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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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Dom Announce "Family of Love" EP, out August 9 on Astralwerks.

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Ever since he went from selling low budget beats out of a Worcester bedroom to pursuing his own twisted version of pop music, Dom has made one thing clear: his undying desire to deliver heaven-sent harmonies and hooks that are heavier than—and about as colorful as—his pink paisley guitar.

Nothing’s changed now that he’s finally ready to release EP2, Family of Love, out August 9, on Astralwerks. This time around, Dom used a proper studio session with producer Nicolas Vernhes (Animal Collective, Deerhunter, Björk).

With a third EP also in the works for later in the year, Dom is doing what he does best: delivering filler-free pop tunes that are catchy as hell.

Tracklisting:
Telephone
Family of Love
Damn
Happy Birthday
Some Boys

Tour Dates:
6/16 Boston MA, WFNX Clam Bake
6/17 Brooklyn NY, Northside Festival / Brooklyn Bowl
8/5-8/7 Chicago IL, Lollapalooza
8/12 Bangor ME, KahBANG Festival
8/26-27 St. Louis, MO LOUfest

Below is an acoustic version of Burn Bridges, a track off last year's EP, Sun Bronzed Greek Gods.

--Chrissy Prisco


Interview with Mean Creek's Mikey Holland

The Deli New England caught up with Mean Creek's Mikey Holland recently. He told us all about what's on the horizon for their new album, what it was like playing SXSW, and how inspiring it was to hit the road with Buffalo Tom.

FYI: Mean Creek will be playing with Hands and Knees, Fedavees, and Banditas at Great Scott this Saturday, May 28th.

I've heard that interviews are all about atmosphere, so it is with some regret (or perhaps great consideration and forethought, depending on your outlook) that I sat down with Mikey Holland, drummer of Mean Creek, at perhaps the loudest location possible: Charlie's Kitchen in the midst of an under-construction Harvard Square. But, hey, we all have busy lives to lead and a good pint before work never hurt anyone, right? Amidst the cheery conversation about their latest tour and forthcoming single, one of the waiters actually semi yelled “Interview!” at us and quipped on how badass Mikey's band is. Kooky!

Click here to read the full interview.

--Charles Murphy


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Interview with Mean Creek's Mikey Holland

by Charles Murphy

 

I've heard that interviews are all about atmosphere, so it is with some regret (or perhaps great consideration and forethought, depending on your outlook) that I sat down with Mikey Holland, drummer of Mean Creek, at perhaps the loudest location possible: Charlie's Kitchen in the midst of an under-construction Harvard Square. But, hey, we all have busy lives to lead and a good pint before work never hurt anyone, right? Amidst the cheery conversation about their latest tour and forthcoming single, one of the waiters actually semi yelled “Interview!” at us and quipped on how badass Mikey's band is. Kooky!

Deli NE: So what's Mean Creek up to these days?

Mikey Holland: Well, right now, we've just demoed a new song and we're shooting a video to coincide with the song. Everything should be released about a week and a half or two weeks before the fourth of July. 

The name of the new song is Living in the Land of Hopes and Dreams. It's supposed to kind of coincide with the fourth of July, but not in the way of like, Star Spangled Banner, you know?  Just more of a 'trying to make something of yourself in the world'.  It'll all make sense.


Deli NE: Perhaps apropos of [your choice to] enter into the entertainment industry in the first place?

Mikey: Yeah, exactly.


Deli NE: How was your tour with Buffalo Tom?

Mikey: Tour was a lot of fun!


Deli NE: How many dates was that?

Mikey: It was four dates. They don't tour much. They only go out for a week at time, so they did four around here and then they had offered for us to go to Seattle, California...


[Note: we were here interrupted by one of the fine severs at Charlie's enquiring as to our drink selection. The Deli NE does not necessarily endorse the products ordered (nor of consuming them). However, if you are curious, I got a BBC Steel Rail and Mr. Holland selected a Budweiser. Can we hit them up for endorsement money, do you think? Ah, well, on the interview!]


Mikey: She hit you up for your ID, but not me. Do I look that old? What a drag!

Deli NE: Maybe I just look really young.  [Note: we are both of legal drinking age]

Mikey: But yeah, the Buffalo Tom shows were great! There was a lot to learn. Like, you know when you go out with a band who's been together for twenty five years, you know... Personally, what I learned, was to be a band that long you have to have so many different elements going for you, other than the songs. 

When I watch Buffalo Tom live, the connection that Bill, the singer of the band, makes with the crowd is like no other I've ever seen.  It sounds cliché, but he's like, reaching out to everyone.  And I don't know if he even knows that. I think he just does it, you know? That's his thing.  I feel like when you're a band for so long you start to realize all these different things and watching them play live, watching someone who's been doing it for so long, he's already figured out all of those things that, say, us, as a band, are still trying to figure out.  But yeah, I learned a lot and I love their band, so it was great!


