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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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From the NYC mag: Afrobeat and the NYC sound

This article focused on the parallel stories of the Afrobeat genre and the NYC sound was published in the Summer 2012 issue of The Deli (you can read it in pdf here). You can now enjoy it online here. - Article by Mike Levine, Art by JP Peer.

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All Ages Venue '9th & Beats' Opens Doors in DC

 

(by Natan Press) I saw two things I had never seen before at Wednesday night’s soft open for 9th and Beats, in the Old Dominion Brewhouse at 1219 9th St. NW. I had never seen a sushi bar in a sports bar. I was pretty excited about it, but not as excited as I was when I walked into yet another, much larger room, beyond the sushi bar, and witnessed the miracle of a music venue being born.

It was, apparently, a long labor (as those things go). For the previous 48 hours, Dave Mann and partners Rachel Eisley and Greg Roth, along with a cadre of volunteers, worked non-stop to get the room ready for those of us too impatient to wait until January (when their plans will truly come to fruition). A stage was built, PA’s were procured, and the room was (sort of) made ready for show-time; all for a grand total of $2500. This might not strike some as very promising, and, at this point there’s not much to write regarding the décor. That will soon change. The stage will be extended, the floor renovated, two projectors added, and the space will likely look fantastically unique. -Check out the rest of the review here...

(Pic above of The Sea Life performing at 9th and Beats.)

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All Ages Venue 9th & Beats Opens Doors in DC
- by Natan Press

I saw two things I had never seen before at Wednesday night’s soft open for 9th and Beats, in the Old Dominion Brewhouse at 1219 9th St. NW. I had never seen a sushi bar in a sports bar. I was pretty excited about it, but not as excited as I was when I walked into yet another, much larger room, beyond the sushi bar, and witnessed the miracle of a music venue being born.

It was, apparently, a long labor (as those things go). For the previous 48 hours, Dave Mann and partners Rachel Eisley and Greg Roth, along with a cadre of volunteers, worked non-stop to get the room ready for those of us too impatient to wait until January (when their plans will truly come to fruition). A stage was built, PA’s were procured, and the room was (sort of) made ready for show-time; all for a grand total of $2500. This might not strike some as very promising, and, at this point there’s not much to write regarding the décor. That will soon change. The stage will be extended, the floor renovated, two projectors added, and the space will likely look fantastically unique.

Before the bands played, Dave, Rachel, and Greg took the stage to present the audience their plans for the venue. 9th and Beats will primarily be an all-ages music venue. “All the shows that will involve music, will be all-ages shows,” says Dave. Thursday nights (dubbed "Rebels with a Cause"), in particular, will be reserved for bands with younger members and no alcohol will be served in the space on those nights. The space is meant to “cater to the kids” and the show will be followed with DJ sets put on by a company called In Cahoots, that sets up a “silent disco” show wherein the audience listens to the music through headphones. “You’ll walk into a sports bar, you’ll walk into a sushi bar, and then you’ll walk into a space where you can’t hear any music but you see people bobbing their heads back and forth. This is going to be the weirdest space in DC, but you’re gonna love it.” Dave later told me that for nights when national bands play, he’ll try to bill them with a sympathetic local band. Sounds good so far.

The plans for the space reach beyond music, however. Rachel is a local photographer and an art & photography teacher at an Arlington public school. She will be building a “pallet infrastructure” on the walls of the room on which local artists may hang their visions, with a focus on street art, photography, installation art and sculpture. “I want to see the space as where you can come and look at art, but it doesn’t distract you from what is going on in the room. I really want to create a dynamic environment where artists have the freedom to try new ideas out.” She will be accepting submissions on a rolling basis, probably monthly, so if one’s ideas can’t be tried out one month, there’s a good chance there will be room sometime down the road. Furthermore, her students are currently working on constructing chandeliers and other pieces to decorate the room.

Rachel will also be promoting theater and burlesque shows at the space (sorry kids, the burlesque will not be all-ages). “A lot of you guys probably know that a lot of DC theaters are shutting their doors or it’s become more difficult to perform there for indie theater groups…We really want this to be a space where people can express themselves in the performing arts as well.” With the Red Palace on H Street soon to close, it’s good to know that a new music AND burlesque venue is opening to fulfill our needs, liven our hearts and enrich our souls.

Greg will be the king of 9th and Beats’ comedy shows; he loves game shows, sketch comedy, and lots of other stuff. When he heard about the space, he talked to Dave about it and became motivated and enthusiastic by the potential. “This place is big, right? We could do a lot of things with this space!” For his part, Greg wants to do shows at 9th and Beats that are “a little bit different.” He wants to work with show producers, experienced in comedy and variety performance, that want to provide a unique experience, and he’ll be doing a show himself called “Who In The What Now?” (I think this is a Simpsons reference, and, if I’ve caught the reference correctly, I get “extra points,” though he was unclear on what I could spend them).

