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Ben Gibbard Covers Alvvays’ “Archie, Marry Me”

By Will Oliver, January 21st 2015

Ben Gibbard

I still gotta share my best of 2014 lists with you guys (I didn’t forget), but I can promise you that there won’t be a lack of Alvvays on there. Or for that matter, their ever so amazing track “Archie, Marry Me.”

Apparently I’m not alone with my love for the track. Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard covered the track at a solo show in Seattle that took place at the Neptune Theatre last October. He called it his favorite song of the year, and turned in a gentle, reflective, version with a heavy emphasis on the melancholy that the song is built with. It’s a great cover.

Thanks KEXP for sharing the a video of the cover, which you can find below.
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[new]: Tobias Jesso Jr. – “How Could You Babe”

By Will Oliver, January 21st 2015

Tobias Jesso Jr

Hot rising artist Tobias Jesso Jr. is a name that should be on your radar immediately. I caught a intimate performance from him last November at a loft space in Williamsburg, where he previewed tracks from his debut album Goon (out March 17 via True Panther). There was a lot of blog buzz about him floating around, and that performance proved it all to be true. Jesso Jr. is indeed an amazing talent, one that is going to steal a lot of hearts in the upcoming months.

He’s released a few cuts from the album already (“Hollywood,” “True Love,” and “Just A Dream,”) and the latest single is the fragile ballad “How Could You Babe.” While the live version I saw was a solo version featuring just Jesso Jr. and his piano, the recorded product features a bit more production. Even so, it still finds a way to capture that sweeping intimacy that seems to come natural to Jesso Jr. Credit to Patrick Carney, JR White and Ariel Rechtshaid, who all had a hand in the album’s production.

Goon is shaping up to be not only one of the best debut albums of the year, but one the best albums, period.

Check out the wonderful “How Could You Babe” music video below, which was directed by Grant Singer.
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Houndmouth - Sedona

Indiana alt-rockers Houndmouth have announced the details of their sophomore record, Little Neon Limelight. It will be released on March 17 via Rough Trade Records and was recorded in Nashville with producer Dave Cobb. It’s the follow-up to their impressive debut album From the Hills Below the City, which was released in 2013.

Today’s announcement also included the release of the music video for first single “Sedona.” The video is wonderfully directed by Naomi Yang, and features the gang hanging out at a scenic hotel in Southern California, and rocking out in some red neon lights.

“Sedona” itself is a song rooted in classic Americana rockers, taking it’s time to build itself up, only to deliver one of the hardest rocking moments of the bands short career. It’s an impressive return, a confident reminder of why I fell in love with these guys in the first place.

Enjoy “Sedona” below.
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The Wombats at Rough Trade NYC (January 19, 2015)

By Will Oliver, January 20th 2015

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Like so many others, young English trio The Wombats caught my attention in 2007 with their triumphant breakthrough single “Let’s Dance To Joy Division.” Here we are, eight years later, and I was finally able to catch the energetic bunch live in the flesh. Last night they stopped by Rough Trade NYC for a intimate warm-up show before the much larger tour that will follow the release of their upcoming new album Glitterbug. Read the rest of this entry »

[new]: The Vaccines – Handsome

By Will Oliver, January 19th 2015

The Vaccines - Handsome

This spring British rockers The Vaccines will return with their new album, English Graffiti (Via Columbia Records).

With this announcement comes first single “Handsome.” The band released it’s goofy music video today (directed by Gerson Aguerri), and it features the band in their own old school kung fu movie. As for the song itself, it’s a fully charged rock song with all the pop-hooks and guitars riffs that we’ve come to expect from The Vaccines. The formula isn’t breaking any grounds, but it sounds damn good.

Enjoy the “Handsome” music video below. The digital version of the single is available to pre-order on iTunes + Amazon, while a limited colored 7″ can be pre-ordered here.
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[new]: POP ETC – Running In Circles

By Will Oliver, January 5th 2015

POP ETC

It’s been a while since we heard from POP ETC. They released their first album as POP ETC in 2012 after changing their name from The Morning Benders. Since then, the trio has kept relatively quiet, aside from releasing a few covers here and there on soundcloud.

Here we are in 2015 and they’re one of the first bands to make a move. They have released a brand new single called “Running In Circles.” It dabbles hard in a 80s synth-led sound, delivering perfect pop hooks with a late night new wave vibe. This would have been a perfect companion while playing GTA Miami Vice.

“Running In Circles” is the first track from a new album that we can hopefully expect later in the year. It just may be the best thing that they boys have released as POP ETC.

I’ve posted the stream below, as well as the music video which stars Wushu master, Sifu Chen Ying. If you like what you hear, go ahead and purchase the track on iTunes.
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All We Are – Keep Me Alive

By Will Oliver, December 8th 2014

All We Are

All We Are are a trio from Liverpool, England who will release their self-titled debut album on February 3 via Double Six / Domino Records.

“Keep Me Alive” is the current single from the LP, and it’s a good one. Smooth boy/girl vocals welcome you to a colorful world of groovy guitars and electronic effects that all add up to deliciously soulful results.

Find the newly released music video posted below, along with the soundcloud stream.

Nate Paladino – Buy Your Heart

By Will Oliver, December 2nd 2014

Nate Paladino

On November 7 Orange County singer/songwriter Nate Paladino released his new EP Good Boy. His lyrical approach lies on the dark and introspective side, with his blues, ballads, rock and 50’s-60’s pop influences looming large in his songwriting.

Take “Buy Your Heart” a lovely ballad off the EP that gives a sincere and personal look inside of a man hurting from love.

The song has a wonderfully shot music video that features a dancer by the name of Drea Roers. Find it posted below.
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Fly-By-Wire_prod-2

The name Chloe Locarro may sound familiar to you here, as she’s photographed a handful of shows for us on these very pages. So I’m very proud and honored to premiere a short film that Chloe has made to the music of Someone Still Love You Boris Yeltsin’s fantastic track “Fly By Wire.”

It’s a lovely piece, and it gets an even lovelier visual memory thanks to the creative mind of Chloe. The video captures the essence of the song, captured lost love and youthful timelessness. It’s so good that it’s hard to believe its not the official video for the band, because it really should be. It’s one of my favorite music videos of the year, without question.

You can enjoy the film below, which is posted below (along with some production photos of the video, graciously provided by Chloe and her team)

Fly By Wire from Suspension Productions on Vimeo.
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[music video]: The Dø – Despair, Hangover & Ecstasy

By Will Oliver, October 29th 2014

The Do

The Franco-Finish duo known as The Dø are gearing up the release of their new album Shake Shook Shaken on January 26, 2015, via their own label Siamese Squids.

They’ve recently released a colorful music video for album single “Despair, Hangover & Ecstasy.” It’s a shimmering feel-good slice of synth-pop with big vocals from singer Olivia Merilahti. The track’s video was directed by Noel Paul and sees the duo hanging out near an airstrip with some big planes.

Check it out below.
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