Live This Month: June 2018 — an audio guide to upcoming Bay Area concerts

Download: Live This Month: June 2018 (Podcast #430) In Live This Month, we sample some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing in the coming month in the San Francisco Bay Area. Plenty of excellent new local tunes populate this mix, including songs from recent and upcoming releases by Le VICE, Pllush, Locus Pocus, Bézier, and FAN. We've also got a new one from Wooden Shjips' latest album, which finds the born-in-SF psych band exploring more concise, melodic song structures, as well as a tune from the exciting new Oakland project Still Woozy. On the touring front, standouts in [...]

Review & Photos: Wooden Shjips delivers the psychy goods at The Chapel

Wooden Shjips are a solid, tight band who unite to create droney-yet-dancey psych rock. Their minimalist approach to 60s-steeped psychedelia can be predictable at times, but the fact that the band has managed to create several remarkably approachable albums proves that they know what they’re doing. These former San Franciscans have carved out a little nook amongst their Velvet Underground, Stooges, and Suicide influences and made it their own. Last night at The Chapel, Wooden Shjips lulled the sold-out crowd into their grasp from the start with opener “Black Smoke Rise,” off their 2011 LP, West. From there, under the [...]

By |January 24, 2014|Tags: |

Interview: Wooden Shjips play the Chapel tonight

Since their formation in 2003, Wooden Shjips (intended j) have been a staple band in the local psychedelic scene. In November 2013, the band released their fifth album, Back to Land. Wooden Shjips headlines The Chapel tonight, with support from other local psych rockers: the dark and mysterious Carlton Melton and the heavier Golden Void. I called up organ player Nash Whalen to talk about the production of their latest album, the Wooden Shjips split between Portland and San Francisco, and their thoughts on changes in the local music scene. Nash: We released our latest record Back to Land in November, and we [...]

By |January 21, 2014|Tags: |

Live This Month: January 2014 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #324) Download: Live This Month: January 2014 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #324) In Live This Month, we sample some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing in the coming month in the San Francisco Bay Area. As we mentioned several podcasts ago, The Magik*Magik Orchestra has been adding welcome orchestral layers to local indie artists' works for years. The orchestra's five years of work is being celebrated with a special concert at the Fox Theater this month, where they'll be joined by a bevy of great acts, including past collaborators How to Dress [...]

Watch Wooden Shjips' new video for "Everybody Knows"

Photo: Anna Ignatenko San Francisco masters of psychedelia Wooden Shjips recently dropped their fourth full-length studio album Back To Land, released via Thrill Jockey, and now they are back with their second video off the new record, for "Everybody Knows". Those that have listened to Back To Land know that "Everybody Knows" is something of a different turn for the Wooden Shjips – what their label describes as a "melancholic, tender of the band's most memorable tunes yet." The video, which was directed by Austin Will, has quite the fantastical feel, with a bevy of women (and [...]

By |December 11, 2013|Tags: |

Mixtape: Bay Area Jams to Accompany Beer Drinking (Podcast #320) Download: Mixtape: Bay Area Jams to Accompany Beer Drinking (Podcast #320) As we've long said, we're love great beer almost as much as we love great music. Combine the two, and you've got a recipe for a good time. This mixtape is something of a successor to our 2011 rock and beer pairing, collecting a whole mess of local rock and roll bands that sound great when paired with a tasty pint. The mix features music from 20 Bay Area bands, including garage nuggets from Shannon and the Clams and Warm Soda, hard rock jams courtesy of FUZZ and [...]

Wooden Shjips stream new album, set sail on North American tour

Days away from releasing their fourth studio album, Back to Land, Wooden Shjips are setting sail on a North American tour that kicks off tonight in Chicago. The band will be taking a detour through Europe before landing in San Francisco on January 23 to grace The Chapel. That show is still months away, but you can get your minimal psych kicks right now over at The Guardian, where Back to Lands is streaming in its entirety before its official November 12 release date on Thrill Jockey. Check out the full North American and European tour dates after the jump. Wooden Shjips, Carlton [...]

By |November 8, 2013|Tags: |

Wooden Shjips announces new LP 'Back to Land' out 11/12/13 on Thrill Jockey

Today Wooden Shjips announced that Back to Land will be the follow-up LP from their last fantastic effort, 2011's West. Their sixth album will be released on Thrill Jockey November 12. About the album, via Thrill Jockey: The natural, scenic landscapes of Portland, OR, where the album was conceived and recorded, were part of the inspiration for the more grounded approach to the album, as was revisiting some of the psychedelic staples like the Grateful Dead and Crazy Horse. Back To Land is the most melodically direct Wooden Shjips album yet, and their new defining statement. This comedic album trailer [...]

By |September 4, 2013|Tags: |

Thrill Jockey Records 20th Anniversary Show going down in SF on 12/13/12

Thrill Jockey is planning one hell of a twentieth anniversary celebration for itself. Actually, make that celebrations. The venerable Chicago-based record label is throwing itself birthday shows in its hometown as well as LA, London, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Baltimore, and our fair city. The lineup for the San Francisco show is typical of these gigs' awesomeness, including Liturgy, Wooden Shjips, Trans Am, and Barn Owl, to name just a few of the acts on the bill. Thrill Jockey's San Francisco show celebrating its twentieth anniversary is December 13th at The Independent. The label is also celebrating this milestone with re-issues of [...]

Wooden Shjips' remix EP now available

Following up on their well-received West LP, San Francisco's Wooden Shjips' newest Remix EP is now available on Thrill Jockey Records. True to its name, the EP features remixes from Andrew Weatherall and Sonic Boom (Pete Kember of Spacemen 3) and a collaboration with Kandodo (Simon Price of The Heads). Weatherall turns "Crossing" into an eight-minute psychedelic/electro trip by pushing the original, mostly hidden bass line to the forefront of the song and removing most of the distortion. Check it out below:

By |March 1, 2012|Tags: |
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