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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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R5’s Punk Rock Flea Market & Philadelphia Record Riot at The Punk Rock Flea Market-Dome Dec. 9

Do you have some shopping to do for the holidays? Well, get it all done today at R5’s Punk Rock Flea Market! There will be over 300 tables of vendors with clothes, art, prints, food, bicycles, stereo equipment, instruments, automobiles, tools, posters, furniture, computers, skateboards and unusual knick knacks as well as The Philadelphia Record Riot, a giant record fair with 55+ dealers. Don’t miss out on possibly getting a one-of-a-kind gift for your loved ones and a little something for yourself. You deserve it. The Punk Rock Flea Market-Dome, 461 N. 9th St., 10am - 5pm, $3, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman

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Y-Not Radio’s Early Xmas Present at KFN Dec. 9

In honor of the holidays, Y-Not Radio has decided to break out their festivities a little early by hosting tonight’s showcase at Kung Fu Necktie that’s headlined by upbeat Brooklyn indie popsters Eytan and the Embassy. And if you’ve logged onto the station’s website at all this week, then you should have your free ticket ready to go for the shindig which also features Los Angeles rockers Thick as Thieves. Rounding out the lineup will be locals the Panic Years who have been playing out in support of their first full-length album The Month’s Mind. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St, 8pm, FREE w/Ticket printed from Y-Rock Website/$12 w/o, 21+ - Bill McThrill

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New Music Video: “Fever” - Night Panther

Yeah, we were already fans of Night Panther’s ultra-smooth single “Fever,” but this new music video/short film for the track is simply way fuckin’ rad! Drugs, strippers, fight scenes, fake mustaches, wigs and much more - the Beastie Boys should be proud to have inspired such hilarity. Please enjoy over and over again!

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Joey Sweeney Your Life Is Calling at JB’s Dec. 8

Whether you consider it to be an insightful and entertaining perspective on all things Philly or a hipster douche blog that has a little too much of a snarky side, one does have to give Philebrity credit for providing plenty of amusing reads and flame wars throughout the years. But long before Joey Sweeney helmed the infamous blog, he was a highly acclaimed musician who has played with such acts like The Barnabys, The Trouble with Sweeney (which also featured his longtime friend Heyward Howkins and Miner Street Recording mastermind Brian McTear), and most recently Arctic Splash. In honor of Sweeney’s 40th birthday, Johnny Brenda’s will be hosting a retrospective on Sweeney’s life tonight, and a lot of special guests from his past will be on hand to give him a proper roast of sorts, including McTear who will also be performing as Bitter Bitter Weeks. While you probably don’t want to miss Sweeney reuniting The Barnabys and The Trouble with Sweeney for the first time in several years, it will also be a good chance to catch Arctic Splash before they drop their debut album. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford St, 9pm, $10, 21+ - Bill McThrill

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Weekly Feature: Cuddle Magic

Cuddle Magic may have a weird name, but it somehow makes sense. Their music inspires hugs (sophisticated ones though) and is achieved through instrumental wizardry involving a large list of unusual instruments. They played our CMJ show last October at The Living Room and charmed us inside out. That's why we interviewed them here

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Weekend Warrior, December 7 - 9

Creepoid austere soundscapes are so pleasing that it's hard to focus on anything else while taking in their songs. The band is currently working on the follow-up to their impressive first LP Horse Heaven, which gave birth to beauties like opener “Wishing Well,” a slow-building Americana ballad in the vein of Low whose woozy lyrics take on an incantatory quality by the song’s midpoint. They’ll be supporting at Union Transfer tonight Pittsburghers Black Moth Super Rainbow, whose bizarrely entrancing “Windshield Smasher” incorporates a stadium-sized effects palette and breathes new life into what sounds a whole lot like Gary Glitter, and Casket Girls, a similar project from BMSR members. Union Transfer, 1024 Spring Garden St., 8pm, $14 - $15, All Ages - Alyssa Greenberg.

