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Memory Tapes – The Autumn Reel mix

By Will Oliver, October 10th 2012

Memory Tapes have a new album titled Grace/Confusion coming out December 4 via Carpark Records. Listen to album cut “Shelia”.

MT’s Dayve Hawk has released a new mix titled The Autumn Reel mix that is described as:

You can hear some more tracks from Grace/Confusion, excerpts from “Black Reel” and some other b-sides and remix work in this new mix

The mix is an incredible 24-minute journey through trippy electronic soundscapes and wavelengths that could totally soundtrack a sci-fi movie. Listen below via GVB.
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[new]: Memory Tapes – Sheila

By Will Oliver, October 3rd 2012 — with 2 comments

At eight and half minutes, Memory Tapes new song “Shelia” is an epic return. It’s from his new album Grace/Confusion, which comes out December 4 via Carpark Records.

Washed out synth-sounds evoke powerful images of emotional remembrance and regret. What starts out as a slow haunted track evolves into a powerful psych-freak out. There’s a lot going on here, and it is going to take a few listens to take all the emotion in.

Wolf Gang – Lions In Cages + Memory Tapes Remix

By Will Oliver, November 4th 2010 — with 2 comments

Where have I been on Wolf Gang? Don’t know, but I dearly apologize to you guys for failing to pick up on him sooner. He’s a singer/songwriter from London who is sure to make a splash.

Just came across his excellent single “Lions In Cages”. It’s a glorious moment that will take your breath away. You can bet you will be hitting repeat. With soaring vocals and unrelenting instrumentals, this one is a clear winner. I’m obsessed with it right now.

Memory Tapes gave it a remix. What starts as a tropical remix turns into a tropical dance fest with appropriate flutes. It’s every bit as necessary as the original. Download both below:

[mp3]: Wolf Gang – Lions In Cages
[mp3]: Wolf Gang – Lions In Cages (Memory Tapes Remix)

“Lions In Cages” will be released as a 10″ single on November 22nd. You can pre-order it now. It will also be included on his debut album, Suego Faults, which will see a release in 2011.

Here’s another excellent song from Wolf Gang. It’s called “Back To Back”. I also included a remix Active Child did:

[mp3]: Wolf Gang – Back To Back
[mp3]: Wolf Gang – Back To Back (Active Child Remix)

Remix’s very rarely find way’s to make it better. I think that Memory Tapes remix of Crystal Castles’ “Suffocation” comes pretty damn close. It doesn’t try to make it a bupin’ dance floor remix. Rather, he adds more texture to the song creating a new atmosphere. The songs a hazy take that sounds like its residing in a dark shadow. He took the song and gave it a fascinating spin. This is the way remixes ought to be:

[mp3]: Crystal Castles – Suffocation (Memory Tapes Remix)

If you haven’t already, pre-order Crystal Castles new self titled (again) album from insound on Vinyl or CD. Or else Alice Glass will get you in your sleep. We wouldn’t want that, now would we?

Buy it at Insound!

Cut Copy @ Williamsburg Waterfront Pool Party (8/8/2010)

By Will Oliver, August 9th 2010 — with 4 comments

Cut Copy turned the Williamsburg Waterfront into one giant dance party yesterday afternoon. They wasted no time kicking things into full gear by opening with “Lights and Music”. The set was mostly stuff from In Ghost Colours. The band only played one song from Bright Like Neon Love, “That Was Just A Dream”. They gave us three new songs, which included “Where I’m Going” a song that you can download for free. The other two songs are titled “Alisa” & “Blink and You’ll Miss The Revolution”, which singer Dan Whitford said is going to be there next single.

All three of the new songs impressed me a great deal. They had a Beatle-esque psychedelic (ok, maybe it’s just “Where I’m Going) atmosphere to them that intertwined with their new wave sound perfectly. If all goes well, their new album is going to amaze. They ended the show with the only song that fit the bill: “Hearts On Fire”. The crowd went absolutely berserk, jumping in unison, and releasing their week long tension without a care in the world. The entire show was a fun dance party, just what you expect from Cut Copy. The band has plenty of live chops, enough to keep your jaw dropped while your dancing your ass off.

Restless People opened the show. Tanlines was a part of the band, re-creating a tropical dance sound that was enjoyable enough, but not something I will go back to. Glasser have potential to create soem really beautiful ambient movement, but I wasn’t really feeling them yesterday. I really did enjoy the set from Memory Tapes, who lived up to their hype. They had me moving and grooving. Gonna go grab their album soon. They were great.

No matter what, I will be at Cut Copy’s next NYC show. I will not miss out on one of their shows as long as it’s up to me. I’ve been listening to nothing but In Ghost Colours all weekend, and I really can’t wait to have a new album full of new dance gems to grace my ears in 2011.

P.S. – Am I the only one who didn’t get Punches? After about 10 minutes of their set, I was good. Yet, they were on for what felt like 3 hours. Ugh!

Setlist (was able to zoom in on it on stage!) photos, and videos are all posted below:



Blink & You’ll Miss The Revolution (New Song/Single!!)/Hearts On Fire (via Big Ass Lens)

Lights & Music:

Cut Copy:

There are plenty more photos, check them out after the jump:

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Jelly NYC have announced the 2010 lineup for their summer Pool Parties concert series. The summer parties will occur every Sunday starting July 11th, going on to August 29th in Brookly nat East River State Park on the Williamsburg waterfront (the August 1st show will take place at Brooklyn Bowl)

This Sunday Deerhoof/Xiu Xiu are going to cover Joy Division’s classic album Unknown Pleasures. The support will be Why? & Fang Island, who are both worth a trip down. Other bands I’m looking forward to are No Age, Cut Copy (as previously reported), !!!, Delorean and Chromeo. There are even shows with super secret surprise guests. One can only imagine who they will be.

I am going to try and make it out to as many of these as possible. These are always a blast.

The full lineup is posted after the jump:

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Tanlines – Real Life

By Will Oliver, January 18th 2010

When I saw Julian Casablancas on Thursday night @ Terminal 5, Tanlines opened and put on a really enjoyable opening set. The songs had a strong African influence, and really struck the right note for me. They were almost like a more upbeat, dancier version of Animal Collective. They seemed like really cool guys, and interacted well with the crowd. They put on a great live show, so if you have a chance to see them don’t pass it up!!!

A song that stood out in their setlist was their first single “Real Life” which is out now! It has an African drum beat mixed in with futuristic synths and tropical vocals. This song is going to get pretty big in the indie community soon, so expect the usual millions of remix’s on hypem of “Real Life”.

This is one of the first pleasant surprises of the year, and probably one of my first favorite songs of 2010! I am interested to hear the rest of Tanlines material once they release more stuff!

It gives me no problem to stamp these guys as a band to watch in 2010, I expect huge things from them!

[mp3] : Tanlines – Real Life

If you like what you hear, please support the guys and buy the Real Life single at itunes with remixes from Memory Tapes & Basic Needs.

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