[new]: Modest Mouse – Lampshades On Fire

By Will Oliver, December 15th 2014

Modest Mouse - Lampshades On Fire

On March 3, Modest Mouse will release their new album Strangers To Ourselves (via Epic Records), their first album since 2007’s We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank. It’s been a long time coming.

Today they premiered “Lampshades On Fire” on Minnesota radio station 89.3 The Current. It’s the first single from the album. Test pressings of the 7″ of the single were sent to fans over the weekend, in a smart piece of buzz-building by the band and their management. People were talking about the single ahead of it’s official release, which comes tomorrow.

After spending much of today getting familiar with “Lampshades On Fire,” I gotta say, I’m digging it. It pretty much picks up right where the band left off, hitting that signature Modest Mouse vibe. It’s a good one folks.

Stream it below.

Premiere: The Pass – Take You Out

By Will Oliver, December 3rd 2014 — with 1 comment

High Road EP Artwork

Louisville four-piece The Pass have had some year. The group (Kyle Peters, Will Roberts, Brian Healey & Neil Lucas) began 2014 with a collection of 7″ singles, and have since been tucked away in their basement studio recording their new EP, High Road, which is out December 9.

With the EP, The Pass hope to change the perception of DIY and prove that a band can craft memorable elctro-pop all by themselves. With every new release the group seem to find new ways to amaze, proving to both us and themselves, that there is no need to be limited to one idea or sound.

Today we have the honor of premiering the lead single from the EP, a stunner by the name of “Take You Out.” In it, they deliver a world of glossy synths, love-sick vocals, and a feel-good atmosphere that you can’t shake anywhere else but the dance floor. With so many electronic groups relying heavily on computers and other effects these days, it’s great to see The Pass deliver such groovy tunes as a full live band. It truly separates them from the rest of the pack

Enjoy “Take You Out” below, and find some of The Pass’ upcoming tour dates, which includes two stops in NYC next week. See you there.
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Priory – Weekend (Oliver Nelson Remix)

By Will Oliver, November 4th 2014

Priory - Weekend (Oliver Nelson Remix)

Portland group Priory hit all kinds of indie rock moments of gold on single “Weekend.” Memorable guitar lines and a hook-filled chorus that is almost tailor made for usage in tv shows and commercials.

Swedish producer Oliver Nelson has taken the track and transformed it into a dancefloor ready dance jam that seems almost could pass for a new track from Justice. It’s got disco running through its veins, and is a pure good time.

Find it posted below.

Here’s the original mix of “Weekend” as well:

Deers – Between Cans

By Will Oliver, October 30th 2014


Deers are a all female 4-piece from Madrid comprised of Ana Garcia Perrote, Carlotta Cosials, Ade Martin and Amber Grimbergen. They’re gearing up the release of their new 7″ single Barn which Mom + Pop will release on November 4.

While “Castigadas En El Granero” is the A-track, the 7″ also features a youthful track called “Between Cans” from the girls that has somewhat of a Little Joy quality to it in terms of the relaxed lo-fi recording. In fact, its actually the first song recorded with all four girls together.

Find it posted below, along with “Castigadas En El Granero”
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Premiere: Hospital – Right On

By Will Oliver, September 30th 2014

Hospital - Right On

Last year Russian rockers Hospital captured my heart with their lovely single “Lust For You,” which ended up making my list of the best songs of the year.

Next month they will return with a new EP titled Satellite Flare. Today, we have the honor and privilege of premiering the EP’s first single, “Right On.” Here’s how the band describe the song:

“Right On” is the song about joy. Not a particular joy but the feeling you get accidentally when you do not expect it. The lyrics is pretty simple just because we don’t wanna use all these heavy forms to explain easy things. In some way this is a tribute to guitar bands of the 60th. The song is very uplifting and inspiring, which is truly important for this time. We also would like to say special thanks to our sound producer Korney Kretov from Xuman Records Studio for this record.

There’s definitely a youthful hopeful quality to “Right On” that sounds like a sunny afternoon well spent with those who mean the most to you. Enjoy it via the stream below.

Aphex Twin Listening Party for “Syro”

By Dana Pacifico, September 10th 2014


When word got around that Richard D James, better known as Aphex Twin was releasing Syro, his follow up to Drukqs and first album in 13 years, the music world got giddy with excitement. There was an announcement August 29th that eight listening parties around the world, taking part over the course of five days, would get the rare opportunity to hear the highly anticipated album before anyone else.

