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The Radio Dept. – “Just So”

By Will Oliver, December 7th 2017

Last year the always great Swedish group The Radio Dept. returned with their new album Running Out Of Love. This year they finally returned to New York for a live performance at Bowery Ballroom and later in the year they returned with a new EP entitled Teach Me To Forget (via Labrador Records) that features two new songs, three remixes as well as a new version of the title track.

Today we are sharing with you one of the new songs included on the EP, the throbbing electronic dance track in “Just So.” It features the signature sound that they have owned for well over a decade but also adding a mix of house/dance influences to the mix of dreamy indie rock.

Take a listen to “Just So” below.
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The Radio Dept. at Bowery Ballroom (March 8, 2017)

By Will Oliver, March 20th 2017

It’s been a long six years since the last time that Swedish dream-poppers The Radio Dept. came to play for us in New York. But with the release of their new album Running Out of Love (via Labrador Records) last year, this finally meant that they’d tour again, finally returning to us. I had missed my chances at seeing them perform before, but I wasn’t going to let them slip by without seeing them this time around.
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[new] The Radio Dept. – Never Follow Suit

By Will Oliver, April 10th 2010

I got the new single for The Radio Dept. to share with you guys as a free legal mp3 download before I drive to Syracuse (I go to college at Binghamton remember) to catch The Hold Steady. It’s called “Never Follow Suit” and it will be on the Swedish bands new album Clinging To A Scheme. It’s the second single released so far. The first was Heaven’s On Fire, which I just realized I have yet to post here. My sincere apologies for that.

Both are posted below for your listening pleasure. They are wonderful slices of the finest Swedish pop that will overload you with blissful melodies. They are best described as chill songs that your ears will welcome with the upcoming warm summer months.

[mp3]: The Radio Dept. – Never Follow Suit
[mp3]: The Radio Dept. – Heaven’s On Fire

Clinging to a Scheme drops April 21st on Labrador Records. It’s the 3rd album from the band. You can pre-order it on CD right now via INSOUND.

Buy it at Insound!

The Radio Dept. have a cult following at their native homeland in Sweeden. They are prepping their 3rd album, and have decided to come tour america for the first time in almost 6 years!!!

Their new single is called “Freddie and the Trojan Horse” and it is a pop gem. It will be off their new album Clinging to a Scheme. This is a nice song to blast away late into the night.

[mp3] : The Radio Dept. – Freddie and The Trojan Horse

We All Want Someone’s Best Albums Of 2016

By Will Oliver, January 31st 2017 — with 1 comment

Artwork courtesy of Anthony Bauer
2016 was as busy as any other year in recent memory with the constant release of new albums. It seemed like every week we were bombarded with a surprise album drop from a big star, a long overdue follow-up, or promising debut album that came out of thin air. It was a bit overwhelming, but a damn good problem to have. We lost a few heroes in David Bowie and Leonard Cohen, but gained a few instant classics that served to preserve their memory with an amazing sendoff. Radiohead, A Tribe Called Quest, The Avalanches, and The Last Shadow Puppets all finally returned to us. Frank Ocean delivered not one, but two albums.

There was no shortage of music to be found, especially good music. Below, you can find 50 favorites from 2016, including a few honorable mentions. Believe it or not, there were albums I left off that I would’ve gladly liked to at least mention to you, as they’re all worth your time. That’s saying something.

Call it what you want, best, top or favorites. Either way, these were the 50 albums that helped me get through 2016.
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We All Want Someone’s Best Songs of 2016

By Will Oliver, January 30th 2017 — with 1 comment

(Artwork courtesy of Anthony Bauer)

2016 was a wild one. It’s not a year that many of us will look back all that fondly on, but then again, it wasn’t all bad. There were a lot of great albums and songs released throughout the year, from artists of all sizes. From the surprise drop, to the long-awaited albums from greats like Radiohead.

Tomorrow I’ll share my list of my favorite albums of the year, but first, lets dig in to the songs that I had on constant repeat throughout the year.
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We All Want Someone To Shout For’s Readers Favorite Albums Of 2010

By Will Oliver, January 29th 2011 — with 1 comment

Thanks for all of you who participated this year. I got about 70 people to participate, which is an increase from last year. Sorry that it took so long to tally the votes. For the most part, the results are almost indentical to my taste. That makes sense. There are a few new albums here and there which is always good to see.

