[new]: The Last Shadow Puppets – “Bad Habits”

By Will Oliver, January 10th 2016 — with 1 comment

The Last Shadow Puppets - Bad Habits

This year brings the long-awaited reunion of The Last Shadow Puppets, the glorious team-up between Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner and their unofficial 5th member, Miles Kane. Their only release was their 2008 debut The Age of the Understatement, so fans have been eagerly awaiting their return for some time.

They’ve been hinting at a new record for months now, releasing short teaser videos as well as an inclusion on this year’s Coachella lineup. Tonight they took a big step towards the new album with a surprise release of a new song by the name of “Bad Habits.” No one was expecting to hear a new song so soon, let alone late on a Sunday night, but new music from these guys is certainly most welcome.

A few early spins to “Bad Habits” and I wasn’t quite sure how I felt. It seemed more of a Miles Kane solo song with The Last Shadow Puppets orchestrated string-section. It’s a dark and gritty track that digs a little bit deeper under the fingernails, really letting Miles Kane shine. At first I didn’t quite love it as much as I expected, but it seems like with every listen it’s starting to have its way with me. It may be a bit of a future grower that may work a lot better under the context of the rest of the eventual sophomore release. But one things for sure, this one is going to kick a lot of ass live.

Stream “Bad Habits” below with it’s official music video, which was directed by Ben Chappell.
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[new]: Sunflower Bean – “Easier Said”

By Will Oliver, January 5th 2016

Sunflower Bean - Human Ceremony

Sunflower Bean rang in the new year playing a show with DIIV, no surprise, as the young New York trio are about as hardworking as they come.

Their work ethic has made the release of their debut album Human Ceremony next month (via Fat Possum) one of the most exciting prospects of this new year. We already got a taste last year through first single “Wall Watcher”, and today brings the follow-up single “Easier Said.”

This may be Sunflower Bean’s most grown up trek yet, channeling a California summer-sound that captures the likes of groups like Haim and dare I say, Fleetwood Mac. It’s a lush wonder, indebted to the past, but also looks forward with a sense of hopefulness. They show a calm-sense of restraint and maturity that their more urgent psych-rock dives don’t quite have. It’s great.

Stream “Easier Said” below and find their upcoming tour dates posted below it.
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Chrystyna Marie – “Loaded Gun”

By Will Oliver, December 23rd 2015

Chrystyna Marie

Canadian-born blues/pop songwriter and vocalist Chrystyna Marie has left her labels be line for the release of her new EP, Loaded Gun which will be released on February 29, 2016. She’s let go of title track and single “Loaded Gun,” ahead of the EP’s release.

“Loaded Gun” jumps out of the speakers, led by her confident vocals as well as a soulful composition that has a bit of jazz hidden within its depths and slinky organ chords. It’s all about her big vocal performance, and boy does she deliver.

Stream “Loaded Gun” below, and be on the lookout for her EP come February.
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Joseph Sant – “Nor’easter”

By Will Oliver, December 23rd 2015


Brooklyn’s Joseph Sant recorded with producer Gabriel Galvin over a few marathon session overnight in the dead of winter, resulting in the Sea White Salt EP, which Sant will release on January 14, 2016.

It didn’t take long for lead track “Nor’easter” to capture my full undivided attention. It immediately sweeps you away with a feeling of timelessness, capturing the 80s warmth of Wild Nothing as well as the road trip nostalgia of The War On Drugs. It reveals its treasures as once, leaving you awestruck, eagerly awaiting the rest of the EP.

Stay tuned for more info on the EP, but for now, enjoy the warm assurance of “Nor’easter” below.
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MPTHY – “The Golden Boy”

By Will Oliver, December 23rd 2015

MPTHY - The Golden Boy

Boston native Mikael Hirsch makes music under the moniker MPTHY. He’s recently released his new album The Golden Boy, and today I’m sharing the title track with you. With vocals that call to mind the chilly nature of Placebo’s Brian Molko, Hirsch delights your ears with colorful swirling synths and a bouncy bass, all adding up to delightful results.

as Hirsch tells it:

i have horrible night terrors and this song was entirely written whilst in the midst of one so all i had to do when i woke up was wipe away the sweat and right down the words and melody.

