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Tokyo Police Club at Bowery Ballroom (January 20, 2017)

By Will Oliver, February 14th 2017 — with 1 comment

In 2007, a young Canadian rock group named Tokyo Police Club came sprinting out of the gate with their energetic debut EP A Lesson In Crime. It’s been a full decade since then, and although Tokyo Police Club may not have reached the impossible expectations unfairly put on them back in ’07, they’ve since churned out a bunch of good albums and continue to chug on with the band throughout the years. It’s a rare bit of  longevity, when most bands that exploded on the blog scene with them have since perished.

They celebrated the 10th anniversary of A Lesson In Crime with a special tour that saw them play the EP in full, along with a set of new songs and old favorites, a full reflection of their career of sorts. The tour stopped into New York for a pair of shows at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg.

We caught the Bowery show on January 20, which featured an opening performance from the young but hot-rising Brooklyn band Charly Bliss. The young crowd was very much into their set of 90s-inspired grunge rock, and even had a section of the crowd in the front section moving. They’re set to release their debut album Guppy on April 21 via Barsuk Records.

Find photos of both their set and Tokyo Police Club’s posted below, along with TPC’s setlist.
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Avenue – “Our Love” (Feat. Tokyo Police Club)

By Will Oliver, August 4th 2015

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Avenue is the project of 21-year-old Toronto native Sam Willows, who has been creating some crafty dance and pop remixes, and now is venturing out with some tunes of his own.

It will come in the form of Keep Counting, his debut EP, which Toronto-based label Haven Sounds will release on October 2. Up first is the EP’s delightful first single, “Our Love.” It features the vocals of Tokyo Police Club’s Dave Monks, whose vocals add a lush and dreamy summer vibe, that will work for any party reaching into the depths of the night, or morning.

It’s a promising welcome for Mr. Willows, who is definitely an artist to keep on in the dance/electronic scene.

Stream and enjoy “Our Love” below.
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Tokyo Police Club @ Webster Hall (May 15, 2014)

By Will Oliver, May 17th 2014

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The only time I saw Tokyo Police Club was a long six years ago, when they played an instore at the Virgin MegaStore in Union Square, back when that was actually a thing (and back when I was into recording songs at shows). So it was a cool moment to see them play again all these years later all grown up, playing a sold out Webster Hall.

The show featured opening sets from Said The Whale and Geographer. Said The Whale come from Vancouver and are probably best known for “I Love You” which has recently been used in a Samsung commercial. Their set was a very enjoyable one that got the crowd warmed up, and then some. They even offered up their new album Hawaiii at the merch table for a donation price of whatever you wanted to give. Pretty damn cool.

Georgrapher followed them up with a high energy set lead by lead-singer Mike Den. He started their set off by charging the front of the stage, bringing the action as close to the fans as possible. That is, until later in the set when he eventually did jump into the photo pit to sing directly to the fans. Geographer’s set of textured electronic music is pushed further by Nathan Blaz’s work on the electronic cello, something that gives the band a very organic sound to go with some of their dance territories.

Finally the time came for Tokyo Police Club to take over, and they did so in grand fashion. Starting of with Argentina (Parts I, II, III), which was just as epic as it is on record. It set the table for the youthful exuberance that Tokyo Police Club would deliver with the same relative ease as they did six years ago. They’re currently on tour for their recently released new album Forcefield. The album succeeds in its ability to deliver songs like “Hot Tonight” that feature big Weezer-esque pop hooks that are as feel good and care free as can be. These songs fit well alongside their older cuts, “Breakneck Speed”, “Nature Of The Experiment” “Bambi”, “Juno”, and Cheer It On.”

For the encore frontman/bassist David Monks came out by himself to play an acoustic version of “Tessellate.” He did something different, asking the crowd to become completely silent as he wanted to play the song acoustic style – literally unplugging from the stage, and coming to the front to play it with no microphone or plugs. It was a well appreciated tender moment from the band, not something that you normally see from them. The followed that up with wild versions of “Favourite Food” and “Your English Is Good”, which sent the youthful crowd into a craze, singing every word back gleefully.

After all these years it was good to see that Tokyo Police Club have still got it.

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[new]: Tokyo Police Club – Hot Tonight

By Will Oliver, January 13th 2014 — with 1 comment

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Tokyo Police Club will return with new album Forcefield, their first album in four years (since 2010’s Champ). They will release it on March 25 via Mom + Pop Music.

They’ve shared first single “Hot Tonight,” and it’s as feel good as they come. It’s got the same light-hearted, youthful approach that we’ve come to expect from the band. It sounds clean and polished, letting the bands cheerful vibes bleed through with ease.

