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Yellow Ostrich’s Last Show Ever at Glasslands (December 8, 2014)

By Will Oliver, December 31st 2014 — with 1 comment

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It broke my heart when I learned that Yellow Ostrich were breaking up. I’ve been following Alex Schaaf’s career since his days in The Chairs. I watched him start out releasing songs made in his bedroom, to playing stages such as Bowery Ballroom and growing into a full four-piece band. It’s been an amazing to watch how far Schaaf has taken Yellow Ostrich, and it was only right that I was there to see him play it out.
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[new]: Yellow Ostrich – Shades :: Off New Album ‘Cosmos’

By Will Oliver, December 17th 2013 — with 1 comment

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Yellow Ostrich will return with their new album Cosmos on February 25 via Barsuk Records. The band (Alex Schaaf and Michael Tapper are now joined by ex-Voxtrot member Jared Van Fleet and Zach Rose) had been in the studio over the last year working on the album.

Right now you can stream the album’s first single “Shades”, a great moody, atmospheric, track that draws you in and doesn’t let go. Always puts a smile on my face to listen to how far Alex’s project has come.

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[new]: Yellow Ostrich – Ghost

By Will Oliver, October 5th 2012 — with 1 comment

Yellow Ostrich have returned with a beautiful new song titled “Ghost”. It centers around a r&b flavoring from front-man Alex Schaaf, who displays an impressive range. With the new exploration, they still are able to weave in parts of their indie rock sound. Hear a little bit of The Morning Benders/POP ETC at the start and Bon Iver at the end. Both good things if you’re like me.

“Ghost” is resonating very strongly with me right now. Distinct imagery and feelings of fading memories of someone who used to be everything to you and the harsh reality that they’re just a fleeting memory that you don’t even recognize – or care enough to try to.

Absolutely in love with this. It’s off an EP of the same title that Barsuk will release on October 23.

[mp3]: Yellow Ostrich – Ghost

[new]: Yellow Ostrich – The Shakedown

By Will Oliver, February 25th 2012 — with 1 comment

We already heard “Marathon Runner” from Yellow Ostrich’s upcoming album Strange Land. We now also have “The Shakedown”, a guitar heavy track that further expands the new full band sound that Yellow Ostrich has comfortably transformed into. It’s a welcome change that sounds miles ahead of the bedroom sound that once defined the band.

Rolling Stone premiered the track, and you can download it yourself below.

[mp3]: Yellow Ostrich – The Shakedown

Strange Land comes out March 6 via Barsuk Records.

Yellow Ostrich Announces New Album: Strange Land

By Will Oliver, January 13th 2012 — with 1 comment

Yellow Ostrich is releasing a new album titled Strange Land on March 6th via Barsuk Records.

While debut album The Mistress was more of a solo project of Alex Schaaf’s, Strange Land is a full band effort effort with multi-instrumentalist Jon Natchez and drummer Michael Tapper. Most of the songs were recorded in 6 days in a studio just outside of Woodstock, New York.

I’ve been a big fan of Yellow Ostrich, and it’s been fun watching the band evolve so much. I remember when Alex first emailed me when he was with The Chairs. It’s been a great ride, and I’m sure Strange Land will take things one step further.

See the tracklisting after the jump.
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[new]: Yellow Ostrich – ‘Til I Disappear

By Will Oliver, November 21st 2011

Yellow Ostrich have released a new song called “‘Til I Disappear”. It’s a newly recorded version, sounding a lot different than the version found on 2010’s Wild Comfort.

The whole band plays a vital role on this song, giving it a complete feel. Alex breaks out a big guitar solo, leading the way for pretty epic finish that the song reaches for.

Download it below via You Aint No Picasso.

[mp3]: Yellow Ostrich – ‘Til I Disappear

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