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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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Video: Cassandra Violet, "Beyond The Fray"

LA native and singer-songwriter, Cassandra Violet, has been quietly building an army of devoted followers with her catchy and clever folk pop tunes. Her 3 song EP, 'Beyond The Fray,' was funded through a kickstarter campaign. She also made a video for the title track. Hand claps and stomps make up most of the instrumentation, along with Violet's powerful harmonies. The song's sparse arrangement matches the wide open deserted landscape chosen for the setting in the video. While the song has a pretty quality, it's just a guise luring you in like a black widow calling you into her web. She creates a spooky, ghost town, chill-inducing atmosphere. Reminiscient of The Civil Wars if they were produced by Kimbra, Cassandra Violet is certainly one to watch. Peep the video below and get caught in her web. - Jacqueline Caruso

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Stream: Zig Zags, "Brainded Warrior"

Our 2012 Year End Poll winners and off-the-wall garbage punk rockers, Zig Zags are at it again. Their rumored Ty Segall-produced album has become an official announcement. Due out June 3 on In The Red Records, the long-awaited debut full length has us bursting with anticipation. "Brainded Warrior" is the first single they've shared and it fully lives up to the hype. The trio creates a parallel world where their music is the soundtrack to the mythic shenanigans of glammed-out mutant warriors. While referencing 80s punk and metal, they manage to build something futuristic; a shredded wasteland that, through their lens, becomes a playground for tongue-in-cheek mischief. Zig Zags play two nights at The Church on York with Thee Oh Sees on May 28 and 29. - Jacqueline Caruso

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Okapi Sun play the Satellite on 4.25

Dancehall provocateurs (and recent Deli poll winners) Okapi Sun are about to set the stage ablaze with a record release show at Silverlake Lounge tomorrow, April 25. Their skewed brand of IDM is felt with a directness, even in all its auto-tuned glory, throughout their debut album Techno Phaedra, a quality that shines through their colorful tunes. It comes out next Tuesday, April 29 via Phaedra Records.

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Stream: Air Life "Tell Me Anything"

Air Life is nose-diving straight into the heart of L.A. and right into a weekly residency at The Satellite venue every Monday in May. Their newest single, "Tell Me Anything", has smooth jazz beats, subtly soulful 70’s vibes, and endearing lyrics: “Tell me how you feel, when we are apart baby.” It’s incredible when certain songs can put you into different moods, folding into different styles and situations as they collaborate to the setting you're in. This song, in particular, should be played in the bedroom; lying next to your partner with lights strung above and gazing into each other’s eyes - you get the point. Speaking of the 70’s, this song has a groove evocative of that time with its energetic rhythm section, all the while Taylor Dextor engages the audience with his soothing, sensual voice. - Kayla Hay

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Album Review: Habits, 'Unselves in Arrival'

Emerging like a phoenix from the garbage pile of the internet, Habits, the sample-based one man show created by Dustin M. Krapes, has finally released his collection of songs as a full length LP, 'Unselves in Arrival.' Most of the songs that make up this collection would be as much at home at a dancehall as they would be at the Church on York. To categorize this as electro rock, or synth pop, or at all for that matter, severely undercuts the scope of his work. I can merely, at my best, describe it as a chopped up, caffeinated, cut and paste collage of found sounds from music's past tailor-made for the future. This is one of the albums that should surely be buried in 2014's time capsule, perhaps sent in a rocket to whatever planet we end up colonizing next.
Trite as it may sound, the bombardment of submissions from kids playing music like it's a video game, is overwhelming, and their efforts, more than underwhelming. Not only is Habits' music commenting on this aspect of our modern age, it's beating them all at their own game. - Jacqueline Caruso

