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Ariel Pink at Terminal 5 (February 25, 2015)

By Will Oliver, February 27th 2015

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On Wednesday night Ariel Pink brought his Pom Pom tour to New York for a show at Terminal 5. It seemed like a strange booking when it was announced, as the space seemed a little bit too big and wrong for the weirdo-pop of Pink. As it turns out, my skepticism was right as the show was slightly undersold, with only the main floor available to attendees (balconies were VIP only). I think a show at Webster Hall would have been a better fit.

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On Tuesday night Scottish outfit The Twilight Sad brought their current tour with Brooklyn’s Port St. Willow to Baby’s All Right. Considering The Twilight Sad just played Webster Hall last November with We Were Promised Jetpacks, getting to see them play the more intimate Baby’s All Right was the perfect way to take in their set of awe-inspiring tunes.
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Passion Pit – “Where The Sky Hangs”

By Will Oliver, February 26th 2015

Passion Pit

Passion Pit are wasting no time returning to the game. With new album Kindred set to be released this Spring (April 21 via Columbia Records, they have already given us our taste of the album with lead-track “Lifted Up (1985).” They followed that up the very next day with yet another album offering: “Where The Sky Hangs.”

While that was a more excitable release, “Where The Sky Hangs” takes things a bit slower, a more drawn out chill track that wouldn’t be too out of place on Gossamer. It’s a bit of a grower, so hang tight and give it some time to work its magic on you.

Check it out below.
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Guantanamo Baywatch – “Too Late”

By Will Oliver, February 25th 2015

Guantanamo Baywatch

Portland rockers Guantanamo Baywatch do something real interesting on their track “Too Late,” which they give a classic, 50s sounding slow dance and give it a surfy/garage spin that is something exciting and ultimately refreshing.

It’s taken from their new album, Darling… It’s Too Late, out May 12 via Suicide Squeeze Records. Based on what I saw when I saw them open for Ty Segall at Death By Audio last November, it’s going to be a good one. Enjoy it below.
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Bang Gang – “Out Of Horizon”

By Will Oliver, February 25th 2015

Bang Gang

After spending some time making music with Starwalker along with Jean-Benoît Dunckel of Air, Icelandic musician Bardi Johannsson is returned with new music plans for his main project, Bang Gang.

He’ll release their new album this spring, and based on the album’s first single “Out Of Horizon,” it’s looking good. It’s an icy track, full of chilly moments of pop bliss, perfect for this winter daze we seem eternally stuck in.

Stream it below and keep an eye out for more news on the upcoming album.
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[new]: Palma Violets – “Danger In The Club”

By Will Oliver, February 24th 2015

Palma Violets

Brit-rockers Palma Violets will return with new album Danger In The Club on May 5 via Rough Trade.

They’ve let go of the first single and title track “Danger In The Club” in the form of a rather epic music video shot showing the band playing in a rowdy pub. This is a rowdy little anthem that quickly builds up steam and lets loose in a big, big, way. I’m already looking forward to hearing this one live when they return to New York for a show at Baby’s All Right, which tickets are still on sale for.

Check out the video below and check out their mini leg of U.S. dates and the album’s tracklisting.

Tracklisting:
1. Sweet Violets
2. Hollywood (I Got It)
3. Girl, you couldn’t do much better (On The Beach)
4. Danger in the Club
5. Coming Over to My Place
6. Secrets of America
7. The Jacket Song
8. Matador
9. Gout! Gang! Go!
10. Walking Home
11. Peter and the Gun
12. No Money Honey
13. English Tongue

Tour Dates:

March 16th – NYC – Baby’s All Right
March 18th-21st – SXSW
March 24th – SF – Rickshaw Stop
March 25th – LA – Echo
March 28th – Burgerama Fest

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Last Friday night, Kishi Bashi’s sold out show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple almost didn’t happen. It was the coldest day in New York in nearly 65 years, so cold that it actually caused a pipe to burst at the venue, nearly flooding the stage. It probably didn’t help that the venue had literally no heat. Bashi would later inform us that there was a point that the show was in jeopardy of even happening, but thankful the staff worked hard to clean up the stage, and the show went on.
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Best Songs of 2014

By Will Oliver, February 20th 2015 — with 1 comment

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(artwork by Dana Pacifico)

Apparently I got Chinese New Year confused with the end of 2014, as it took me until now to finally share my list of favorite songs from 2014. It’s late, but you better bet it’s a true indication of my favorite songs of 2014. These are the 100 songs that I played and enjoyed the most and are still playing on regular rotation. They came from the most established artists like Beck, as well as newcomers such as Alvvays, Leon Bridges and Flyte. It’s a bit all over the map stylistically, which is a good thing if you ask me.

I’ve posted the list of songs below from 100-1. I’ve turned the entire list into a spotify playlist (keep in mind some tracks weren’t on spotify so if that’s the case, just come back here and you can click the song it will take you to the tracks soundcloud/youtube page). Head to the bottom of the page for the spotify playlist, or just head here.

With that said, here are my favorite songs that were released in 2014, finally:
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