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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

New Walkmen Video – “On the Water”

Last weekend the Walkmen gave the Guggenheim Crowd a triumphant take on You & Me’s “On The Water.” Just in time for their push through the late-summer/… More »

By: brandon / August 20, 2009 - 11:51 am

Walkmen Play The Guggenheim, Have Arty Video To Prove It

On Friday (8/14), the Walkmen played the Guggenheim Museum with High Places as part of the “It Came From Brooklyn” concert series. Ray Concepcion captured a portion of the Walkmen’s set in a high-quality video he dedicates to Les Paul. He notes it was “filmed in one continuous shot” and that “[a]ll visual effects were… More »

By: brandon / August 17, 2009 - 10:40 am

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

New Walkmen Video – “Four Provinces”

In this clip for one of You & Me’s many clippable tracks, the Walkmen are a lot like the Polyphonic Spree and Kaki King in that they made an animated video from a shit ton of still photos. However they earn bonus points of distinction in that their shots are of the Nepali Kagbeni Mustang… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 3, 2009 - 5:25 pm

The Walkmen Usher “In The New Year” On Conan

On Inauguration Night, Hamilton dedicated this song and its “I know that it’s true, it’s gonna be a good year”s to President Barack Obama. A week later the tune’s falling-downstairs groove makes a good platform for Ham to cock his head back and croon, and intensely stare down the cameras, over at 30 Rock. And… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 27, 2009 - 3:50 pm

The Walkmen/Beach House/Johnny And The Moon @ Henry Fonda Theater, Los Angeles 1/20/09

While the Obamas were busy party hopping in D.C., the Walkmen were toasting the new age in American politics with a show at Los Angeles’s Henry Fonda Theater. Hamilton dedicated “The New Year” and its “I know that it’s true, it’s gonna be a good year” croons to our 44th president, which really only cover… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 21, 2009 - 12:12 pm

Ryan Adams Sings While His Black Cab Drives A Straight Line

The Black Cab Sessions latest posting features a session with Ry, joined in the backseat and on additional guitar/harmonies by Cardinal mate Neal Casal, singing Cardinology cut “Sink Ships.” It’s pretty and straightforward from a viewer’s perspective, and was also literally straightforward from the cabbie’s perspective. The Black Cab kids write:

There wa… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 9, 2009 - 11:26 am

The Walkmen Perform With Record Store Men

When the Walkmen released their fine fourth album You & Me, musically able employees at the Nashville record store Grimey’s New and Preloved Music decided to celebrate by performing Walkmen songs at an in-store. (Three of Grimey’s employees are in an actual non-Walkmen cover band, the Privates.) The Walkmen caught wind of the event and,… More »

By: brandon / October 16, 2008 - 11:55 am

The Walkmen Go For A Walk In San Francisco

The Walkmen’s fourth album You & Me is powered, largely, through a dense, dark ambiance and Hamilton Leithauser’s raw howl. If you strip away the sonic layers, and perform the songs acoustically, you lose the underwater drums and the sense that track’s are buried beneath years of snow, but in exchange you get more of… More »

By: brandon / September 26, 2008 - 12:21 pm

New Walkmen Video – “In The New Year”

As we said on premature evaluation day: unexpectedly, the Walkmen are a band that matters in 2008, and You & Me is one for the year-end lists.
In The New Year” came as the advance track, and gave the record’s relationship-focused narrative some framing: Ham on about hopes and resolutions, turning inward through the… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 28, 2008 - 9:55 am

The Walkmen, Awkwardly Interviewed By Fox 5

There’s also a performance of “On The Water,” and despite how much we love You & Me, it’s the awesomely awkward banter that’s worth the click. Also it’s a nice guide of things not to try and small talk about with Ham: inspiration, buses, Paul Shaffer, anything at all. Watch it at Fox 5. More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 20, 2008 - 8:47 am

The Walkmen Cover Neil Hagerty, Royal Trux

When the Walkmen stopped by Daytrotter recently, they decided to make it Neil Hagerty tribute day, covering “Yellow Kid” from Royal Trux’s 1998 album Accelerator along with Neil Michael Hagerty’s “Chicken, You Can Roost On The Moon” and “Greasy Saint” and “I’m Your Son,” both from 2003’s Neil Michael Hagerty & the Howling Hex. I’m… More »

By: brandon / August 4, 2008 - 3:25 pm

The Walkmen’s You & Me Is $5 On Amie Street

That price is good for three weeks — you pay $5 (buy here), and Amie Street gives $5 to a charity close to the hearts of Hamilton and the rest of the ‘men, which is just one more reason You & Me is a great investment. More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 29, 2008 - 11:39 am

Premature Evaluation: The Walkmen – You & Me

Before we got to soak-in the woozy organ and raw yelps of “In the New Year,” the last taste we had of the Walkmen was that one-off “Lemon Hill.” As we mentioned then, the Men said “Lemon” wasn’t “exactly in line with the other stuff we are doing now.” “In The New Year”‘s clattering drums,… More »

By: stereogum / July 11, 2008 - 9:12 am

New Walkmen – “In The New Year”

At the beginning of the month, we mentioned the Walkmen’s forthcoming fourth collection You & Me. The press release name-dropped Elvis, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Randy Newman, the Modern Lovers, and the Pogues. It’s hard to tell if this roll call’s fulfilled on the basis of one track, but Dylan should be kept in mind… More »

By: brandon / June 19, 2008 - 3:46 pm

The Walkmen Ready For You & Me

New Walkmen album on the way, everybody. We got our last listen of new stuff from Ham & Co. a year ago with the one off “Lemon Hill,” but don’t look to that tipsy instrumental as a sign of what they have in store for You & Me (remember they said it wasn’t “exactly i… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 6, 2008 - 11:40 am

New Walkmen – “Lemon Hill”

Good news/bad news for Walkmen fans. Despite the band’s brash display of three new tunes this past year (“Red River” for Spidey 3, “I Lost You” and “What Happened To You” for Soundcheck), a new update to the band’s site indicates it’s gonna be awhile ’til we get a new album from the BK crew. More »

By: Stereogum / June 27, 2007 - 11:41 am

Spiderman Unleashes New YYYs, Walkmen Tracks

Peter Parker likes indie now, and like any self-respecting music fan in the digital age, he’s all about showing off his taste on his MySpace page. So head to for previously unreleased (and entirely awesome) cuts from the Walkmen (“Red River”) and YYYs (“Sealings”). So much better than Hoobastank, eh Spidey? Full Spiderman 3:More »

By: Stereogum / April 9, 2007 - 6:47 pm

SXSW: Friday In Austin

Despite the excellent lineups all over town, our daylight hours on Friday had been spoken for well before we made the trek to SouthBy (and particularly after spending Thursday systematically missing a bunch of the acts we’d hoped to see); Pitchfork assembled a stellar bill at the Emo’s complex — including RJD2 (with… More »

By: Stereogum / March 19, 2007 - 9:44 am