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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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Cool Ghouls Gear Up to Release New Album + Drop New Single

The incredibly popular San Francisco based band, Cool Ghouls is gearing up to release their new album, A Swirling Fire Burning Through The Rye which is due out on November 11th on Empty Cellar Records.

You have the opportunity to hear a new single from the album below. The quintessential CG sound resonates through their new track, The Mile, which is catchy but sounds a bit more mature than their earlier work. Although they still grasp tones and styles from The Beatles, there is a bit more of a serious tone to the song that shows that the band has evolved, which hopefully invokes anticipation for their upcoming album. We are intrigued for sure.

Give The Mile a listen. It’s a great song.


J Fernandez

J Fenandez has released the first single, "Cosmic Was" from the upcoming EP Memorize Now. The EP will be released via Atelier Ciseaux on October 14th.

You can catch J Fernandez at Township on October with Krill and Yeesh.


Sun Culture, "Young Blood"

It seems that the theme of the week is major label expats.  Chase Coy parted ways with Universal about two years ago, and his search for a more authentic creative endeavor landed him in Nashville and brought about the creation of Sun Culture. This project is much more beach-and-club influenced than the acoustic teenage ambles that catapulted Coy into the hearts of the Myspace generation. Sun Culture's debut album was release this past March, every bit the perfect soundtrack to living out the summer on Nashville's nonexistent coast. The band is already back in the studio, and recently put out this single, "Young Blood." It comes from the same youthful and sun-soaked place as the debut album, though there is some added heft when one takes into account the sea change that has occured between 18-year-old Coy and the present day. That takes some major balls to realize a greater artistic goal, especially when it would be so much more comfortable to remain static. -Terra James-Jura



Video Premiere: Common Shiner "Social Mediasochist"

Common Shiner have teamed up Chicago-based comedy group Lowcarbcomedy to create a hilarious high school slasher themed video for the band's 2013 track "Social Mediasochrist".

The video finds Jason Voorhees trying to impress the hottest girl in school who just happens to be the girlfriend of Michael Myers.


A brilliant, but slacking, Brooklyn band: The Yum Dee Days

The Yum Dee Days is the latest Brooklyn band to catch us off guard with a record we entirely missed when it came out in July 2013 - although it must be said that the guys don't seem too interested in promoting their music, since we have found no traces of their name in our inbox or digital submissions, and they've received very little coverage from other music blogs (they don't even have a Facebook profile - the heresy!!!). They play live though, and are working with a really good booking agency, which means that they are actually hoping to go places, and rightly so, because their debut EP "It's All Happening" is a small gem. This is one of those lazy records that entertain and charm in gentle ways, mostly through quality, original songwriting, and subtle influences as conflictual as Psych Rock ('Everybody Knows Nobody Cares' - streaming) and 60's style crooning ('The Future Is A Drag'). Thinking about it, you can't really expect a band with songs bearing this kind of titles (add to the list 'Hangin Out for Days' and 'King Slacker'), to be even remotely interested in self promotion or taking press photos, right? Well, some say that relaxation is the secret of inspiration, so maybe that's a good approach to a career in music - may a chill wave carry them far!

We added 'Everyone's Your Friend' to The Deli's playlist of Best songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!




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