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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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Needle Points Opening for Nude Beach at Ortlieb’s Sept. 15

Step back in time to the back of VW Bus on the lawn at Woodstock, and join Needle Points on a rock and roll road trip. A mix of psychedelic rock and tribal jam band, the group is relatively new to the local scene, but there are talented and passionate veteran noisemakers behind the grooves. They don’t stick to the basics, weaving a hard-hit tambourine and heavy drums in with scuzzy, lo-fi guitar riffs. An eclectic blend of various genres, the band prefers shaking it to the beat of their own drummers (Jooti Kaplan and Dani Kinoshita who, by the way, really do rock). They’ll open for Brooklyn natives Nude Beach, whose moniker describes much of their sound: wailing and beachy pop-rock that’s not afraid to show some skin.  Each band’s unique sound promises to draw a crowd, but, like a time machine, it’ll transport listeners anywhere they want to go. Ortlieb’s, 847 N. Third St, 9:30pm, $8, 21+ (Photo by Jason Riedmiller) - Shaylin O’Connell 

NEEDLE POINTS from Matt Gaye 

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The Shalefield Organizing Committee Benefit w/Birds of Maya at Circle of Hope Sept. 14

Birds of Maya are making a rare appearance tonight at the Circle of Hope as part of a benefit for the Shalefield Organizing Committee. The organization is “a group of concerned residents from across eastern Pennsylvania who work to protect human and ecological rights for those living in the shalefields,” which helps to combat fracking, the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at a high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks to release natural gas inside, causing dangerous side effects. They’ll be joined by Dance Nook and Matt Sowell. Circle of Hope, 2007 Frankford Ave., 7pm, $10, All Ages - Alexis V.

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Kate Faust Enchants at MilkBoy Philly Sept. 14

Kate Faust is an experienced yet emerging artist. The songstress displays her commanding siren-esque vocal range meshing with electronics as well as bass and percussion establishing a steady layered pulse. She takes charge leading the listener on an enchanting journey that is both peaceful and mysterious. Faust will share the bill will fellow Toy Soldiers alum Vinchelle Woods who owns a classically smooth vocal tone, which can shine through a spectrum of genres (soul/jazz/folk/gospel etc.). Electronic R&B duo Elegant Animals (pairing Jules Kazys and Brandon Shockley) rounds out the evening. Milkboy Philly, 1100 Chestnut St., 8:30pm, $10, 21+ (Photo by Annie Zimmerman) - Michael Colavita

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Weekend Warrior, September 13 - 15

We’re patiently waiting for new material from Ghost Light, but our patience is wearing thin. However, we do understand since Ghost Light’s Barrett Lindgren has been busy putting together some great shows in West Philly. Well, he’ll be rockin’ sensitively with the rest of his band at the Golden Tea House this Saturday night. They’ll be joined by Little Big League, who just announced that they’ll be hitting the road with PAWS, and New York’s Porches, who have been gaining interest in the local underground scene, as well as Gunk and Sirs. Golden Tea House, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.), 7:30pm, $5 - $7, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman

 
Other things to do this weekend as fall approaches…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Toy Soldiers Album Release Party
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) SAT Night Sins
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Arizona Lights, SAT Drugstore, Hoser, Sacred Cube
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI A Fistful Of Sugar, Railroad Fever, Dani Mari, Four Lads Insane, SAT (Recording Club, Circadian Frequency, SUN Big Tusk, Castellan, Timbers
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Cold Roses, The Retinas, The Outhouse, The Naked Sun, SAT Kate Faust, Elegant Animals, Vinchelle Woods
 
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Cynyx
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI Richard Bush and The Peace Creeps, Matt K, SAT (Early) 56 Men CD Release Show w/Bob Lowery, (Late) Philly Ukulele Orchestra, Slo-Mo
 
TLA (334 South St.) FRI June Divided, Adalie, Modern Suit, Terrible Things, W.C. Lindsay, SAT Silvertide, Jealousy Curve
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Stereo Coma, Community Service, This Temper
 
The Blockley (3801 Chestnut St.) SAT Damn Right!
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI (Early) John Train, (Late) Andra Taylor, Nate Dodge, SAT Chris Valkyria
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Christine Lenee, SUN Richie Allen Buchborn, Gavilan, Joshua Popejoy
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) SAT Linus The Moon, Baby Diaz, Superfriends Fight Club
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St. Philadelphia) SAT theDutchess
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Paul Keen
 
Satellite Café (701 S. 50th St.) FRI Geb the Great Cackler, A Stick and A Stone, John the Baptist
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Dylan McGuire, OmniVox, Happy Little Train Wreck, Kris Margiotta, The SlotCars, SAT Paige Allbritton, Local Smokes, Justin Phillippi, Matt Spitko
 
Little Berlin (2430 Coral St.) FRI Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band
 
The Dream Oven (Please contact one of the acts for details.) Closing Ceremony w/Creepoid, Hot Guts, Far-Out Fangtooth
 
Clark Park (44th & Baltimore Ave.) SAT May Fair w/The Whippoorwills and The Old Fashioneds
 
Hong Kong Garden (Please contact one of the acts for details.) SUN Peter the Pianoeater and Hop Along
 
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New Track: "Watered Down" - Swearin'

Check out a new track from Swearin' called "Watered Down"! It's the first single off their upcoming album Surfing Strange, which will be available on November 5 via Salinas Records.

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