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Moon Duo/Wooden Shjips

Post by spzretent » Wed Dec 11, 2013 3:01 pm

After delving in to both bands back catalogs I am amazed at the progression on each bands latest releases.
Moon Duo Circles sounds so much more confident and fun than Mazes. Mazes was one of my albums of the year when it came out but Circles is such an amazing record from start to finish. It is a huge step forward.
Wooden Shjips- Back To Land is the same exact thing over West in my opinion.
Take this with a grain of salt as I am more pop oriented in my taste than a lot of you folks.
Great to see two(related)band getting better and better with each release.
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Re: Moon Duo/Wooden Shjips

Post by runcible » Wed Dec 11, 2013 4:09 pm

I agree although Back to Land sounds like 'part 3' of the Shjips catalogue. I love it as it just sounds so good and it's really infectious. I take the 'samey' criticism people throw at them but my 'get out clause' is simply that I like that kind of music.

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Re: Moon Duo/Wooden Shjips

Post by spzretent » Wed Dec 11, 2013 4:21 pm

I am not the huge fan you are. While there is a "sound" there they seem to be having a bit more fun. That is how it pops out of the grooves to me. I think both releases are a big step forward.
The packaging on Back To Land is just fantastic.
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Re: Moon Duo/Wooden Shjips

Post by mojo filters » Wed Dec 11, 2013 5:50 pm

Whilst I'm not so au fait with the Wooden Shijps catalogue, I found that with Moon Duo I originally quite liked the two albums.

However after subsequently really enjoying the remixed versions, hearing both more recently, I found the originals a bit dull and repetitive when I went back and listened to them again - to the degree that I haven't bothered with either hardly since, as the versions of the songs on the remix albums are (mostly) those I prefer, if I'm going to listen to the band now.
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Re: Moon Duo/Wooden Shjips

Post by sunray » Wed Jul 09, 2014 10:50 am

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Re: Moon Duo/Wooden Shjips

Post by sunray » Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:16 am

New Wooden Shjips album 'V' up for pre-order: https://woodenshjips.bandcamp.com/track ... at-the-sun

Preview track has a similar mellow groove to Occult Architecture Vol.2
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Post by stegraham » Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:30 am

Great stuff - with all the Moon Duo activity I though the Shjips had gone on permanent hiatus!

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Re: Moon Duo/Wooden Shjips

Post by angelsighs » Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:08 pm

new song sounds very Spacemen 3? or is it just me? could easily fit on Recurring

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Re: Moon Duo/Wooden Shjips

Post by niamhm » Fri Jan 26, 2018 9:14 pm

angelsighs wrote:new song sounds very Spacemen 3? or is it just me? could easily fit on Recurring
I thought so as well, more Spacemen than Moon Duo, sounds very good though.

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Re: Moon Duo/Wooden Shjips

Post by angelsighs » Sat Jan 27, 2018 12:20 pm

niamhm wrote:
angelsighs wrote:new song sounds very Spacemen 3? or is it just me? could easily fit on Recurring
I thought so as well, more Spacemen than Moon Duo, sounds very good though.
Not just me then! Don't get me wrong it's a great song, just thought the Spacemen similarities were very striking.

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Post by TheWarmth » Sat Jan 27, 2018 5:20 pm

Man, this new track is great. I haven't been very impressed with anything by Moon Duo or WS over the past five years or so, but this is totally expansive and a new vibe for them. I do think the vocal sounds very Kember-ish, but that's cool with me.

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Post by MODLAB » Sat Jan 27, 2018 5:31 pm

Great tune. I'm sure Pete has something to do with it.


