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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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Pale Hands gets in the "Spirit" on forthcoming LP

Ahead of its debut LP, Spirit Lines, Somerville duo Pale Hands has released three groovy bits of dance-pop that will appear on the album. The dreamy “Fanatic” mixes sweeping synth chords and pulses with stuttering drums, while “No Stars” channels the synth-obsessed dance-pop of the 80s through the lens of modern alternative-R&B production. The latest, “Juventud,” combines the best parts of each track before it. While Spirit Lines won’t get dropped until October 28, you can check out Pale Hands at Boston En Masse on September 20. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed)

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Free Pizza finds summer love in "Net Babes"

By now I’ve heard about Free Pizza quite a bit (probably because they’ve played in my friend’s basement a few times this summer) and now I know what the hype’s all about. Premiered over at Impose Magazine, the band’s video for “Net Babes” is the perfect representation of broke 20-something romance in Boston: backyard bonfires, 40s in the park and outdoor jam sessions. The sparse, catchy bop is a great, albeit short, summer love anthem. Download it now on Bandcamp for $1 – or score a deal on the band’s Boston, MA album for just $5 – and check out the video below. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed)

Free Pizza // "Net Babes" from BUFU Records on Vimeo.

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Sorority Noise to bring the commotion to Amherst

Riding on the release of May's Forgettable LP, Hartford's Sorority Noise is heading to Amherst, MA, next Monday, August 18. Fitting to its name, the band’s lyrics span the insecurities of college life – take, for example, “When we broke up you told me to try and find myself … so I found myself in someone else's bed,” from “Dirty Ickes” – but the band’s groovy punk inspires one to dance through the darkness rather than sulk alone. Check out Sorority Noise in Massachusetts’ most famous college town alongside Three Man Cannon, Sexy Girls, The Hundred Acre Woods and Amherst folk-punks Dérive at Amherst's Unitarian Meeting House at 7 p.m. on August 18. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed)


Sundog gets "Superstitious" in new live video

Sundog may be based out of New Orleans, but it only feels appropriate to feature the one-man show on The Deli New England while he spends some quality time in Boston this summer. Alex Stein, whose songs and performances rely heavily on his loop pedal, recently premiered the live video for “Superstitious,” a track from his latest album Space Criminal. The funky track features piano, synth chords and layered bass lines that weave in and out of one another, and the video offers a look into Sundog’s process of laying down each looped track on stage. Watch the video below and download Space Criminal for $3 on Bandcamp. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed)

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Nightmom departs on August tour

Forget the dads of the day. Nightmom is heading out on an extensive tour following the release of the double single “Domino/Girlswamp” last month – but before you see them live, make sure to download the Providence duo's trippy new singles on Bandcamp for a foggy foray in experimental psychedelic rock. The tour begins and ends in the band’s hometown, but will take them as far as Texas and British Colombia, Canada. Tour dates are still being confirmed, so keep tabs on their Bandcamp page or Facebook for the latest updates. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed) 

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Bishop and Rook, Mutiny on the Microphone to Host Press & Media Meet n' Greet

This coming Tuesday, July 23, Boston music blog Bishop and Rook (in conjunction with Mutiny on the Microphone) will be hosting a local music press & media meet n’ greet at Middlesex Lounge in Cambridge, MA. The event is scheduled to last from 7-9PM and is FREE. I’ve been told that registration for the event has reached capacity, but you can still sign-up here for the waitlist. For those of you that have already secured your spot, this will certainly be a great opportunity to get to know other members of the Boston-area music press scene. I love seeing events like this pop-up around the city. It’s great knowing that so many people are interested in supporting the awesome local music scene. Commiserating with other people about meeting deadlines and editing content isn’t bad either.

For more information, check out the Bishop and Rook website.

 

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)
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