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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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Show Recap: Screaming Females, Waxahatchee, Tenement & Trophy Wife at the First Unitarian Church

Don Giovanni Records fall tour, which slated Screaming Females, Waxahatchee and Tenement together, made its final stop at First Unitarian Church Sunday night. The tenacious twosome of Katy Otto and Diane Foglizzo, a.k.a. Trophy Wife, kicked off the show with a quick intense set demonstrating the duo’s raw power while setting the bar for the rest of evening. Amos Pitsch-fronted Wisconsin punk outfit Tenement were next. The set included moments of guitar flourishes and Pitsch glistened with effort; however, the set seemed to flash with the blink of an eye.
 
Hometown favorite Waxahatchee, a.k.a. Katie Crutchfield, wasted little time putting the crowd underneath her thumb with songs primarily from her latest critically acclaimed LP Cerulean Salt, a steady combination of emotive intimacy and controlled aggression. The delicate nature of “Bathtub” transitioned into the energetic pop vibe of “Coast to Coast” with its bursting percussion, and then Waxahatchee displayed a different side with the darkened edge of “Misery Over Dispute.” The subdued “Lively” preceded a fitting cover of “Make Your Own Kind of Music,” which was written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and made famous by Cass Elliot. Closing with “Peace and Quiet,” Waxahatchee delivered a multifaceted set, pulling the audience in close as Crutchfield held them with every word.
 
Screaming Females had the final word on this night. The trio led by blistering guitarist/singer Marissa Paternoster enthralled the audience with a litany of in-synch heavy grooves with thick smashing drums and impassioned vocals, piling riff after riff on Ugly staples such as “Leave It All Up to Me” and “It All Means Nothing,” demonstrating her chops through a series of finely executed solos. The crowd bounced along to “Sheep,” and fell in line on “Baby Jesus.” By the time the band appropriately closed out the show/tour with an explosive take on “Expire,” there was no doubt the audience had digested the message loud and clear. (Photos by Rachel Barrish) - Michael Colavita
 
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Just Lions EP Release at Mississippi Studios 10.2

With rain pounding outside I have begun to comprise my October playlist. In Halloween mode I came across a new track by local trio, Just Lions, called "Monsters". The track pounds open with tried and true rock-and-roll, hand-claps and Chandler Strutz's warm vocals. Each of the four tracks on their new EP, Paper Cage showcase varying approaches that Just Lions take to stylize their sound of rock, pop and a little jazz. The title track has fat riffs that break into power-cowbell (showcasing the quick wrist of Andrew Shepard) and violin while "Othello" slows down into a dark, triple harmonized and bass heavy progression (Brady Strutz) ending in guitar solowork that elevates the song to end where spacy, digital electronics are autonomous with jazz brass. The lyrics are full of trepidation yet guitar fingerwork and unexpected bops are uplifting despite monsters of fear and regret. Catch the release party for Paper Cage with New Move and Bombs Into You! at Mississippi Studios on Oct 2nd. Get there early to grab a free, one-of-a-kind handmade copy of the EP (first 50 humans). - Brandy Crowe

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Tipper Whore at Exit/In 10.2

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Michael Jaroski

Even The Monkeys is the new album from singer/songwriter Michael Jaroski. It is a beautiful self-released collection of driven by equal parts melodies and lyrics. I don't know anything about Michael, but this album makes me want to find out more.

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The Lemons

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You can catch The Lemons at The Township on October 4th.

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