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[new]: The Virgins – Flashbacks, Memories and Dreams

By Will Oliver, February 7th 2013

The Virgins

The Virgins have returned with a new single, the funky “Flashbacks, Memories and Dreams”. It’s from their new album Strike Gently which will come out March 12 via Cult Records (the 1st release on Julian Casablancas’ label).

“Venus In Chains”, the track they released last year isn’t on the album, and I’m not sad about that as it was somewhat underwhelming. On the other hand, “Flashbacks, Memories and Dreams” is more like The Virgins of 2008. It is a crisp rocker with a focus on a funked up thick bassline and the sex’d up vocals of Donald Cumming.

With this track I can safely say that The Virgins are finally back. Pre-order the album here, and grab a free download of “Flashbacks, Memories and Dreams” below.

[mp3]: The Virgins – Flashbacks, Memories and Dreams

The Virgins @ Mercury Lounge (May 26, 2012)

By Will Oliver, May 27th 2012 — with 1 comment

Openers Grand Rapids set the tone with a great opening set that had most of the crowd head bobbing and moving. “Feels Like A Lifetime” soared above the rest, proving to be their big gun. Their debut album should be a good one if most of the songs we heard are included.

The Virgins came out looking a hell of a lot different than I remembered them. That’s because frontman Donald Cumming is the only original member from the lineup of 4 years ago. Not only is their image different, but their sound is heading in a different direction. The new songs still sound like it’s coming from The Virgins, just with more of an Americana influence. Some of the new stuff could even be considered ballads, with Cumming on piano, and some crowd members getting restless.

They didn’t leave much room for older material, only playing a couple off their still fantastically fun debut album. One notable omission was “Rich Girls”, which the crowd was desperete to hear. After waiting almost 4 years, can you blame them? The new songs were hit-and-miss, and with almost no older material to comfort us with, it left me feeling mixed with the show.

I think some of the songs need to be recorded before I judge them, which is usually a fair case. But I got to say, I’m a little worried about their direction. Here’s to proving me wrong guys.

Here’s their new single “Venus Is Chains” which I meant to post last week. But the timing seems to work:

[mp3]: The Virgins – Venus In Chains

Hit the jump for more photos:
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Little Boots – Rich Boys (The Virgins Cover)

By Will Oliver, April 24th 2009 — with 8 comments

Believe it or not I don’t have a clue who Little Boots is. I just know she is a new artist who has been making a lot of noise, getting her stock up. She is from Blackpool, England and plays English electropop. Also..she is kinda hot! I saw that she covered the virgins awesome track ‘Rich Girls’. She changed the title to ‘Rich Boys’ and added her own flare to it. The result? A fun spin on a fun song. No harm done at all. I liked it a lot.

Now for the rest of her material, I am just starting to look into it and I surprised myself when I actually liked the track ‘Meddle’. If I had to compare her based on style, I would say Santogold. I do need some lady pop in my life every now and then. Don’t want to be a music snob now do I?? Meddle is featured on her debut album Hands which will be released June 8th.

I can tell she is going to be huge this year. And I can live with that!!!

[mp3] : Little Boots – Rich Boys (The Virgins Cover)

[mp3] : Little Boots – Meddle

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Brandon Flowers at Webster Hall (March 24, 2015)

By Will Oliver, March 26th 2015

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Earlier in the week The Killers’ frontman Brandon Flowers returned in a big way with new solo single “Can’t Deny My Love.” It marked a step into a world of big glossy 80s synth-pop, more aligned with The Killers’ Hot Fuss than his debut solo offering Flamingo. “Can’t Deny My Love” is on his new album The Desired Effect, which Island Records will release on May 18. On Tuesday night Flowers played an intimate show at Webster Hall to share some songs, both new and old.
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Public Access T.V. – Rebounder

By Will Oliver, September 3rd 2014

Public Acceess T.V.

My first memory of John Eatherly was as the drummer of Be Your Own Pet (who I miss dearly). Since their breakup, he’s kept busy playing along with acts such as as Turbo Fruits, Eleanor Friedberger, Smith Westerns, The Virgins, and Chairlift. Now he’s fronting his own band, Public Access T.V.

The group was formed after Eatherly had enough of the music scene in Manhattan, and wanted to make music inspired by 90s Brit-Pop and 70’s punk.

He’s done just that on his groups delightful debut single “Rebounder” which is a well done tribute to the Brit-pop mindset that has him inspired. It moves and grooves with a confident swagger, built off irresistible hooks and classic rock tricks.

It’s off their debut EP (also titled Rebounder), which is out now.

Enjoy the video for “Rebounder” below.
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Grand Rapids – Feels Like A Lifetime

By Will Oliver, April 10th 2012

Manhattan-based band Grand Rapids “Feels Like A Lifetime” is an exciting single that the band is releasing through Too Pure, the new singles label of Beggars Group. It hits hard with a country twang transported straight to your beer soaked garage floors.

There’s no gimmick or bullshit to Grand Rapids. Just straight up good rocking.

[mp3]: Grand Rapids – Feels Like A Lifetime

They will be opening for The Virgins comeback show at The Mercury Lounge in May. That show just got even better.

