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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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Show Review: Koa at Exit/In on Friday, 4.10

Pardon the cliche, but it's fitting: Koa blew the roof off Exit In Friday night.

In case you thought pop music achieved total music monopoly, these Belmont music buffs have something to say. Trading off sax, nord, and guitar solos throughout upbeat barn-burners, hell even the sound booth was head-bobbing.

Jam band would be accurate, think O.A.R and Dave Matthews. But then forget I said that. Koa is no wannabe, and moreover dodges the genre’s biggest pitfall: bad songwriting. No amount of noodling creates strong lyric and arrangement. Koa puts a checkmark by it, then has you sing along.

These seven guys need to graduate, drop out, ask pops for money, whatever. It's one thing for skilled musicians to collaborate. It's another to make it work. And yet another to make it a live success. The first two are clear. The 300 in attendance Friday know the third is, too.

-Ben Neumann; Event hosted by Cause A Scene at the Exit In 4/10/15.


How The Chewers Lost to a Dog

Whether it is valued as a free way to drum up some attention for your band, or shrugged off as an unfortunate tap on the head in this perpetual game of local music Duck, Duck, Goose, The Deli’s Artist of the Month poll is a longstanding and steadfast tradition. It ain’t goin’ nowhere.

While we consider it high flattery when an act gets into the spirit and spreads the word, there is (as always) a limit to the enthusiasm. We recognize that this is a poll for nothing more than a picture on our header and a fleeting title, and realize the absurdity in trying to scam the system in order to win this, of all things. There is nothing wrong with a little healthy competition, but we'll say it again: cheaters are losers, cheaters are losers, cheaters are losers.

We’re big fans of the weirdness that is The Chewers, and are dismayed to find out that they had to step over to the dark side to try to win our poll early in 2014. The place they are in is plenty dark already, thanks much. Not only did they still not win, it sounds like they burnt through a lot of fuel while failing. Luckily, member Michael Sadler submitted this short piece "How The Chewers Lost to a Dog" chronicling their efforts, and we love the band even more for it. Read a full account on how to NOT cheat in our little online contest HERE.

Then, go check out one of the Chewer’s upcoming local shows. They are playing Wednesday, April 15th at Mouthhole in East Nashville with Bandits! And Jerry Fels & the Jerry Fels, then again on April 24th with Ami Dang, GG Alien and No Milk (same venue.) They’re also planning to release their second album, “Dead Dads” on June 13, and have revamped their website to include some more nightmare-inducing content like this video for “The Lurk.” -Terra James-Jura



Wave & Rome Debut Single "Across the Map"

It took frontman Sam Tinnez three years of working, reworking and reimagining with a handful of collaborators (namely Josh Farro of Paramore repute, with mixing and mastering courtesy of Brad Bronlewee and Chad Howett.) During this time Tinnez also earned his stripes writing and producing with other Nashville acts including Young Summer, Farro, and Ruelle. The debut single of this long-simmering project, dubbed Wave & Rome. With nostalgia as an underlying theme to Wave & Rome's upcoming EP "Across the Map" (out this summer via Unsecret Music) the title track reflects on more innocent times, with driving drums and a beachy, warm weather-appropriate tone to the lead guitar. Check out the single and five remixes below, and keep up with W&R at www.waveandrome.com. -Terra James-Jura



Callaghan to Release "A History of Now" 4.7

UK-cum-Southern belle Callaghan is preparing to release her second full-length album, "A History of Now" tomorrow, April 7th. Preceding this release is this sweet video for "Crazy, Beautiful Life" It's a lighthearted song, and the video is a little twee in that it involves singing "La la la la la" in front of a green screen of rolling clouds, but it goes down so well that is is sure to please a multitude of palates. Proceeding her album and contrasting with the spun-sugar of the single is a hardcore, breakneck 41-date (and counting) tour of living rooms across the nation. Check out the full tour and learn more about Callaghan at www.callaghansongs.com


See This: Don Coyote Album Release Show at Turn One 4.4

It took a search for our favorite Don Coyote song of all time (so far) to stumble across this upcoming show on Saturday. "Give it a Rest Coast" should be the final call song in every honky-tonk worth its salt along Broadway, but for now let it be incentive to get yourself down to Turn One this Saturday night. Not only will you get the chance to possibly belt this out with your arm around your neighbor and breath reeking of PBR, but you'll also be able to pick up their brand new album from this new generation bar band for your very own. Joining the lineup are Kelly and Joey Kneiser of Glossary, as well as The Inglewood Reapers and Birmingham's Steel City Jug Slammers. The show starts at 9pm and is only $5. Give us a better thing to do on a Saturday night, and, well, we'll ignore it, because we will be shooting pool at Turn One. -Terra James-Jura




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