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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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Lend an ear to NYC's Lazy Talkers

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Mp3: Lazy Talkers - “Killing Time”

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James Iha "Spped of Love"

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Get ready to dance: Stereo Telescope to release new album January 25th in Allston, MA

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1/25 - ALBUM RELEASE SHOW - Great Scott - Allston, MA - RSVP

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Weekend Warrior, January 18 - 20

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MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI United Kingdom, Emily Bate, BAA RAM EWE, SAT Shark Tape
 
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Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.) SUN Davav5
 
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World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Philly Gumbo, SAT MiZ
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI JAH People, SAT Stiadle
 
Triumph Brewery (117 Chestnut St.) FRI The Nines, SAT Dancing Days, SUN Elliot Levin Jazz Trio
 
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Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI ‘tine-‘tine, Time Ghost, Skeleton Lipstick, SAT Toy Cannons, Drake City, Bite Size Giant
 
The Rotunda (4014 Walnut St.) SAT Mary Lattimore/Jeff Zeigler
 
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Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Spies Like Them, L.M.I., Bonner
 
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This song was added to our curated SoundCloud playlist of the best songs by emerging NYC bands - listen to it here.

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The Philly Opry w/Birdie Busch at JB’s January 18

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