Wooden Shjips – “O, Tannenbaum / Auld Lang Syne” – [Sick Thirst Records]
Psych-rock band from SF, w/ hints of krautrock, garage, and surf. This quartet features fuzzy guitar, reverbed vocals, warbling organ, steady drums, and a clean bass tone. This 2010 12″ re-releases two tracks originally available on a limited 2008 cassette. Both songs start as somewhat traditional holiday songs, then evolve into psych jams, then descend into swirls of guitar soloing and feedback.
A: “O, Tannenbaum” (8:11) instrumental with sleigh bells throughout. Builds to fast, staccato, ending. Ends with locked groove of sleigh bells.
B: “Auld Lang Syne” (8:54) echoing, undecipherable vocals. Abrupt ending.
Both tracks can be downloaded at: http://freemusicarchive.org/curator/WFMU/blog/Wooden_Shjips_for_the_Holidays_2009_edition