Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Music I Liked And Didn't - 9/6/07 - 9/12/07

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WOODEN SHJIPS: S/T CD (Holy Mountain) - After a couple of limited 7”s and one 10” EP comes the highly anticipated the debut full-length release from the Bay Area’s Wooden Shjips. It contains five tracks of excellent psych jamming. The rhythm section of Dusty Jermier (bass) and Omar Ahsanuddin (drums) lays down steady, stone grooves which provide the foundation for layers of Nash Whalen’s droning, pulsating keyboards and Erik "Ripley" Johnson’s fuzz/wah/echoplexed guitar freakouts. The tracks on this release seem to build in intensity as the album progresses, with the final two cuts “Blue Sky Bends” and “Shine Like Suns” being the highlights of this disc. A solid debut that’s sure to be a crowd pleaser. I look forward with great anticipation to hearing the Wooden Shjips fulfill their full potential with even more peaked performances in the future.

Note - The first 2000 copies of this CD also include a bonus disc which contains all the tracks from their first 7” and 10” EPs. Since both of these releases were reviewed here on Sonictroubadour at the time they were first issued, I won’t waste time, space, nor energy by discussing them again at this time. Readers are encouraged to use the “search” utility on this blog if they wish to review my comments regarding those releases. If you, like so many people, however, were not fortunate enough to score the original vinyl editions, do yourself as favor and move on this quickly, as that material remains some of their most compelling work to date.

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Running Count For The Year

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