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Last week Cass McCombs released a music video for his track “Big Wheel.” Today he’s shared another video from Big Wheel and Others. The latest is a dedication to the late Karen Black, who featured on his song “Brighter!”

McCombs got Black’s widower Stephen Eckelberry to direct the video. It’s a touching tribute that features footage of Black rehearsing the song with McCombs, as well as some of Black’s filmography, all projecting over Cass while he plays.

Here’s what Eckelberry had to say about the video: Read the rest of this entry »

Cass McCombs @ Bowery Ballroom (December 12, 2013)

By Will Oliver, December 13th 2013 — with 1 comment


This year Cass McCombs released his new record, Big Wheel and Others. He stopped by Bowery Ballroom last night to play tunes from that album, as well as the rest from his incredible discography, to a sold out crowd.

The last time I saw Cass, it was a very different occasion. It was about a year ago at the the Holy Trinity Church for a special benefit show for Hurricane Sandy. It featured acoustic sets from artists such as Cass, Vampire Weekend, Dirty Projectors, The Walkmen, and Real Estate. Cass delivered a powerful set, one that I will never forget. It was truly special, and unforgettable.

He worked his magic again last night, even if it was a drastic atmosphere change. He played in front of a cool backdrop of a fence with a string of glowing lights on it. They went hung tight to every word that Cass delivered, as powerful and dramatic as the next. Cass is underappreciated by many in my opinion, and hearing his wondrous gems live reaffirms that notion. He’s truly one of a kind.

Check out the rest of my photos from last night below. Read the rest of this entry »

[new]: Cass McCombs – Brighter! (Feat. Karen Black)

By Will Oliver, September 23rd 2013

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On October 15 Cass McCombs is returning with a a new album called Big Wheel and Others via Domino. It will feature a massive 22 songs.

Last month he shared a song called “There Can Only Be One” with us. Now he’s shared a track called “Brighter!” that he dedicated to the late Karen Black who takes over the vocals on it as well.

The last time they worked together was on “Dreams Come True Girl”, one of my personal favorites of McCombs. “Brighter” is a wonderful little dedication to Black. The soundcloud page reads:

Dedicated to the memory of Karen Black.

[new]: Cass McCombs – There Can Be Only One

By Will Oliver, August 26th 2013 — with 1 comment

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Cass McCombs is returning with a new album called Big Wheel and Others. It will feature a massive amount of songs. Try 22. It will come out October 15 via Domino.

He’s shared a stream of “There Can Be Only One”, a song of the album that feels like a warm sunset hitting the back of your neck after a glorious day. It’s a bit more uptempo than we’re used to from McCombs, but he has got plenty of charm to make it work.

Take a listen below.

The album will be released on double vinyl that is limited to 500 copies. You can pre-order that right here.

Cass McCombs @ St. Ann & The Holy Trinity Church (November 17, 2012)

By Will Oliver, November 18th 2012 — with 1 comment

Cass McCombs comes off as a mysterious character to me. That was just the feelings I got from listening to his recorded material. Seeing him live confirmed my suspicions. He was focused solely on his performance, and boy did he deliver.

The set was just him on the electric guitar, and another guitarist playing acoustic. The set had a dark depressing overtone with songs like “Bradley Manning”, which covers the wikileaks informant. Most of the set was new, as McCombs had pieces of paper at his feet that looked to be reminders or notes of some type. A highlight was a song titled “Morning Star”, which was powerful in many ways, and had me hypnotized for the entire duration.

Cass McCombs Announces New Album: Humor Risk

By Will Oliver, August 18th 2011 — with 1 comment

Cass McCombs already released his LP, Wit’s End, this year. That wasn’t enough for him. Today he announced that he will release another album called Humor Risk, on November 8 via Domino Records. Two albums in one year? No big deal for Cass McCombs.

“The Same Thing” is a song from the album that is available to snag for free. It’s a husky track from McCombs that will fit in to my fall mindset with ease. It’s mind boggling to think about how much great music this guy can churn out.

[mp3]: Cass McCombs – The Same Thing

[new] Cass McCombs – County Line

By Will Oliver, January 28th 2011 — with 1 comment

On April 12th, North Carolina singer-songwriter mastermind Cass McCombs will release his new album WIT’S END via Domino Records.

The album was two years in the making, and Domino says that it may be his darkest to date. Check out album track “County Line” below. If the rest of the album is as heartfelt as that, we’re looking at a real winner. Stream it below

Cass McCombs – County Line by DominoRecordCo

Hit read more to see the full tracklisting for WIT’S END:

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Hey NYC readers. Are you free on friday July 9th? Want to see Cass McCombs & Lightspeed Champion for free at Bowery Ballroom with a friend? Well, your in luck because I have a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky winner. To enter this, email me at with the subject Cass McCombs Bowery. I will pick a winner randomly on July 2nd.

I also have a copy of Cass McCombs’ lovely 2009 album Catacombs to give away on vinyl. To enter this, email me at with the subject Cass McCombs Vinyl. I will pick a winner randomly on July 2nd.

Good luck!

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