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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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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

Album Review: Young Lords – Rodeo Songs

By Will Oliver, August 26th 2008

Meet Young Lords. They are 4 piece out of NYC and they look the part.The band consists of lead singer Blair Van Nort, his brother and guitarist Reed Van Nort, drummer Cory Lasser, and finally guitarist Adam Gerard. They formed 2 years ago in NYC. They have played with The Fratellis and Virgins over the span. They got the cool attitude, dress well and I’m sure most people will agree that they look good. They have been featured in music/lifestyle magazines such as Nylon and Anthem to prove that. You may recognize the name or the song ‘Rodeo Songs’ because they were featured on MTVU. Props to them for doing all of this without a label. Even more impressive!

When I gave their album a few spins the first two bands to come to mind where Kings Of Leon, and The Strokes. I guess I could understand everyone else saying The Stones too because they got a rough bluesy sound that could have come from the 1960′s. I guess KOL comes from the cool rocker attitude, and the Strokes comes from the rough NYC sound that they got. They got a rough sound that would not work in my mind any other way. The production is at the right level for sure. Lead single Rodeo Songs starts the album off right. It has a nice steady beat with lyrics wanting to get home to that baby. They create really steady beats that you really can nod along to. Their main strength has to be their chorus’s. They really craft them well, and you can’t help but notice how catchy they are. “Riverside” presents some great blues guitars and a really cool bass line about half way through to lead right into a jam. “Make To Mistake” is a ball of energy that does not let up at all. This is definetly the sound they are going for and they should be.

The song ‘Pretty Little Mess’ actually caught me off guard because for some reason it reminded me of ‘Hard To Explain’ by the Strokes. One of the highlights off the album was at the end of the album titled ‘Hail Mary.’ Cool guitar riff, vocals of heeey floating in between its really good stuff. Has a really nice feel to it.

The album flows quite well with no filler. They are playing with The Virgins in NYC tomorrow. These guys will be getting big in no time, keep an eye out for them this winter and it 2009. People will be talking about these guys very soon!

Buy the album on October 7th.

Young Lords – Rodeo Songs (MP3)

Rating: 7.8

Listen To These Songs:
1. Rodeo Songs
2. Hail Mary
3. Make No Mistake
4. Riverside

All Points West Review: Day 2

By Will Oliver, August 12th 2008 — with 1 comment

After wrapping my mind around the amazing first day of all points west, I was ready for an even better day. On Saturday I was ready to see bands that I was more familiar with. I knew my way around the festival now, and was ready to dive into another day’s worth of music!

First we caught some of Chromeo’s set. Heard a few songs from them and thought it was fun. Very danceable and easy to get into. A pretty nice way to start the day.

We walked around and ate lunch while listening to a little bit of Metric and The Felice Brothers sets. Sounded pretty cool but it was only background music for us at the time. Would have liked to give more attention to them. Hopefully sometime in the future.

Finally it was time to see The Virgins. They have been a band I have been following ever since I heard the gem “Rich Girls.” Their album is a bit over-produced but the songs are still very enjoyable nonetheless. It is a pretty good album. They came out and kicked off with tons of energy right away. They have a great stage presence, and lead singer Donald Cumming interacted with the crowd quite well. They played the songs very well live with a more dirty/garage rock feel. Most importantly they had fun playing these songs for the hometown crowd, and you felt this positive energy. They played Rich Girls as the finale, and I was able to record it. Video below.

I caught a bit of Animal Collective’s set and enjoyed it for the most part. The thing about the performance was, I only enjoyed the select songs I recognized. Everything else sorta sounded like noise to me. I feel that unless you knew the songs very well, you didn’t get a good grip of what was going on. The crowd seemed very polarized by them. The people that I talked to after them said that they either loved them or hated it calling it “dumb noise.” I will have to see them again after I listen to some more of their stuff.

Kings Of Leon were next for me, and I was quite excited. Their album “Because Of The Times” was one of my favorites of last year, and I feel they are quite underrated here in the U.S. They came on with a ton of confidence and played a great set with new songs and old. They premiered three tracks off their new album (Crawl, Manhattan, Sex On Fire) which including the first live performance ever of “Sex On Fire”. They are some pretty solid songs. Good sign for the new album. Caleb’s singing really does these new songs justice. They were a highlight of APW for me, and made me a even bigger fan than I already was. Video’s of the new songs below.

Then of course was round 2 of the magnificent Radiohead. They changed things up right from the start by opening with Reckoner rather than the usual 15 Steps. Then they charged into a mixed set from all of their albums including the rarities such as Kid A, Bangers & Mash, Exit Music and Faust Arp, the only track they didn’t play from In Rainbows the previous night. They played with even more passion the previous night because the crowd was just plain better. They had more energy, they sang to every word of every song, you felt you were at a Radiohead concert, not a music festival WITH Radiohead. The encore was special to with more songs we didn’t get on Friday like Planet Telex and Fake Plastic Trees. Man was the latter beautiful. It also included the great live track There There. My god does that song come to life live. They ended it with the danceable Idioteque and left us quite satisfied. Man when are they coming back!!

RadioheadAPW Night Two Setist (8/9/08):
01. Reckoner
02. 15 Step
03. The National Anthem
04. Kid A
05. All I Need
06. Nude
07. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
08. Where I End And You Begin
09. The Gloaming
10. Faust Arp
11. No Surprises
12. Jigsaw Falling Into Place
13. The Bends
14. Bangers and Mash
15. Everything In Its Right Place
16. Exit Music (For A Film)
17. Bodysnatchers

Encore 1
18. Pyramid Song
19. Videotape
20. Airbag
21. Fake Plastic Trees
22. There There

Encore 2
23. House of Cards
24. Planet Telex
25. Idioteque

Kings Of Leon – Sex On Fire

Kings Of Leon – Manhattan

Radiohead – Fake Plastic Trees

Radiohead – Airbag

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