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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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New Track: "Go For It" - CRUISR

“Go For It,” the latest single from CRUISR, is the type track that can really break the ice. With a loose infectious energy and a tightly compacted sandy groove, the song is a great way to shake off that chill and transition over to warmer weather. “Go ahead, now go for it.”


The Kickoff Party to the First Annual Philly Video Music Festival at PhilaMOCA Feb. 26

Tonight is the kickoff party to the first annual Philly Video Music Festival, which will be running at PhilaMOCA from February 26 through March 1. This evening’s program will consist of all local submissions with a few select ones, whom were invited. I am honored to be part of the selection committee that also consists of PhilaMOCA/Philly Video Music Fest co-curator Eric Bresler, The Key/WXPN’s John Vettese, WXPN DJ Robert Drake, and City Paper’s Emily Guendelsberger. You’ll also find fun events the rest of the week like Name That Video!, a throwback game show for the music video obsessed, a burlesque tribute to Weird Al and They Might Be Giants by Miss Rose’s Sexploitation Follies, retro video dance party, and much more. (You can the full festival schedule HERE.) It’s going to be a rad time, and get there early tonight because there is a good chance that it will sell out! PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 7pm, $10, All Ages - Q.D. Tran


A Deli NYC premiere: "Prisms" by Youth Signals

Despite being a Brooklyn band, Youth Signals' latest single, 'Prisms,' carries characteristics of the other coast - or maybe even of the music some UK bands were playing in the late 80s (Psychedelic Furs, Echo and the Bunnymen). The song evokes a landscape (and society) far from hospitable ("we live in a land where everyone steals…. crumbling buildings/ no one has a home"), but for all its bleak content, 'Prisms' retains a hopeful disposition. Its sun-stroked, washed-out guitar keeps the song afloat, and this, coupled with the darkly lush vocals and languid pace of the drums, imparts a serene sense of calm. Towards the middle, the song slows, bending to entropy, but it soon breaks through, returning to its original elated existence. - @emilioherce

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best NYC songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!


Album Review: Krill--A Distant Fist Unclenching

A Distant Fist Unclenching, the newest batch of songs from Boston’s Krill, is--for lack of a more refined, technical musical term--freakin' awesome. Heavy Modest Mouse and Built to Spill influences permeate the tracks, especially on songs like “Foot.” Super-tight stops and thick guitars are rampant throughout this song (and the rest of the album), making it nearly impossible not to crank this record as loud as your speakers will go. 

Krill has quite a big year planned so far. Currently on a European tour, the band will be back in Boston on 3/13 for an LP release show at Great Scott, before heading back on the road for a string of dates that will be capped-off by an opening spot at this May's Boston Calling festival.  

For more about Krill (and to check out their upcoming tour dates), click here.

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)



Daniel Knox "Don't Touch Me"

This week Daniel Knox released his self-titled album on Carrot Top Records. You can purchase the album in all versions here. The album's first single is called "Don't Touch Me" and is accompanied by the beautifully directed video below.

Knox will be performing at a sold out show at Constellation on Saturday Feb. 28th.



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