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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


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


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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Liam Gallagher at Terminal 5 (November 27, 2017)

By Will Oliver, December 22nd 2017 — with 1 comment

It doesn’t seem like there’s much of a chance of an Oasis reunion these days, but at least we now have solo projects from both of the infamous Gallagher brothers. While Noel Gallgher has his flying birds, Liam Gallagher once had Beady Eye, but this year he finally announced his own proper solo venture and released his debut album As You Were, which he released via Warner Bros. Records and brought the U.S. portion of the tour to New York on November 27 for a sold out performance at Terminal 5.
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Tycho at Brooklyn Steel [night 2] (May 4, 2017)

By Anthony Bauer, May 16th 2017

It may be hard to believe but, the last time we saw Tycho in New York City was three years ago back in the fall of 2014. We were there for his stellar set at Terminal 5 and were beyond thrilled to hear he was returning to NYC for not one, but a two-night run at the newly opened Brooklyn Steel.

The mastermind behind Tycho, Scott Hansen, is out on the road with his band in support of his absolutely fantastic new album Epoch which was released digitally early last year and physically this year via Ghostly International.  Along for the ride and kicking things off for the night, was Thai-surf infused funk trio, Khruangbin.


The first time I heard of Khruangbin was back in 2013, on Bonobo’s Late Night Tales curated album mix and was immediately hooked. When I saw they were opening for Tycho, I knew the night would be something special. The three-piece’s chilled out vibes groves along on a relaxed pace that never feels rushed, and was a perfect match for opening up the show. Standout tracks from their set included, “A Calf Born in Winter,” “Dern Kala,” and “People Everywhere (Still Alive).” The last full length album the band put out was released in 2015 but we can’t wait to see them return to New York City and can’t wait to see what’s next for the band.
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How Musicians Continue to Make a Living Amid Rampant Piracy

By Jane Brown, May 20th 2016 — with 1 comment


Taylor Swift made huge waves in 2014 when she decided to pull all of her music off of Spotify’s streaming service. Her motive was one all musicians and even real fans of music, in general, can understand: Spotify’s pay rates are terrible. For an artist to earn even a meager living from streaming their material, that material would have to be listened to millions of times every day. Even artists seen as highly profitable (like Swift), barely earn anything from Spotify’s royalty structure.

For many, streaming services like Spotify are the new form of piracy. After all, when you can listen to something for free in perpetuity without it taking up tons of space on your hard drive or worrying about embedded malware (like you do when you pirate via torrent), why would you stick with the old (and illegal) way of getting the music you want?

Streaming and piracy are real problems for many musicians, especially those who are hoping to make a living from their art without the backing of a major label. So how do they keep their work safe? Is there such a thing as creating something that is piracy-proof?

Security Issues

As many musicians’ popularity grows, the risk of being hacked and having demos, and other not-for-public-consumption files, leaked grows as well. It is imperative that, as a musician, you protect your data and keep your servers safe. Solid network security from Trend Micro is the best tool to have in your arsenal against hackers getting into your stuff and releasing it without your permission.

Security isn’t just important for your own server and the devices you use to work on/upload material. It is also important for any service through which you offer your songs. Making sure that sites like BandCamp, CDBaby, etc are secure is of vital importance to the security of your work and income.

Finally, having security at shows and on tour is also important. A lot of pirated material is created by people who film events and then upload that footage to sites like YouTube. Unofficial concert videos are another source of piracy that many musicians forget about (especially since releasing your music on YouTube is a great way to grow your audience). It’s also difficult to police because automatic cloud backups allow hopeful pirates to keep their files even if a security officer makes them delete the file from the device itself.

Obviously, you can’t confiscate every ticket holder’s phone. You can, however, ask that they put their phones away and make it known that security will remove anyone who tries to film the event.

Make People Want to Buy

Perhaps the best way to secure your files, music, etc. is to make people want to buy what you’re selling. Amanda Palmer gave a fantastic Ted Talk (and wrote a fantastic book) about this exact subject and it’s worth a watch if this is something with which you’ve been struggling.
Believe it or not, there is more to making people want to buy your music than simply creating good music. To encourage people to buy instead of steal your work, you need to form a connection to your audience. Unlike major labels that encourage space between artist and fan, interacting with listeners and helping them to feel more like friends than fans will do far more to discourage pirating than most of your other efforts.

Alternative Income

Finally, it is imperative that you not rely solely on your music sales to earn your living. If it were possible to earn a living via song and album sales alone, bands would rarely tour. Touring and putting on a great live show is one fantastic way to recoup income you might have lost to piracy.

Of course, touring is also incredibly expensive. This is why so many musicians also sell branded merchandise like shirts, buttons, stickers, bags, etc. Merchandise sales offer the largest profit margin and are the easiest to fulfill, especially if you work with third party providers like CafePress, Zazzle, RedBubble, etc.

The simple fact is that piracy is something that is going to happen. It has been a reality since fans found ways to replicate albums on their own. Nothing is completely piracy-proof. Still there are steps you can take to secure your files and to recoup the income that is lost to it. Hopefully, this article will provide you with some ideas as to how to do that.

Best Songs of 2014

By Will Oliver, February 20th 2015 — with 1 comment


(artwork by Dana Pacifico)

Apparently I got Chinese New Year confused with the end of 2014, as it took me until now to finally share my list of favorite songs from 2014. It’s late, but you better bet it’s a true indication of my favorite songs of 2014. These are the 100 songs that I played and enjoyed the most and are still playing on regular rotation. They came from the most established artists like Beck, as well as newcomers such as Alvvays, Leon Bridges and Flyte. It’s a bit all over the map stylistically, which is a good thing if you ask me.

I’ve posted the list of songs below from 100-1. I’ve turned the entire list into a spotify playlist (keep in mind some tracks weren’t on spotify so if that’s the case, just come back here and you can click the song it will take you to the tracks soundcloud/youtube page). Head to the bottom of the page for the spotify playlist, or just head here.

With that said, here are my favorite songs that were released in 2014, finally:
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