 
Other places to hide out from the rain this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Frog Holler, La Overtoner, Manatawny Creek Ramblers Frog Holler, La Overtoner, Manatawny Creek Ramblers, SAT The Barnabys, The Trouble With Sweeney, Artic Splash, Bitter, Bitter Weeks & More
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI (Upstairs) Heavy Medical, Xanax, SAT Workhorse III, Kingsnake, Brain Candle, (Upstairs) Ruby the Hatchet, SUN Y-Not Radio’s Early Xmas Present w/Panic Years
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Lushlife
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St. Philadelphia) SAT Cheap Dinosaurs, SKGB
 
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) SAT Far-Out Fangtooth
 
Voyeur (1221 St. James St.) Making Time w/Nothing
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Hurricane Relief Benefit w/Thee, Idea Men; ILL Doots, Lucy Stone, OhBree, SUN Ronniepalooza w/The Better Half, The Jackson Rider, The Brett Talley Band, Ray Ward
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Clashing Plaid, Mercury Radio Theater, SAT The Shark Skins, Gas Money
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Attic Dancers, Mike Stone & The Movies, SAT Disco Machine Gun, Thee Nosebleeds, +Church+, Drugstore, Human Shield, SUN Midnight Blues
 
Ortlieb’s (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI G. Calvin Westons, SAT Work Drugs, Shark Tape, Ellis Island, SUN Julie Charnet and Her Quartet, Tony Williams
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) SAT Sonoma Sound, Smash Palace
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Common Enemy, The Noid, Rough Jusitce, SAT United Kingdom, These Polar Opposites, Electric Tribes
 
TLA (334 South St.) FRI Anthony Green
 
The Blockley (3801 Chestnut St.) SAT Voss, Mic Stew, Reef The Lost Cauze
 
Elena’s Soul (4912 Baltimore Ave.) FRI Point Breeze, Window Liquor
 
The Rotunda (4014 Walnut St.) FRI Chuck van Zyl & Terry Furber
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Hired Guns Blues Band, SAT Dave Steel Blues Band, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI The York Street Hustle, SAT Transistor Rodeo, Quincy Mumford and The Reason Why
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Penn Glee Club Band, Modern Colour, Frank Cervantes, The Lux, Michael Constantino, DJ Freez, SAT Boogieman DeLa
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) SAT The Naked Sun
 
Triumph Brewery (117 Chestnut St.) SAT Natural Selection, SUN Edward Watkins Jazz Trio
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI I Am Lightning, Yeah Son, Give Me Gravity
 
Maggot House (Please contact one of the acts or the venue for more details.) FRI Alex G., Pill Friends, Kiddo Marink, Traffic Nightmare
 
The Farm (Please contact one of the acts or the venue for more details.) FRI Gash (Record Release)
 
Snyder House (Please contact one of the acts or the venue for more details.) SAT Glocca Morra, Joint Chiefs of Math, Amanda X, Facts!
 
Moonbase Nix (Please contact one of the acts or the venue for more details.) SAT W.C. Lindsay, Modern Baseball, Steady Hands, Marietta
 
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Free Work Drugs In-store Performance at AKA Music Dec. 7

Work Drugs are holding a free in-store performance at AKA Music this evening to celebrate their first “official” release Delta. The album features remastered/remixed singles from previous self-released CD-Rs as well as a few new singles. The group connects a combination of wispy male/female vocals, with a percussive backbone that provides a framework for a continuously on the move synth pop-rock combination meant for one-on-one action in the dark (or with multiple partners and the lights on if that’s what you are into). It’s quite easy to get sucked in by this street-lit seductively smooth operation. You can also get a second dose of the addictive outfit tomorrow at Ortlieb’s with Shark Tape and Ellis Islands, a project from Work Drugs bassist Nero Catalano. AKA Music, 27 N. 2nd St., 7pm, Free, All Ages - Michael Colavita

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Lushlife Opening for The Coup at Underground Arts Dec. 7

Underground Arts presents a dope but somewhat oddly-matched showcase tonight with local emcee/producer Lushlife opening up the festivities. With an appreciation and ear whose net captures a wide range of musicology, Lushlife creates intricate, multi-faceted beats from his compact, road-ready stage setup. Smoothly incorporating a free-and-easy rhyming style over an ever-evolving, textured musical canvas, Lush has an old-school classic emcee delivery with a new-age, all-hands-on-deck sonic sensibility that easily demonstrates why he has received so much press this past year. He will be supporting Brooklyn art-punk duo Japanther, while west coast hip-hop veterans The Coup headline this evening’s bill. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 9pm, $13, 21+ - Michael Colavita

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