These guys again? Well, what can we say - it's been a hell of a year for PASSION PIT, and not to brag or anything, but we kind of saw it coming. Okay, fine, it wasn't exactly a difficult prediction to make: they won "Best New Act" in our Best Music Poll last year (earning themselves a spot in that year's concert), they became a blog sensation, and they packed venues around town all before their full-length debut, the delightful Manners, had even leaked in full.
It is still 2009 for a few weeks, and so WFNX continues in its quest to get some thoughts on the best music of this decade from every band who passes through town, much like they did with Metric and Sonic Youth. And with Miracle on Tremont Street - possibly the biggest WFNX show since, what, Green Day at the Hatch Shell? - happening last week, they had a golden opportunity to speak to two bands who've had huge years.
jaysvoboda http://twitvid.com/85325 - Phoenix. Holy shit. 05 Dec 2009 from API kelseyrkennedy Spoon just made me ridiculously happy. Like, I can't even begin to put it into words. 05 Dec 2009 from txt codydesjardins Passion Pit/Phoenix/Spoon...the concert was simply incredible, yay for good local radio stations.
Photos: Melissa Ostrow
Last night's BOSTON MUSIC AWARDS was a stripped-down affair at the LIBERTY HOTEL -- yes, the joint formerly known as the Charles Street Jail. An appropriate setting, perhaps, for a long-running local-music event that feels like it's on probation. The awards presentation zoomed by in a mere half-hour with only a handful of presenters and fewer categories than in previous years -- they've done away with the traditional distinction between "local" and "national" acts, which is an easy thing to do in a year with no new albums by Aerosmith, the Dresden Dolls, or DROPKICK MURPHYS (who still managed to win Best Punk Act).
Philly rap foursome CHIDDY BANG -- who've made a name for themselves in their hometown for rhyming over such hipster staples as Radiohead's "Nude," Kid Cudi's "Day and Night" and MGMT's "Kids" -- have dropped a new track based on the hook from (multiple Best Music Poll nominees) PASSION PIT's "Better Things." We don't expect to hear it on JAM'N, but it's nice to know that someone outside Boston still thinks there's cred to be had by bumping these dudes.
PASSION PIT | May 15 at the Pill @ Great Scott, Allston
The first we ever heard of PASSION PIT was from Brenda O'Keefe, then Great Scott's in-house publicist, who ran around telling anyone who would listen that she'd just heard the greatest new band in the universe. So perhaps no surprise that Great Scott eventually became, as much as anywhere, Passion Pit's home base -- or that GS was the place the band chose to grace with the obligatory semi-secret hometown show before heading out on the road to become big stars. The Pill host (and Herald columnist) Michael Marrotta made like they were the opening band on a Tuesday, but even an actual opening-band-on-Tuesday mistake (um . . . someone forgot to plug in the bass?) couldn't mask some geniune holy-shit anticipation -- how un-Allston-hipster-like is that?
AFTER THE JUMP: lots more video from Friday night's show.
According to their Twitter account, PASSION PIT will be playing Great Scott tomorrow night, returning to their old stomping grounds, The Pill, before they start touring behind their ultra-hyped debut Manners (out Tuesday), which you can now hear in its entirety on MySpace. Line starts . . .now?
1. HANDS AND KNEES, “YOU GOT POP, YOU GOT STYLE” (mp3)
2. THE EVERYDAY VISUALS, “HEAL ME”
3. GROWLERS, “ALL BUT THE BONES”
4. PASSION PIT, “LITTLE SECRETS”
5. SARAH BORGES AND THE BROKEN SINGLES, “NO ONE WILL EVER LOVE YOU”
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Hands and Knees play Great Scott on April 30.
Their debut album hasn't even been released yet, but PASSION PIT are already towering over Kanye, Bat For Lashes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Sonic Youth on a national chart. That's right: for at least a week or so, the Pit have been esconced as the #1 slot on the "Hot Artists" list at the mp3-blog aggregator Elbo.
Future of the Left
Passion Pit, "Moth's Wings" Pitchfork premiered these local dudes' newest track. Do they remind anyone else of Animal Collective's recent stuff at all, or is it just me? Previously on On the Download: Passion Pit, "The Reeling."
White Denim, "Mirrored and Reverse"
WFNX's New England Product Top Five:
1. PASSION PIT, “THE REELING” (mp3)
2. WILD LIGHT, “NEW YEAR’S EVE”
3. HOT BOX, “A1”
4. ME AND JOAN COLLINS, “(I MASTURBATE) A LITTLE TOO MUCH”
5. MISKATONIC, “FAVORITE RECORDS”
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