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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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MilkBoy 3rd Anniversary w/The Lawsuits, Mo Lowda & The Humble, and Our Griffins at MilkBoy Philly Aug. 16

MilkBoy Philly celebrates its 3rd anniversary with a fully-stacked three day lineup of FREE SHOWS that already featured the likes of Black Landlord, The Ataris, and Cheerleader. But tonight’s show will be the icing on the cake with The Lawsuits. The band has already had a good summer that saw them playing XPoNential Music Fest and releasing a music video for “Dreaming #26,” off their latest album Cool Cool Cool. They are getting closer to releasing their next EP Tumbled on September 23 via American Diamond Recordings, and you can take a listen to its lead single, “Sweet Marcelle,” below. It will also be a good chance to catch Mo Lowda & The Humble before the beginning of their residency at Bourbon & Branch next month. The former Deli Philly Featured Artist(s) Poll winners have been gaining some headway, recently being featured on Huffington Post. Kicking things off will be the always earnest, emotive tunes of Our Griffins. MilkBoy Philly, 1100 Chestnut St., 9pm, Free, 21+ (Photo by Rachel Barrish) - Bill McThrill


Weekend Warrior, August 15 - 17

Since 2007, The Mighty Paradocs have utilized their Rockers event as a way to showcase POC punks, lady rockers, and political comrades not typically included in punk or rock scenes in a DIY fashion. And whether it was done at Tritone, Kung Fu Necktie, or another Philly venue, it has always created some badass lineups. This will hold true while they host the 4th Annual Rockers BBQ Weekend at various venues. While we were stoked to see Trophy Wife deliver a killer performance at LAVA Space last night, and look forward to what Baptist Preachers and cranes are flying may deliver tonight; it’s Saturday’s showcase at The Boot & Saddle that should deliver in classic Rockers’ nostalgia when The Mighty Paradocs take the stage with friends The Kominas and Brooklyn’s Shady Hawkins. It will also be a good time to catch the sisterhood punk antics of Bad Canoes before they go on tour. Since releasing the turbo-charged Sisterhood Is Powerful a few months back, the band, which features Screaming Females’ Marissa Paternoster, has earned a good amount of buzz, filmed music videos in shopping malls, and has been trying to get Polar Seltzer sponsorship. This evening's lineup will also include the Joe Jordan Experiment, Providence’s Downtown Boys, and Haram. The Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St, 6pm, $7, 21+ (Photo by Tara) - Bill McThrill
 
Other places to escape the chill this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Southwork, Tutlie, Purples
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Hate and War, FTS, YDI, SAT Bad Canoes, The Mighty Paradocs, JJX, Haram
 
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) SAT Ron Gallo, Bernhardt Family Band, TJ Kong
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Bonzai / (Upstairs) The Cloth, Kerosene, Shitbath, SAT The 3rd Annual PHSHTANK Block Party: Swift Technique, Johnny Popcorn, Hamburger Hunt / Sore Saints, Pale Shelter, Humanshapes, SUN Albondigas, Push Ups
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI (Balcony) The Stone Furs, SAT (Balcony) The Snails, Drake City
 
TLA (334 South St.)  FRI Commonwealth Choir, Joey Sweeney, Air Is Human, Shorty Boy-Boy, Weekender, Pine Barons, Mark Lanky
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT The Wayside Shakeup, Lost Haven, Knightlife, SUN Laurin Talese
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.)  FRI (Early) No Stranger, Lucy Spacehead, (Late) The Really Fast Automobiles, We Build, Marc Neibauer, SUN Alex G (Record Release), Cold Foamers, Snoozer
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Cheerleader, Alright Junior, SAT The Lawsuits, Mo Lowda & The Humble, Our Griffins
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Jeff Zeigler
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Big Terrible, SAT The Sixties, Seoul Delhi, Chronic Wolf
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo Bliz, Low Budget, SAT DJ Deejay
 
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) SUN Only on Weekends
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) SAT Victoria Watts, The End of America
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Dr. Ketchup, SAT Pete Donnelly, SUN (Noon) Rustic Music Service, (Late) Rusty Cadillac
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Flesh Engine / Chickie Pagano, SAT Marc Lancaster, SPiN, Taking October / Zymotic Flow ,SUN Jeanne Lyons, Maggie Lefczich, Scott Hurff And The Co-Tails, Adrianne Dickey, Travis McDaniel
 
Eris Temple Arts (602 S. 52nd St.) SAT Everyone Except Me
 
Vox Populi (319 N. 11th St.) SUN Bad Energy (final show), The Holidays, The Stasi
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Matt Gauss, Ra Leaf, Sat The Nocturnal Jocks, Jesse & the Revealator
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT Butchy Sochorow
 
House of Chili (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Space Drugs, Jantones Hoser
 
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI 4th Annual Rockers BBQ Weekend: Cult Fortified, Johnny Popcorn, Baptist Preachers, Rosemary Fiki, SAT (Matinee) Callow (Last Show), Dying
 
The Sound Hole (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Holestock: APE!, Wasn't Wisn't, Combine, Timbers
 