This experience was one of the most interesting I’ve ever been a part of. Tickets were given out through a lottery and when something like this comes around, you do not want to pass it up. Because there is simply nothing to lose, but plenty to gain. Verboten in Brooklyn was the place to be at 6 p.m. on September 6, the night of the New York listening party. Security was strict with phones being turned off, and understandably so. In turn, it was nice seeing everyone put their phones away and forced to talk face to face with people you do not really know. It was surprising the amount of room there was. You knew they had the ability to fill it out to capacity floating around 750, but it was much more intimate sitting at about 100. Everyone was facing the stage even though all knew that no one was physically going to be playing there at that moment, but clearly we all thought it was necessary.

Finally it got underway, first song was Aphex Twins most recent single “mini pops 67 (source field mix)”. Apparently, this song isn’t new at all though, true fans have known this song for years through his live show. After that ended I got lost. But, in the best possible way to get lost. Since everything was new and disconnected from the outside world I allowed myself to just go on this journey Richard D James wanted me to hear before the rest of the world. It got deep; there were layers of beats. Certain points throughout are going to be exciting to hear again to discover new rhythms. It gets groovy and dare I say that you ever so briefly hear some Daft Punk-esque robotic dialect sprinkled in. The last song, “aisatsana”, I remember being particularly beautiful with the atmospheric piano, a stunning outro. The hour-long event seemed to go by rather quickly. I did not catch myself getting bored during any of the songs; everything was new and exciting and my ears wanted to hear whatever he was going to feed them. It’s a shame I only got to hear it once.

Syro is jam-packed with all the key elements that make-up a stand out electronic album. Those hard hitting acid beats, ethereal classical notes, funk that could get anyone dancing. It is a composition of exquisitely laced together rhythms.

Syro, is out via Warp Records September 22, 2014. You can preorder it here.

Wampire – Wizard Staff

By Will Oliver, September 4th 2014


On October 7 Portland natives Wampire will release new album Bazaar on Polyvinyl Records. The album is the first taste of the new version of band, who have grown from a duo to a quintet.

After many months spent on tour, founding members and primary songwriters Rocky Tinder and Eric Phipps immediately went to the making of a new album trying to “capitalize on the creative energy that had been steadily amassing during their days, weeks, and months on the road.”

Here’s how Phipps describes the time:

I holed up in a tiny room within a friend’s warehouse and began knocking out as many different songs as I could. I tried not to look back, just wanting to explore everything I could possibly create. I started to feel like I was becoming a Kafka-esque insomniac musical novelist at one point.

The band have shown tremendous growth in the record’s first single “Wizard Staff.” It’s an impressive return for the band who add new elements to their sound, including some jazzy saxophone bits in what could be most easily described as a dreamy Ariel Pink meets Mac DeMarco sound.

Stream “Wizard Staff” below.

Wizard Staff:

Foxes In Fiction – Ontario Gothic

By Will Oliver, September 4th 2014

Foxes In Fiction

Toronto native Warren Hildebrand, known in the music world as Foxes In Fiction, is gearing up for the release of his sophomore Ontario Gothic, which will be released via his own label Orchid Tapes on September 23.

He already shared the stunning track “Shadows Song”, and now he’s let go of the title track, “Ontario Gothic.” It’s a heartbreaking song that details the death of Hildebrand’s friend Cait, who passed away in 2010 and to whom the album is dedicated to. Instead of sounding bleak or morbid, it’s more of a melancholic celebration of his friend, sounding bright and hopeful. It’s honest and beautiful. Like “Shadow’s Song” it features violin arrangements by Owen Pallett.

Listen below.
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Damon Albarn – Sister Rust

By Will Oliver, September 2nd 2014

Lucy Soundtrack

Damon Albarn has had a very productive 2014, releasing a fantastic new album, and delivering a memorable tour. In between all that, he found time to record a song called “Sister Rust” that he wrote for the new Luc Besson film Lucy, which stars Scarlett Johansson.

While I didn’t enjoy Lucy, “Sister Rust” is a stunner. It’s got that signature Albarn touch that just leaves you feeling all kinds of warm inside.

Stream it below.
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2:54 – Orion

By Will Oliver, September 1st 2014


2:54, the London duo of sisters Colette and Hannah Thurlow will return with new album The Other I on November 11 via Bella Union.

First single “Orion” is a striking and rich song that dwells in a dark overcast atmosphere but finds a way to give rays of hopeful light throughout the process. There’s a similarity to acts like Warpaint, which is a very good thing, if you ask me.

Stream “Orion” below.
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