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Indie Rockers Respond To NY Legalizing Gay Marriage

New York just became the 6th largest state to approve same-sex marriage. Yes! The Senate bill passed 33-to-29, Governor Cuomo signed the measure shortly after, and the law goes into effect in 30 days. A historic night to be sure, one probably best not spent in front of a laptop. Too late. But in case… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 25, 2011 - 12:26 am

Passion Pit Remix Beastie Boys

Passion Pit have transformed Hot Sauce Committee Pt, 2’s lead single “Make Some Noise” into a particularly sunny summertime song, one that suits the album’s colorful cover art better than the original. More »

By: brandon / April 11, 2011 - 11:45 am

Hear Gold Panda’s Live Session for BBC1, Download A Passion Pit Remix

It was a breakout year for British beatmaker Gold Panda, whose remixes and singles rippled around 2009 and whose debut full-length Lucky Shiner was one of this year’s finest. When live, he summons his samples and constructs his beats from the floor up, which makes this two-song Maida Vale session for Rob da Bank’s BBC1… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 13, 2010 - 10:31 am

Muse, Passion Pit @ Staples Center, Los Angeles 9/25/10

Lasers, Giant eye balloons, LCD skyscrapers and a sold out Staples Center provided the environment for a full on rock show by Muse, with an opening set from Passion Pit. More »

By: Andrew Youssef / September 27, 2010 - 11:50 am

Passion Pit – “Tonight, Tonight” (Smashing Pumpkins Cover)

Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos tackles Smashing Pumpkins melancholy, melodramatic “Tonight, Tonight” for Levi’s Pioneer series. Previously we heard Dirty Projectors cover Dylan, and The Shins do Squeeze’s “Goodbye Girl.” Listen below, and sign up with Levi’s to download the track and hear Angelakos replace Billy Corgan’s growl with his own falsetto. Or hear Angelakos talk about… More »

By: jessica / June 23, 2010 - 12:38 pm

Toyko Police Club – “Wait Up (Boots Of Danger) (Passion Pit Remix)” & “Breakneck Speed” Video

Tokyo Police Club and Passion Pit are often tour mates, and probably mixtape mates for a great deal of love-starved pubescents. Both bands capture teen regret and anxiety with pitch perfect (and some time high-pitched perfect) accuracy. Champ’s first single, “Wait Up (Boots Of Danger)” was already running at breakneck speed, so Passion Pit mostly… More »

By: jessica / May 21, 2010 - 11:56 am

Neon Indian – “6669 (Aislyn Remix)”

Remix culture was one of the topics of conversation that didn’t really make the five-minute cut from that hour-long conversation I had with Alan Palomo and Peter Gabriel — Peter being an early champion of letting his material breathe (posting stems from songs like “Shock The Monkey” to his website for free use), Alan ofte… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 11, 2010 - 3:01 pm

Coachella 2010: Jay-Z, LCD, Disco Balls & Chandeliers

Four years into my Coachella career and I’ve never experienced an Indio spring so mild. It’s a gift from the gods meaning Brooklynites like Scott and I can wear jeans all weekend, a blessing with the residual benefit of ensuring nobody in Indio is forced to see our unsightly Brooklynite legs (you are welcome, California). More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 17, 2010 - 9:39 pm

Freelance Whales – “Generator ^ First Floor (Aislyn Remix)”

Last time we checked in with Band To Watch Freelance Whales, they were changing up some of their tracks for a studio performance at Grand Street Recording. Now they’ve given Brooklyn duo Aislyn a chance to mix things up. Aislyn is Passion Pit keyboardist Ian Hultquist making soothing, gently percussive pop with his girlfriend Sofia… More »

By: jessica / March 16, 2010 - 1:19 pm

Two Door Cinema Club – “Undercover Martyn (Passion Pit Remix)”

Passion Pit’s fingerprints are all over this — that stuttering drum machine beat and keyboard arpeggio are dead giveaways. Two Door Cinema Club themselves employed a drum machine until they added a touring drummer late last year. More »

