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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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Farewell Flight "The Places We'll Go"

Farewell Flight have been knocking around the country since 2007. They’ve connected to crowds over the impressive course of 700 shows through their approachable, pop-rock. In the spirit of "go big or go back to Penslyvannia," they've moved their operation to Nashville from Harrisburg, PA and are toiling away at their potential hit record. “The Places We’ll Go” is the first single off of the album. It has every element of becoming the anthem of bright young graduates this spring short of name-checking Dr. Seuss. –Terra James-Jura


Drone Ranger Opening for Night Beats & Brother JT at KFN Nov. 10

Tonight, Kung Fu Necktie ushers in a trio of psychedelic bands, opening the festivities with relative newcomers Drone Ranger. The group employs familiar elements of strange, creating a hazy-dream-like state. However, the overall sounds aren’t held hostage by the weight of trippy vibes; rather the fading vocals and reverb serve as a base. Beneath the mercurial surface, the distant ringing guitar, cosmic keys and light tumbling percussion create a feeling of pop-rock lightness. Instilling airy warmth that one cannot help being absorbed by. In this manner, what first appear odd and distant inches closer, growing on you with each successive listen. Adding to the experience will be the wily warped humorous cosmos of Trippin’ Balls host/garage rocker Brother JT and Seattle psych-garage soul three-piece Night Beats. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $14, 21+ - Michael Colavita


Polyvinyl Records To Release Local Garage Rock Compilation I Need You Bad

You can now preorder Polyvinyl Record’s upcoming compilation I Need You Bad, a collection of (mostly) San Francisco garage rock curated by Sonny Smith of Sonny & the Sunsets. The LP is set for 1000 pressings on “slime green” vinyl to be released along with a digital version on 11/26. The album features local bands including garage pop darlings Cool Ghouls, understated folk goddess Jessica Pratt as well as a new song from Sonny & the Sunsets. Preview a number of the tracks online at the Polyvinyl store and check back for new tracks to be debuted each week until the album’s release. -Ethan Varian

Nominated Artist Of The Month - Tensor Announces Return To Western Mass

Splitting time between Massachusetts’ Boston and Pioneer Valley music scenes, Tensor has made a name for itself statewide.

Released last Christmas, the four-piece skate punk band’s latest album, NAD, is a short but gripping listen. “Emaciated” is the only of its eight tracks to reach the two-minute mark, but its terse tracks often work to its advantage. For example, “Fester Faster,” which sounds like a 90s grunge anthem on speed, gets its point across in just over a minute.

Tensor will return to Western Mass with shows at the Palmer Historical and Cultural Center on November 16 and Chameleons Nightclub in Pittsfield on November 23.


DIY PHL's First Time's The Charm at PhilaMOCA Nov. 9

I just wanted to remind you about DIY PHL's First Time's The Charm at PhilaMOCA tonight. Inspired by Not Enough Fest in Portland, Oregon, it is an event that attempts "to break down barriers to participation in the DIY community." You'll find brand new bands performing music from various genres for the first time in what is meant to be a supportive and nurturing environment. The proceeds from this evening's event will go towards funding a member-based PA Share program with membership being open to all, which is an absolutely rad idea. You can find out more about DIY PHL and FTTC from our recent interview with their organizers HERE. Your support would be greatly appreciated! PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 7pm, All Ages - Alexis V.



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