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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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...and the award for “Breaking the BMAs” Goes to: Tigerman WOAH

To all of the faithful Deli readers, I apologize for the tardiness of this post, but between recovering from Sunday’s Boston Music Awards festivities and wrestling with some website issues, I have been unable to publish this article until now. I suppose the delay was a good thing though, because my head is finally clear enough to type out a few sentences about all that went down (or didn't go down) at the annual Boston music scene celebration. I struggled a bit in deciding the angle that I would take for this piece, considering most people just give a rote list of winners, peppered with a few choice adjectives. I've chosen to forego that list (you can find it on The Boston Globe or BMA website anyway), opting instead to give a one-sentence recap of the ceremonies, followed by a far more entertaining account of the best performance of the evening.   

The recap: I wasn't surprised by too much at the awards (Will Dailey and Bad Rabbits receiving more hardware was hardly a shocker), but I was excited to see The Sinclair take home Best Live Music Venue honors.

The story: The highlight of the night for me was Tigerman WOAH’s performance. They were slated to play one of the last sets of the evening, so I figured the BMA organizers and the Revere Hotel were anticipating the rowdy, awesome debauchery that comes standard with all Tigerman gigs, but I guess I was assuming too much. Halfway into their set, the Revere pulled the plug on the band due to numerous people throwing beers up, down and all around the stage. At least I think that was the reason--maybe they didn’t approve of everyone in the room shouting all of the lyrics to Tigerman’s songs? Apparently something about Tigerman’s genuine intensity, and the raucous enthusiasm and revelry that accompany their shows, didn’t align with the polished aesthetic of the hotel. Regardless, the band seemed to be having a good time at the show, passing around a bottle of bourbon among themselves and any audience member within arm’s reach of the stage.

Even with the abrupt stop their set, two things are indisputable: Tigerman always puts on one heck of a performance, and the BMA committee knows how to throw one heck of a party. - Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)

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Elephants release LP "Strange Waves" tomorrow (12.16)

Tomorrow, December 16, Boston Indie Rockers Elephants will be releasing their latest full-length album, "Strange Waves." The release comes about a year and a half after their self-titled first record. Their sophomore offering shows a lot more musical control, while still holding tight to their lo-fi preferences. It seems the band has finally found their sound (spoiler alert: lots of fuzzy guitars) and has figured exactly how to project it. The record has a great flow to it--all of the songs are very cohesive and compliment each other nicely. I was able to check a preview of the album and I particularly drawn to the fifth track, “Moving Pictures.” The song has a Dinosaur Jr.-ish feel with great guitar riffs and a smooth vocal performance from singer Lauren Garant. You can find some of these elements also in "The Turtles Were Right," the first single unveiled by the band, streaming below.

For updates about future shows and other band news, check out Elephants’ Facebook page. - Dan McMahon

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Boston's Italian Indie-Pop Ensemble Tredici Bacci Release Cover of "The Most Beautiful Song Ever"

Tredici Bacci's vocalist has one of the most thankless lead singing jobs. Her rhythm vocals take no more of the spotlight than the violins, but alternate beautifully between sustained soprano and a stone skipping over fake Italian waters. Yeah (sorry I blew your cover), Tredici Bacci is no more Italian than Jesse Camp was homeless. But who cares? They're classically-trained musicians performing orchestral pop songs that, somehow, get the young people dancing. Today's cover of what bandleader Simon Hanes called "the most beautiful song in the world," Ennio Morricone's "Metti Una Sera A Cena" is perfect seduction music.

 

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IN HEAT and Bugs and Rats Tour Starts Tonight in Providence

The first time I saw Boston's excellent Bugs and Rats, Nick from How They Light Cigarettes in Prison told me they sound like Nirvana. I'd never have thought of it, but In Utero is a pretty close comparison.

Providence's In Heat is screaming angry metal with enough power to make even the old people in the pit move (don't confuse them with the In Heat who have a Facebook page, though). Tour starts tonight at OE BNB in Providence, with Boston's Abominable Skimask.


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