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[Contest] Win Wolf Parade’s Expo 86 on CD

By Will Oliver, June 21st 2010 — with 20 comments

Sub Pop accidentally gave me an extra copy of Wolf Parade’s new album, Expo 86. So I figured, why keep two copies when I can share the goods with one of you guys. I got the ok from them to run a giveaway contest for the extra CD.

Wolf Parade are an amazing band, and this is a great album. It can be yours, for free. All you gotta do is leave a comment with your favorite Wolf Parade song, and tell me why it’s your favorite. No silly answers like “It’s SICK”. Tell me about a lyric you love. A guitar riff that you can’t get enough of. A particular shriek from Spencer. Best of all, maybe tell me about a memory that you have attatched to one of the songs. I want you to get on a personal level…If your’re up to it, that is.

Expo 86 isn’t released until next Tuesday, June 29th. So I will have this contest open until 11:59 P.M. that day. Good luck!!

Wolf Parade’s new album Expo 86 is surely going to be up there when I make my favorite albums of 2010 list. With that said, I found it to be the least instantly gratifying out of their three albums so far. The melodies aren’t as straightforward and the hooks aren’t quite as obvious. However, I have started to dig it more and more with every listen, and hopefully my love with keep growing.

Sub Pop is currently streaming two songs from the album: “Yulia” & “Cloud Shadow on the Mountain”. Enjoy them below, unless you already have the album since it already leaked.

2 songs from Wolf Parade’s EXPO 86 by subpop

It’s noon but I just woke up (I have no class today). I didn’t get good sleep, and I honestly feel like death. I am done with school this Friday, but I have a ton of work to do today & the rest of the week before I can get to Friday. Having two new Wolf Parade songs would certainly make the week go by faster. That is exactly what happened, and I honestly couldn’t be happier.

Today Pitchfork posted “Ghost Pressure” & “What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had to Go This Way)”, two brand new songs from their upcoming 3rd album Expo 86. “Ghost Pressure” is the Dan song, while “What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had to Go This Way)” is the Spencer song. “Ghost Pressure” is a playful synth song that will surely remind some of Handsome Furs. Add in the rest of Wolf Parade and you got quite a song. “What Did My Lover Say?” is a guitar driven piece that sounds like a trimmed down “Kissing The Beehive”. Both songs are good teasers, that will hold me over for now. I am truly dying to hear the rest of Expo 86 though, and hopefully I will get the chance soon.

Stream both songs below:

Ghost Pressure:

What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had to Go This Way):

Here is the tracklisting for Expo 86:

01 Cloud Shadow on the Mountain
02 Palm Road
03 What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had to Go This Way)
04 Little Golden Age
05 In the Direction of the Moon
06 Ghost Pressure
07 Pobody’s Nerfect
08 Two Men in New Tuxedos
09 Oh You, Old Thing
10 Yulia
11 Cave-o-Sapien

So no double album, but hopefully we get an EP with the rest of the songs not too far after.

Wolf Parade – Fast Ballad (Live Video)

By Will Oliver, April 12th 2010

Wolf Parade are finally back on tour, playing new songs such as “Fast Ballad” from their upcoming new album Expo 86. “Fast Ballad” is a Spencer Krug song, and boy does it have some bite to it. I really enjoyed the band rocking out with extended jams and instrumental sections, it sounds great. It has quite the groove going on.

Watch the great video of “Fast Ballad” live from Toronto below:

Wolf Parade are coming to Terminal 5 on July 13th. You can bet that I will be there. Care to join me? Tickets are still on sale. Grab them while they are hot kids.

Wolf Parade’s new album is called Expo 86

By Will Oliver, April 2nd 2010 — with 1 comment

Pitchfork has a fantastic interview with Wolf Parade where they got some good info about their new album, which is going to be called Expo 86. I like it!

They are coming back to NYC in the summer playing Terminal 5 again. The date to remember is 7/13. I’ll be there for sure. You should join me.

Wolf Parade Supply LP3 Info: Possible Double Album

By Will Oliver, March 22nd 2010

I am beyond pleased with the enormous amount of fantastic artists that are coming out with new albums later this year. Wolf Parade, who are one of my favorite bands are close to releasing a new album later this year. In an interview with Exclaim, Dan Boeckner, the bands singer/guitarist shared plenty of details about their 3rd album. The bands about the begin mastering the album which might be a double album. There are 15 potential songs consisting of over 80 minutes of music.