All this potential excitement aside, the most important aspect of any music venue is the sound. The room may not look too promising yet, but when the bands started to play I was more than pleasantly surprised. I don’t know if there are plans to improve the sound system that was in place for this show, but there’s not much need. The PAs were loud, crisp and clear. The bands that played, Go Cosy and The Sea Life (pictured), like their reverb loud, deep and wavy, and the room adequately sopped up the noise and let us float on their pretty sounds without drowning in froth and foam. Every instrument and voice could be clearly heard from any spot in the room. The sound will only improve once the walls are covered in pallets and art.

As venues continue to close, and artists have more and more trouble finding outlets in DC, it’s a great joy to see a project like this, focused on cultivating local arts for both the young and old. The space is ripe with potential. The calendar is already filling up. And there’s sushi!

 

 

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The Sea Life 

 
 
 

 

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All Ages Venue 9th & Beats Opens Doors in DC
- by Natan Press

I saw two things I had never seen before at Wednesday night’s soft open for 9th and Beats, in the Old Dominion Brewhouse at 1219 9th St. NW. I had never seen a sushi bar in a sports bar. I was pretty excited about it, but not as excited as I was when I walked into yet another, much larger room, beyond the sushi bar, and witnessed the miracle of a music venue being born.

It was, apparently, a long labor (as those things go). For the previous 48 hours, Dave Mann and partners Rachel Eisley and Greg Roth, along with a cadre of volunteers, worked non-stop to get the room ready for those of us too impatient to wait until January (when their plans will truly come to
fruition). A stage was built, PA’s were procured, and the room was (sort of) made ready for show-time; all for a grand total of $2500. This might not strike some as very promising, and, at this point there’s not much to write regarding the décor. That will soon change. The stage will be extended, the floor renovated, two projectors added, and the space will likely look fantastically unique.

Before the bands played, Dave, Rachel, and Greg took the stage to present the audience their plans for the venue. 9th and Beats will primarily be an all-ages music venue. “All the shows that will involve music, will be all-ages shows,” says Dave. Thursday nights (dubbed "Rebels with a Cause"), in particular, will be reserved for bands with younger members and no alcohol will be served in the space on those nights. The space is meant to “cater to the kids” and the show will be followed with DJ sets put on by a company called In Cahoots, that sets up a “silent disco” show wherein the audience listens to the music through headphones. “You’ll walk into a sports bar, you’ll walk into a sushi bar, and then you’ll walk into a space where you can’t hear any music but you see people bobbing their heads back and forth. This is going to be the weirdest space in DC, but you’re gonna love it.” Dave later told me that for nights when national bands play, he’ll try to bill them with a sympathetic local band. Sounds good so far.

The plans for the space reach beyond music, however. Rachel is a local photographer and an art & photography teacher at an Arlington public school. She will be building a “pallet infrastructure” on the walls of the room on which local artists may hang their visions, with a focus on street art, photography, installation art and sculpture. “I want to see the space as where you can come and look at art, but it doesn’t distract you from what is going on in the room. I really want to create a dynamic environment where artists have the freedom to try new ideas out.” She will be accepting submissions on a rolling basis, probably monthly, so if one’s ideas can’t be tried out one month, there’s a good chance there will be room sometime down the road. Furthermore, her students are currently working on constructing chandeliers and other pieces to decorate the room.

Rachel will also be promoting theater and burlesque shows at the space (sorry kids, the burlesque will not be all-ages). “A lot of you guys probably know that a lot of DC theaters are shutting their doors or it’s become more difficult to perform there for indie theater groups…We really want this to be a space where people can express themselves in the performing arts as well.” With the Red Palace on H Street soon to close, it’s good to know that a new music AND burlesque venue is opening to fulfill our needs, liven our hearts and enrich our souls.

Greg will be the king of 9th and Beats’ comedy shows; he loves game shows, sketch comedy, and lots of other stuff. When he heard about the space, he talked to Dave about it and became motivated and enthusiastic by the potential. “This place is big, right? We could do a lot of things with this space!” For his part, Greg wants to do shows at 9th and Beats that are “a little bit different.” He wants to work with show producers, experienced in comedy and variety performance, that want to provide a unique experience, and he’ll be doing a show himself called “Who In The What Now?” (I think this is a Simpsons reference, and, if I’ve caught the reference correctly, I get “extra points,” though he was unclear on what I could spend them).

All this potential excitement aside, the most important aspect of any music venue is the sound. The room may not look too promising yet, but when the bands started to play I was more than pleasantly surprised. I don’t know if there are plans to improve the sound system that was in place for this show, but there’s not much need. The PAs were loud, crisp and clear. The bands that played, Go Cosy and The Sea Life (pictured), like their reverb loud, deep and wavy, and the room adequately sopped up the noise and let us float on their pretty sounds without drowning in froth and foam. Every instrument and voice could be clearly heard from any spot in the room. The sound will only improve once the walls are covered in pallets and art.

As venues continue to close, and artists have more and more trouble finding outlets in DC, it’s a great joy to see a project like this, focused on cultivating local arts for both the young and old. The space is ripe with potential. The calendar is already filling up. And there’s sushi!