Deli NE: What was the best show, do you think, of the stretch?

Mikey: Well, I personally like to play. I feel like when I have these really great shows, these really big shows, I'm stoked, but there's something about a smaller crowd in a smaller room that excites me more.  I almost feel like I work harder in that setting, you know?  So, with that said, I'm sure if you asked anyone else in the band they'd say New York, which was an amazing show. And Philadelphia. Really big rooms, you know, big crowds. Personally, I had the most fun playing the M Room. It's a small room…very slender. It was my favorite show and I was really into it. A lot of passion.


Deli NE: So you guys declined to go on a west coast leg with Buffalo Tom? Was that for any particular reason?

Mikey: Yeah. It wasn't so much a decline as… they were flying from show to show on the west coast and there was a lot of money involved and you know, we're struggling musicians! They were on their own budget themselves, so as much as I would have loved to have done it, it wasn't right for us and it wasn't right for them either. I'm just grateful that I even get to see them in 2011, let alone play with them, let alone go on tour with them. So you know, one day, two days, four days... it's all good for me!


Deli NE: So this new recording, where are you guys doing it?


Mikey: So we've been recording with John Angello, who's worked with a million bands [Dinosaur Jr, Buffalo Tom, amongst many others], and did our last two recordings.  But our friend Chris [McLaughlin], who recorded our first record. Or, I should say, our second record (our first with the current line up).  He's going to do the new song and I think we're going to do an EP with him later. He's friends with us, he loves our band, and he also is an amazing engineer. Great ears. He's producing it, too.

We'd been working on this song for about a month. Just one song! Four practices a week, five hour practices for a month, on one song. And it's been getting a little much, but not in a bad way! We never came to a head on anything. It's just been trying to find the right way to do it and there's just not enough hours in the day to do anything anymore, you know?  So we went there to demo with him and he got what we were doing and he gave us one little suggestion that just turned the song around. It was exactly what we'd been working for the whole time, but we just couldn't put our finger on it. The first time he ever heard the song he was like, “you ever think about doing this?”  It was almost sort of a bummer, you know?  It was like, 'Fuck, man!  I'd worked on this song for like forty hours!' Why didn't I think of that?


Deli NE: So you and Erik [Wormwood, bass] had been in Tulsa and then left to join Mean Creek, is that correct?

Mikey: Well, we didn't leave to join Mean Creek, but we left Tulsa. Then we were freelancers for like, two months.  Then we joined. Actually, I joined Mean Creek and I said, 'In order for this band to be the best band ever, we need Erik Wormwood'. So they had to change some cast members.


Deli NE: How long ago was that?

Mikey: That was... I think that was three years ago. Wow! Time's been flying by!

 
Deli NE: How long had Mean Creek been about beforehand?

Mikey: I think it has been a four or five year project. A weird thing is that, not Tulsa, but another band I had been in was recording a seven inch... at the same time they [Chris Keene, guitar and vocals and Aurore Ounjian, guitar and vocals] were recording their full length. It was really just Chris and Aurore and a cast of musicians, so I actually played on their first record. Because we were going into the studio and they were going into the studio and it was sort of intermingled. So you know, I've kind of always been in the band, in some ways!


Deli NE: Let's talk about SXSW for a minute. Your band's experience there and maybe your expectations going into it vs. feelings coming out of it. And maybe thoughts on if you guys are going do it again next year.

Mikey: Sure. I feel like we'll probably always do SXSW, even if we don't want to.


Deli NE: Was this your first SXSW?

Mikey: No, this was my third. With Mean Creek, this was my second. With that said, I feel like if you're in a band and you're trying to be alive in this industry, you have to do a lot of things that maybe you don't even want to do, but that's just the way of the world. And I like playing there, so that's not the worst thing in the world, but I hate that drive! As far as expectations... there is little-to-none. What is there, like fifteen thousand bands going down to Austin for three days hoping to just get heard? I think the only expectation is to just go down and just fucking play our hearts out and if someone hears it, cool! If someone doesn't, well, it's pretty obvious why they didn't.
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Deli NE: The rest of the interview turned into a zany road trip to try and return the some jewels or whatever to London before the queen noticed and was highly entertaining, only I forgot to bring my tape recorder and the whole thing was covered up by MI6 and the CIA combined, you guys, so…OK, we just drank some more and traded road stories. Are you happy? 

Anyway, Mean Creek, Hands and Knees, Fedavees, and Banditas are at Great Scott this Saturday, May 28th, and it would be oh-so-neat if you stopped in and bought Mikey a Budweiser. Or, I guess if you want to be helpful, they might appreciate it more if you purchased some merch.

