Celebrate Labor Day with Wooden Shjips

September 2nd, 2010

San Francisco’s Wooden Shjips are more than just a band with a strangely spelled name. From the beginning, frontman Ripley Johnson didn’t want to get famous or even care to play live shows. Instead, he wanted to make innovative music. So he recruited musicians to play instruments they hadn’t really learned, figuring they’d have a fresh perspective. Eventually the group shed some members, becoming a quartet—Omar Ahsanuddin on drums, Dusty Jermier on trumpet and bass, Johnson on guitar and vocals and Nash Whalen on organ. The foursome has put out plenty of cool, experimental “spacey psychedelic” singles and a self-titled album. Their most recent effort, a collection of singles, Wooden Shjips, Vol. 2, came out earlier this year. And now Wooden Shjips (above, performing “Motorbike” in Barcelona) do play live shows. For example, they’re coming to Music Hall of Williamsburg on Monday night. Come out and say hello.