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November 2013
Wooden Shjips
"Back to Land

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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Swearin' have a new album entitled Surfing Strange coming out on November 5 via Salinas Records. However, you can now stream the record in its entirety over at NPR Music's First Listen. They'll be celebrating its release and kicking off their tour in support of the album on Friday, November 8 at West Philly DIY space Golden Tea House.


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Congratulations to Levi Weaver, Our New Artist of the Month!

 Levi Weaver has claimed his rightful place (gazing at you from the top of this page with a plainitive, but oh so confident look in his eye) as our new Artist of the Month.  Listen to the music man by way of his website here, and donate to Porter's Call, a nonprofit for musician's and their families that Weaver champions, here. -Terra James-Jura


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