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Japandroids – Art Czars

By Will Oliver, February 20th 2010 — with 3 comments

Japandroids are busy touring and as a result they are releasing 5 seven inch singles to keep their fans occupied while they record their follow-up to Post-Nothing. The first one released is the single “Art-Czar”.  I was surprised at how mellow the song is compared to what we got from their album. The song also sounds a lot cleaner studio wise. The fuzzy guitars and garage sound is still very much there, just not as oppressing. I am impressed with it, and think that Japandroids did well for themselves! The song was written during the Post-Nothing sessions, but is pretty different from anything on that album. If anything the song proves Japandroids don’t have to just rely on a fuzzy garage rock sound.

The vinyl is limited to 2000 copies and come with a cover Big Black’s “Racer X”. You can pre-order it from Polyvinyl Records right now. It ships on 4/2.

[mp3] : Japandroids – Art-Czar

Japandroids bring the garage to Jimmy Fallon as they performed “Wet Hair” on 1/4. The boys really brought it to the TV show, you can tell they are having fun! They sounded really great here, absolutely rocking it!!!! I saw them at the Siren Festival this past summer, and they are a ton of fun live.

Check out their performance:

[Contest] : Japandroids : Post – Nothing LP

By Will Oliver, April 16th 2009

Hey guys, you like free stuff right? Especially when it is free music! Well, Insound and No Ripcord have paired up to give you the chance to win a copy of Japandroids new album Post-Nothing. The album is only being released in digital and vinyl formats and Insound’s got the exclusive on the vinyl… and you could win your very own copy!

All you gotta do for your chance to win is enter here:

Enter Japandroids Contest HERE

On April 28th the winner will be announced over at No Ripcord

[mp3] : Japandroids – Heart Sweats

Japandroids : Post-Nothing

By Will Oliver, April 9th 2009

Vancouver based Japandroids are the perfect example of garage rock done right. I mentioned this a little less than a month back here. Well I have had the chance to hear their entire debut album “Post-Nothing” and these fellas are legit. The album absolutely kills. The band is full of energy, never taking a break once. Their sound while containing plenty of noise is still drenched in melody and catchy riffs. If you had to compare a band, it would have to be No Age.

The vocals are mixed in perfectly with all the noisy guitar riffs and drums, a problem that I find in many lo-fi type bands. The album kicks off to a mammoth start with “The Boys Are Leaving Town” and “Young Hearts Spark Fire”, a one-two album opening punch that is just outstanding. “Heart Sweats” sounds like it could have been the perfect sibling to a Death From Above 1979 song. The thing that drives this album is the powerful combination of Brian and Dave working together to produce a well mannered album. Not all the songs are fronted with loud vocals. “Crazy/Forever” keeps the same garage sound but over quieter vocals. Japandroids kick the album back into rock hard mode right after that ending the album very strong. If you listen to the closing song “I Quit Girls” carefully enough you may be reminded of the guitar riff that is in Arcade Fires “Wake Up.” Well, if the AF’s version had a bit more distortion!!

“Post-Nothing” is a brief 35 minutes, but believe me when I tell you that they use every second wisely. The album is very consistent and even, with no filler.  I would not be surprised if this album got glowing reviews from reviewers (pitchfork should play nice to these boys) and continued support from music blogs. These guys have released one of my favorite albums of 2009, a year which has seen many great releases!

[mp3] : Japandroids – Young Hearts Spark Fire

[mp3] : Japandroids – Heart Sweats

Buy the album from insound | Visit them at myspace

Band To Watch: Japandroids

By Will Oliver, March 19th 2009

Japandroids have been around since 2006. The band consists of Brian King and David Prowse. They are one guitar, 1 set of drums, and 2 vocalizers. They have released two EP’s already. Their debut album “POST-NOTHING” is coming out April 28th and they were going to release it themelves but decided to release it on Unfamilar Records instead.

To best describe their music, I would say close your eyes imagine yourself with your friends in an overcrowded garage. In the middle of this garage are the band putting down some great garage rock tunes. The sound is raw, aggressive, and real. This is Japandroids.

[mp3] : Japandroids – Young Hearts Spark Fire

Check out the rest of their songs at their myspace. They are badass!

We All Want Someone’s Best Shows of 2016

By Will Oliver, January 25th 2017

There’s a lot of shit going on in the world today. We need the arts more than ever not just to make statements, but also to provide us some escape. As I’m sure you’re well aware if you read these pages, my primary escape is catching live music. There’s just something special about catching a show that can’t be matched. Every night is different from the next, and whatever happens that night is unique and individual to the attendees of that particular show (at least if the band is doing it right). There’s quite simply nothing that rivals the energy of a top flight performance.

I saw quite a few shows in 2016. I’m not even sure of the actual count, but I’m sure you’ll believe me when I tell you that it was a lot. From the World’s Biggest Arena to small local DIY spaces, it didn’t matter the size of the venue or band. If there was a good show to be had, I tried my best to make it out there. As in years past I ran through all the shows I took in and made a list of some of the true standouts of the year.

