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Best Shows Of 2014

By Will Oliver, February 4th 2015 — with 1 comment


I saw more shows than ever before in 2014. The number sits somewhere well over 200, not to mention various festivals and CMJ/SXSW showcases. There was a lot of great music seen, and a lot of great memories shared. We had to say goodbye to Glasslands, Death By Audio, and 285 Kent in one year, which will change the live music landscape in Brooklyn more than we will ever realize.

With so much live music seen, making a list of the best shows is a nearly impossible task. But I sat down, shifted through all my photos, recaps, and foursquare/swarm check ins (very useful in keeping track of shows), and compiled a list of the top 50 shows that I saw last year. Inevitably, a lot of good shows missed the mark, which just reinforces how great those were that did make the cut.

There are a lot of factors that go into this sort of thing. But at the end of the day, these were the shows that made an impression on me throughout the year, the sort of shows that I will want to relive again.

I got a few more posts coming, including some of our favorite live photos taken at these shows, as well as my long overdue best songs and albums. Stay tuned for that. But for now, enjoy my list of the best 50 shows that I saw in 2014.
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Our friends over at The Wild Honey Pie and Consequence Of Sound have teamed up to put on a super rad event called Summer Camp. It sports a day of live performances from Caveman, Yellow Ostrich, Widowspeak, Pearl and the Beard, Belle Mare, and Vensaire. The event will take place at a lakefront property about an hour north of NYC, where they will have all kinds of cool events such as: free food, free beer, Burt’s Bees, Steve’s Ice Cream, KIND granola bars, Justin’s peanut/almond butter candy bars, arts & crafts, pool party, waterfront, volleyball, boating, and s’mores.

Sounds like an epic day to me. This will be a super intimate event, with space for only 100 “campers”. However you can RSVP to the event to be entered for a chance to attend (with a guest). The only thing is you need to be 21+.

What are you waiting for? Head over to The Wild Honey Pie and RSVP.

We All Want Someone To Shout For’s October 2012 Mix

By Will Oliver, November 10th 2012

Sorry that my October mix is 10 days into November, but Sandy sidetracked me a bit. October was a busy month, with CMJ and lots of good music. There was a lot of stuff to pick from this month, so it wasn’t easy. But I think you will be pretty satisfied with what I got for you.

You know the deal. Stream on spotify, stream each song, or download a big fat ZIP at the bottom of the post. As always, thanks to Cam for provided us with slick artwork.

1. Mean Lady – Bop Bop
2. Free Energy – Dance All Night
3. Digits – Street Violence
4. PAPA – Put Me To Work
5. Adam Green & Binki Shapiro – Here I Am
6. Yellow Ostrich – Ghost
7. Bear Colony – Flask Retort
8. Young Dreams – Fog Of War
9. Sean Bones – United
10. Indians – Cakelakers
11. Empress Of – Don’t Tell Me
12. Blue Hawaii – In Two
13. Trails And Ways – Border Crosser
14. Apollo Gets The Girl – New Dawn
15. Rah Rah – Art and a Wife

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Lollapalooza Announces 2012 Lineup

By Will Oliver, April 12th 2012 — with 1 comment

There’s a ton of great summer music festivals to consider this summer, and now we can officially share the lineup for the 2012 edition of Lollapalooza.

The headliners are Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, Black Sabbath, and Jack White. Then you got Florence + The Machine, At The Drive-In, The Shins, Passion Pit, Sigur Ros, Bloc Party, Franz Ferdinand, The Walkmen, The Tallest Man On Earth, Toro Y Moi, Dr. Dog,  Justice, The Weeknd, Santigold, Metric, The Temper Tramp, The Head & The Heart, The Big Pink, Alabama Shakes, The Gaslight Anthem, Tame Impala, Neon Indian, Washed Out, Chairlift, Yellow Ostrich, White Rabbits, Sharon Van Etten.

For me, the two big ones are Bloc Party, and Franz Ferdinand, who both haven’t toured in a while. Hopefully this means a new album in the not too soon future from the latter. It’s also going to be cool to witness the return of Black Sabbath, and even At The Drive-In. Overall, it’s a pretty strong lineup from top to bottom, and one that certainly rivals the other big festivals.

For the full lineup, head to the Lollapalooza site. Maybe I will see you there.

We All Want Someone To Shout For’s February 2012 Mix

By Will Oliver, March 7th 2012 — with 4 comments

First things first, Camilo really outdid himself with this month’s album art. That’s a work of beauty posted above. Honored to have such a talented guy on our side.

