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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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New Music Video: “Coke & Yoga” - Ethel Cee & Dumhi

Check out the new video (version 2.0) for “Coke & Yoga” from Ethel Cee & Dumhi! The track is off their collaborative EP Seven Thirty. You’ll probably recognize some local natives from the Philly hip hop scene making their cameos.

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Alto tours California after the release of a debut EP

The band is called Alto, their debut self-titled (released June 26th); one girl plays the bass, another the viola and the third the violin, but if you're imagining anything like a chamber ensemble you're far off. These three lovely ladies, who met within the walls of UCLA back in 2009, play with the help of some accomplices on the drums, sax, guitar & mandolin, a catchy acoustic folk-pop with a gypsy touch in times and some hints of mid-20th century French chanson. Their vocal harmonies and strings none-too-overbearing or grand-sounding make for a most charming trio that tells stories of love and other troubles, all served in a conversational mode, light-hearted and genuine. Currently touring California, Jessica, Veronica & Nicolette will be back in Los Angeles this fall with a show at The Mint on September 25th. - Tracy Mamoun

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The New Folk @ Schubas

The New Folk are celebrating the release of their debut album, Sea Fever, with a month long residency at Schubas. The residency kicked off with a show this past Monday, but you have three more opportunities to check out this great new band. You can catch them on Aug 13th, Aug 20th, and Aug 27th.

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New Release from Cold Slice Cassettes

The latest release from Chicago's Cold Slice Cassettes is a mysterious discovery created by a drifter/traveling minstrel. Natural High For Low People from Jehosaphat Blow has fascinating story and sound. As the story goes this recording was discovered and "re-mastered from a strange, purple tape found at a garage sale on Prince St. down in the southside of Chicago". Blow is an amazing one man band that must be heard and is a solid find for this fun local label.

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River Giant Appearing at the High Dive this Thursday

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River Giant are hitting the High Dive stage this Thursday with The Crying Shame and The Swearengens. 

The trio released their debut full-length this April; the eponymously titled River Giant soars and wails its way through ten tracks. Their fondness for bands '70's era bands like Crazy Horse and The Band jumps out readily, but not in an overbearing or detrimental way. They tackle motifs of Americana through their modern lens of alternative rock music.

The strength of their songwriting is what sticks out first - they know how to build a foundation of a song without making it wearily repetitive. From there, they add upon the established contours by working to excitable climaxes, slowing down passages, or letting guitarist/vocalist Kyle Jacobson fly high with his pipes like a wild river on the loose. Their use of dynamics is appreciable in every song.

"Pink Flamingos," "Western," and "Fast Heart" are a few standout tracks, among others. At moments they are straightforwardly country rock, other times heavy rock ignited with feedback, and other songs sound downright folksy - taken in full though, River Giant cannot be pinned down by the confines of a single genre. Good luck getting their songs out of your head once they snake their way in!

They play this Thursday, August 10th at the High Dive for $8. Doors are 8pm; it should be a racuous affair. Check out "Fast Heart" below for a quick listen and carry on their bandcamp to stream the whole record. It is available for purchase for $10.

- Cameron LaFlam

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A Deli Premiere: Clementine & The Galaxy preview track + play 92YTribeca

Clementine has always had a strange knack for taking familiar sounds and finding new soundscapes for them to exist in. With band in tow, Clementime & the Galaxy, one of The Deli Magazine's Best NYC Emerging Artist of 2011, is ready to project those sounds through the stereoscopic lens of her upcoming record.

For first single 'Complication,' Clementine overlays an 8-bit tapestry on top of a maze of never ending breakbeats, making her voice the only refuge throughout the track's breakneck pace. Complicated indeed... but we are happy to follow vocalist Julie Hardy around until she figures it out. No longer playing second fiddle to the likes of Ellie Goulding and St. Vincent, Hardy is now embarking on her own tour with the Galaxy, and is set to release a new album soon.

See her when she hits up 92YTribeca this Friday, Aug 10 with Johanna and the Dusty Floor. Should be the best place to see them if you find yourself stuck inside of Earth's orbit this weekend. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)


Restorations Sign to SideOneDummy Records

Congrats to Restorations! It was just announced today that the band has signed with LA’s SideOneDummy Records, which houses acts like Gogol Bordello, The Gaslight Anthem and many others. They’ll begin tracking their 2nd full-length album on August 15 at Miner Street Studios with producer Jon Low. You can expect a new LP to be available sometime in early 2013.

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What’s This?: Darlingside

The key to Darlingside is in their ability to calm without boring. Not to suggest that all their music is slow or quiet, which by many accounts, it isn’t. They have similar dynamics of many of the current “folk-rock” collectives that are over-saturating music these days, but they don’t fall into the traps of these acts. The band’s sweeping sound features phenomenal vocals, crisp instruments and surprising musical turns. There seems to be a bunch of “collectives” in the New England area, but this one is easily one of the best. They will be performing at the 2nd Stage on Friday of the KahBang Festival 2012. (Photo by Greg Nesbitt) - Adam G.

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