Below, find a list of my favorite concerts of 2016.
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Best Sites To Buy Vinyl Records: Find the Cheapest and Best Albums Online

By Will Oliver, May 6th 2014 — with 2 comments

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If you’re a music lover like me, there’s just something special about owning an album on vinyl. Sure it may be easier to just download a torrent of an album and throw it on your iPod, but it’s not quite the same. You don’t get to hold the record in your hands and take in the beautiful artwork. You don’t get that new album smell when you tear of the shrink wrap in anticipation of the liner notes inside, hoping that there is some cool artwork and lyric sheets (if there are any at all!). Then of course, you have the warmth and comfort of how the record sounds on vinyl. You get a full experience listening to vinyl. That’s exactly why I love it. It’s an experience.

Now of course, it becomes tough to own all your favorite albums mainly because it can become an expensive hobby. So that’s why I’ve pulled together a comprehensive list of some of the best sites to purchase vinyl online, to help make it simpler for you. A lot of my friends are starting to collect vinyl, so I thought this would be helpful for both them and you.

1. Vinyl Loop

It’s hard to find a better deal than what the guys at Vinyl Loop are offering. They work with all of the best independent labels to put together a couple of exclusive new release deals every month. The albums come with free shipping, posters, signatures, books, and other limited edition stuff. They run a tight ship, handpicking what albums they release. You can find yourself mulling over a great deal for Grizzly Bear or Japandroids, or other niche artists such as Quilt, Chad VanGaalen, Crystal Stilts and more. They’ve quickly proven themselves over the years and have become my personal favorite. Read the rest of this entry »

Favorite Concert Photos Of 2013

By Will Oliver, January 3rd 2014 — with 2 comments

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Arctic Monkeys @ Ogden Theater

By no means am I a professional photographer. I don’t pretend to be. I know I have a lot of work and learning to do to improve and get better. But thanks to this blog, I’ve gotten better at it than I ever imagined I would be when I first started it five years ago.

I went to a lot of shows this year, and took a lot of shots. So many, that it would seem like a waste if I didn’t compile some of the best ones for your viewing pleasure.

I also added some of my favorite shots from some of our new team of contributing photographers, Andrew St. ClairDana Pacifico, Daniel Topete and Leah Runyon. All photos without a photo credit were taken by yours truly.

With that said, enjoy some of the favorite shots that appeared on We All Want Someone in 2013. Here’s to more great shots in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Bonnaroo Announces 2013 Lineup

By Will Oliver, February 19th 2013 — with 1 comment

Bonnaroo 2013

The Bonnaroo 2013 lineup is here. Headlining are Paul McCartney, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Björk, Mumford & Sons, and Wilco. You also get, The National, R. Kelly, the Wu-Tang Clan, and Pretty Lights.

Other acts of interest for me are Passion Pit, David Byrne & St. Vincent, Billy Idol, The xx, Kendrick Lamar, Grizzly Bear, Animal collective, Of Monsters and Men, Jim James, Nas, Beach House, ZZ Top, Cat Power, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, A$AP Rocky, Tame Impala, Gaslight Anthem, Portugal. The Man, Foals, Local Natives, Dirty Projectors, Matt & Kim, Amadou & Mariam, Alt-J, Father John Misty, The Tallest Man On Earth, Earl Sweatshirt, The Vaccines, Holy Ghost!, Divine Fits, Purity Ring, Cults, Four Tet, Calexico, Japandroids, Wild Nothing, Django Django, Haim, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, DIIV, Reptar,

Jim James will head the Superjam this year, with Ed Helms (from The Office/The Hangover) headlining the Bluegrass Superjam.

Pretty solid lineup. I may have to make it out just to catch Sir Paul already. Tickets go on sale this Saturday at noon.

Coachella Announces 2013 Lineup

By Will Oliver, January 24th 2013

Coachella

Coachella has announced their 2013 lineup, and it’s a good one. There’s a lot of classic acts making the stop to Indio, California this April.

Both The Stone Roses and Blur are getting together, which is an incredible thing. Then you got Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Lou Reed, New Order, Modest Mouse, The Postal Service, The xx, Sigur Ros, Jurassic 5, Grizzly Bear, Violent Femmes, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Wu-Tang Clan, Social Distotion, and Hot Chip. It doesn’t stop there. You got Passion Pit, Beach House, Band Of Horses, Local Natives, Moby, Two Door Cinema Club, Yeasayer, Franz Ferdinand Foals, Wild Nothing, Tame Impala, Metric, Of Monsters and Men, Japandroids, Johnny Marr, Alt-J, Jamie Xx, Earl Sweatshirt, Youth Lagoon, Palma Violets, James Blake, Grimes, The Gaslight Anthem, Jessie Ware, and much much more.

Wish I could make it out there to catch most of these classic acts that are all conveniently in the same spot.





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