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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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The Deli's SXSW Issue 2014 is online!

Read it digitally here.

P.S. 10k free copies of this issue hit the street of Austin during SXSW Music week!

VRO on Rooftop Chicago

Rooftop Chicago recently released their session with the talented ukulele strumming VRO. They recorded three videos with her all of over the city. The video below is VRO performing "Share The Love".


The Main Chance

The Main Chance is the project fronted by Will Gosner of Lakesigns. Earlier this month he released the debut album from The Main Chance, Lunagraphy. The album is beautifully intimate folk-pop. My favorite track from the album in "The End Is Sweat and Near". It is the perfect early spring song with lyrics like "Spring had been knocking/Snowmelt weeping from the eaves/Tonight it's all gone, full retreat,/And we're heading for a deep freeze".


Counterfeit i @ Quenchers

Counterfeit i is the project fronted by Derek Allen with Ryan Worthy and Tyler Kirgiss on bass and drums. The group released their latest EP, Still (vol. II), earlier this month. Their sound is dark and electronic, fluctuating between aggressive and ambient with ease.

The band is touring through out the month of May, and you can catch Counterfeit I at Quencher's on May 10th.



Purrple is the work of Sky Adler and Jay Bends, and together they are preparing to release an EP this summer. The first single from the EP is called "Tide" and features a few bars from Tide K from local hip hop duo The Palmer Squares and wicked "Mr. Sandman" sample. Just breathe!


Jenny Gillespie "Chamma"

It has been a year of life changes for singer/songwriter Jenny Gillespie. In the last year or so she became a mother, discoved meditation and Buddhism, relocated to California, and recorded a new album called Chamma not necessarily in that order. Chamma (June 3rd, Narooma Records) began as a collection of field recordings on Jenny's phone as she walked around Humboldt Park. At the same time she began to experiment with beat creation and recording directly into phone. Jenny continued to build on those experiments and basically wrote the album as it was begin recorded. The result may surprise you given the process, but it is a beautifully lush and cinematic electro-folk sound.

The album's first single is "Holi". Chamma will be released on June 3rd through Narooma Records, the label Jenny founded to help promote and release work by "established offbeat female artists from across the globe".


American Football Reunion

The late '90's trio American Football (Mike Kinsella (Cap'n Jazz, Owen, Owls), Steve Lamos, and Steve Holmes) are coming back together for two reunion shows. The first show will be on Sept. 28th at The Pygmalion Fest down in Champaign IL. The second show will be in NYC at Webster Hall on Oct. 11th. Tickets for both shows go on sale this Friday, April 25th.

The reunion will take place after the Polyvinyl reissue of the bands 1999 self-titled album on May 20th. This will be a deluxe relese on 2xLP, 2XCD, cassette, and digitally. The reissue features an album's worth of rare live recordings, demos, and practice sessions.


Divino Niño @ Canvas

It seems like we have been talking about Divino Niño's album Pool Jealousy for awhile now and earlier this month it was officially on vinyl and digitally by The Native Sound. The album is perfect example of the state of Pysch rock in Chicago.

The band will be celebrating the release on May 9th at Canvas and will also be performing on May 22nd at Double Door with Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas.



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