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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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The Deli Philly’s Year End Poll - Top Performers: Lantern

2014 is already looking good for Lantern. The band is headed back into the studio this week to record the follow-up to last year’s release, Rock ‘N’ Roll Rorschach. The blues/70’s rock-inspired album was a departure from grittier, lo-fi Lantern recordings of yore - tightened up, but by no means tidy. Rorschach’s take on the American rock tradition is at once groovy but not vapid, sultry and meaningfully layered, loud and thrashy. Alchemy like that can’t possibly be an accident, but the tone of the LP is too no-fuss to let you dwell on it. For their next album, Zachary Devereux Fairbrother and Emily Robb are teaming up once again with Montreal-based drummer Christian Simmons to take it a step further. In addition to experimenting with different instrumentation, the group’s newfound obsession with 60’s and 70’s Brit rock is sure to translate. “It all started because our drummer Christian lent us a couple of books by the engineers that worked on most of the Beatles catalogue. Now we can't stop listening,” said Robb. An evolving cross-genre rock ‘n’ roll outfit with a thoughtful, more technical eye on what’s next? Yeah, we’re in. (You can view the rest of The Deli Philly's Best of 2013 Emerging Artists list HERE.) - Leslie Burnette


Weekly Features: Honduras releases EP tomorrow (03.01) + plays SXSW

NYC’s local quartet and hazy noise rockers Honduras have really been stepping it up lately, especially with their latest single “Borders” (streaming below). The 2012-founded band can be compared to a faster punk version of the Arctic Monkeys or a Deerhunter/Sex Pistols fusion. The Brit-sounding muffled vocals of Pat Phillips combined with the band’s knack for clean, well-tempered guitar work and percussion makes for a wild listen that will keep you looping their tracks. The band will be celebrating the release of EP ‘Morality Cuts’ tomorrow (03.01) with a show at Radio Bushwick, and then will travel south for a few SXSW showcases. - LINKS: Michael Haskoor's interview with Honduras.


DRGN King Returns to Philly at JB’s Feb. 28

DRGN King is back in Philly after a tour of the northern middle states. Although the band hasn’t released anything new since its debut LP, Paragraph Nights, the group’s frontman, Dominic Angelella, recently did a stripped-down cover of The Dead Milkmen’s classic, “Punk Rock Girl”, for Root Down in The Shadow’s Cover Club. Hopefully he’ll unleash a more raucous rendition tonight with a full band at Johnny Brenda’s. They’ll be sharing a bill this evening with New York City’s Porches, a band that specializes in dark, slowed-down rock with an undercurrent of world beats; however, their music contains a subtle light, hopeful lilt that keeps its songs from weighing to heavy on a listener’s soul. Also on the night’s roster is another Philly act, Mumblr, playing garage-noise with plenty of fuzz. So shake off the icicles, and let the music warm you up. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Shaylin O’Connell


Zoo Brother "Psychic Whatever"

Zoo Brother (aka William Karmis) has released a video for his track "Psychic Whatever" featuring Atlas Murphy. The track comes from Zoo Brother's debut EP, Gemini Girl, which was released last year.

You can catch Zoo Brother at Elbo Room on March 28th with Walking Shapes and Heavenly Beat.


Revolution, I Love You EP Release Show at North Star Bar Feb. 28

Philly electropop duo Revolution, I Love You will be taking over the North Star Bar for an EP release show tonight. With their new record The Atlantic Ocean hot off the presses, you find the group channeling a more experimental but less abrasive sound than previous releases, showing off their songwriting maturation. Heavily influenced by “The Replacements, Bruce Springsteen, and Big Star as they are by the electronica and hip-hop artist,” The Atlantic Ocean proves to be the Revolution, I LOve You's most accomplished album to date. They'll be joined this evening by Dokument, the latest project from Jarrett Zerrer (ex-City Rain), and post-punk four-piece The One2s. North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Maggie Grabmeier



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