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TOPS – Sleeptalker

By Will Oliver, August 4th 2014 — with 1 comment

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On September 2 Montral-based band TOPS will release their new album Picture You Staring via Arbutus Records. Their previous album Tender Opposites was one of my favorite albums of 2012, so it’s safe to say I have sky high expectations for the new LP.

“Sleeptalker” is the first single to be shared from Picture You Staring, and it’s a lush track that is absolute smooth sailing. There’s a sleepy nature to it, carried by the hushed vocals of singer Jane Penny.

Penny provided some insight on the song on the band’s facebook page. Find that posted below.

It’s a lovely listen, one that simply begs for you to replay. Stream it below.
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[CMJ]: TOPS @ Arlene’s Grocery (October 18, 2013)

By Will Oliver, October 21st 2013

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Last year, Montreal band TOPS released one of my favorite albums of the year with the dangerously good Tender Opposites.

I kept missing them at previous CMJ’s or the scattered NYC performance here and there. So I made it a mission this time around to catch one of their performances, and it ended up being post-Arcade Fire at Arlene’s Grocery as a part of the M For Montreal showcase. Read the rest of this entry »

[music video]: TOPS – Double Vision

By Will Oliver, October 25th 2012

Regret not catching TOPS at all during CMJ, because I’ve been slowly getting into their debut album Tender Opposites, which came out earlier this year on Arbutus Records.

They released a video for “Double Vision” a song on the album that clings to nostalgia and memories of older days. It then makes sense that the video consists of home video recordings. Wish I didn’t wait so long to get into these guys.

Watch the video below.
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[music video] All The Damn Kids – The Book Stops Here

By Will Oliver, April 23rd 2010 — with 3 comments

I called All The Damn Kids a band to watch last week, and I firmly stand behind that statement. They are an exciting band from Sheffield who you should expect to hear more on frm me in the immediate future.

For now, check out their music video for “The Book Stops Here”. It is pretty much a nod to the legendary Albert Lamorisse short film Le Ballon Rouge. It is well shot, and the video certainly fits the mood of the song. Watch it below:

Best Songs of 2014

By Will Oliver, February 20th 2015

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(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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Best Albums of 2014

By Will Oliver, February 12th 2015 — with 1 comment

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(artwork by Dana Pacifico)

We are almost a month and a half into 2015, but I finally got around to publishing a full list of my favorites albums of 2014. There was a lot of great music released, so much so that I had to make a separate honorable mentions list of records that just missed the cut. Which makes the 50 records that did make it even more impressive.

If anything, these albums are more so my favorites of the year than “the best” as it’s all totally objective. But these were the albums that defined the 12 months of 2014, soundtracking endless drives into the cities, summer festivals, moments of solitude, as well as parties and celebrations of all kind. Looking back, it really was a pretty damn good year.

With that said, here are my 50 best albums of 2014:
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Preview: PRYDA Generate Tour 2015

By Dana Pacifico, January 31st 2015

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Photo by Dana Pacifico

For the second time in 5 months (to the day) Eric Prydz is making a welcomed return to NYC. Performing under the moniker of PRYDA, the Generate Tour is making a stop at Verboten in Brooklyn on February 27th. Differing from Pyrdz’ EPIC 3.0 show, this is in an intimate setting to see the heavy hitting producer. Small clubs being the environment in which he prefers, and thrives in.

With the Generate Tour and the insane Essential Mix alongside protégé Jeremy Olander, 2015 already seems like another groundbreaking and career changing year for Prydz.

If you can’t make it to Verboten, The Generate Tour is making 15 stops across the country. Check out the dates and venues below.

Tour Dates:
2/12 – El Paso, TX – 301
2/13 – Dallas, TX – It’ll Do Club
2/14 – Austin, TX – Vulcan
2/15 – Houston, TX – Stereo Live
2/19 – Denver, CO – Beta
2/20 – St. Louis, MO – Lit Nightclub
2/21 – Detroit, MI – Elektricity
2/22 – Toronto, ON – Coda
2/23 – Chicago, IL – The Mid
2/25 – Columbus, OH – Sway
2/26 – Washington, D.C. – Ultra Bar
2/27 – New York, NY – Verboten
2/28 – Montreal, QC – New City Gas
3/12 – San Diego, CA – Bassmnt
3/13 – Los Angeles, CA – Exchange
3/14 – San Francisco, CA – Mezzanine





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