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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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Jackie Cohen unveils debut track "Bold"

Singer-songwriter Jackie Cohen recalls the best of early 70's psychedelic-folk with her withdrawn, honey-toned vocal inflection, a trend that has been proliferating in the last few years with artists such as Jessica Pratt and Amen Dunes. Her first single, "Bold", is a drifting slow burner that showcases her intoxicating country drawl. With the help of madcap Foxygen member Jonathan Rado, who helped arrange the song's twangy, strung-out composition, the sparsity of the track gives Cohen the opportunity to daydream in desirous pleasure as its gentle atmosphere caresses her over an overcast, cloudy haze. 

Cohen is currently working on her first album at Dreamstar Studios with Rado, and "Bold" is proof positive that this fruitful collaboration could ultimately lead into something very haunting and alluring. 
 

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Doomgazers SHEER plays Club Violaine with Mercury Antennae, Carisa Bianca Mellado

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Media Jeweler release new single Autopilot from upcoming album

OC's four-piece rock band (full-stop) Media Jeweler recently released their new single "Autopilot" from the upcoming album $99 R/T Hawaii, and it's an epilepsy of sounds. Moving against the current of synths and drum machines, Media Jeweler's tonal experimentation in this track includes brass melody, bass and guitar harmonics, and well-time dissonance that could be attributed as much to the late '90s ska-punk movement as to Sonic Youth. Fight against the temptation to prefix their genre; this is rock music — perhaps not so simple, but definitely pure.

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Rudy De Anda releases debut EP "Ostranenie" on 7.7

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Ostranenie releases July 7th (Porch Party Records) so stream the rest once its available on his Bandcamp, and you can find De Anda at Pomona's Glass House soon after on July 18th. - Brian J.K. Regan

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