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Brooklyn’s Chairlift have released on of the finer pop albums this year with their breezy delight Moth, which was released much earlier this year via Columbia Records. Back in January they played a show at the beautiful National Sawdust to celebrate the release of the album, check out Bauer’s coverage of that show here. They then returned in April for both an early and a late show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and we were able to catch the latter show.

It had been a few years since I last saw Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly perform as Chairlift, and what a ways they have come. They’ve expanded their lineup, creating a tighter and much larger scale live show that goes well with their punchier, electro-pop infused sound. The new songs off of Moth sounded truly larger than life at the always cozy MHOW, and old favorites like “Sidewalk Safari,” “Amanaemonesia,” and of course, their trademark track, “Bruises” sounded better than ever.

Chairlift have become a powerful force live, one that I can’t wait to catch again. Find some photos from their performance posted below, along with the setlist.

Chairlift Setlist:

1. Look Up
2. Polymorphing
3. Sidewalk Safari
4. Show U Off
5. Romeo
6. Ottawa to Osaka
7. Amanaemonesia
8. I Belong in Your Arms
9. Unfinished Business
10. Crying In Public
11. Bruises

Encore:

12. Moth to the Flame
13. Get Real
14. Ch-Ching

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Chairlift at National Sawdust (January 26, 2016)

By Anthony Bauer, April 5th 2016 — with 1 comment

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Just a few days after the historic blizzard that hit New York City in late January, Brooklyn duo Chairlift, consisting of Caroline Polacheck and Patrick Wimberly returned home after a quick show in Los Angeles to play a show for their hometown crowd. They were playing in celebration and launch of their wonderful new album, Moth which is out now via Columbia Records and what was their venue of choice? Well, it was one of New York City’s most beautiful new spaces (and one of my new favorites): National Sawdust.

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As the crowd started to fill out the space, they seemed to kick on the fog machines full blast helping to create an atmosphere within the venue that truly could only be experienced being there (no photos can really do it justice). The angular shapes within the venue being enveloped in fog with their lighting is something you simply can’t get anywhere else at any other NYC venue and seemed like the perfect backdrop for Chairlift’s synth–pop goodness.

Just when it appeared they were going to jump into the opening song, the fire alarm went off inside the venue (but there was no visible fire anywhere – this was probably due to the amount of fog within the venue). Along with the band, the crowd all looked around confused like “uh, should we leave? Whats going on?” This continued for roughly 10 or so minutes and during those 10 or so minutes the band left the stage as nobody really knew what to do.
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Ramona Lisa (Caroline Polachek of Chairlift) – Arcadia

By Will Oliver, February 19th 2014 — with 1 comment

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Charlift’s Caroline Polachek has announced her debut solo album which she’ll release under the moniker of Ramona Lisa. The album is titled Arcadia and will come out on April 15 via Terrible Records.

Polachek recorded the album in Rome, using only a laptop. She’s shared with us the title track of the album via a music video. Check it out below.
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[music video]: Chairlift – Amanaemonesia

By Will Oliver, September 7th 2011 — with 1 comment

Really cool music video for Chairlift’s “Amanaemonesia”. It was directed by Todd Hines and Chairlift’s front-woman Caroline Polachek, who is also the star. She choreographed the video herself, which is very cool.

Check out the final product:

Chairlift – Amanaemonesia

By Will Oliver, July 29th 2011

Totally slept on the fact that Chairlift have a new single out there. It’s entitled “Amanaemonesia” and will be released on August 16 via Chris Taylor’s Terrible Records.

It’s a funky cool track that expands on the sound they delighted us with on Does You Inspire You. You can stream it below:

The band will have a new album out later in the year. Watch a little teaser that they posted on their site:
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[Video] : Chairlift – Bruises (Acoustic)

By Will Oliver, April 22nd 2009 — with 1 comment

Chairlifts wonderful Bruises has not gotten old. I don’t think it ever will, it is just too pleasant!! I got an email showing me a beautiful acoustic version that the band did on a porch. The song is stripped down to its bones, but the bruises still sound GREAT!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umyhVEUpPlw[/youtube]

[mp3] : Chairlift – Bruises (Acoustic)

*It takes 30 seconds to get into the song…sorry I ripped it from the video.

Chairlifts “Does You Inspire You” re-released on Columbia Records

By Will Oliver, February 27th 2009 — with 1 comment

Chairlift really had a huge 2008. We have seen how effective their placement on that ipod ad was. The effect was so huge that the bands popularity soared catching the attention of many fans, as well as Columbia Records. The record company has plans to re-release Chairlift’s debut album “Does You Inspire You” on April 21st. The album will be completely remastered with two new tracks “Le Flying Saucer Hat” and “Dixie Gypsy”. The latter was produced by Grizzly Bear’s very own Chris Bear. Chairlift recently performed with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and are currently on their first tour of 2009 with YACHT, Sebastian Tellier and Peter, Bjorn & John. They will be performing the following dates at SXSW:

Thurs. 3/19 Other Music Showcase @ Red 7 – 12AM
Thurs. 3/19 Gigotron/Videothing Showcase @ Club 1808
Fri. 3/20 Urban Outfitters Party – 5PM
Fri. 3/20 Under the Radar Party @ Flamingo Cantina – 3:15PM
Sat. 3/21 Filter Magazine Party@ 1PM
Sat. 3/21 This Side Up Sounds Party @ Red Eyed Fly

2009 should be another big year for the band. Here is a reminder of why:

[mp3] : Chairlift -Bruises

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