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Songs of Shame

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Songs of Shame album cover
To Clean
The Hold
The Number
September With Pete
Down This Road
Military Madness
Born to Lose
Echo Lake
Rain On
Gypsy Hand
Where and What are You?
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Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 35:29

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Andrew Parks


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Woods, Songs of Shame
Label: Shrimper / Revolver

Unlike other lo/no-fi acts in Brooklyn's DIY-or-die scene, Woods take their love of home recording down a dusty basement tapes road. Case in point: a healthy portion of Songs of Shame was premiered on an extremely-limited cassette, paving the way for the Neil Young nods to come. That's a compliment, too. From the fragile falsetto of frontman Jeremy Earl (a.k.a. the founder of Woodsist Records/Fuck It Tapes) to the riff-riding psych-rock of songs like "Gypsy… read more »

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Songs of Shame for the first time


It seems I'm a couple of years slow to the discovery of this album and Woods but I was listening to my Lumineers again and still quite enjoying them and then eMusic turned up this for me and I am glad. I hadn't heard of the genre "no-fi" before and I like it... I like the early mountain goats released on cassette and after my first listen of this album am confident will like this for the long term.

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my new favorite band


It's got the scruffy, casual, naive quality of garage, but also an intimate rainy-day dreaminess that I'm just totally in love with. And there are surprisingly great melodies here. I prefer this to their subsequent release, "At Echo Lake," on which they take the pop songcraft up a notch but lose some of the atmosphere in the process.

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Like Passion Pit, the singer's falsetto is off putting for the first time listen. However, upon reentry, this song has more to offer, setting a mellow (if lukewarm) tone. Overall, well worth a pity download, but it's not exactly what you would call catchy.

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Friendly enough...


I like it but I have my reservations. Maybe it's that Songs of Shame just makes me feel shameful... Shameful of all the wanky mountain jam funk bands that are over populating the vast wilderness that is the American West. It's too bad this is coming from the city and not some small mountain town in Colorado...

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Single Alert!


"Rain On" is hazy, moody, catchy and well worth a download.

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let it grow


This is pretty good lo-fi folk. It's a grower that just needs a little time to develop.

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Guitar tactics not up to par


When the "experimental" guitar tactics distracted me from the composition of the music I turned it off. Then two days later I gave it another chance and turned it off again. It should be called guitar playing of shame.

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One of several new favorites...


I can't get enough of this lo-fi masterpiece. From the first notes of the first song, with the purposefully clumsy mock-late 70's rock solo you know these guys know what they're doin. Smart, funny, soulful, interesting. Loved it.

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can't quit emy finger on it


but there's something quite special here .. it's melancholic, gritty, fun, lo-fi, with great vocal melodies and a chilled out honest background instrumentation .. get and enjoy the sound of the summer ..

eMusic Features


Woods: Out of the Bedroom, Into the Studio

By Marissa G. Muller, Contributor

In a way, it's remarkable that Woods took nearly a decade to record an album in an honest-to-goodness studio. Their open-field jams have the expansive sound naturally suited to traditional recording. But Woods, which began as the solo home-recording project of vocalist Jeremy Earl in 2005, found ways to get larger production on their own, testing the limits of home-recording — until they hit a wall. "Five years into this [band], we got bored with home… more »


Label Profile: Captured Tracks

By J. Edward Keyes, Editor-in-Chief

File Under: Ragged, guitar-based indie pop; jangle-'n'-reverb forever! Flagship Acts: Beach Fossils, Wild Nothing, the Fresh & Onlys, the Girls At Dawn Based In: Brooklyn, New York When I first meet Mike Sniper, he's drinking Patron Silver at an Oyster Bar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. From any other record executive, the scene would be typical to the point of almost seeming mundane. But Sniper is the founder of the tiny, ragged Brooklyn indie Captured Tracks, a label that prizes… more »

They Say All Music Guide

Woods like it loose, and aren’t afraid to show it. It is in the cover art for their fourth album, Songs of Shame, in artwork designed to look as if printed on creased paper, the notes written in somebody’s warbly scrawl, replete with crossouts. And it is, of course, ever present in songwriter Jeremy Earl’s voice, which quivers in a high, pinched whine that immediately calls to mind Neil Young. Also owing a little to Young is the band’s woolly jamming on the nearly ten-minute “September with Pete,” featuring Magick Markers guitarist Pete Nolan. Picking up on threads from the experimental Woods Family Creeps semi-side-project released the previous year, the song, and two others, feature G. Lucas Crane on cassette manipulations. (He was also a member of the band’s live lineup.) His work is subtle but effective, adding a mysterious sheen beneath Earl’s tinnily recorded acoustic strums and slightly saturated vocals. Woods are, in form and spirit, a psych-folk act, but there is little that is warm or inviting about the sound of their music, except maybe the excitement of its creation, which spills into tumbling instrumentals (“Echo Lake”) and sincerely sloppy harmonies (“Where and What Are You?”) Acoustic guitars sound sharp, drums are simultaneously far away and overpowering. Still, Woods manage to get their heads together, pulling off a cover of Graham Nash’s “Military Madness” like ragtag peacenik soldiers, and ultimately marching together pretty righteously. – Jesse Jarnow

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