Hundred Waters – Cavity

By Will Oliver, March 18th 2014 — with 1 comment

Hundred Waters

Hundred Waters will release their new album on on May 27 via OWSLA.

This comes a month after the release of their stunning song “Down From The Rafters”, which is not to be missed. They followed that up earlier this month with another devastating beauty of a song by the name of “Cavity.” It’s one of the many wonderful tracks I heard them play this weekend at SXSW. A post on that performance is coming soon.

You can check out the video for the song, which was directed by Michael Langan. It’s shared below.
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The Rapture Break Up

By Will Oliver, March 18th 2014

The Rapture

Way too many bands I like are breaking up. Seems like I’m reading about a new one every week. Time to add The Rapture to the ever growing list.

According to Self-Titled Mag, the decision to call it quits was one the band made long ago. They just opted not to make a public fuss over it. Sort of like that friend who deletes their facebook page one day. I guess?

All was quiet until Red Bull Music Academy released their latest NYC concert takeover, which was Luke Jenner listed as (formerly of The Rapture). Hence, eyebrows were raised, questions were asked, and the news finally broke.

Disappointing news, but not surprising at all. Makes me feel better that I got to catch the guys back in 2011. Only wish I realized it would be my last time.

Peter Matthew Bauer (of The Walkmen) - Latin American Ficciones

The Walkmen weren’t kidding about wanting to work on their own solo records. First we got a news of a solo album from Walter Martin as well as a song called “Sing To Me” featuring Karen O. Then Hamilton Leithauser announced his solo album and gave us a video for his first single, “Alexandra.” Now we get to add Peter Matthew Bauer to the mix.

His album is titled Liberation! and will come out on June 24 via Mexican Summer. He’s released his first single, “Latin American Ficciones.” I hate to say it, but it’s a very Walkmen-esque track with their signature guitar tone, and some vocals that actually fit their mold quite well. Don’t take that the wrong way, this is a very impressive solo debut for Bauer, and I’m excited to see how his album pans out.

Looks like The Walkmen’s (former) member will be competing for the best solo record of 2014. Who will win? Read the rest of this entry »

tUnE-yArDs Announces New Album: Nikki Nack

By Will Oliver, March 5th 2014 — with 1 comment


2014 keeps rolling in some big new album announcements, with the latest coming from tUnE-yArDs.

The album’s titled Nikki Nack, and it comes out May 6 via 4AD. She’s released a video featuring a megamix of track snippets, giving us a hectic little preview of the album. Find the megamix posted below. After that, you can find some new tour dates that she has announced, including a stop at Brooklyn’s Rough Trade NYC on May 7.

Tour Dates:

May 5th – Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever, Los Angeles, CA
May 7th – Rough Trade, Brooklyn, NY
May 12th – Village Underground, London
May 14th – Berghain, Berlin
May 15th – Nochtspeicher, Hamburg
May 16th – Les Nuits-Cirque Royal, Brussels
May 18th – Bitterzoet, Amsterdam
May 19th – Café de La Danse, Paris
May 23rd – Les Schwab Ampitheater, Bend, OR (w/ The National)
May 23rd – 25th – Sasquatch Festival, George, WA
May 31st – June 1st – Free Press Summerfest, Houston, TX
June 18th – 22nd – NXNE, Massey Hall, Toronto, ON
June 19th – 22nd – Firefly Festival, Dover, DE
July 19th – Pitchfork Festival, Chicago, IL

[new] Coldplay – Magic | Announce New Album: Ghost Stories

By Will Oliver, March 5th 2014 — with 1 comment

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Last week Coldplay returned with a new song called “Midnight” of nowhere (and they are playing at SXSW during a show iTunes is controversially putting on).

It turns out this is all leading up to the release of a brand new album. The album is titled Ghost Stories, and comes out May 9 via Parlophone/Atlantic.

The announcement came with the release of the album’s first single, a track called “Magic.” While “Midnight” was a stray from their more usual sound, “Magic” is a more a return to form for Coldplay. It’s indeed a magical little track from the band that starts off calm and slowly blossoms into something a big bigger. Fans who weren’t pulled in as much with “Midnight” should be much fonder of “Magic.”

Find “Magic” posted below. The tracklist for Ghost Stories is posted below that. Read the rest of this entry »

Duck Sauce Announce Debut Album: Quack

By Will Oliver, March 4th 2014

Duck Sauce - Quack

It’s about time.

Duck Sauce, the electronic dance tag team duo of DJ’s A-Trak and Armand Van Helden, have finally announced their debut record. It’s appropriately titled Quack and will come out April 15 via Fool’s Gold. That’s the album art posted above.

Believe it or not, after all these years, previous singles “Barbra Streisand”, “aNYway”, and “It’s You” will be included on the album (interestingly no “Big Bad Wolf”) , along with nine other new tracks.

They announced the album with a very clever and hilarious teaser video that should set the standard for how album’s are released from now on. Find the video below along with the album tracklist.
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LCD Soundsystem - The Long Goodbye

It’s Happening.

LCD Soundsystem will finally release the official audio from their unforgettable final concert at Madison Square Garden. The show went down on April 2, 2011, so it’s well overdue (although we got a documentary about the concert). The album will be a 5xLP box set that gets it’s first release on Record Store Day (April 19) and then a full release May 20 (via Warner Bros). It’s titled The Long Goodbye: LCD Soundsystem Live at Madison Square Garden.

The album is about four hours long and was produced and mixed by James Murphy, who took his time to make sure that it came out right. As someone who was lucky enough to be there, I can’t wait to finally hear this album in all its glory.

The National To Play SNL

By Will Oliver, February 28th 2014

The National

“It’s about god damn time.”

That’s what I said out loud when I read that The National were booked as the musical guests on the March 8 episode of Saturday Night Live. Lena Dunham of Girls will be the host.

After all these years, it feels like a victory to see the band booked for SNL. They sure do deserve it. It will continue to push them towards a much bigger audience, something that they’ve been growing steadily with every year it seems.

No one deserves this more. Be sure to tune in or set your DVR’s. This is going to be awesome.

Album Stream: Real Estate – ‘Atlas’

By Will Oliver, February 27th 2014

Real Estate - Atlas

Believe it or not, Real Estate’s new album Atlas comes out next week (March 4) via Domino.

After a few listens, I’m loving it. So far, it’s (probably) right up there with Days, which is some heavy praise from me. If you have yet to hear the album, you’re in luck, as it’s currently streaming for free at iTunes radio.

Later tonight the band are playing the whole album live at an intimate show taking place at SubCulture NYC. It will be available to stream at 8 pm via NPR. It will be archived and available for later listening as well.

So far Atlas’ opening cut “Had To Hear” is my favorite off the album. What’s yours? Let me know in the comment section below. Would love to see what you guys are digging so far.

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