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San Francisco’s Mother Hips were once favorites of producer Rick Rubin — who signed them to his American Records label — but these days the group records for an independent label and sings its tales of musical trials to a devoted cult who hear great things from leader Tim Bluhm. Their seventh studio release, Pacific Dust centers on the music. The band’s alt-country attack is highlighted by thorny electric guitars that consistently break through the laidback lope (“White Falcon Fuzz”) or add to the funkier attack (the record company politics of “Third Floor Story”). Tremoloed guitars ramp up the attack for “Jess OXOX.” “The Lion and the Bull” shades towards Jayhawks territory with its sweet, pining harmonies. “One Way Out” lays back further towards the Eagles’ Southern California harmonies and West Coast groove. “All In Favor” heads for Hawaii. The title track flows towards the psychedelic end of the band’s influences. “Young Charles Ives” shadows early Bowie. The Mother Hips, nearly twenty years on, continue to journey through the past to find the present.

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hips do it again

The california soul band the mother hips returns with possibly their best studio effort yet. THe whole album is poppy and accessible, yet tactfully layered with brooding psychadelia giving the record incredible depth. This album is a true testiment to how talented as a band the mother hips really are. On pacific dust, the hips capture the best of their songwriting abilities with radio freindly tracks as well as the soulfull breakdowns and epic solos fan experience at live shows, which has earned this band the dedicated following they deserve. I highly reccomenned this record, whether you have all their previous albums or this is your first one. It is a must have.

Can music get much better than this?

Ok, I'll admit it, I'm a sucker for the Mother Hips. I love everything about this band from songcraft, musicianship, harmony singing, to their general cool vibe. There's nothing Tim Bluhm and company has released I don't dearly love. But I must say I LOVE this album. A great addition to the Hip's catalog. Of particular note for me were tracks: White Falcon Fuzz, 3rd Floor Story (an oldie re-recorded here), Young Charles Ives, and Cheer Up Champ.

WOW! A Masterpiece from the Hips!

The Hips absolutley nail it here. White Falcon Fuzz showcases Tim Bluhm's gifted songwriting and starts the album off with a fresh feel unlike any other Mother Hips effort. The title track is a deeply grooved power-rock classic! So many brilliant moments in such a small space, the autobiographical "All In Favor", the frustration venting "Third Floor Story" and the closer "Cheer up, Champ" each one different yet connected to the album's flow perfectly. These guys are at the top of their game and rocking better than ever. Go see these guys live!


Formed: 1991 in Chico, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Formed in Chico, CA, in 1991, earthy pop jam rockers the Mother Hips moved up from bar band status through a series of regional tours and built a sizable fan base in California. Songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist Tim Bluhm, guitarist Greg Loiacono, bassist Isaac Parsons, and drummer Mike Wofchuck met in the dorms of Chico State in the early '90s. Loiacono and Bluhm's harmonies and country-tinged melodies honored California's musical past -- from Merle Haggard to the Beach Boys to Neil Young. Their...
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