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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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Owen and Into It. Over It.

Polyvinyl Records announced this week that they will be releasing a split 7" on Aug. 21st that will two new originals from Owen (Mike Kinsella) and Into It. Over It. (Evan Weiss), and two covers (each artist covers a song from the other’s back catalog). Below is Owen's cover of Into It. Over It's track "Anchor". You can preorder the 7" here.

You can catch Into It. Over It. at Riot Fest this September.


Genevieve @ Lincoln Hall

Genevieve has had a busy week. Both her NPR Tiny Desk concert (below) and her session with Audiotree were released as the buzz continues to grow in support of her debut EP, Show Your Colors.

You can catch Genevieve at Lincoln Hall on June 9th.



Tsaik is the electronic music duo for Jacob McArthur and Joshua Ruffolo. The label debut, via Uk's Lost Tribe Records, was released last week and is called Tea Enfoca. The downtempo hazy production is sure to entrance and entertain as they seamlessly blend the organic with the electronic. The duo are now focused on the full-length debut due later this year.


Solar Heist releases "Day Trip" EP

So here's one to shake off the mid-week blues. Electro pop duo Solar Heist have just released their sophomore EP Day Trip, a wildly emphatic five songs of the synth pop persuasion that invites dancefloor abandon. Its members, Jason Powers and Justin Karcich, are longtime friends who share a symbiotic creative relationship: Powers mostly gives the songs their conceptual treatment, while Karcich draws on his experience as a DJ to flesh out their compositional style. 

Though no tour dates have been announced just yet, the band is currently preparing to take these songs into a live setting this summer and fall. Which, frankly, sounds like the perfect way to end that jolly day trip.  



New Video: "Bold" (Live - Acoustic) - The Districts

Check out this beautiful, acoutsic rendition of "Bold" performed by The Districts frontman Rob Grote! While at this year's Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shore, AL, he stopped by the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus to do a recording of the song off the band's latest LP, A Flourish and a Spoil. The Districts will be getting a lot of new stamps on their passports this summer, touching down in Europe, Asia and Australia, but first, they'll be headlining an intimate benefit show for Thrangu Rinpoche’s School for Himalayan Children this Saturday, June 6 at PhilaMOCA.



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