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Craft Spells - Nausea

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Justin Vellesteros and his band Craft Spells. Even longer since their last full-length album. Well thankfully they have announced a new one. It’s called Nausea and it’s out June 10 via Captured Tracks.

Nausea was recorded in Seattle, recorded/engineered by Dylan Wall and produced by Vallesteros himself. Vallestteros experienced artistic and personal growth during his hiatus away from the band, discovering a new version of himself when compared to the one that released 2010′s Idle Labor. He trained himself properly on piano, as it’s instrument from which all the tracks for Nausea were written. So clearly this new album is a new direction for the band.

The first taste of the album is single “Breaking The Angle Against The Tide.” Craft Spells have treated us with a free mp3 download of the song, and what a gift it is. Those wicked guitar lines are still there, but this time they are guiding by sweeping strings that add a whole different layer to their sound. It’s sounding sort of like the direction Wild Nothing took mixed in with the earnest nature of The Drums.

It’s an impressive comeback song. Grab your free download below.
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Part Time were the first opener, hailing from San Francisco. They sounded a lot like Ariel Pink to me. Craft Spells followed and put on a pretty high energy, set that got people’s feet moving. Justin Paul Vallesteros vocals didn’t sound as good as I hoped, but he adjusted well during the second half of their set. The faster paced songs definitely do the band more good live.

The Drums seemingly sound better every time I see them. Although they had another new live drummer and were without guitarist Connor Hanwick. They didn’t miss a beat though playing through most of Portamento, and the hits from their debut. They finished strong with “The Future” and “Let’s Go Surfing”, leaving me more than satisfied. I’m already counting down the days until they open for Bloc Party. See you then.

Hit the jump for photos from all three bands.
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[new]: Craft Spells – Still Left With Me

By Will Oliver, February 24th 2012

Craft Spells are releasing a new EP titled Gallery on May 15th via Captured Tracks. They’re previewing it with new single “Still Left With Me”.

The band’s delightful ode to 80s synth-rock is still perfectly intact. The band has taken things a step further, staying true to themselves, while also becoming more comfortable in their shoes. We still have 5 more songs to hear from the EP, but this fantastic track will hold me over for now.

Hit the jump for the full tracklisting.
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We All Want Someone To Shout For’s May 2012 Mix

By Will Oliver, May 31st 2012 — with 1 comment

Thanks Cam for the art. As if you needed a reminder that it was from him.

I’m now a college graduate and have plenty of time to play. Here’s what got me through my final month of school. It’s a good one. You know the deal by now. Stream each track, stream the whole mix on Spotify, or download a ZIP file of all the songs packaged tightly for your listening convenience.

We All Want Someone To Shout For’s May 2012 Mix:
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We All Want Someone To Shout For’s Best Songs Of 2011

By Will Oliver, January 6th 2012 — with 17 comments

Thanks to Cam for the artwork.

Here’s the list you all have been waiting for (top albums of the year can be found here). It’s 100 of my favorite songs of the year. The term “best” doesn’t leave much room for objectivity, and favorite sounds a lot more personal. I didn’t have the heart to limit these great songs to a list of just 25-50 because there’s simply too much good stuff out there. You can stream all the tracks individually,and listen to the spotify playlist.

I present to you, my favorite songs of the year 2011:
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We All Want Someone To Shout For’s Best Albums Of 2011

By Will Oliver, January 3rd 2012 — with 14 comments

Cheers To Camilo for the album art.

These are my favorite albums of the year. It wasn’t the year I thought it would be, but it had plenty going for it. A lot of good young artist came out and surprised me a great deal. I went with 31 albums because 20 + 11 = 31. It made more sense at first. I am ready to move on to 2012, but first, check out what records I was spinning in 2011.
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