Wooden Shjips – “Lazy Bones” (Stereogum Premiere)

By brandon / July 5, 2011

San Francisco psych-cosmonauts Wooden Shjips are set to release the Phil Manley-produced West, their first collection recorded in a proper studio. (After Manley did his thing, Sonic Boom mastered it at Blanker Unisinn in Brooklyn and Heba Kadry handled additional mastering at the Lodge.) We’re told album’s “overriding theme” is “the American West, and all of the mythology, romanticism, and idealism that it embodies.” (Manifest Destiny, “vastness,” and “the possibilities for reinvention” are mentioned as influences on the songwriting.) The guys are East Coast transplants, so makes sense they’d come at all of this via heavy doses of Velvet Underground and Suicide. Take a listen to the galloping “Lazy Bones.”

Wooden Shjips – “Lazy Bones”

West is out 9/13 via Thrill Jockey. Don’t forget founder Ripley Johnson’s other band Moon Duo (or, since we’re talking about NYC bands the Shjips dig, this cover of “Drunk Girls“).