Here are the key point taken from the interview/article:

  • If all goes well, the album will be released on June 29th via Sub Pop.
  • Keyboardist Hadji Bakara has quit music to pursue a doctorate in English literature at the University of Chicago
  • It may become a double LP or a LP and EP, since the band wants to include all the songs they did.
  • Boeckner said some of the stuff sounds like really heavy ’80’s coke rock
  • Two song titles are “Caveosapian” and “Yulia”
  • Most of the stuff was co-written, rather than just Spencer Krug vs. Dan Boeckner songs

For more details, make sure to read the article at Exclaim. It’s a good read!

Live Review: Wolf Parade at Terminal 5 (7/31/08)

By Will Oliver, July 31st 2008 — with 1 comment

Wolf Parade bring something different to the table. The unique voice of Spencer Krug, along with the stage presence of Dan Boeckner, are the main reason for the original sound that this Montreal band uses to separate themselves from the rest. The already great songs evolve into something epic live. It took me three years of patience to finally get to see this magnificent band. This show did not disappoint.

Opening band Wintersleep brought a very loud atmospheric sound. They had a very powerful opening song that set the tone of their set just right. Their instrumental songs even had some traces of ambiance. They played a solid 40 minute set and didn’t overstay their welcome. Definitely a band to keep an eye out for.

Wolf Parade finally took the stage to a huge ovation and started off with You Are A Runner And I Am My Father’s Son. Right from the first chorus I knew this was going to be one hell of a show. They stormed through a fast paced set playing all of the songs off of Mount Zoomer, as well as several of the fan favorites off of Apologies. The crowd went into a frenzy throughout the show, which was completely unexpected from me and even the band. You would not think that you were seeing a so called “indie band” with the way the crowd was moving. After playing An Animal In Your Care Spencer thanked the crowd for being so ready with some small mosh pits but asked us to be careful not to hurt anyone.

Songs like This Heart’s On Fire, Shine A Light, and Soldier’s Grin were taken to a whole new level live. These guys really took their songs and re amped them live. They really blew the doors off terminal 5. The epic Kissing The Beehive pushed 12 minutes and has become an instant live classic. They ended their magnificent show with the fan favorite I’ll Believe In Anything (my personal favorite too).

Wolf Parade really seem like a close knit group, with a tight performance. Spencer really sung his lyrics with emotion, showing where these songs came from. His voice is so god damn cool, it is amazing. Dan’s voice compliments it perferctly added another layer to the songs. They interacted with the crowd a lot more than I thought they would. This band really lives true to the idea of sounding bigger and better live. They put on one hell of a show.

Videos and photo’s I took are below:

Highlight’s of the show: I’ll Believe In Anything, California Dreamer, Fancy Claps, Shine A Light, Kissing The Beehive

Set List:
You Are a Runner and I Am My Father’s Son
Soldier’s Grin
Call It a Ritual
The Grey Estates
Dear Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts
Language City
An Animal in Your Care
Shine a Light
Bang Your Drum
Fancy Claps
Fine Young Cannibals
California Dreamer
This Heart’s on Fire
Kissing the Beehives

It’s a Curse
I’ll Believe in Anything

I”ll Believe In Anything

Fancy Claps

It’s A Curse

Wolf Parade:


We All Want Someone’s Best Songs Of 2017

By Will Oliver, January 12th 2018

[artwork by Anthony Bauer]

And the time has come for the one post that all my friends actually read on these here pages, my best (or favorite) songs of 2017. These are the songs that I obsessed over throughout all of last year and many are still getting heavy rotation into the new one.

You’ll find select highlights from many of the albums that appeared on my best albums list but also a few new acts who blossomed or select songs that stood out on albums that didn’t quite shine as bright. Either way, I hope that you find at least one new song or artist that you didn’t know beforehand and that they make your day that much brighter. Thanks again for sticking around with us for another year and here’s to a bigger and better year in 2018.

As usual, the list is posted in a countdown format from 100-1 and I have made a Spotify playlist which you can find here or embedded at the very end of the post. All the songs are in there except for Ty Segall’s “Orange Color Queen,” as the album is not on Spotify.

Without further ado, here are my favorite songs from 2017:
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Best Songs of 2017: Anthony’s Picks

By Anthony Bauer, January 11th 2018

This ‘top 100 songs of 2017’ post could have easily been ‘top 200 songs of 2017’ due to the insane (yet absolutely amazing) amount of great music that was released this past year.  While it is near impossible to listen to it all, here were my favorite 100 songs from 2017 (with a bonus 5, because… why not?):
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