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Post by spzretent » Sun Jun 10, 2018 7:43 pm

Anyone else get a bum copy of the Wooden Shjips V blue vinyl LP. My side 2 is unplayable. In fact there are three rather explosive pops that sound like they are going to tear my cartridge apart.
I have contacted Thrill Jockey and they apparently cant be bothered to respond which I find infuriating.
The local shop I bought it in cant return vinyl and I don't want them to take the hit if I can avoid it.
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Re: Moon Duo/Wooden Shjips

Post by olan » Sun Jun 10, 2018 9:41 pm

spzretent wrote:
Sun Jun 10, 2018 7:43 pm
Anyone else get a bum copy of the Wooden Shjips V blue vinyl LP. My side 2 is unplayable. In fact there are three rather explosive pops that sound like they are going to tear my cartridge apart.
I have contacted Thrill Jockey and they apparently cant be bothered to respond which I find infuriating.
The local shop I bought it in cant return vinyl and I don't want them to take the hit if I can avoid it.
I don't recall any issues with my copy Alan. I'll give it another play to check. I was dramatically underwhelmed by the first couple of listens to it so haven't really been back to it.

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Re: Moon Duo/Wooden Shjips

Post by spzretent » Sun Jun 10, 2018 9:59 pm

Olan.
The bummer is side 2 is where it's at.
I posted something on their FB page.
Maybe that will get their attention.
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Re: Moon Duo/Wooden Shjips

Post by olan » Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:38 pm

spzretent wrote:
Sun Jun 10, 2018 9:59 pm
Olan.
The bummer is side 2 is where it's at.
I posted something on their FB page.
Maybe that will get their attention.
OK Alan, I listened to Side 2 just now. There are no issues with my pressing, which is the European white vinyl limited edition. FWIW, I have more or less given up on TJ who are about as unhelpful a label as I can think of. I bought my copy via my local record shop, Probe, in Liverpool. If there were any issues with a pressing there would be no messing about over returning them. Pretty difficult position when a retailer is on 'no returns' unless they are getting huge discounts.

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Post by spzretent » Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:46 am

Side note Olan.
Did you enjoy side 2?
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Re: Moon Duo/Wooden Shjips

Post by olan » Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:05 am

spzretent wrote:
Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:46 am
Side note Olan.
Did you enjoy side 2?
It is OK. This is a decent Wooden Shjips record. My issue with it is really that it is a bit Ripley-by-numbers. I don't think they've come near to producing tunes of the quality of 'Aquarian Time' or 'We ask you to ride' on any of the last two or three records. All the LPs have all been solid, and the gigs are great. Despite the marked increase in the quality of recording and production, there is no real sense of progress. This is a good solid B+ as far as I'm concerned. I do agree that the B-side contains the superior tunes though.

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Post by stegraham » Fri May 31, 2019 1:26 pm

Just seen - on the Moon Duo FB page - that Ripley has a new project called Rose City Band. Listened to a couple of tracks on youtube and sound good - nothing radical or different than what he usually does, maybe a bit more country?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AJ5vGM7ID4

I'm usually a CD'er, but it seems it's only available on vinyl and download. Looking at Rough Trade and Picadilly Records the vinyl is beign sold for 25-28 quid!! Is that normal for vinyl nowadays - seems alot! Might have to go for the download if no CD emerges.

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Post by sunray » Fri May 31, 2019 4:21 pm

I was under the impression Ripley produced it, i'm not sure he plays on it. I could be totally wrong though.

My interest was piqued by the description on Piccadilly's mailout yesterday: "Sort of a back porch jam just as the shrooms are starting to kick in." :lol:
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Post by niamhm » Fri May 31, 2019 10:12 pm

I`m 99% he plays on it, listened to it twice last night on Bandcamp, unmistakably him from the singing and playing I would say, for what it is its a fantastic little album to my ears, I paid £24.50 I think from Norman Records, probably £5 over priced for some reason but a few listens and I had to have it :lol:

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Post by sunray » Sat Jun 01, 2019 11:04 am

You are correct. I'm only getting to listen to it now and it's obviously Ripley! I'm liking it lots. :D
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Re: Moon Duo/Wooden Shjips

Post by BROKENHEART » Sat Jun 01, 2019 1:07 pm

Nice chilled album. Lots of the usual reverb, some slide with the trademark repetitive rhythms in a country style.
Only on my first listening, but I'm sure I'm going to really get into this album.
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Post by BROKENHEART » Sat Jun 01, 2019 3:37 pm

