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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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Weekly Feature: Big Ups tour Europe

Jam bands, improvisational music classes and Philip Glass’ five-hour opera “Einstein on the Beach” are just a few of the unexpected influences cited by The Deli's Best of NYC Emerging Band of 2013 - i.e. punk outfit Big Ups, who graced the cover of our spring 2014 issue. In fact, the group - known for chaotic live performances and a sound that recalls classic 80s hardcore and 90s post-hardcore - are not hesitant to admit that some of them used to listen to Phish or that they don’t really consider themselves a punk band. The band is currently touriong Europe, which has so far been more receptive to their sound than their home country.

- Bill Dvorak's interview with Big Ups
- The Deli's coverage of Big Ups
- The Deli's playlist of the best punk/slacker rock emerging NYC bands


New Video: "Shut In" (Live) - Strand of Oaks

Strand of Oaks, a.k.a. Timothy Showalter, made his network television debut last night on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Backed by Eliza Hardy-Jones (piano), Deven Craige (bass), and Mike Sneeringer (drums), the group performed "Shut In" of his latest LP HEAL (Dead Oceans). They'll be performing next in Philly to sold-out crowds on Friday, September 19 and Saturday, September 20 at The Boot & Saddle. (Photo by Creeping Elm)


Foxes in Fiction play Shea Stadium with Evlis Depressedly and Alex G on 08.16

Foxes in Fiction started out as a project based around Warren Hildebrand's interests in tape machines, field recordings, and sampling and the manipulation of those mediums.  His music is ambient, intimate, and surreal; almost all of his tracks feel like they're floating on air, existing in a dream like state.  The manipulation of the sounds from the environments that surround us has long been explored (starting with the futurist painter Luigi Russolo and his manifesto, The Art of Noises, in 1913!!), and it brings us joy that there are people still exploring those mediums in the NYC DiY community.  Taking music past the point of what our ears are conditioned to experience, Foxes in Fiction near the connection between music and Earth by combining the two: the world is an instrument, and Foxes in Fiction shows us this in a beautiful way.  

Hildebrand also co-runs Orchid Tapes, who put out records by both Alex G and Elvis Depressedly.  The reason I mention those names specifically is because all three of those artists are playing a show at Shea Stadium this Saturday August 16 along with Emily Reo.  Alex G was our best emerging artist of 2013 for the Philadephia blog, and Elvis Depressedly is soon to be no more, so it's definitely a show worth checking out.  Stream Foxes in Fiction's song "8/29/91" below -Jake Saunders

Control Group releases single 'Hot Swap' + plays Pianos on 8/21

Among the plethora of Brooklyn indie bands these days stands out Control Group, a refreshingly clean-sounding, catchy rock outfit with infectious tunes for those who enjoy simple, unpretentious and somewhat muscular indie rock. They've just released a Modest Mouse & Yuck-esque new single called 'The Sky Is The Same' which you can listen to here. It's taken from their upcoming album 'Hot Swap', which is due out on Sept 16. And if you're near Pianos on 8/21, check out their show. -Michael Haskoor (@Tweetskoor)


Tender Vision Opening for Beverly at The Boot & Saddle Aug. 12

With their debut LP Trust Lust looming on the horizon, Adrianne Gold and William Sallee (ex-Catnaps), a.k.a. Tender Vision, are set to kick off the bill this evening at The Boot & Saddle. The pairing, which expands in a live format, toes the line, fusing a playful humor, while maintaining a serious tone, as evident in “ I Hate Change.” That ability to lyrically/musically find a gray area could be an avenue that gives them space to cover subjects from an unexpected perspective. The lineup also features the melodic intimate rock-surf groove of quintet, Roof Doctor, and the evening is headlined by Brooklyn-based trio Beverly, which began as a collaboration between Frankie Rose and Drew Citron (Avan Lava) before Rose departed. They released their full-length debut Careers last month via Kanine Records. The Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita



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