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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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National Site
January 2015
"self titled EP

Our regular readers may have noticed that we like to highlight residencies played by local artists in local venues, but admittedly we entirely missed Bonsai's November one at Pete Candy's Store - admittedly, we weren't aware that the lovely east Williamsburg venue actually had residencies! Well, not only they have them, but they also pick good artists for them, since Bonsai's music is an absolute delight. Their self titled debut EP is a delicate and dreamy alt folk gem. Opener "Bonsai Trees" - the most accomplished track on the record, streaming below - shows the trio's interest in revisiting traditional American music in new ways, employing intriguing percussive textures, inventive and appropriate guitar parts, and a production that's edgy without being over the top. Of course, all this wouldn't do much if Simone Stevens' vocals and melodies weren't spot on, confident and compelling. The magic continues with "When it Rains," a more subdued track floating in oozes of reverb and supported by what sounds like an acoustic guitar two-note sample loop. Atmospheric ballad "I fashion you are a dreamer" turns up the melancholy big time with a verse as intense as it gets, only to deliver one of those powerfully uplifting choruses that - unless you are fully corrupted by life - can touch you in deep ways. Upbeat pop number "I Like You Man" and final folky song "Messed Up" fill up the record competently, but without reaching the heights of the first three tracks. This is a small, beautiful record with the power to awaken emotions and make people closer, i.e. exactly what the doctor orders every time a new year begins.

This band submitted their music for coverage here.
We added this song to The Deli's playlist of
Best mellow songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!

Daughter of Carlos Santana - STELLA plays The Addition - 1/21

Accompanied by local Bay Area band, Hot Pocket singer/songwriter, STELLA will showcase her downtempo R&B pop sounds on January 21st at The Addition in San Francisco. Stella Santana released her first single, The Reason in the summer of 2014 and continues to release music and play shows. SF is STELLA's hometown so you should take this opportunity to invest your time and funds into a fellow local artist. This will also be a good chance to check her out before she gets too big to experience her in an intimate setting.


The Howl

The Howl recently released a video for their recent single "Sputter".

The Howl are currently touring the country but you can catch them at Quencher's Saloon on January 23rd.


New England Open Submission Results for The Deli's Year End Poll 2014 for emerging artists

Thanks to all the artists who submitted their music to be considered for The Deli's Best of New England Year End Poll for Emerging Artists.

After tallying our editors' ratings for the Open Submissions stage, it’s time to release the results. Please note that to avoid conflicts no local editor was allowed to vote for bands in their own scene.

Total submissions from New England: 43

Jurors: Jurors: Juan (The Deli LA), Maylis (The Deli NYC), Paolo De Gregorio (The Deli NYC).

Acts advancing to our Readers/Fans Poll:

1. As the Sparrow (Rootsy Pop) - 8 (out of 10)

1. Jake McKelvie & the Countertops (Indie Pop) - 8


3. Andre Obin (Electro) - 7.83


4. Miss Geo (Electro-Pop) - 7.66


5. Marina Evans (Songwriter) - 7.5


5. Doug Tuttle (Psych Rock) - 7.5


7. No Evil Star (Avant-Indie) - 7.33


8. Radclyffe Hall (Electro-Pop) - 7.16


9. Jet Black Sunrise (Alt Rock) - 7

9. Sarah Blacker (Folk Pop) - 7


Honorable Mentions (ranked above 6.5):

Streight AngularLittle UglyEd balloonThe SymptomsPonybird.


WHAT’S NEXT: These results end the first phase of the poll. We will soon unveil the artists nominated by our local jurors, and then let our readers and our writers influence the poll with their vote.

Keep creating, keep supporting, and stay tuned for your chance to vote!  

—The Deli New England Staff



Weekend Warrior, January 9 - 11

With Carmen Cirignano's hauntingly vibrant vocals, soaring guitar riffs, and moody synths, Young Statues has a harmonious strength that the band has evolved since the early days when Cirignano started the project. You can hear it on their latest LP The Flatlands Are Your Friends (Run For Cover Records). The group just kicked off its 2015 with an U.S. Tour alongside New Brunswick, New Jersey's Gates and Chicago's The City on Film. And they'll be rolling into Johnny Brenda's tonight to play for the home crowd. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $12, 21+ - Bill McThrill
Other places to hide from the chill this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Young Statues, SAT Darsiders, Strawberry Hands
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT The Lawsuits, Owl &Wolf
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Deteriorist, Cadaveric Spasm/The Art of Noise - Hip Hop Project (Record Release Party for Carl Madison/Malik B of THE ROOTS & Baccyard Recordz), Grand Agent
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI STARWOOD, Bunny Savage & The Shallots
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI American Dinosaur, The Bigness, Arizona Lights, SAT The Morelings (EP Release), Nearest, The Silence Kit
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI Dayo
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Archiekt, SAT Splintered Sunlight
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT (Balcony) Shane Henderson, Saver
The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Reward, Bystander, Uncle/Father Oscar
TLA (334 South St.) FRI Voss SAT Goody Gunz, Lui Blonco, 30 and Over League
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Conjunto Philadelphia, SAT (Upstairs) The Rent-A-Cops (Police Tribute Band), Rev. TJ McGlinchey (Covering Tom Petty) / (Downstairs) DJ Rahsaan, SUN (Upstairs) Ben Kessler, Matt Spitko/ (Downstairs) Animus
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) SUN Brosef Gordon-Levitt, Anchors to Anchors, Only on Weekends
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Air is Human, The Rivals, SAT Tess Emma (EP Release), Family Vacation
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI The Madeleine Haze, Blood Sound, SAT SymShark, Witch Fist, Gentlemen Christ, Oh, Are They?, Ateo
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) FRI Joe Becton’s Cobalt Blues Band, SAT Eric Bazilian & Wesley Stace (in tandem)
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Dave Steel Blues Band, SUN Rusty Cadillac
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Knightlife, Heavy Harold/Somewhere South, SAT Risen Resilient, Modern Suits, Pool of Thorns, Pravda/Gene Wildest, The Phoenix Bridge, Independence Drive, Vegafuse
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Venice Sunlight, Poster Child, SAT The Prisoners, The Droogettes, The Pink Angels, Beer Me, Black Friday Death Count
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Voss, Burke the Jurke, Prince Alexander, Trel Mack
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Dorkosaurus, Makhaira, Enstride, Red Letter Life, SAT Matt Duke, Seamus Browning, Stella Ruze, Andrew Jude
Ardmore Music Hall FRI Travel Lanes, SAT North Lawrence Midnight Singers, Brown Sugar Jesse Lundy Band: Mach 4, SUN Michael Braunfeld
Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St., Suite 76) FRI Pulling Punches
Red Barn (Please contact one of the acts ore venue for more information) FRI Pushin’ It 2 The Limit, Bike Crash
Lava Space (Please contact one of the acts ore venue for more information) SAT Krispy Kareem, Frontyards, Tribute
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts ore venue for more information) Dopestroke, Get to the Gig, The Drip
Nacho House (Please contact one of the acts ore venue for more information) SAT Hound
Kermit Club (Please contact one of the acts ore venue for more information) SAT Free Cake For Every Creature, Ultimate Golf
Hazel House (Please contact one of the acts ore venue for more information) SUN Radiator Hospital (Solo)
The Pharmacy (Please contact one of the acts ore venue for more information) SUN Left & Right, The Cloth, Soul Glo, Combine



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