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November 2013
Wooden Shjips
"Back to Land

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 Video: "Tolerated" ft. Waka Flocka Flame - Girl Talk & Freeway

Local rhymesayer Freeway and Pittsburg’s Girl Talk recently premiered a video for the track “Tolerated” off of their collaborative EP Broken Ankles, out April 8th. The video begins normally enough before deteriorating into gruesome, action flick style mayhem. There is granny chucking, child vomiting, and a sweet cameo by a dismembered arm wielding Waka Flocka Flame. So, are you watching yet?  


Birdie Busch, The Extraordinaires, and Lux Perpetua playing Boot and Saddle April 2nd

Whether it’s successfully using a crowd-funding site like PledgeMusic for a new album, or playing shows everywhere from venues to tour buses to cemeteries, Birdie Busch has a way of sticking out. Not to mention her penchant for entertaining people with her whimsical and sometimes somber folk tunes. There’s just something about Birdie Busch. For tonight’s show she’ll be joined by another masterful band in The Extraordinaires. The band earned a great amount of success last year thanks to their latest Pen Pals EP, and they’ve recently been showing new printed artwork on fabric covers for what may be the next release to come, Dress For Nasty Weather. Seeing both artists playing the intimate Boot & Saddle stage together is reason enough to attend; But the first 15 people entering through the doors will also be receiving an advance copy of openers Lux Perpetua’s new album Hehbehdehbehbehdeh. Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St, 8PM, $10 21+ – Bill McThrill 

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Announce New Album "Only Run" Out June 3rd

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, the brainchild of Alec Ounsworth, has announced that their new album Only Run will be self-released on June 3rd.  In support of the album, CYHSY head out on a North American tour, which includes a local stop  at Johnny Brenda’s on June 27th. As a preview of Only Run,  the band shared “Coming Down,” which can be heard below. The song ‘s smooth-layered structure gives it a strong sound that erupts as it progresses, Ounsworth’s softer vocals playing off the deep-tone of The National’s Matt Berninger to produce a conversational dynamic. Tickets for the summer tour go on sale this weekend.


The Deli Philly's April Record of the Month: Creepoid - Creepoid

The perfect solace for winter’s passing, Creepoid’s second full-length self-titled LP combines the zeitgeist of 90's grunge with pristine dissonance and somber lyricism. Released earlier this month by No Idea Records, Creepoid is eerie, melodic and stirring from beginning to end. 

The record’s introductory track “Nauda” opens with a singular note that swells into a melody, aligning itself with the listener in a way that feels confessional yet synonymous. A well-wrought continuation of the earnest diction reminiscent of Horse Heaven, “Nauda” is as bittersweet as its vocals, informed by the paradox of loneliness and longing. Expanding into a cinematically moody soundscape, guitars wail like sirens, beckoning chords to crash and settle into a fading ricochet - a premonition of “Sunday.” Coupled with acoustic strums and crisp vocal croons, a solemn request, “take my light and pull it out,” is beautifully melodic with perfectly placed tambourine that brings to mind the memorable mood concentrated. Exploring the affect and consequence of relational presence and its subsequent absence, the orchestration of “Sunday” renders a relatable narrative evocatively raw and sincere. 
“Yellow Wallpaper” ignites with driving bass and swirling riffs. As if resurrecting the perfection of Jeremy Enigk (ex-Sunny Day Real Estate), a la “Killed By An Angel” meets “Pillars,” the song evokes an eerie all consuming sense of the sublime that centers the track’s duration. Like an extension of Horse Heaven’s “Hollow Doubt,” the contextual weight of “Yellow Wallpaper” is harmonically haunting and intentionally poignant. “Baptism” washes over its listener in waves of riffs and echoed vocals that occupy an emotive territory similar to lesser-known tracks by Sonic Youth, subverted and painted darker by the brooding buzz reminiscent of shoegaze greats like My Bloody Valentine. 
In its decline, “Baptism” casts a feeling of transcendent submersion, befitting its namesake. With a crystallized aggression, “Gout” does the same - urgent and arresting with visceral shouts and screams. “Stay Inside” is considerably more subdued than the album’s preceding tracks but equally mesmerizing, unfolding “Tired Eyes,” a hypnotic chant of a fatigued psychedelic. “Golden String” feels slightly optimistic, while “Acrimony” blossoms then retracts into a reserved yet deliberate ballad that demands its audience’s attention like a gloomy lullaby with teeth. “Vulgar,” warm and sunlit, is lush and arresting, setting the stage for the album’s closer “Old Tree,” a jubilant ending to yet another epic compilation of clairvoyant anthems evoked by Creepoid. - Dianca Potts


New Song: "Your Love Will Blow Me Away When My Heart Aches.” - Son Little

His voice may already be familiar to you, but now Aaron Livingston, aka Son Little, is ready to get his. The endlessly soulful singer was featured on The Root’s undun, as well as RJD2’s Icebird project, and now he is coming out on his own, showing why such stalwarts were clamoring to work with him. The guitarist and singer’s torment and pain manifests itself into a haunting, slow-burning new track called, “Your Love Will Blow Me Away When My Heart Aches.” The sparse but emotive track is highlighted, unsurprisingly, by Livingston’s powerful vocals. The Anti- Record signed Son Little already has some important friends, so he is sure to be on the rise.  Check out the track and video below.  



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