So here we go. Here were your favorite albums of the year:

1. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs 266 pts, 39 votes, 6 #1’s
2. The National – High Violet 198 pts, 10 #1’s 28 votes
3. Vampire Weekend – Contra 133 pts, 21 votes, 3 #1’s
4. Beach House: Teen Dream 128 pts, 22 votes, 4 #1’s
5. LCD Soundsystem: This Is Happening 116 pts, 23 votes, 2 #10s
6. Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 109 pts, 15 votes, 3 #1’s
7. Sufjan Stevens – The Age of Adz 108 pts, 13 votes, 4 #1’s
8. The Morning Benders – Big Echo – 93 pts, 13 votes, 2 #1’s
9. The Black Keys – Brothers 70 pts , 14 votes, 1 #1
10. Deerhunter: Halcyon Digest 68 pts, 15 votes, 1 #1
11. Sleigh Bells – Treats – 62, 12 votes, 1 #1
12. The Walkmen: Lisbon 51 pts, 9 votes
13. Foals – Total Life Forever 48 points, 11 votes, 2 #1’s
14. Two Door Cinema Club – Tourist History 46, 8 votes
15. Gorillaz – Plastic Beach 43, 9 votes
16. Yeasayer – Odd Blood 39 pts, 7 votes
17. Best Coast – Crazy For You 37 pts, 6 votes, 1 #1
18. Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record 37, 5 votes
19. Los Campesinos! – Romance is Boring 35, 5 votes
20. Jónsi – Go 30, 6 votes
21. Local Natives – Gorilla Manor – 29, 6 votes
22. Mumford and Sons – Sigh No More 29, 6 votes
23. Titus Andronicus – The Monitor – 29, 5 votes
24. Band Of Horses .Infinite Arms 25, 5 votes
25. Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles II 25, 4 votes
26. The Tallest Man on Earth- The Wild Hunt 24, 4 votes
27. Janelle Monae: The ArchAndroid 24, 3 votes, 2 #1’s
28. The Radio Dept. – Clinging To A Scheme 23, 3 votes
29. The Drums – The Drums 22, 6 votes
30. Girls – Broken Dreams Club (EP) 22, 3 votes
31. Broken Bells – Broken Bells 21, 5 votes
32. Surfer Blood – Astrocost 21, 4 votes
33. Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse – Dark Night of the Soul 21, 3 votes, 1 #1
34. Frightened Rabbit – The Winter of Mixed Drinks 21, 3 votes
35. Robyn – Body Talk 20, 5 votes
36. Twin Shadow – Forget 20, 3 votes
37. The Gaslight Anthem – American Slang 20, 3 votes
38. Wolf Parade- Expo 86 – 19, 4 votes
39. MGMT – Congratulations 19, 4 votes
40. Owen Pallett – Heartland 17, 3 votes

I didn’t do top songs because there were simply too many different song selections. Don’t know what I was thinking when I asked that. Thanks for sending them, though. It was awesome to see everyone’s picks.

Here is my list, if you somehow missed out.

Coachella 2011 Lineup Announced

By Will Oliver, January 19th 2011 — with 1 comment

NYC is one of the best places to see live music. It’s pretty hard to argue against that. Whenever I see the lineup announces for the festivals outside of NYC, it’s a rare moment that I’m truly envious. Now that we no longer have All Points West (R.I.P.), there’s no convinient festival for New Yorkers.

The lineup for Coachella 2011 has made me very jealous. Arcade Fire, Kanye West, and Kings Of Leon headline. Then you got The Strokes, Animal Collective, The National, The Black Keys, Interpol and the truly unexpected return of Death From Above 1979. That’s truly amazing. Then as you go deeper into the bill you got acts like Crystal Castles, Sleight Bells, Cut Copy, The Chemical Brothers, Bright Eyes, Empire Of The Sun, Duran Duran, The Morning Benders, Ariel Pink, Klaxons, The Drums, Broken Social Scene, The Radio Dept., Foals, Two Door Cinema Club, Foster The People, Chromeo, and Duck Sauce. That’s not even half of it…

Are you kidding? That’s quite an amazing lineup. I’m actually seriously considering going this time. That lineup is too good to pass up. Who is with me?

We All Want Someone To Shout For’s Best Albums Of 2010

By Will Oliver, December 24th 2010 — with 10 comments

There was a lot of music to digest in 2010. Lots. We saw a lot of new bands release hidden gems on bandcamp, along with new releases from seasoned veterans like Arcade Fire, The National, and Kanye West. Overall, I think this was a great year in music. It’s always tough to rank stuff, but it has to be done.

