I wrote this frothing review back on July 6th, 2006 on my Agony Shorthand blog….
WOODEN SHJIPS : “SHRINKING MOON FOR YOU” 10”EP……
Intense, layered, guitar acid-wash motorbike rock from a San Francisco act who, with one record, are now one of my favorite bands on the planet circa 2006. Imagine an ear-blowing cross between SUICIDE, “White Light/White Heat” VELVET UNDERGROUND, the guy that did that “Get Stoned Ezy With The Afflicted Man” record and some nut with a tape loop machine, and you’ve gotWOODEN SHJIPS on this wide-grooved psychedelic head trip.
The first side is the monster title track, which sounds like an army of bikers with guitars gone completely haywire on mushrooms & ready to mow down every pusillanimous punker in their path. They carry this on for many, many a minute, but no matter how long it is it’s just not long enough – the needle’s going right back where it started. W-o-w. This is truly one for the out-there “heads” and the “garage punks” to sit down together and break bread over.
“Death’s Not Your Friend” is the ghostly Suicide-ish one and is just as great, sounding just like they got Eno to guest star on keyboards for the soundtrack to some modern vampire flick; “Space Clothes” is a bunch of bizarre looping, backwards shit & test-pattern guitar, and it’s totally eerie and mean. When your pals tell you there’s no good new bands poppin’ up in 2006, you need to grab them by their fine Dacron ensembles and force-feed them this gargantuan EP. Time to hit the hustings and learn more about WOODEN SHJIPS and ask why they’re literally giving it away when this should be $100 on eBay right now (!).
Newest Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio Podcast – #15 – recorded at a laptop, in a room, on a Tuesday, in San Francisco, by a guy, with a beer, just for you. It’s now baked and ready for you to download or stream over on Soundcloud.
New stuff this time from THE WIMPS,THE SLEAZE, FULLY COOKED,PRIESTS and LANTERN, along with some total whoppers from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s. It’s about an hour, give or take about 7 minutes (OK, give) – and I’d love it if you’d download or stream it right now.
PRIESTS – RadiationTHE WIMPS – Hello FrustrationTHE RATS – Kids Are KidsLONG BLONDES – Big InfatuationNERVOUS PATTERNS – Beautiful BrutalSUBURBAN WIVES CLUB – Guru EyeLANTERN – Strange WeatherTHE MOODISTS – I Should Have Been ThereTHE GODRAYS – Boyscout ThrillerWIRE – Our SwimmerLOOK BLUE GO PURPLE – HiawathaFULLY COOKED – SafetyZODIAC KILLERS – Nazi InterrogationGG ALLIN – Drink, Fight and FuckRAZAR – Task ForceNORTHWEST COMPANY – Hard To CryTHE CAVEMEN – It’s Trash!WOODEN SHJIPS – Dance, CaliforniaMIDNIGHT CIRCUS – The Hedonist JiveTHOMAS JEFFERSON SLAVE APARTMENTS – Please Hear My PleaTHE MIRRORS – Everything Near MeBUBA & THE SHOP ASSISTANTS – Something To DoTHE WHINES – Cut MeatTHE SLEAZE – Conor Start
Download some of the recent past episodes – each about an hour:
Dynamite Hemorrhage #14Dynamite Hemorrhage #13Dynamite Hemorrhage #12Dynamite Hemorrhage #11Dynamite Hemorrhage #10
One of the most satisfying and consistent releases of 2012 so far is “Circles” by MOON DUO. I know, right? I’d about given up on Ripley Johnson after his Wooden Shjips albums continued to fall short of the the early promise of those amazing 45s, and paid a cursory passing interest in Moon Duo when they started up and found it to be progressive/psych twaddle-wank. With all due respect, of course! (And he is due quite a bit for those Shjips records). Maybe I should revisit that stuff, or maybe they evolved toward me in an effort to curry my favor.
In any case, this record is fantastic. Moon Duo are now deeply into Stereolab territory, with a dose of heavy psych and a thin veneer of krautrock. Each song bend and shapes multiple riffs into submission, never tiring and never boring. It’s approachable to all but the most fearful of listeners – a “pop” record coming from deep lysergic territory. It’s listenable over on Spotify for $0.00 if you wanna check it out.