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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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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

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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.

Lineup:

Ellis Ashbrook
OTP
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


Local Musician Audrey Ryan Releases Book About DIY Music Scene

Local musician Audrey Ryan has written a book about the music industry and all the highs and lows of being a musician -- networking, touring, and struggling to make a living. The Need To Be Heard is a book for and about DIY musicians -- artists who do not have big support teams that consist of labels, managers, and lawyers. It is the story of a variety of artists, both known and unknown, all united by a burning desire to be heard. Through interviews with dozens of artists and people in the music industry, and through her own story, Ryan reveals that our experiences in this business are collective in our triumphs and struggles.

Head down to the Nave Gallery in Somerville on Saturday, Nov. 5 for the book release. Ryan will read excerpts from The Need to be Heard, as well as answer questions, and play music.

Lineup:

7:30pm- Guy Capecelatro III
8:15pm- Dylan Metrano reading + Tiger Saw performance
9:00pm- Audrey Ryan

Saturday, November 5th @7:30pm
Nave Gallery/ Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church
155 Powderhouse Blvd, Somerville MA
**FREE wine & snacks. $5 admission, book is $10

--Chrissy Prisco


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