Search Results

1_Craft Spells_Brooklyn Night Bazaar

Saturday night featured a great night of free music at the always festive Brooklyn Night Bazaar. Craft Spells were headliners, with support comings from The Bilinda ButchersFoxes In Fiction, and Heavenly Beat. Unfortunately Foxes In Fiction’s Warren Hildebrand was under the weather and had to cancel, but even so, the trio of bands made for a memorable night of free music for fans of all ages (it was a very young crowd).
Read the rest of this entry »

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.
Read the rest of this entry »

The Drums // Craft Spells @ Webster Hall (April 22, 2012)

By Will Oliver, April 23rd 2012 — with 1 comment

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.
Read the rest of this entry »

[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.
Read the rest of this entry »

Best Songs of 2014

By Will Oliver, February 20th 2015 — with 1 comment

WAWSTSFsongs

(artwork by Dana Pacifico)

Apparently I got Chinese New Year confused with the end of 2014, as it took me until now to finally share my list of favorite songs from 2014. It’s late, but you better bet it’s a true indication of my favorite songs of 2014. These are the 100 songs that I played and enjoyed the most and are still playing on regular rotation. They came from the most established artists like Beck, as well as newcomers such as Alvvays, Leon Bridges and Flyte. It’s a bit all over the map stylistically, which is a good thing if you ask me.

I’ve posted the list of songs below from 100-1. I’ve turned the entire list into a spotify playlist (keep in mind some tracks weren’t on spotify so if that’s the case, just come back here and you can click the song it will take you to the tracks soundcloud/youtube page). Head to the bottom of the page for the spotify playlist, or just head here.

With that said, here are my favorite songs that were released in 2014, finally:
Read the rest of this entry »

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:
Read the rest of this entry »





blog advertising is good for you

Monday Morning Matinee

midwest sunglasses

Find the Musical Instruments at TradeTang.com


Archives