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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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Show Alert: Tetherball's "Fiesta Party" 1.17 at The High Watt

The Fiesta Party is one of those events that gets better and better the deeper you go. Salsa dancing lessons, a taco bar, and a MF-ing pinata in the High Watt? The real question this raises is why is this not happening every night? The evening makes more sense when it becomes clear that Steve Voss of Tetherball is behind the madness, which also explains the killer lineup of The Gills, Charlie Whitten and recent addition Bear in the Campsite. Between contributing to the Monster Bash blowout over Halloween and this hoedown on Saturday, Voss is starting to display a proclivity for curating entire experiences, and has hinted that this is not the last themed show of his design.  Tetherball continbues this spirit of head-scratching fun by reinterpreting their own album "Whimsy" with jazz outfit Hot Club Time Machine, and releasing the session as "Gypsy Jazzivore." Watch this video of a trippy cover of a song about absinthe hallucinations below. It's kind of meta.

Fiesta Party kicks off at 7pm at The High Watt this Saturday, January 17th. $7 bucks gets you admission, a salsa dancing lesson, pinata swings and all the tacos you can eat. Tickets are available HERE. -Terra James-Jura

 

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The Harmaleighs "Doll Made of Glass"

The Harmaleighs are a duo consiting of Haylee and Kaylee, who found each other when they were Belmont students and have been making sharp, smart folk that can switch from coffeehouse to arena in a heartbeat ever since. The two cover topics familiar to gals in their early twenties: love, loss, hometowns. Plug it in and speed it up, and their tunes could hang with any early-aughts emo band. Luckily these two are blessed with a sense of humor, evident in their sweetly awkward stage banter, and a few clever turns of phrase peppering their lyrics that extends all the way to the name of their upcoming album (out February 3rd): "Pretty Pictures, Dirty Brush." The pair released "Doll Made of Glass," the second single off the album in December. The Harmaleighs are heading out to Telluride this weekend and embarking on a tour shortly thereafter. Check out their full schedule and keep updated on the pair at www.theharmaleighs.com. -Terra James-Jura

 

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Seryn Album Release Show at The High Watt 2.12

Seryn was the headlining act for this Sofar Sounds gig last Tuesday. The band had made the strategic move from Denton, TX to Nashville just this October, with the mind of finding a more centrally located jumping off point for touring and a more receptive environment for their music. At six members strong, the band channels their high energy into bouyant folk-pop with male-female vocals and an arsenal of stringed instruments. Their handle on dynamics are mind-boggling at times, especially in a live, acoustic setting where every hush was brought into immedate relief. They sing like a gang of rogue, banjo-toting angels.

Seryn is preparing for the release of their second full-length album "Shadow Shows" on February 17th. Their release show will be at The High Watt on February 12th with Red Headed Indian. Tickets are available here, and the album is available for pre-order here. Check out the show and give Seryn a proper Nashville welcome (which is a basket of hot chicken and Goo Goo Clusters, if we recall correctly.) -Terra James-Jura

 

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Woodferd, "We Are Dead"

Last night we finally had the chance to get on the trolley and check out a Sofar Sounds show. Not only did we enjoy seeing artists presented in such an intimate, respectful setting, we were also pleased by the thoughtful curation of the evening's entertainment, featuring acts all at some level of new to Nashville. We dug the lineup enough to dedicate a post to each artist, starting with Minnesota transplant Woodferd.

Peter John McKeown employs himself, a few strategic loops and occasional friends to perform under the handle Woodferd. He made the jump from his hometown of St. Paul, MN to Nashville in September, and released his self-titled debut album two short months later. McKeown touches on themes such as death and the Earth as a whole through light, easy-swilling folk. Take a listen to "We Are Dead" to get a sense of this subtle juxtaposition. There was talk of a Nashville album release show in the works, so keep up with Woodferd here and here as details emerge. -Terra James-Jura 

 

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