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Dos album cover
For So Long
Down by the Sea
Aquarian Time
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Total Tracks: 5   Total Length: 38:12

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12 credits for 5 songs?


I've loved the Wooden Shjips since seeing them play a blissful set at Terrastock in Louisville a couple of summers back (and am looking forward to their upcoming show with Roky Erickson). But what's with 12 credits to download a 38-minute, 5-track album? Sheer bogosity.

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Mon commentaire en francais sur mon blog : http://mmarsup.blogspot.c- - - om/2009/07/wooden-shjips-- dos-74.html

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More of the same


Much the same as the previous two albums but somehow slightly less good. About time they found a slightly new angle.

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I like it


Good stuff this makes me want to timewarp back to 1969, smoke a doobie and cruise around on a chopper!

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Refreshingly Familiar


Wooden Shjips, like other great bands such as Clinic and Wilderness, are committed to a particular sound/vibe/vision, and they reproduce that vision--with minor tweaks--on each subsequent album. As a result, "Dos" sounds refreshingly familiar and should please both longtime fans and new listeners open to the possibilities of freak-drone.

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Jam Rock?


Not sure what this has got to do with the likes of Phish or the Dave Matthews Band either. This record is the bastard son of the Stooges and Suicide with a Krautrock fixation. As the Arch Drude Julian Cope would say, a righteous noise...

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excellent krautrock, dronerock


This is excellent, grooving drone-rock with hints of the doors and the stooges, as if those two bands had merged with a krautrock outfit.

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This is not contemporary folk. This is jam rock.

They Say All Music Guide

Since 2006, San Francisco’s Wooden Shjips have always worn their influences on their sleeve while combining them in new and different ways with each recording. While the first 10″ was a slippery and raw garage workout with psychedelic overtones, their self-titled debut on Holy Mountain from 2007 was drenched in sounds that somehow combined the darker sounds of the Doors, droning keyboard darkness, echo-laden and downright spooky vocals, and the feedback control and trippiness of Spacemen 3 via the guitar work of Ripley Johnson. On Dos’ five tracks, most of the same elements are here, but they added still more influences, and this time far more aggressive ones such as the Stooges, Loop, the Telescopes, and Suicide. Check the opener, “Motorbike,” where a feedbacked guitar is immediately set against a primitive guitar and bass riff as waves of sonic mayhem assault the backdrop. There are two chords in the song, played over and over, but the charging, bursting guitar energy, Nash Whalen’s atmospheric organ lines, and the Alan Vega-styled vocals push the track right into the red where it stays for its nearly five-minute run. Dusty Jermier’s bass throb opens “For So Long.” It’s propulsive against Omar Ahsanuddin’s simple snare and hi-hat figure and vocals that nearly whisper. But it’s Johnson’s guitar fills that make the track ROCK; they accent every line, filling every crack as the organ phases and pulses throughout. “Down by the Sea” slows things down a bit and spaces them out. It’s not quite as bombastic, but it’s stretched out over ten minutes so that, despite the energy ebb, the sense of pure power comes through in spades. Once again it’s the rhythm section that drives the track with a four-note guitar vamp, echoing Loop’s later work with motorik precision amid the noise. The Doors influence is most plainly heard on “Aquarian Time,” with the hypnotic organ line introducing the tune, but Johnson’s six-string is barely contained in its fury as it plays the three-note vamp that creates and then extends the reach into pure rockist excess. Ultimately, Dos seems to capture the more primitive elements in Wooden Shjips’ live sound better than its predecessors, but musically it’s simply another step forward in an emergent sound gelling into its own entity. – Thom Jurek

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