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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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Brendan Codey Opening for 200 Years at Studio 34 June 22

Tonight, it would behoove you to check out the newest installments of Fred Knittel’s Folkadelphia concert series. Started as a folk organization/radio show on XPN2, Folkadelphia is a much-needed supporter of the lush, understated folk scene in the Philadelphia area. This week’s show highlights the avant-folk “supergroup” consisting of Ben Chasny of Six Organs of Admittance and Elisa Ambrosio of Magik Markers together creating 200 Years. They released their debut, eponymous LP last November on Drag City, which is the same label that both Six Organs of Admittance and Magik Markers are on. Philly’s own Brendan Codey will be playing this stacked show. He paints himself as a Beat-era vagabond who consists solely on and for music. His dystopian, calm reserve often dissolves into a meditative hailstorm, placing the listener right in the eye of the storm looking out. You can grab a cassette of his newest record Casco, which is out on Treetop Sorbet records. Rounding out the show is Jonathan Byerley of the Brooklyn garage folk rock band Plates of Cake. All this is going down at West Philly utility space Studio 34, and don’t be that guy. Studio 34, 4522 Baltimore Ave., 8pm, $10 adv/$12 door, All Ages - Adam G.

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Meet Mr. Kind

What happens when you're a musician and you move from Boston to Oakland where you know no one? Obviously you make friends and start a band, duhhh...

After going it solo around the Bay for the last year, Brian Bergeron has merged powers with fellow Oaktowners Jon Devoto, Kyle Kelly Yahner and Matt Roads to form Mr. Kind. For a really, really new band they've got their social media bases covered and have also been offering their first song, "You're OK" for free download (below).

Mr. Kind's EP release party is scheduled for July 27 at Hotel Utah Saloon. It seems we've got quite a bit to look forward to from the pop rockers.

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New Video: “Funeral Beds” (HotBox Session) - The Districts

Check out this video of The Districts performing a song called “Funeral Beds.” We were recently turned on to them by our pals at South Philly’s HotBox Studios. The band hails from Lititz, PA, and its members are still navigating their way through their teenage years. We heard that a couple of them plan on going to college in Philly while their other members finish up high school in their hometown so keep a look out for The Districts performing in a venue near you. In the meantime, enjoy a session that they did with the HotBox crew which recently went viral. Enjoy!

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Erika Spring from Au Revoir Simone announces solo EP + plays NYC on 07.12

Singer and keyboardist of the band Au Revoir Simone Erika Forster has released the first track “Hidden” (streaming below) off her upcoming self-titled solo EP under the moniker Erika Spring. The EP will be out on July 10th by way of pop label Cascine. The song provides a dreamy landscape of keyboard melodies and distorted drum samples. Erika’s smooth crooning guides us through the composition, which is driven by equal parts sparse instrumentation and loaded with samples. Be sure to check her out while she’s still in New York on July 12th at the Ivana Helsinki Space in Manhattan. - Bob Raymonda

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Rootsy and melancholic pop from LI: Apophenia

Apophenia creates music that surrounds you in every direction. It's like listening to their lush and powerful orchestrations from the bottom of a canyon. Whether discussing the final steps before reaching the gallows, or the freedoms of the open road, singer Seamus Kerley and band bring a majesty to their stew that mixes their ingredients with hearty soul and pointed harmonies. Recalling groups from CSNY to Sunny Day Real Estate in their latest self-titled LP, the three-piece paints with a large brush to cover such a wide territory.

Songs like 'To The Gallows (our green mile)' and 'Open Roads' begin the record with an open invitation, and even when exploring rockier fields in later tracks 'Serenity' and 'I'm Coming Home Soon,' the Long Island group always keeps a large view on whatever situation they find themselves in. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

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LA band on the rise: Torches

Torches, a three-piece rock outfit comprised of Azad Cheikosman, bassist Bidgette Moody and Eric Fabbro, want to aim high. And good for them. It takes a special brand of excellence to capture the sweeping, sonic landscapes and ringing guitars of eighties stalwarts like U2 and the Alarm, albeit without the sheer pomposity. Heads Full of Rust balances beguiling, crisp guitar pop arrangements with a gloomy undercurrent, but it does so in a way that’s always tuneful. Ambience is also a big part component of their sound, which soaks most of their tingling strums and crescendoing choruses. Its more restrained moments are especially mesmerizing, like in "Dirt & Tears", in which a loungy, jangly melody is seeded with thick, droning effects and colorfully layered tones. Moreover, there’s no need to cherry pick the ripe ones, as it’s the kind of record that works all the way through. Make sure to catch Torches at Bootleg Bar on June 22nd. - Juan Edgardo Rodríguez (@juanerodriguez)

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Future Islands Announce Summer Tour

(PR) Future Islands are pleased to announce they'll be hitting the road with Passion Pit and headlining a tour on the West Coast this summer! Renowned for their heartfelt and energetic live show, the band has catapulted from the warehouse to the big stage, selling out shows far and wide. With the release of 2011's On the Water, their enthralling reputation and critical reception continues to grow. The last year has seen the band tour the length and breadth of the US, Europe twice, and play crowd favorite sets at both Hopscotch and FYF Fest. -Thrill Jockey Records (Photo by Abram Sanders)

Catch them live: 6/21 - Baltimore, MD @ Floristree 07/20 - Norfolk, VA @ The Norva 07/21 - Richmond, VA @ The Camel

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Meg Baird Opening for Sharon Van Etten at Union Transfer June 21

There is particular feeling that “Song for Next Summer” wields with its circling acoustic guitar. At first, the smooth pattern opens the mind reaching at the core of one’s thoughts, but no force is needed to enter. The clean riff carefully and consciously weaves it way from the outside toward the center and all the while Meg Baird’s angelic voice provides such a calming force that the advance becomes part of the scene and isn’t characterized as an invasion. It is rather welcomed like an old friend. Baird’s music showcases deep authentic folk roots yet also follows its own path. Each song is a map and a journey where the territory has a familiar landscape, but Baird may take you somewhere you’ve never been. Matched with indie darling Sharon Van Etten (who many Deli NYC readers should know intimately) tonight at Union Transfer, the combination will surely move even the most jaded hipster. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., 8pm, $15, All Ages (Photo by Cat Stevens) - Michael Colavita

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