Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased tracks, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s song, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Lazy Bones” by Wooden Shjips from the 2011 album West on Thrill Jockey.
In 2006, Wooden Shjips emerged out of San Francisco, with guitarist and vocalist Ripley Johnson (also one half of Moon Duo) along with Dusty Jermier on bass, Nash Whalen on organ, and Omar Ahsanuddin on drums, and they began setting the stage for their brand of experimental, psychedelic space rock. It took five years, but the new album, West, marks the first official studio recording and first time using an engineer, Phil Manley.
Although the group hails mainly from the East Coast, they now reside in San Francisco and live out their past fascination with the American West via this album, drawing inspiration from the idea of endless possibility, romanticism of westward expansion, and the mythology that came from it all. Concurrently, the group explores sonically, taking the theme to literal heights. The guitars drive the fuzzed out riffs and the barely coherent vocals seem like an ill-conceived memory, all inviting you to light some incense and get lost in the vastness of instrumentation.
Wooden Shjips just wrapped up a small West Coast tour (listen to their recent session live at KEXP here) and are currently en route through Europe and the East Coast for the latter half of the West tour. Be sure to check in to their MySpace page for updates and future tour dates, and in case you missed them this time around watch the video of today’s featured song live at UK’s End of the Road Festival.