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Django Django @ Knitting Factory (October 4, 2012)

By Will Oliver, October 5th 2012

Django Django played a sold out show at the intimate Knitting Factory in Brooklyn last night. The band recently proved their worth as their debut album got nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize.

The band sound just as refined and unique live as they do on record. They know a thing or two about integrating dance-rock jams with singular layers and textures. The synth plays a heavy role live, serving as a bridge in songs, and between songs.

The rock was also brough. “Default” was a dominant monster live, not surprisingly the clear winner of the night. It hit hard. One minute they’re electrifying you with psychedelic fuzz, then their serenading you with colorful synths, and then rocking you to your core. Their live show is just as diverse as their recorded work.

Django Django aren’t the flashiest live act, but they bring a high assortment of quality tunes that makes you perfectly ok with that.

[music video]: Django Django – Hail Bop

By Will Oliver, July 24th 2012

Here’s the weirdly appropriate music video for Django Django’s “Hail Bop”. It was directed by Daniel Swan. Drummer/producer David Maclean said that they “wanted the video to be abstract”. I think they definitely achieved that.

Their s/t debut album comes out digitally on August 14, which a physical release coming on September 25 via Ribbon Music. Watch the video below via NPR.

Django Django

By Will Oliver, February 25th 2012

I have been getting a few recommendations about Django Django and had to check them out. They’re a band from London that just release their self titled debut album. They maintain a refreshing sound that is part psychedelic dreams, part pop sensation. These are songs you can get lost in, while also finding a irresistible catchy-ness that traps you.

Two tracks from the album that you need to hear are “Default” and “Storm”. Both are unique in their own way, but they are similar in their way to bend sounds to sound as welcoming and sensation as can be. You won’t regret checking this band out. Both songs are streaming below.

The album is out now via Because. You can buy the album from the band right here.

Bonnaroo Announces 2013 Lineup

By Will Oliver, February 19th 2013 — with 1 comment

Bonnaroo 2013

The Bonnaroo 2013 lineup is here. Headlining are Paul McCartney, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Björk, Mumford & Sons, and Wilco. You also get, The National, R. Kelly, the Wu-Tang Clan, and Pretty Lights.

Other acts of interest for me are Passion Pit, David Byrne & St. Vincent, Billy Idol, The xx, Kendrick Lamar, Grizzly Bear, Animal collective, Of Monsters and Men, Jim James, Nas, Beach House, ZZ Top, Cat Power, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, A$AP Rocky, Tame Impala, Gaslight Anthem, Portugal. The Man, Foals, Local Natives, Dirty Projectors, Matt & Kim, Amadou & Mariam, Alt-J, Father John Misty, The Tallest Man On Earth, Earl Sweatshirt, The Vaccines, Holy Ghost!, Divine Fits, Purity Ring, Cults, Four Tet, Calexico, Japandroids, Wild Nothing, Django Django, Haim, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, DIIV, Reptar,

Jim James will head the Superjam this year, with Ed Helms (from The Office/The Hangover) headlining the Bluegrass Superjam.

Pretty solid lineup. I may have to make it out just to catch Sir Paul already. Tickets go on sale this Saturday at noon.

About 200 of you guys participated in our annual readers poll, and the results were tight. You had the chance to vote for 5 albums, and I gave each album a point value, decreasing with each vote. So first place got 5 points, second place got 4, etc…

The race was very close between Frank Ocean & Tame Impala, but in the end, Frank Ocean took home the Orange gold. All in all, the taste of you faithful bunch alligns quite well with mine, minus Mumford & Sons. In total, 252!! albums were voted for, which is insane. That pretty much sums up how much music we digest. Which makes these top 25 albums that much more impressive.

See the results below with the points earned. Well done guys, and here is to a happy 2013! Here is my favorite albums of 2012 as well as my favorite songs.
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We All Want Someone To Shout For’s Best Songs Of 2012

By Will Oliver, January 4th 2013 — with 6 comments

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Yesterday I blessed you with my favorite albums from 2012, and now, here are my favorite songs from 2012. It’s always tough to narrow songs down to a list, even if the list is 100 songs long. A lot of great new music comes out at a rapid-fire basis these days, from the biggest artists, to the smallest.

When it came down to it, these were the songs that kept the best company of the last 12 months.

As always thanks to Camilo for the artwork. You can stream the songs themselves, or listen to one giant spotify stream right here.

I present to you:

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

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We All Want Someone To Shout For’s Best Albums Of 2012

By Will Oliver, January 3rd 2013 — with 13 comments

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Thanks To Camilo for this great artwork.

Looking back at 2012, there were plenty of albums that I loved. Was it the best year of music in recent memory? Maybe not, but it was a damn good year in its own right. There is a lot that we may look back on and remember well into the rest of the decade.

This year I listed my Top 40 albums, as well as a few honorable mentions that were as close to making my list as they come. I didn’t get to listen to everything that I wanted to. As the only writer, it’s tough to balance listening to everything, and listening to everything well. That is something I hope to become better at this year.

Ready or not, here are my best albums of 2012:

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We All Want Someone To Shout For’s Best Songs Of 2012…So Far

By Will Oliver, August 22nd 2012 — with 6 comments

Shit, it’s the middle of August already? Did I really wait this long to make my best songs of the middle of the year list? Yep, Will Oliver at his finest hour.

Ah whatever. No matter how late this list is, I still fell obliged to share what I found to be the best songs of 2012 at the middle (or 3/4) point of 2012. This year saw a lot of great stuff from a lot of my favorite bands, as well as a lot of young, new, talent. I am so impressed by this group of songs, that I couldn’t even keep to my limit of 50 like I originally planned. Remember, this is just my preliminary list. Things can and will change come December.

I got mp3 downloads of some songs, and links of streams to others on each individual track. I also got a spotify playlist where you can actually stream the entire thing. Find that here. Not a bad deal.

Thanks to my good friend Riley for allowing me to use her awesome photo, which Camilo edited to allow the addition of some text.

So take a break from your work, stream the playlist from your phone while your at the beach, and allow me to soundtrack your move in to your college dorm. Here are my favorite songs of 2012, as of right now:
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