 

 

will

 
 
 

 

The Sea Life 

 
 
 

 

Weekly Feature: Blonds

The members of Florida duo Blonds first set up shop in New York to work on the follow-up to their 2011 EP Dark Roots, putting the finishing touches on their full-length album The Bad Ones earlier this year. The Bad Ones was released in August and highlights the band's dramatic, lovesick lyrics with Rae's unforgettable, soulful vocals. Recently their single "Time" was aired on an episode of MTV's "Underemployed."

Devon Antonetti asked the couple leading the band a few questions here.

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HOT AS SUN: Live Review - Los Globos 12/14/12

For whatever reason PUMA hosted a Holiday Mixer at Los Globos last night. The oversized sneakers strewn about the venue and marketing ploy aside, it was a great excuse to put together an amazing lineup of some seriously talented local acts thanks to our friends at BuzzBands LA. The highlight for me was the synth-pop set from Hot As Sun. The band has been holed up in the studio this year working on their debut full length album with an expected March 2013 release date on Last Gang Records. So, it was a real treat to see them at their best presenting all this wonderful, new material. Between the yelling through the checkered megaphone, the line dance break in the middle of “Dahance to the Beat,” and the truly impressive pipes on lead singer/frontwoman Jamie Jackson, this cold December night was one worth trekking out into. Firmly rooted in modern electro-pop, yet tinged with 60s girl group vibes, and British-inspired trip-hop beats, Hot As Sun’s songs transfix, and make it impossible to stand still. Throughout their set the room erupted in jubilant dancing, which usually sends awkward chills down my spine, but not this time. Maybe it was the PUMA sweatbands everyone was wearing, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that Olivia Newton-John’s disco spirit was alive inside Jackson and spilling out into the crowd. In the best way. - Jacqueline Caruso

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Weekend Warrior, December 14 - 16

Strand of Oaks has had a helluva 2012, which saw him release another beautiful album in Dark Shores and found him reaching out to the masses on tours with the likes of Bowerbirds, Yellow Ostrich, and The Tallest Man on Earth. Showalter is all set to wrap up his successful year with his first headlining show at Johnny Brenda’s this Saturday, and it will likely be one of the last chances to see him play a hometown show before he heads for a tour of Sweden and Norway with Tallest Man on Earth in 2013. Little Big League will have plenty to celebrate when they open the show since they recently finished up work on their upcoming debut LP that should see the light of day at the beginning of next year. Buried Beds are another band who had a great year and will have some big things in store for the new year, so when they take the stage you might just get a preview of what is to come. It’s going to be a righteous locals only evening. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford St., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Bill McThrill

 
Other things to keep you entertained this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Serpent Throne, Randall of Nazareth, SAT Strand of Oaks, Buried Beds, Little Big League
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI The Fux, The Missile Toads, Doghouse Swine, The Blessed Muthas, SAT Ape School, SUN Mob Terror, The Cloth
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) SAT Blacklisted, Gypsy
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Alo Brazil
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Goodnight Lights, Rob, Lately & the Haunts, Dirty Cartoon, SAT You Do You, The Bigness, Greg Sover Band, SUN High Council, Robot Hearts, The Gang Age
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI The Snails, The Mahlors, SAT True Gold, The Tweeds, The Lift Up
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Former Belle, SAT Mason Porter, The Levee Drivers, The Lawsuits
 
Ortlieb’s (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Ran Tan Toon, SAT Jampa
 
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Spectrums
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SUN Monster Magnet, One Ton Shovel
 
TLA (334 South St.) SAT Man Overboard, I Am The Avalanche, Motionless in White
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Bryan Seymour, Kyle Morgan, The Donuts, Brittany Ann Tranbaugh, SAT Valkyrians, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SUN Ashley Leone, The John Salamone Band, Mixed People, iLL Doots
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Dave Watson, Craig Myers, Taz
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Peanutbutter Lovecicle, The Loose Lipz, Schoolly D, Token Prospects, SAT Reverend TJ McGlinchey, Paige Allbritton, The Wounded Healers, Amy Faden, Andrew Jude
 
Love City Roller Derby (820 Spring Garden St.) SAT Harsh Vibes, Psychic Teens, S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D.
 
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or the venue for more details.) FRI Three Man Cannon
 
Beaumont Warehouse (Please contact one of the acts or the venue for more details.) SAT The Mighty Paradocs
 
Hong Kong Garden (Please contact one of the acts or the venue for more details.) SAT Cousin Brian, Slutever, Vengeance and the Feral Dogs
 
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Christy & Emily turn up the volume on "Tic Tac Toe" - out in January

Known for their elegantly delicate tunes flirting with contemporary music influences, talented New Yorkers Christy & Emily announced the release a new album entitled "Tic Tac Toe" (out in January) which reveals two new band members, and a few tunes featuring a more "rock" approach to songwriting. We are favoriably impressed with the new songs which can be streamed on their website. Quiet numbers haven't disappeared from the new record, but the presence of faster tracks makes for a more entertaining listening experience. Check out "Bells" streaming below.

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