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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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You Won't Nominated For Boston Music Awards as Folk Artist Of The Year!!!

Recently I had the pleasure of running into Boston band You Won't in NYC. Since getting together in 2011 the indie folk rock duo have toured extensively throughout the United States and Canada, shared the stage with artists including The Joy Formidable, The Antlers, Josh Ritter and The Lumineers and have also been fortunate enough to have been previously reviewed by Deli Mag see here!

The Boston Music Awards recently nominated You Won't in the category of "Folk Artist of the Year", head over to http://www.bostonmusicawards.com/
to help them out. 

Lead singer Josh Arnoudse kindly answered a few quick questions for me:

 

Describe yourself in 3 words ...

Pale lanky cheesemonger

 

Which aspect of making music excites you the most right now?

Never-ending quixotic quest for the perfect fake bass sound.

 

Guilty pleasure?

Fail videos

 

You can't live without ...

A bandmate who can play 57 varieties of instrument

 

If you weren't a musician what would you be?

A sad and bitter clown

 

What do you have coming up music-wise (current or upcoming recordings/tours/extravaganzas/experiments/collaborations/top secret projects etc) ?

 We are currently recording a new album to be accompanied by an experimental touring extravaganza of epic proportions entailing numerous top secret collaborations.

 

See them play live December 5th at Sinclair - Brescia Mascheretti

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Peeple Watchin' Have "Somethin' Ta Tell Ya"

Boston-based Peeple Watchin' know how to make damn good punk songs. Their latest effort, Something Ta Tell Ya, is simple, fast and to the point. Tracks like "VHS"  showcase their punk roots (Lawrence Arms comes to mind), while the opening riff on the first track, "'95", has a great bluesy/punk hybrid sound.

The guitar work on this record is impressive. A lot of times I hear punk albums consisting of a few fast power chords, nothing that really showcases the abilities of the guitarist. Peeple Watchin' are quite different--quick flourishes and impressive licks are scattered throughout the record, informing the listener that there is no shortage of talent in this band.

Peeple Watchin' will be playing Great Scott in Allston on November 24th. Check the Great Scott site for more details.

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)

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Nominated Artist Of The Month - Tensor Announces Return To Western Mass

Splitting time between Massachusetts’ Boston and Pioneer Valley music scenes, Tensor has made a name for itself statewide.

Released last Christmas, the four-piece skate punk band’s latest album, NAD, is a short but gripping listen. “Emaciated” is the only of its eight tracks to reach the two-minute mark, but its terse tracks often work to its advantage. For example, “Fester Faster,” which sounds like a 90s grunge anthem on speed, gets its point across in just over a minute.

Tensor will return to Western Mass with shows at the Palmer Historical and Cultural Center on November 16 and Chameleons Nightclub in Pittsfield on November 23.

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SWF returns to Boston for hometown album release show, 11/29 @ Midway Cafe

Boston native SWF (aka Stevie Weinstein-Foner) will be returning to us for a hometown album release show on the 29th of Nov at Midway Cafe. 

If this name doesn't register with you, you need to grab your headphones stat and dive right in to his debut LP 'Let It Be Told'. Weinstein-Foners unique voice leads the LP with a cavernous, loose quality similar to Kurt Vile's on Smoke Ring For My Halo (listen to Ghost Town and you'll know what I'm saying). 'Let It Be Told' is underproduced to perfection, it has a live quality that's raw and mysterious. It's a melting pot of soul, blues and dirty rock 'n' roll, coated with loads of distortion and reverb. 

 “Let It Be Told," the title track from the album, is available as a free download via Soundcloud. Do yourself a favor and get it while you can and be sure to come out and support on 11/29.

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Magic Island Take A Trip To Space On Second EP

The cavernous reverb and glowing synths on “Himalayas” make for a stratospheric introduction to “Falling Through Space,” the second EP by Magic Island. The album makes skillful use of layered vocals, and its icy guitar riffs recall some of Minus the Bear’s catchiest work. The lyrics of the its third track, “Hang High,” inspired the album's title. “[They] talk about becoming more independent and isolated while the music has some dark spaciness to it, so it all tied in well,” explains vocalist Drew Valera. Following the set’s release in August, the Leominster-based quartet welcomed fifth member Joe Aidonidis, adding keyboard and vocal harmonies to its texturally lush tunes. The band will be bringing the songs of “Falling Through Space” – and perhaps a KC & the Sunshine Band cover or two – to the Middle East Upstairs on November 19 - Jake Reed

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