February brought out some really cool songs, some mellow, some upbeat, some all over the map. I added a spotify stream along with the usual mp3 stream and zip download. Hope you enjoy.

1. Beach Fossils – Lessons
2. Sun Sister – Growing ur hair out
3. Chromatics – Lady
4. Yellow Ostrich – The Shakedown
5. Work Drugs – License To Drive
6. The High Strung – The Luck You Got
7. Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine?
8. Weird Dreams – Little Girl
9. The Kills – Pale Blue Eyes
10. Here We Go Magic – Make Up Your Mind
11. Memoryhouse – Bonfire
12. Theme Park – Two Hours

Stream it on Spotify

Zip Download (newly updated as of 4/5/12)

Introducing: Leann Grimes

By Will Oliver, April 24th 2011 — with 1 comment

Not many sample/remix albums catch my attention. Sure it’s cool to see how artists are blended together to create something new, but often it leaves me wanting a lot more. I’ve started to give up on the whole remix idea, but Leann Grimes has me rethinking things.

Leann Grimes is 24 year old Shane Conerty from Asheville, North Carolina. After spending a cold winter in the Appalachian Mountains, he became inspired to show his appreciate for his musical discoveries on music blogs through music. He creates his own new music by putting his own signature touch on some of his favorite indie jams that he discovered on blogs. He says that “Leann Grimes is a record for anyone who checks music blogs religiously, waiting for albums to leak, and stays up till 4am scouring the internet for new bands, hoping to hear that ‘new’ sound.”

I’ve taken a real liking to the album because Shane takes a real honest approach for it. You can really tell he has an appreciation for the music. He doesn’t alter them too much, but he does enough where he gives it a new identity, while also claiming it his own. You’ll find him altering songs from The Morning Benders, The Strokes, Deerhunter, Yellow Ostrich, Local Natives and more.

I’ve been getting a little bored with music lately, looking for something to kick me in the ass. This album is a highly refreshing look at what I love about music rolled up into a wonderful music ball. I needed this. If you’re with some open minded people, throw this album at your next party/drinking session. This album showcases an enthusiastic tone that’s hard to argue with.

You can download the album for free right here. I’ve posted a few of my favorite cuts below, along with the tracklisting, so you can see what bands he samples.

[mp3]: Leann Grimes – Cats & Dogs in Idaho
[mp3]: Leann Grimes – Under Cover Of Dirt and Grime
[mp3]: Leann Grimes -Old Bodies Slip When They Make Love
[mp3]: Leann Grimes – Local Asheville News

1. “Cats & Dogs”
and “Coeur D’alene” by The Head and the Heart
2. “Egyptain Robe” by Miniature Tigers
3. “Memory Boy” by Deerhunter
4. “Got To Move” by CAKE
5. “Under Cover Of Darkness” by The Strokes
6. “Shadow People” by Dr. Dog
7. “Mrs. Cold” by Kings of Convenience
8. “Excuses” by The Morning Benders
9. “One Last” by Avi Buffalo
10. “Mary” by Yellow Ostrich
11. “World News” by Local Natives
12. “Keep Me In Mind” by Little Joy
13. “Summersong” by The Decemberists
14. “The Wild Hunt” by The Tallest Man On Earth

Two of my favorite young acts, Indian Rebound and Yellow Ostrich are up for Deli NYC’s Artist Of The Month. Unfortunately, only one can win. At this time, it’s a runaway race between Indian Rebound and Shenandoah and the Night. With voting ending on March 15th, it looks like Indian Rebound can use all the votes they can get in order to win.

If you have a moment head to Deli NYC and give them a vote. It would be pretty cool to see a local act that we feature all the time take the prize.

Vote here.

We All Want Someone To Shout For’s Best Albums Of 2010

By Will Oliver, December 24th 2010 — with 10 comments

There was a lot of music to digest in 2010. Lots. We saw a lot of new bands release hidden gems on bandcamp, along with new releases from seasoned veterans like Arcade Fire, The National, and Kanye West. Overall, I think this was a great year in music. It’s always tough to rank stuff, but it has to be done.

I spent a lot of time listening to music this year, and these were the 40 records that got the closest to my heart. This list is as honest as they come.

Take a look, these were my favorite 40 albums of 2010.

