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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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Deli CMJ ELECTRONIC STAGE - TONIGHT, The Delancey - FREE!

At The Delancey on Tuesday 10.18 we'll have a truly fantastic bill with 9 NYC based electro-pop bands - and it's going to be free!. 21+ - $8.
Full listings of the Deli's CMJ shows here. See below for the Dream Pop and Alt Rock stages that same night in the same venue (downstairs).

P.S. If you are into Pedal Effects, don't miss The Deli's STOMP BOX EXHIBIT at CMJ on Friday and Saturday!!!

ELECTRO STAGE

7.00 - The Casualty Process



7.40 - Illuminator
8.20 - Tiny Victor ies
9.00 - Mitten
9.40 - Computer Magic


10.20 - Psychobuildings



11.00 - Pretty Good Dance Moves


11.40 - Caged Animals


12.20 - Slam Donahue

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NYC Bands News: Ghastly City Sleep, Syvia, The Prettiots

September is here and our "Press Releases!" inbox is already getting out of control. Let's deal with some news about emerging NYC bands in quick succession...

Definitely not a band lacking in intensity, Brooklyn indie rock quartet Ghastly City Sleep (pictured) will be releasing their sophomore album 'Lulling Skulls' in October, and have just unveiled a single from it (entitled 'Clumsy one') on Diffuser.fm.

We remember Syvia as an electronic band, but they just debuted this 'no budget' video for new single 'Two Homes' that definitely conflicts with that notion. The band will be releasing a full length entitled 'FWD' later this year, cool song and edgy video considering the budget!

The Prettiots charmed us to the core at our recent Ten Year Anniversary Parties, and this new video of single 'Boys (That I Dated In High School)' is further proof of lead singer Kay Kasparhauser's appeal. We sure wish we dated as many people in high school as she did! The band has a Pianos residency in September, starting tonight! (09.02).

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Talk of Shamans False Priest Peachelope and bAd bAd Play Publik / Private Event at Amnesia TONIGHT

A stellar line up of some of the Bay Area’s finest garage folk and alternative bands will be performing for the first night of the San Francisco based arts and music nonprofit, Publik / Private’s Tuesday night residency at Amnesia.

Journalist and radio host, Victor Valle curated the event under the moniker Counter Culture Presents after his management firm Counter Culture Artist Management. But it’s not about business tonight, this event is for a good cause and every Tuesday in September Publik / Private will highlight a new line up from a local promoter, artist or community leader who believes in supporting the Bay Area arts community as much as Publik / Private and The Deli Magazine SF do.

We know that San Francisco has been going through a super rough time when it comes to venues and artists no longer being able to work and live in their own community. This event will help bring opportunities to artists and writers by connecting them with job and internship opportunities, it will also allow Publik / Private to continue to put on events that give exposure to young and seasoned musicians alike. We like this!

Make your way out to Amnesia tonight to see Talk of Shamans, False Priest, Peachelope and bAd bAd.


The Deli Philly’s September Record of the Month: Great Pine - Seagulls

With spindly strings horning in the opening instrumental, “Dragoon” awakens Seagulls’ debut LP Great Pine, seamlessly transitioning into “Swimmin’,” a song that is initially given a steady-footed beat around which a more intricate and illuminating composition is built generating a peaceful yet purposeful layered sound, setting the tone for what lies ahead. “You and Me” plays like a surf-folk love letter, developing a warm, earnest vocal confession, while fitting nicely with the tug and pull groove of the scratching guitar and persistent bass. The vocal harmonies provide a sweetness accompanied by reserved bursts of trumpet and accordion-like effects offer a tease of nostalgia.
 
“Love, Give” follows a similar theme as vocals, strings, and snap-percussion set a pleasant, pensive, strolling pace as echoing harmonies and backing vocals reinforce, “Love give your hands to me, for someday I’ll be on bended knee.” “Old Habits” maintains an up close lo-fi aesthetic and underlying 8-bit accents, but the perspective has changed, shining a light on the dark side of relationships and a groove that has a somewhat worn and dusty ascetic, enhancing the lyrics meaning - “Old habits, die hard or they never do/so keep lying til they all catch up to you.” A well-placed take on Big Star’s “Thirteen” incorporates the honest-loving sentiments of adolescence, falling neatly inline with the group’s heartfelt vocal honesty, while simultaneously acknowledging one of their potential influences.
 
The record’s title-track “Great Pine” serves as a breath-catching ambiance builder before the turbulent “Holy Smokes” emerges. Enlisting peaks of aggressive kick-in-the-door instrumentation - particularly percussion between smooth stretches of vocally dominant valleys - in essence, layering pieces of clear skies between moments of violent storms.
 
“Distracted” concludes Great Pine with an uplifting blanket of vocals, allowing the guitar to stretch its sea legs as the backend force steers the musical ship; holding the course. This album starts on the shore, and while there are moments where it seems destined to searchingly drift out there, Seagulls appropriately demonstrate an ability to reel it in, taking a beautiful inaugural voyage. - Michael Colavita

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Radiator Hospital Record Release Show at Golden Tea House Sept. 2

Radiator Hospital celebrates the release of their latest LP Torch Song (Salinas Records) with a show this evening at Golden Tea House, as well as the launch of a corresponding tour. Sam Cook–Parrott continues to deliver a heartfelt blend of personal, powerful tunes with no shortage of catchy pop-appeal. Building momentum on honest lyricism, his songs ride on a wave of free-flowing instrumentation, putting a positive spin on sometimes melancholy sentiments. Tonight, the duo of Katie Crutchfield (Waxahatchee) and Keith Spencer (Swearin’) team up once again as Great Thunder, dishing out a wide-ranging mix of experimental rock that can switch gears at any moment. Keeping with the friendly-familial vibe, Attendant (whose debut album, Freaking Out, includes multiple contributions from within the same excellent creative circle) are set to bring their songs out of the lab and onto the live stage, while Wild Flowers of America will be performing their second show ever. Golden Tea House, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.), 8pm, $5, All Ages - Michael Colavita

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Buzz Alert! Nick Hakim gets serious love from NPR

Brooklynite (via DC) Nick Hakim just ended an August residency at Baby’s All Right in support of his debut EP “Where Will We Go, Pt. 1.” The stunning collection hit New Yorkers hard, impressing local music fans with its heartbreaking sultriness and genuine soul. While the tracks are indisputably melancholic, they don’t drag - and this is a balance that is often hard to perfect. The fact that single'I Don't Know' (streaming) was included in a NPR playlist called '10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing' is certainly helping build the hype. Though the release was unveiled last month at the peak of summer, we have no doubt it will be the soundtrack for many this upcoming fall. As this particular release is deemed “Pt. 1,” we’re excited (and a bit impatient!) to see what Hakim has in store for Pt. 2. - Jillian Dooley

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best mellow songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!

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Debut Cayetana LP Available for Streaming

Cayetana just premiered their debut LP Nervous Like You, over at Brooklyn Vegan. The album officially comes out next week on September 9 via Tiny Engines. The ladies will be hitting the road this week for a weekend jaunt that will wrap with a record release show on Sunday, September 7 at Golden Tea House.

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