After the jump stream the single’s b-side “Was That A Joke”. It’s another guitar friendly cut.
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WAWSTSF’s Best Albums of 2008: Honorable Mentions (Part 1)

By Will Oliver, January 7th 2009 — with 1 comment

So 2008 is a few days behind us, and I finally got done listening to pretty much everything I wanted to. The fact that I want to keep going back to Animal Collectives MPP is an indication that it is time to make my list already. Here are some albums that were great but didn’t make my list. The list was a top 50 of the freshest albums that 2008 had to offer. Some fell short of making it, but were good enough to my ears to deserve a mention. Here they are:

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We All Want Someone’s Best Songs of 2008: #40-31

By Will Oliver, January 3rd 2009

40. MGMT – Electric Feel

– Infectious psych-pop/rock jam that helps provide some insight towards why they were one of 2008’s biggest bands.

39. Beck – Gamma Ray

– Beck gives us one hell of a groovy rocker. It that starts off with a bang and doesn’t let off at any point. One of the most enjoyable recent Beck songs.

38. Tokyo Police Club – In A Cave

– I absolutely love this song. All aspects of the band come together to show why we all fell in love with them in the first place. This song is just good.

37. The Virgins – Rich Girls

– This bass line is just ridiculous. The EP version was better, but the song is just pop perfection. So much fun to listen to. Who cares if they were on Gossip Girl, this song rocked way way way before that show!

36. We Are Scientists – After Hours

– This is the big sound that We Are Scientists nail. They need more big anthem’s like this!  I’m pretty sure I saw this song in a camera commercial too….cool?

35. The Morning Benders – Waiting For A War

– Pop/Rock done loud and proud. This is enjoyable music, that deserves to be heard. Sincere lyrics that most of us can relate to.

34. Ra Ra Riot – Dying Is Fine

– The lyrics are quite emotional since they are referring to the death of their good friend and former drummer John. The song is fast paced, but also beautiful. Highly recommended.

33. Cloud Cult – No One Said It Would Be Easy

– Haunting keys, tons of voices singing in unison, a big big soaring song. This is special stuff. Words can hardly describe it properly.

32. Los Campesinos! – You! Me! Dancing!

– It starts of with a slow guitar building up, only to lead into an absolute mega tune. The difference in the vocals between the male/female singers works so well. This is a relentless tune!

31. Kanye West – Love Lockdown

– This song was the first one that we heard from the ‘new’ Kanye and it has stayed with me the most. The lyrics are relevant to me right now so maybe that is why I really appreciate it.

Rolling Stones Top Albums & Top Songs

By Will Oliver, December 11th 2008

Here are their best albums of 2008:

50 No Age – Nouns
49 Hot Chip – Made In The Dark
48 Raphael Saadiq – The Way I See It
47 Of Montreal – Skeletal Lamping
46 The Academy Is… – Fast Times at Barrington High
45 Be Your Own Pet – Get Awkward
44 The Raconteurs – Consolers of the Lonely
43 Nas – Untitled
42 David Byrne and Brian Eno – Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
41 AC/DC – Black Ice
40 Jonas Brothers – A Little Bit Longer
39 Taylor Swift – Fearless
38 Ra Ra Riot – The Rhumb Line
37 Nine Inch Nails – The Slip
36 The Hold Steady – Stay Positive
35 Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
34 Stephen Malkmus – Real Emotional Trash
33 Ne-Yo – Year Of The Gentleman
32 Jamey Johnson – The Lonesome Song
31 MGMT – Oracular Spectacular
30 Duffy – Rockferry
29 Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago
28 The Knux – Remind Me in Three Days…
27 Brian Wilson – That Lucky Old Sun
26 Mudcrutch – Mudcrutch
25 The Magnetic Fields – Distortion
24 Girl Talk – Feed The Animals
23 Conor Oberst – Conor Oberst
22 Jackson Browne – Time the Conquerer
21 Kaiser Chiefs – Off With Their Heads
20 Kings of Leon – Only By The Night
19 Erykah Badu – New Amerykah, Part 1 (4th World War)
18 Lucinda Williams – Little Honey
17 B.B. King – One Kind Favor
16 Randy Newman – Harps and Angels
15 The Black Keys – Attack & Release
14 Ryan Adams And The Cardinals – Cardinology
13 Blitzen Trapper – Furr
12 Guns N’ Roses – Chinese Democracy
11 Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
10 Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend
09 Metallica – Death Magnetic
08 Beck – Modern Guilt
07 Coldplay – Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
06 Santogold – Santogold
05 John Mellencamp – Life, Death, Love and Freedom
04 My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges
03 Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III
02 Bob Dylan – Tell Tale Signs:The Bootleg Series Vol. 8
01 TV on the Radio – Dear Science

[mp3] : TV On The Radio – Crying

Some good stuff that I am surprised to see RS put on it. I like the Blitzen Trapper love. However there is a lot of shit as expected that shouldn’t be anywhere near a list.


