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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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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

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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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Re: Moon Duo/Wooden Shjips

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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Re: Moon Duo/Wooden Shjips

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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Re: Moon Duo/Wooden Shjips

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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Re: Moon Duo/Wooden Shjips

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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