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DIIV at Market Hotel (March 5, 2016)

By Will Oliver, July 6th 2016

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On March 5 indie rockers DIIV wrapped up their sold out three-night run at Market Hotel, marking my first time at the venue since the beyond insane Sleater-Kinney show last December.

The group tore through both tracks from their new album Is The Is Are (released via Captured Tracks) as well as their 2012 debut, Oshin. The set also included a cover of Cat Power’s “Nude As The News.”

Find the setlist posted below, along with a gallery of photos of DIIV’s performance, as well as openers Painted Zeros and Surfbort.
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On November 8, DIIV returned to New York for their first performance since Governors Ball over the summer. I also caught them earlier in the spring when they played a surprise show at Baby’s All Right. At the time they were still fleshing out the new songs that would make up their new album Is The Is Are, which Captured Tracks released a few weeks ago. The group shared some more new songs off the album, as well as more familiar material from their debut Oshin.

The night also featured an opening performance from Sunflower Bean, which would end up being their last New York performance before their own big headlining show at Bowery Ballroom, which goes down later this week. They also tested new material from their fantastic debut album Human Ceremony, which is out now via Fat Possum Records.

Hit the jump for a full photo gallery of DIIV, Sunflower Bean, as well as Montreal outfit No Joy, who also opened the show.
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DIIV at Governors Ball 2015

By Will Oliver, July 29th 2015 — with 1 comment

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Zachary Cole Smith’s DIIV will return with their anticipated new album Is the Is Are later this year via Captured Tracks. Back in May they stopped by Baby’s All Right to play most, if not all, of the new album. They followed that performance a month later which a much bigger showing at Governors Ball.

This time they integrated a few tracks off their debut album Oshin in between the new songs as a bit of a cushion for the festival audience. The new songs did well the spacious festival setting, sounding almost fitting for the ominous weather that just didn’t want to give up.

There’s still no official release date for Is the Is Are, but we can hopefully expect to hear it soon.

Find photos from DIIV’s set at Governors Ball posted below.
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DIIV and Sunflower Bean at Baby’s All Right (April 28, 2015)

By Will Oliver, May 6th 2015 — with 1 comment

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The last time I saw DIIV perform live, it was when they opened for My Bloody Valentine at Hammerstein Ballroom. It wasn’t the ideal atmosphere to catch Zachary Cole Smith’s band live, but they played two new songs that night (one of which was “Dust”), marking it as the beginning of phase two of DIIV’s career.

Here we are in spring 2015, and DIIV have just announced that their anticipated sophomore album is entitled Is the Is Are, and will see a release later this fall via Captured Tracks. Following the announcement, the band played an intimate late night show (starting a little after midnight) at Baby’s All Right to showcase some of the new songs off the album.
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My Bloody Valentine | DIIV @ Hammerstein Ballroom (November 12, 2013)

By Will Oliver, November 13th 2013 — with 1 comment

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When My Bloody Valentine play a show in your neck of the woods, you go and see them. I was lucky enough to catch them a few years ago at All Points West 2009, which now feels like ages ago. All I remember was that it was a hot day, and the large amounts of Tool fans in the crowd didn’t make for the best atmosphere, so I didn’t get the best experience. I do remember it being extremely loud, to the point that ear plugs are mandatory, not optional – if you want to keep hearing that is. Read the rest of this entry »

[music video]: DIIV – Wait (NSFW)

By Will Oliver, February 20th 2013

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There’s a lot going on in DIIV’s music video for “Wait.” Firstly, if you’re at work, don’t watch. The video features lots of boobs and ass and all that good stuff. It even features Sky Ferreira, who just happens to be dating DIIV’s Zachary Cole (of course they’re dating).

The video was directed by Sandy Kim who shot it on a Super 8 camera, and edited it stoned (via The Fader). All of these revolving factors give us one hell of a video.
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Dive Change Name To DIIV, Share Single: “Doused”

By Will Oliver, May 2nd 2012 — with 1 comment

Dive the side-project of Beach Fossils’ Zachary Smith has changed their named to DIIV out of respect to the original band Dive, a Belgian industrial band formed in the early 1990s.

The band also included a stream of a new single “Doused” from debut album Oshin. The song channel’s the power of new wave acts such as New Order with some very danceable guitar riffage.

Check out another song from Oshin, “How Long Have You Known?” here.

Oshin
is out June 26 via Captured Tracks.

We All Want Someone’s Best Songs of 2015

By Will Oliver, March 18th 2016 — with 1 comment

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Artwork thanks to our very own Anthony Bauer

We look back 2015 fondly, one of the best years of music in some time. There was almost too much of it, making it nearly an impossible task to come up with my top albums of the year. Even worse, was choosing the best songs of the year.

Many albums had multiple offerings that deserved recognition, but I tried my best to limit it to one song per artist, except for a few special cases. It wasn’t easy to do a top 100 list, but it was fun to reflect on 2015 with all the sounds that helped soundtrack my life throughout those months.

Below you can find the list posted in countdown style from 100-1, and I’ve created a handy Spotify playlist in countdown order for your listening convenience and pleasure. I’ve posted the embeded playlist below.

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