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November 2013
Wooden Shjips
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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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Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Low Cut Connie (Record Release)
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI The Racket Boys, Max Swan SAT Suburban Living, Dream Safari, Lithuania
 
TLA (334 South St.) SUN Jazmine Sullivan
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.)  SUN The Ultrakings
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.)  FRI PHL Good, Wild By Law, Stella Ruze, Ryan Villanueva, SAT Verbatum Jones, Kenneth Sullivan, SUN Bibi and the Bull, Silver Skies
 
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Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) SAT Edgewise, Dysphoria, Die Choking
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Anjuli Josephine, SAT Thom McCarthy
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) FRI Black Horse Motel, Wild Orphan, SAT JD Santo
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Hambone Relay, SAT Jersey Corn Pickers, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Lovers League, Rev TJ McGlinchey, Dani Mari, Christopher Davis-Shannon
 
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI York Street Hustle, SAT Song Dogs (Record Release), The Rivals, Can You Canoe
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI George O’Brien (CD Release), The Donuts, SAT The Good Mess, Sonogram, Alright Junior
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT Tommy Conwell & The Young Rumblers
 
Creep Records (1050 N Hancock Street, Suite 76) SAT Amanda X, Mannequin Pussy, Fake Boyfriend, Shannen Moser, Roya Weidman, VVeed VVolf
 
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The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) SUN Limits, Drowse
 
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3rd & Girard (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) Abi Reimold, Friendship, TWIIN, Tangiers
 
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