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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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Napoleon is 3rd in Psych Rock Open Submissions for Deli Best of NYC 2012 Poll

The cool thing about Brooklyn band Napoleon - currently our NYC artist of the month, see pic next to The Deli's logo - is that they play a brand of dream pop that DOES NOT refer back to the usual suspects of the genre like Cocteau Twins, The Sundays or My Bloody Valentine, but rather to other dreamy musical giants like Jeff Buckley, Low, and Elliot Smith. However, their sound is overall truly their own - although admittedly single "City Girls" features Arcade Fire influences.

Check out our favorite tracks Mad (streaming below) and Sarafan (video here), and go see Napoleon live at Big Snow Buffalo Lodge on January 08. The band got an average rating of 8 out of 10, which granted them 3rd place in our Best of NYC Poll's Psych Rock/Dream Pop open submissions. - PDG

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Reminder: The Deli Presents... Magnolia Sons, Peter Terry & the City Profits, Star & Micey

If you've yet to take the chance to get drunk with The Deli - Nashville, we have a New Year's surprise for you! This Saturday (January 5th, write it down), we're all heading to the 5 Spot to celebrate 2013 with Magnolia Sons, Peter Terry & the City Profits, and Star & Micey. So if your New Year's resolution is to spend more time supporting local music, then we've just made the first step very easy for you. (Also, that is a very good resolution.)

The show is 21+ and doors are at 8 pm. There's not a band on deck that you'll want to miss, so make that $5 cover count and come spend the whole night with us! We can't wait to see your faces.


The Deli Philly’s January Album of the Month: Wolf Like a Stray Dog - Norwegian Arms

Norwegian Arms’ debut LP Wolf Like a Stray Dog is a solid and short one. The album is over in a flash, with all the tracks, minus one, clocking in under two and a half minutes. The songs are snapshots, but they do not feel cut short despite their limited runtime. It is more an in-and-out effectiveness of punks Minor Threat or Bad Brains. The lyrics on the album are just great. Mulvihill could have easily allowed the album to rely on its poetic strength, but instead, with the help of Dr. Dog’s Eric Slick, among others, he was able to capture the emotions of the words, and counter them with a prancing, percussive folk sound.
 
The minimalist opening of “And Then I Found Myself in Taiga” introduces the listener to singer/mandolin player Brendan Mulvihill’s quivering tenor and ruminant, gentle lyrics. A lot of Norwegian Arms’ appeal up until this album were those sticking points, but as soon as they introduce Mr. Slick’s dynamic percussion, it changes the way that you look at the band entirely. The sound from previous demos is really flipped on its head, and suddenly the mandolin is complimenting the tribal percussion that is the heartbeat of the LP. The opening track is significantly more put together than anything the band had released before, which is not to say the lo-fi approach didn’t have its benefits, but the sound on this album realizes the songs in a way that a lo-fi approach could not.
 
The title track “Wolf Like a Stray Dog” has an animalistic charm of Animal Collective’s Sung Tongs - both in subject and the primal nature of the song itself. Maybe it is a cop out, but there were numerous times when I heard that era of AnCo in Norwegian Arms. There are dynamic similarities, thematic similarities and vocal similarities. That is a compliment by the way.
 
Another rewarding listen on the record is “She Lives in a Secret Town,” which also showed up on their Trimming of Hides EP. If you really want to understand how the new recordings changed their sound for the better, just listen to both versions of that song, and you will get it. Simple things like the sparse lead guitar do wonders for the song. “Soviet Bicycle” has a hypnotic repetition to it. It is a dizzying listen, and fully captures the bike ride that the band takes you on. The song is really clever in that way, and for that matter, the whole album. One of the earlier tastes that we sampled of the LPwas “Tired of Being Cold”; the ever relatable lament about not only being cold, but self-reflection and the inevitability of aging. The record closes with the declarative, bouncy “Pu-Erh.” The song removes you from the cold being sung about, and places you in a sandy oasis where your only obligations are to relax and enjoy. 
 
Wolf Like a Stray Dog is fully immersive. It is a cocoon to protect from external surroundings. At the same time, it obsesses about external surroundings while displaced. Throughout the record, you can hear Mulvihill question and reaffirm his purpose. He does so with vignettes - some seemingly unrelated but all ultimately essential. There is a lot to say for an album with no filler. It is melodic, it is therapeutic, and it is truly fulfilling. - Adam G. 

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My My My Kickstarter

My My My launched a kickstarter last month to fund the production of their new album Starting to Change. The band is hoping to build upon the strong single, "Starting To Change", they recently released and have set an ambitious goal. Go check out their campaign and pledge your support if you can, you only have 35 days left to support this Jake, Sarah and the band.

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Conductive Alliance @ Schubas

If you are looking for a solid show to begin your 2013 music journey the right you should head to Schubas tomorrow night, January 3rd, and check out Conductive Alliance, Killer Moon, and Big Colour. Tickets are only $8.

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Deli Chicago Top 10 Tracks of The Year (#5)

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Baywood to release debut album in the new year

More than a year and a half has passed since the release of Baywood's debut EP Seasons, but the band was busy in 2012 playing at LA venues like the Satellite and the Bootleg and working on their full-length. The LP will finally see the light sometime in 2013, and if Seasons is any indication, the new album will be filled with heart-warming folk sounds and bright harmonies. The two members of Baywood, Joe Ginsberg and Jarrad Kritzstein, have a long history of making music. Ginsberg has a jazz studies degree from USC and was a member of Colorado pop rock band Single File. Since moving to LA he has juggled his time playing for artists like Chuck Ragan and Audra Mae. Kritzstein has also spent time playing in a handful of other bands in addition to producing for Zak Waters, Rachel Furner, and Megan Washington. The collaboration between Ginsberg and Kritzstein has now generated a winsome sound reminiscent of the Pacific Northwest with a jolt of LA's sunshine. Listening to their songs brings to mind the warm folk sound of Fleet Foxes mixed with the elegance of Modest Mouse. No matter the emotion, Baywood has a knack for making every song sound like a celebration. With a foundation like that, 2013 can only deliver good things for the band. - Karla Hernández 

 

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Deli Best of Nashville 2012 - Submission Results!

The results are in from the Open Submissions stage for our Nashville Year End Poll for Emerging Artists. All of the submissions were ranked by Deli Editors from other scenes and the list of acts that have advanced to our Readers’/Fans’ Poll phase are below. We will also be releasing the list of nominees chosen by our local "scene expert" jurors very soon. 

We would like to thank all of the talented artists who submitted. It was our largest Open Submissions pool yet, and certainly a testament to how many rad acts we have in Nashville.
 
Qualified to the final phase of the Best of Nashville Poll:
 
 
Honorable Mentions (score above 7)
Andrew Leahey & the Homestead (Alt Country), Angel Snow (Indie Folk), Digital Jihad (Electronic), Greg Owens and the Whiskey Weather (Bluegrass), Lauren Rantala (Lounge Pop), Lines In the Sky (Prog Rock), Samantha Harlow (Country), The JAG (Psych Rock), The Last Royals (Indie Pop).
 
Jurors: Gracie Gutman (Deli SF), Ben Toledo (Deli Portland) Paolo De Gregorio (Deli NYC). 
 
The Deli's Staff

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