Wooden Shjips

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Wooden Shjips
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Wooden Shjips at St Philip's Church, Salford, 2010.
Background information
Origin San Francisco, United States
Years active 2006-Present
Labels Holy Mountain, Thrill Jockey
Website Official web site
Members Erik "Ripley" Johnson
Dusty Jermier
Nash Whalen
Omar Ahsanuddin

Wooden Shjips (pronounced 'ships') is a space rock/psychedelic rock [1][2] band from San Francisco, United States.

Their sound has been described as experimental, minimalist,[3] drone rock,[4] and "spacey psychedelic rock".[2] They have been compared to Suicide, Loop, The Velvet Underground, The Doors, Soft Machine and Guru Guru.[1][2][3] They are currently signed to Thrill Jockey records, whose artist roster also includes Tortoise, Future Islands, The Sea and Cake and Matmos.[5]

Wooden Shjips guitarist Ripley Johnson also plays in a side project, Moon Duo, formed in 2009 with Sanae Yamada.[6] They have so far released one EP (Killing Time, 2009 [Sacred Bones]) and four albums (Escape, 2010 [Woodsist]; Mazes, 2011 [Sacred Bones]; Circles, 2012 [Sacred Bones], and Shadow of the Sun, 2015 [Sacred Bones]).

The group played the ATP New York 2010 music festival in Monticello, New York in September 2010 at the request of film director Jim Jarmusch. In November 2013 the group released their fourth LP, entitled Back to Land, on Thrill Jockey.[7]



  • (2007) Wooden Shjips
  • (2008) Vol. 1 (compilation of hard-to-find singles)
  • (2009) Dos
  • (2010) Vol. 2 (compilation of hard-to-find singles)
  • (2011) West
  • (2013) Back to Land

Singles & EPs[edit]

  • (2006) Dance, California 7" (Sick Thirst) (clear vinyl)
  • (2006) Shrinking Moon For You 10" (Self-released)
  • (2007) Loose Lips / Start To Dreaming 7" (Sub Pop)
  • (2007) SOL '07 7" (Sick Thirst/Holy Mountain) (first pressing 500 copies transparent red vinyl, second pressing 500 copies transparent blue vinyl)
  • (2008) European Tour Split 7" (split with The Heads) (Rooster Rock, Sick Thirst) (500 copies)
  • (2008) Holiday Cassingle cs (Self-released) (100 copies)
  • (2008) Vampire Blues 7" (Sick Thirst) (500 copies red sleeve, 500 copies white sleeve)
  • (2009) Big City (Demo) / I Believe It 7" (split with Spacemen 3) (The Great Pop Supplement) (limited edition, red marble vinyl)
  • (2009) Contact 12" (Mexican Summer) (550 copies white vinyl)
  • (2010) Oh Tennenbaum / Auld Lang Syne 12" (vinyl reissue of Holiday Cassingle) (Sick Thirst) (500 copies red vinyl green cover, 500 copies green vinyl red cover)
  • (2010) Tour Of Australia And New Zealand March 2010 7" (Sick Thirst) (730 copies)


  1. ^ a b John Doran (2010-03-19). "Album Review: Wooden Shjips - 'Vol 2' (Sick Thirst)". The NME. Retrieved 2010-04-04.  External link in |work= (help)
  2. ^ a b c [1] (2010-03-18). "Vol 2 by Wooden Shjips". The Observer. Retrieved 2010-04-04.  External link in |work= (help)
  3. ^ a b HimTall (2007-10-02). "DiScover: Wooden Shjips". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 2010-04-04.  External link in |work= (help)
  4. ^ David Fricke (2007-09-25). "Fricke’s Picks: Wooden Shjips, Tulsa and Your 33 Black Angels". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2010-04-04.  External link in |work= (help)
  5. ^ "Thrill Jockey - Artists". Thrill Jockey website. Retrieved 2013-11-19.  External link in |work= (help)
  6. ^ Matt Meisinger (2010-03-13). "Moon Duo Interview: SXSW 2010". Spinner UK. Retrieved 2010-04-04.  External link in |work= (help)
  7. ^ http://thrilljockey.com/thrill/Wooden-Shjips/Back-to-Land

External links[edit]

Wooden Shjips[edit]

Moon Duo[edit]