 

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The Shining Sea -- May 28 -- Pianos NYC Upstairs Lounge

This Saturday, May 28, check out CT-based band, The Shining Sea. This show marks the last in the band's month-long Saturday night residency at NYC's Pianos (upstairs) with Jesse Kohn.

The Shining Sea blends surf-like riffs with elements of nouvelle vague soundtracks from early 60's french cinema, thrown in with lots of other genres that somehow all work to create a shimmery soundscape.

Saturday, May 28
9 pm -- The Shining Sea
8 pm -- Jesse Kohn
A different opener each week on at 7pm.

Pianos Upstairs Lounge
158 Ludlow Street
New York, NY 10002

--Chrissy Prisco

 


Streight Angular wants your feedback for their upcoming EP, Everyone is Syncopated. FREE Download!

Streight Angular love and respect their fans and appreciate their input. They want to include you (the fans) in their recording and mastering process of their new EP.

Follow this link to download rough mixes of the new EP, Everyone is Syncopated.

Give it a listen and let the band know what you think! With the EP anticipated to be released sometime in the Summer, they want your honest feedback to help them in the process of laying down the final cuts. You can contact them via twitter and facebook. Also, feel free to share the music with others. Streight Angular wants to get everyone up and dancing and singing along to their songs!

To check out more by Streight Angular, head down to The Middle East (Up) on Sat 6/11. They're playing with The Vital Might, Oranjuly, and Hello Ninja. 18+ $10 Advance / $12 Day Of Show.
 

--Chrissy Prisco


Q&A with our Artist of the Month, THE DOTTED EYES

The Dotted Eyes, our artist of the month, took time out of their hectic recording sessions to answer a few questions for us. Here, we learn about how searching for girls on the Internet sometimes really can work out, how diverse their musical tastes all are (Boyz II Men was really popular back in the day, we dig.), and what their biggest pet peeve is about the Boston music scene.

deli: How did the band start?

The Dotted Eyes: A few years ago, Neil Mittal started writing a lot of quiet male/female duets. Duets are very difficult to sing by yourself, so he decided to get a band together - which included our guitar/keyboardist Josh Breckman. The songs quickly turned into pop/synth/rock anthems that didn't quite work. As a result, the band fizzled and Neil and Josh learned some valuable lessons.

After a few months off, Neil and Josh took a step back and tried a new approach to working on these songs: demo early and often. Josh has a studio in his basement, and they'd record rough versions of their songs, and constantly tweak them until the arrangement really complemented each song. The results were quieter, more acoustic songs that really highlighted the melody and the duet nature of the songs.

Tried as they might, Neil and Josh had quite a bit of trouble playing male/female duets by themselves. So they started looking for girls on Craigslist...

Click here to read the rest of the interview!!

--Chrissy Prisco


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Q&A with The Dotted Eyes

by Chrissy Prisco

 

deli: How did the band start?

The Dotted Eyes: A few years ago, Neil Mittal started writing a lot of quiet male/female duets. Duets are very difficult to sing by yourself, so he decided to get a band together - which included our guitar/keyboardist Josh Breckman. The songs quickly turned into pop/synth/rock anthems that didn't quite work. As a result, the band fizzled and Neil and Josh learned some valuable lessons.

After a few months off, Neil and Josh took a step back and tried a new approach to working on these songs: demo early and often. Josh has a studio in his basement, and they'd record rough versions of their songs, and constantly tweak them until the arrangement really complemented each song. The results were quieter, more acoustic songs that really highlighted the melody and the duet nature of the songs.

Tried as they might, Neil and Josh had quite a bit of trouble playing male/female duets by themselves. So they started looking for girls on Craigslist. Not deterred by the invitation to go meet up in a stranger's basement, Raquel Barrientos got in touch with them, tried out, and was almost immediately an essential member of the band.

Craigslist then graced them with J.C. Zwisler on drums. At the same time Mike Johnson, Josh's ex-bandmate from Making It Right, was on a mini-tour with his band Elle Driver. The band imploded mid-tour and Josh quickly recruited Mike to fill out the line-up.

With their line-up in place, the new band recorded and released an EP - and played their first show in December of 2010 to a crowd of flannel-wearing-think-rimmed-glasses-types at the Middle East.



deli: Where did the band name come from?

DE: Band names are the worst!  If you stare at a band name long enough, they all sound stupid.  "The Wishing Fit" was tossed around for a while, but was nixed by a lot of people we talked to.  Anyway, we were almost done with our EP and still didn't have a band name.  Josh was up late one night, and looked up a list of common phrases/sayings that we could try to have fun with.  "Cross your t's and dot your i's" came up and "The Dotted Eyes" stemmed from that.  It felt familiar, but different - and we're sort of perfectionists, so it felt like a good fit.



deli: What are your biggest musical influences?

