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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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Fresh buzz for Mutual Benefit

A set of highly orchestrated folk music, constructed from a private playground of strange and wonderful sounds, star-gazing wonder, and tear-jerking harmonies, Mutual Benefit's debut LP 'Love's Crushing Diamond' has been deservedly getting a great deal of attention from tastemakers everywhere. Taken from tales of life lived on the road from singer/songwriter Jordan Lee, the record is the first album to be named Best New Music by Pitchfork based on a Bandcamp release alone. Now the record's appearing on everyone's top ten lists, and now I'm hastily re-doing my own list to make way for this ambitious record. Listen below to fave track 'Advanced Falconry,' and see Jordan Lee and his collective of musicians gathered from all the places where he lived (Ohio, Boston, Austin) when they return from tour to play at Mercury Lounge on Feb 7. Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!

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The Novel Ideas come to House of Blues on January 9

While its last record, "Home," was released in April of 2012, the Brighton-based Novel Ideas is preparing for what could be a big 2014. Recent photos posted to Facebook reveal that they’ve been recording a successor to “Home,” and they’ll follow two shows in Brooklyn at the top of the year with a set at the House of Blues’s Foundation Room on January 9 alongside the Long Lost and the Adventures Of. While it would be easy to write the Novel Ideas off as just another country band, they bring together twangy electric guitars, a beautiful backdrop of fingerpicked chords and singsong melodies by a trio of vocalists – with this band, there is something for every listener. – Jake Reed

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Fax Holiday Record Release Show Set for January 4

This coming Saturday, January 4, local rockers Fax Holiday will be showcasing some new material and releasing their latest EP, Big Fear, at Roggies in Brighton, MA. “Big Night”, the first single from the EP, is currently available for free streaming/download on their bandcamp page, and from the sounds of it, these guys have been putting in some serious work to revamp their sound. The production and recording quality on “Big Night” is so clear and crisp--it definitely makes for a great listen. I also dig the addition of a piano and strings on this track, giving the song a dreary, sleepy feel--perfect listening for a rainy day.


Head on over to the Facebook event page for more information about the record-release show. Big Fear will be available on 10-inch vinyl as well as digitally starting January 4th thanks to Boston-based art collective De-Efodiar. For those of you who are really impatient, fret not--you can pre-order the vinyl now through the band’s bandcamp page.
 

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)

 

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Faces In The Floor reflects on "Self" EP

“Self,” Faces In The Floor's newest EP released on December 20, revolves around its titular theme: its three tracks are called “Self Worth,” “Self Loathing” and “Self Control.” The first combine’s the persistent time signature changes of math rock with a mosh pit-ready chorus, while the pace slows down on “Self Loathing,” which finds vocalist Chris Eckert asking, “Should I have been a better friend? Does the sadness end?” The final track, “Self Control,” is the EP’s most gripping, with sharp, speedy guitar work that wouldn’t sound out of place in System of a Down’s discography. “Self” can be purchased on Bandcamp now – Jake Reed

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Vundabar surfs the east coast on new tour

Vundabar is set to make a wave on the east coast when it brings its chilly surf rock on tour.  Starting December 27 in NYC, the Boston locals will be hopping all around, with Massachusetts stops in Allston and Easthampton in addition to shows in Danbury, CT, and Biddeford, ME. There is a heavy surf rock influence in these guys's tunes, and yet a coldness in the vocals that fits this New England winter. Hopefully they are headed your way with this tour – check out the full schedule below. – Paul Talbot

 

12/27 Shea Stadium, Brooklyn, NY
12/28  The Gutter, NY
12/29 Kat Kat Phest, Philadelphia
12/39 Haus, NJ
12/31 University of Maryland, MD
1/1 Mamaroneck, NY
1/2 The Seed, Lancaster, PA
1/3 Heirloom Arts Theatre, Danbury, CT
1/4 Roggies, Allston, MA
1/5 Flywheel Arts Collective, Easthampton, MA
1/6 The Oak and Ox, Biddeford, ME

 

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