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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 Track: "Here On My Street" - Dark Blue

Below is the second single, "Here On My Street," off Dark Blue's forthcoming album Pure Reality. The record is scheduled for release on October 7 via Jade Tree. Pure Reality began when bandleader John Sharkey III was working as a nightwatchman on a desolate university campus in Canberra, Australia. "A good portion of these songs were written in this walking coma at 4 am under the cold ACT moon. Alone and to be quite honest, comfortably beleaguered." The album was eventually recorded and produced by Jeff Zeigler (The War on Drugs, Kurt Vile, Nothing, etc.).


Philadelphia Podcast Festival - Going to Hell w/Cookie Rabinowitz at Tattooed Mom Aug. 24

Deli contributor and all around rad gal Brandi Lukas will be bringing her show Going to Hell to Tattooed Mom today, from 6pm - 7pm, for a live recording as part of this year’s Philadelphia Podcast Festival. Come out and watch Brandi awkwardly interact with her guest-host Big Tom (of JamminOldiesRadio.com) and musical guest Cookie Rabinowitz (whom we invited to join her), tackling important topics like exes that write songs about you, bathroom rules when it comes to transgenders, a different take on the Ferguson riots, and much more! Admission is free, and there will be a half-off drafts special. Tattooed Mom, 530 South St., 6pm - 7pm, Free, 21+ - Q.D. Tran


Myrrias Opening for Dead Gaze at The Boot & Saddle Aug. 23

The ladies of Myrrias have been steadily building noise ever since their live debut at Ortlieb’s at the tail end of 2013. Each of their members are part of well-respected Philly acts like Arc In Round, Lantern, Downtown Club, and Break It Up, so they’re no strangers to the local music scene. The four-piece is currently working on new material with Uniform Recording’s Jeff Zeigler. They’ll be making their Boot & Saddle debut tonight opening for North Mississippi’s Dead Gaze, and will be joined by garage-rock outfit Sheer Mag, who are getting ready to release their debut 7” next month. Half of Myrrias (Mikele Edwards and April Harkanson) just celebrated their birthdays last week so wish them well and buy them plenty of drinks! The Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 6pm, $10, 21+ - Bill McThrill


Weekend Warrior, August 22 - 24

Tonight, fittingly The Bad Doctors kick off a run of tour dates at The Pharmacy. In support of their latest LP Burning City (FDH Records), The Bad Doctors perform dance-inspiring electro-synth foundational tunes, pulled from the poorly lit shadowy corners of the mind, giving the racing-through-the-side-streets vibe an added heart-thumping appeal to urgency. While you’re prone to cautiously look over your shoulder, post-punk trio Psychic Teens is hard at work on their next full-length LP, the follow-up to COME, and will be playing some new tunes this evening. Psychic Teens ooze an authoritative, agitated, buzz-saw sound that demands one’s full attention. The duo of Wes Russell and Shari Vari (Void Vision) team up as Hot Guts, comfortably fitting on this bill with their menacing brand of post industrial-wave and a new record Wilds set for release this fall via Avant! Records. The Pharmacy (1300/02 S. 18th St.), 7pm, $7, All Ages - Michael Colavita
Other places to escape the eventual end of summer this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Tinmouth
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI The Grand Nationals, SAT Myrrias, Sheer Mag
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI It’s A King Thing, Joy Riding, SAT Air is Human, Nick Millevoi & Brandon Lopez/Radiator Hospital, QUIT SUN Science Club. Corporate Hearts
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI Son Little
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT (Balcony) Native Frequencies
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Beta Hi-Fi Emerging Music Festival 2014:Problem Solving, RFA/ (Downstairs) Levee Drivers, SAT (Upstairs) Beta Hi-Fi Emerging Music Festival 2014: Allie Carroll, The Mellowells, Static Mountain, Crucial/The Better Half, Zymotic Flow, Red Rising, 46 Reasons
The Barbary (951 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT TWOB Fest: Marietta, Leaky Soups, Eureka Driver, SUN TWOB Fest: Kite Party, Broken Beak, Address, Carved Up
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Trevor Felix (Release Show), The Inconsiderate Bastards, Get ‘Em Wet, SAT Carl Kavorkian, ialive, Zah Garner, Cornelius the Third, SUN Tribute, Hyper Inc., The Basement Boys/(Late) Jonas Oesterle
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Screaming Rattler
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Commonwealth Choir
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI The Pretty Greens, The Silence Kit, Dressed LikeStolen Cars, SAT Wilbur, La Overtoner, Tiny Cities, SUN Major Van Winkle
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) Sun DEL, Lee Jones
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) Richard Bush & The Peace Creeps
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI  Ross Bellenoit, SAT Silvia Platypus, Upholstery, SUN (Early) Rustic Music Service, (Late) Rusty Cadillac
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI (Upstairs) The Wooden Hez, The Madeleine Haze, Andrew & The Rhythm Hounds/StarSkream, SAT  Woofstock 2014: Sinners Saints, Syrrah, Robbing Noll, Scars of Bourbon/Aniqatia, Big Stall, Lightning Arms
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) SAT GASH, Sparklefight
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Field Mouse
The Station (1550 McKean St.) SAT Line Leader, Time Hitler and the Assholes From Space
Greys Ferry Skatepark (3600 Greys Ferry Ave.) FRI Ma Jolie, Mumblr, Community Service, Ted Ngyuent, Sic Bacchus, Blankbook, Starving The Tsunami
City Tap House (3925 Walnut St.) SAT Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Illinois, Mo Lowda & The Humble
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Dry Reef, Matt Gauss, SAT The Aponic Blue, Charles Noo
Ardmore Music Hall SAT Pure Jerry, The Happy Dog
1427 Frankford Ave. SUN Up the Chain
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI John Galm, Good Crime, The City and I, SAT Kids
Moonbase Nix (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI TWOB Fest: Grower, Disinterest, Limits
Cha-Cha'Razzi (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Bad Braids, Kerosene, HELP, Raw kale
Rogue’s Tavern (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT The Stone Furs, Vita and the Woolf, The Yetis, Twosies
The Nest (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Andorra, Krispy Kareem, Forever Lesbians, Shrink

Field Mouse Warm-up at Bourbon & Branch Aug. 22

Philadelphia/Brooklyn four-piece Field Mouse roll into Bourbon & Branch for a pre-tour show tonight with Heavy Lights. And it’s sure to be good warm-up for the band, who is still riding high from the release of their debut full-length Hold Still Life (Tope Shelf Records), which has recently climbed up to the 12th spot on the latest CMJ Music Poll. It was co-produced by band members Andrew Futral and Rachel Browne, and channels fond memories of Juliana Hatfield with a shoegaze element. So tonight will be a good time to familiarize yourself with the group before they play the Barbary on September 19th as part of the Topshelf Records tour. Bourbon & Branch, 705 N. 2nd St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Bill McThrill



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