 
Josh: The Beatles, Belle and Sebastian, Sufjan Stevens, of Montreal

Neil:  Ben Gibbard, Jesse Lacey, Rivers Cuomo

Mike: Neil Diamond, Dustin Diamond, Oh Sleeper, Lady Antebellum, Vanna, Taylor Swift, Pearl Jam

JC: Alkaline Trio, Death Cab for Cutie, The Mountain Goats

Raquel: The National, Neko Case, Rilo Kiley


deli: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?
 
Raquel: I pretty much have The National on repeat; I usually fall asleep listening to High Violet and it makes for some pretty incredible dreams. I'm a big fan of Emiliana Torini and just discovered The Rescues. Fantastic harmonies are paired really nicely with very clever lyrics that get stuck in my head and I find myself singing them out loud as I'm going about my day.

Neil: I have been listening to a lot of local stuff - I am really into The First Annual - they are like Tom Petty and Bright Eyes combined.

Mike: Locally: the Tower and the Fool, Save Ends, & Vanna Nationally: the Decemberists, Lady Antebellum, A Day to Remember, We Came As Romans

Josh: Sufjan Stevens’ new album was pretty fantastic.  I tend to listen to "of Montreal" more than I should.  

JC: A lot of Death Cab, getting ready for Codes & Keys. The Weakerthans, Against Me!, The Hold Steady, The Frames.


deli: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
 
Josh: Green Day's Dookie and... Green Day live.  sigh.

Neil:  Boyz II Men 2 and  Philly Y100 Feztival (someone stole the radio).

Mike: Horde Fest w/the Black Crows and Ziggy Marley and I think the first cassettes I had were New Kids on the Block or a Wilson Phillips single (which I still have).

JC: Bought Running With Scissors by Weird Al and then saw him a few months later at the Warner Theatre.

Raquel: The first show I saw was The Plus Ones at The Catalyst in my hometown, Santa Cruz. It was a really small pop-punk show. The first CD I bought was Coldplay, Rush of Blood to the Head. I actually never bought a CD until I was seventeen. I listened to a lot of records and made tapes from the radio.


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

 
DE: We like that the city is literally full of music. On any given day there is music playing somewhere and it's all so varied.

As a band, we're still pretty new to the Boston scene, but we've legitimately liked all the bands we've played with - both musically and personally.


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

 
DE: This is a pretty minor gripe, but shows tend to run past the time the T stops running.  No one wants to be in a band, or see a band start to play at 11:30pm on a Wednesday night.  People need to take the T home and work the next day, so a lot of shows without big headliners tend to just fizzle out as the night goes on.  


deli: What are your plans for the upcoming year?
 
DE: This past Sunday we started recording a 10 song CD!  We hope to be done by the end of the Summer.  We'll be sure to keep you posted!
 

deli: What was your most memorable live show?
 
DE: Our first show felt pretty great.  It wasn't perfect, but we had just released our EP that week and it felt like it really legitimized us as a band.


deli: Is there someone who has helped your band grow through support?
 
DE: Our wives/girlfriends/neighbors/friends who put up with us playing the same songs over and over and over and over again... and have only put one brick though our windows (same brick, multiple windows).


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

 
DE: We use Josh's recording setup in almost all of our songwriting/demoing.  If that vanished, we'd have to completely change how we orchestrate and lay out our new songs.  


deli: Why do you read The Deli?

 
DE: It's 'deli'cious!  

Seriously though, as a small band, it's really good for us to keep track of what else is going on around Boston and New England, and The Deli helps with that.  So thanks!
 

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The Bynars new single, "Can You Hear It?", is out TODAY! Listen to it here!

The Bynars, a synthpop band from Boston, released the 3rd single from their self-titled album today. Take a listen to the new single, Can You Hear It?, below. The track is available via the band's bandcamp for free download.

The Bynars are also hitting the road in the next couple months. Below is a list of upcoming tour dates. For more information, check out the band's website.

6/11 @ 201 | Providence, RI
6/18 @ Lit Lounge | New York, NY
6/21 @ Pipeline! WMBR.org | Cambridge, MA (Radio Interview + Performance)
6/23 @ T.T. The Bears | Cambridge, MA
6/24 @ Bruar Falls | Brooklyn, NY
6/25 @ The M Room | Philadelphia, PA
7/15 @ The Outer Space | Hamden, CT
7/16 @ Velvet Lounge | Washington, DC
7/30 @ Ralph’s Diner | Worcester, MA

--Chrissy Prisco


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