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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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Night Fruit Release "Human Touch" Single & Video, Head out on West Coast Tour

Night Fruit have released "Human Touch," the first single off their upcoming full length record due out early next year. The music video was shot and edited by Barry Marino (The Hush Now). Night Fruit is embarking on a west coast tour later this week, the full list of dates is below. Be sure to catch them when they return to Boston to play a hometown show at O'Brien's on September 29 with 3D Cosby, Battle House and Vending Machetes. --Chrissy Prisco

9/15 - Los Angeles, CA - SILVERLAKE LOUNGE - The Vespertines, The Broken Column — $5 — SHOW TIME 6-9 PM
9/16 - Long Beach, CA - QUE SERA - The Vespertines
9/17 - Long Beach, CA - HARVELLE’S - The Vespertines
9/18 - Los Angeles, CA - THE YORK - Henry Wolfe — FREE SHOW
9/19 - San Diego, CA - SODA BAR - Idyll Wild, Man Hands — $5 — 8:30 PM
9/20 - San Francisco, CA - THEE PARKSIDE - Seatraffic, Tomihira, Between the Cities are Stars — $7 — 9 PM
9/22 - Los Angeles, CA - PERMANENT RECORDS - Wreck of the Zephyr — FREE BYOB 6PM
9/29 - Boston, MA - O’BRIEN’S PUB - 3D Cosby, Battle House, Vending Machetes

 


Jones Street Station's new project: long-distance songwriting

Oh, technology. It appears you have crept up and surprised me yet again. Because of you, a lot of my favourite bands never even have to break up anymore! Take Jones Street Station for example. After recording two great records in Brooklyn, their members decided to scatter around these United States and take up residence in cities ranging from Chicago to Boston. But is this any reason to break up? No way.Thanks to filesharing sites like dropbox and Evernote, the band has not only decided to make a long-distance writing relationship work, but have made up their minds to actually increase their output.

They now have a new mission: to release a song a week for the next year. That’s right. 52 tracks in so many weeks, and they’re hoping to take all the proceeds this hype generates, and donate them to 12 different charities. An ambitious project, that's for sure… I’ll be watching/listening/downloading throughout the year to see what happens. Keep your browser pointed to their site to find out more and listen as the band starts releasing material. Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

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The Deli announces the 2012 Stomp Box Exhibit at CMJ!

This fall The Deli, Delicious Audio, Shure, Pedaltrain, and Main Drag Music will be presenting the 2012 edition of The NYC Stomp Box Exhibit at CMJ, a free interactive display of guitar effect pedals. - More info here.


Bear Language Play Cafe 939 9.15

This past year, Boston’s exceedingly eclectic Bear Language have given the public a taste of their unique brand of rock with two EPs, “The Ventriloquist” and “Bear Language.” Now, with the release of their currently untitled full-length debut on the horizon, the band will play The Red Room @ Café 939 on September 15th (along with recent Artist of the Month winner Strange Changes). Not only will the show serve as a platform for the band’s new material, it will also be the debut of a few new live members and a new light production. Listen to “The Ventriloquist” streaming below, and be on the lookout for a brand new Bear Language album coming soon. - Josh Johnson


Jaggery Announce New EP

Some things in this world are simply too beautiful and unique to invite comparison. You may be thinking of your first love, the passing of a comet, deep-fried Oreos or Britney Spears, but let me point you in the direction of Jaggery, a Boston-based musical ensemble that blurs the boundaries between genres and takes its audience on a happily delirious, and wholly unpredictable, jaunt through them all.

On November 13th Jaggery will release their latest EP “Private Violence” which was inspired by Truman Capote’s profile of notorious murderer Perry Smith in his book "In Cold Blood."  Vocalist and songwriter Singer Mali puts herself in the bloody shoes of “someone who did something terrible,” weaving together songs of abuse, confusion and hopelessness in a world that doesn’t forgive mistakes. These feelings are fleshed out with art rock’s most innovative and riveting instrumentation, augmenting Mali’s soaring voice and haunting piano with delicate harp, polyrhythmic West African-inspired percussion, prepared upright bass and a viola’s rich tenor and glissando. Together they redefine modern art-rock music, shifting effortlessly from hard-boiled jazz ballads to old-world folk refrains and tortured chamber music propelled by driving drum rhythms.

Check out teaser track “No Sympathy” streaming below for a deliciously greasy preview of the killer tunes (pun definitely intended) to come! A CD release party is in the works for Boston, and a miniature tour of the Northeast will follow, so stay tuned to their website for details. If there is one show to see this year, my money is on this one. Don’t miss out! - Dean Shakked

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