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[new]: Ducktails – Honey Tiger Eyes

By Will Oliver, September 10th 2013

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Ducktails, the solo project of Real Estate guitarist Matt Mondanile, released an album earlier in the year called The Flower Lane. He’s back with a new release, this time an EP called Wish Hotel.

He recorded the EP at his house in his hometown of Ridgewood, New Jersey. He’s released a very dreamy cut called “Honey Tiger Eyes” as the first taste of the EP, that could have been mistaken as a Deerhunter track at first. It’s pretty spectacular. One of my favorite things that he’s ever done.

The EP will be released via Domino on October 21. Take a listen below, get ready for it to take you away.

[music video]: Ducktails – Under Cover

By Will Oliver, June 26th 2013

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Ducktails‘ “Under Cover” is a very low-key smooth jazzy tune, and the video they just released for it replicates that feeling. It was shot in Matt Mondanile’s hometown of Ridgewood, New Jersey mostly in an abandoned house.

The band will play a free show on July 25 at the Museum of Modern Art. Watch the video below.
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[new]: Ducktails – Letter Of Intent

By Will Oliver, December 5th 2012

Ducktails new album The Flower Lane comes out January 29 via Domino. They already gave us a listen to the albums title track, and now we get to hear another cut, “Letter Of Intent”.

Ducktails gets a little bit of help from his friends on “Letter Of Intent.” Jessa Farkas of Future Shuttle and Ian Drennan of Big Troubles’ take over vocal duties, and Daniel Lopatin of Oneohtrix Point Never controls synths, and Joel Ford of Ford & Lopatin plays bass. You also have Big Troubles backing him up on the whole album. Teaming up with so many artists is always a risky move, but Ducktails and friends pull it off.

Wind-whirl of vintage night vibes take control of all the senses giving off magical vibes all around. There’s a jazzy nature floating in the distance as well.

Their playing an album release show on January 23 in NYC at (Le) Poisson Rouge.

[new]: Ducktails – The Flower Lane

By Will Oliver, October 10th 2012 — with 1 comment

After Real Estate signed and released their fantastic album Days on Domino, it made sense that guitarist Matt Mondanile’s side project, Ducktails, signed with them as well. Ducktails have announced that there first album under Domino is titled The Flower Lane.

Instead of solo home recording format, Mondanile roped in friends like Big Troubles to help contribute to a full band experience.

Below you can listen to the title track from the album. It’s an introspective jam that is in no rush, leaving plenty of chill vibes around for us to pick up.

The Flower Lane will come out January 29 via Domino.

Ducktails new album, Ducktails, Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics, comes out on January 18th via Woodsist Records. On the album is a song called “Killin’ The Vibe”. If you bought the album on vinyl or iTunes, you got a special version of the song that features the one and only Panda Bear on guest vocals.

Panda Bear’s vocals only add to the pretty spectacular chorus. It’s sunny and bright, and chances are you’ll be singing it all night.

Take a listen below:

Ducktails – Killin’ The Vibe (Feat. Panda Bear) by weallwantsome1

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 Songs Of 2011…So Far

By Will Oliver, August 18th 2011 — with 34 comments

(Thanks to Camilo Bejarano for the perfect album art)

I love making lists. I’m the guy who just needs to compile a list of my favorite songs midway (a month late, I know..) through the year. I did one last summer and had a great time doing it, so I had to do another.

I meant to do this in July but life got in the way of that. We All Want Someone To Shout For turned three years old a few weeks ago, so think of this as a little thank you from me. Rather than just limited the list to only 50 songs, I splurged even more with 70. I just didn’t want to leave any of these songs out because I believe they all deserve some spotlight.

This is by no means final, you never know what my list will look like come December. I offer it to you as a way for you to get close with the songs that I have in 2011. I included a mp3 stream of each, and for a limited time you can download the entire thing as a ZIP file. I know it may be overwhelming to some, but give it a d/l spin some songs, and come back to it later. If you like the music, search the artist and support them by buying their music on itunes, amazon, or going to see a show.

I hope you enjoy listening to these songs as much as I have. Without further ado, I present to you We All Want Someone To Shout For’s Best Songs Of 2011…So Far:

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We All Want Someone To Shout For’s January 2011 Mix

By Will Oliver, January 31st 2011 — with 18 comments

(thanks/credit to Camilo Bejarano for the wonderful artwork)

January 2011 was a strange month. No need to get personal with you guys, but it was. I’ve been in a different state of mind of late, and maybe this playlist reflects my mood better than I can put into words. This is the stuff that got me through the last month. You could say that these are my favorite songs of January 2011, but that’s not really what this is about. This is a unique collection of songs that strangely works in my mind. I hope it works for you too.

I put it together in a specific order that should play together well. You can download the entire thing as a ZIP file or stream each individually.

This is my first monthly mix ever. I hope you enjoy it. This is what defined January 2011 for me:

1. Cut Copy – Need You Now
2. Slowwave – Pour
3. Panda Bear – Atiba Song
4. The Decemberists – This Is Why We Fight
5. Foster The People – Houdini
6. Futurist – Antihero
7. British Sea Power – Heavy Water
8. The Vaccines – We’re Happening
9. Lykke Li – I Follow Rivers
10. Action Movie Hero Boy – Skates 3
11. Cities Aviv – Float On
12. Night Surgeon – Color Me Black and White
13. Johnny Reb – Brown Paper Bag (Feat. Boz Boorer)
14. Beach Fossils – Calyer
15. Zoo Kid – Out Getting Ribs
16. Ducktails – Killin’ The Vibe (Feat. Panda Bear)
17. La Sera – Devils Hearts Grow Gold
18. Mister Heavenly – Mister Heavenly
19. Little Comets – Dancing Song
20. Chapel Club – Surfacing
21. Tennis – Pigeon
22. Glasvegas – The World Is Yours
23. Nostalghia – I Am Robot Hear Me Glitch
24. Emay – Because Winter (Feat. Lowell Boland)
25. Dusk Warrior – Dusk Warrior Television Show
26. Ravens & Chimes – Past Lives
27. Motive – Nobody Eats My Dinner
28. Oberhofer – Away Frm U
29. Patrick Wolf – Time Of My Life
30. Smith Westerns – All Die Young

January 2011 Mix ZIP

Smith Westerns @ Glasslands Gallery (1/19/2011)

By Will Oliver, January 19th 2011 — with 1 comment

Smith Westerns have a lot of talent. They’re a great live band who are perfect for an intimate venue such as Brooklyn’s Glasslands Gallery (which they easily sold out). It was the record release day for their new album Dye It Blonde (read my review here). My only fault with the show was that it certainly didn’t feel like a special show. There was no mention of the album even coming out, and I don’t think their set was any different than normal.

I can’t get mad though, Smith Westerns aren’t the type of band who cares about that stuff. They don’t interact with their crowd, or have the most dominating stage presence. Whatever man. They just want to bring the rock. And you know what, that’s fine. Some songs they absolutely brought , but others left me wanting more (All Die Young). Their young kids and they’re not perfect. For the most part the band was on fire and had the crowd going nuts. I had a lot of fun and that’s the point of rock ‘n roll, right? Give them a few more years and their live show will probably be beyond incredible.

Ducktails played before them and were very, very, impressive. I haven’t given them as much attention as I should have, but that’s certainly going to change now. I’d see them again in a heartbeat. Bass Drum Of Death and Sundelles were the other two opens. Bass Drum Of Death were pretty excellent. Just two guys playing some mean garage rock. I’d keep an eye out for them for sure.

I posted the setlist and photos below:

Check more photos out, including some of Ducktails, after the jump:

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