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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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Pissed Jeans Opening for Hot Snakes at Underground Arts Sept. 24

Pissed Jeans are bringing their brand of heavy/hardcore punk in the vein of SST record’s 80’s roster to Underground Arts tonight when they open for San Diego post-hardcore outfit Hot Snakes. The Philly by way of Allentown noise assassins capture the pent up aggravations and frustrations of mundane living releasing it all on stage through the volatile wails of vocalist Matt Korvette and head-banging Black Sabbath-inspired riffs. It’s been a treat to see the Sub Pop four-piece performing out at more local shows lately, and I hope that this trend continues. But you never know if it will or not so come out this evening and prepare for some brotherly shoves. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 8:30pm, $21, 21+ (Photo by Shawn Brackbill) - Dan Brightcliffe

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New Music Video: “All You Can Eat” - 722

 
Local art rockers 722 have reformed and released a new music video for the first single off their upcoming EP Haunting Me called “All You Can Eat.” The album is scheduled to drop next month. They’ll be celebrating its release fittingly on Halloween at World Café Live with old pals Welcome to My Face and Franzschubert. (Photo by Mike Higgins)

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Choice/Cuts: Norwegian Arms - “Easy a Lover Goes West”

We’re back with the second installment of our Choice/Cut session with Norwegian Arms. In this footage, you get an exclusive listen of their yet-to-be-released song “Easy a Lover Goes West” (which will appear on their upcoming album Wolf Like A Stray Dog). We don’t think that you’ll be able find it anywhere on the interweb. Well, in the age of iPhones and smartphones, there might be a poorly recorded version out there somewhere. But why would you want to suffer through that? And we surely don’t want you to either. Get down to some island vibes, and check out our interview with “Keith Birthday” and “Dr. Awkward” where they get a chance to discuss their love for “vintage” gear. Special thanks to the HotBox crew. Enjoy!

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Mikele Edwards Opening for Laetita Sadier at JB’s Sept. 23

Mikele Edwards (of Arc in Round) takes the stage on her own tonight at Johnny Brenda’s when she opens for Laetita Sadier (formerly of Stereolab). Edwards’ music is a hybrid of astral synths with ritualistic crystallized vocals that hone in on the listener in an almost chant-like fashion. It’s as if a new age space ceremony is taking place, but Edwards isn’t preaching, merely embracing the trip to the stars and describing the view. And things sound quite fine from out there. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $12, 21+ - Michael Colavita

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Daniel Ryan Belski Opening for Little Big League at KFN Sept. 22

 
The dimensions of Daniel Ryan Belski, known for his contributions to Arrah and the Ferns and the work under his former moniker The Divine Lorraine, just keep expanding. Showcasing his solo side project tonight at KFN, Belski’s folk-tinged music is far from bare bones. Building an energetic yet controlled atmosphere, Belski dishes out interesting adventurous narratives with refined guitar work that serves as a guide. However, there’s no doubt that he knows where he’s going. Speaking of multiple dimensions, Little Big League possess an equilibrium between finesse and power. Michelle Zauner’s naturally heartwarming vocals and the triad of bass, guitar, and drums peak on a united front, yet still take advantage of the opportune moment to flex some muscle. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 7:30pm, $8, 21+ -Michael Colavita
 
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The First Annual 12th Street Art & Music Festival at PhilaMOCA (Outside) Sept. 22

We are officially into fall, and pretty soon before you know it, winter will be upon us so take advantage of this comfortable climate while you can. You can do so by heading outdoors today to the First Annual 12th Street Art & Music Festival that has been organized by PhilaMOCA and The Institute Bar. The family-friendly, art-centric event will be welcoming food and drink vendors, local arts and crafts enthusiasts, and a live music bill of Philly acts that will include S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D., Thom McCarthy, Post Sun Times, The Love Club, SKGB, (((TACO))), and more. Now, I suggest that you get there sooner than later to take in the beautiful day because the weather forecasters are predicting rain towards the end of the fest, but you can always slip into PhilaMOCA this evening for some geek-tastic chiptune sounds at 8static. PhilaMOCA (Outside), 531 N. 12th St., 12pm - 8pm, Free, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman


