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

Post-rock project The Album Leaf performing at The Wayfarer with Let's Drive to Alaska, Omniflux

OC post-rock and trip-hop fans rejoice: you can catch James LaValle's solo project The Album Leaf performing the day before Culture Collide at The Wayfarer (fka Detroit Bar, Club Mesa). Supporting LaValle are the cinematically organic North OC duo Let's Drive to Alaska, and the cathartic threnodies from Los Angeles trip-hop solo artist Omniflux.

There will be more than a few surprises tomorrow night: Omniflux is gearing up a lightshow to complement her set, Let's Drive to Alaska will be joined by dance ensemble The Grigori, and The Album Leaf will probably most likely debut some new songs of his forthcoming album, as will Let's Drive to Alaska from their new album The Fifth House. Ticket information available from The Wayfarer. - Ryan Mo

Midnight dream pop Nightjacket performs Harvard & Stone tonight, ArtNight Pasadena 10/9

The dreampop five-piece Nightjacket are opening for bi-coastal experimental outfit Guardian Ghost tonight at Harvard & Stone, with Ventura garage-rockers The Pullmen. If you haven't already, now's as good a time to check out Nightjacket with the recent buzz they've received on their fluorescent EP "Eternal Phase", a strong sign for the group's continued efforts.

For fans swamped with work and school on a Wednesday, you're in luck — they're also performing this Friday at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena at 7 and 9pm, as part of the bi-annual ArtNight Pasadena event. Both shows are free, by the way — Harvard & Stone is 21+ with strong drinks and cabin décor, and ArtNight opens up 21 galleries and institutions for eye candy to go along with your ear candy.

Need a refresher? Listen to "The Right Way To Fall" before you head out. - Ryan Mo

Cry to Liphemra's newest post-breakup single from Future Gods

The experimental pop act Liphemra just dropped the title track to their upcoming EP "did u cry", and it is so lit. Gradients of fuzz drone, sliced loops, synth pads, and bass licks kick up the turbulence as singer/percussionist Liv Marsico lets loose a torrent of reverb between the verses. Guitarist Trey Findley conjures abrasive wails and honeyed cries as bassist Miles Gray and drummer Chris Parise play off the groove with dead accuracy. This interplay of hip hop and noise builds into a massive sonic whirlwind, receding as Marsico brazenly asks the question: "Did you even cry? / Did you even try?"

The simple verse recalls the sheer emotional weight of post-breakup feels, as crushing as the instrumental monument built and razed before it.

"You break up... Never talk again. You just want to know if they cried," says Marsico of the song.

The team has been holed up in their Mid City rehearsal space for the better part of the year, painstakingly recording and producing the EP after a brilliant string of performances with Algiers, Young Fathers, HOLY CHILD, and appearances at Lolipalooza and Echo Park Rising. Liphemra is at the final stretch, honing their live sound to reflect the EP's brilliance — there likely won't be any further shows until early next year, says Marsico.

Expect the drop of "did u cry" next March through LA-based Future Gods- Ryan Mo, photo credit Arvida Bystrom

The Deli gives you six reasons to attend Culture Collide Festival this year

Culture Collide Festival, the brainchild of Alan Miller (co-founder of FILTER Magazine), returns for its sixth year of international music discovery. The festival partners with record labels like 100% Silk, Stones Throw, Sargent House, IHeartComix, and more to introduce over 40 fresh faces and nationally renowned acts to connoisseurs of the West Coast, spanning three days in several venues dotted across Echo Park: TAIX, The Champagne Room, The Echo/Echoplex, Echo Park's United Methodist Church, and Lot 1 Café.

Bands travel from their homes in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Korea, France, Ecuador, Peru, and more to perform in the musical melting pot of Los Angeles. This year, Culture Collide has also teamed up with the Modern Sky record label to feature a special Chinese Indie Night at the Regent Theatre (10/9) with acoustic folk performer Song Dongye (宋冬野), synthpunk New Pants, and Miserable Faith (痛苦的信仰乐队). Purchase tickets or learn more about the bands here.

