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[new]: Interpol – Ancient Ways

By Will Oliver, August 18th 2014

Interpol - El Pintor

Believe it or not, we are a mere couple a weeks away from a new Interpol album. As you should know by now, it’s called El Pintor, and will be released on September 9 via Matador Records.

“All The Way Back Home” was the first single shared from the album, and today they’ve let go of a new track titled “Ancient Ways.”

The new song sees the band chug through classic Interpol riffage, with Paul Banks signature vocals guiding the band through the fog. It doesn’t jump out at you immediately, but its consistantly solid through and through. Hopefully the rest of the album is as enjoyable as both tracks that we’ve heard so far.

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Little Daylight at Mercury Lounge (July 15, 2014)

By Will Oliver, July 17th 2014

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This week Brooklyn-based electronic group Little Daylight released their debut album Hello Memory. On Tuesday they celebrated its release with a record release show at Mercury Lounge. The album’s summer release is pitch perfect, as its as enjoyable of a pop record as you’ll find. The band smartly pack on the hooks in a no frills, no shame sort of way. There are a lot of other bands doing the whole electronic pop thing, but not all of them play live instruments, and play with as much of a joyful confidence as I saw from Little Daylight.
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[new]: The Drums – Magic Mountain

By Will Oliver, July 15th 2014 — with 1 comment

The Drums

After three years, The Drums are back. No official word on the album yet (it’s coming), but today the band released a new 7″ single titled “Magic Mountain.” As frontman/vocalist Jonny Pierce told Noisey (who premiered the track), the band’s lineup now consists of just him and Jacob Graham (for the first time since the Summertime EP). Here’s the full quote from Pierce:

Not since the Summertime EP has it been just Jacob and I left up to our own devices. Now that we’re back to just the two founding members, we figured we could do whatever we wanted and run with it. Together, we had just one goal: let go of any preconceived ideas that anyone has about The Drums and make songs to be as grand and majestic as we want them to be. “Magic Mountain” is a sparkling reflection of our last three years. It’s about shedding off what binds you and protecting whats good, finding a safe place away from everyone and everything that wants to destroy you.

As a rather big fan of the band, the song caught me off guard a bit. While it is definitely very much The Drums, something about it hit in a different way. Although it has hooks, its not as immediate and clear cut in its melodic hooks as fans are used to. There’s a more raw, tense feeling in the air during “Magic Mountain”, which I think is a bit of a grower. It didn’t blow me away at first, but each listen has been better and more revealing than the last.

I can totally see this one being a monster to hear live.
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Simian Mobile Disco - Whorl

Simian Mobile Disco, the British-based electronic music duo of James Ford (often Arctic Monkeys producer) and Jas Shaw. They have announced that they will release their new album Whorl on September 9 via Anti-.

The duo rehearsed over a period of three days in April in the desert, resulting in a one-off sold out live show at Pappy & Harriet’s, Pioneertown, This performance allowed 900 fans to witness part of the recording process. Those sessions in the desert were taped and became the basis for their new album and live project. They didn’t use computers, but rather: two modular synths, two sequencers, and a mixer.

The duo has also announced a U.S> tour which is aimed to re-create the recording sessions live. The tour will bring them to Brookyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 21. I’ve shared the full list of tour dates below, along with the album’s tracklist and an album trailer. First single “Tangents” will be released on July 1.
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[new]: Spoon – Rent I Pay

By Will Oliver, June 25th 2014

Spoon - They Want My Soul

Spoon will release new album They Want My Soul on August 5 via Loma Vista. They played some new material from the album at their Governors Ball set earlier this month, as well as their NPR-hosted show at Le Poison Rogue, where they premiered the album’s single “Rent I Pay.”

The live performance blew me away in person, and the band hit the same highs on the recorded version. It’s the album’s opener and it sets the tone right with sharp riffs, persistent percussion from Jim Eno and some well placed organ bits. It’s available to stream below. You can also find a quote about the album that the band shared on their facebook, as well as the album’s tracklisting and some new tours dates, which include a Central Park show on September 10.
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The Unicorns

I know I’m late on this, but talking to some people at Firefly over the weekend I realized not everyone heard the news. The Unicorns (who hinted at a possibly reunion earlier in the year), are officially reuniting for a few live shows.

The band will play 5 live shows opening for Arcade Fire at their shows in New York and L.A. in August. They also now have a twitter and a soundcloud page, which bodes well for future happenings. The shows will also include Dan Deacon.

If you hadn’t already purchased your tickets for Arcade Fire’s shows, here’s even more reason to do so.

Find the 5 show dates posted below.
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The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers

It’s been four years since The New Pornographers previous album, Together. So it’s good news to hear that they will release their new album Brill Bruisers on August 26 via Matador Records. The album does include both Neko Case and Dan Bejar

Here’s a quote from frontman A.C. Newman about the album:

This is a celebration record. After periods of difficulty, I am at a place where nothing in my life is dragging me down and the music reflects that.

This vibe is certainly felt throughout their fantastic comeback single (and title track) “Brill Bruisers”, which is just classic New Pornographers in every sense. Big bristling riffs over collaborative vocals that unite for some colorful moments throughout the tracks awesome run. They’re big in full swing.

Enjoy it below, where I have also shared the album’s tracklist and their new tour dates, which includes a November 17 performance in NYC at Hammerstein Ballroom.
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Caribou - Our Love

This year will see Dan Snaith release a new Caribou album called Our Love. It’s out on October 7 via Merge Records. It’s his sixth studio album as Caribou and the first since 2010′s Swim. The album features collaborations with Jessy Lanza and Owen Pallett.

He’s released “Can’t Do Without You” a sensual electronic exploration that takes over the senses in a powerful and overwhelming fashion. It’s not your traditional love song, but when you hear Snaith repeat the chorus of “Can’t Do Without You” over the bubbling electronic effects, its hard not to get swept up with all the commotion.

Stream “Can’t Do With You” below, where I’ve also shared some newly announced tour dates and the album’s tracklist.
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Interpol Announce New Tour Dates

By Will Oliver, June 3rd 2014

Interpol

Interpol have announced new tour dates built around their Governors Ball performance in New York City next week. They are actually the bands first U.S. tour dates in three years.

The tour starts off in New Haven, CT on June 3 and will take them through Providence, RI, Burlington, VT, and Toronto before hitting Governor’s Ball. Then they will cut through Europe from late Jue to July, returning to the states for some more dates in August following Lollapalooza.

Find the full list of tour dates posted below.

Interpol:

June
3 – New Haven, Conn. @ Toad’s Place
4 – Providence, R.I. @ Lupos
5 – Burlington, Vt. @ Higher Ground
7 – Toronto, Ont. @ Field Trip Festival
8 – New York, N.Y. @ Governor’s Ball

August
1 – Chicago, Ill. @ Lollapalooza
20 – Tempe, Ariz. @ The Marquee Theatre
21 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ The Pool at The Cosmopolitan
23 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ FYF Fest

October
3 – Austin, Texas @ Austin City Limits Festival
10 – Austin, Texas @ Austin City Limits Festival




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