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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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Spirit Animal wins The Deli's Year End Poll ALT ROCK Open Submissions

Spirit Animal breaks out on their latest fun filled party anthem record with 'The Black Jack White' (streaming). We wish this would have came out in the summer because it's begging to be blasted out of our windows. In the 4 track EP Kingdom Phylum, it's sometimes funky and always fun. We wouldn't be surprised if Beck (Midnight Vultures era) is the king of this realm, and Alexis Krauss (Sleigh Bells) is the Queen - but Spirit Animal are definitely the party makers.
You can join in on the fun and pledge your lineage to their kingdom, and maybe even find your own Spirit Animal in the process on January 31st @ Webster Hall. - Joe Fish


From The Deli NYC's submissions: The Cartwheelers

There's nothing wrong with a little fun right? There could be worse reasons to love the music we do, and The Cartwheelers already know this about you. And expressly for this purpose: this Jersey punk duo for their latest EP 'Hot Socks! It's... The Cartwheelers' have compiled the fastest set of party tracks we've heard in awhile. 

From a friend's attempt to hide his heroin habit ('Heroin'), to losing money to sketchy characters ('Loan Shark'), this band may deal with the some uncommon situation (although we all have occasional money issues), but for them... it's just another part of life's bizarre, crazy, and very weird journey. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

This band submitted their music for coverage here.


From The Deli NYC's submissions: Todd Kramer

Meet Todd Kramer: one part country, one part singer/songwriter, and one part blue-eyed heartbreaker. Though it seems all he can sing about these days is the damage done to his own heart.

New EP 'One Pair of Eyes' carries a torch for broken hearts everywhere in songs like 'Empty Cup' and 'Numb.' Honest expressions of what it's like to lose someone you're close to, but Todd's also ready to turn up the knobs and let a burning guitar solo rip through whatever's troubling you too. Check out closer 'Redeye' for more on that. Listen below and check him out January 16th when he plays at Sidewalk Cafe. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

This band submitted their music for coverage here.


Connan Mockisan Disappearing People Faux Canada Play Bottom of the Hill - 1/15

Are you yearning to see an awesome psych rock show this week?? This Wednesday, Bay Area darlings Disappearing People and Faux Canada will be joining New Zealand psych-pop act Connan Mockisan at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco. Opening the show is indie-pop trio, Faux Canada, who embrace synthesizers and give an electronic update to indie rock bands of yore. Oakland’s duo, Disappearing People will change the pace of the show, blending elements of psych-rock and fuzzed-out lo-fi music to create durational musical compositions. This band is nothing short of trippy. And last but not least, there’s the headliner Connan Mockisan who has made it to California from across the pond. Mockisan crafts slowly building, twee-like, psych-pop. The artist has been making waves with his most recent album, Caramel. That said, catch Mockisan before he flees the states! -Erin Dage

New Track: "Saguenay" - Telequanta

Below is a new jam from electronic producer Telequanta, a.k.a. J. Termini, called "Saguenay." He will be releasing his new EP Metaverse later this year via Data Garden. Looks like the Philly indie electronic label/event production collaborative has a lot going on in 2014.



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