By: jessica / February 26, 2010 - 3:25 pm

Passion Pit – “Little Secrets” Video

So you’ve heard “Little Secrets” quite a bit, probably. Passion Pit released a video for the single late last year, but debuted a joyous, higher quality one for the song today. The clip was directed by hotshot Partizan director Tim Saccenti, who’s previously directed videos for Animal Collective, Chairlift, and Jamie Lidell. He’s also responsible… More »

By: jessica / February 18, 2010 - 1:11 pm

Alternate Passion Pit Video – “Sleepyhead”

Are we all aware of how big Passion Pit is at this point? To put it in some context, they recently played a sold-out three-night run of shows at Terminal 5 in NYC. For those not from NYC, T5 is a 3,000-capacity midtown venue of last resort that has sound like the inside of a… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 1, 2010 - 10:38 am

Passion Pit Remix Lady Gaga

The Cambridge electro rockers did an official remix of “Telephone,” The Fame Monster’s most recent single (Feat. Beyoncé). “Would be so better if there wasn’t? a fucking chipmunk voice,” says a commenter at YouTube. More »

By: brandon / January 26, 2010 - 3:37 pm

Photos, Video From The 2009 mtvU Woodie Awards

When MTV’s college-obsessed little sister station mtvU announced the nominations for this year’s Woodie Awards, we had some fun trying to make sense of the logic underlying the way in which they had grouped together bands and pit them against one another. The logic being: their demographic is college, and college is the time whe… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 19, 2009 - 4:03 pm

Passion Pit Release “Little Secrets” Video, Soundtrack Palm Pixi Ad

Passion Pit’s astrologically inclined “Little Secrets” video features a giant disco ball afloat in the Milky Way. The bug-eyed bald guy who lives there takes his diamond-esque rocket for a ride in a meteor and finds himself in some sort of Tron/Daft Punk/Star Wars-lightspeed approximation. The whole thing seems vaguely biological: The final atmospheric breakthrough… More »

By: brandon / November 17, 2009 - 9:17 am

Passion Pit Remix Max Tundra (Stereogum Premiere)

In addition to including Final Fantasy’s justifiably hyperbolic promotional blurb when first posting on the excellently kinetic synth-pop of “Which Song,” we added this bit from Ben Jacobs aka Max Tundra himself on the process and equipment used to achieve his tones:

The main technology behind this and all of my albums ha… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 3, 2009 - 1:58 pm

Treasure Island Fest 2009 In Photos

This past Saturday and Sunday was the third annual Treasure Island Festival, on San Francisco’s Treasure Island. We sent Josh Bis to capture the weekend in photos. sounds of buzz… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 20, 2009 - 9:31 am

Phoenix Have Now Played Every Late Night Talk Show This Year

Except Carson Daly, but he doesn’t really count. The roll call: Fallon, Conan, Kimmel. Hell even SNL. So in the interest of exhausting Phoenix’s every move, here’s their performance of “Girlfriend” for Craig Ferguson last night, including two more recent installments from the never-ending parade of Phoemixes (i.e. Phoenix remixes): one of “Fences” by… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 12, 2009 - 3:56 pm

Austin City Limits 2009 In Photos

There was dust, rain, then mud. There was Eddie Vedder, sitting in with Kings Of Leon and calling Perry Farrell up onstage with Pearl Jam during a reportedly monstrous, festival headlining two-hour set. There were Brooklynites and Brits, Dave Matthews and Phoenix, The B-52s and Mos Def, John Paul Jones and Karen O. Basically there… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 5, 2009 - 1:51 pm

Phoenix/Passion Pit @ Central Park Summerstage, NYC 9/26/09

As advertised, Phoenix treated Central Park’s Summerstage to two sold-out nights of their danceable and occasionally epic insouciance this past weekend. The lineup was a synth-lover’s delight, pairing the Frenchmen with the more sugar-rushed and helium-voiced keyboard pop of Massachusetts men Passion Pit in the opening slot. And it wouldn’t be a Monday without new… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 28, 2009 - 11:18 am