F. Scott Fitzgerald once famously said that "there are no second acts in American life." But New York isn't America and Walkmen singer Hamilton Leithauser isn't Jay Gatsby, though they share a certain provincial streak. Three members of the Walkmen were once in Jonathan Fire*Eater, a New York It Band that crashed before they even took off. That prior failure weighs on the Walkmen, who sound more mature and business-like than any of their contemporaries. "This'll all go away in a second, buddy," they seem to say. Their music is soft and incredibly kinetic, the omnipresent keyboards buzzing like Magic Fingers and drummer Matt Barrick riding his open hi-hat like it was the last lifeboat on the Titanic. There are four absolute musts on this disc: "Wake Up" ("Taps" for twentysomethings), "The Blizzard of '96" (wind chime-rock), "We've Been Had" (epic/awesome/killer/amazing — take your pick) and the title track (modern R&B vocals, rhythm section cold-rockin 'it).
By Andrew Parks on 10.04.14 in News
Since it’s nearly impossible to keep up with all the features that flood social media feeds all week, we did some of the digging for you. Here’s a handful of stories that are worth a click this weekend: - FADER reveal...
By Andrew Parks on 09.05.14 in News
Most music videos don’t require much more than a sentence-long summary, let alone an intro from Carson Daly, so here’s what we’re doing every Friday afternoon: saving you a slew of clicks by dropping the clips you may ha...
By Winston Cook-Wilson on 06.03.14 in Features
Winston Cook-Wilson on the Walkmen frontman's solo debut
By Matthew Fritch on 06.28.13 in Who Is...?s
Quentin Stoltzfus shot through the ranks of a late '90s Philadelphia psych-rock scene — a tightly-knit faction of retro-futurists that included the Lilys, Bardo Pond, Lenola, Photon Band, Azusa Plane and Asteroid #4 — on...