.008
3.008
icon
13
Cellar Doors
3
 
 
0.005
3.005
icon
14
Happy Fangs
3
 
 
0.001
3.001
icon
15
Major Powers & The Lo-Fi...
 
 
1
2
3
icon
 
California Honeydrops
2
 
 
1
3
icon
 
Koruscant Weekend
2
1
 
0
3
icon
18
False Priest
1
 
1
0.091
2.091
icon
19
Range of Light Wilderness
2
 
 
0.046
2.046
icon
20
Miserable
2
 
 
0.011
2.011
21
Fuzz
2
 
 
0.009
2.009
icon
22
Fine Steps
2
 
 
0.007
2.007
icon
 
Warm Soda
2
 
 
0.007
2.007
icon
24
Gitter Wizard
2
 
 
0.005
2.005
icon
25
Cold Beat
1
1
 
0.004
2.004
icon
 
Asteroid #4
2
 
 
0.004
2.004
icon
 
The Family Crest
2
 
 
0.004
2.004
icon
 
There's Talk
1
1
 
0.004
2.004
icon
29
Blackbird Blackbird
2
 
 
0.003
2.003
icon
30
Art Elliot
 
 
1.5
0.024
1.524
icon
31
Devin Farney
 
 
1.5
0.018
1.518
icon
32
Agony Aunts
 
 
1
0.5
1.5
icon
 
Airs
1
 
 
0.5
1.5
icon
34
Owl Paws
 
 
1
0.092
1.092
icon
35
Down and Outlaws
1
 
 
0.082
1.082
icon
36
Seshen
1
 
 
0.069
1.069
icon
37
The She's
1
 
 
0.053
1.053
icon
38
Chris Klippel
 
 
1
0.035
1.035
icon
39
Fritz Montana
 
 
1
0.027
1.027
icon
 
Religious Girls
1
 
 
0.027
1.027
icon
41
Hot Lunch
1
 
 
0.025
1.025
icon
42
Electric Shepherd
1
 
 
0.016
1.016
icon
 
Spider Heart
1
 
 
0.016
1.016
icon
44
Psychic Jiu Jitsu
1
 
 
0.015
1.015
icon
 
Scraper
1
 
 
0.015
1.015
icon
46
Front Country
1
 
 
0.004
1.004
icon
47
Churches
1
 
 
0.003
1.003
icon

Hope you'll find some awesome new artists you weren't aware of!

The Deli's Staff


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