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April 2014
Habits
"Unselves in Arrival
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Emerging like a phoenix from the garbage pile of the internet, Habits, the sample-based one man show created by Dustin M. Krapes, has finally released his collection of songs as a full length LP, 'Unselves in Arrival.' Most of the songs that make up this collection would be as much at home at a dancehall as they would be at the Church on York. To categorize this as electro rock, or synth pop, or at all for that matter, severely undercuts the scope of his work. I can merely, at my best, describe it as a chopped up, caffeinated, cut and paste collage of found sounds from music's past made for the future. This is one of the albums that should surely be buried in 2014's time capsule, perhaps sent in a rocket to whatever planet we end up colonizing next.
Trite as it may sound, the bombardment of submissions from kids playing music like it's a video game, is overwhelming, and their efforts, more than underwhelming. Not only is Habits' music commenting on this aspect of our modern age, it's beating them all at their own game.
From "Dark Matter of Fact" to "Heavy Color," his compositions are the perfect soundtrack to a speed-laced night time stroll through the streets of Tokyo. "Snkchrmr" fits this category, as well as many others, but its minimalist, quirky video game sound design samplings undergirding the spoken word style vocals make it a standout, as it does as much as the others, with less.
Krapes' similarity in vocal texture and songwriting stylings have been compared to early Beck many times over, even by this publication. It's an easy reference, but a welcome one nonetheless. No song makes this more obvious than "Toymakr." His silver-tongued stream of consciousness pays homage to those early days when Beck was just beginning to leave his mark. There's no way to fault him for this influence, since he pulls it off so well, using absurdism against itself.
Of all the forward thinking songwriters of the late 90s/early aughts who also acted as their own producers (Beck, Eels), Habits most closely resembles the perhaps lesser known, Self. His extremely self-aware sarcasm that brilliantly mocked pop culture, appropriately pairing musical styles with corresponding commentary, made his biting lyrics digestible because of his impeccable production. Like Self, Habits is able to lift his songwriting right off the page and call your eardrums to attention. Making a good song that you can dance to is something Krapes can pull off blindfolded, with both arms tied behind his back. What makes this project, and this album, so noteworthy, is not only the musical complexities, or even the catchy riffs, but the fact that he doesn't allow you to consume what he's dosing out in partitions - you must swallow his pill whole, scathing social commentary down the hatch with the glitchy dance beats and clever hooks.
Previously featured on our site as a single last year, "Haacksaw" is the centerpiece to the album. Like the movements of a symphony, the arrangement bounces back and forth between laid-back new age vibrations and balls to the wall rock choruses. "Haacksaw" cuts to the core of his varied themes on a soul wandering endlessly in the machinery of the computer age.
Throughout the album, between the clever lines, dancing beneath the myriad synth lines, is an undercurrent of loneliness - a longing. It would be presumptuous of me to assume that Krapes himself is desperate for human connection in a world obsessed with communication's lowest common denominator. What seems more likely, is his observation of what we've become. More connected than ever, at all times plugged in, the kinetic energy between two souls that make actual eye contact has been forgotten - and perhaps the true outcome of this, like withdrawing from a drug, is that there is now even more power in that first glance. Stream 'Unselves in Arrival' from Habits' Bandcamp page, and order the cassette through Fleeting Youth Records. - Jacqueline Caruso

Stream: Priscilla Ahn, "Diana"

The new album by the soft-spoken, inventive songstress, Priscilla Ahn, 'This Is Where We Are', was released earlier this year. It's a gutsy departure from her more acoustic offerings, and our ears are delighted. Lead single, "Diana," has all the sweetness, euphoria, and mystery of paragliding across a rainbow. Quirky, and at times aggressive soundscapes dance between serenading melodies. Her intimate and heartbreaking qualities are still on full display, especially on the ballad, "Remember How I Broke Your Heart." Filled with delicate instrumentation and breathless harmonies, this is Ahn in her purest form. The entire album seems to be a push and pull between comfort and exploration. Stream "Diana" below and catch her live set at The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery on May 30. - Jacqueline Caruso

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The Donkeys unveil new track from upcoming album "Ride the Black Wave"

San Diego quartet The Donkeys previously released two sumptous, country-laden albums under the Dead Oceans imprint. Its dust-drenched melodies and stately arrangements were slack to say the least, but there was something about those twanging guitars that filled the room with a warm glow. Now under new LA-based label Easy Sound, they're making their return with Ride The Black Wave, a slightly more ambitious effort that continues their tradition of melding chiming Americana hooks with the lush swing of seventies FM radio. Take a listen to the single "Scissor Me Cigs" below, a swaying pop ballad that nestles one with effortless ease. See them live at Church on York on June 6th. 

 

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