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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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Goldhouse @ Lincoln Hall

Goldhouse is the electro-pop music of Grant Harris. This year he has released two single, "Over" and "When I Come Home", along with several highly praised remixes.

You can catch Goldhouse with The Locals at Lincoln Hall on August 29th.

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eighth blackbird

The super ensemble eighth blackbird have recently the first except from their forthcoming album Filament (Cedille Records, Sept. 11th). The album futures recordings of works by Bryce Dessner (of The National), Nico Muhly, and Son Lux (Ryan Lott), along with a live recording of Philip Glass's classic 1968 work, Two Pages, featuring Dessner (guitar) and Muhly (organ). The excerpt below is a performance of Bryce Dessner's "Tears For Sister Polly" from "Murder Ballades".

eighth blackbird have an ongoing residency at MoCA - Chicago with performances coming up on Sept 1st and 2nd. They will be performing the complete "Murder Ballades" piece at MoCA - Chicago in March.

MP3: eighth blackbird "Tears For Sister Polly" (right-click to download)

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Marrow "The Gold Standard"

Marrow is preparing to release their latest album, The Gold Standard, on September 4th via FoxHall Records. The four piece band has spent a lot of time and poured a lot of varied influences into this album, but have also been interacting with the Chicago music scene in other way over the last year. Liam Kazar (singer/songwriter/guitarist) spent much of the last year on the road with Tweedy; Macie Stewart toured with Chance the Rapper; and the band as a whole was featured on Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment’s album, Surf. The result of these varied ties to the scene that have created a beautiful and complex album. Below is the video for the album's lead single "Paulson".

You can catch Marrow at Lincoln Hall on November 27th in support of their new album.

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Surf Rock is Dead

Brooklyn-based, but originally hailing from Chicago and Melbourne, Surf Rock is Dead recently released their newest single "Anymore" and announced their debut EP, out Sept. 18. The duo of Kevin Pariso and Joel Witenberg, despite the name of their band, embrace the tone and mood of surf rock while applying a new wave and dream-pop lens.

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