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Readers Poll 2013 Results

By Will Oliver, January 8th 2014 — with 1 comment

Best Of 2013

A month ago I put you guys up to the task of naming your favorite albums/songs of 2013, with my annual readers poll. I got to share my favorite albums and songs of the year but now it’s your turn.

As the final step in my year end list, the readers poll is always exciting because I get to see how my tastes compare with my readers. A couple hundred of you participate¬† and I thank all of you who did for taking the time to vote. For the most part, our tastes were pretty similar (which makes sense), but there were a few surprises here and there, and a few albums and songs that I myself missed out on. That’s the beauty of these things. There’s always new discoveries ready to be found.

This finally wraps up my best of 2013 stuff, and with this, we can finally fully push forward to the new year. With that said, here are your favorite albums and songs of 2013:
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Favorite Concert Photos Of 2013

By Will Oliver, January 3rd 2014 — with 2 comments


Arctic Monkeys @ Ogden Theater

By no means am I a professional photographer. I don’t pretend to be. I know I have a lot of work and learning to do to improve and get better. But thanks to this blog, I’ve gotten better at it than I ever imagined I would be when I first started it five years ago.

I went to a lot of shows this year, and took a lot of shots. So many, that it would seem like a waste if I didn’t compile some of the best ones for your viewing pleasure.

I also added some of my favorite shots from some of our new team of contributing photographers, Andrew St. Clair, Dana Pacifico, Daniel Topete and Leah Runyon. All photos without a photo credit were taken by yours truly.

With that said, enjoy some of the favorite shots that appeared on We All Want Someone in 2013. Here’s to more great shots in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Best Concerts Of 2013

By Will Oliver, January 3rd 2014


I’m lucky enough to live close enough to New York City where I can catch a great show almost every night of the week. In 2013 I traveled and caught a whole bunch of music festivals and performances across the country, such as in Austin, Chicago, Denver, and Philadelphia. I saw many good shows, from new bands, to old favorites, as well as some true legends along the way. It was a good year.

I saw a lot of shows, and it’s tough to narrow them down into a comprehensive list, but I did my best. These were the truly memorable nights out of a very memorable year. This year, with Barclays Center taking over a lot of my favorite acts, there were more arena shows than ever before. But no matter, a good act will transcend an audience in any venue, big or small. I saw my fair share of great shows in smaller venues as well. A good balance between the two is an ideal thing for me anyways.

Later tonight, I will also share all the best photos I took from these shows, as there are too many not to gather and collect.

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Best Songs Of 2013

By Will Oliver, December 30th 2013 — with 2 comments

Best Songs Of 2013

Thanks to Camilo Bejarano for the artwork as usual

This year I pushed the limit on publishing my best songs list with a day to spare. I think that patience has all but been lost with list making these days, but time is something I can never get enough of. I need as much time as possible to sort through the wide plethora of music that graced my ears this year.

With albums it’s tough to honor all the stuff you loved as eventually a few will get pushed out of the fold. But with a best songs list, you have more of a chance to highlight a well rounded collection of music that really defined your year. There’s a wide collection of songs here that I’m really proud to share because it’s a pretty wide collection of songs that I hope is all balanced as I thought it was. I try and keep an open mind and embrace anything that sounds good to me. I think this year was a good year for music, but also a good one to be a music listener, which is truly exciting.

You can find my list below, as well as a spotify link right here, and a stream that’s shared at the very tail end of the post.
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Best Albums Of 2013

By Will Oliver, December 20th 2013 — with 10 comments

Best Albums Of 2013

Thanks to Camilo for the artwork as usual

Hey guys, it’s that time of the year for my best albums of the year list. I feel like I’m one of the select few who wait until December’s almost over to publish my list. Even waiting this long, I feel like I didn’t get to listen to nearly as much music as in previous years. There’ just too much stuff out there. (Tell me what you liked this year by voting in our 2013 Readers Poll)

There is no goal to accomplish on this list, other than a honest look at what music I enjoyed. I listened to a lot of records, both big and small, from those who benefited from the hype cycle to some that got nearly no attention at all. If it sounded good to me, it’s here. No pretension, no bullshit. This is just a list of my favorite albums of the year, no grand statement, just a love for these collections of music that kept me in good company this year.

So without further ado, I present my favorite albums of 2013. You can even stream the whole thing if you so desire at the spotify link right here. Read the rest of this entry »

Readers Poll 2013

By Will Oliver, December 17th 2013 — with 2 comments

Best of 2013

Hey guys, it’s that time of year again for the Readers Poll. I’ll be rolling out my best of lists soon. But first, I want to keep the tradition going and hear from you guys.
Below fill out the poll by selecting your favorite album of the year. If it’s not listed, you can add it. Then you can add your favorite song (please use the “artist – song” format), and a band I should keep an eye out for next year.

I’ll post the results sometime at the end of the month. Thanks for participating and for sticking with me for another great year!
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We All Want Someone To Shout For’s Best Songs Of 2013…So Far

By Will Oliver, July 8th 2013 — with 17 comments


artwork credit: Camilo Bejarano

It’s time. I present to you: The best songs of the year…so far. It’s a little past the halfway point of 2013, but I felt it was best to let some releases digest to provide the most accurate list possible. As always, I use the title “best” loosely, as these are really just my favorite songs so far. A lot can change from now to December. New songs will arrive, songs will grow on me, some will rise on the ranks, some may drop, or drop out. It’s cool to see what I thought was the cream of the crop in June, and what ends up finishing as my favorite 3-5 minutes of ear candy of the entire year.

If you’ve been too busy to be our friend this year, or just in desperate need of some new tunes: This is for you. There’s 50 songs, something for everyone. Let me know what you think of the list in the comment section. If you hated it, if you loved it. Tell me what I missed.

I can’t give you guys those free downloads anymore (it won’t fly at this stage), but I can provide you with a lovely spotify link where you can listen to the entire playlist from top to bottom. Or you can just check out the list below, where I’ve included either soundcloud or youtube links.

With that said, enjoy some of my favorite songs of 2013, so far:
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I saw a lot of great shows in 2012, from all the great shows in NYC during CMJ, from my trip to Bonnaroo, and my duel visits to Chicago for Lollapalooza/Pitchfork. I saw many bands both big in small in a wide variety of venues, and made many good memories along the way.

When it came down to it, these shows were my absolute favorite concert moments of the year:
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We All Want Someone To Shout For’s Best Songs Of 2012

By Will Oliver, January 4th 2013 — with 6 comments


Yesterday I blessed you with my favorite albums from 2012, and now, here are my favorite songs from 2012. It’s always tough to narrow songs down to a list, even if the list is 100 songs long. A lot of great new music comes out at a rapid-fire basis these days, from the biggest artists, to the smallest.

When it came down to it, these were the songs that kept the best company of the last 12 months.

As always thanks to Camilo for the artwork. You can stream the songs themselves, or listen to one giant spotify stream right here.

I present to you:

We All Want Someone To Shout For’s Best Songs Of 2012:

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We All Want Someone To Shout For’s Best Albums Of 2012

By Will Oliver, January 3rd 2013 — with 13 comments


Thanks To Camilo for this great artwork.

Looking back at 2012, there were plenty of albums that I loved. Was it the best year of music in recent memory? Maybe not, but it was a damn good year in its own right. There is a lot that we may look back on and remember well into the rest of the decade.

This year I listed my Top 40 albums, as well as a few honorable mentions that were as close to making my list as they come. I didn’t get to listen to everything that I wanted to. As the only writer, it’s tough to balance listening to everything, and listening to everything well. That is something I hope to become better at this year.

Ready or not, here are my best albums of 2012:

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