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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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All Your Sisters Foli and Dub Thompson Play Bottom of the Hill TONIGHT

Tonight at Bottom of the Hill you have the opportunity to enjoy a hyper local show with a couple of the Bay Area underground's coveted projects. All Your Sisters and Foli are really great bands who could probably stand to attract a little more appreciation than they do. They're not flashy or trying to rush and play all around the city for attention (not that there's anything wrong with playling shows all over the Bay Area). These bands simply sound great. We think both band's music is totally sincere and worth listening to.

Dub Thompson is a bit mysterious about their current location, but they're originally from Bloomington, Indiana. Their sound can be described as experimental dub music. It is intriguing, well produced and worth checking out as well. Bottom of the Hill has got a solid line up going on tonight. Support independent music.

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Ghost & the City and Gamera Open for Shabazz Palaces TONIGHT

San Francisco based soul electronica band, Ghost & the City will be performing at The New Parish in Oakland tonight! Along with local producer and DJ, Gamera, this sultry band will be opening for the legendary hip hop virtuoso duo and Sub Pop artists, Shabazz Palaces. There are so many reasons to attend this event it's a bit overwhelming to articulate them all, but you'll probably experience one of the most nostalgic nights of your life.

Shabazz Palances is premium hip hop in a time where the definition of hip hop has nothing to do with the music and Ghost & the City will open the show with a creamy soulful flow that will allow you to groove through a night of great music. Make sure you head out to this event. The Deli Magazine San Francisco will be there! -je


The Tambo Rays Balms The Pocket Rockets DAIKON and Jason Kaminski Play The Honey Hive Gallery TONIGHT

A new venue is creeping up through the sand latent soil of SF's Sunset area. The Honey Hive Gallery is an arts and culture venue that will be hosting some of San Francisco's staple bands tonight. Leading local electro psych-gaze band, The Tambo Rays will be headlining a bill with other impressive local and national bands like Balms, who have been experiencing a well of attention for their new single, Golden Hair, Los Angeles' The Pocket Rockets, and up and coming artists, DAIKON and Jason Kaminski.

You'll be able to experience a plethora of sounds and styles in an area of town that you wouldn't expect. Click here for more details about the show! It's always cool to do something different, and these bands will be sure to put on a great show. Support local venues and people who are working hard to support the local music scene.


Astronauts, etc. Releases New Single - Fuss

We mentioned last week that we'd share Bay Area based experimental hip hop - psych artist, Astronauts, etc.'s new single, Fuss...so now is the time.

This smooth and sensually cathartic track kind of brings sexy back to the Bay Area experimental synth scene. Everyone needs a little slowcore, tripped out synth music in their lives once in a while, and this musical project creates a potent atmosphere with style and grace. We're always happy to sit back and not have our heads jarred every second with new music, so we invite a grooved out psych track to calm our nerves and to change the pace a little bit. (PS: continue to send us loud, intense music because tomorrow it may be time to rage).  

With touches of R&B and neo soul, Astronauts, ect is definitely onto something great.

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Street Eaters Release New Music Video - Empty Rooms

Bay Area based experimental alt punk band, Street Eaters have released a new music video for their song, Empty Rooms. The video is a manic, semi art nouveau short film that is fun and high energy. The duo blinks in and out of different backdrops and scenery throughout the piece making the video seamlessly odd while still looking like it's been professionally shot. Check it out. Street Eaters rock!

Don't miss their album release show at the Hemlock Tavern in San Francisco with No Babies on August 14th. The show is FREE!

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Song Premiere: Split Screens - Stand Alone

The San Francisco based psychedelic alternative rock music project, Split Screens has given us the honor of premiering their new track, Stand Alone. This mellow and artistically somber song is a great representation of the echoey instrumentation that Split Screens does so well. This project is the creation of songwriter and arranger, Jesse Cafiero who plays multiple instruments on all of his pieces. His music comes across as very thoughtful and introspective, and the vibe of Stand Alone reflects that.

Cafiero'a talent shines and we're excited to hear his work evolve and will wait impatiently for the full album to emerge. Until then, listen to The Deli Magazine San Francisco's premiere of Stand Alone! -je

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Band to Watch: Vollmer

We’ve heard that there are a lot of great country and folk bands swarming this town, but there is nothing like the stark, garage country band Vollmer. Created as a homage to the slain second wife of William S. Burroughs, Joan Vollmer, this band opens every live performance with a simple vigil, and the intention of bringing awareness to the imbalance and injustice famous artist’s female partners endure, and Joan's story in particular.

Their laid back California drenched Haight st. personas can’t hide their small town drawls and deeply embedded country ties. We like them because they’re a guilty pleasure and completely different than the noisy, gazey and washed out counter culture bands we’re used to (and love a bunch as well). Drawing from influences like The Silver Jews, The Rolling Stones and Johnny Cash, Jonny Moon, and the entire band (who all sport the last name Moon, making the entire situation a strangely fitting family affair), brings a gutter punk glam to country music.

Anything that is an acquired taste, any band that has the ability to totally be themselves and swag onto a stage quoting anti folk bands like The Moldy Peaches while singing with chewing tobacco in their cheeks is a-okay with The Deli.

They’re in the midst of recording their new album, which will be completed whenever they see fit. Vollmer will be playing a Deli Magazine Sponsored Event with our friends Spider Heart and The Janunting Martyrs (who will be playing their first show since March) at El Rio on August 20th. Don’t miss it! -je

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