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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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Remembering The End with Prince Rama (+ DUMBO show 8.17)

'Top Ten Songs Of The End Of The World' (Paw Tracks) is the new project by Brooklyn-based psychedelic duo Prince Rama, that sees the Larson sisters curate the apocalypse from an imaginary past, by impersonating ten fictitious bands on the eve of destruction. 'So Destroyed', streaming below, is a first glimpse into the record, a gripping, hypnotic fusion of Indian music and new-wave/pop courtesy of 'Rage Peace', introduced as 'the Bob Dylan of a whole generation of angry youth'. An ambitious move, both aesthetcially and conceptually, this pseudo-compilation gives Prince Rama the freedom to explore a vast array of musical influences, thus giving us a lot to look forward to for the end of the year, even if our planet doesn't collapse onto itself as promised by CGI-based fantasies.

Note that on November 6th, when the full album is released, Prince Rama will be off touring Europe with Animal Collective; before they leave though, you can catch a couple of NYC shows, the next one being on Friday (8.17) under The Archway, for a free DUMBO summer bash.

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New Video: “We Trust” (BITBY - BCKSTG) - Laser Background

Below is a stripped-down performance by Laser Background of the song “We Trust,” which is the opener to their self-titled debut EP. The session was recorded on the roof of their Port Richmond practice space by BITBY. They'll be performing this Friday at Johnny Brenda's for the Ape School LP Release Party.

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Free Download: Shine A Light Music Festival - The War on Drugs

Check out The War on Drugs’ entire set from Shine A Light Music Festival at Mulcahy’s in Wantagh, NY on July 21, 2012! You can download it for free HERE. Special thanks to NYC Taper’s Dan Lynch for sharing.

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Free R5 Show w/The Bad Doctors Opening for Rank/Xerox at KFN Aug. 13

With all the free shows happening at Morgan’s Pier, it definitely feels like the summer of freebies provided by R5 Productions, which I really don’t want to end. And it doesn’t have to. Well, not just yet. Tonight at Kung Fu Necktie, service industry folks and those who don’t mind beginning their work week with a hangover will be getting a bonus free show this week. Local electro, post-punkers The Bad Doctors will be kicking the evening off. The trio recently recorded some new material for a 7” that will be released by Eaglebauer Records so be on the look out for that one. They’ll also be playing host and supporting San Francisco’s Rank/Xerox and Rat Columns. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, Free, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman

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Grandchildren Opening for The Very Best at JB’s Aug. 12

After being a man down due to a wedding at their last show at Morgan’s Pier with Free Energy, Grandchildren should be back with their very best at Johnny Brenda’s tonight when they open for The Very Best. The West Philly crew have been taking their usual easy summer tending to their many other non-musical obligations, but you’ll find the group fine-tuning some of their new material as a new album peaks over the horizon. You can take a listen to the band’s lead single called “Where’s the Knife” HERE, or soak in their all-encompassing sound live this evening - not bad for a lazy Sunday. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $13, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman

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Naomi Punk Playing at the Cairo Gallery on Friday

Photo Source: Naomi Punk

Naomi Punk are joining several bands at the Cairo Gallery this Friday, August 17th before blasting off on their first full U.S. tour. On the bill with them are M. Women and Black Hat.

The three piece dwell in a sonic realm of jarring, angular rhythms, thick punkish riffs, and well-timed, mantra-like vocal melodies. With members hailing from Olympia and Seattle, Naomi Punk has played countless shows across the northwest over the last several years, including a recent showcase at the local radio station KEXP. Their most recent release The Feeling came out this past April; their other album is the eponymous Naomi Punk which debuted in 2009.

The Feeling is a storybook example of an album that is greater than the sum of its parts. Over the course of its approximate thirty five minute lifespan, it creates a feeling of suspense and mystery for the listener; song to song they connect like an elliptical orbit, passing through familiar grounds and picking up the essential nodes, then moving forth to forge new images and memories. 

Their mixture of punk and grunge is unique in its stalwart decision to shy away from break-neck speeds. Every note and beat are in tremendous sync; you feel the weight of each syllable and riff as if every second prior to that contributes to the present impact.

These songs are interupted - or rather, conjoined by - shorter instrumental pieces which convey more of this feeling, whatever ineffable feeling that may be. Tracks like "CLS + Death Junket" and "Eon of Love" feel evocative and pure alongside their noisy counterparts, which are no less emotional. This album is anything but cold, anything but sterile or vacant.

Naomi Punk play at Cairo on the 17th of August with an 8pm start time. All-Ages. Listen to the record's closing track "The Buzz" below and make sure to stream the entire thing at their bandcamp. It is available for purchase through Couple Skate Records on vinyl.

- Cameron LaFlam

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Escape into the Woods w/Heyward Howkins at KFN Aug. 11

Where can you go in the city to escape into the woods? Well, yes, Bartram’s Gardens or the Wissahickon Trail. But where in the local music scene? The answer is Heyward Howkins. His songs take you to some pine forested area, with fields passing by in a rearview mirror. Howkins released his debut LP The Hale and Hearty earlier this summer which is filled with captivating, well-crafted folk tunes. He’ll be on the bill at Kung Fu Necktie tonight along with another local Resistor (a.k.a. Steve Goldberg). Where Heyward takes you on a trip in the woods, Resistor helps you stumble upon the future in a clearing with his synthpop sounds. Young Man, Chicago-based artist Colin Caulfield and sort of a cross between the other two acts’ sounds, will also headline the evening. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 7:30pm, $10, 21+ - Maura Filoromo

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Being As An Ocean previews upcoming LP

San Diego-based post-hardcore band Being As An Ocean will be releasing on October 23rd its first full-length album 'Dear G-d' on InVogue Records, which will be available in a limited edition double 12" vinyl. They introduced this debut with its title track, a powerful crossover between metal's clean melodic guitars and the guttural screams of the brutal trash/hardcore tradition; the preview shows off a taste for spoken word breakdowns and the vital tension of the band's aesthetic, a beautiful contrast of soft and violent appealing to a larger audience, seeing the considerable fan base they've already established in the US and beyond. They'll be on stage at San Diego's Soma tomorrow evening (8.11) with local bands My Iron Lung and Keyes

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