At The Glass House May 30th Passion Pit Debut LP “Manners” Out May 18th On Frenchkiss Records
Harlem Shakes “Technicolor Health” Out NOW On Gigantic Music
Passion Pit Pitchfork Premierw “Moth’s Wings”
Click Here To View “The Reeling” On mtvU
Click Here To Listen To “Little Secrets” Snipets
Click Here To View Remix Contest
Click Here To Listen To “The Reeling”
2009 SXSW Faves
Tour dates after the jump…
Village Voice : http://blogs.villagevoice.com/music/archives/2009/03/sxsw_2009_teach.php
NPR : http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=101622784
PasteMagazine.com Top Ten List : http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2009/03/pastes-buzziest-bands-of-sxsw-2009.html
PasteMagazine.com Live Review : http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/ctrl-v/2009/03/sxsw-2009-passionate-feelings-about-passion-pit.html
Yahoo Music : http://new.music.yahoo.com/blogs/live/1865/sxsw-2009-artist-alert-passion-pit/
KRON : http://kron.buzznet.com/user/photos/passion-pit-live-emos-sxsw/?id=51438841
Brooklyn Vegan: http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2009/03/sxsw_2009_day_3.html
Self-Titled Mag : http://www.self-titledmag.com/home/2009/03/22/sxsw-spotlight-passion-pit-spin-day-party-stubbs-32009/
Buzznet.com : http://www.buzznet.com/sxsw2009
|Redemption. Paranoia. Guilt. And brief glimpses of a better tomorrow, all cloaked in pop hooks that truly help the medicine go down.
What is this? Another lost LP from Brian Wilson’s sandbox phase? If only things were that simple. What we’re really alluding to here is Passion Pit’s first proper full-length, Manners, a bird-flipping break from the blogosphere by a 21 year old with much more on his manic mind than girls, girls, girls. You know, important matters, like the end of the world and learning to love someone other than the man in the mirror.
That’s the thing people missed about Passion Pit’s debut EP, Chunk of Change. While it was originally meant as a Valentine’s Day gift for a girlfriend who “put up with” frontman Michael Angelakos, that detail’s only half of a story that isn’t so cuddly when you consider the circumstances.
You see, Angelakos has written songs since he was a piano-pounding 5 year old, from spooky and spare folk tunes to pit-stirring ska punk. But one day, he just stopped. Not by choice. Angelakos’ creative well was simply in need of a severe refill, so he started toying with the plug-ins and infinite possibilities of a computer program. Six tracks later, Chunk of Change was born by default. In need of an impromptu thank you card and some feedback from friends, Angelakos started spreading the songs around-quite casually, really. Which is impossible to do in an era when blogs are as obsessed with breaking the Next Big Thing as labels are.
Flash forward to 2008. With Chunk of Change’s official unmixed/mastered pressing in tow, Angelakos and the ever-evolving Passion Pit band play to a sold-out crowd at New York’s Bowery Ballroom. A crowd that sees nothing wrong with singing along to every word; even several Manners selections, learned via osmosis by the second verse. With flash bulbs popping in his face like the frontline of a rifle-toting army, Angelakos notes the bizarre scene in front of him but never loses sight of why he’s here, of his calling to craft pitch-perfect pop songs-hooks that nip at your heels and choruses that burrow into your brain.
A real deal album in other words, one that delivers on the blissful and bright promises of early fan favorites like “Sleepyhead.” It took nearly two months of “explosive” off-the-cuff sessions with producer Chris Zane (Les Savy Fav, The Walkmen) to get there-everything was written and recorded on the fly-but Manners is exactly that, an irresistible, filler-free glimpse into the mind of a man who’d like to unleash his very own Pet Sounds someday.
Check the carefully-sculpted songwriting on display: the speaker-panning synths and slightly sinister children’s chorus (straight outta P.S. 22 in NYC) of “Little Secrets” and “The Reeling,” the lead dulcimer loops and melancholic melodies of “Moth’s Wings,” the ecstatic, riled-up climax of “Folds in Your Hands.” All part of a greater plan, the next step of which is taking Passion Pit’s live show to a level that matches, and eventually exceeds, Manners’ ambition and kaleidoscopic soundscapes. Because when Angelakos says he wants to be the next Randy Newman, he’s dead serious. And when he adds that Passion Pit is “a band with a lead songwriter, not just Michael Angelakos and these guys,” it’s clear he’s just getting started.
