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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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Free Download: Reef The Lost Cauze Is Dead - Reef The Lost Cauze

Reef The Lost Cauze is giving the whole world a Christmas gift today. You can listen to and download his new album Reef The Lost Cauze Is Dead for free below. And Merry Christmas (we guess)!


Photo Recap: Norwegian Arms LP Release/Apocalypse Party w/Pattern is Movement, Laser Background & Night Panther at JB's

This past Friday night four Philly bands came together to end the world with a bang, or deny the prophecy of the Mayans rather. Norwegian Arms were also celebrating the release of their debut LP, Wolf Like a Stray Dog, a collection of folk-y, fun tunes written by mastermind Brendan Mulvihill during his time spent in Siberia. Introducing the night was Night Panther, a groovy four-piece that sounds like a sexier version of a 1950's sock hop. They played some sweet electric guitar riffs and boogied down in their dapper outfits to thumping electro sonic blasts. Following their performance was ex-Armchairs Andy Molholt's project, Laser Background, a band so different and unique that their sound could only be described by the soul of their kazoos and rockin’ guitar work. A big excitement of the night, besides the release of the new Norwegian Arms LP, was the return of Pattern is Movement to Johnny Brenda’s stage. Drummer Chris Ward and keyboardist/vocalist Andrew Thiboldeaux threw down a slew of deep, soulful grooves with a modern day experimental twist. The audience seemed thoroughly ready for the next PiM album to arrive. 2013 is going to be a huge year for the dynamic, bearded duo. Last but not least, Norwegian Arms had everybody bobbing their heads in approval of their set that included songs from the album, another new original and a cover of Frank Ocean's “Thinkin Bout You.” It was a special evening of music at JB’s with plenty of positive energy bouncing around the room. You can check out our pics from the night HERE. (Photo by Rachel Barrish)


It's a Teflon Beast Christmas

Speaking of free music - which, between sips of eggnog, we undoubtedly were - Teflon Beast is having a holiday sale.  And in this context, "sale" actually means FREE.  

Yep: Pick up some great jams from The Daily Brothers, Chris Daily, Gary Busdriver, Netherverse, and Himbert & Herbert

So aim the sleigh towards Teflon and get 'em whilest you may.  And while you're there picking up the freebies, be sure to pick up their Christmas collection, "Christmas with the Beast":

Free Download: "December Freestyle" - Young Gliss

Young Gliss recently dropped a new track called "December Freestyle" to warm you up, and has us longing for the global warming freak weather again. You can download it for free below, and look out for his upcoming album High on the Weekday due out early next year. 


Deli-cious reading for the Holidays!

For the upcoming holidays we thought you might enjoy some of our best articles from the past!

Hope you enjoy - and Happy Holidays!

The Lower East Side is Over (2007) - by Andrew Spaulding 
The Brooklyn DIY Scene (2009) - by Paolo De Gregorio
The State of the NYC scene in 2012 - by Mike Levine and Paolo De Gregorio

- Surf Music influences on the NYC Sound (2012) by Mike Levine
- Afrobeat Influences on the NYC Sound (2012) - by Mike Levine
Soul Music Influences on the NYC Sound (2012) - by Brian Chidster

Grizzly Bear - interview from first issue (2004) - by Stephanie R. Myers
- Matt and Kim (before they became huge, 2006) - by David Schneider 
- TV on the Radio (before they became huge, 2005) - by Liz Schroeter

- A History of Audio Plug Ins - by Paolo De Gregorio
- Recording: Home vs. Studio - by Bruce Kaphan
- Recording Drums: Tips & Tricks - by Paolo De Gregorio

The Deli's Staff

Hawk and Dove announces spring release + offers free single

Brooklyn natives Hawk and Dove are giving fans a download of their latest release, “Things We Lost So Far,” off the debut full-length album “This Yesterday Will Never End,” to be released in the spring of 2013. The single, slightly more upbeat than the band's other material, bops along with poppy background vocals accompanying a raspy lead vocal. Hawk and Dove channel a 60’s pop band and a modern alternative outfit in one tune, for fans of storytelling lyrics and expressive instrumentation. The band will be playing at Arlene’s Grocery at 8 p.m. on January 30th alongside The Pine Hollows and Ludlow Thieves. - Christine Cauthen

New England Deli Soundcloud Playlist is up!

Deli Readers,

Here's a little Christmas present for you: The Deli Newngland's playlist - featuring all our favorite emerging local artists we've been blogging about in the last few months - is finally up and ready to entertain you! Can you think of a better way to discover new local talent?

Check it out here.

You can access it at any time by clicking on the gray and orange rectangle on the top right of this page.

Enjoy, and Happy Holidays!

Swearin’ Opening for The Babies at KFN Dec. 22

Welp, we’re still alive so I think it’s safe to say that the rockin’ will still be a knockin’ tonight. Over at Kung Fu Necktie, you can check out former Brooklynites turned Philly natives Swearin’ who will be opening for The Babies, the side project of Woods’ Kevin Morby and Vivian Girls’ Cassie Ramone. The local garage rock four-piece has been impressing the indie music scene with their latest self-titled LP, which is a solid collection of catchy rock jams and an adrenaline pumping atmosphere, while also performing alongside notable acts like Japandroids and Tenement. Swearin’s emotional lyrics and traditional rock riffs are led by the vocal stylings of Allison Crutchfield (ex-P.S. Eliot) - adding some serious grrrl power to the mix. Other members include co-songwriter Kyle Gilbride on backing vocals and guitar, Jeff Bolt on drums, and Keith Spencer on bass. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 7:30pm, $10, 21+ - Rachel Barrish



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