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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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Interview with the deli's Artist of the Month: Bear In You
- by Chrissy Prisco

deli: How did the band start?

Bear In You: A jam and game of Tony Hawk in Phil’s addition. Then two hot months of nonstop writing and recording. Then we played some songs. Then we didn’t play for two years. Then we got together and wrote and recorded a 12-song album of new originals.

deli: Where did the band name, Bear In You, come from?

Bear In You: We came up with it (obviously). There are two meanings-- the first is to implore listeners to get in touch with the carnal nature that comes with being human/animal. The second is an innuendo-- we (Clark, Phil, Avery) are bears, and we are INSIDE OF YOU.

deli: What are your biggest musical influences?

Clark’s influences -- Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the Stone Age, Interpol, Spoon, Kings of Leon, Curren$y and Nas’ Illmatic.
Phil’s influences -- Third Eye Blind, Kid Cudi

deli: What artists are you currently listening to?

Phil -- Modest Mouse, Morning Teleportation, Odd Future, Pink Floyd
Clark -- Sleigh Bells, The Dead Weather, The Horrors, MuteMath’s Odd Soul, N.E.R.D.

deli: First concert attended? First album purchased?

Bear In You: I (Phil) saw Weezer and Foo Fighters together for my first concert. Weezer has always been a favorite band of mine, and Dave Grohl is one of our band's biggest influences. My first album purchased was Room on Fire by The Strokes, although my parents bought me tons of N’SYNC and Backstreet Boys prior to that, which I cannot deny I enjoyed thoroughly.

The first album I (Clark) purchased was Nelly’s Country Grammar. The first concert I ever attended was Jammin’ 94.5’s SummaJam, and all I really remember from it was getting a picture taken with a bunch of well-endowed models wearing matching t-shirts. I was in 6th grade and it was awesome.

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

Bear In You: The variety. I (Phil) am going to college here in Boston, and the number of local bands that I’ve seen and met has been awesome. Every type of music, from hip-hop to jam bands, can be found here, and they know how to throw a great party too.

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

Bear In You: The past couple decades have introduced this huge DIY mentality when it comes to creating music, if you haven’t noticed... This is really great for music everywhere, but it has also caused for a lot of repetitious music to come out that’s all been done before. We definitely hope this mentality continues to spread, but hopefully people will start to get really creative again. There’s never been a better time to make music, so I have faith that that’ll happen.

deli: What are your plans for the year?

Bear In You: Education... The three of us have been split-up geographically because of our education, but this Summer more writing, recording, (and hopefully performing) is in store for us.

deli: What was your best live show?

Bear In You: The only one we’ve played thus far: Avery’s surprise going-away party in 2009, when he moved away. It was pretty awesome, considering it was a surprise...

deli: Who has helped our band grow, through support?

Bear In You: Our Parents-- We spent over 200 hours, at the very least, in the Jacobson/Ward residency. Most of those hours were loud, and some of those hours were spent engaging in activities of questionable decency. Our parents were more than tolerant of the goings-on upstairs, all of which were necessary to our success this Summer. And they even let us drink beer! Thanks, Mom(s).

deli: Is there a piece of equipment we couldn’t live without? Why?

Bear In You: Phil’s Macbook Pro. Sweet, sweet Jesus, Phil’s computer. ‘Nuff said.

deli: Why do you read the Deli?

Bear In You: Who isn’t always looking for good new music? Considering how many bands are putting out damn tasty originals from their garages, apartments, etc, the Deli is probably the best place to find eargasmic tunes that you couldn’t find with ease if it weren’t for this site.



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Mother Brother -- Purdy

Who knew a three song-EP could be so satiated in genres? Moving from moment to moment through influence to influence, listening to Mother Brother’s EP Purdy was like watching a smooth-jazz caterpillar groove and shimmy his way into a funky cocoon, only to be hatched as a drifting psychedelic butterfly dripping with color.

