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[new]: Born Ruffians – Needle

By Will Oliver, February 19th 2013 — with 2 comments

Born Ruffians - Birthmarks

Born Ruffians returned with the excellent song “With Her Shadow” early in January. The band has announce that it will show up on their new album Birthmarks, which comes out April 16 via Yep Roc.

“Needle” will also show up, as it’s the albums first single. It stars off sounding surprisingly like Fleet Foxes, but soon works its way into a welcome groove that is like nothing else but Born Ruffians.

They will play Bowery Ballroom on April 16 (album release show!) and in Hoboken at Maxwell’s on April 18.

Find the full tracklisting for Birthmarks below.
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[new]: Born Ruffians – With Her Shadow

By Will Oliver, January 15th 2013 — with 1 comment

Born Ruffians

At the beginning of the month Born Ruffians welcomed in 2013 by releasing a new song titled “With Her Shadow.” The bands quirky blend of indie rock is back in full force, a little shinier in all the right places. They got a new album on the way later this year on Paper Bag Records, we just don’t got the details yet.

But enjoy “With Her Shadow” right now.

The Acorn – Crossed Wires (Born Ruffians Remix)

By Will Oliver, June 7th 2010 — with 1 comment

The Acorn released their new album No Ghost on June 1st. It’s the third album from the Ottawa based indie rock band. Below you can stream Born Ruffians playful remix of “Crossed Wires, one of the albums songs:

To hear some regular tracks from The Acorn, head over to their myspace. They got some beautiful songs streaming over there.

[music video] Born Ruffians – What To Say

By Will Oliver, April 27th 2010

I was digging “What To Say“, the new single from Born Ruffians, from the first moment I heard it. I have grown to like it with every listen, which hopefully is a telling sign for the rest of their new album Say It.

Now they have a music video for the song that only makes me love the song even more. It was made using a vintage oscilloscope by director Jared Raab and artist/computer programmer Rob Bairos. Saw it from The Tape Is Not Sticky. It was premiered by Stereogum.



Super cool video. Everyone needs to see this at least once!

[new]: Born Ruffians – What To Say

By Will Oliver, April 16th 2010 — with 3 comments

Where is all the love for Born Ruffians? They are gearing up to release their sophomore album Say It on June 1st via Warp. I seriously think people need to start getting excited. We already got a taste of the album with “Sole Brother“, and now you can listen to the first single from the album, “What To Say”.

“What To Say” is a jangly shimmering delight that shows that Born Rffuains have experienced a lot of growth since Red, Yellow & Blue was released. The band has really impressed me with the high quality of songs released from Say It it so far.

Stream “What To Say” alongside the band’s energetic cover of Grizzly Bear’s “Knife” below:

[mp3]: Born Ruffians – What To Say
[mp3]: Born Ruffians – Knife (Grizzly Bear Cover)

Visit the band on myspace or twitter

[new] Born Ruffians – Sole Brother

By Will Oliver, February 27th 2010 — with 3 comments

It’s 8:28 here in New York. I am at home eating breakfeast & playing some NBA Live 2K10 with my little brother. We are rebuilding the Knicks franchise. We got Boozer and Vince Carter. I dig it. Donnie Walsh would be proud.

Born Ruffians are a band I first saw not too long ago opening for Vampire Weekend at the free Central Park Summerstage show. I have been a fan of theirs ever since. They are back with a sophomore album titled Say It. The band are back with a new song that called “Sole Brother”

It still sounds very much like the band that we heard on Red, Yellow & Blue, but here they sound a tad bit more precise. They still have that jangly sound, it just sounds more….controlled. It was a bit more reserved that I expected but the songs good. What a welcoming guitar line. Delish! I’m hoping that Say It rocks just as hard as Red, Yellow & Blue did. ‘Cause it rocked hard.

Listen to “Sole Brother” plus a few of my favorite cuts from their debut album, all below:

[mp3] : Born Ruffians – Sole Brother
[mp3] : Born Ruffians – Barnacle Goose
[mp3] : Born Ruffians – I Need A Life

Best Songs Of 2013

By Will Oliver, December 30th 2013 — with 2 comments

Best Songs Of 2013

Thanks to Camilo Bejarano for the artwork as usual

This year I pushed the limit on publishing my best songs list with a day to spare. I think that patience has all but been lost with list making these days, but time is something I can never get enough of. I need as much time as possible to sort through the wide plethora of music that graced my ears this year.

With albums it’s tough to honor all the stuff you loved as eventually a few will get pushed out of the fold. But with a best songs list, you have more of a chance to highlight a well rounded collection of music that really defined your year. There’s a wide collection of songs here that I’m really proud to share because it’s a pretty wide collection of songs that I hope is all balanced as I thought it was. I try and keep an open mind and embrace anything that sounds good to me. I think this year was a good year for music, but also a good one to be a music listener, which is truly exciting.

You can find my list below, as well as a spotify link right here, and a stream that’s shared at the very tail end of the post.
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Ski Lodge – Just To Be Like You

By Will Oliver, April 4th 2013 — with 1 comment

Ski Lodge

Ski Lodge are gearing up for the release of their debut album Just To Be Like You on April 16 via Dovecote.

The first single happens to be the title track, a seemingly jubilant track that sounds bouncy, with lead singer Andrew Marr’s vocals giving a very Morrissey-like delivery.

The band are supporting Born Ruffians at Bowery Ballroom on April 16. Tickets are on sale here.

Take a listen to “Just To Be Like You” below.




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