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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!

Stirrup @ The Whistler (Tonight!)

Jazz trio Stirrup celebrates the release of their new album, A Man Can't Ride on One (Whistler Records), tonight at The Whistler. Fred Lonberg-Holm, Nick Macri, and Charles Rumback recorded this, their sophomore, album live at The Whistler during their residency. Below is a track called "Curry Brush" from A Man Can't Ride on One.

Stirrup is celebrating the release of their sophomore album at The Whistler tonight, June 30th, at 9:30pm.


Blood Red Boots @ House of Blues

Blood Red Boots have a new EP called Countless Night ready for release. The EP's lead single is called "21st Century Love" and it is a blend of garage rock pop-metal, and EDM.

Blood Red Boots are celebrating the release of Countless Nights on July 17th at House of Blues. If you preorder you tickets you will receive a copy of the EP at the show for free.

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Ember Oceans

Ember Oceans released their self-title debut EP this week. Despite being based in Chicago the band has a sun-drench, beach and surf rock sound that is highlighted by their vocal harmonies.

You can catch Ember Oceans at Abbey Pub on 7/8 and at House Cafe in Dekalb on 7/22.


The Return of Dastardly

Gabe Liebowitz and Dastardly are back after a three year hiatus with a new album called "The Hollow" which is being released this week. The album is textually deep with well-produced layers of instrumentation. It helps that Liebowitz is studio engineer, but the band has not skipped a beat either. Lyrically and musically there is an underlying subtle. element of dark, glam rock.

Below is the video for the album's title track and first single "The Hollow".

You can help Dastardly celebrate the new album at Lincoln Hall on Friday July 10th with Gold Web and Oshwa.



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