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Jam of the Day – Tokyo’s Citizens of Tomorrow

It looks like Passion Pit is set to play a concert to benefit Celebrate Brooklyn at the end of June. Their opening act will be Tokyo Police Club, a Toronto Band with a similarly upbeat, synthetic sound. Tickets go on sale on Saturday so, if you like what you hear below, (and we already know you like Passion Pit) snatch them up, it’s for a good cause!

This winter, the boys of Tokyo Police Club have an even bigger gig– playing two shows at the Vancouver Winter Olympics in February. This girl‘s excited.

Tokyo Police Club – Citizens of Tomorrow:

-Melissa

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Jam of the Day – Animals Rule!

For those of you living under a rock today, you may have missed that there was a HUGE UPSET last night at the U.S. Open. Twenty-year-old Juan Martín del Potro defeated reigning U.S. Open champion Roger Federer. Known for his savage forehand and enormous stature, del Potro is a bit of an animal, but maybe that’s just what it takes to play some really exciting tennis and defeat a champion player like Federer.

Other foreigners making names for themselves as animals tonight in New York City are the members of Sweden’s Miike Snow. Their first album was recorded in Stockholm and released in May 2009 by Downtown Records, and their debut U.S. single, “Animal,” is excellent. Singer/songwriter Andrew Wyatt worked with producing team Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg to create the album. I would tell you to check out the show they are playing with Jack Panete tonight at the Mercury Lounge, but their shows today and tomorrow are both sold out, so you’ll have to settle for enjoying this jam here and checking them out the next time they’re in town…

Miike Snow – Animal:

They also did a pretty cool remix of another ev2bk favorite jam, Passion Pit’s “The Reeling”, which you can listen to here:

-Melissa

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JOTD Update – Video Link for Passion Pit on Jimmy Fallon

Passion Pit on Jimmy Fallon

In case you want to see Passion Pit’s performance of “The Reeling” from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night, a link to the video is now up on NBC’s website.

Just click through and then select Chapter 6 to skip straight to the band. Or you can just watch it here, too.

And if you used to be good at Where’s Waldo, look really closely and you might be able to find us on the balcony.

-Drew

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Jam of the Night – Primetime Passion Pit

Even though it seems like Passion Pit is everywhere these days following the release of Manners (which we wrote about back in May), there’s one place they haven’t been: in your TV! But that’s all about to change after tonight, when their performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon airs later this evening.

We ended up scoring some free tickets to the taping as part of the “Band Bench” program, meaning that in return for our seats, we would agree to join the band on stage during their performance and promote a sense of excitement and dance around in the name of Passion Pit. Not a bad deal.

Of course, The Roots are the house band. We had always been relatively skeptical of this move by The Roots (could this be the very definition of selling out? Is this a good artistic move?), but to be honest they looked like they were having a great time, and were as funky as they ever were back in the day. Isn’t hip hop mainstream at this point anyway? It didn’t seem like a such a stretch for them to be comfortable and dynamic up there on the NBC stage.

The show was pretty alright, with Fallon sometimes stumbling, sometimes funny. Leslie Mann (Funny People, Knocked Up) seemed slightly off, like either she was on downers, or completely overworked and loopy. But overall she was pretty charming and nice. Michael Lang, the creator of Woodstock, seemed to be a completely chill, honest guy, although he wasn’t very animated. It’s pretty unbelievable that dude was 24 when he put Woodstock together; way to set the life accomplishment bar high. How do you surpass that?

But hey, we were there to see Passion Pit. And once we were up in the little balcony and looking at the homeboys rocking out below and sounding pretty great, it was difficult not to feel like this was a solid replacement for the cubicle on a Wednesday afternoon, listening to:

Passion Pit – The Reeling:

-ev2bk

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ev2bk Music: Passion Pit – Manners

Passion Pit wasn’t really supposed to be a band. Back in 2008, Michael Angelakos made a bunch of songs as a Valentine’s Day gift to his ex-girlfriend, which eventually wound up as the six song Chunk of Change EP (released in Sept. 2008). By then word started to spread about the Boston band’s falsetto crooning, clean synth-driven dance pop tracks, and Passion Pit began playing shows all around the Northeast.

My first encounter with the band was at the Mercury Lounge during the CMJ Festival last year, when I tried to ask my sister a question at the bar and she got pissed at me for ruining her conversation with “the lead singer of Passion Pit.” Oops! I quickly checked them out on Myspace and became briefly obsessed with uber-danceable “Sleepyhead:”

Then this February I happened to be in London and managed to catch them playing at Cargo, since our good friends Bear Hands were also on the bill (and are definitely also worth checking out!). The show was sold out and the venue was absolutely packed, but this didn’t stop anyone from getting down with some serious booty shaking/sing alongs, and the entire set was really high-energy and enjoyable:

Passion Pit @ Cargo, London - Feb 09

Passion Pit @ Cargo, London - Feb 09

Passion Pit @ Cargo, London - Feb 09

Passion Pit @ Cargo, London - Feb 09

Passion Pit @ Cargo, London - Feb 09

Passion Pit @ Cargo, London - Feb 09

After the European jaunt, the band hit up a little U.S. tour, including some dates at SXSW, which leads us up to this week and the release of their first full length album, Manners (Frenchkiss Records). To celebrate, on Tuesday the boys played what looks to have been a raucous and celebratory show on a boat cruise in the Hudson. Apparently, the band has really tightened up over the past few months, especially on the new tracks from the LP. Even MTV was there filming! Val Loper, the bassist from Bear Hands, was at the boat show and told me last night that they were “fucking amazing.”

To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Manners, especially after “The Reeling,” the album’s first single, sounded hella over-produced. After the first listen I was thinking I was maybe right. But so far each listen has only made me get more into this expanded sonic repertoire. Sure, the lead singer’s voice can get a little grating/distracting sometimes, like in the chorus of “Folds in Your Hands,” interrupting an otherwise charging opening. But there are lot of nice surprising touches that I guess come from working with a big label producer, like the funky baritone sax at the end of “To Kingdom Come,” or the kid choruses (in “The Reeling” and “Little Sectrets”) ala Pink Floyd.

The standout tracks for me were “Little Secrets,” “Swimming in the Flood,” and – even though the LP version seems to me to be essentially unchanged from the EP – “Sleepyhead” is still a dope song. A lot of the other joints seem to me to suffer from too much ambition or good beginnings gone awry into spacey-synth jams and too-high vocal flights. But overall I’d say that the disc is pretty solid and worth more than a few spins.

-Drew

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