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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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New Son Little LP Available for Streaming

Aaron Livingston, a.k.a. Son Little, has his highly-anticipated self-titled album coming out on October 16 via ANTI-. His brand of nu-soul branches out from traditional R&B, acknowledging influences while simultaneously creating a new, modern, inventive sound, often with an electronic spin. The album, which is streaming below (via NPR’s First Listen), is the sound of things coming together for a seasoned, talented artist. Son Little will be headlining Johnny Brenda’s on Friday, November 13.


Philly Soul Runs Deep w/Cookie Rabinowitz at Bourbon & Branch Oct. 8

The roots of Philly soul run deep, and artists like Cookie Rabinowitz demonstrate that a rich tradition still thrives. Polished, charismatic vocals often riding a crisp funky groove that pounces on your hips, pulling you into the get-down vortex, seductively pressing the pedal to the floor, while maintaining a smooth ride. Tonight, that steady cruising bounce and bop ship rolls into Bourbon & Branch. Female trio Queen of Jeans, whose debut single “Dance (Get Off Your Ass),” combines serenading vocal melodies, tight-roping surf guitar, and casual yet deep-in-the-cut percussion get things started with the help of drummer Michael Cammarata (Sububan Living, Residuels, ex-Drink Up Buttercup, etc.). Bucks County's Illinois deliver their laid-back, stick-to-your-bones style of folk-infused rock as headliners. Bourbon & Branch, 705 N. 2nd St., 8pm, $10, 21+ (Photo by Craig Kupper) - Michael Colavita


New Light Heat EP Available for Streaming

Light Heat, the project from Mazarin's Quenton Stotzfus, recently dropped a surprise five-song EP entitled The Silver Light of the Late Night. It's been offered as a consolation prize for those who didn't get tickets to this Saturday's sold-out show with Lilys. You can stream the album in its entirety below.


New Video: "In Heaven" (Live - Eraserhood Forever) - The Divine Hand Ensemble w/Laurel "The Lady in the Radiator" Near

At part of the 4th Annual David Lynch-themed Eraserhood Forever event at PhilaMOCA, Laurel "The Lady in the Radiator" Near, performed the much-covered “In Heaven” with the help of the maestros known as The Divine Hand Ensemble. The video, captured by Bob Sweeney, is a surreal blend of beauty and creepy darkness. It’s a truly memorable and timeless moment.

Eraserhood Forever: The Divine Hand Ensemble with Laurel "The Lady in the Radiator" Near "In Heaven" from Bob Sweeney


New Roger Harvey Album Available for Streaming

Roger Harvey recently tranplanted to Philly by way of NYC and Pittsburgh. Off the merits of just one Fest seven-inch, he's already been invited on tours with The Menzingers, Against! Me, Chumped, Runaway Brother and others. Harvey will be releasing his new album, Twelve Houses (recorded with J. Vega at Wilderness Recording), this Friday via Black Numbers, but you can stream it now at Noisey.



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