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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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Congratulations to Foster McGinty, Our New Artist of the Month!

 For the few of you that don't check in with our Artist of the Month poll as frequently as your Instagram and Facebook feeds, rest assured that this recent poll was a doozie. Both HR_Lexy and Foster McGinty turned out with a ridiculous number of votes, but ultimately McGinty would come out on top with 571 fans showing favor for the songwriter. 

This win comes hot on the heels of McGinty's second album, "The Lucy Stone" (released February 19th). While songs are penned with a pop mindset, getting the job done in under 4 minutes with an appropriate chorus-to-verse ratio and the "oh" and "la" quota filled, the music resonates as so purely American that were surprised each album doesn't come with a pack of bottle rockets. Check out "The Lucy Stone" if your a fan of male/female vocals (the other half courtesy of the lovely Chelsea McGinty) and endearing songwriting. The next hometown show is April 24th at The End, so come out and buy him a beer (if our calculations are correct, he has about 571 coming.) -Terra James-Jura

http://www.fostermcginty.com/  

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New Single from BASECAMP: "N2Deep"

BASECAMP got plenty of love from our jury and readers when we ran our Best of 2014 poll last month, for obvious reasons. The trio of producers experiment with tempo, samples and boundaries  to create moody, restrained R&B. Their intelligent music and inherent cool have won a scad of fans in Nashville; there's probably the only group that can title a single "N2Deep" and not get an eyeroll from us. The track utilizes quiet as much as it does resonating bass, and it moves a little faster and reaches a sharper crescendo than their previous 2013 release. "N2Deep" is the first single off BASECAMP's upcoming album "Greater Than." -Terra James-Jura

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Bully, "I Remember"

True to their name, Bully seems pretty adept at delivering a suprise gut punch that leaves ya doubled over and stunned. They did that to the blogosphere last fall with their self-titled EP, and they're doing it again with this brand-new single "I Remember." Viciously cathartic, it is just under two minutes of Alicia Bognanno unloading painful little details of a past relationship amid gut-thumping bass and blown out guitar. Bully is about to give a good portion of the United States a round of sonic wedgies on their spring tour with JEFF the Brotherhood (full rundown of dates here.) Make it easy on yourself, and just go limp when it happens. -Terra James-Jura

 

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Catch SAINTHOOD at The East Room Tonight, Listen to "L.I.V.I.N.G." Right Now!

The post-Joy of Painting effort of front man Garreth Spinn, SAINTHOOD tags itself as "pop salvation." Debut single "L.I.V.I.N.G." dropped just this Tuesday. Synth-driven and highly danceable, this tune has a little bit of Killers flavor and skirts the edge of camp (never a bad thing.) SAINTHOOD joins a packed lineup of other musical amalgamations and resurrections at The East Room tonight: supergroup Friendship (with members of Chalaxy, Creature Comfort, Subnovas, Girls and Money, and Mesmer Tea,) dream-pop Iowans Annalibera, Organ Stills (a revision of Shy Guy,) chilled-out California psych from Suntundra Moon, and last-minute opener Mr. Nasti (Children of Spy, Zombie Bazooka Patrol.) That is a metric ton of music for $5. This is a much better application of your cash than buying a gnarly footlong at the Subway next door. Tonight's show is 18+ and kicks off at 8pm. -Terra James-Jura 

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OJR to Release "Nashville Demos"

OJR (aka Oliver John-Rodgers) promised from the stage at Blackbird Tattoo and Gallery last Sunday that anyone signed up to the band's mailing list would be sent a copy of their new recording "Nashville Demos" at least two weeks prior to its release date. He may have shed his ridiculous kimono at that point, but his cowboy had was still firmly in place. His bassist was in white high heels in honor of it it being National Woman's Day. They would be the perfect example of insufferable hipster punks if the raw, bluesy jams they were dishing out weren't so soul-scratchingly good. Hearing something fuzzed-out and psychedelic is nothing new in Nashville, but sometimes it takes some swagger in the delivery to make it click. Adding insult to injury, the band looked like they were having fun. Consider us fans. We're looking forward to this first release since OJR made the move to Music City from New York. Until you can catch a live show or "Nashville Demos" comes out, listen to this bit of awesome from their last EP.

 

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