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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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Young Heel releases "Someone's Touch" for our upcoming EP "TUFF "

Young Heel is one of the latest Brooklyn additions to the recent "Alt Soul" wave, consisting mostly in a Caucasian, slightly cerebral reinterpretion of soul-pop music in ways that are alternatively quirky or super chilled, but consistently electronic. Young Heel definitely belongs to the "chilled" side of things, with their tempos constantly in the 80-90 BPM range, and atmospheres that - notwithstanding an overall darkness of sound and rather abstract lyrics - are more than appropriate for love making, something that more than one classic soul-pop artists from the 70s/80s claimed as their mission. Some kind of tragic, pre-farewell love making then, something bound to generate one of the most complex combination of emotions a human being can experience. Young Heel will play live at Glasslands on May 30.

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


Bottomless Pit Epitonic Saki Session

Epitonic released their Saki Session with Bottomless Pit yesterday. The session was recorded live at Saki last year to celebrate the release of the band's third album, Shade Perennial.

The session kicks off with the lead single from Shade Perennial, "Fleece".


Coaster @ Beat Kitchen

The indie rock band Coaster released their latest EP, Tattoos, earlier this month digitally and on cassette. The band is currently on a Spring Midwest Tour.

You can catch Coaster on May 2nd at Beat Kitchen with Chasing Dinosaurs and Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers.


Friday Feature: An Interview With The Daily Howl

Earlier in April, this editor made the trip out to Hermitage to sit down with The Daily Howl, Reader’s Choice winners of The Deli Nashville’s Best Emerging Artist of 2013 Poll. Between their hyperactive stage show, devotion to specific era of the Beatles career, and savvy promotion tactics, The Daily Howl are a powerhouse of a band that demanded their own feature this Friday. Read on to learn more about their history, social media strategies, and the worst place to get a burger in North Carolina. -Terra James-Jura


New Tracks: "The Mermaid Song" & "Skeleton Army" - Hezekiah Jones

Hezekiah Jones (a.k.a. Raph Cutrufello) wrote and produced a couple of new tracks, "The Mermaid Song," an ethereal siren call, and "Skeleton Army," an instrumental old-world, Eastern European waltz, for a project entitled Slice of Life, "a multi-media adventure about a princess who must team up with her unfaithful lover in order to stop the Queen from destroying the earth's life force." He was also assisted in production by Kevin Killen and Philip D'Agostino. Ease yourself into the workday this morning. (Photo by Lisa Schaffer)



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