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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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Album Review: "Demogod" by Panfish
- by Terra James-Jura

It was a little misleading to look at the psychedelic fish-deity gracefully hovering just above a frying pan, guitar in one of many blue hands, eyes closed and lost in some divine groove on mythical headphones.  Adding to the dissonance was the faint whiff of nag champa that wafted heavenward when I slipped the disc for “Demogod” out of its sleeve.  It was very strange to me that the packaging for an album by a songwriter with #1 Billboard hits could easily be mistaken for some suburban dad’s DMB hobby band.  

Disregarding this, Pahanish has the capacity to pen some universally appealing tunes, having a hand in a few hits for the likes of Toby Keith and Keith Urban.  He’s well-known amongst Nashville’s songwriters, and tirelessly active in hosting evenings at the Building and Dan McGuiness Pub, steady platforms that allow him to support new talent. However, like most scenemakers, he flies under the radar of popular awareness. 

“Demogod” is an outlet for Pahanish’s wide range of influences to run free.  It showcases his ability to produce a strong, possibly chart-climbing specimen in whatever genre he dips into. Soul, hard rock and folk are interpreted through the filter of his persona as the All-American Gypsy. There’s a party anthem in “Have a Good Time” and a down and dirty come-on in “Number 2.” Everything is fair game so long as women, weed and whiskey get their mention.

Of the bunch, I would pin the gentle, acoustic guitar-heavy track “Gypsy” as the most genuine, and “Peace Pipe” as the song most likely to in the middle of a bidding war between Eric Church and Luke Bryan. However, “Creation” really jumped out in the arrangement as the only track that had the magically groovy breath of Cee Lo Green to it.  I really enjoyed it, and it made me curious to know what would happen if Pahanish really let his aptitude towards neo-soul rip. 

While one would never question Pahanish’s dedication to his music, especially after catching a live performance, any live performance, as he plays them with such energy and conviction that I am sure a few shower doors have fallen victim to his enthusiasm, some of the album came across as detached to me.  This could be my ears misinterpreting the deliberate four-track recording as hollow rather than, say, affectionately lo-fi, but some songs seem more like foster children rather than his own flesh and blood. 

 

The variety of “Demogod” combined with the expert songwriting makes it an engaging album all the way through. His personality shines through whatever angle he approaches from, and in all reality, it’s probably impossible for Pahanish to write a bad song.  It’s a solid stepping stone on his path towards conquering Nashville.  


 

 

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Weekend Itinerary

Everyone and their mother seems to be having an album release show this weekend, so here’s a short list of who’s doing what where.

Friday:

Honey Locust release their new album “The Great Southern Brood” with a bang at the Stone Fox with opener Alex Baker of Dewey Decibel. 9pm

Majestico are releasing their album “When Kingdom Come” with a show at Soulshine Pizza Factory 6pm, free.

Slick releases their album “Street Lips” with Moseley and el el at The Basement, 9pm, $5.

This is also Night One of the The Delta Saints Revue. The Delta Saints take the stage at Exit/In for two evenings. Friday night includes performances by Humming House and Boom Forest. $10 in advance, $12 DOS and $17 for both nights.

Saturday:

Ri¢hie album release show for “Night Game” with Blank Range and Bully at The End at 9pm. This lineup will be like seeing a leprechaun, a unicorn, and Elvis on one stage.

Across the River, The East Room is celebrating their 1 year anniversary with The FeaturesPhoto Ops, Babe City, Mystery Twins, and *repeat repeat.

Night Two of The Delta Saints Revue at Exit/In. Saturday night’s show includes Omega Swan and Joe Robinson in the lineup. $10 in advance, $12 DOS and $17 for both nights.

Sunday:

Find your next favorite band at Gorilla Fest at the Rutledge. Beginning at 4, an epic battle of the bands will be waged between Insane, The Turncoats, Tristen Proffitt, Everson, Take Captive The Captain, The Sweetest Sleep, Arcane Atlas, Paradise in Ruins,Hour Hands, Another Dead Saint, and others.

Supposing that you attend Gorilla Fest, you will be within walking distance of 3rd and Lindsley, where Wild Cub will be playing with Roman Candle. This event is being presented by Lightning 100, and only a precious few tickets remain, available HERE.

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The David Mayfield Parade at Exit/In TONIGHT

While his talent and charisma are renown in their own right, David Mayfield might be more readily associated with The Avett Brothers, Mumford and Sons, or little sister Jessica Lea Mayfield. Of his solo career, Mayfield has earned the title of “The Wild Man of Americana.” “Human Cannonball” from his second album “Good Man Down” unfolds from a soft folk number to a sweeping orchestral movement, with the story echoed in the way the fiddle winds its way through the song. The video is a seamless work of art, but probably only half as entertaining as catching Mayfield live. This Thursday promises to be a great night of music, between The David Mayfield Parade, Those Darlins and Shakey Graves, enhanced by the exclusive availability of Lagunitas’ Couch Trippin’ Fusion Beer. This is the band’s last show before they head to Austin for SXSW, and free for those that RSVP here, so there’s no excuse to miss it! -Terra James-Jura

http://davidmayfieldparade.net/home

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The Poor Boys Release New Song "Psycho"

