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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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Lux Perpetua Album Release Show at JB’s May 29

Convene this evening to celebrate the release of Hehbehdehbehbehdeh, The long-awaited, years-in-the-making LP from Lux Perpetua the, moniker of Justin Wolf (formerly of The Extraordinaires). The album is being released via Color Theory Records a DIY label/collaboration between Wolf and The Extraordinaires Jay Purdy. (You can learn more about the production of the record and their record label from our interview with Justin Wold earlier in the week HERE.) There is a calculated musical texture that provides a slow-cooked depth to Lux Perpetua’s sound. Amid the jangly hypnotic grooves and vocal harmonies, these calculations tighten up an overall loose, fun sound.  Joining in on the festivities will be the always-entertaining The Extraordinaires, who continually find new ways to musically cross-genre pollinate, creating combinations that surprise and invigorate. The soul-infused rock of Andrew Cedermark will open the show. Johnny Brenda’s 1201 N. Frankford Ave, 8pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita


New Video: "All I Love" (Live - Acoustic) - The Hundred Acre Woods

The Hundred Acre Woods are headlining tonight at the Tin Angel. The band will be supported at the Old City listening room by Former Belle and Steady Hands. The Hundred Acre Woods also recently did a stripped-down performance of "All I Love" for the launch of Schuylkill Sessions, a series that will capture local artists playing their tunes alongside the natural backdrop of the river. You can check out the inaugural session below.

New Track: Bye Bye, Big Ocean (The End) - A Sunny Day in Glasgow & Album Announcement

We've been waiting for this announcement to make things official. A Sunny Day in Glasgow will be release a new album entitled Sea When Absent on June 24 via Lefse Records. The announcement comes with an eardrum-splitting new track called "Bye Bye, Big Ocean (The End)." They'll also be performing next in Philly on Sunday, July 27 at Johnny Brenda's with opener Pattern is Movement.

New Dark Blue 7" Single Available for Streaming & Purchase

Freshly signed to Jade Tree Records, John Sharkey III-led post-punk trio, Dark Blue's new 7" single "Just Another Night With the Boys" is anchored by Sharkey’s deep commanding tone and a pulse-pacing bassline and guitarwork that expertly hovers the threshold maintaining the raw aesthetic with a clean a finish. You'll also fine a cover of John Cale's "Hungry For Love" on its B-side. Dark Blue will be in town for a couple of upcoming performances that includes a free show on June 20 at the Doc Martens shop and on June 27th at Space 1026.


Damn Right Album Release Show at Silk City May 28

Damn Right really surprised me earlier this year with the uber-infectious track “Halo,” which made an appearance in one of my new favorite shows Comedy Central’s Broad City. The group has been making an effort to shed its jamband persona for an indie-electro sound that's more reminiscent of acts like Tycho and Caribou, which is apparent on the band's latest full-length album Frozen Sun. Damn Right will be celebrating its release this evening at Silk City where they'll be joined by fellow locals Sun Cinema and Crouse. Silk City, 435 Spring Garden St., 9pm, $7, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman



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