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November 2013
Wooden Shjips
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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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Answerman experiments with garage, punk and shoegaze on "The Way You Want" EP

Released earlier this month, Answerman’s The Way You Want EP is a fun, short dive into the worlds of shoegaze and garage rock. The EP’s six songs are full of simple yet catchy and gripping riffs and chord progressions, with vocalist Sam Pitino’s talk-singing often filtered or muffled to become part of the instrumental rather than something shoved into the foreground. On this EP, it works: just take a listen to “Pie Eater Starfish.” The Way You Want has its surprises as well, such as the grinding guitars that drop on slowed-down track “Bad Arm” and the dinky drum machine tick on the final bridge of “Fall.” – Jake Reed

 

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New England's Open Submission Results for The Deli Magazine's Year End Poll, 2013

The first phase of the Deli New England’s Year End Poll has come to an end – and we have the results. The Open Submissions leaders are a testament to the diversity of talents in the New England area, ranging from genres like Surf Rock to Ambient and Prog Metal. 

Of course, the Deli New England editor wasn’t eligible to vote for the bands in the New England scene. Instead, the submissions were voted on by three other editors, including Deli Editor-In-Chief Paolo De Gregorio.

Acts advancing to our Readers/Fans Poll with a ranking above 7.5:

1. Pale Cowboy (Alt Folk) – 9
2. Magic Island (Indie Rock) – 8.33
3. Big Big Buildings (Ambient) – 8.17
4. Miss Geo (Electro pop) – 8.17
5. Atlantic Thrills (Garage/Surf Rock) – 8
6. Mals Totem (Prog Metal) – 7.5

Honorable Mentions (ranked above 7.0):

Blackbutton (Alt Rock) – 7.33
The Rare Occasions (Indie Rock) – 7.33333333333333
Ula Ruth (Indie Rock) – 7.17
Little War Twins (Alt Rock)  – 7.17
Anna Lombard (Songwriter) – 7.17
Tales Of Olde (Indie Folk) – 7.17
Vary Lumar (Synth Pop) – 7
Michael O. (R&B) – 7
The Burners (Americana) – 7

Total submissions from the New England scene: 85

WHAT'S NEXT: Now that the first stage of the poll has come to a close, the next step is to unveil the artists nominated by our local jurors: venue promoters, bloggers, etc. (In other words, the people who know the scene best.) Then, our readers and writers will get a chance to vote on the poll.

A big thanks again to all of the bands who submitted their music. We hope to see you all continue to write the music that makes New England such a rich and diverse local scene.

The Deli Staff

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Pale Cowboy takes first place in New England Open Submissions

Congratulations to Pale Cowboy for placing first in the Open Submissions for our Year-End Poll. Based out of Northampton, Mass., the five-piece band finds the happy medium between American and indie rock. 2013’s Shelter EP has all you could ask for: unpredictable chord progressions, harmonized vocals, glimmering synths that never try to steal the show, and some truly unique production – and daring tempo changes – shown off on the set’s title track. It’s no surprise that the band was named the Deli New England Artist of the Month back in December. Take a listen to Shelter on Bandcamp now. – Jake Reed

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Magic Island take second place in New England Open Submissions

After being featured on our site in November, Magic Island has placed second in the Open Submissions for our Year-End Poll. This year, the band made noise with its second EP, “Falling Through Space.” Opening track ”Himalayas” is layered with texture, from harmonized vocals, icy keys and gruff guitars, while “Hang High” features groovy riffs and a sneaky-catchy chorus which finds vocalist Drew Valera singing, “I just wanna get you on your own, I don’t wanna leave you all alone.” The band is hard at work on new material, so it’s pretty certain they’ll keep up the momentum in 2014, but "Falling Through Space" is available on Bandcamp and iTunes now. – Jake Reed

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Big Big Buildings places third in New England Open Submissions

Scoring an 8.17 in the Open Submissions portion of our year-end poll, Big Big Buildings has placed third amongst all submissions in the first round – and will be moving ahead to the Readers/Fans Poll. In June, Big Big Buildings (real name Adam McElreath) released Full Color Pharmacy, his third full-length album, and its name is a testament to the spectrum of sounds across its twelve songs. On album opener “Just Over Young,” he touches on the sonic weirdness of Animal Collective and later the sparkling guitars of post-rock giants Explosions in the Sky. “There Is A Wall” is straight-up indie rock, while “Polyhimalayan” is pure ambient, with bubbles providing texture beneath a slow, resonating keyboard melody. Check out the album on Bandcamp to hear what other colors the album is stocked with – Jake Reed

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