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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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Strict Agnostics Feature Members of Nice Guys and Miami Doritos

It'a happened, y'all-- the Boston music scene has begun swapping partners like sorority girls, but it's in a good way. Nice Guys members Jake Gilbertson (guitar/vocals) and Cam Smith (drums) and Miami Doritos' Kurt Egghart (Bass/Vocals) have released a new album under the name Strict Agnostics, recorded just this month. Though both source bands have steady touring schedules in Boston and are gradually breaking into underground markets across the country, Strict Agnostics are very much in the process of getting their EP (choose your price!) out to their existing fans before starting to play shows. With track titles like "Bob Dylan's Used Condom" and "I Want to Be A Sociopath", the Strict Agnostics is equal parts garage and weird, so snag it before your friends figure out the hype.

--Jamie Loftus (@hamburgerphone)

Parasol Playing at Lilypad July 11

Parasol’s Scoot Over 7” sounds so good I just want to relive the entire 7:27 over and over and over again. The melodies are so catchy that the first track, “Unglued”, will most likely get stuck in your head, making your day infinitely better. I’m impressed at how tight everything sounds on these three songs; and for being such a lo-fi recording, the mix is really balanced. The only drawback about Scoot Over is that it has to end so quickly. On the plus side, Parasol will be playing a show at Lilypad this Thursday, July 11 in Cambridge as part of a Boston Hassle/B.O.W. Shows-sponsored event with The Mantles (SF), Juan Waters (NYC) and Cuffs. Show starts at 10PM, All ages. $5-10 cover, sliding scale. Check out Parasol’s Tumblr. for more info.

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)



Amory Sivertson Tours Boston Area

Singer-songwriter Amory Sivertson originally hails from Cleveland, Ohio, but began cutting her teeth on the Boston scene after attending Emerson College, where she released debutLa Di Da in 2008 and worked with student group Wax on Felt to produce her sophomore effort How To Run Away two years later. Shortly before graduating, she released 2011'sHuman, an album that propelled her post-collegiate career to new heights as she continued to perform in Boston with collaborative partner Mike Moschetto.

Only two years out of college, Amory currently plays a steady stream of New England gigs in her signature singer-songwriter style, and continues to put out new work. Although fans must wait with bated breath for the much-anticipated fourth album from Amory, she has continued to play a steady stream of Boston dates, most recently at Club Passim with Philadelphia up-and-comers Broken Fences.
--Jamie Loftus


Fax Holiday Coming to O'Briens in Allston July 11th

I initially discovered Fax Holiday last week when I saw them open during the Bunny’s A Swine show last week. After their set I approached singer Eric Schermerhorn and he handed me what I would call, for lack of a better phrase, a “Fax Holiday Greatest Hits” cd. Since the band does not have a new full-length (their last was recorded in 2011), the disk he gave me had a smattering of old stuff and a couple more-recent tracks (from 2012, all of which can be found on their bandcamp site.)


I’m really into what these guys are doing. As mentioned in the Bunny is a Swine review, the autoharp Schermerhorn plays is awesome. It adds this trippy, eerie sort of sounds to the already lo-fi recordings. One of the newer tracks “Lots of Glass”, makes excellent use of the electric autoharp. The whole track sounds like Doug Martsch of Built to Spill died, came back as a ghost, and held a concert in an abandoned mansion--yeah, I think it sounds pretty cool, too.


“Chameleon” (from their record, Rope and Wine) is another track full of ethereal, ghostly qualities. From the somber chord progression, to the spacey leads and mournful refrain of “Hey, no need to be so upset”, it’s difficult not to become immersed in this song.


Fax Holiday will be playing O’Brien’s in Allston on July 11. Check their Facebook for more details. --Dan McMahon




Bearstronaut to Perform for Major Boston Festivals

Lowell-born, Boston-bred band Bearstronaut has been active in the national indie community for over two years now, and it's high time their pop-electro sound is finally being lauded as it should. The group is slotted to perform on main stages for both the ambitious nine-day Outside the Box Festival, making its inaugural effort this year, at the City Hall Plaza mainstage next Thursday, then in the same location in September for the Boston Calling festival's second effort of the calendar year. This is a long time coming for the group, which started downtown with EP Satisfied Violence in 2010, owned every party they attended and eventually released Paradice, a full-length album in late 2012. They've toured the circuit heavily developing a dance sound you can fall in love with without feeling guilty, and it's high time out feel in love-- they'll be plating the Allston-Cambridge circuit in addition to the free OtB show next week, so catch them before they catch the hearts of Boston Calling! You'll certainly be glad you did. 

--Jamie Loftus




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