Not quite sure about going to Culture Collide? Here are six good reasons to make your mind up:



Nick Diamonds: The Canadian musician has fronted dozesn of bands including the notable Islands, collab'd with notables like Alpha Pup's Daddy Kev and Honus Honus (Man Man), even helping to pioneer a genre of music called Doom-wop. Now situated in Los Angeles, Nicholas Thornton reveals the great follow-up to his 2011 debut: the bedroom bummer, electro-noir full-length City Of Quartz

Cruising back from his recent tour through SF and Santa Cruz, Nick Diamonds will perform at the Echoplex on 10/9. Check out the single to City Of Quartz, "The Sting", below.



The Album Leaf: The solo project of Tristeza's original member James LaValle is among the most respected in post-rock circles, invigorated with glitch and ambient spirits that diverged from his guitar-centric peers. Since the release of A Chorus of Storytellers in 2010, LaValle has spent the last two years working on a new album, and he's bound to play some unreleased tracks at Culture Collide.

The Album Leaf plays at The Church on Friday 10/9. Heads up: a video for his newest single "New Soul" drops the same day. Listen to his last single featuring folk solo artist Peter Broderick, titled "Never Held a Baby".



The Grounders: Toronto's psych-y krautrockers celebrate the release of their self-titled debut LP, a sonic poptart with lo-fi noise crust enveloping a gooey synth filling. Following their 2013 EP "Wreck of a Smile", bandmates Andrew Davis, Daniel Busheikin, Mike Searle, and Evan Lewis got together to explore Zombies and David Bowie with a self-help guide by David Lynch and Meditation for Dummies. The result: a blissful and cogent series of recordings laid out in Davis' Toronto bedroom and a studio-converted garage stacked with vintage equipment. 

Listen to the single "Bloor Street And Pressure" and watch them twice at Culture Collide: 10/8 at Lot 1 Café and 10/9 at TAIX.



The Vim Dicta: Channeling glorious garage-y psychgroove from the LA basin, The Vim Dicta's Cori Elliot, Matt Tunney, and Chris Infusino were regarded by The Deli's staff as one of the Best New LA Bands in 2012 with their live-recorded debut EP "Lucky Strike". The 2013 follow-up "Von Tango", a five-song collection of guitar scuzz, jazz growl, and noir grit, furthered the notion that Los Angeles hadn't seen the last of devilishly soulful music — rock certainly is not dead, at least not for The Vim Dicta. With a new album in the works, the trio are currently performing a free spread-out residency at Harvard & Stone (next show on 10/21). 

The Vim Dicta plays Saturday 10/10 at TAIX. Listen to "Stallion" off the "Von Tango" EP below.



The Mynabirds: A previous Deli feature, The Mynabirds' Laura Burhenn fronts a blend a garage rock, pop, R&B, and soul that has turned the heads of every tastemaker across the coasts. We waxed poetic about her summer release Lovers Know, which was featured on NPR and reviewed positively by Drowned in Sound and The Line of Best Fit — need we say more?

The Mynabirds wrap up their US tour for Lovers Know at The Echo on 10/9, and if you haven't seen them perform yet, you can thank us later.



WYM: The solo project of modular synth artist Jun Hyung Byun, alias bjorn (뵤른) and one half of Seoul Disco's electronic duo MDS, makes his LA debut at Culture Collide. WYM's aesthetic is derived from careful manipulation of '80s patches to create prismatic soundscapes that combine dreampop, chillwave, ambient, electronica, and synthpop like his peers YUKARI, Clazziquai, and House Rulez. This isn't the K-pop that's been taking over the states by storm; it's a taste of Korea's electronic underground that your ears have been deprived of for years. Better late than never.

He plays two shows at Culture Collide: one on Thursday 10/8 as part of SeoulSonic's showcase, and another on Saturday 10/10 at Lot 1 Café. Listen to the title track off his debut album After Moon. - Ryan Mo


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