At it’s heart its a easy going song that is quite easy to listen to. Take a listen below. Read the rest of this entry »

Tokyo Police Club: Ten Days, Ten Covers, Ten Years Project

By Will Oliver, September 9th 2011 — with 1 comment

Tokyo Police Club ended up doing a unique project called Ten Days, Ten Covers, Ten Years. For 10 days the band gave themselves 10 hours to complete one cover. They did this 10 times, for each year in the previous decade. They covered all types of artists, such as: LCD Soundsystem, Jimmy Eat World, The Strokes, Kelly Clarkson, Phoenix, Queens Of The Stone Age, and more.

These guys did a great job overall and should be applauded for the effort. They made great choices. I personally love that they went with a Harlem Shakes cover. Take a listen to the entire thing below:

Tokyo Police Club: 10 Days, 10 Covers, 10 Years by TokyoPoliceClub

The whole collection will be available to purchase on the bands website or iTunes on October 4th. Check out the tracklisting after the jump:
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Tokyo Police Club – Wait Up (Boots Of Danger) (Passion Pit Remix)

By Will Oliver, May 17th 2010 — with 5 comments

Sorry that I didn’t post at all today. I started my summer internship with the wonderful Beggars Group today, and didn’t have time to post at all. As of now, I will be interning with them Monday’s + Tuesday’s, so don’t expect much posting, if any at all. It’s a great opportunity, and I’m really honored to be interning there. Anyway, on to the posting:

I may have posted Tokyo Police Club’s “Wait Up (Boots Of Danger)” a little bit earlier then when I was supposed to, but now RCRDLBL has a higher quality mp3 available, along with a remix of of the song done by the indie wonder boys, Passion Pit.

[mp3]: Tokyo Police Club – Wait Up (Boots Of Danger)
[mp3]: Tokyo Police Club – Wait Up (Boots Of Danger) (Passion Pit Remix)

[NEW] Tokyo Police Club – Wait Up (Boots Of Danger)

By Will Oliver, April 27th 2010 — with 1 comment

Yesterday, Entertainment Weekley’s Music Mix premiered a new Tokyo Police Club song from their new album Champ called “Wait Up (Boots Of Danger)”. We previously heard the excellent “Breakneck Speed“, so it was important that the band kept the momentum going with another high quality preview. Well, “Wait Up (Boots Of Danger) certainly succeeds. It is a stirring number that should have been what their debut record had more of: straightforward post-punk rockers. It sounds focused and sparkles with youthful energy. This song along with “Breakneck Speed” really make me believe that Champ will be more like their fantastic EP that made us all Tokyo Police Club fans back in 2006.

Stream it below:

Champ comes out on June 8th via Mom + Pop Records.

[new] Tokyo Police Club – Breakneck Speed

By Will Oliver, March 27th 2010 — with 8 comments

Yesterday Tokyo Police Club posted a free mp3 download of their new single Breakneck Speed on their website. It will be off their new album, Champ. There isn’t too much info other than the title, and the random bits of info the band has given us on their blog.

After listening to Breakneck Speed half a dozen times I am very impressed with it. It’s very much a Tokyo Police Club song, just more focused and fleshed out (3:45 – one of their longest songs to date!) It has an engaging melody that is held together by tight instrumentation and quirky hooks that have become commonplace in their songs. Something tells me that Tokyo Police Club have discovered some new confidence with their time off.

Throughout the song Dave sings “it’s good to be back”. I couldn’t be happy to have these guys back. They have taken the sound they created on their early ep’s/debut album to the next level. Their unfair hype has died down, allowing them much needed space to grow on their own wings. These guys have a lot of potential that has to be unlocked. I’m hoping all of it comes out on Champ.

[mp3] : Tokyo Police Club – Breakneck Speed

Operators at Mercury Lounge (April 5, 2017)

By Will Oliver, April 9th 2017

Dan Boeckner is the Canadian Ty Segall (I’m aware that he’s been at it long before Ty), a man who won’t tire at all, constantly releasing new music with various projects, seemingly never taking a break. After the big-time return for Wolf Parade last year, he’s back at it with Operators, his electronic-rock band that also features multi-instrumentalist Devojka and drummer, Sam Brown.

A new Operators album is on the horizon via Last Gang Records, hinted by their new tour this year that saw them return to New York earlier this week to play a pair of shows at Rough Trade and Mercury Lounge, the latter of which was sold out and the one I caught.
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Best Songs of 2014

By Will Oliver, February 20th 2015 — with 1 comment

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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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