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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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New Single "Worse For Wear" by Palmdale Noisepunk Trio NOYES

From the sheer ferocity present on their latest single "Worse For Wear", one would be forgiven for believing that Lawndale band NOYES (pronounced "noise") was pulled straight out of a No Wave-era CBGB gig. From the vocalist's Thurston Moore sneer to the thickly fuzz-ridden bass, everything about this group is pure hardcore. Each track on the single is a frantic beatdown serving to let out an unbridled rage that is rarely felt in modern punk. The wailing of "I don't care!" in the title-track is wrought with more self-loathing and apathy than even the most biting Sebadoh piece. Lou Barlow would be proud.

"Worse For Wear" can be listened to on Bandcamp, along with the band's latest album Relapse. NOYES will bring their scuzzy noise punk to The Smell on July 29th with some New York blood: Lazy Queen and Lady. - Justin Ashby

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Happy Lives move to LA (from NYC) + release new single 'Sick Love'

Happy Lives - the rather unpredictable indie pop duo who recently relocated from Brooklyn to LA - are back. and this time they're trying an "alt soul" hat on for size. Having done their own spin on Beck-era "caucasian rap" a year ago," on "Sick Love," the two return with their usual appraoch of stripping down songs to their core and then adding in elements from other genres (synth-pop on this track). The result is a rather convincing song about break-ups that, despite its minimalist arrangements and simple back-up vocals, feels filled to the brim with emotion. With their outright refusal to stick to a consistent genre, it's honestly hard to tell with these dudes whether they're taking their craft seriously or simply just trying to have a good time, however, with the consistency of their recent releases it's easy to keep any skepticism at bay — for now. — Henry Solotaroff-Webber

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Beca plays Sofar Sounds on 7/28

Electro pop artist Beca's mix of dance and synth pop sounds brings back the term throwback in the best possible way. Her kinetic songs demand your immediate response, with dark, Euro disco-tinged rhythms that could be described as if Cold Cave enlisted Kylie Monigue to collaborate on their latest project. Which exhibits the potency of her focus: Beca surely wants you to join the dancefloor, but she'd appreciate it if you'd pay attention to her propulsive tempos, too.

Beca's debut full-length album Ecliptic is out now via  All Scene Eye. You can catch her live at the next Sofar Sounds on June 28th. - Juan Rodríguez

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LOVEYOU brings their hazy dream pop to Harvard & Stone on 6/22

LOVEYOU are not the first to blend dainty melodies with discordant sounds. What young songwriter Andrew Stogel does differently, however, is to approach it with a confidence that easily sets a high quality standard on its respective genre. Their debut EP, Sparkle & Crush, isn't one to easily pigeonhole - while their first single, "Outed the Time", has something of a mid-90's Creation records sound with its overdriven guitars and lush sonic soundscapes, the rest of the EP fluctuates its silvery snyth textures with crisp, uptempo melodies that are sometimes free-floating, other times rhythmically punchy. And it never shies away from delivering the kind of sumptious hooks that continue to reward with multiple listens.

Sparkle & Crush will be self-released on June 22nd. You can catch them that very same day hosting a free record release show at Harvard & Stone. - Juan Rodríguez

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The Deli LA presents OSCILLATOR's first livestream party with NATIVE FAUNA and TRANS-X

The Deli LA is proud to present the first of many collaborations with eminent underground synth venue OSCILLATOR: A Late Nite Synth Party!

These intimate, future-retro events will feature LIVE performances by ORIGINATORS of SYNTH as well as the best of the NEW SYNTH-SET. The early part of the evening will be a live-streamed set of performances, followed by a line-up of baddass DJs giving us classic synth-pop and new tracks from around the globe that will take us dancing into the night, house party style.

Los Angeles' distinguished exoti-goth horrors Native Fauna rev up the night with a very special live set, and synthpop/Hi-NRG duo Trans-X will also make an appearance to perform "Living On Video". DJ sets after midnight include HUSH TONES, Adrian Dark, Abe Mora, Gabe Reanimator, and Wayne Lyons.

The live-streaming party will be held at a private location in Koreatown, with limited availability. RSVP is required to receive private location and password. Doors open at 9PM and show starts promptly at 10PM—tickets and more info here.

 


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