from the album Con Law
39 Sleigh Bells "Crown On The Ground"
from the album Sleigh Bells
38 Benjy Ferree "In The Countryside"
from the album Come Back To The Five And Dime Bobby Dee Bobby Dee
37 Envy Corps "Screen Test"
from the EP Kid Gloves
36 The Drums "Saddest Summer"
from the EP Summertime!
35 Fool's Gold "Surprise Hotel"
from the album Fool's Gold
34 Passion Pit "Sleepyhead"
from the EP Chunk Of Change
33 Royal Bangs "War Bells"
from the album Let It Beep
32 Discovery "So Insane"
from the album LP
31 The Horrors "Who Can Say"
from the album Primary Colours
30 Dizzee Rascal "Money Money"
from the album Tongue 'N' Cheek
29 Lily Allen "Not Fair"
from the album It's Not Me, It's You
28 Gone For Good "Happy"
from the EP The Drawing Board
27 Ida Maria "I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked"
from the album Fortress Round My Heart
26 Surfer Blood "Swim (To Reach The End)"
from the album Astro Coast
25 The Thermals "Now We Can See"
from the album Now We Can See
24 The Weird Beards "Willow Tree Express"
from the single Willow Tree Express
23 Sean Bones "Easy Street"
from the album Rings
22 St. Vincent "Actor Out Of Work"
from the album Actor
21 Passion Pit "Folds In Your Hands"
from the album Actor
20 Suckers "Easy Chairs"
from the EP Suckers
19 Phoenix "Lisztomania"
from the album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
18 Neon Indian "Deadbeat Summer"
from the album Psychic Chasms
17 The Drums "I Felt Stupid"
from the single I Felt Stupid
16 Kid Cudi f. MGMT & Ratatat "Pursuit Of Happiness"
from the album Man On The Moon: The End Of Day
15 Julian Casablancas "11th Dimension"
from the album Phrazes For The Young
14 Those Dancing Days "Hitten"
from the album In Our Space Hero Suits
13 Patrick Wolf "Hard Times"
from the album The Bachelor
12 The Answering Machine "Lightbulbs"
from the album Another City, Another Sorry
11 MSTRKRFT f. John Legend "Heartbreaker"
from the album Fist Of God
10 Pretty & Nice "Tora Tora Tora"
from the album Get Young
9 Animal Collective "My Girls"
from the album Merriweather Post Pavillion
8 Camera Obscura "French Navy"
from the album My Maudlin Career
7 Pomegranates "Everybody, Come Outside"
from the album Everybody, Come Outside
6 Late Of The Pier "Heartbeat"
from the album Fantasy Black Channel
5 The Love Language "Lalita"
from the album The Love Language
4 Empire Of The Sun "Walking On A Dream"
from the album Walking On A Dream
3 The Drums "Let's Go Surfing"
from the EP Summertime!
2 Passion Pit "The Reeling"
from the album Manners
1 Phoenix "1901"
from the album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
I think the hardest aspect of the running this band is just trying to describe it to people. Basically we show up with a billion lights, bags and bags of costumes (enough for anyone who wants one), 60 or more light sabers and really good songs, grab some mics and say “look, this is your time; you chose to be here, you probably paid your hard earned money to be here: don’t you dare walk out that door without having the best night of your life! All these things are at your disposal, we’ll help! We’re going to throw an awesome dance party, run around and scream about how fucking cool it is to finally kiss that person you’ve been crushing on for months, how there is nothing better than partying until 5 in the morning when you have to be up for work at 7 and how your friends are so fucking great, and there’s no doubt that you’d be absolutely fucking dead if they weren’t in your life to clean you off when you get shit on. Tonight there is no such thing as uncool. If you really want to hug a wall that’s fine! But if you’ve got a dance in your feet and a song in your heart then you fucking go for it!”
And the best part is that it works. It happens. People come out of their shells and go nuts! We’ve had shows where we just hand the mics over to people in the crowd mid song cause the harmonies they’re singing are so beautiful. People bust out insane moves! People put together the most incredible outfits! And you have no idea how good sword fighters people are! At the end of it people always come up to me and ask me what the name of our band is and who’s in it, and every time I say “We’re the terror pigeon dance revolt! And every single person in this room is in it!”
