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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – “Let The Cool Goddess Rust Away” (Acoustic Version) (Stereogum Premiere)

Here’s a reminder about a great band from your indie rock past: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!, one of the first bands to ever make me feel self-conscious saying their name out loud. Their 2005 self-titled debut was one of a few pivotal albums that revealed the potential power of the internet — and MP3… More »

By: Caitlin White / May 11, 2015 - 3:14 pm

26 Essential Songs From The NYC Rock Resurgence

Mainstream American rock music, as you might recall, was in rough shape in the late ’90s. The Alt-Nation era had run out of road for the most part, giving way to legions of awful post-grunge and nu-metal bands soundtracking extreme energy-drink commercials and extreme-sports video games. These were dark times. This was at a time… More »

By: Ryan Leas / November 19, 2014 - 10:26 am

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – “Coming Down” (Feat. Matt Berninger)

Back in 2005, Brooklyn synth-rock band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah was riding high behind major online buzz for their self-released debut LP, an album that all but defined the term “blog rock.” The hype was so intense that fans were filling venues to capacity to see CYHSY as an opening act, then clearing out… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 1, 2014 - 10:57 am

Watch Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Cover Frank Ocean In Philly

This past Thursday, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah hit the Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia in support of their recent Little Moments EP. During the set, lead singer Alec Ounsworth took to his keyboard to do an emotive cover of Frank Ocean’s “Lost.” It’s a bold move to cover Ocean, whose songs are a… More »

By: Elliah Heifetz / August 7, 2013 - 12:29 pm

Stream Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Little Moments EP

Mid-’00s blog-rock all-stars Clap Your Hands Say Yeah lost two members last year, but they soldier on, and now they’ve got a brand-new EP. Their Little Moments has two new songs, “Little Moments” and “Only Run,” and two B-sides, “Heaven” and “Once.” It won’t be up for sale on vinyl until October, but right now,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 24, 2013 - 4:41 pm

Guitarist & Bassist Quit Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Tomorrow’s Clap Your Hands Say Yeah gig in NYC will be the last for two original members, according to the band’s website. In two posts, Tyler Sargent (second from right) and Robbie Guertin (second from left) issued a pair of heartwarming goodbyes. First up is the multi-instrumentalist Guertin:… More »

By: Corban Goble / July 6, 2012 - 1:06 pm

Sasquatch! 2012 In Photos

Washington’s Sasquatch! Festival took place over the weekend, a heavy-hitting four day lineup featuring people like Jack White, St. Vincent. Bon Iver, Beck, Sanitgold, the Shins, Feist, Metric and dozens more. Stereogum contributor Alex Crick was on hand to behold and snap some great shots. Check out his gallery up top. More »

By: Corban Goble / May 29, 2012 - 12:59 pm

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – “Hysterical” Video

Recently, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah dropped the paint-splattered, highly stylized clip for their “Hysterical.” Watch it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / March 8, 2012 - 10:03 am

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Visit Fallon

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah stopped by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night to play “Same Mistake,” a song from its new LP, Hysterical. It’s a nice rendition, though perhaps CHYSY playing behind a new record occurred a little later than people might have been thinking, given that the band actually debuted a newMore »

By: Corban Goble / September 21, 2011 - 1:12 pm

End Of The Road Festival 2011 In Photos

Last week, the UK’s Larmer Tree Gardens hosted a hilariously deep bill for the End Of The Road Festival, a lineup that featured Joanna Newsom, Kurt Vile, Tinawiren, Lykke Li, Best Coast, the Walkmen and dozens of other notables. Elena Morelli was there to magnificently document the epic lineup. There’s a peacock in one of… More »

By: Corban Goble / September 7, 2011 - 10:39 am

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Hysterical Comment Party

Four years after Some Loud Thunder, and on the heels of advance tracks “Same Mistake” and “Maniac,” blogband 1.0 CYHSY are ready for you to get fully acquainted with their third LP Hysterical. The John Congleton-produced set runs 11 songs, all of which are streaming here. There’s less jitter here, and more poise to Alec’… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 6, 2011 - 10:17 am

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – “Maniac”

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah played a small, secret show at Brooklyn’s Littlefield on Friday night. I didn’t go because it was 150°, but if I did I would’ve been happy to hear “Maniac,” this punchy new wave taste of Hysterical, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s forthcoming John Congleton-produced third LP. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 25, 2011 - 7:36 pm

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – “Same Mistake”

When Clap Your Hands announced their third album (and first in four years) last month, the accompanying teaser featured song snippets likely selected to showcase some aesthetic shifts (“louder guitars, less anxious Alec vocals, and more horns than they’re used to,” we said then). The September-released Hysterical LP’s first single “Same Mistake” comes in that… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 15, 2011 - 11:21 am

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Hysterical Details

They didn’t break up after all.

Before Twitter there were still buzzbands, and the OGest of blog buzzbands was Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. They were from Brooklyn/Philly, they once played a show at the Knitting Factory that 31 people attended (30 with blogs, one named David Bowie), and overnight they were i… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 19, 2011 - 10:48 am

New Alec Ounsworth – “Holy, Holy, Holy Moses (Song For New Orleans)” (Stereogum Premiere)

This new song adds to a growing mass of music circulating the Internet this year from Clap Your Hands mastermind Alec Ounsworth. First there was CYHSY’s song premiere on Fallon, then the great “Skin And Bones” from the record he just released under his Flashy Python moniker (which is still streaming in full). “Holy, Holy,… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 24, 2009 - 10:37 am

Hear Flashy Python (Alec Ounsworth)

While waiting for the Clap Your Hands leader’s solo LP, you can listen to a new album under his Flashy Python moniker. Free with email signup is an MP3 of “Skin And Bone,” a track closer to the spirit of the first CYHSY LP than anything Alec’s done since. Check it out:… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 12, 2009 - 2:52 pm

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s Alec Ounsworth Readies Solo Debut

After launching the album that launched a million trend pieces about the New Model for breaking a band in internet age, and learning along with everyone else that what he accomplished was less of a viable model for DIY success than it was the right record on the right blogspots at the right time, Alec… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 15, 2009 - 9:42 am

New Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – “Telling The Truth And Going Away”

From being one of Fallon’s first music guests to telling us that rumors of their demise have been greatly exaggerated, the Class of ’05 music industry case study that is Clap Your Hands Say Yeah have been somewhat on the scene this year. Still, less than expected: It was fair to think The Great BuckMore »

By: Amrit Singh / June 5, 2009 - 10:18 am

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Debut “Statues” For Jimmy Fallon

From the Roots as house band to Van Morrison and Justin Timberlake (nice guy, says Wayne Coyne) to Santigold and Spank Rock, we’ve been closely covering the nascent days of Jimmy Fallon’s show. Last night the nervous one hosted Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, who debuted a new song “Statues.” It’s upbeat. The “ecstatic” audience… More »

By: brandon / March 5, 2009 - 9:30 am

Progress Report: The Wrens

NAME: The Wrens
PRGRESS REPORT: Recording the followup to The Meadowlands at bassist Kevin Whelan’s home studio in Teaneck, New Jersey.

We usually like to catch bands after they’ve been in the studio for a while, or when they’ve just left it. But we are so excited to hear that New Jersey’s Wrens were… More »

By: Jessica / January 30, 2009 - 12:00 pm
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