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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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Brooklyn Experimental Garage: Young Boys

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Leather Debuting New Material at KFN Jan. 25

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Weekend Rundown: The Deli Nashville's Recommendations

Photo by Lauren Napier Photography

This weekend stands to be fairly quiet here in Music City, but if you'd like to hang with us, we've found perhaps the two best parties in town, hosted at one venue, for your convenience.

Tonight, the Alanna Royale Bless Her Heart EP release show is happening at The Basement. Along with Golden Spurs, Maureen Murphy, and one of our favorites, the always incredible Daniel Ellsworth & the Great Lakes, the Nasvhille-united seven piece will bring their fantastic and self-described "dirty pop/raunchy soul" to the stage to officially unveil their heavily-anticipated EP. Alanna Royale has been getting the full hype treatment from the Nashville music community lately and the buzz is well-deserved. Alanna's voice establishes the line between "sweet" and "strong" and dances all over it effortlessly. You can spend the day learning every word to the Bless Her Heart EP over at Bandcamp and then come dance and sweat with us to this fantastic lineup at The Basement.
Details for the event can be found here.

On Saturday night, we're back at the Basement for our first Photo Ops experience. The solo project of Terry Price, Photo Ops' prismatic and mesmerizing February release, How To Say Goodbye, makes showing up for this one a no-brainer. Price manned each of the instruments on the record, but for this set, he'll be backed by a full band. Joining Photo Ops on the bill will be Westbound Rangers and Fox Bear Snake.
Details for this one can be found here.

Pick one or both nights to come out to The Basement and say hi and watch some fantastic music with us!


Release and Catch

Release 1 - Creationists are having a full-on coming out party for their latest release, Ἁγία Σοφία, this Saturday, 1/26/13, at Trailer Space Records.  To be escorted by Dikes of HollandComa in Algiers, and Kingdom of Suicide Lovers.  Need more details??  Go here

Release 2 - David Thomas Jones is throwing down a release party for "Comfort Creatures" (which we called "...arguably, the best indie alt rock record of 2012.") at Holy Mountain next Thursday, 1/31/13.  To be accompanied by the three bands he performs with, Watch Out For Rockets, Les Rav, and Scan Hopper, with End Wave ending the soiree.  And as an added treat, the Austin Chapter of Dudeism will be abiding at a priest ordainment booth.  Or not.  More details here.

Catch - From the "You mighta missed this one" department - Perennial local favorites The Sour Notes went on tour last year, and all we got was this sweet mini-documentary.  Check it out:

Then they re-issued "Last Looks" and made a new music video for the title track.  Nice:


New Track: “Peace and Quiet” - Waxahatchee

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Fol Chen announce new album The False Alarms

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EXPLODING IN SOUND RELEASES EMPIRE OF FUZZ

Last week Exploding in Sound (a Boston-based record company that has bands like Pile and Speedy Ortiz) released their extremely good Empire of Fuzz compilation album, including twenty-six tracks from bands all over the country. The fuzz comes in different varieties: fuzziness from lo-fi recording, fuzz coming from the garage, fuzz from a Big-Muff-type pedal, fuzz from too much volume, fuzz from noise. The newest in punk and post-hardcore genres are well represented here. Check out the track list and download the album for free here. - Geoff Noble

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Up and Coming NYC Indie: Dear Comrade

Like the social protests of Arcade Fire and Hank Williams III, Dear Comrade aren't content to air their grievances against acoustic instruments and sentimental conclusions. This is a band has serious stadium ambitions. A larger-than-life diatribe against injustice everywhere, this group will make you grab pitchforks and shout the message from the rooftops. Singers Sam Quartin and Arthur Kremer work out their issues in burners 'Basketcase' and 'Wolf' off their debut 'All Wisdom is Gone.' - Mike Levine @Goldnuggets

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