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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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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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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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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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Where's the sacrifice? Oh get off the cross, we need the wood.

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

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

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


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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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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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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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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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Side note Olan.
Did you enjoy side 2?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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" Fog of Love " is the one for me .

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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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Limited edition of 300 colored vinyl on Bandcamp only for $18 US dollars
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Ordered.
Listening to the d/l right now.
Sounds gorgeous.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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I see that Rose City Band have signed to the Thrill Jockey label, and they are re-releasing the debut album again:

https://thrilljockey.com/products/rose-city-band

Hope this means that there'll be more records by them, and maybe a tour?

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New Rose City Band lp arriving in May: http://thrilljockey.com/products/summerlong
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sunray wrote:
Thu Feb 27, 2020 10:06 pm
New Rose City Band lp arriving in May: http://thrilljockey.com/products/summerlong
Ordered. That's exciting news. Love that debut album!

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Blimey! Ripley's a busy man with his various projects. Great news though - really like the first record, still play it on a regular basis.

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sunray wrote:
Thu Feb 27, 2020 10:06 pm
New Rose City Band lp arriving in May: http://thrilljockey.com/products/summerlong
Ordered last night, what a work ethic, 1st album was a musical highlight of last yr,

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Just got an email from thrill jockey. I didnt see this version
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burningwheel wrote:
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Just got an email from thrill jockey. I didnt see this version
I preordered the Teal version as that was the only option. Anyone know the link to this version?
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Hey Good news. Got the vinyl pre ordered, and listening the to the debut as a good way to start the day.

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burningwheel wrote:
Sat Feb 29, 2020 3:02 am
Just got an email from thrill jockey. I didnt see this version

https://rosecityband.bandcamp.com/album/summerlong
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spzretent wrote:
Wed Mar 04, 2020 2:47 pm
burningwheel wrote:
Sat Feb 29, 2020 3:02 am
Just got an email from thrill jockey. I didnt see this version

https://rosecityband.bandcamp.com/album/summerlong
Nice one, just got the email as well and ordered this version too
I think I feel it coming on

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spzretent wrote:
Wed Mar 04, 2020 2:47 pm
burningwheel wrote:
Sat Feb 29, 2020 3:02 am
Just got an email from thrill jockey. I didnt see this version

https://rosecityband.bandcamp.com/album/summerlong
Nice. Unfortunately, the postage is €6 dearer than the actual record so i will have to pass.
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purespace wrote:
Wed Mar 04, 2020 3:52 pm
spzretent wrote:
Wed Mar 04, 2020 2:47 pm
burningwheel wrote:
Sat Feb 29, 2020 3:02 am
Just got an email from thrill jockey. I didnt see this version

https://rosecityband.bandcamp.com/album/summerlong
Nice one, just got the email as well and ordered this version too
I bought both too. I love this band.
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spzretent wrote:
Wed Mar 04, 2020 7:26 pm
purespace wrote:
Wed Mar 04, 2020 3:52 pm
spzretent wrote:
Wed Mar 04, 2020 2:47 pm
burningwheel wrote:
Sat Feb 29, 2020 3:02 am
Just got an email from thrill jockey. I didnt see this version

https://rosecityband.bandcamp.com/album/summerlong
Nice one, just got the email as well and ordered this version too
I bought both too. I love this band.
We do too. Was blasting the 1st one all summer outside on the farm. Great stuff. Ripley is one prolific and right on artist
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spzretent wrote:
Wed Mar 04, 2020 2:47 pm
burningwheel wrote:
Sat Feb 29, 2020 3:02 am
Just got an email from thrill jockey. I didnt see this version

https://rosecityband.bandcamp.com/album/summerlong
Fuck. Didn't see this so I missed out. I wonder how many copies there were. Fuck
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burningwheel wrote:
Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:35 pm
spzretent wrote:
Wed Mar 04, 2020 2:47 pm
burningwheel wrote:
Sat Feb 29, 2020 3:02 am
Just got an email from thrill jockey. I didnt see this version

https://rosecityband.bandcamp.com/album/summerlong
Fuck. Didn't see this so I missed out. I wonder how many copies there were. Fuck
Looks like the spatter vinyl may still be available for preorder on Rough Trade https://www.roughtrade.com/us/rose-city ... ng/lp-plus
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I played a load of Shjips stuff last night and felt surprised at just how loads of it was. I'd forgotten! I've got more into the Moon Duo and Rose City vibe but the Shjips have so many great tunes across every album they released.

That said I am really excited about this new RCB album!

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New Rose City Band tunes are sounding great. A neat country rock angle is noticeable here, with the 2nd tune tipping a hat to the Grateful Dead's classic 'Cumberland Blues'. But Ripley is something of a Deadhead so perhaps not too surprising.

https://rosecityband.bandcamp.com/album/summerlong

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The Rose City Band album is there to stream in full and those of us who bought it were sent downloads too. It's absolutely beautiful - some of Ripley's finest music to date and one where he is obviously very happy to show the influences he's brought in here. His guitar is unmistakable but the Grateful Dead vibe is obvious on several songs. Some of it is almost pastiche. The closing section of 'Empty Bottles', most of 'Real Long Gone' and the Pigpen like 'Reno Shuffle' all have that Dead vibe, but Ripley recently proudly displayed his Dead tickets stubs on Instagram recently so he's obviously in that zone right now.

I know someone else is drumming but I think Ripley plays everything else. I'm a sucker for quality pedal steel and he uses that to fine effect here. The album is psychedelic in essence but with a quality country rock twang from the word go.

It's perfect summer sunshine music and the release couldn't have been better timed. It really lifted our lockdown mood over the weekend and was a perpetual soundtrack for most of it. Music like this just makes you smile. Album of the year? It's certainly a contender. Love it!

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Yeah. I'm digging it. Very nice liked the previous album alot too. They are certainly mining a groove in their various incarnations. Moon Duo were supposed to be playing Nottingham (hometown) in autumn. I suspect that's off now.

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Good album alright. Plenty of tripped-out, blissed-out, sunshine goodness. :D
However, Ripley stil persists with a chord/key change/switch-up (i dunno what the fuck you call it) on most of his songs that frustrates me. Nice groove going then a few seconds that snaps you out of the reverie before dropping back down into the groove again. I wish he'd just bounce along on the intial riff for the whole song with no change but it's a minor quibble i guess.

I've always thought there was a Dead influence in his solos. In fact i made such a claim here many years ago, which piqued Redcloud's interest if i recall correctly! But who gives a fuck about that?! :lol:
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runcible wrote:
Mon May 18, 2020 9:46 am
The Rose City Band album is there to stream in full and those of us who bought it were sent downloads too.
I dropped a polite email to Mike Boyd at Thrill Jockey on Sunday asking for a FLAC d/l from Bandcamp. He responded yesterday and I've just finished downloading the LP. Might be useful bit of information for those of us who don't use MP3s.

I still haven't managed to listen to it though.

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Re: Moon Duo/Wooden Shjips

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Had a quick listen to Rose City Band, quite liking it.

This isn't a criticism- but I think it's interesting how all of Ripley's projects, you can right away tell it's him.
It's almost like, given a different arrangement and treatment, the songs could fit in with his other bands.

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Re: Moon Duo/Wooden Shjips

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Yeah.
His sound definitely crosses over between bands.

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