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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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Boston Hassle Fest 5 Planned for November, Fundraising Campaign Launched

Boston-based arts and culture organization The Boston Hassle is planning an awesome music festival on November 8 & 9 in Cambridge, MA and they're looking for some community-minded individuals to contribute to the festivities. Over 40 bands will be showcasing their talents over those two days, including Lightning Bolt, Black Dice, Prince Rama and local favorites Fat Creeps. For more information, visit the organization's Indiegogo page for the fest. You can also check out their Facebook page for updates about this festival and all of the other great shows The Boston Hassle puts on throughout the year.

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)


New Single "Waves" from Miss Geo

Miss Geo is finally ready to put forth some glorious new electro-dance grooves, and I couldn't be more excited about it. Their newest single, "Waves", is full of the fun, catchy melodies and snyth lines that I first came to enjoy when I reviewed a disc of theirs a couple of years ago. I can't wait to hear what Miss Geo has planned for the rest of the album, but I'm sure it will be nothing short of wicked awesome. 

If you're in the area, Miss Geo will be playing The Middle East Upstairs on October 21. Show starts at 8PM. Tickets are $10, 18+ with proper ID.

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)

 

 

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Shakusky. Releases "Lancaster Market"

Calculatedly combative, Shakusky. just released their new album Lancaster Market. The spoken word vocals from Steven Arcieri are bleak at times, enlightened at others, and even sometimes hopeful, but always busy with vivid imagery and absurd leaps of logic. The Guitarists, Mark Hiller and Eli Albanese, have an interesting collaborative style. Instead of Lead and rhythm, they are “Left” and “Right” which results in a dense heavy sound when they double, and polyphonic intricate textures when they are picking and tapping in each ear. A really great emo-math sound, their album only came out this month, so check it out here. - Paul Jordan Talbot

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The Sharpest and their album "Tophet Casm"

The Sharpest make me pumped to be from New England. With the intricacies of Math Rock but the aggression of punk and noise, The Sharpest seem to have found a perfect recipe for something new. “Tophet Chasm” is an example of how much awesome music gets lost in the masses.  Switching between grooves and syncopation makes it hard to dance to (unless you just freak out like me), but definitely not hard to listen to. They grab your ear with rhythmic play between the drum-set and guitar. Everytime you're about to zone out, they smack you with something new. The vocals have a really unique sound too, drenched in distortion, reverb, and chorus but less pretty than Shoegaze vocals.  Check out their album, here. - Paul Jordan Talbot

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