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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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5 Q's for The Gills

Photo cred: Evan Caddell

 Nashville's The Gills have been upping the ante in the pop rock game. They're gutsy and dynamic and... really good.

Between touring, preparing to release a new album (any time now!) and keeping hometown fans happy, frontmant Jesse Wheeler made a little time to answer a few questions for us.


1. If you were a pizza, what would you be topped with?

        Pepperoni, Pineapples, Jalapeños 


2. Looks like you've been doing a lot of touring lately. Any DREAM GIG locations? 


        Yes, we dig The West Coast and Australia for sure.  


3. If you could invite 5 people, living or dead, to your beach party (since you're originally from Pensacola,) who would they be? 


        Andy Warhol, Snoop Dogg (Lion??), Chris Farley, John F. Kennedy, and Robin Williams 


4. How excited are you about releasing the new record?!?! 


        So stoked. Can't wait for all of our friends to sip this juice.


5. Heard any good jokes lately? 


        We take this very seriously. And personally I have no time for jokes


If you haven't had a chance to catch The Gills live, we HIGHLY recommend it. We're losing sleep waiting for the new album to drop, but in the meantime, sink your teeth into their 2012 EP Motor Running. -Caroline Bowman


Motherfucker, "Confetti"

Turn your speakers to 11 because Motherfucker is bringing the sludge party rock from Athens, GA to wherever you're doing your next kegstand. And they're bringing glitter.

Shock value aside, the hair-slinging all-girl trio is taking everything we love about droney noise rock, injecting a sense of humor, then convincing it to stick a fork in a wall outlet. Their latest LP "Confetti," which dropped this summer, is ready to be spun at your next rager in all its blue vinyl glory. (You can pick that up here.)

Give "Confetti" a listen below, and don't say we didn't warn you. -Caroline Bowman



Blinds Releases Debut EP

Sometimes life just kind of... sucks. Luckily, good music is often the lemonade squeezed from a sour situation, and Nashville's Brian Zaremba is pumping out some bitter-sweet tunes under the handle Blinds.

With the broodiness of bands like The National and pop sensibilities of acts like Broken Social Scene and Beach House, Blinds is putting his own spin on ethereal wave. With dark, experimental melodies cut by ear-catching guitar riffs and deeply personal lyrics, the seven song collection is a perfectly-balanced listening pleasure.

Hear the full EP below and catch Blinds live at fooBar on 9.26 with fauna halo, aave and Lust and the Black Cat. -Caroline Bowman




Los Colognes, "Dos"

 We've been on the road quite a bit over the last few weeks, so consider this is our public "THANK YOU" to Nashville's own Los Colognes for releasing the best driving music of the year.

The guys' sophomore full-length release, fittingly named Dos, is a heartfelt fusion of classic influences like Dylan and The Grateful Dead and strong personal style, carried out with precision and ease. And, it's damn good.

The guys have already garnered stellar reviews from Consequence of Sound, Stereogum and other folks who know a thing or two about good music, but trust us, you're going to want to review this album for yourself. -Caroline Bowman



Wildwood Revival Shines Through the Rain

 Most folks need a good couple days of heavy sleep and electrolytes to recover from a weekend-long music festival binge. But after a two-day visit to Cloverleaf Farm outside Athens, GA, for the second summer installment of Wildwood Revival, we're feeling more refreshed, replenished and inspired than ever. And even through the rain (BOY, did it rain,) the festival was the event of the season.

Above all else, Wildwood Revival focuses on community. Serving locally grown and prepared meals alongside cold Georgia-brewed beer, inviting local artisans to set up shop displaying handmade leather goods, jewelry and vintage clothing, and procuring a solid musical lineup including several Southeastern favorites, the farm was buzzing with positivity and patronage. With only a few hundred attendees, guests were able to avoid lengthy lines, meander through common areas with ease and always find a good spot for enjoying the live entertainment. Keeping the festival relatively small (and friendly for all ages) also encouraged environmental conscientiousness, as drinks were served in mason jars and other reusable containers and food on biodegradable plates, and each guest made an effort to keep the farm as pleasant as it was when ze arrived.

Nashville was well represented, with Electric Western (the guys behind KEEP ON MOVIN' Mondays at The 5 Spot) spinning the records at the Saturday night dance party, Hot Yoga of East Nashville instructing a Saturday morning class and hometown heroes Blackfoot Gypsies supplying the bluesy rock 'n' roll.

Other standout bluegrass/Americana acts included Darnell Boys, Lindi Ortega, Water Liars, Tall Tall Trees, Strung Like a Horse and American Aquarium, although honestly, there wasn't a weak link in the entire lineup.

This review wouldn't be complete without mention of the scenic campsite, tintype photography, Gospel brunch (complete with biscuit bar and Bloody Marys,) wiffle ball tournament and communal bonfire under a full moon. And our plans for next summer won't be complete without a revisit to Wildwood Revival. -Caroline Bowman



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