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Music, A Trip With Wooden Shjips: Ripley Johnson on the Power of Repetition

A Trip With Wooden Shjips: Ripley Johnson on the Power of Repetition

A Wooden Shjips song can be "psychedelic" in the original sense: It can alter one's state of mind. The band's sleek rock workouts repeat in a way reminiscent of the Velvet Underground, or even Philip Glass: They are long, lush,…
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Music, Moon Duo gives minimal Krautrock new gravity

Moon Duo gives minimal Krautrock new gravity

You have beer?" Ripley Johnson asks our waitress at Jim's Restaurant in the Mission. When she shakes her head, he grins: "Good, I'll take coffee instead." He quickly explains that he isn't a "beer for breakfast" sort of guy, but…
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Music, All Shook Down

Video of the Day: Moon Duo Goes Exploring

Moon Duo's new clip for "Killing Time," the title track off the pair's EP for Sacred Bones Records, is a pretty stunning 5 minutes and 13 seconds of video art. Director Jacqueline Castel evokes the spaced out mood in…
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Music, Hear This Frisco Freakout

Frisco Freakout

San Francisco has seen a psychedelic renaissance in recent years, with a bumper crop of artists channeling styles from surrealist pop to acid rock. Last year, Ripley Johnson of hypnodrone masters Wooden Shjips and music journalist Richard Simon dedicated an…
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Music, Reviewed Wooden Shjips

Wooden Shjips

On their second album, local boys Wooden Shjips have entirely abandoned the primitive psych of their previous work, opting for glossy production, anthemic choruses, and a seemingly shameless bid for the pop charts. Just kidding, stoners. On Dos, the Shjips…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Frisco Freakout makes a California scene

Frisco Freakout makes a California scene

California's psych-rock acts are getting heads buzzed around the globe. The music roughs up '60s San Francisco/Dead influences in filters ranging from heavy metal to punk and ambient electronic, and the attention being paid to our bands has been increasingly…
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Music, Reviewed Wooden Shjips

Wooden Shjips

Metronomic single-chord mantras have provided the basis for gorgeously hypnotic music, from the repetitive compositions of Terry Riley through the Velvet Underground's "Sister Ray" to Krautrock bands like Faust and Can. So while Wooden Shjips aren't totally breaking new ground…
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Music, Let's Get Killed The slow build on Wooden Shjips

The slow build on Wooden Shjips

I'm nostalgic for the late '90s, when it was primarily the British press that loved — no, hated — well, loved the Best Band Ever This Week™. You'd pick up a copy of NME and roll your eyes at its…
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