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Chairlift at National Sawdust (January 26, 2016)

By Anthony Bauer, April 5th 2016


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.


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

Ramona Lisa - Arcadia

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!


[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


“i tried to do handstands for you, but every time i fell for you’

-You will be hearing those lyrics quite a lot in the upcoming months. That’s for sure.

I mentioned this hot new band Chairlift in a previous post but they deserved its own post for sure. Everyone seems to be/will be buzzing about the sweet song used in the ipod nano chromatic ad. The band behind this gem is the Brooklyn native 3 piece Chairlift. The song used in the newest Steve Jobs ad is called ‘Bruises’. The song has a tender side to it that really reminds me of The Moldy Peaches hit ‘Anyone Else But You’. I really cannot get that connection out of my head. It has to be the dual female/male vocals.

The song has a lot going for it. A lot more than you think at first. The song has a catchy bass line with a simple but effective beat working behind it. The vocals are the strength of the song, Caroline Polachek’s voice could not sound any better here. The lyrics are pretty sweet/cute and are effective in the nature of the song. There is no doubt this song will be seen in future movie soundtracks.

The band has become close with other Brooklyn acts such as MGMT and Yeasayer, who they are touring with quite soon actually. Their debut album ‘Does You Inspire You’ comes out on September 30th (my birthday!). These guys got a bright future, they are just getting started to. People will be doing handstands for this song for quite some time….

Check out tour dates, the ipod nano ad itself, and an mp3 (a bonus there too):

Chairlift – Bruises (MP3)

Chairlift – Evident Utensil (MP3)

Tour Dates:

Sep 26 2008 8:00P
Sound Fix Presents: Chairlift at Open Road Rooftop Project New York
Oct 18 2008 9:00P
Bowery Ballroom [w/ The Juan Maclean] New York
Oct 23 2008 8:00P
Bates University [ w/ Yeasayer ] Lewiston, Maine
Oct 24 2008 8:00P
Le National [ w/ Yeasayer ] Montreal, Quebec
Oct 25 2008 8:00P
Horseshoe Tavern [ w/ Yeasayer ] Toronto, Ontario
Oct 26 2008 8:00P
The Blind Pig [ w/ Yeasayer ] Ann Arbor, Michigan
Oct 27 2008 8:00P
Taylor University [ w/ Yeasayer ] Upland, Indiana
Oct 28 2008 8:00P
Bottom Lounge [ w/ Yeasayer ] Chicago, Illinois
Oct 29 2008 8:00P
Turner Hall Ballroom [ w/ Yeasayer ] Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Oct 30 2008 8:00P
Triple Rock Social Club [ w/ Yeasayer ] Minneapolis, Minnesota
Oct 31 2008 8:00P
Grinnell College [ w/ Yeasayer ] Grinnell, Iowa

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