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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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STS Opening for Cypress Hill at The Troc Nov. 27

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Review: Will Hoge Plays 3rd & Lindsley

Saving his special guests for the Saturday show, Will Hoge's sold-out Friday night benefit for Vanderbilt University Medical Center was predictable to any weathered Hoge fan. Playing a wide and varied collection of songs from his storied discography, Will Hoge did exactly what Will Hoge does best: put on a solid and heartfelt rock set that leaves the audience nearly as exhausted as the artist putting on the show. Gone (or hibernating) are the days when Hoge would stop a show entirely to quiet a chatty crowd, but the singer-songwriter can still subdue an audience by telling them that "this song sounds a whole lot better when it's quiet in here." If you buy a ticket to one of his shows expecting the same sweaty rock show you got the last time, the Franklin native will make sure you get your money's worth.

Though the Saturday set featured appearances by Vince Gill in addition to cameos from seemingly the entire cast of ABC's Nashville, Friday's benefit was intimate, with Josh Hoge opening and Will filling the quiet moments with stories and anecdotes about his journey as a musician.

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The Giving Tree Band "Dead Heroes"

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The Deli's Year End Polls - How They Work
 
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THE BEST EMERGING INDIE ARTISTS IN 12 US SCENES

Every magazine and website has its own "Year End Best" list, but no other publication has Year End Polls like The Deli's ones, focused on emerging indie artists in the 12 US scenes covered by our publication, and involving a competent jury comprised of local music industry pros who deal with up and coming bands on a daily basis, including:

- venue booking agents,
- music bloggers,
- music journalists
- radio personnel
- record store staff etc.
 
Read the names of the previous winners on the right column and you'll realize that the poll system we put in place is very efficient in highlighting quality acts.
 
THE POLLS' GOAL
The goal of the poll is to involve local scenemakers (the jury), local music fans (the readers) and Deli writers in choosing the best emerging artists of 2012 from each scene covered by The Deli. 

At the end of the process there will be 2 charts: the more comprehensive one (including votes from Jury, Deli Writers and Readers) elects the local scene's Best Emerging Artists of The Year. The other one (including only the readers' votes) elects The Deli's Readers Best emerging local Artists of the Year. 
 
ELIGIBILITY
Only emerging, original local bands who aren't or weren't signed to a major or big independent label can compete. Also, no Jazz, Classical or New Age artists, and no cover bands. This year we'll also put a limit to the number of Facebook friends: 10k. 
The two other requisites are:
1. The artist must have recordings of their original music available online.
2. The artist must have performed live at least once in 2012.


STAGE 1: NOMINATIONS
Most bands that will end up in our "Year End Best of List" will be chosen by our jurors. However, while we wait for the jurors to reply to our vote request, we'll have a submission process open to all local artists. The bands interested in participating will be simply asked to submit through a form that will also subscribe them to The Deli and add them to our charts. The Deli's editors will listen to all submissions and choose a minimum of 3 artists per scene from this pool of artists.

- Jury Nominated (and Voted) Artists
Jurors are asked to nominate and vote for their favorite bands at once, casting a vote for 3 bands of their choosing each: they'll assign 3 points to the 1st (best band), 2 points to the 2nd band, 1 point to the 3rd.

STAGE 2a: WRITERS' OVERALL VOTES
The Deli's writers will have 3 extra votes each which can only be assigned to artists that were already nominated through the jury and open submission process. Each Deli writer's vote counts 1 point.

STAGE 2b: READERS' VOTES
In early January, after all the votes from the jurors are in, all the nominees will undergo a popular vote, which will last for about 10-14 days. For this poll we will use our usual monthly poll system. The artist/band that gets the most votes from the readers' poll will get 2 points, then 1.5 for second place, 1 for third place, 0.75 for 4th and 0.5 for 5th. From the 4th place on, single readers' votes will also be counted as 0.001 points (which means that 1,000 readers' votes equals 1 point, and, for example, 87 readers' votes equals 0.087 points).

*** Because of the high number of nominees,
NYC's readers votes will be rewarded slightly differently:***

1st place: 2 points
2nd place: 1.5 points
3rd place: 1 points
4th place: 0.5 point
5th place: 0.5 points
6th place on: 0.001 points per reader's vote

***STAGES 2a and 2b happen at the same time***

STAGE 3: VOTE COUNTING
At the end of the voting process, the number of votes from the readers and the ones from the writers will be added to the votes from the Jury and the two charts will be compiled.

The Deli's Staff
www.thedelimagazine.com

 

     
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PREVIOUS YEARS POLL WINNERS

2013

NYC:
 
Foxygen
Los Angeles: 
Zig Zags
Chicago: 
Deadbeat
San Francisco:
Drms
Austin:
Whiskey Shivers
DC Area
Shark Week
Nashville:
Daniel Ellsworth & the Great Lakes
Philadelphia: 
Norwegian Arms
New England: 
Guerilla Toss
Portland: 
1939 Ensemble

2012

NYC: 
Caveman
Los Angeles: 
Fidlar
Chicago: 
Mutts
San Francisco:
Geographer
Austin:
Equals
DC Area
Deleted Scenes
Nashville:
Tristen
Philadelphia: 
Creepoid
New England: 
The New Highway Hymnal
Portland: 
Lost Lander

2011

NYC:
Twin Shadow
Los Angeles:
Baths
Chicago: 
Young Man
San Francisco:
Weekend
Austin:
Quiet Company
DC Area
Deleted Scenes
Nashville:
Pujol
Philadelphia: 
Sun Airway
New England: 
Walter Sickert
Portland: 
And And And

2010

NYC:

Talk Normal
Los Angeles:
Local Natives
Chicago: 
I Fight Dragons
San Francisco:
Girls
Austin: 
Stereo is a Lie
Nashville:
Those Darlins
Philadelphia: 
Reading Rainbow
New England: 
Mean Creek
Portland: 
Explode into Colors

2009

NYC:

Chairlift

Los Angeles:
The Henry Clay People
Chicago:
Kid Sister
San Francisco:
Maus Haus
Nashville:
The Protomen
Philadelphia:
Drink Up Buttercup

 

 

 

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