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Jet Set Sail
 
Pariah (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT GG Lohan, Vegan Legions
 
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RIP Dante Bucci

I received some very sad news yesterday about the passing of a friend and longtime contributor to the Philly music community, Dante Bucci. For those of you who don’t recognize the name, there is a chance that you might have come across him backing various local artists like Mutlu and Amos Lee on percussions or at his own solo performances, but you may have most likely come across the bearded, long-haired fellow on the streets of Center City at lunchtime or after work, in Old City during First Friday, or on the campgrounds of Philly Folk Fest tapping on a rare, flying saucer-like instrument called the Hang drum. He was a master of it and in my humble opinion, the premier Hang drum player in the world. You can find a collection of his demonstration and performance videos with millions of views on YouTube. Dante instantly loved the instrument after discovering its existence, and he enjoyed educating others about it. He was a gifted musician and special person. He came from a kind, music-loving family, and shared what he had learned from them with others. Philly Folk Fest started last night, and will be going on through the weekend. It was his favorite event to attend every year, and he was a fixture there, whether as an official performer on stage, a volunteer, or a random entertainer in the campgrounds. He will be missed this weekend and way beyond it. I’d like to offer my condolences to his family, girlfriend and friends for their tragic and sudden loss. Also, my apologies because this is the first time that I had to write something like this about a friend, and I know that these few of words could hardly encapsulate all that he has meant to others. RIP Dante. (Photo by Jump Philly) - Q.D. Tran

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The 53rd Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival

The 53rd Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival kicks into high gear today, and will sustain itself on a premium blend of high-quality tunes and positive vibes throughout the weekend. This year’s lineup, once again, provides a mixture of locally cultivated talent while also displaying touring acts. For those looking for a taste of local flavor, a wide assortment is at your disposal including: Kwesi K, Mutlu, Katie Frank & The Pheromones, The Wallace Brothers, and many more. Friday afternoon’s Philadelphia Music Co-Op Showcase features the likes of Vulcans, Kalob Griffin Band, and Black Horse Motel, among others, offering a solid sampling of our continuously growing folk/roots community. Reverend TJ McGlinchey will be holding a ukulele workshop were fellow Lover’s League member Dani Mari may be singing along. All this with a solid musical dose that also includes the soulful blues explosion of Shemekia Copeland, the funky get-down groove-making Rebirth Brass Band, and the legendary Loudon Wainwright III, buzzing Sturgill Simpson, and Deli faves The Lone Bellow, and Old Crow Medicine Show, just to name a few. You can check out its full schedule HEREOld Pool Farm (Schwenksville, PA), 1323 Salford Station Rd., Various Times & Prices, All Ages - Michael Colavita

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BITBY Summer Sounds at TLA Aug. 15

This evening, at the Theatre of Living Arts, you’ll find Doylestown’s Commonwealth Choir as the featured headliners of a stacked local area bill. The guys are still living off the buzz of their debut EP Shirtless and their energetic live performances. Shorty boy-boy has been taking a bit of hiatus while frontman Joshua Pannepacker has joined the band Cheerleader. But they have recently resurfaced with a new music video for “Crickets,” and will be back to deliver a live set where you can expect the unexpected. Since Air is Human unveiled an unreleased track from their upcoming album on Y-Not Radio, there’s a good chance that you may be treated to more new material. The rest of BITBY Summer Sounds will be rounded out by Pine Barons, Weekender, and Mark Lanky. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St., 7pm, $11, All Ages - Bill McThrill


New Track: "Time" - Jeremiah Tall

Here is a new single from bushy-haired, folk troubadour Jeremiah Tall called "Time." The song is meant to reflect "the change of seasons and mood as we, here in the Northeast, know all to well." Enjoy!

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Tim Motzer Record Release Show at JB's Aug. 14

Tonight, Johnny Brenda’s invites you to experience the intergalactic sonic explorations of guitarist Tim Motzer as he celebrates the release of Live From Star’s End, which is available via Motzer’s label 1k Recordings. The record captures Motzer’s improvisational performance on Chuck Van Zyl’s WXPN Star’s End show, November 3, 2013. Motzer guides the guitar-driven journey through a series of electronic tests, altering and helping to shape the space around him, while melding various textures of sound in the process. On a similar thread, harpist Mary Lattimore develops complex tones, creating an environment that peacefully provides a place for one’s mind to momentarily escape. Having recently released her debut album The Withdrawing Room, Lattimore is also working on an EP, Slant of Light, with the ever-talented producer/musician Jeff Zeigler, which will be available soon via Thrill Jockey Records. Guitar/banjo aficionado Brandon Seabrook, who released his solo debut Sylphid Vitalizers this past June, occupies the middle slot, and a collaborative performance could spice up the evening’s conclusion. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita

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New Track: "Airplanes" - Conversations

Earlier this year, Coversations with Enemies revealed that they'd be changing their band name by shortening it to Conversations, which made sense to us with all their lineup changes over the years. The quartet just shared their latest romantic little ditty yesterday called "Airplanes." It was recorded at Headroom Studios with Joe Reinhart, and mastered at Spice House studios.

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