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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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Big White Clouds kick off tour TODAY!!!

Boston's Big White Clouds tour kicks off today. Big White Clouds recently released their debut, Small White Clouds. Their music is folksy, acoustic and reminiscent of early Bright Eyes. They are a band not to be missed. The following is a complete list of dates:

Friday June 3
Tour kickoff house show 
(Email for address), Brighton, MA

w/ The Grownup Noise, Be Brave Bold Robot, Low Static Romance
8pm / $5 / All ages

Saturday June
 4
Sycamore - Brooklyn, NY
w/ Amory Sivertson, Commerce, Camille Harris
6pm / $5 / 21+

Sunday June
 5
Bookspace - Philadelphia, PA
w/ Amory Sivertson, Commerce, Virtual Virgin, The Thirteen

6pm / $5 / All ages


Monday June 6
(Email for address), Arlington, VA

Acoustic/house show w/ Amory Sivertson, Commerce

7pm / Free / All ages


Tuesday June 7
Jax - Blacksburg, VA

w/ Amory Sivertson, Commerce, Woofdog and the Hounds of Hell

8pm / $5 / All ages


Wednesday June
 8
the Hideaway - Johnson City, TN

w/ Commerce, Amory Sivertson
7pm / All ages

Thursday June 9
One Unit Art Space - W. Columbia, SC
w/ Commerce, Amory Sivertson

8pm / All ages

Friday June
 10
Snake Nation - Atlanta, GA

w/ Commerce, Amory Sivertson
9pm / All ages

Saturday June
 11
The 567 Gallery Stage - Macon, GA
w/ Commerce, Amory Sivertson

8pm / $5 / All ages



Sunday June
 12
Preservation Pub (Speakeasy) - Knoxville, TN
w/ Commerce, Amory Sivertson

5pm / Free / 21+

Monday June 
13
the Mad Hatter - Covington, KY
w/ Amory Sivertson, Commerce, Sweet Ray Laurel, Shoot Out the Lights, Founding Fathers, The Red Maja
7pm / $12 / All ages

Tuesday June 14
Kafe Kerouac - Columbus, OH
w/ Amory Sivertson, Commerce

8pm / Free / All ages

Wednesday June 15
Grog Shop - Cleveland Heights, OH
w/ Amory Sivertson, Commerce

8pm / $10 ($12 for under 21)/ All ages
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Thursday June 16
Filigrees Gallery & Boutique - Buffalo, NY

w/ Amory Sivertson, Commerce, Peter Vullo, Cameron Mitchell

7pm / $5 / All ages

--Chrissy Prisco


The Hush Now -- The Making of "Memos"

 

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I am heading to Mad Oak Studios to meet up with the lads from The Hush Now to observe the proceedings as they lay down new material for what will become Memos their third full-length release.

It’s a good night to drop in on the band. They’ve just finished a series of sessions that saw them nail take after take and finish a remarkable 13 songs in barely two days of marathon recording. They are, consequently, in rather high spirits.

The kitchen is where I find everyone upon my arrival. Drummer Barry Marino, keyboardist John Millar, lead singer Noel Kelly, bassist Pat MacDonald and guitarist Adam Quane are all hanging between takes. The kitchen area is small; it seems all the more so considering the hulking edifice of the studio’s exterior.

I am not the only visitor to the studio....

Click here to read the rest of Andrew Jeromski's interview!


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The Hush Now -- The Making of "Memos"

by Andrew Jeromski

 

I am heading to Mad Oak Studios to meet up with the lads from The Hush Now to observe the proceedings as they lay down new material for what will become Memos their third full-length release.

It’s a good night to drop in on the band. They’ve just finished a series of sessions that saw them nail take after take and finish a remarkable 13 songs in barely two days of marathon recording. They are, consequently, in rather high spirits.

The kitchen is where I find everyone upon my arrival. Drummer Barry Marino, keyboardist John Millar, lead singer Noel Kelly, bassist Pat MacDonald and guitarist Adam Quane are all hanging between takes. The kitchen area is small; it seems all the more so considering the hulking edifice of the studio’s exterior.

I am not the only visitor to the studio.

A mutual friend, the enigmatic and talented local artist Doug Gately, is in the building and he's painting Marino's bass drum. Gately designed the artwork for the band's single, The Atheist, to be released with the remixed Constellations album this summer, and sometimes does live painting at their shows. His art is furious but reasoned.

There is a soul song playing on the radio above the refrigerator. MacDonald indicates it’s from a Mojo compilation, Cigarettes and Alcohol. Along with the soul music in the air, there is a current of electricity perceptible. The band is in a state of mild euphoria. It was clear they felt like they had just knocked out a solid record, and they were understandably excited.

“This is an album,” states Kelly. “There is a maturity level to it that wasn’t really there before. The previous records were kind of pieced together through individual efforts, and this is more of an album. This is a band, writing an album, together. It’s got its own vibe. It’s got its own thing, which is good. When you bring so many different influences into something, it creates a strange amalgamation of everyone’s individual visions.”

