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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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Prog-grass? Cricket Tell the Weather plays Rockwood on 12.15

Recording their upcoming debut album in a barn in Easton, CT, progressive bluegrass quintet Cricket Tell the Weather strives for an authentic whirlwind of strings and harmony that sounds like they've all been playing together for years already. Check them out when they light up Rockwood Music Hall this Sunday December 15 at 11 pm (but come early to see Avidya & The Kleshas at 9), check out instrumental track "Off Island Shuffle below, and watch their live video for 'Rocky Mountain Skies' here. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)



Independent Bands and Artists,

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coverOnce again, the big prize for the Year End Poll winners is to be featured on our upcoming SXSW issue (see last year's edition on the left, read it in pdf HERE), and this year we'll also have a bundle of recording software (to be announced soon).

The process to determine these lists is rather complicated - if you want to try and get your head around it, be our guest and go HERE. But if all you are interested in is to be part of it and get some exposure, then read on.

The first phase of this poll allows ANY BAND OR SOLO ARTIST based in one of the scenes we cover to submit their music for a minimum of 3 spots in the pool of the "Best of" your city nominees. This phase starts right NOW! 

Submit your music to The Deli's Local Scene Year End Polls 
Deadline: 12.09.2013

A team of Deli writers will choose a minimum of 3 artists that will be added to the pool of nominees for the next phases of the poll. The bands selected  will be announced in early 2014.

Please spread the word about this and good luck!

The Deli's Staff

Jordannah Elizabeth Smoota Disappearing People and Psychic Jiu-Jitsu at The Nightlight TONIGHT

The Night Light in Oakland will be bringing you a line-up TONIGHT of some great acts, including, our very own Assistant Editor, Jordannah Elizabeth! Jordannah Elizabeth brings together folk, psychedelia, and hints of R&B into one concoction full of encapsulating experimental sounds that get you lost in Elizabeth’s voice and dreamy instrumentation. Smoota, who just released his debut album “Fetishes” last month, truly delves into a myriad of genres. Just be sure to expect tons of organs & synths, a large amount of sound effects, and some great vocals provided by Smoota himself. Psychedelic punk band, Disappearing People, will also be taking to the stage, bringing some experimental lo-fi sounds to the bill. Lastly psychedelic rock band, Psychic Jiu-Jitsu, will be starting off the night.

Be sure to catch this great line-up of psychedelic and experimental bands. It’s something we highly recommend you don’t miss!


Hudson Mohawke's remix of Jackson and his Computerband's song "Vista". BM has a couple shows in the coming week too! Check them out at on Monday 11/11


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Test vard below, their take on Hudson Mohawke's remix of Jackson and his Computerband's song "Vista". BM has a couple shows in the coming week too! Check them out at on Monday 11/11 at U St. Music Hall for the Worn Magazine's Raw Issue release party, and then at Rock & Roll Hotel on 11/17.




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