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[new]: Freelance Whales – Spitting Image

By Will Oliver, August 21st 2012

Yesterday NPR premiered Freelance Whales new song “Spitting Image”.

It’s a warm and bubbly offering from the band that made their fame in similar fashion on their debut album. Here, things are more polished for them, and the band flourish in a fuller, cleaner sound. Job well done to bassist Doris Cellar who takes over lead vocals.

We previously heard first single “Locked Out”. Now check out “Spitting Image” below. It’s from their new album, Diluvia. It’s out October 9 via Mom + Pop/Frenchkiss Records.

[new]: Freelance Whales – Locked Out

By Will Oliver, July 23rd 2012 — with 1 comment

Freelance Whales have announced the release of new album Diluvia. It will come out on October 9 via Mom+Pop Music/Frenchkiss Records on October 9

On their website the band gave away new single “Locked Out” as a free download. It’s more of the sunny eye-opening indie wonder from the band, which is certainly a good thing.

[mp3]: Freelance Whales – Locked Out

The has also released a visualizer video for the song, which you can watch below.
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Freelance Whales @ Governors Ball (June 24, 2012)

By Will Oliver, June 26th 2012

Freelance Whales played at the peak of the heat and daylight, and it suited them perfectly. It was a gentle and comfortable set that dabbled through both their warm debut Weathervanes, and new songs that are set to appear on their next album, due this fall.

The new songs worked as well as the stuff that was familiar to me, a sign that we can breathe easy, cause Freelance Whales are going to be just fine with album number two.

Freelance Whales – Enzymes

By Will Oliver, November 10th 2010 — with 4 comments

I meant to post Freelance Whales new single, “Enzymes” when it came out, but something happened and it got lost in the mix. It was released as the latest Green Label Sound single, and it’s the first look at Freelance Whales with a bigger budget. You can really hear the band coming into their own with a formidable sound that they should be proud of.

Download “Enzymes” below via Green Label Sound:

[mp3]: Freelance Whales – Enzymes

Freelance Whales – Generator ^ First Floor

By Will Oliver, October 22nd 2009 — with 3 comments

I discovered Freelance Whales over the weekend, and I have been obsessing over their debut album ever since. I noticed that they were getting some good hype from  Stereogum, but I didn’t look into them simply because I am pretty lazy right now. It took some other bloggers to push my lazy ass to get started on this wonderful band. A thank you to Lindsay and Luis for this!

A “band to watch” post is on the way (but i got a test in 4 hours), but for now enjoy “Generator ^ First Floor” the opening song from their debut album Weathervanes.

The song blew me away from my very first listen. It has been my most played song for the last week by far. This song is so pure, so gentle, so organic. Their voices are amazing, they play a gorgeous tune with all instruments (goodbye over usage of electronics!!). What is not to like about “Generator ^ First Floor”?

[mp3] : Freelance Whales – Generator ^ First Floor

MVSCLES – Sweet n Sour

By Will Oliver, December 30th 2012 — with 1 comment


I’m working on my annual end of the year lists, and am doing typical catching up. While rummaging through some older stuff, I stumbled upon “Sweet n Sour” by MVSCLES. The Boston duo’s first single is a winner right from the first fluffy electronic blip. Once the comforting vocals come in, it’s a straight-up knockout. Imagine if Freelance Whales went full electronic on you.

Pissed that I slept on this track, but I’m just glad I found it.


By Will Oliver, April 1st 2011 — with 1 comment

There may not be another New York festival like All Points West, there are others options in the tri-state area such as B.O.M.B. Fest. It’s a festival that takes place at Comcast Theatre in Hartford, Connecticut. It’s a festival that mixes large acts with smaller acts, along with local bands from Connecticut. The best part is, the festival is a charity. It’s a non-profit organization where all money raised goes towards funding music & arts programs in schools and arts scholarships.

The festival features the likes of Weezer, Snoop Dogg, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, The New Pornographers, Against Me!, Best Coast, Titus Andronicus, The Cool Kids, Wavves, Man Man, Dum Dum Girls, Freelance Whales, Holy Fuck, Free Energy, Woods, Real Estate plus many more. It’s got quite a diverse selection of artists. There’s sure to something for everyone.

The two day festival takes place on May 28th & May 29th. For more info head to their site. I know a lot of you are looking for a festival, but don’t want to venture out to Coachella, Bonnaroo, or Lollapolooza. So if your in the tri-state area, this may work better for you.

The Morning Benders @ Governors Island (Free Show, 6/19/2010)

By Will Oliver, June 20th 2010 — with 18 comments

After tonight, I have now seen The Morning Benders 4 times. With each passing show, I can’t help but notice that the morning benders have improved tremendously. That isn’t to say that they didn’t impress me when I saw them open for The Kooks way back in June, 2008, because they most certainly did. The benders free show at Governors Island proved that they are growing bigger and better with every passing day, keeping their stay as one of my favorite bands at the moment.

I debated on heading to the show after multiple friends had to cancel on me, but decided I wasn’t going to miss a free benders show because others would. The ferry ride was really refreshing. I forgot how nice the open water is. The view of NYC reminded me of gold old All Points West. I got to the venue and decided to relax right up front, reserving myself one of the best seats in the house. It turns out someone I knew was right there too, so I didn’t have to attend the show solo after all. I also ended up sorta meeting (it was more of a simple wave/hello) Confusion from the excellent Pigeons and Planes.