40. Yeasayer – Odd Blood

39. Klaxons – Surfing The Void

38. Miniature Tigers – Fortress

37. Drink Up Buttercup – Born And Thrown On A Hook

36. Tame Impala – Innerspeaker

35. Sleigh Bells – Treats

34. The Gaslight Anthem – American Slang

33. The Pass – BURST

32. The Drums – The Drums

31. Chief – Modern Rituals

30. Hot Chip – One Life Stand

29. Foals – Total Life Forever

28. Beach Fossils – Beach Fossils

27. Young The Giant – Young The Giant

26. Stornoway – Beachcomber’s Windowsill

25. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Let It Sway

24. Yellow Ostrich – The Mistress

23. The Radio Dept. – Clinging To A Scheme

22. Wolf Parade – Expo 86

21. Wavves – King Of The Beach

20. Magic Kids – Memphis

19. Spoon – Transference

18. Big Boi – Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty

17. Surfer Blood – Astrocoast

16. MGMT – Congratulations

15. Gorillaz – Plastic Beach

14. Summer Fiction – Summer Fiction

13. Villagers – Becoming A Jackal

12. Free Energy – Stuck On Nothing

11. LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening

10. Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest

Musically, this was one of best written ones yet. The music has always been there, but this was the bands most accessible yet. It’s indie rock done right. We believe in it because of albums like this.

9. Two Door Cinema Club – Tourist History

Sure, they didn’t change the genre or add anything “new”, but who cares. There are enough bands trying way too hard out there. Two Door Cinema Club gave us an album full of fun, dance-rock songs that are meant to soundtrack your glory days. I can put this on anytime, and hit repeat until the morning after. That says a lot.

8. The Walkmen – Lisbon

The Walkmen added Lisbon to their already mighty discography. Smart written song after smart written song. It’s amazing how the band mixes their rockers with their atmospheric ballads so easily. Lisbon is just fantastic.

7. Vampire Weekend – Contra

Vampire Weekend are the real deal people. This album has incredible staying power. I was amazed to see how songs like “Giving Up The Gun” and “Diplomat’s Son” grew to be some of my favorites. It’s no bullshit indie rock that I can play anytime, anywhere. It’s the only CD that I had in my car all year. That says something.

6. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

Arcade Fire mixed it up somewhat here, but their powerful song structures went no where. It’s a long album, but you won’t be checking the clock. Especially with gems like “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” backing it up.

5. Beach House – Teen Dream

Beach House’s songs are no longer hushed in a basement. The door was opened wide for the songs on Teen Dream. They had room to grow loud and proud, crafting some of the most intimate moments of the year.

4. Sufjan Stevens – The Age of Adz

Let’s face it, Sufjan Stevens can do whatever he wants. He can take auto-tune and electronic music and make a grown man cry. That’s just what he did with The Age Of Adz, an album that covers so much ground musically, but it’s true message is simple: Human emotion. Sufjan Stevens is just one of a kind.

3. The Morning Benders – Big Echo

I absolutely loved their debut album. Even so, if you told me they would create an album like Big Echo years later, I don’t know if I would have believed you. It’s a beautiful effort that captured the essence of being young at heart, but so mature at the same time. Any album with “Excuses”, “Promises”, and “Stitches” is hard to beat.

2. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Kanye West gave us the best rap album of 2010, period. Nearly every song has the potential to be a #1 hit. It’s unfair how good this album is. He has fans of all genres at his fingertips. We watched his every move, and waited eagerly for every G.O.O.D. Friday. You love to hate him, but it’s hard not to love him after this masterpiece. Kanye had his way with 2010. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

1. The National – High Violet

What else needs to be said? This was my go to record in 2010. It was impossible to declare a favorite. One minute it was “Bloodbuzz Ohio”, then it was “Conversation 16”, “Lemonworld” or “Terrible Love”. It’s an emotional album that speaks of the troubles of everyday life. You’re lying if you can’t relate to these songs. I was hanging on to Matt’s every lyric, absorbed and mesmerized.

Most people thought they would fumble after the solid Alligator, and the masterful Boxer. Guess again. They came back just as strong, and some people would make the case that this is their strongest, yet. It’s proof that The National are one of the best bands around right now.

We All Want Someone To Shout For’s Best Songs Of 2010

By Will Oliver, December 24th 2010 — with 37 comments

Here we are, hours away from Christmas, and I am finally delivering you my best songs of 2010. I guess it can be considered my Christmas gift to all you guys. I heard more music in 2010 than ever before. It was hard to narrow it down, but these were the 100 songs that I thought were truly the best in my mind.