I caught The Poor Boys this past Sunday open for Thelma and the Sleaze (hey, it had been a minute since anyone addressed me as motherf****r, and it turned out it will be a few more, since this show was being broadcast live by 102.9 The Buzz, and decorum was being exercised with white-knuckled intensity.) Taking cues from the Nashville Pussy school of Southern Rock, Poor Boys presented a steady noise that seeped through the eardrums in the same way mud finds its way through holes in your boots. Yeah, it's filthy and going to be a pain to clean up, but in the present moment, it's kind of fun to wiggle your toes around in. Any band that treats a room of 50 like 5000 is always fine with me. They released the tune "Psycho" on February 5th, as an ode to a particular individual, but it can easily transfer that special hosebeast in everyone's life. -Terra James-Jura

http://thepoorboysmusic.com/

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Ponychase to Release Debut LP "Parade of Youth" 3.4.14

Those at Mercy Lounge for the QDProm over Valentine’s Day got lucky in more ways than one (or just one, if they’re severely lacking game) as Ponychase was in the lineup. The backstory in the group’s creation reads like its own little romance: girl (Jordan Caress) is distraught over what will come of her home demos, meets her musical soulmate in Beth Cameron of Forget Cassettes, enlists her synth-savant little brother, and the rest of the pieces fall into place. The band’s debut album “Parade of Youth” is due out March 4th. From the sound of the title track released last fall, the serendipity of the band’s creation is going to make a lot of people happy. Ponychase performs at The Basement on March 7th; the show starts at 9 and cover is $5. -Terra James-Jura

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Daniel Ellsworth and The Great Lakes Album Release Show at Exit/In 3.8.14

Daniel Ellsworth and the Great Lakes have been in the Deli before, and its about time we mention them again for the release of the new album “Kid Tiger."  The release party is coming up on March 8th, when Ellsworth will be at Exit/In with Alanna Royale and Blank Range. Their first album “Civilized Man” probably had you bouncing around or even relaxing, so don’t expect “Kid Tiger” to be anything less than completely captivating, addictive, calming, and perfect for any occasion. "Tourniquet" was posted to the public all of two days ago. After the album's  release, they will be on tour. So come out and see them before they leave! The show starts at 8, and cover is $10. –Amanda Aydelott


Weekend Itinerary

Here is a brief round-up of recommended events for this weekend, assuming last night’s tornadic activity (will someone please name their band Tornadic Activity?) does not lay waste to any listed venue.

Friday:

Hard Working Americans performs at Marathon Music Works. This collective of veteran musicians, including Todd Snider and Dave Schools of Widespread Panic, have come together to reimagine a collection of beloved hits and perform them in a way that tells the story of the working man. Turbo Fruits open, show starts at 7pm, and tickets are $25.

Liza Anne is having a record release show for her new album “The Colder Months.” Sam Pinkerton and Aliza Carter Band join her at The High Watt starting at 8pm. Cover is $7. The official video for her single “Rubble” is available for your viewing pleasure at the tail end of this post.

Saturday:

Natural Child will be at in Grimey’s at 5pm for an in-store performance. The band is performing fully plugged in, there will be free beer for those of age, and their brand-spankin' new album “Dancin’ with Wolves” will be available a few days before its official February 25th release date.  

Go to the Stone Fox to see why folks are fawning over Angel Olsen’s parlor trick of channeling Roy Orbison, and enable local “love song addict” Natalie Prass as she spirals deeper into her obsession. Show starts at 9pm, and cover is $10.

Nashvillian-by-way-of-Chicago songstress Tristen will be at Exit/In, with Adia Victoria and The Wans complete the lineup. Cover is $12, show starts at 8pm.

Sunday:

Southern Sludge rockers Thelma and the Sleaze hit Exit/In. Goodbye June and The Poor Boys join the girls; show is $7, and starts at 9pm.  

The Basement has you covered with their no cover Sunday Post in case you spent all your dough this weekend watching talented ladies (musicians or otherwise...) 1933, Jimmy Weekend, Owsley Brothers, The Red Tails and That’s My Kid perform, beginning at 8pm.

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Congratulations to Sad Baxter, The Deli Nashville’s new Artist of the Month!

Wowee! With full acknowledgement that not everyone watches internet polls in the wee hours of the evening, the neck-and-neck race between Sad Baxter and The Chewers was intense! The margin was so tight that there was a good chance that things were going have to be decided by a physical fight, which was sure to be a disaster, as The Chewers appear to be a band of giant faceless teeth. Ultimately, Sad Baxter pulled ahead, earning a slight advantage with their clean pop and appeal to Nashville’s dog lovers. This is a perfect moment to draw attention to the fact that Sad Baxter is currently recording their first full length album, which promises to be as earnest and catchy as their previous EP "Nothing is Real."  The next opportunity to get sad with them is March 24th at Mercy Lounge. In the interim, listen to “Hit the Road!” and post something nice on their Facebook page. –Terra James-Jura

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