Death Cab for Cutie Announce New Album: ‘Kintsugi’

By Will Oliver, January 13th 2015 — with 2 comments

Death Cab for Cutie - Kintsugi

It’s strange to think about Death Cab for Cutie without Chris Walla, the former co-founding member who officially left the group last year after playing one final show. But before he quit, he helped record the band’s next album, which is entitled Kintsugi and will be released March 31 via Atlantic Records.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, bassist Nick Harmer gave insight into the meaning of the album’s title:
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Sufjan Stevens Announces New Album: ‘Carrie & Lowell’

By Will Oliver, January 12th 2015 — with 1 comment

Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

Believe it or not, it’s been five years’ since Sufjan Stevens released his last album, Age Of Adz. So it’s exciting news that Sufjan Stevens has announced a new album titled Carrie & Lowell. It will be released on March 31 via Asthmatic Kitty.

The album was named after Steven’s mother and stepfather, and features 11 songs about “life and death, love and loss, and the artist’s struggle to make sense of the beauty and ugliness of love.”

Longtime fans of Stevens may be pleased to learn that the album is being called a return to Steven’s folk roots. Age Of Adz, while a great album, dabbled into electronic territory, which may have turned some fans away who were used to his more folk-oriented work. And who knows, maybe he can work in some special Illinois shows with the eventual tour for the album, consider it’s the 10th anniversary of the classic.

Carrie & Lowell was recorded by Stevens along with Casey Foubert, Laura Veirs, Nedelle Torrisi, Sean Carey, Ben Lester and Thomas Bartlett.

Check out a beautiful album trailer that the label released below, featuring presumably a new track off the record. The album tracklist follows.
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TONIGHT: CMJ Kick Off Party At Pianos

By Will Oliver, October 9th 2014


EDIT: Tonight is the night!!

I’m very excited to announce that we have teamed up with our buds The Needle Drop and We Listen For You to put on a CMJ Warmup show at Pianos on Monday, October 20.

The action goes down from 8pm-midnight, and admission is totally free! FREE. No excuses. Here’s the Facebook Event Page. Be sure to RSVP!

The will feature performances from a diverse group of talented artists that include Oscar, Sharpless, White Reaper, Cakes Da Killa, Uncommon Nasa and Machine Girl

It’s going to be a great night of music, drinking, and all kinds of shenanigans. Tell all your friends. We’ll see you there!

Escape Music Festival Moves To Governors Island

By Will Oliver, October 1st 2014


On October 11 and 12 the inaugural Escape Music Festival will kick off. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the venue has moved from Pier 9 in Brooklyn to Governors Beach Club on Governors Island in Manhattan. Free ferry service will be provided from 10 South Street in Manhattan to take festival attendees to Governors Island.

Everything else about the festival will stay the same (Placebo, Girl Talk, Yeasayer, Ra Ra Riot, etc. are all still playing), except the curfew, which was extended later to midnight, and the age limit has been lowered to 18+ allowing a few younger fans the chance to enjoy the festival. With that said, the change of venue has slightly decreased the supply of tickets, so fans are recommended to buy their tickets now in advance. You can purchase tickets right here.

Thom Yorke - Tomorrow's Modern Boxes

On Friday, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke dropped a huge surprise on us all, announcing that he was releasing a new solo album called Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes into the world. Like he did with the name your own price method of In Rainbows, he’s experimenting with a new release system with torrent service BitTorrent, allowing fans to stream the album for free, or buy the album for $6. Ah, the old Radiohead.

He posted the following letter detailing the album’s release on Friday via Dead Air Space:

As an experiment we are using a new version of BitTorrent to distribute a new Thom Yorke record.

The new Torrent files have a pay gate to access a bundle of files..

The files can be anything, but in this case is an ‘album’.

It’s an experiment to see if the mechanics of the system are something that the general public can get its head around …

If it works well it could be an effective way of handing some control of internet commerce back to people who are creating the work.

Enabling those people who make either music, video or any other kind of digital content to sell it themselves.

Bypassing the self elected gate-keepers.

If it works anyone can do this exactly as we have done.

The torrent mechanism does not require any server uploading or hosting costs or ‘cloud’ malarkey.

It’s a self-contained embeddable shop front…

The network not only carries the traffic, it also hosts the file. The file is in the network.

Oh yes and it’s called
Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes.

The album is available to purchase physically in the form of a very fancy white vinyl which you can read more about and purchase right here. In the meantime, enjoy a stream of the album below.

You had the weekend to digest. What do you think of the album so far? Let me know by leaving a comment below.

Escape Music Festival Announces Full Lineup

By Will Oliver, September 4th 2014

Escape Music Festival 2014

Escape Music Festival is a new music festival that will kick off its inaugural year this fall when they take over Pier 9 in Brooklyn on October 11 & 12. In July they announced Phase 1 of their lineup.

Yesterday they shared the full lineup, with new additions that include the likes of Girl Talk, Moby (DJ Set), Mayer Hawthorne, and The Joy Formidable. They join a lineup that already included Placebo, Yeasayer, The Crystal Method, Ra Ra Riot, STRFKR (DJ Set), Neon Indian (DJ Set), and many more.

Tickets are on sale now for the limited 2nd tier price of $109 for the weekend. After that, they will jump up to $139 for the weekend. There are also V.I.P. and Ferry options available to purchase right now.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin have been favorites around these parts for some time. Whenever they release new music, I just know it’s going to be one of the year’s best. They’ve provided me with plenty of great memories, whether listening to their albums at home, or enjoying their energetic performances live. Now it’s our turn to give back to them.

They just recently completed the production of their new music video for “Fly By Wire.” It was actually directed by one of our own photographers, Chloe Locarro.

The production of the video is complete, but they are trying to raise funds to help cover the costs of post-production and other out of pocket expenses. They have set up an IndieGoGo Campaign page where fans can help get the video funded. There are different donation levels you can choose, which come with various prizes and signed merchandise and goodies. Here’s a video from Chloe explaining the whole deal:

I got to preview the video, and it’s great. It really captures the emotional essence of the song, looking exactly how you’d want it’s visual representation to look. It really resonated with me, and I guarantee it will do the same for you. If you’re a fan of these guys, nows your chance to really help out.

Again, the donation page can be found 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:

Mount Eerie Announces New Album ‘Sauna’

By Will Oliver, August 29th 2014

Mount Eerie

Phil Elverum, a.k.a. Mount Eerie, has announced a new album titled Sauna that will be released in early 2015 via his own label P.W. Elverum & Sun.

The theme of the album is described as “vikings and zen and real life.” It comes after “over 15 months of solo production in The Unknown,” a studio in Anacortes, Washington housed in a reclaimed church. There are 12 songs, “some very short, some very long.” The press list honestly adds that “Not much else is known at this point.”

He has some upcoming tour dates this month that will see him perform “extremely stripped down” versions of the new songs. Find the tour flyer posted below. Read the rest of this entry »

The Knife Break Up

By Will Oliver, August 27th 2014


In a sad bit of news, the beloved Swedish group The Knife have announced that after their upcoming European tour dates, that the band will be finished. Here’s the announcement that they posted on their site, with the headline “WE ARE DOING OUR LAST TOUR!”:
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