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“Don’t chase the money,” Aloe Blacc intones, in a Sam Cooke croon over a Stevie Wonder romp, about halfway through his new album Lift Your Spirit. “You can’t chase the money,” he pleads. What exactly has Blacc been doing these past few years, then? This is a guy who broke through to TV sync ubiquity… More »

The two videos I liked best this week are about reintroducing superstars: One who’s been away for a while, one who’s barely taken enough time off for anyone to notice it’s been a year since he dropped an album. And both are heavy on old-school music-video values: Expert rhythmic editing, implied sex, the goofily in-charge… More »

If you need a quick crash-course in why music videos are not what they once were, have a look at Alex Pappademas’s celebration of the great Hype Williams in Grantland. Plenty of great music video directors are working today, but none of them are bringing the sheer opulent visual verve that Hype had at hi… More »

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Monolith 2009 In Photos

While we were rocking the Catskills, enjoying what Wayne Coyne said was “the greatest collection of underground music ever assembled,” dozens of other great indie bands (and a few hip-hop luminaries) put on a much larger mountain festival in Morrison, Colorado. In its third year Monolith delivered rain from the get-go, but that only served… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / September 15, 2009 - 5:42 pm

Reading & Leeds Festivals 2009 In Photos

This past weekend, bill-sharing fellows Reading and Leeds were tasked with distracting a nation still reeling from the death of its Oasis. Their secret weapons were unannounced sets by Them Crooked Vultures, the tweet-happy supergroup of Dave Grohl, John Paul Jones, and Josh Homme who introduced his band as “Michael Jackson” because he’s so talentedMore »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 31, 2009 - 12:40 am

Lollapalooza 2009 Wrap-Up

If you weren’t talking about the weather in Grant Park this weekend, you weren’t in Grant Park this weekend. And really that would’ve been a shame. It was oppressive at times, but despite — or as these things go, perhaps because of — the inclement weather conditions (APW-styled rain Friday, sweltering heat and humidity the… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 9, 2009 - 3:11 pm

Diesel:U:Music Feat. Clipse, Kanye, Lykke Li, Roots, Passion Pit @ Webster Hall, NYC 7/30/09

Last fall Diesel celebrated its 30th birthday in Brooklyn with a concert by N.E.R.D., Franz Ferdinand, T.I., and a very pregnant M.I.A. So expectations for last night’s Diesel:U:Music event and its promise of very special guests were high (like planes) (sorry). Jay-Z would probably show up and spit with the Roots? He is in town! More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 31, 2009 - 5:27 pm

Passion Pit Make Some MySpace Transmissions

Already hitting a boat, the clubs, and most recently, Jimmy Fallon, the Cambridge, Mass synth-poppers performed stripped-down takes on Manners and Chunk Of Change tracks at Transmissions. Because there can never be too many versions of “Sleepyhead.” Download at MySpace. More »

By: brandon / July 31, 2009 - 1:43 pm

Passion Pit Bring “The Reeling” To Fallon

The Massachusetts synth-pop outfit has taken its Manners pretty much everywhere this year — in the club, on a boat, etc. — but until last night a network television performance eluded them. Jimmy Fallon’s crew continues to pick up the slack left by Conan’s slightly (com)modified music guest booking policy by giving Passion Pit their… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 30, 2009 - 1:17 pm

New Passion Pit Video – “To Kingdom Come”

After Passion PIt impressed doubters and synth-pop lovers and graphic designers alike with the early release of their video for “The Reeling,” it is simply sensible that their second Manners video doesn’t even vaguely aim for hip or hipster points. “To Kingdom Come” is one of their debut’s most sugar-steeped songs, almost goofy in the… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 17, 2009 - 10:07 am

Passion Pit Remix Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Though Karen’s “Off with your head” evokes Alice In Wonderland, the “Heads Will Roll” video played on the spooky synthesizer line via a well-dressed and (sorry) Michael Jackson-style werewolf’s solo dance routine. The beloved wolfman shows up again on the cover of the forthcoming Heads Will Roll EP, which will include remixes of the It’sMore »

By: brandon / July 1, 2009 - 1:58 pm

Sasquatch! 2009 In Photos

Everybody loves Memorial Day weekend, but nobody loves Memorial Day weekend like those that make it to Sasquatch! As friends have returned from their treks across country, they’ve shared nothing but raves for this year’s festival, from the Gorge’s breathtaking views to this year’s fantastic lineup. Even the public indecency seems particularly magical on the… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 29, 2009 - 9:25 am

