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Music: Rock

Thrill Jockey Records 20th Anniversary Show feat. Wooden Shjips


Thursday Dec 13, 2012 (8pm)


The Independent

628 Divisadero St




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Riding in on a wave of local buzz and organ fuzz, trance-psych giants Wooden Shjips have become San Francisco's answer to other chuggy motornik disciples such as Finland's Circle. Looking back to the rhythms of early Soft Machine and Terry Riley's all-night organ concerts for inspiration, the Shjips have charted a course across a slew of buy-now-cry-later limited-edition releases in search of the perfect groove. Make no mistake: these guys are also fans of the guitar freakout. But it's the percolating throb of bass, drums, and organ locked together that has butts shaking in tandem with heads banging. Their first single wasn't called "Dance, California" for nothing. The Shjips crew headlines tonight's mega-show celebrating Thrill Jockey Records' 20th anniversary. Also onboard are Liturgy, Trans Am, Barn Owl, Man Forever, and Eternal Tapestry.

Matt Sussman, Flavorpill

Thrill Jockey Records says…

Thrill Jockey will celebrate 20 years this fall with a series of special concerts, a comedy records of sorts, a very special poster series and ongoing LP re-issues.