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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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New Track: “Boyalty” - Worshiper

Below is a new track called “Boyalty” from Worshiper, a new project from former Power Animal members Matt Hampson, Kevin O’Neill and Marie Nicolo (not to be mistaken for Philly sludge metal act with the same name). The trio will be making its live performance debut on October 10 at Johnny Brenda’s opening for How to Dress Well.

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Free Download: “Flu Game” - Young Savage

We had a chance to hear first-hand Young Savage’s flow as he impressed a group of media folks (including ourselves) during a recent tour of the legendary Sigma Sound Studios with GPTMC. Check out the new single “Flu Game” from his upcoming album Paragon, and you can also download it for free below.

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Far-Out Fangtooth Opening for Mount Eeerie at FUC Sept. 17

Super fuzzed-out garage-goth noise-makers Far-Out Fangtooth will be bringing their psychedelic doom and gloom to the basement of the First Unitarian Church tonight. The four-piece delivered an impressive LP last year via Siltbreeze Records, which earned them The Deli Philly’s October Album of the Month honors, and their 2012 EP The Thorns, which was recorded by Moon Women’s Justin Pittney and released by HoZac Records, is proving to be a sleeper favorite of mine with each listen. Get your fix this evening when Far-Out Fangtooth open for Phil Elverum’s Mount Eerie who will be in full band mode. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 8pm, $12, All Ages - Alexis V.

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Get Lost in Spacin' at KFN Sept. 16

Spacin' have never lacked for creativity in seasoning their music with the kinds of jangly, fuzzed-out experimental sounds that have been common to Philadelphia since the days of Azusa Plane. Their psychedelia-infused jams are always a great starting point for what’s going on in Philly's space-garage-lo-fi scene at any given moment. The band’s steadfastness earned their debut Deep Thuds our June Album of the Month spot. Where Spacin' veers off into cosmic, abstract ruminations, The Residuels are there tonight to bring it back into more concrete territory. Their tunes are straight-up garage-blues rock standards, embellished with the unmistakable talents of Creepoid's Pat Troxell and Moon Women's Justin Pittney. They're in equally good company with French rockers Jack of Heart and Super Vacations at Kung Fu Necktie tonight. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, (Tickets Available at Door), 21+ - Alyssa Greenberg

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Rock and Read Festival at The Rotunda Sept. 16

Philly’s Rock to the Future is a great organization that provides free music education and tutoring to lower-income students that wouldn’t normally be able to afford it. Today marks the return of their Rock and Read Festival, which will be taking place at The Rotunda this year. The purpose of the event is to promote a love for reading and literacy in our city. The event includes live story readings, poetry and music from the likes of The National Rifle, OhBree, Mike Bell & the Movies, Ted Nguyent and The Rock to the Future All Stars. Your donation goes directly to the organization for their programs, so come out, grab a book, hear some great local bands and support a great cause while you are doing it. The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St., 5pm - 10pm, $5, All Ages - Dan Brightcliffe

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Night Panther Opening for Maria Minerva at KFN Sept. 15

Do you love sex? Do you love synths? Do you love sexy synths? Well, the guys from Night Panther are ready to team up and give you what you love. The group features members of White Birds/ex-Drink Up Buttercup, and will be sweeping you off your feet with their “Colt 45” jams. Because “it works every time” - aww yeah. Check out and download their latest offering below, which is a cover of Grizzly Bear’s “Two Weeks.” They’ll be opening for Not Not Fun seductress Maria Minerva tonight at Kung Fu Necktie. Some panties will be dropping this evening so have fun and wrap it up. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 7:30pm, $10, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman

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The Dude Hates Cancer Afterparty w/Orbit to Leslie, Cheers Elephant & Swift Technique at JB’s Sept. 15

Today, North Bowl hosts the 7th annual The Dude Hates Cancer bowling tournament, an event aimed at raising awareness and financial support for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Teams of six to ten people contribute a flat rate of $280 for three hours of bowling, in one of three waves beginning at 11:30am, 2:30pm, and 5:30pm respectively. The deal includes free shoe rental, a free participation t-shirt, a chance to win prizes and free admission into Jack Treehorn’s afterparty at Johnny Brenda’s. Last year’s event raised $83,000, and they plan to kick its ass in typical dude fashion upping the bar to $100,000.

The afterparty includes a triple threat - the cool, eclectic grooves of Orbit to Leslie, the psychedelic get-down pop-rock of Cheers Elephant, and the funkalicious sounds of Swift Technique closing the night out. Grab a white Russian, and let the party begin. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave, 9pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita

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Weekend Warrior, September 14 - 16

It’s nice that you can always find a bunch of Philly area folks to rally around a good cause. And though we’re not sure what the Bombs and Bedlam: A Benefit Concert to Secure the Planet thingy is all about this Saturday at The Blockley, we damn sure know that they got some great local talent involved to show us a good time. The lineup consists of the always-up-for-fun guys and gals of Dangerous Ponies, Bucks County folk-hop outfit Illinois, retro rockers Juston Stens and the Get Real Gang, captivating folkies Spirit and Dust, and way rad Jerzey acts River City Extension and Brick + Mortar. Shall we say that this show is going to be the bomb? Sorry - yes, I do enjoy sounding like mom trying to be cool. The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut St., 8pm, $15, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman


Other things to take advantage of the weather this weekend…

FDR Park (1500 Pattison Ave.) SAT Lotus, Sonic Soank

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT The Dude Hates Cancer Afterparty w/Swift Technique, Cheers Elephant, Orbit to Leslie, SUN Sunny Ali and the Kid

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Grimace Federation, SAT Night Panther, SUN Spacin', The Residuels

North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Something Like A Monument, Katie Becker and The Bricklayers,

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Joe D'amico Band, A Fistful of Sugar, Kevin Killen, SAT The Breaks, Above Connecticut, SUN Modern Baseball, Candice Martello

M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) SAT TB Jones

Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) SAT (Early) Suzie Brown, (Late) The Wounded Healers, Brittany Ann, Ev Reheard, SUN Mia Johnson

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SUN Soviet Sleeper Agent

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI XFS Philly Song Shuffle, SAT JD Clark Band w/Chuck Treece, Lee Allen

The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI (Early) The Late Ancients, (Late) Tippy and the Shy Guys, Wooden HEZ

Triumph Brewery (117 Chestnut St.) SAT LP Stiles, SUN Elliott Levin Jazz Group

Rebel Rock Bar (100 Spring Garden St.) FRI Vilebred, Doghead

Ortlieb’s (847 N. 3rd St.) SAT First Capital Funk, SUN Cherokee Red

Milkboy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Goodnight Lights, Quiet Company, Revolution, I Love You, SAT Lotus Hill CD Release Party w/Dylan Andre, Steph Hayes
The El Bar (1356 N. Front St.) SAT Mohican, Safari Dudes

The Rotunda (4014 Walnut St.) SUN Rock & Read Fest w/The National Rifle, Oh Bree, Mike Bell & The Movies, Ted Nguyent, Rock to the Future All-Stars

Tiberino Museum (3819 Hamilton St.) FRI Carnivolution


The Bikery (508 S. 5th St.) FRI Coral Teeth (Last Show), The Bad Doctors, Yikes Surf Club

Pageant Soloveev Gallery (607 Bainbridge St.) SAT Void Vision, The Bad Doctors

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Looseleaf Trio, The Lawsuits, Gavilan, The Dell Project, EJ

“Turnerdome” (2nd St. & Turner Ave.) FRI Tinley Park 5 Benefit w/Erik Petersen (of Mischief Brew), Dying, The Adults, Corporate Hearts, Mean Streets
 
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