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John Maus at Elsewhere (February 14, 2018)

By Will Oliver, February 28th 2018

Last year John Maus returned with some of his first live shows in some time (including a show at Baby’s All Right) which were a preview for his first new album in six years with Screen Memories (via Ribbon Music).

Maus has continued to tour during the early parts of 2018, which included a return to Brooklyn on February 14 for a sold out Valentine’s Day performance at Elsewhere.

Always a theatrical performer, Maus was typically full of raw emotion, putting himself of full display with screams, jumps, hard self-inflicted thumps to the chest and face and sometimes a combo of all three at once. His tight live band made all the difference and brought all of these energetic tracks to life with an unstoppable energy.

Find a whole gallery of photos from his performance at Elsewhere posted below.
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John Maus at Baby’s All Right (August 18, 2017)

By Will Oliver, October 2nd 2017 — with 2 comments

John Maus has been out of the picture for nearly all of this decade, with his last album We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves released all the way back in 2011.

He’s set to release his comeback album Screen Memories on October 27 via Ribbon Music and has been playing a small set of intimate dates to share some of the new songs and get his feet wet again performing some older material.
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We All Want Someone’s Best Songs Of 2017

By Will Oliver, January 12th 2018

[artwork by Anthony Bauer]

And the time has come for the one post that all my friends actually read on these here pages, my best (or favorite) songs of 2017. These are the songs that I obsessed over throughout all of last year and many are still getting heavy rotation into the new one.

You’ll find select highlights from many of the albums that appeared on my best albums list but also a few new acts who blossomed or select songs that stood out on albums that didn’t quite shine as bright. Either way, I hope that you find at least one new song or artist that you didn’t know beforehand and that they make your day that much brighter. Thanks again for sticking around with us for another year and here’s to a bigger and better year in 2018.

As usual, the list is posted in a countdown format from 100-1 and I have made a Spotify playlist which you can find here or embedded at the very end of the post. All the songs are in there except for Ty Segall’s “Orange Color Queen,” as the album is not on Spotify.

Without further ado, here are my favorite songs from 2017:
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Best Songs of 2017: Anthony’s Picks

By Anthony Bauer, January 11th 2018

This ‘top 100 songs of 2017’ post could have easily been ‘top 200 songs of 2017’ due to the insane (yet absolutely amazing) amount of great music that was released this past year.  While it is near impossible to listen to it all, here were my favorite 100 songs from 2017 (with a bonus 5, because… why not?):
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We All Want Someone’s Best Albums Of 2017

By Will Oliver, January 9th 2018 — with 6 comments


[Artwork by Anthony Bauer]

Was 2017 a good year for music? Was it a bad year? Who knows, it seems like every year your social media pages are bombarded with think pieces about it being the best year of music ever, the worst year, the end of rock music, or the album as we know it. But every year I seem totally and utterly overwhelmed by the sheer amount of musical releases in a year. It’s one thing to keep up with the high volume of new releases that seem to come out at an increasing pace with every passing week. Before you know it, the year is over and you’re somehow trying to rank all the stuff that occupied your ears.

Whether it was alone in your room, on the subway, stuck in traffic on the highway, or at a party with friends, albums have the power to create literal soundtracks for our lives. While these rankings are where I am at during this particular moment in time if you checked back in with me in a couple of weeks who knows how it would change. But rankings aside, these are a bunch of albums that had some sort of effect on me throughout the year.

Using the word best is course objective, so if you will, these are my favorite albums of 2017: Read the rest of this entry »

We All Want Someone’s Best Shows Of 2017

By Will Oliver, January 3rd 2018

We covered a few shows in 2017, well, probably the most in the site’s history. My personal count was well over 200 shows, not to mention all the other coverage from the rest of the gang.

It was impossibly tough to narrow it down to even 50 shows, which probably seems like a lot (and is), but the reality it was just a fraction of what we actually saw and heard in 2017.

You’ll notice that a lot of the top list is big bands playing small spaces, as there’s nothing quite like that. A few festival sets found their way onto the list as well, which speaks volumes about how great those performances truly are, as most of the time I’m running around from set to set, not even allowed proper time to really take a set in, or for once to really grab a hold of me.

This was the year of Brooklyn Steel, with an asinine 34 trips from me there. Apologies to the staff and security for having to put up with me that much, but equally as frequently was the great Bowery Ballroom, which I visited 32 times. It’s no surprise that it handily appears the most on my list, a true testament to the Bowery’s consistent ability to put on some of the best shows that you’ll find in New York.

Alright, enough rambling. Here are the 50 best shows that killed my hearing in 2017.
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Alex G at Baby’s All Right (April 15, 2015)

By Will Oliver, April 24th 2015 — with 1 comment

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I guess you can say that I’m now addicted to seeing Alex G perform live. There’s just something about the Philadelphia-based songwriter that has me captivated and wanting more, no matter how many times I see him live. I certainly couldn’t pass up a chance at seeing him at Baby’s All Right last Wednesday, especially at the best music venue in New York at the moment.
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Dan Deacon is releasing a new album properly titled America on August 28 via Domino Records. He celebrated the announcement with the free download of “Lots” an epic track that only Dan Deacon could produce.

It’s a raw electronic jam that combines all the styles that make Dan Deacon the unique artist that he is.

[mp3]: Dan Deacon – Lots

The tracklisting for America is posted below. Deacon will be playing NYC’s Pier 84 with John Maus on July 12.
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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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