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Post by purespace » Sat Jun 01, 2019 11:33 pm

stegraham wrote:
Fri May 31, 2019 1:26 pm
Just seen - on the Moon Duo FB page - that Ripley has a new project called Rose City Band. Listened to a couple of tracks on youtube and sound good - nothing radical or different than what he usually does, maybe a bit more country?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AJ5vGM7ID4

I'm usually a CD'er, but it seems it's only available on vinyl and download. Looking at Rough Trade and Picadilly Records the vinyl is beign sold for 25-28 quid!! Is that normal for vinyl nowadays - seems alot! Might have to go for the download if no CD emerges.

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Post by spzretent » Sun Jun 02, 2019 2:24 am

Ordered.
Listening to the d/l right now.
Sounds gorgeous.
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Post by Shinesalight » Sun Jun 02, 2019 5:08 pm

From Discogs:-

The debut record from Rose City Band. Limited edition of 300 copies pressed on colored vinyl and only available through Bandcamp and Wooden Shjips concerts . Produced and recorded by Ripley Johnson (Moon Duo, Wooden Shjips) in Portland, and mixed by Chris Cohen, the album finds its niche in the hazy sonic landscape of private press country and psych records, and alongside artists like Relatively Clean Rivers, Jim Sullivan, Kenny Knight, and countless other explorers of the pastoral underground.

Produced by Ripley Johnson
Recorded in 2018 in Portland, Oregon
Drums recorded by Colin Stewart at The Hive
Mixed by Chris Cohen and Ripley Johnson
Additional production by Jason Powers at Type Foundry Studio
Mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk at Stereophonic Mastering
Cover art and design by D. Norsen
Special guest John Jeffrey on drums

"This album is dedicated to S.Y."

Off to see the Shjips in Brighton tonight so hopefully will be able to get my hands on one with these. The shipping costs on Bandcamp are more than the price of the album.
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Post by spzretent » Mon Jun 03, 2019 3:16 am

Any time you get this description:

"Produced and recorded by Ripley Johnson (Moon Duo, Wooden Shjips) in Portland, and mixed by Chris Cohen, the album finds its niche in the hazy sonic landscape of private press country and psych records, and alongside artists like Relatively Clean Rivers, Jim Sullivan, Kenny Knight, and countless other explorers of the pastoral underground.

Ripley describes the album this way:
"The band was aiming to capture a timeless, natural sound, not quite of the present, past, or future, but phasing in between the consciousness of now and the stoned dream-state of the eternal. Sort of a back porch jam just as the shrooms are starting to kick in. Handmade and human, but also cosmic and transcendental. But the goal is to let the music speak for itself and hopefully find a weird and wonderful audience somewhere out there.”

When the gorgeous Relatively Clean Rivers Lp gets name checked that is reason enough to explore this further.
A tip of the hat to Sunray for Piccadilly Record's description.
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Re: Moon Duo/Wooden Shjips

Post by stegraham » Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:34 am

Well, I let the moths out of the wallet, and splashed the cash on the vinyl. Odered online from a UK record shop. Looking forward to getting it and having a good listen.

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Post by veiko » Tue Jun 04, 2019 5:30 am

Rose City Band - don't know if it is a good or bad thing, but some vocal moments remind me of 22-Pistepirkko https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWFtUbYiCMw

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Re: Moon Duo/Wooden Shjips

Post by stegraham » Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:45 am

Got my vinyl from Norman Recs. It doesn't have a DL code, do you only get the DL code if you buy from their bandcamp site, does any one know?

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Re: Moon Duo/Wooden Shjips

Post by niamhm » Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:10 pm

stegraham wrote:
Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:45 am
Got my vinyl from Norman Recs. It doesn't have a DL code, do you only get the DL code if you buy from their bandcamp site, does any one know?

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Same here, I contacted them through bandcamp and they replied within about two hrs with a code, can dm you a link if you like,

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