Weekend Warrior, September 21 - 23

"Blow Up New Jersey and Get Philly a Beach" has been a meme in our otherwise perfectly civil and sophisticated city for some time now. If this act of aggression against our non-gas-pumping neighbors ever comes to pass and the gleeful hordes rush to bask on the charred shore, Dry Feet will be savagely soundtracking the whole thing. This is a given, not just conjecture: After all, they do have an album entitled Philadelphia Beach. The trio plays classic garage-surf-punk propelled by a liberal helping of attitude and some of the cleanest lyrics ever found in the genre. Their brash, sneering jams roar by in under two minutes, packing a dense, huge-sounding arrangement of texture into every second. "So Freakin' What?" the first song off their April release Highway to Heck, features an fifties-style harmonizing intro, wailing guitars, and sentiments such as "You think I need a job? You think I give a DAMN?" They're playing Kung Fu Necktie this Sunday night, opening for the notoriously theatrical NOBUNNY and his much sleazier brand of pop-punk weirdness. Prepare to feel slightly violated. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Alyssa Greenberg
 
More weekend activities…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SUN Mikele Edwards
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI (Downstairs) The Lawsuits, Philaphonix, (Upstairs) The Residuels, SAT Little Big League, The Downtown Club, Ryan Belski, SUN Dry Feet
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI A Victim of Good Times, Run to Sandy, SAT Modzilla, New West, SUN The Justin DePaola Band, Mesa Jane, Hippo Love
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Foxhound (Feat. Chris Kasper), Kevin Killen Band, Johnny Miles, Marc Silver Band, Eye To Eye (Feat. Krista Parrish), SAT Andrew Lipke, Griz, Foxhound, Rev. TJ McGlinchey, SUN Catnaps, Heartwell, Cayetano
 
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) FRI The Matt Lyons Band, Vilebred, Rob Perna Band
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) SAT Jackie Paper, Lauryn Peacock
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI (Early) John Train, (Late) Sunshine Superman, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Medea with Matt Sevier Band, SAT Femme Fatale Philly Feat. Teddi Tarnoff, Fig Leaf, Julia Rainer, Starving The Tsunami
 
The Blockley (3801 Chestnut St.) FRI Mic Stewart, SUN Dosage Birthday Party
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Montoj, SAT Stonebaby
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St. Philadelphia) SAT The First Annual 12th Street Art & Music Festival Block Party w/S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D., Thom McCarthy, Post Sun Times, The Love Club, SKGB, (((TACO)))
 
Milkboy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI SËLA, SAT Michael Morrow Band
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Easy Three, The Fractals, Richie Allen, Dylan Jane
 
Eris Temple Arts (602 S. 52nd St.) SAT Avataria, Radio Eris, Tic-Tac-Oh, Stephanie Noor
 
The Double Deuce (Please contact one of the acts or the venue for more deets.) FRI Norwegian Arms, Laser Background, Ghost Light, Roof Doctor
 
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The Residuels Kicking Off a Run of Shows w/The Golden Boys at KFN (Upstairs) Sept. 21

Fledgling side project of Creepoid’s Pat Troxell and Moon Women’s Justin Pittney, The Residuels, has another performance tonight at Kung Fu Necktie (Upstairs). They’ll be opening for Troxell’s former band The Golden Boys (who they will be hitting the road with after for a run of shows), The Spider Bags and The Limes. It should be a good evening, and you should also check out The Residuels’ cover of “Sex Beat” (below) by The Gun Club, which will appear on the duo’s upcoming self-titled EP due out later this fall, before heading over tonight. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 7:00pm, $8, 21+ - Alexis V.

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