Needless to say, these guys are a blast! And they're even signed to Luaka Bop, the label headed by Talking Head David Byrne! Last time these guys came thru, many people said it was their favorite show ever! Why wouldn't you want to start your New Year off like this?!
Right now, you can go view the movie below or at headlightsmusic.com.
This Tuesday is gonna be crazy! Three very hyped bands are coming to the Oasis to show us that they're not just a bunch of hype! We're gonna give you some previews of what you can expect from this enormous show...
Illinois indie rock band Headlights continue to please with dreamy-pop tunes on their latest album, Wildlife, via Polyvinyl Records.
Their third record, despite the usual handful of upbeat and catchy melodies, also shows the band’s ability to slow down elegantly without sacrificing the natural momentum or lively appeal of their music as a whole.
Many tracks shimmer contagiously with fun synthy spots and smoothly rolling drumbeats, much like their previous album, Some Racing, Some Stopping. They’ve mastered the art of crafting peppy gems, like Wildlife’s opener “Telephones,” a track that builds up its punch and becomes a full-fledged head-bobber by the chorus, or midway through the record on “Get Going,” where crunching guitar work intermingles with a warm and hazy danceable backdrop. Headlights rock a lot like Mates of State, French Kicks or the Pomegranates, offering not only consistently good music, but an overall fun experience.
Check out the video for "Cherry Tulips" below:
The Shaky Hands
Following a tour with The Meat Puppets, Delffs packed his bags and went to live in India for a month and a half, leaving behind his guitar and embarking on a fast from Western music. He sang in the temples and wrote lyrics for the new album, which the band had already started writing, but took the longest break he’d ever taken from playing in a band. This journey, which culminated with a 23-hour plane ride leading directly into a 37-hour drive to Austin for SXSW, altered the direction of the new record—although perhaps not in the most obvious way.
Delffs launched back into the rock scene immediately, playing SXSW and touring back up to Portland. The band spent nearly two months on the road with The Thermals in spring of 2009, where they wrote and developed songs, allowing the new tracks to attain lives of their own each night. After the tour, at Morris’ recommendation, the band went into Jackpot! Studios with producer Jay Pellicci (Deerhoof, Erase Errata). There they spent ten days recording the songs they’d written and practiced, mostly in one or two takes.Check out the video for "Already Gone," which just debuted on IFC, below:
Everybody, Come Outside! is the shimmering and dreamy new album from Cincinnati art-pop denizens, Pomegranates. This Cincinnati quartet broke on the scene last year with their debut full length, Everything Is Alive--an album that garnered immediate attention and support from music lovers and taste-makers alike. KEXP and WOXY, among others, fell for the band's quirky and charming blend of pop rock, and listeners followed suit, blogging the band up to 11 on Elbo.ws blog aggregate. The band also caught the attention of their peers. Artists such as French Kicks and Islands responded to Pomegranates' dynamic live set by inviting them out on the road. Everybody, Come Outside! shows a marked improvement both creatively and sonically from its predecessor, channeling influences that range from Talking Heads and Brian Eno, to French Kicks and Fela Kuti. The album was recorded by Pomegranates and mixed and mastered by TJ Lipple of Aloha (MGMT, Headlights, Minus Story).
Check out a live rendition of "Coriander" below:
Mercutio is a musical group out of New London, CT, though 3/4s of the band is from Worcester, MA. Stylistically, the group leans towards spiky, dancey post-punk which may or may not entice you to rock out. Going through a big line up change after recording their first EP, Mercutio has slimmed down to a 4 piece band. The band is currently writing new songs, booking shows, and preparing to take New England by storm.
*** The show begins at 9pm this Tuesday October 20th. $7 cover. 21+ show. Lots of drink specials to be had! Don't miss it! ***
The incomparable Deerhoof headline this year's fest, along with uber-buzzing The Drums, Das Racist and Free Energy. Old friends Tim Easton, Pretty & Nice and Cassavettes will join the lineup as well. Local acts will include Total Bolsheviks, The Weird Beards, Get Haunted, Chasing Trinity and Above/Below. New Haven's The Vultures and M.T. Bearington will round out the lineup as well. This lineup is the festival's best to date.
