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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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Weekend Warrior, January 30 - February 1

Looking for a cure to the Philly winter blues? The Yetis have just what you need to warm up with their modern take on 60’s surf-pop. Instead of the kind of wintry tunes you’d expect from a band named after the Abominable Snowman, these childhood best friends play infectious tunes served best at beach parties. (They get that it’s ironic.) Both of their latest tracks, which were released last September, were produced by Fancy Time Studio’s Kyle “Slick” Johnson. After this weekend, the Allentown boys will be taking time to record new material so this is going to be their last show for a while, and could be the only show where you can swing some baseball bats in between sets. Plus, there will Philly newcomers Locals, who are headlining the show, and Bucks County indie rockers Commonwealth Choir are all geared up and ready to hit some balls and have an eating competition or two. Bonus: It’s BYOB for those of age, and there will be tacos! What could be better? Everybody Hits, 529 W. Girard Ave., 8pm, $10, All Ages - Emily DiCicco
Other places to escape the winter blues this weekend…
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Avenue Kings, Founders, Scuzbot, SAT Honey Radar, Strawman, SUN Solus Rex, Community Center, Toy Cannons, The Black Whatever/Three Man Cannon, Ghost Gum
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Seagulls, SAT JR Wolf, Among Criminals
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI The Pretty Greens, SAT No Other
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI (Balcony) Lyrically Fit: 30 & Over League, Slaughter Rico, Squablz, Tru Earner, Young Ros, Mercy Gang, SAT (Balcony) Native Frequencies, Dobbee, Kellen 303
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Rootology, SAT (Upstairs) (2pm)
Gavin Becker, (8pm) Tim Hein
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Wild By Law, Daughter Cells, SAT Mutomb0, Sexy Black Female, Get Up, SUN Cortana, Blakeslee
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Vulcans, Arizona Lights, SAT Church Girls (Release Show), Jesse Gimbel, Marc Neibauer
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) SUN Clementine
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Gene Wildest, War On Orchids, Dave Hoagie & His Heroes, Keystoned, Curtis Jr., Paul Hocynec
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) SAT Matthew K
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI The Shithawks, Hellrad, Decap Attak/Gash, SAT Under This Fire, Nytrous, Kandela /Dell P, Fate Gryndhouse, N.A.B.H., Quaa Love
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Kingsnake, Black Rue, Stellarscope, SAT Sweet
Eureka, The Riverside Odds, Seoul Delhi, SUN Rev. TJ’s Blues Church
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Matt Gauss Band, SAT Hexwork, Tony Desimone & The River Mercy, Janine Toner
Ardmore Music Hall FRI Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, TJ Kong & The Atomic Bomb, Bird Watcher
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Nemesisters, +HIRS+, Moor Mother Goddess, Joohyun Kim, Negative Infinity, Ex. By V.
The Petting Zoo (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Water Polo, RFA, Eunoia
2nd Empire (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT The Charley Few
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Armalite, Dark Thoughts, Teenage Chainsaw, The Half-Tones
The Nest (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Euphoria Again
Mile High House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Kississippi, Abi Reimold, Liz de Lise, Frontyards, Tribute
Hazel House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Hello Shark, Cynthia Schemmer, Harmony Lebel-Tividad
West Phily Retirement Center (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Collect Yourself, Blankbook

Weekly Feature: Sunflower Bean celebrates debut EP release tomorrow (01.31) at Baby's All Right

Even if rock 'n' roll's been declared dead for the millionth time since the new millennium, psych-trio Sunflower Bean don't pay it any mind. After a year that saw them - with just three singles under their belt - sell out several NYC venues and get the cover of The Deli's fall issue, the band is finally about to release their debut EP entitled "Show Me Your Seven Secrets," which features the three aforementioned singles and four more tracks, including "Rock & Roll Heathen," streaming below. Celebrations are scheduled for tomorrow night (10.31) at Baby's All Right.


Psych-folk Brooklyn band The Highway announces release of "Enter to the Exit" LP

Listening to Brooklyn band The Highway is a little like getting a 60's music treatment involving heavy doses of both vintage psychedelia and acid folk, fortunately without those genres' annoying prolonged and self indulgent spaced-out jams. Their van also emanates similar vibes - and probably fumes (see picture). Their debut LP "Forest People" could have possibly left a young Caleb Followill feeling a little jealous, while their new album "Enter to the Exit," due in April, is perfectly in line with their mission to carve out a niche for their sound, and bring a tripped out vibe to the DIY Brooklyn scene. Check out the preview single "All You Do," streaming below. The band was probably the last one ever to play a residency at now defunct Brooklyn venue, Spike Hill. - Robert Frezza

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best psych songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!


Jimmy Whispers

Jimmy Whispers is a solo psych-pop crooner who falls somewhere in between Owen Ashworth and Ariel Pink. Whispers is releasing his opus Summer In Pain on March 24th via  the local label Moniker Records. Below is a vacation themed teaser video for the album and its first single "Summer In Pain".

You can catch Jimmy Whispers opening for Ariel Pink on Feb 17th at Thalia Hall.


Seagulls Radiates a Natural Warmth at Bourbon & Branch Jan. 30

With their debut LP, Great Pine, ready for re-release on vinyl this Tuesday via Yellow K Records, Seagulls are set to take the stage tonight at Bourbon & Branch. The former Featured Artist (s) Poll Winners quickly grabbed our attention last year with their debut LP, and became last September’s Record of the Month. It's the type of album that you gradually absorb with its open-air vibe and delicate, lifting harmonies and instrumentation that remain vibrantly layered, somehow toeing the line between nostalgic and fresh with its 8-bit flourishes. The music radiates a natural warmth, allowing listeners to ease into the weekend. (BTW: Attendees will receive a free CD while supplies last.) Baltimore brotherly duo and fellow Yellow K labelmates, New God, bring a blend rich harmonies with an experimental side. New York’s Jagged Leaves unleash a high-energy variety of folk with an electronic bite, and Brooklynites Laura & Greg open the festivities with a tight, twinkling traditional take on folk. Bourbon & Branch 705 N. 2nd St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita



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