I spent a lot of time listening to music this year, and these were the 40 records that got the closest to my heart. This list is as honest as they come.

Take a look, these were my favorite 40 albums of 2010.

40. Yeasayer – Odd Blood

39. Klaxons – Surfing The Void

38. Miniature Tigers – Fortress

37. Drink Up Buttercup – Born And Thrown On A Hook

36. Tame Impala – Innerspeaker

35. Sleigh Bells – Treats

34. The Gaslight Anthem – American Slang

33. The Pass – BURST

32. The Drums – The Drums

31. Chief – Modern Rituals

30. Hot Chip – One Life Stand

29. Foals – Total Life Forever

28. Beach Fossils – Beach Fossils

27. Young The Giant – Young The Giant

26. Stornoway – Beachcomber’s Windowsill

25. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Let It Sway

24. Yellow Ostrich – The Mistress

23. The Radio Dept. – Clinging To A Scheme

22. Wolf Parade – Expo 86

21. Wavves – King Of The Beach

20. Magic Kids – Memphis

19. Spoon – Transference

18. Big Boi – Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty

17. Surfer Blood – Astrocoast

16. MGMT – Congratulations

15. Gorillaz – Plastic Beach

14. Summer Fiction – Summer Fiction

13. Villagers – Becoming A Jackal

12. Free Energy – Stuck On Nothing

11. LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening

10. Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest

Musically, this was one of best written ones yet. The music has always been there, but this was the bands most accessible yet. It’s indie rock done right. We believe in it because of albums like this.

9. Two Door Cinema Club – Tourist History

Sure, they didn’t change the genre or add anything “new”, but who cares. There are enough bands trying way too hard out there. Two Door Cinema Club gave us an album full of fun, dance-rock songs that are meant to soundtrack your glory days. I can put this on anytime, and hit repeat until the morning after. That says a lot.

8. The Walkmen – Lisbon

The Walkmen added Lisbon to their already mighty discography. Smart written song after smart written song. It’s amazing how the band mixes their rockers with their atmospheric ballads so easily. Lisbon is just fantastic.

7. Vampire Weekend – Contra

Vampire Weekend are the real deal people. This album has incredible staying power. I was amazed to see how songs like “Giving Up The Gun” and “Diplomat’s Son” grew to be some of my favorites. It’s no bullshit indie rock that I can play anytime, anywhere. It’s the only CD that I had in my car all year. That says something.

6. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

Arcade Fire mixed it up somewhat here, but their powerful song structures went no where. It’s a long album, but you won’t be checking the clock. Especially with gems like “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” backing it up.

5. Beach House – Teen Dream

Beach House’s songs are no longer hushed in a basement. The door was opened wide for the songs on Teen Dream. They had room to grow loud and proud, crafting some of the most intimate moments of the year.

4. Sufjan Stevens – The Age of Adz

Let’s face it, Sufjan Stevens can do whatever he wants. He can take auto-tune and electronic music and make a grown man cry. That’s just what he did with The Age Of Adz, an album that covers so much ground musically, but it’s true message is simple: Human emotion. Sufjan Stevens is just one of a kind.

3. The Morning Benders – Big Echo

I absolutely loved their debut album. Even so, if you told me they would create an album like Big Echo years later, I don’t know if I would have believed you. It’s a beautiful effort that captured the essence of being young at heart, but so mature at the same time. Any album with “Excuses”, “Promises”, and “Stitches” is hard to beat.

2. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Kanye West gave us the best rap album of 2010, period. Nearly every song has the potential to be a #1 hit. It’s unfair how good this album is. He has fans of all genres at his fingertips. We watched his every move, and waited eagerly for every G.O.O.D. Friday. You love to hate him, but it’s hard not to love him after this masterpiece. Kanye had his way with 2010. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

1. The National – High Violet

What else needs to be said? This was my go to record in 2010. It was impossible to declare a favorite. One minute it was “Bloodbuzz Ohio”, then it was “Conversation 16”, “Lemonworld” or “Terrible Love”. It’s an emotional album that speaks of the troubles of everyday life. You’re lying if you can’t relate to these songs. I was hanging on to Matt’s every lyric, absorbed and mesmerized.

Most people thought they would fumble after the solid Alligator, and the masterful Boxer. Guess again. They came back just as strong, and some people would make the case that this is their strongest, yet. It’s proof that The National are one of the best bands around right now.

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