National press will be covering this event, hence, we are putting our best foot forward for the afterparties this year. The Oasis afterparty will host performances by Fatal Film and The Hempsteadys, who nearly tore the walls down at the Sailfest afterparty. At MUSE Gallery, Justin of The Swagger Jackers will join Chum the Skrilla Guerilla for an awesome dance party. Maybe some special surprise performances are in order?
You do NOT want to miss this amazing day!
Magic Hat Wacko
Brewed w/ beet sugar, pale malts, Columbus hops, fermented with an English Ale strain.
Yes, you read correctly... beet sugar! Hence, why the beer comes out pink! A great conversation starter at the bar. This has a very pale ale taste to it - not that fruity at all.
Southern Tier Mokah Imperial Stout
A stout brewed with coffee and chocolate!
The folks at Southern Tier couldn’t resist the temptation to combine two of their highly acclaimed Blackwater Series Imperial Stouts: Jahva and Choklat. Alone each is perfect, but together as Mokah they are an inimitable expression of two of the world’s most sought after flavors. A perfect treat for dessert!
Kona Wailua Wheat
It's being referred to here at the Oasis as "the grapefruit beer" if that gives you any hint!
This golden, sun colored ale has a bright, citrusy flavor that comes from the tropical passion fruit we brew into each batch. Sit back, relax and enjoy paradise anytime.
The New Zealand quartet Cut Off Your Hands was such a blast! The boys blasted through a set of jittery post-punk and power pop that impressed the crowd at the Oasis. Below is video footage of the boys having a drink after hours and judging a state-for-state naming game, in which they laid the hammer down on Adam. ("He said Georgia twice!") Plus, a spectacular performance of hit single "Expectations," their final song of the night.
It was our good friend Jim's birthday (he's in The Hempsteadys & Past The Point, which used to be Blood Groove, for those of you out of the loop). We threw him an amazing surprise bash that started early and just kept going all night strong! I have never seen people drink this much!
Unfortunately, it was such a shit show, that we couldn't catch the bands properly, but let me be the first to officially say that I'm impressed with a fresh new batch of Hand Grenade Serenade songs (they even wrote one about the Oasis called "Black Hole"... our sentiments exactly!).
The American Infidels made a long-time-coming debut at the Oasis and And All Was Silent opened up the night. Can I just say how awesome those guys are? You may not like hardcore music or black tee shirts or big beards, but many of the hardcore guys that come through are some of the nicest people you'll ever meet. And All Was Silent was no exception, and they knew how to party! The lead singer "motorboated" Stifler's mom! (You know who I'm talking about!) Then, he came inside, rang the Oasis bell, downed a few shots, yacked his brains out and left. Now, that's hardcore!
You will not see all this in the video below, but you will see a "Hardcore Decorating" session and Frank Lo really going to town with that Bill Cosby impersonation!
So, yes, it's been a bit of a crazy weekend. A "shit show" to be exact. We here at the Oasis have had a blast with all of you who came out this past weekend. How could we not? It started off with a BANG! Actually, it started off with a HYPE!
Thursday night saw the debut of the HYPE! Dance Party featuring our friends - the Guinness-swilling Swagger Jackers! What a party they threw - sweet tunes, mad ladies and a legit lightning scheme that made our mouths water.
At one point, we were thoroughly confused with the girl-to-guy ratio being anywhere above 1 to 45! If you live in or around New London, you may well know that this town is a sausage party on the regular... but on Thursday, there was about as much sausage as you'd see at a PETA meeting!
The Swagger Jackers will be back next month on Thursday, May 21st and they've already claimed to have many more tricks up their sleeve! In the meantime, you can hear the entire live set of HYPE! and subscribe to the Swaggcast (for free!) at:
And check out more photos from John @ Primitive Machine here:
This weekend was a total shitshow. Again. Sorry we haven't been posting, we've been a little busy with drinks and hangovers and kickball and stuff. Adam's working on the video from HYPE!, Jims Birthday, Saturday, and the 4/20 Ukefest as I write, so don't think we forgot.