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Cymbals Eat Guitars at The Knitting Factory (December 12, 2014)

By Will Oliver, December 31st 2014 — with 2 comments

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After catching a set from The Pass, I hung around The Knitting Factory for the late show that featured a very solid bill consisting of Cymbals Eat Guitars and Alex G.

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Philadelphia bedroom rocker Alex G (also known as Sandy Alex G) has been releasing music through bandcamp on his own now for a while, slowly building a modest fanbase. This year he released his latest album DSU, which has been getting some sizeable praise. People are starting to take notice of the young rocker. I was taken aback by how many people in the crowd seemed to be there for him, signing along with nearly every word of every song. It was an impressive set, one that has them pegged as an artist you need to watch. Good things are coming.
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Cymbals Eat Guitars - Lose

Cymbals Eat Guitars are back, with plans to release new album LOSE on August 26 via Barsuk Records. It’s their first since 2012’s Lenses Alien.

LOSE is a personal record for frontman Joseph D’Agostino, who copes with the loss of his friend, Ben High, who died seven years ago just when things were getting started for the band. Here’s what D’Agostino had to say about the record:

LOSE is a very apropos title because it refers not only to losing Ben, but also it’s about a sort of nostalgia, a longing for a time when music meant everything to you and your friends, and it seemed like one great rock record could change everyone’s life the way it changed yours,” says D’Agostino. “It’s about being in mourning for your long-held belief that music could literally change the world. That’s the contradiction at the heart of LOSE… You’re disillusioned, but somehow you can do nothing else but rail against that feeling mightily and try, once again, to make a record that makes you and everyone else ‘wake up wanting to listen to records

They’ve shared the albums opening track “Jackson”, and it’s a winner. A powerful song that takes you on an affecting emotional journey that hits you like a ton of bricks.

It’s a must listen, and you can do just that right now, as its posted below.
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[new]: Cymbals Eat Guitars – Hawk Highway

By Will Oliver, September 10th 2012

“Hawk Highway” is a new song that Cymbals Eat Guitars released last week. It came as a part of their appearance on the Masters From Their Day video series.

Simply put, if you like the type of rock that Cymbals Eat Guitars produce, there’s no reason you won’t rock out hard to “Hawk Highway”. Guitar overload.

[mp3]: Cymbals Eat Guitars – Hawk Highway

After the jump, you can watch a mini documentary about the making of the song.
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[new] Cymbals Eat Guitars – Definite Darkness

By Will Oliver, August 4th 2011

Cymbals Eat Guitars have given us another free download from their new album, Lenses Alien. “Definite Darkness” is the song, and it’s another impressive cut that you shouldn’t be without.

These guys have shown no fear of sonic exploration so far, so why should “Definite Darkness” be any different? For a band with somewhat of a experimental sound, they sure know how to create moments of beauty.

This song is kicking my ass right now.

[mp3]: Cymbals Eat Guitars – Definite Darkness

Lenses Alien drops August 30 via Barsuk. Check out pre-order deals at the bands website.

[new] Cymbals Eat Guitars – Rifle Eyesight

By Will Oliver, July 12th 2011

Cymbals Eat Guitars have released an epic 8 and a half minute long song titled “Rifle Eyesight” as a free download. It’s the opening track to their new album, Lenses Alien, which drops on August 30th via Barsuk Records.

“Rifle Eyesight” is a dense track that sounds like three tracks packed tightly in one. It’s the type of song that requires intense headphone listening. Your mind will thank you as it’s deliriously melting away by the halfway point. If the first half is hazy psych perfection, then the second half hints at 90s indie pop before drifting off down a dark corner.

This is how you open an album.

[mp3]: Cymbals Eat Guitars – Rifle Eyesight

Cymbals Eat Guitars

By Will Oliver, March 16th 2009 — with 1 comment

Cymbals Eat Guitars are a band that are going to be talked about a lot, and for good reason. The indie band from NYC has tons of energy with songs changing from relaxed to explosive in the matter of a few guitar riffs. The songs feature some borderline screams and angry yelps but they do it in a manner that suits their style. Their debut album “Why There Are Mountains” has been one that deserves tons of repeated plays. They play very smart epic rock that is getting comparisons to the likes of Built To Spill and Modest Mouse, and rightfully so.

Listen to “Wind Phoenix” below and see what Cymbals Eat Guitars are all about:

[mp3] : Cymbals Eat Guitars – Wind Phoenix

Visit them at their myspace

Best Songs of 2014

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

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(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:
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The Districts at Bowery Ballroom (February 10, 2015)

By Will Oliver, February 12th 2015 — with 2 comments

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There’s a lot about the music industry today that is, discouraging, to say the last. But every once and a while a young band like The Districts comes around and restores your faith. They remind you that there is still a glimmer of hope out there. It’s encouraging to see that a young band can rise through the ranks the right way, playing authentic rock and roll that speaks to your soul. People keep saying rock and roll is dead, but it’s clear that they’re just looking in all the wrong places.
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