It also helps when the rhythm section are as efficient as a Swiss timepiece.

“Barry and Pat knocked out 13 songs in two days,” Kelly added, nodding to Marino and MacDonald.

“We wrote some parts on the spot,” Marino chimed in. “Like today, when we did Rooftops, and the ride on the chorus ... I just started playing quarter notes rather than trying to do a lot of crazy shit.”

I ask the band’s bass magician how the sessions have been going. He gives me the same indications of positivity that the rest have. He starts to talk about the soundboard at Mad Oak. He’s clearly in awe of it. After he tells me the machine’s history, so am l.

“The mixing board is from a studio in England,” MacDonald tells me. “People from Black Sabbath to Robert Plant have used that thing. That’s the board Sabbath used to record their Never Say Die album.”

Those are some good references.

This isn’t the first time that Noel Kelly has brought the band he founded four years ago to the edge of the Mass Pike and entrusted their sound to the skilled hands of Mad Oak’s head engineer Benny Grotto and assistant Joe Saliba.

The band recorded the singles Please, Mephistopheles (Leave Me Alone) and On Holiday here, as well as mixed the album Shiver Me Starships in 2010.

“It’s the best, it’s really the best,” Kelly responds when I ask about the studio.

The sound room looks like the bridge of the USS Enterprise to a musical novice like myself. There are lights, knobs and dials; meters swing back and forth, things flash on and off. The room is lined with speakers. There is a couch and an assortment of chairs.

I take a seat on the coach as Millar and Grotto discuss the particulars of one of the band’s new tunes. It’s a solid one, from what I heard of it. With intense 80’s-style keyboard stabs and a thumping soul-inspired bass line, it’s different from what I’m used to from The Hush Now. It’s more ambitious, and that’s a good thing.

Memos signals a sea change for the band. It may be their best record yet. Though the order the tracks will appear on the record is still undetermined, long time fans will be pleasantly surprised either way. The album is going to be good. Really good.

With tracks like The Glow, a funked-up number with a killer bass line, and the powerful Arkansas, when Memos drops later this summer, it just may hit like a ton of bricks.

The rest of the tracks slated for the album are Cameraphone, Clouds, the title track, Memos, Rooftops, Sitting on a Slow Clock, Things Fall Down, Pete’s Best and A Mother’s Lament.

It has no apparent weaknesses.

The sound on this record is what instantly sets it apart from past efforts, and Kelly’s vocals are ample proof that he is on top of his game. He sounds better than ever. The one thing that really popped out, however, was the sound of the drums. This has much to do with the fact that Grotto is a drummer himself, according to Marino.

Marino (ex-This Car Up drummer) said the first order of business when the band stepped through the Mad Oak doors was spending two-and-a-half hours getting the drum sounds right. The efforts are obvious. The sound is tighter and stronger than on previous records.

Displaying a greater range than previously, the band seems poised to add a few new dimensions to their sonic universe, and the storied sound board at Mad Oak Studios, in the heart of Allston’s rust belt, may be the perfect steering wheel for the follow up to THN’s Shiver Me Starships album.

 

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Pleasant Sweaters -- Songs From Songs

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Pleasant Sweaters
Songs from Songs
From: Boston, MA

Pleasant Sweaters represent what could happen if Weird Al Yankovic got serious—and that’s not a criticism. Admit it. Like me, you’ve always thought Weird Al’s talents have been masked by his parody and you’ve always wondered what it would sound like if he hung up his jester’s cap. Well, now you know. Kidding aside, Pleasant Sweater’s debut record, Songs From Songs offers lush indie-pop supported by fantastic horns and strings. In addition to Weird Al, you’ll also hear shades of Belle & Sebastian, Mountain Goats and Weezer.

--George Dow


Static KIll -- S/T

Static Kill
Static Kill
From: Naugatuck, CT

Connecticut’s Static Kill offer a serviceable brand of nü-metal. Crunchy verses were built for the mosh pit while the choruses spotlight their sensitive side. These tracks are tailor-made for hard rock FM radio. These lads will find their way above the fray of amateur hard rock bands that glut the bars and clubs of New England.

--George Dow


Prayers For Atheists -- New Hymns For An Old War

Prayers For Atheists
New Hymns For An Old War
From: Providence, RI

Prayers For Atheists’ New Hymns For An Old War is a blazing hardcore record with all the ingredients of a classic—songs about the mosh pit, anthems about the bonds of friendship, shout-outs to their home town, and most importantly manifestos on changing the world. Most of the tracks are played at break-neck speed with mosh-ready breakdowns with vocals that split the difference between screaming and singing (while never degenerating into the cheap thrills of screamo). What sets PFA apart from standard hardcore fare is their relentless positivity and an almost hip-hop groove. I was inspired enough to invest $20 in the deluxe release, complete with CD, digital download, T-shirt, bumper sticker, and patch.


Guns Up by Prayers For Atheists

--George Dow


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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