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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

Alvvays at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! (June 23, 2016)

By Will Oliver, November 1st 2016

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It’s been a solid Toronto-based group Alvvays delighted us with their self-titled debut album, which was one of my favorite albums of 2014. They’ve been touring pretty hard since then, even while starting work on their sophomore album, which is easily one of my most anticipated albums of 2017.

They returned to us once more before releasing their new album on June 23 for a free BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! show at Prospect Park that also featured opening sets from Ducktails (which Matt Mondanile is now doing full time, leaving Real Estate), and Big Thief, who delighted with songs from Masterpiece, one of the best debut albums of the year.

It was a absolutely gorgeous night out, and the songs of Alvvays dreamy debut sounded oh so good. Although their 9-song debut album is barely over 30-minutes long, they gave us a set that stretched past an hour at 15-songs Read the rest of this entry »

We All Want Someone’s Best Songs of 2015

By Will Oliver, March 18th 2016 — with 2 comments

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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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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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