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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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Hound Opening for Diarrhea Planet at Underground Arts Nov. 20

As the week draws to a close, one eagerly awaits that opportunity to break loose, when the work is behind you (at least for a moment) and the volume dial goes way up. Hound is the type of band you’ll want to push the decibel levels with. Loaded with menacing metal riffs and a thriving, full-bore backend, the intensity is instantaneous with raw, raunchy jams that pound into your skull in a way that classic metal/hard rock enthusiast will appreciate - heavy with an uncompromising force prepared for all comers. Tonight, Hound forges the way to a pair of Nashville bands, the loose-rolling, tight-turning immediacy of Music Band and the shred-tastic, pop-rock marriage known as Diarrhea Planet. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 8pm, $13, 21+ - Michael Colavita


New Music Video: "You Seemed So Much in Luv" - Friendship

Maine tranplants Friendship have a new music video for their track "You Seemed So Much in Luv," found on their latest album You're Going to Have to Trust Me (Burst & Bloom Records). The video was directed and choreographed by Antonia Z. Brown with the solo dance performance by Hillary Pearson. You can catch Friendship performing in Philly on Monday, December 14 at All Nite Diner in West Philly.


New Kississippi EP Available for Streaming

While Kississippi’s new EP We Have No Future, We’re All Doomed will be released tomorrow via Soft Speak Records, you can stream it now over at Brooklyn Vegan. Recorded with Modern Baseball's Jake Ewald, the album embraces a graceful pensive movement - the dreamy shimmer of vocal harmony and a steady yet relaxed beat presence. The sound winds around your mind in a reflective stroll that you'll simply want to move with.


New Video: "I Don't Fit In" (Live - Out Of Town Films) - Suburban Living

Suburban Living stopped by Out Of Town Films HQ at Berks Warehouse for a live session. Check out the first release "I Don't Fit In" below! It's off the 2012 EP Cooper's Dream. Keep a look out for more clips from the session. They'll be performing tomorrow night at Ortlieb's alongside Teen Men and Infinity Girl. (Photo by Colin Kerrigan)


Debut Eight EP Available for Streaming & Download

The trio of Eight is scheduled to open Saturday’s show at the First Unitarian Church, which also includes Frankie Cosmos and All Dogs. The fledgling outfit is fronted by Mimi Gallagher (Year Of Glad, ex-Nona) and Cat Park (Amanda X, Bandname), and just shared its self-titled debut EP. The album offers a ripping glimpse at this new configuration, oozing with attitude and armed with a heavy bite, while constantly in motion.



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