Here are their top songs of 2008:

100 – “Yes We Can”
99 The Enemy – “You’re Not Alone”
98 Teyana Taylor – “Google Me”
97 Sheryl Crow – “Now That You’re Gone”
96 Little Joy – “Brand New Start”
95 Lucinda Williams – “Real Love”
94 Los Campesinos – “Miserabilia”
93 Madonna – “Candy Shop”
92 White Denim – “Shake Shake Shake”
91 O’Neal McKnight – “Check Your Coat”
90 Busta Rhymes – “Don’t Touch Me (Throw da Water on ‘Em)”
89 Old Crow Medicine Show – “Alabama High-Test”
88 Bon Iver – “Skinny Love”
87 Friendly Fires – “Jump in the Pool”
86 The Rumble Strips – “Cowboy”
85 M83 – “Kim & Jessie”
84 Lil Wayne – “A Milli”
83 Get ‘Em Mamis – “Cold Summer”
82 Santogold & Diplo – “Icarus”
81 The Knux – “Cappuccino”
80 Mudcrutch – “Crystal River”
79 Kid Cudi – “Day ‘N’ Nite”
78 Love As Laughter – “Holy”
77 Hercules And Love Affair – “Blind”
76 The Roots – “Rising Down”
75 Flo Rida feat. T-Pain – “Low”
74 Ra Ra Riot – “Dying is Fine”
73 Ciarra feat. Ludacris – “High Price”
72 Sam Sparro – “Black and Gold”
71 Phantom Planet – “Do the Panic”
70 Busy Signal – “Tic Toc”
69 Missy Elliott – “Ching-A-Ling”
68 Fall Out Boy – “I Don’t Care
67 M.I.A. – “Shells”
66 Jenny Lewis – “Acid Tongue”
65 The Virgins – “Rich Girls”
64 She and Him – “Why Do You Let Me Stay Here”
63 LCD Soundsystem – “Big Ideas”
62 The Gaslight Anthem – “The ’59 Sound”
61 Robyn – “Cobrastyle”
60 Ne-Yo – “Closer”
59 Low vs Diamond – “Don’t Forget Sister”
58 Jazmine Sullivan – “Bust Your Windows”
57 Charles Hamilton – “Brooklyn Girls”
56 The Hold Steady – “Constructive Summer”
55 Sigur Rós – “Gobbledigook”
54 Cat Power – “I Believe In You”
53 AC/DC – “Big Boi”
52 Lee Ann Womack – “Last Call”
51 Ashlee Simpson – “Rule Breaker”
50 Jackson Browne – “Time the Conqueror”
49 Jonas Brothers – “Video Girl”
48 John Mellencamp – “Troubled Land”
47 Janelle Monáe – “Many Moons”
46 Taylor Swift – “Fifteen”
45 Foals – “Cassius”
44 Panic At The Disco – “Nine in the Afternoon”
43 Erykah Badu – “The Healer”
42 The Raconteurs – “Salute Your Solution”
41 Duffy – “Warwick Avenue”
40 Kings Of Leon – “Sex On Fire”
39 The Academy Is… – “About a Girl”
38 Jamey Johnson – “High Cost of Living”
37 Bob Dylan – “Someday Baby”
36 Usher feat. Beyoncé and Lil Wayne – “Love in this Club, Pt. 2”
35 Kaiser Chiefs – “Addicted to Drugs”
34 Gnarls Barkley – “Run”
33 The Raveonettes – “Aly, Walk With Me”
32 N.E.R.D. – “Everyone Nose”
31 Conor Oberst – “Moab”
30 Weezer – “Pork and Beans”
29 Pink – “So What”
28 Kevin Rudolf feat. Lil Wayne – “Let It Rock”
27 The Ting Tings – “Shut Up and Let Me Go”
26 The Rapture – “No Sex for Ben”
25 Leona Lewis – “Bleeding Heart”
24 Lykke Li – “I’m Good, I”m Gone”
23 The Black Keys – “I Got Mine”
22 Jay-Z and T.I. – “Swagga Like Us”
21 Vampire Weekend – “One (Blake’s Got a New Face)”
20 Katy Perry – “I Kissed a Girl”
19 Guns N’ Roses – “Better”
18 Kid Rock – “All Summer Long”
17 The Killers – “Spaceman”
16 Young Jeezy – “My President”
15 Al Green – “Lay It Down”
14 The BPA feat. David Byrne and Dizzee Rascal – “Toe Jam”
13 Ryan Adams and the Cardinals – “Magick”
12 TV On The Radio – “Golden Age”
11 Rihanna – “Disturbia”
10 T.I. – “No Matter What”
09 Coldplay – “Viva la Vida”
08 My Morning Jacket – “I’m Amazed”
07 Estelle feat. Kanye West – “American Boy”
06 Beck – “Gamma Ray”
05 Lil Wayne – “Lollipop”
04 Blitzen Trapper – “Furr”
03 MGMT – “Time to Pretend”
02 Santogold – “LES Artistes”
01 Beyoncé – “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”

[mp3] : Santogold – LES Artistes

Like before a lot of good stuff but then again, Beyonce at #1? I guess that is RS for you. They could have honestly picked a better Vampire Weekend song…Ah W/E

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