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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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Debut Telepathic EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

It seems like Rob Garcia and Sarah Everton have put Bleeding Rainbow to rest (at least for now). The duo has teamed up with Paul Brinkley on a new project called Telepathic. You can stream and purchase their debut six-song EP Powers of Ten (below), which will also be available on limited cassettes. The album was recorded/self-released by the band, and mixed by Kyle Gilbride (Swearin', Waxahatchee, Radiator Hospital, etc.). You can catch Telepathic performing live on Saturday, April 25 at Everybody Hits.

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New Track: "Frances Quinlan Will Have Her Revenge on Philadelphia" - The Weaks

Local powerpop quartet The Weaks premiered a new single, "Frances Quinlan Will Have Her Revenge on Philadelphia," a play on Nirvana's "Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle" and homage to good friend and Hop Along frontwoman, via Impose Magazine. The track is off the group's forthcoming album Bad Year (Lame-O Records). The Weaks will be spending most of April on the road (some of which will be opening for Brand New) with a homecoming record release show on Monday, April 27 at PhilaMOCA. (Photo by Jessica Flynn)

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The Love Dimension The Spiral Electric and Trendy Dad Play Bottom of the Hill - 4/2

San Francisco based psych revivalist band, The Love Dimension will be headlining a night at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco on April 2nd. The Love Dimension always puts on a wonderful live show. Their music shoots out vibes of peace, love and rock and roll! Neo shoegaze band, The Spiral Electric will also be performing on the BOT stage. This Brian Jonestown Massacre, paisley underground influenced ensemble creates really nice and dreamy rock soundscapes. San Francisco based rock band, Trendy Dad will be opening the night with their own brand of 60s revivalist pop rock and roll.

There's absolutely no way you won't be moving and shaking on the dance floor throughout this entire show! Don't miss a great night of music at Bottom of the Hill!

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Your Plastic Toys

The term “Poser Pop” shows up sometimes in the words Austin’s future-leaning Your Plastic Toys have written about themselves. Check their online shit, and you’ll see those two words more than once, those two descriptors that aren’t really a genre as such, but more a stance by Your Plastic Toys on their own place in music. In our estimation, the idea is that Your Plastic Tree poses at pop, refusing to make the standard plays while still fully playing a pop game. They are as art-aware as they are pop-aware as they are experimentally on point, and their music is at once a serious approach to pop music making and a bit of a mockery of the pop that’s already out there (in the fine tradition of acts like Talking Heads, The Fugs, or the very contemporary PC Music label out of the UK). A band that views the pop rulebook through half-broke virtual reality goggles.

In that same vein, you’ll also see a lot of abstractions and hyper-modern shit on Your Plastic Toys’ various web profiles, like glitchy saturated pixel-heavy images created by the band itself, short thoughts and quotes decoupled from their source and presented as something to be considered on their own, and not a single clear photo of the band to be found. This digital obfuscation of the band, its image, its motives, its views, evokes a highly modern feeling of existing in a never ending swirl of bit-noise and net fuzz, and it’s exactly what Your Plastic Toys’ sound is like.

On the just-released album OOO, shoegaze-gone-modern swells and currents of sound layer over tight digital beats and the vocals are threaded in and out heavily tweaked and disaffected, sometimes even disdainfully so (to great effect, it must be made clear). Your Plastic Toys comes through like a band seen and heard through a diabolical storm of TV snow on a channel that’s shakily fading in and out of a 1990s tube TV in a busted up apartment with a courtyard pool in the summer. It’s music that rides on that bright burning edge of culture just curling out from the future and into the present, and that throws back a tech-addled vision of what it sees to those still lingering in the cultural past. Take a listen to one of Austin's most forward-thinking bands below, and inject their entire new album here.

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Big Thief writes some of NYC's best intimate folk

Big Thief is Adrianne Lenker's collaborative songwriting project. Several songs have been posted since her last official release, "a-sides" in 2014. Her music is often sentimental and rarely steps outside conventional folk arrangements, so what is that in there—bold and arresting? She stands apart from many musicians carrying on the folk/bluegrass tradition in that she never gets lazy—all her tracks are different, her songwriting is on point, and her voice can stand perfectly alone as well as melt into anything it touches. She delivers clarity. The vocal harmonies in “a-sides” thaw over spare strumming and tell stories of death by Lake Superior, travels by the Mississippi River, and countless other places impossible not to fall in love with. Her earlier records “b-sides” and “Ours Were The Birds” can’t go without mention as they offer a great catch of Lenker’s even more powerful solitude. Big Thief played a bunch of shows in March and we’re looking forward to hearing more. - Leora Mandel

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best folk songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!

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