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Mew at Bowery Ballroom (August 3, 2017)

By Will Oliver, August 30th 2017

It still perplexes me that Danish rockers Mew aren’t able to play huge places here in America, despite doing so back at home and elsewhere. Their music just has this natural larger-than-life quality that sounds huge when you’re blasting them at home, but on an entirely different level live. They deserve to be playing much larger places than the likes of Bowery Ballroom (or Webster Hall), but considering I get to see a band of their quality in such a great tiny venue, I really can’t complain.

They have been consistently putting out great, mostly overlooked records (at least here) for 20 years now and returned earlier this year with their seventh album, Visuals (released via Play It Again Sam). They’re currently touring in support of the album and kicked off the U.S. leg of their tour with a performance at Bowery Ballroom on August 3.
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Mew at Webster Hall (October 10, 2015)

By Will Oliver, January 9th 2016 — with 1 comment

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In 2005, while browsing music blogs, I discovered a bunch of wonderful tracks called “Apocalypso,” “The Zookeeper’s Boy” and “Special.” It turns out they were from a Danish rock group known as Mew, from an album called And the Glass Handed Kites. I instantly fell in love with the group and haven’t looked back since.

Since then, I made it a mission to see the group live, but timing just never quite worked out, and I never got the chance to catch them live.

I finally got my moment with them this year, with the release of their somewhat underappreciated new record + – (released via Play It Again Sam). They stopped into New York for a performance at Webster Hall on October 10 and it was a special night indeed. As if getting to see them wasn’t enough, the show featured an opening set from The Dodos. Safe to say, it was a good night.

Find shots of both Mew and The Dodos posted below.
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[new]: Mew – “Water Slides”

By Will Oliver, March 11th 2015


Danish rockers Mew will return with new album +/- on April 28 via Play It Again Sam. It’s the first album from them in six years (since 2009’s No More Stories Are Told Today…).

Today they released a new album cut called “Water Slides.” They released an edited version of the a peaceful meditative track, one that captures a truly dreamy and mesmerizing atmosphere that is all around pleasant. This follows the previously released first single “Satellites” which was a bit more large-scale.

Find both “Water Slides” and “Satellites” posted below. Hopefully we’ll get some new U.S. tour dates soon, aside from their stops at SXSW.
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Mew – Do You Love It?

By Will Oliver, January 10th 2011

Check out the monstrous riff in “Do You Love It?”, a new song featured in Mew’s compilation album Eggs Are Funny. It’s a career retrospective, and “Do You Love It?” is a previously unreleased song that was included on the album.

This is too solid of a song to not have made any album. Stream it below:

Do You Love It by mewwire

[new] Tennis – Take Me Somewhere

By Will Oliver, November 9th 2010 — with 2 comments

Tennis have given us the first taste of debut album Cape Dory that isn’t one of the songs included on their early 7″ releases. Today the band released “Take Me Somewhere” as a free download. The band flips the switch to an older era, giving us a sweet vintage pop sound to fall in love with. This is a husband and wife team that make sounds reflecting their love for one another. If this is what love sounds like, I’m game for tennis.

[mp3]: Tennis – Take Me Somewhere

Cape Dory will be released on January 18th via Fat Possum.

[NEW] Mew – Introducing Palace Players

By Will Oliver, June 16th 2009 — with 2 comments

Danish people are the happiest people in the entire world. I would be quite happy if Mew came from my home country too. Mew may only be 4 guys, but they can make rock sound fucking epic! Mew’s music comes off like they are 30 members deep making a sound that the gods can here. Honestly, it is hard to believe that Mew isn’t bigger than they already are.

Mew don’t like taking the conventional route when it comes to album titles. Anyway, Mew are back with the followup to their great album And The Glass Handed Kites. Their new album is due August 25th, and it is titled No More Stories Are Told Today I’m Sorry They Washed Away No More Stories the World Is Grey I’m Tired Let’s Wash Away. Yes that is correct! How is that for epic?

It is actually supposed to be read as a poem. Sort-of like this:

No more stories
Are told today
I’m sorry
They washed away

No more stories
The world is grey
I’m tired
Let’s wash away

Anyway, I would like to share the first single off the new album. It is titled “Introducing Palace Players” and of course it is fantastic. It starts off with a funky guitar riff, with some off-key synths playing with your mind. It has the Mew stamp all over it with those haunting vocals and atmosphere. I swear, there is just something about these guys. No one can duplicate their sound.

I am very intrigued to see how the rest of the album turns out. After a promising first single, it is looking good.

[mp3] : Mew – Introducing Palace Players

If you need a reminder of how good Mew can be check out a highlight from And The Glass Handed Kites:

[mp3] : Mew – Apocalypso

YACHT at Bowery Ballroom (January 16, 2018)

By Collin Quinlivan, February 12th 2018

As I sat at the bar waiting for doors, I had a conversation with a girl sitting next to me. It was her first time seeing YACHT live, and she was very excited. I explained that she was in for a quite a show and would not be disappointed. We were not.

I first caught wind of YACHT in 2011 after hearing “Dystopia (The Earth Is on Fire),” from their second studio album Shangri-La, shared right here on this blog. Their history dates back far before then–starting as founder Jona Bechtolt’s solo project and picking up frontwoman Claire Evans in 2008. The last time I saw them live was in 2014 at the (in)famous Hudson Project Festival, which the band joked with me about.
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All The Luck In The World – “Contrails”

By Will Oliver, February 6th 2018

All The Luck In The World are three Irish songwriters, Neil Foot, Ben Connolly and Kelvin Barr, who are currently based out of Berlin. The trio is gearing up for the release of their new album A Blind Arcade and has recently shared its powerful single “Contrails.”

Rooted in some classic elements of folk rock that starts off with a gentle emotive hum, it soon blossoms into something even grander. There’s a fragility to it all that gives a raw personal connection that rings true throughout. It didn’t surprise me to read this thoughtful description from the band themselves about the origins of the song:

Contrails was one of the first songs we started working on for this record. We were demoing it as early as Summer 2014, but it ended up taking a while to finish, as we had a few versions with variations on the lyrics. The lyrical framework for the song came about as a result of us giving some time to the thought that peoples lives often cross paths in such arbitrary situations, and that meaningful connections can occur even in seemingly fleeting moments. We thought about the idea of mapping the trajectory of peoples lives, and how these chance encounters would be little intersections in these paths, and that’s sort of what got us thinking about how it looks when the contrails of planes cross paths in the sky. That and the fact that we had written some verses about being in an airport made us think it felt like a nice title.

Enjoy “Contrails” below and you can pre-order the album on iTunes.
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Ginger Root – “Two Step”

By Will Oliver, December 28th 2017 — with 1 comment

Ginger Root is Cameron Lew, a film student from Huntington Beach, Calirfornia, who also makes music that merges elements of funk and soul with an indie sound that sits somewhere between the work of Toro y Moi and Mac DeMarco.

He self-describes his sound as “a indie soul band dipped in Chick-Fil-A sounce” and based on the ultra-jam that is his single “Two Step,” sure, lets go with that. Well produced and constructed, the song finds itself a pretty confident and often soulful groove that gives off a ton of confidence and hits all the right marks.

Find the track streaming below and if you dig it, you can buy it for whatever price you want on his bandcamp.

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