Passion Pit On A Motherfucking Boat, NYC 5/18/09

Last night Passion Pit celebrated their debut LP release by cruising New York Harbor on the Rocks Off boat cruise. Rest assured the event was thoroughly Tweeted. Fans boarded the Temptress yacht at 8PM for the three hour tour during which Cambridge’s buzzy synth-pop revivalists entertained with Manners. According to our photographer Natasha Ryan, folk… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / May 19, 2009 - 11:46 am

Passion Pit Give Themselves A Club Mix

Drummer Nate Donmoyer’s “The Reeling” remix is a goof (it’s titled Shuttle’s Super Club Mega Mix ’99) but that doesn’t mean you can’t dance to it. MP3’s at NME (and LP stream here). More »

By: Scott Lapatine / May 15, 2009 - 1:19 pm

Calvin Harris Remixes Passion Pit

We’re already two solid listens into Passion Pit’s debut LP Manners, which means, in promo-cycle terms, it is peak time for the remixes that nobody asked for. Enter the UK’s preeminent responsible partyer Calvin Harris, who tries to give the Boston outfit’s danceable lead listen “The Reeling” even more dance. The original’s stuttering synth get… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 29, 2009 - 9:43 am

New Passion Pit – “Moth’s Wings”

If you’re behind on your RSS, you missed the collective realization that Passion Pit are appearing as more than a one-hit-EP wonder, when Scott highlighted the Boston synthpoppers stuck-on-repeat song/video “The Reeling.” Would it be too much to ask for both of their Manners LP’s lead track to be ecstatic dancefloor homers? Well, yes. But… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 27, 2009 - 4:58 pm

The ‘Gum Drop LXXXV: Hear New Blank Dogs, Win A Turntable & Passion Pit Prize Pack

Incorporating a few releases with relatively bigger labels into his extensive discography of limited-edition 12″‘s, 7″‘s, etc., Brooklyn BTW Blank Dogs is quite literally getting easier to watch. See, for instance, the forthcoming In The Red-imprinted Under And Under which includes 20 new lo-fi hits (15 on the CD) and also finds Mr. Blank Dog… More »

By: brandon / April 22, 2009 - 9:50 am

New Passion Pit Video – “The Reeling”

Although the Cambridge quintet was pretty green when Amrit and I checked out its Pianos residency last summer, kids were going apeshit for Passion Pit’s synthpop hooks and helium vocals. MTV got on board during CMJ and these days a Lily cameo seems inevitable (almost there, guys). HypeM support has also been strong, but Passio… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 20, 2009 - 6:45 pm

Passion Pit Play Rockville, Release New Single

They’re from the wrong coast, but if ever a band were built for Josh Schwartz’s indie-rock web soap Rockville, CA, at least one of them would be Passion Pit. Watch the guys perform between a really weak storyline at It’s Episode 5, “The D-List.” There are live performances of two songs as well a… More »

By: brandon / March 24, 2009 - 10:00 am

Passion Pit, Lykke Li Booked For O.C. Dude’s Indie Rock Web Soap

Remember when Death Cab For Cutie played at The Bait Shop? Well, now Josh Schwartz is bringing that same kind of MAGIC to the internet with his new indie rock web series for the WB, Rockville, CA. Catch the wave at Videogum. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / February 24, 2009 - 2:57 pm

New Ra Ra Riot – “Ghost Under Rocks (Passion Pit Remix)”

It’s a match made in blog heaven, these two getting together on a track like this: “Ghost Under Rocks” sees Ra Ra Riot at the height of their melodramatic, orchestral pop powers; Passion Pit are an ascendant band that make highly bloggable electro-singles. And the results are, well if you’ve ever heard “Ghost Under Rocks”… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 26, 2009 - 4:20 pm

The BBC Names 2009’s Most Likely Breakout Acts

It’s an annual thing, this BBC list. Last year they bestowed the top three slots upon Adele, Duffy, and the Ting Tings. So, music supervisors for Apple commercials and Saturday Night Live, here’s another list to pick over. This year’s spread numbers 15 — five honorable mentions with the top 10 ranked — based o… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 9, 2009 - 12:59 pm

Passion Pit Trailed By MTV … But Will They Make Wikipedia?

Their first show was a year ago, and they’ve played around 30 shows since. Fast forward to CMJ where they express wonder at playing a whole two gigs in one day to a camera crew at MTV, and you see the quick rise that we figured after their Pianos residency a few months ago. MTV… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 27, 2008 - 9:36 am