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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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The Deli Philly's Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: Jake Lewis & The Clergy

After getting forced to quit being a drummer in a high school hardcore band by his parents for fear of it being a “bad influence,” Jake Lewis found salvation in learning to play the guitar and making music on his own. Now, backed by his band The Clergy, the singer-songwriter has found a home, and just released his first album with the group last month entitled Gossip. You’ll have the opportunity to hear Jake Lewis & The Clergy perform tunes from their debut this evening in the Victorian Dining Room at the North Star Bar for its weekly acoustic series, but first, check out our Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner interview with Lewis HERE.

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The Deli Philly's Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: Jake Lewis & The Clergy

- by Alexis V. 

After getting forced to quit being a drummer in a high school hardcore band by his parents for fear of it being a “bad influence,” Jake Lewis found salvation in learning to play the guitar and making music on his own. Now, backed by his band The Clergy, the singer-songwriter has found a home, and just released his first album with the group last month entitled Gossip. You’ll have the opportunity to hear Jake Lewis & The Clergy perform tunes from their debut this evening in the Victorian Dining Room at the North Star Bar for its weekly acoustic series, but first, check out our Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner interview with Lewis below.  
 
The Deli: How did you start making music? 
 
Jake Lewis: I started out as a drummer in a hardcore band, in high school. Lots of late-night screaming in my friend Chad’s garage while girls watched from moldy couches. My parents made me quit the band because they thought it was a bad influence on me, so I took to making music on my own. I learned guitar, and started getting to know a folkier scene, and found a home.
 
TD: Why did you want to call your backing band The Clergy? 
 
JL: The band, as a concept - the ones who are backing me up, making me better - is a reverent thing to me. So “The Clergy,” as a reverent term, fits. And I mean, calling a band “The Clergy” is also pretty irreverent...and that works too.
 
TD: What are your biggest musical influences?
 
JL: Woody Guthrie, Bruce Springsteen, Jeff Tweedy are the immediate ones.
 
TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?
 
JL: Feist, Denison Witmer, Doc Watson, Langhorne Slim, Joel Plaskett, Lucero, Dave Lefever, Mavis Staples, Neko Case.
 
TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
 
JL: First concert was the gospel act “The Lewis Family,” oddly enough. My parents were huge fans. My first album was MXPX’s On the Cover, circa age 10.
 
TD: What do you love about Philly?
 
JL: Looking at it.
 
TD: What do you hate about Philly?
 
JL: A certain pigeon. He knows who he is.
 
TD: What are your plans for 2013?
 
JL: Not much left! Just put out an album, gonna drive it around the country some.
 
TD: What was your most memorable live show?
 
JL: The first time we played The Fastnet Pub, in Rhode Island. We were on a Northeast tour, circling back towards a show that night in Brooklyn, and this random show sort of fell together last minute. We were playing to a packed house of enthusiastic strangers in the afternoon. Bizarro magic luck.
 
TD: What’s your favorite thing to get at the deli?
 
JL: At Smiley’s deli in Lancaster City, a roast beef and Swiss.

 

 

 

 

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Satellite Hearts Opening for The Districts at MilkBoy Philly Nov. 18

It looks like Satellite Hearts will be taking a break from writing new material, emerging tonight at MilkBoy Philly. On their last EP Four to the Four, you really got a sense of a young, talented band exploring multiple genres as they searched for their own voice. I predict that wherever they finally end up landing you’ll find new and old heads roaming through their audience. They’ll be opening for high school sensations The Districts, who have a bright future of their own with multiple record labels currently knocking on their door and an upcoming tour already slated for early next year with White Denim. Here’s your chance to say that you saw them when. MilkBoy Philly, 1100 Chestnut St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman
 
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New Video: Exordium (Feat. Strand of Oaks, Ice Dragon & Jonn Ollsin) - Josh Jones & Morgan Galen King

Check out this rad and rather violent animated video project called Exordium that was co-directed by Univox's Josh Jones! In the vein of "Ralph Bakshi's The Lord of the Rings and Fire & Ice (though certainly a bit of Heavy Metal and He-Man made its way in, too)," it was also written, co-directed, drawn by hand and animated by Morgan Galen King, and features some powerful music from Philly's own Strand of Oaks, Ice Dragon, and The Family Band's Jonn Ollsin. The video was submitted to the Machinima Interactive Film Festival.

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Final Gene Ween Demos Available for Streaming & Purchase

Our staff and friends have had many wonderful and strange moments with the band Ween over the years. Below are the last six bittersweet demos from Gener, appropriately entitled Gener’s Gone: The Final Demo Recordings of Gene Ween (2009 - 2011), which also came with the message below. Much love - enjoy!
 
After 20+ years of near-fatal drug & alcohol abuse (thankfully culminating with intensive but successful rehab), AARON FREEMAN (aka Gene Ween) was left in a dire financial situation. All proceeds will go directly to Aaron, as he continues down the path toward creative freedom and personal health.

These demos represent the final writings and music of Gene Ween, before he departed and the inner FREEMAN emerged. On that note, we have received a two word personal statement from Aaron: “stay tuned.”

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