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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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Best of Portland -- Fans' Poll Concludes and Winners Announced!

Best of Portland -- Fans' Poll Concludes and Winners Announced!

We are happy to announce that the final round of our "Best Emerging Act of 2011"--the Fans' Poll--has finally concluded! While this portion of voting is only one part of the entire process, it is a crucial poll--one that not only wins the top act the "Artist of the Month" banner at the top of the page, but also has commonly broken close ties for "Best Emerging Act" in years past. All that being said, we would like to congratulate the following "Top Three" acts and their fans for their dedication in getting out the vote:

1. The Druthers

The Druthers

Feel good, country-tinged soft rock nestled comfortably between Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl" and a Taylor Swift/John Mayer duet.

2. Tope


A Portland rhymesayer and prolific beatmaker that's as concerned with the size of his chain as he is with genrefication  - not very. 

3. Sons of Huns

Sons of Huns

Top 5 contenders in the Open Submission portion of this year's "Best of" poll. This is a group that knows where rock came from and aims to never let it die.

Thanks to the bands, but most importantly though, to all the fans who participated in the voting process. Without you, the Deli and all of the bands involved would likely not exist.


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