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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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Northern Liberties Winter Music Fest w/Pine Barons, Keepers, Rosu Lup & More at The Fire Feb. 12

It seems that the Northern Liberties Winter Music Festival has brought with them more winter this week. Last night, things kicked off with The Grizful Dead, a tribute to the Grateful Dead led by local musician Griz (a.k.a. Chris Grunwald). Tonight is the start of the original music portion with local area up-and-comers Americanan-rock four-piece Pine Barons, alt rockers Family Vacation, indie-outfit Rosu Lup, indie rockers Keepers, and singer-songwriter Chelsea Mitchell (of Dirty Dollhouse). Nothing like tunes and booze to get past another storm. Cheers! The Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave., 8pm, $8, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman
 

Needle Points Opening for Dead Meadow at Underground Arts Feb. 12

I am always happy to say that psych rock is alive and well in Philly. And I’m excited about one of its young torchbearers Needle Points. When I say “young,” I mean that the band is relatively new, having only been together about a year or so, but their players are seasoned vets that have been kickin’ it around the Philly music scene for years. Their debut album Bom Tugangu was a welcomed surprise last year, becoming one of my favorite local releases of 2013. I’m looking forward to hearing more from Needle Points in the coming years. They’ll be opening this evening for D.C. stoner-rock crew Dead Meadow at Underground Arts. Also joining the herbal-friendly bill is garage-psych guru and hilarious host of one of my favorite web series Trippin’ Balls, Brother JT. You know what to do! Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 8pm, $15, 21+ - Q.D. Tran

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Free Download: My Endless Black - Psalmships

As everyone gets ready to bear down for the storm coming our way, we thought that Psalmships' new live EP My Endless Black might make a nice soundtrack as you watch from your window the falling snow and sleet. The session was recorded by Fred Knittel's for Folkadelphia in 2012 at WXPN, and includes songs from Kronotsky, Songs For a Red Bird, and more. You can stream and download the record for free below for a limited time. 

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New Music Video: "Precious" - Nicos Gun

Nicos Gun have a new music video for "Precious," a track off their new album Dream Vacation where they continue to explore their inner Prince. It features Lady Gaga drummer George "Spanky" McCurdy, Aaron Draper on percussion, and CJ Branch on keyboards. The video was directed by Brian Lipko. Nicos Gun will be performing this Thursday, February 13 at Johnny Brenda's with Johnny Showcase & The Mystic Ticket.

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New Video: "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" (Cover Club) - Sean Hoots

We already knew that Sean Hoots (of Hoots & Hellmouth) has a lot of soul in him. Well, here's some more proof of it. Check out his rendition of "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" by G.C. Cameron, which was popularized once again in the 90s by local legends Boyz II Men, for Root Down in the Shadows' Cover Club. Get your lighters ready, and enjoy!

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