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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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The Amputees release new EP 'Scream'

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You Won't Nominated For Boston Music Awards as Folk Artist Of The Year!!!

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The Boston Music Awards recently nominated You Won't in the category of "Folk Artist of the Year", head over to http://www.bostonmusicawards.com/
to help them out. 

Lead singer Josh Arnoudse kindly answered a few quick questions for me:

 

Describe yourself in 3 words ...

Pale lanky cheesemonger

 

Which aspect of making music excites you the most right now?

Never-ending quixotic quest for the perfect fake bass sound.

 

Guilty pleasure?

Fail videos

 

You can't live without ...

A bandmate who can play 57 varieties of instrument

 

If you weren't a musician what would you be?

A sad and bitter clown

 

What do you have coming up music-wise (current or upcoming recordings/tours/extravaganzas/experiments/collaborations/top secret projects etc) ?

 We are currently recording a new album to be accompanied by an experimental touring extravaganza of epic proportions entailing numerous top secret collaborations.

 

See them play live December 5th at Sinclair - Brescia Mascheretti

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The guitar work on this record is impressive. A lot of times I hear punk albums consisting of a few fast power chords, nothing that really showcases the abilities of the guitarist. Peeple Watchin' are quite different--quick flourishes and impressive licks are scattered throughout the record, informing the listener that there is no shortage of talent in this band.

Peeple Watchin' will be playing Great Scott in Allston on November 24th. Check the Great Scott site for more details.

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)

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