By the time I was listening to the third and final track, Strange Girl, I was wondering what happened to the experimental jazz fusion I heard on the first track, Hate Song. Showcasing the soft voice of Amanda Bloom, Mother Brother weaves in and out with eclectic drum lines reminiscent of those of Flying Lotus over a stripped-down sample of a shaky jazz synth. Spanning only a minute and forty-five seconds, the song acts as a short-lived calm before the storm, instrumentally and lyrically. Hate Song spills over into the middle track Rainbow Ride; a mix of funk, jazz, and rock. The track is a structured bowl of sound containing glockenspiels, vinyl scratches, beat boxing, and French horns. The song rocks like a smoother hybrid of RHCP and Gorillaz. The verses come in with a monotonous yet fun faux-rap with lines that seem like they were taken from the likes of Anthony Keidis himself such as: “Well, everything’s normal when you’re talking to the toads/And the continents are pushing toward the carrot on their nose/While the basket case eyeballs are going through their books.”

Finally, we move into the third phase of Mother Brother, the beautiful butterfly that has come to be: Strange Girl. A combination of modern-psychedelic rock makes me feel like I’m listening to MGMT, yet the catchy ambient chorus and the fluidity of the vocals give off the sound of Radiohead-brand experimental rock. It’s a perfect end to the 12-minute trip that Purdy will take you on. Only time will tell what is next to come and what style it might be.

--Mike Giordano

Editor's note: This article incorrectly identified vocalist Amanda Bloom. Bloom, a resident of Danbury, CT runs the publication The Mercurial, in addition to singing in Mother Brother.

Chamberlin to Donate Proceeds from "Cabin Covers EP" to Vermont's United Way; Playing TT's Tomorrow


Last month, Vermont's Chamberlin unveiled their five track covers EP, Chamberlin Cabin Covers EP. Their latest effort finds the band adding their recognizably laid back flair to five of today's most popular songs by Passion Pit, Cults, Vampire Weekend, Kanye West/Bon Iver, and Foster the People. Recorded this past summer in their cabin tucked away in Vermont, Chamberlin chose which songs to cover based on fan voting through their official website.

Considering the recent regional damage done by Hurricane Irene, Chamberlin is donating the proceeds of their EP to Vermont's United Way to aid in flood relief, as their famed cabin (pictured on the cover) and its surrounding community was directly affected. In addition, local coffee roaster Vermont Coffee Company has teamed up with the band for this release and created Chamberlin their own roast of coffee, which fans can now purchase online alongside a physical copy of the EP, or at the band's merch table on their current Nationwide tour!  

Listen to Chamberlin's cover of Kanye West and Bon Iver's Lost in the World below.

Chamberlin will be playing in Cambridge at TT the Bear's Place tomorrow night, Tuesday, Nov. 1, with Wildlife and the Chris Colbourn Duo. 9pm, 21+, $8.

They are also playing Saturday, Nov. 5, in Burlington, VT at Higher Ground.

--Chrissy Prisco

Baby Made Rebel -- "Everything Evil Happened" Music Video; Playing Precinct Tonight, 10/28

Boy meets girl, Boy loses girl, Boy writes song, and makes video. Everything Evil Happened is about why relationships end and how we manage the loss from both sides and is the newest material form newcomers Baby Made Rebel. Baby made Rebel are prepping for other upcoming video and audio releases and actively working on their first full length record due out in 2012.

You can find them with some other top notch locals at Precinct in Somerville's Union Sq. tonight, Oct. 28, for Halloween Hangover 6.


Ellis Ashbrook
Baby Made Rebel
Ryan Jackson Troika

The Show is $10, 21+ and starts at 9pm.

Halloween Show: 10/29 -- Megadeth, The Sex Pistols, Television, The Cure

Put on your costumes and head over to PA's Lounge tomorrow night, Oct. 29, for a Halloween cover show -- it's going to feel like taking a trip back to the late 70's/early 80's.

The lineup is as follows:

Megadeth (Mass Death)
The Sex Pistols (The Four Point Restraints)
Television (A Bit Much + School for Robots)
The Cure (Ruby Ridge, pictured above)

9pm, 21+, $10
PA's Lounge
345 Somerville Avenue
Somerville, MA

--The Deli Staff



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