Enjoy “The Golden Boy” below.
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Mind The Journey – “Rose Colored Glasses”

By Will Oliver, December 23rd 2015

Mind The Journey

Mind The Journey is the project of Boston-based psychedelic dreamer Spencer Sabo.

Sabo is gearing up the release of his new album Color In The Gray Machine for a release next year on January 5. His stab at dreamy psych-rock kicks off with a bit of Tame Impala-esque drums, with vocals that remind a bit of Kasabian. The breathy synth interludes once again remind of the trippier moments from Tame Impala, all resulting in a exciting multi-layered journey.

Stream “Rose Colored Glasses” and stream another track called “Boats” over at his bandcamp page.
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Intoducing: Sam Seeger

By Will Oliver, December 11th 2015 — with 1 comment

Sam Seeger

It’s not that often that I am able to share local artists from Rockland County, which makes me excited to share the work of Sam Seeger with you guys today. You may remember a post we did last year about his previous band Man From Glove. Since then, he’s started his journey as a solo artist, recently releasing a solo EP of his own entitled Coffin Fashion. So he’s not new to scene, but maybe his journey as a solo artist is new to you.

It doesn’t take long for Sam to impress on the EP, with opening track “Drumbeat of the Apocalypse” flashing some serious riffs, very much in the league of Jack White’s early days with The White Stripes. Second track “Empty Mind Man” is rooted in classic rock influences, but separated by the unique personal stamp that Sam is able to give each performance. “Advencha!” captures the glorious crunch of 90’s era Beck, showing Seeger’s incredible range and ability to tackle many forms of the genre with relative ease. There’s some impressive guitar work on his EP, combined with the drumming of Rosie Slater of New Myths combining to create a mature and impressive effort, one that deserves some serious attention.

The full EP is able to purchase (and stream) over at bandcamp. I’ve embeded a stream of “Drumbeat of the Apocalypse” below, as well as a cool interview clip with Sam put together by Fuck The Warm Sound. Enjoy both below.
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Contest: Patrick Watson at Irving Plaza Friday Night

By Will Oliver, December 9th 2015

Patrick Watson

Canadian singer-songwriter Patrick Watson. He’s on tour in support of his new album Love Songs for Robots, which was released earlier in the year via Domino Records. He will return to New York on Friday night for a performance at Irving Plaza, along with a support from Timber Timbre.

There are still some tickets for the show still on sale, but I got a pair of tickets to give away to some lucky winners. To enter the contest for a chance to win a free pair, simply email me at with Patrick Watson as the Subject, and your name (as you’d want it to be on the list) in the email. Good luck!
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Wild Nothing Vinyl

Earlier tonight Wild Nothing played an intimate show at Baby’s All Right. It was their first show in New York since their Converse Rubber Tracks performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg in May. The used the night to share many new songs, which frontman Jack Tatum later shared were from the bands new album Life Of Pause, which will be released on February 19, 2016, via Captured Tracks.
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They’re not even allowed to drink (at least legally) but Sunflower Bean all already starting to call to mind the work ethic of prolific rockers like Ty Segall. The group have been touring endlessly since the start of 2014, playing more shows than anyone else in the great city of New York. This year they released their fantastic debut EP Show Me Your Seven Secrets, full of songs featuring hard-hitting psych wandering. They then followed that up with a 7″ featuring two rippers (“I Hear Voices” / “The Stalker”) that was released via Fat Possum over the summer.

And as if that wasn’t enough, the group have now announced that their debut album Human Ceremony will be released via Fat Possum on February 5. To mark the occasion of the announcement, the trio have released the ripping first single “Wall Watcher.” It’s a song that I’ve heard many times in live form, and I can proudly say that they’ve captured its essence and then some on this recording. It showcases the bands ability to rip through glorious fuzz rips, while also finding a slick psych-groove that they hammer home almost too easily.

Stream “Wall Watcher” below, pre-order the album here, and find the tracklisting below. I’ve also included their upcoming tour dates, which includes their own headlining performance at Bowery Ballroom on February 25, as well as a return trip to SXSW.
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