Wild Nothing opened the night with a blistering set of tunes that had me groovin’. I still have to listen to their debut album, but after their set I am not going to waste too much time on getting that done. They played a tight set that had the crowd moving. The band worked some pretty great guitar rifss/basslines that sounded great outside. There was a group of annoying teenagers standing behind me who absolutely shit the bed during Wild Nothing’s set. They apparently knew all the guys from Wild Nothing and decided that screaming, pushing, and being a belligerent drunkard was the way to establish this. Thankfully the main drunk girl left after their set. I hope to never have the pleasure of meeting her again.

Freelance Whales were up next, and I had high hopes for their set. I spent some decent time with their debut album, Weathervanes, last fall. I hoped that the songs would have the same life live as they did on record. The band was good, but not great. The beginning and end of their set was great, but the middle fell flat for me. I started to doze off and become impatient for the benders. Some of the songs just lacked the charm that they had on record. However, the band has some serious talent, and they did have some really cool moments live. Overall I liked the band live, but it wasn’t quite what I hoped or expected.

The Morning Benders played an incredible set the last time I saw them at The Music Hall Of Williamsburg. I didn’t think they would be able to top it, but the did. With the devastatingly beautiful backdrop of NYC accompanying them, there was nothing but good vibes floating all round their performances. The band opened with “Stitches”, one of my favorite Big Echo songs. The song just dazzles live, creating a dark, heavy, psychedelic atmosphere that is too much too handle. The band then kicked up more Big Echo gems like “Promises” & “Wet Cement” that simply find ways to sound even better live than they do recorded. Chris Chu and his brother Jon fill in all the empty spaces with fine guitar riffs that remind me of the Arctic Monkeys Humbug-era live shows. After a lovely take of “Mason Jar”, the band played a great cover of the Fleetwood Mac classic “Dreams”. The guys nailed it down so well that one wouldn’t be at fault for mistaking the song as a morning benders original.

That wasn’t the only cover that they did. The band also covered Joy Division’s “Ceremony”, which Chris said was one of his favorite songs. The band kicked up their dancing shoes for “All Day Daylight” & “Cold War (Nice Clean Fight)”, both of which find a new life live. The set ended with the always incredible “Excuses” which brought a huge singalong from the crowd. The band couldn’t hide their smiles during the performance. Even they know they have a classic under their belts.

The night was over, but everyone was all smiles. We got a solid 3 hours of great music, for free. Why wouldn’t you be smiling? I was lucky enough to grab both setlists. The Benders set was changed a bit from what was written. They had an encore of Grab A Stranger/Ceremony planned but scratched the encore but added Ceremony to the set.

With that said, I do have to make note of the crowd. I am only 19 years old, but I know for a fact that I don’t disrupt people with my behavior at shows (aside from my tall frame, which would have the people standing behind me saying otherwise). There were some really annoying kids standing behind me. I was front and center, so if you were there also, you know who I am talking about. They pushed and shoved at points, yelled, screamed, made callow comments with every other breath. Their childish behavior ruined the show for me at times, and it shouldn’t be tolerated. I don’t know why people have to act like this at shows. Hopefully these group of kids won’t come to your next show. Now I know why venue’s have 18+/21+ age restrictions.

Photos posted below as well as the morning benders/freelance whales setlists:

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Best Albums Of 2009

By Will Oliver, January 31st 2010 — with 5 comments

It’s January 31st, and I am pretty sick right now. I have been pushing aside doing write ups for my top albums of 2009. I just haven’t been able to find the time. It is late January and I am just getting my list out now. The blurbs would feel forced if I got them out by today, so I decided not to force the issue and to just give you the list without blurbs.

2009 was a pretty good year in music overall. I spent countless hours with these albums making great memories with my friends, and rocking out to them blasting away in my room or my car. These were the finest albums in my mind, and 2009 would not have been the same without them.

We started it off strong with Animal Collectives MPP, and I thought it would be my #1 for sure. Then Grizzly Bear came knocking with Veckatimest. I thought for sure those would be my 1 and 2. However, the Arctic Monkeys came back darker and recharged the fanboy within me. However, Phoenix came out of no where to deliver one of the finest albums of 2009, blowing the competition out of the water. We had very solid debuts with The XX, Local Natives, and Passion Pit, along with stunning albums from the likes of The Antlers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart.

So without anymore hesitation here are my 25 favorite albums of 2009:

25. The Dodos – Time To Die

24. The Horrors – Primary Colours

23. Doves – Kingdom Of Rust

22. Lily Allen – It’s Not Me, It’s You

21. Handsome Furs – Face Control

20. Florence + The Machine – Lungs

19. Neon Indian – Psychic Chasms

18. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Up From Below

17. Julian Casablancas – Phrazes For The Young

16. Harlem Shakes – Technicolor Health

15. Discovery – LP

14. Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca

13. Franz Ferdinand – Tonight: Franz Ferdinand

12. Freelance Whales – Weathervanes

11. Girls – Album

10. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart

9. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz!

8. Local Natives – Gorilla Manor

7. Passion Pit – Manners

6. The Antlers – Hospice

5. The xx – xx

4. Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest

3. Arctic Monkeys – Humbug

2. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion

1. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

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