Wooden Shjips - West

The San Francisco Bay Area’s psychedelic legacy leaves big shoes for modern bands looking to get weird, but 2011 saw no shortage of heady, trippy music from locals, with Wooden Shjips, Lumerians, and Magic Leaves leading the psych rock pack. Barn Owl, The Drift and Moholy-Nagy headed in more ambient directions, while Jonas Reinhardt and Phil Manley explored the reaches of the synth-based universe. For those who prefer their drones more shoegazer-influenced, The Soft Moon, Young Prisms, and Moonbell crafted soaring textures from echo and distortion.

This 90-minute mix captures twenty-one Bay Area and Northern California artists who released new records this year in the diverse, but related, areas of psych, drone, shoegaze and post-rock. Follow each link to look back at our coverage of these artists in 2011.

Mixtape: SF Psych, Drone, and Shoegaze in 2011

Track Listing:

1. Phil Manley – “Life Coach”
2. Permanent Collection – “Let It Go”
3. The Drift – “Horizon”
4. Wooden Shjips – “Lazy Bones”
5. Jonas Reinhardt – “Eos, The Dawn”
6. Magic Leaves – “You Wanna”
7. Al Lover – “Black Magick Starter Jacket”
8. Barn Owl – “Turiya”
9. The Alps – “For Isabel”
10. Sic Alps – “Do You Want To Give $$?”
11. Magic Trick – “Daylight Moon”
12. Sean Smith – “The Real”
13. Lumerians – “Gaussian Castles”
14. Moholy-Nagy – “Brute Neighbors”
15. The Soft Moon – “Total Decay”
16. Moon Duo – “Mazes”
17. Beep – “Wolf Pantolones”
18. Metal Mother – “Shake”
19. Young Prisms – “Sugar”
20. moonbell – “Figurine”
21. Form & Fate – “When The Streets Caught Fire And We All Walked Through The Flames”