Click Here To Watch Harlem Shakes LIVE “Strictly Game” Video Filmed At Williamsburg Hall Of Music
Press Paste Magazine Name Harlem Shakes Band Of The Week During SXSW
KCRX Live Review Of The Harlem Shakes SXSW Show
Click Here To Read Pitchfork Single Review For ‘Sunlight’
Click Here To Read Spin “Songs You Must Here Now”
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Treblezine.com : http://treblezine.com/reviews/3051-Harlem_Shakes_Technicolor_Health.html AM New York 4 Stars: http://www.tellallyourfriendspr.com/images/gallery/harlemshakes/Harlemshakes-amnewyork-albumreview-march2009.jpg
|Harlem Shakes as we know it were born in 2006, after an earlier incarnation of the band went to college and went nuts. Lexy still sings lead, and Brent still plays the drums (and drum machine), but now Kendrick plays keyboards, Jose plays bass, and Todd plays guitar. Everyone sings. Harlem Shakes have toured with Deerhoof, Vampire Weekend, and Beirut, and opened for Wire, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Arctic Monkeys, and various other famous bands with animal names. Burning Birthdays, the band’s self-released debut EP, came out in 2007 to wide acclaim, earning generous praise from Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, SPIN, AllMusic, Stylus, The Village Voice, and the blogs. Pitchfork complimented their “frenetic clip of hooks,” and sometime Magnetic Field-er LD Beghtol of The Voice called them “lethally charming” and one of “the Best of New York.” The band is sure that all this good luck must come at some kind of lurking, damning cost.After extensive touring and a bit of schooling, the band got back together with Chris Zane (Les Savy Fav, The Walkmen, Passion Pit, White Rabbits) to record their first full-length album, Technicolor Health. The result is one of the most quietly ambitious pop albums in ages. Much like Blur fused English pop traditions and contemporary sonics to forge Brit Pop, Harlem Shakes meld the Great American Songbook with unmistakably contemporary textures, creating what one might call “Am Pop.” Influences as disparate as the Band, Randy Newman, Carlos Santana and Spank Rock inform the soundscapes, but the vibe is too coherent to be called eclectic. Technicolor Health invokes the synthesized Latin percussion that plays outside the band’s apartments every night as they’re trying to fall asleep, and the classic rock radio they listen to with hilarious regularity. These are social songs: instruments meander, trade off lines, and counter each other’s rhythms and melodies, but ultimately they come together again on the chorus, or in an ecstatic outro or bridge, for a singalong family dinner. Harlem Shakes also have an unapologetically literary lilt; writers like Leonard Michaels, Wislawa Szymborska, and David Berman echo in Lexy’s lyrics.
Technicolor Health was made after and during some tough times (involving serious sickness) for the band. The record captures the weary, hopeful, and sometimes triumphal vibe of that period in their lives. Above all, the album is about surviving abject shittiness. But it’s also about what new-wave bands and new-wave revival bands call, “modern life,” as lived by five thoughtful men in their early and mid-twenties during a weird, sometimes miserable, mostly thrilling historical moment. Harlem Shakes have been obsessed by pop music their whole lives, and after all the reiterations, they still have great faith in its power to make you and them feel a little better about things, and to say something vital, and God willing, maybe even enduring.
US Summer Tour Dates
5/24 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
5/26 – San Francisco, CA @ Bimbo’s
5/28 – West Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour
5/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
5/30 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
6/2 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theatre
6/3 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
6/4 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
6/5 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
6/6 – Atlanta, GA @ The Drunken Unicorn
6/8 – Richmond, VA @ The National
6/9 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
6/11 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo
6/13 – Covington, KY @ Mad Hatter
6/14 – Chicago IL @ Empty Bottle
6/17 – Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
6/18 – Boston, MA @ Paradise
6/19 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
6/20 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
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