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Merchandise - After The End

Merchandise are back and will release a new album titled After The End on August 26 via 4AD.

They recorded and produced the album themselves (they got some mixing help from Gareth Jones) over a six-month period at the house they shared together in Tampa, just like they did with their previous albums. The band has expanded from the trio of Carson Cox, David Vassalotti, and Patrick Brady, to a 5-piece, adding Chris Horn and Elsner Nino.

Clearly this is a new chapter for them, and you can hear this very clearly in the album’s first single “Little Killer.” The band heads in a more clean-cut pop direction that really hits its stride and runs with it. That guitar riff is simply irresistible. Throw in those trusty vocals from Carson Cox and we got a real winner on our hands.

Enjoy “Little Killer” and check out some new tour dates below.
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Merchandise, who are newly signed to 4AD, are already gearing up their first release on their new label. They’re releasing a song called “Begging For Your Life / In The City Light” on a 12″ vinyl that is limited to 1000 copies. The song actually appeared on a limited split tour cassette along with Chelsea Light Moving that was released last year.

If you didn’t get to hear it, that’s understandable. But now is your chance. The original version is 14-minutes long, and that’s the version that will appear on the vinyl release. However the version the band released today is the edit, a truncated four minute version that gives you the meat and bones of the track.

A new album is on the way soon.

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[new]: Merchandise – Who Are You?

By Will Oliver, March 7th 2013

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Merchandise have released a new song called “Who Are You?” which will appear on their upcoming album Totale Nite which comes out April 2nd on Night-People Records. The band seem to have let in new americana elements into their sound with the addition of harmonicas and stomped-out drumming.

Sonic Boom of Spacemen 3 (producer of Panda Bear’s Tomboy) mastered the album. Here’s “Anxiety’s Door” a track we already heard from the album. Listen to “Who Are You?” below.

[new]: Merchandise – Anxiety’s Door

By Will Oliver, January 11th 2013 — with 6 comments

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Merchandise are back with a new song titled “Anxietys’s Door.” It’s off their Totale Nite EP, their rather quick follow-up to last years Children Of Desire.

Standing just shy of 7-minutes, “Anxiety’s Door” is a tight expansion of the sound that the Florida group offered on Children Of Desire. The band’s foggy 80s sound has a big Brit punk-rock influence, slightly between Echo & The Bunnymen and Joy Division. It’s quality.

Totale Nite comes out via Night People later this spring.

Wild Nothing, Merchandise, Mac DeMarco @ Bowery Ballroom (October 21, 2012)

By Will Oliver, October 25th 2012 — with 1 comment

Seeing a show at Bowery Ballroom with an impressive 1-2-3 punch such as Wild Nothing, Merchandise, and Mac DeMarco was the perfect way to gracefully leave CMJ behind.

Mac DeMarco started things with a very impressive set of songs that were written with many hooks and smooth guitar licks involved. The man is a riot on stage, cracking jokes and goofing around at every second. But when it comes down to the music he doesn’t mess around. Even when he brings his girl on stage kisses her and precedes to carry her as he finishes his last song. Everything about this guy left me impressed.

Merchandise, the 3-piece from Florida, are a band we have been hearing about for a while. They’re album Children Of Desire is pretty solid, and I was looking forward to seeing them live. “Time” was spot-on money live, but the rest could often be hit or miss. The band sounded great at some points, then muddy at others. Not sure if it’s the sound guys fault but something seemed off with the sound. I wasn’t always sold, but when the band did hit their sweet spot, man they can groove. I’ll give them another go next time in town, because something seemed off.

Last but certainly not least, were Wild Nothing. It’s been a little over two years since my first time seeing them, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I certainly didn’t expect the lights out knockout performance from Jack Tatum and the rest of the band. They sounded simply incredible and on point to every degree. A beautiful light/color display but the band in a blend of delicate pink and sea blue that helped me get even further immersed in their sound. They ran through everything you could have asked for, giving an undeniable batch of energy and life to the songs that you don’t quite hear on record.

I knew the band would have improved a bit, but I didn’t expect the stellar performance that they delivered. Wild Nothing have grown tremendous amounts. Go see them live immediately if you get the shot.

Check out photo galleries for all three bands below.
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Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin have been favorites around these parts for some time. Whenever they release new music, I just know it’s going to be one of the year’s best. They’ve provided me with plenty of great memories, whether listening to their albums at home, or enjoying their energetic performances live. Now it’s our turn to give back to them.

They just recently completed the production of their new music video for “Fly By Wire.” It was actually directed by one of our own photographers, Chloe Locarro.

The production of the video is complete, but they are trying to raise funds to help cover the costs of post-production and other out of pocket expenses. They have set up an IndieGoGo Campaign page where fans can help get the video funded. There are different donation levels you can choose, which come with various prizes and signed merchandise and goodies. Here’s a video from Chloe explaining the whole deal:

I got to preview the video, and it’s great. It really captures the emotional essence of the song, looking exactly how you’d want it’s visual representation to look. It really resonated with me, and I guarantee it will do the same for you. If you’re a fan of these guys, nows your chance to really help out.

Again, the donation page can be found here.

[SXSW]: Mac DeMarco @ Vegas Hotel (March 15, 2013)

By Will Oliver, March 21st 2013 — with 1 comment

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The first time I saw Mac DeMarco was when he opened for Wild Nothing at Bowery Ballroom last October. It was a great set, but his set at Hotel Vegas on Friday night of SXSW was a wild ride. Mac and his band were pretty drunk and were practically chain smoking with cigarettes hanging from their mouths while playing/singing. It was a sight.

The band still nailed all their songs, and gave thrilling performances of “Ode To Viceroy”, “Cooking Up Something Good”, and “Freaking Out The Neighborhood.”

The show came to an epic conclusion with the meant-to-be closer, “Still Together”. He sang it off by crowd suffering to the back, then coming back to the tent to hook his legs on it and finish the song while hanging upside down. It an amazing thing on all accounts.

I saw a lot of great shows in 2012, from all the great shows in NYC during CMJ, from my trip to Bonnaroo, and my duel visits to Chicago for Lollapalooza/Pitchfork. I saw many bands both big in small in a wide variety of venues, and made many good memories along the way.

When it came down to it, these shows were my absolute favorite concert moments of the year:
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We All Want Someone To Shout For’s Best Songs Of 2012

By Will Oliver, January 4th 2013 — with 6 comments

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Yesterday I blessed you with my favorite albums from 2012, and now, here are my favorite songs from 2012. It’s always tough to narrow songs down to a list, even if the list is 100 songs long. A lot of great new music comes out at a rapid-fire basis these days, from the biggest artists, to the smallest.

When it came down to it, these were the songs that kept the best company of the last 12 months.

As always thanks to Camilo for the artwork. You can stream the songs themselves, or listen to one giant spotify stream right here.

I present to you:

We All Want Someone To Shout For’s Best Songs Of 2012:

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