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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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Q&A with the deli's Artist of the Month: Rebel Son Rise (Joshua Paul McLaughlin)
by Chrissy Prisco

deli: How did the band start?

Rebel Son Rise is a one-man-band that was conceived from a lack of musical partners after my old band Donnybrook (aka Red Cloud Revival) broke up.  All aspects of the production, performance and creation are overseen and executed by me.  I guess it all boils down to the fact that I now prefer to work alone.

deli: Where did the name, Rebel Son Rise, come from?

The name Rebel Son Rise is a play on words.  I used to perform Irish Rebel Folk music in pubs in Bangor, Maine; a role I inherited from my Father. The act of rejuvenating my musical career was symbolic to me. A rebel son was once again on the rise, similar to the sun at the break of dawn shining light on dying darkness.

deli: What are your biggest musical influences?

Currently my biggest musical influences are Tom Waits, The Pogues, Mark Lanegan, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Alice In Chains and Bob Dylan.

deli: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?

Jacob Augustine, Wesley Hartley and The Traveling Trees, ZZ Top, The Killers, Down, The Muse, and Daft Punk (TRON Legacy soundtrack).

deli: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?

The first concert I ever attended was at The Penny Post in Old Town, Maine for a Sam Black Church, Tree and Stompbox show back in the early 90's. The first album I bought was actually 3 at once: Run DMC "Back From Hell," Digital Underground "Sex Packets," and Suicidal Tendencies "Lights...Camera...Revolution!

deli: What do you love about New England's music scene?

The thing I love the most about the New England music scene is when I go to a show and discover that the venue serves Guinness on tap. There is a better chance of Guinness served on tap in NE venues than other scenes. Slainte!

deli: What would you like to see change in the local music scene?

I would like to see some of the better artists in the New England scene get recognized on a national scale. Especially the Maine scene. Maine does not get enough credit for the great art that is created up here. But it does not surprise me that this does not happen because the music industry itself has left a taste in my mouth similar to the one I get the morning after smoking a pack of American Spirits and drinking booze until 4am. To those that don't smoke, drink or tend to party until 4am, that's not a good flavor.

deli: What are your plans for the upcoming year?

I plan to make more music videos (I have 2 videos on YouTube right now) and record some more songs. I am actually releasing a new video this month for the song "Sunshine On Daemon Land." If there becomes a demand for live shows I might consider recruiting a band. I have already talked to some buddies of mine and they said they would help me out if need be.

deli: What was your most memorable live show?

Once upon a time on December 1, 2001 my old band Donnybrook played with Nothingface and Dog Fashion Disco at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC. It was my brother's 21st birthday and the club let us bands party there all night. They also gave us cases of beer and a ton of free food and our own green room. Best club ever. The staff was grade "A'' and the stage and sound was just what the doctor ordered.

deli: Is there someone who has helped your band grow through support?

My wife Loni has supported my ways more than anyone else. Second place would go to my brother and best man Jacob Augustine, who has been my musical moral and technical support throughout my life.

deli: Is there a piece of equipment you couldn't live without and why?

I could not live without my MacBook Pro. I do my music, artwork and videos on my MacBook Pro so I'd have to say that it is the MVP.

deli: Why do you read The Deli?

I read the Deli because it is important to have an understanding and appreciation of the underground. The Deli is always on top in that department. I respect an outfit that takes pride in representing and helping the working man. Being a Union Pipe Fitter, I can appreciate what the Deli does for the working musician and artist.

Rebel Son Rise



Rebel Son Rise
Sunshine On Daemon Land

Rebel Son Rise




The Deli's NYC issue #32 is out, read it online!

The 32nd issue of The Deli NYC is out in the streets people, but if you don't like the streets you can still read it online here (flash version) or download it in pdf here.

Also, also! The Deli's Stomp Box Exhibit at Main Drag starts in a week - more info here.

The Deli's Staff

Homegrown 4: Boston Hassle Fest -- Nov. 2 & 3

Boston Hassle, B.O.W. Shows, and the Boston Counter Cultural Compass  present Homegrown 4: Boston Hassle Fest bringing together over 40 Boston area favorites and nationally touring underground and experimental bands for a two day music festival collectively representing a wide swath of new music.

The Homegrown: Boston Hassle Fest has been bringing together the vast underground music scene of the United States (with an eye especially trained on the Northeast), with its numerous diverse bands and their respective fans and listeners for four years. Jamaica Plain, The Fenway, Somerville/Medford, and the South End have served as past settings.

The organizers have started a Kickstarter page to help raise funds for the 2012 festival. Click here to donate and support local music. Keep the scene thriving!

Homegrown 4: Boston Hassle Fest
The Cambridge Elks Lodge,
55 Bishop Allen Drive
Central Square
Cambridge, MA
Friday November 2nd Doors 5pm, 18+ $15
Saturday November 3rd Doors 4pm, 18+, $15

--The Deli Staff


Fall 2013, NYC issue #32 (CMJ)
Read it here


Rock and Blues Benefit Festival to Help Save the Bolton Fair & Fairgrounds -- Sat. 10/13

This is a fundraiser to save the Bolton Fair and Fairgrounds. In 2012, the Bolton Fair had a very poor turnout because of three days of rain, this created deep financial trouble. If the Bolton Fair doesn't make enough money this year to pay their bills, their fifty-three acres of land will be sold to housing developers and the fair will close for good. The Bolton Fair was established in 1874. Since the beginning, the Bolton Fair has been run entirely by a volunteer staff. Support local music and help save the Bolton Fair this Saturday, October 13.

Gates 11am -- Bands 12-6pm -- Rain or shine
Food supplied by Firefly's Bodacious Bar-B-Que

5:00 PM ~ The Bruce Marshall Group (pictured)
4:00 PM ~ James Montgomery Blues Band
3:00 PM ~ Eastwood Peak
2:00 PM ~ The Chris Fitz Band
1:00 PM ~ Butch Bazillion & Lost
12:00 PM ~ Marty Beecy & The Rogue Loons

$20 in Advance Online with Credit Cards
$25 at the Gate with Cash Only
Children 10 and Under are Free.


The Fairgrounds at Lancaster
318 Seven Bridge Road (Rt 117)
Lancaster, MA 01523

--The Deli Staff



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