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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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​Slowness Dead Leaf Echo Cruel Summe​r and​ Moonbeams Perform TONIGHT at Hemlock Tavern

The bi-coastal shoegaze band, Slowness has always made amazing ethereal music, and they will be accompanied by the hardworking, brilliant NYC based shoegaze band, Dead Leaf Echo tonight at Hemlock Tavern! The bill will be rounded out by Moonbeams who are a noise psych pop band currently based in San Francisco from San Diego. Cruel Summer is also a psych dream pop band whose music is steamy and will blend well with the entire line up.

We love it when shows can have a great mix of east coast and west coast bands. Don't miss this opportunity to hear some music that you wouldn't otherwise be able to experience unless you were 3,000 miles east!

​This show is going to be a lovely washed out, psyched out night of music. We recommend you expend some time and energy to make it out.​


Buzzmutt Celebrates Album Release at Hemlock Tavern TONIGHT

San Francisco based experimental post punk band, Buzzmutt has released a new album entitled, Strange Planes of Surveillance. Their music is loud and untamed, but their song's composition is structurally coherent. Buzzmutt's  brand of noise music has a danceable element that is really fun but doesn't take away from their punk integrity.

If you're into Sonic Youth and New Order, you'll be into Buzzmutt. They certainly standout and you should check out their show and pick up an album just to make sure you keep your music taste diverse.

Head out to the Hemlock Tavern TONIGHT to see Buzzmutt share a bill with Wild Pack of Canaries and The Shape.

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John Murry Plays Two Nights at Amnesia

Influential folk musician, John Murry will be playing Amnesia on September 14th and September 21st. This Mississippi transplant is now residing in Oakland and we're enthusiastic about him bringing his eerie presence and music that sits like a wax coating on your psyche to the Bay Area.

His music resonates and encapsulates musical resemblances to Townes Van Zandt, Pete Yorn and Tom Petty, but Murry's music a bit more modern and experimental, bringing his dark folk lyrics animation and color.

Make sure you check out his two performances at Amnesia. His music has been featured on the popular television show, Sons of Anarchy...but that's not why you should see him live. Take a listen to his recordings and you'll be convinced. -je

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​Lords of Sealand Release New Album + Play Benefit Show - 9/20

​San Francisco based avant indie rock band Lords of Sealand are releasing a new album entitled, Found Fiction. You can catch their live performance and album release celebration at El Rio on September 20th.

Their new single, Never Disappoint exudes elements of progressive and reggae musical styles. Lords of Sealand's sound is very unique and the music sucks you in by grabbing your ears with their sensual instrumentation and haunting lyrics and vocal performances.

The bill for their album release show will include Hoxton Mob and Van Damnit, while doubling as a benefit event for Home Away from Homelessness, a non-profit that provides after school care for children of homeless families. Do it for the kids! Don't miss this show. Bands who help people are cool.

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Cool Ghouls Gear Up to Release New Album + Drop New Single

The incredibly popular San Francisco based band, Cool Ghouls is gearing up to release their new album, A Swirling Fire Burning Through The Rye which is due out on November 11th on Empty Cellar Records.

You have the opportunity to hear a new single from the album below. The quintessential CG sound resonates through their new track, The Mile, which is catchy but sounds a bit more mature than their earlier work. Although they still grasp tones and styles from The Beatles, there is a bit more of a serious tone to the song that shows that the band has evolved, which hopefully invokes anticipation for their upcoming album. We are intrigued for sure.

Give The Mile a listen. It’s a great song.

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Dinosaur Feathers return with a soul pop flavor - Shea Stadium on 09.20

Dinosaur Feathers first emerged from Brooklyn's sweaty DIY scene as an irrepressibly upbeat synthesis of indie rock & world music influences, replete with intricate soaring vocal harmonies. The group then charted a course from tropical leisure to nervy beach rock via substantial touring with acts like Built to Spill and Peter Bjorn & John. Most recently, master of ceremonies Greg Sullo committed to an extended stay in Oakland, where he found himself progressively drawn toward Motown soul & funky R&B - from Smokey to Chaka, Prince to Janet. His vocal performances on CONTROL clearly reflect an affinity for such material, supported by a catalog of disparate secondary influences, from Scott Walker to Drake.

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Hungry Skinny Lemme Adams Talk of Shamans and and El Terrible Play Elbo Room - 9/19

On September 19th at the Elbo Room will host a hyper local line up of great bands. San Francisco based garage bands, Hungry Skinny, Lemme Adams, Talk of Shamans and El Terrible will create a bit of havoc and put on a great show. This is a strong line up that really leaves no room for any doubt that the night will be musically fulfilling.

We totally think you should do your best to make it out to this show. Support local musicians in San Francisco.


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