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For a band of cloudy-eyed cosmonaut warlocks, Wooden Shjips sure do sound friendly, and they’re only getting friendlier with time. The band started out as the resident mystics of the Bay Area garage-rock underground, cranking out fried DIY variations on the Stooges/Suicide/Spacemen 3 grooving-into-infinity blueprint on random barely-available vinyl singles and such. But even then,… More »

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Wooden Shjips – “Everybody Knows” Video

Last month, we gave Album Of The Week to Back To Land, the surprisingly relaxed and friendly new album from the Portland-via-San Francisco psych-rock warlocks Wooden Shjips. Today, the band gives us their video for the sprawling, meditative, half-acoustic “Everybody Knows.” The clip is an amorphous affair about ladies doing masked rituals in the middle… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 11, 2013 - 9:15 am

Stream Wooden Shjips Back To Land

The awesomely wizardly San Francisco psych spacemen Wooden Shjips have gone through some changes since they released their last album, 2011’s West. They’ve moved from the Bay to Portland, and they’ve embraced their inner laid-back classic rockers. So while Back To Land, the band’s new album, is still full of the bleary-eyed repetition they do… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 5, 2013 - 3:26 pm

Wooden Shjips – “Back To Land”

Bay Area space-rock warlocks Wooden Shjips will soon follow up their great 2011 album West with a new album called Back To Land. According to a press release, the new album will move the band toward “more minimalist territories.” If the album-opening title track is anything to go on, that means the new album will… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 22, 2013 - 11:18 am

Moon Duo – “Sleepwalker”

The zoned-out San Francisco psych-rock two-piece and Wooden Shjips side project Moon Duo will release their sophomore album Circles this fall. They recorded most of the album in a mountain cabin in Colorado, and they named it after a Ralph Waldo Emerson essay. Below, grab “Sleepwalker,” the fuzz-rock stomp that opens the LP. More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 6, 2012 - 11:42 am

Wooden Shjips – “Crossing (Andrew Weatherall Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

In a couple of weeks, Thrill Jockey will issue a limited edition set of Wooden Shjip remixes on vinyl featuring the likes of Andrew Weatherall, Spectrum of Spacemen 3, and Kandodo (Simon Price of The Heads). The first take of that album, Weatherall’s thundering take on the SF psych rockers’ “Crossing,” streams below. More »

By: Corban Goble / February 10, 2012 - 9:30 am

Wooden Shjips – “Lazy Bones” Video (Directed By Black Dice)

Brooklyn art-music crew Black Dice have directed the newest video for San Fransisco space-rock stompers Wooden Shjips. Black Dice’s clip for “Lazy Bones” is a dense and hyperactive barrage of bright colors and random white-noise imagery, and it’ll make your eyes hurt and your brain feel like warm mud. Watch it and grab the track… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 27, 2011 - 5:54 pm

End Of The Road Festival 2011 In Photos

Last week, the UK’s Larmer Tree Gardens hosted a hilariously deep bill for the End Of The Road Festival, a lineup that featured Joanna Newsom, Kurt Vile, Tinawiren, Lykke Li, Best Coast, the Walkmen and dozens of other notables. Elena Morelli was there to magnificently document the epic lineup. There’s a peacock in one of… More »

By: Corban Goble / September 7, 2011 - 10:39 am

Wooden Shjips – “Lazy Bones” (Stereogum Premiere)

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… More »

By: brandon / July 5, 2011 - 4:04 pm

Wooden Shjips – “Drunk Girls” (LCD Soundsystem Cover)

Drunk Girls” will very likely be covered by various people in various forms this summer, so let’s get the ball rolling: Jim Jarmusch-approved, Moon Duo-related SF psych astronauts Wooden Shjips have just turned in an enjoyably sleazy, spacey take on LCD Soundystem’s This Is Happening standard. For some reason it makes me think Suicide –… More »

By: brandon / June 4, 2010 - 1:40 pm

ATP 2010: Curated By Pavement @ Butlin’s Holiday Centre, Minehead, UK

Pavement’s on their way to a long summer of festivals and one-off gigs, but curating an ATP is a sweet way to get things started. (It’s also a sweet way to get in some time with their side projects — both Spiral Stairs and Steve West’s marble valley played sets.) Avi Buffalo started the weekend,… More »

By: jessica / May 18, 2010 - 2:27 pm

Moon Duo – “Killing Time” Video

Moon Duo is the San Francisco twosome of Sanae Yamada and Wooden Shjips’ Erik Johnson. It’s not surprising they mention Suicide, Silver Apples, and Royal Trux as influences. As the last name in that series hints, they’re also into soulfully noise and jazzed-out experimentation (Coltrane, Rashied Ali show up in their one-sheet). They recently released… More »

By: brandon / March 11, 2010 - 4:27 pm

Green Man Festival 2009 In Photos

The eco-friendly Green Man took over Brecon Beacons, Wales this past weekend with a heavy dose of Americana: from midwestern folkies (Bon Iver, Wilco, Andrew Bird) to wailing east coast electropoppers (Animal Collective, Gang Gang Dance) and reinvigorated psych legends (Roky Erikson, Rodriguez) the lineup wasn’t significantly different than, say, Lollapalooza. But Green Man stand… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 26, 2009 - 12:09 pm

All Tomorrow’s Parties NY: Polvo, Les Savy Fav, Lightning Bolt Rock The Catskills

By Amrit Singh & Brandon Stosuy
After a night of front-to-back ATP-approved “classics,” it was nice to tackle a day of unpredictable sets. We missed the earliest acts — Apse, Australia’s garage rockers (and fine live band) the Drones, Growing, and UK comic artist/eerie finger picking/field recording folk player/onetime Sunn O))) collaborator Alexander Tucker. Once… More »

By: brandon / September 21, 2008 - 1:21 pm

My Bloody Valentine Finally Coming Back To The States, Curating Quite A Party

16 years! It’s been a long time to wait. For some of you it’s probably been a lifetime. All that ends this fall, though, confirmed via tonight’s news that’s caused music bloggers countrywide to faint face first into their keyboards: My Bloody Valentine will curate a New York edition of the estimable All Tomorrow’s Partie… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 22, 2008 - 11:41 pm