There’s not too much to say, other than I hope you discover something new here. If your a die hard reader, there shouldn’t be any surprises. If you can leave this list with one or two new songs that you enjoy, then I did my job.

Here are my favorite songs from the year that was, 2010:

100. Tamaryn – Love Fade
99. Ravens & Chimes – Division St.
98. The Chord And The Fawn – Love, Sex, And Rock ‘n Roll
97. Blake Mills – Hiroshima
96. The Bewitched Hands – Sea
95. Avi Buffalo – What’s In It For?
94. Gauntlet Hair – I Was Thinking…
93. The Tallest Man On Earth – King Of Spain
92. Wolf Parade – What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had To Go This Way)
91. Vermilion Club – Odd
90. Corte Real – Bastards
88. Sports – To Catch A Thief
88. Old Smile – Swept Up With The Tide
87. Lissie – Record Collector
86. Hey Marseilles- Rio
85. The Coral – 1000 Years
84. Caribou – Odessa
83. Sleigh Bells – Rill Rill
82. Interpol – Barricade
81. The Soft Pack – Mexico
80. Korallreven – Loved Up
79. Young The Giant – My Body
78. Tame Impala – Solitude Is Bliss
77. Glass Vaults – Forget Me Not
76. Tanlines – Real Life
75. Seapony – Dreaming
74. Indian Rebound – Sitges
73. Crystal Castles – Not In Love (Feat. Robert Smith)
72. Owen Pallett – Lewis Takes Off His Shirt
71. All The Damn Kids – Echoes
70. Faded Paper Figures – Invent It All Again
69. Pantha Du Prince – Stick To My Side (Feat. Panda Bear)
68. Glasser – Apply
67. Great Lakes – Ghost Brother
66. Male Bonding – Weird Feelings
65. Broken Bells – The Mall & Misery
64. Panda Bear – Alsatian Darn
63. Gobble Gobble – Lawn Knives
62. Wild Nothing – Chinatown
61. Wavves – Green Eyes
60. Stepdad – My Leather, My Fur, My Nails
59. Spoon – Out Go The Lights
58. The Pass – Treatment Of The Sun
57. The Drums – Down By The Water
56. Belle And Sebastian – I Want The World To Stop
55. Arctic Monkeys – The Afternoon’s Hat
54. Foster the People – Pumped Up Kicks
53. Delta Spirit – Bushwick Blues
52. The Gaslight Anthem – Stay Lucky
51. The Head and The Heart – Sounds Like Hallelujah
50. Free Energy – Bang Pop
49. Magic Kids – Candy
48. Tapes ‘n Tapes – Freak Out
47. Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work
46. Cults – Go Outside
45. Delorean – Grow
44. Hot Chip – One Life Stand
43. Donovan Woods – Lawren Harris
42. Miles Kane – Come Closer
41. Yellow Ostrich – WHALE
40. Larsen B – Marilyn
39. Stornoway – Zorbing
38. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Round And Round
37. Beach Fossils – Daydream
36. Duck Sauce – Barbra Streisand
35. Foals – Spanish Sahara
34. MGMT – Siberian Breaks
33. Young Empires – Rain Of Gold
32. Little Comets – Joanna
31. Tennis – Marathon
30. Surfer Blood – Floating Vibes
29. Summer Fiction – Chandeliers
28. Yeasayer – O.N.E.
27. The Radio Dept. – Heaven’s On Fire
26. Wolf Gang – Lions In Cages
25. The Tins – Green Room
24. Ra Ra Riot – Boy
23. Big Boi – Shutterbugg (Feat. Cutty)
22. Smith Westerns – Weekend
21. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Sink/Let It Sway
20. The Vaccines- If You Wanna
19. Arcade Fire – Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
18. Deerhunter – Helicopter
17. The National – Conversation 16
16. Villagers – Becoming A Jackal
15. Chief – Night & Day
14. Beach House – 10 Mile Stereo
13. Cee-Lo Green – Fuck You
12. Deerhunter – Desire Lines
11. LCD Soundsystem – I Can Change
10. Vampire Weekend – Giving Up The Gun
9. Gorillaz – On Melancholy Hill
8. Cut Copy – Take Me Over
7. The Walkmen – Blue As Your Blood
6. Young Galaxy – Peripheral Visionaries
5. Sufjan Stevens – Futile Devices
4. Summer Fiction – Throw Your Arms Around Me
3. Kanye West – Runaway (Feat. Pusha T)
2. The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio
1. The Morning Benders – Excuses

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