Listen: Passion Pit Cover Smashing Pumpkins “Tonight Tonight”

Alex Moore :: Thursday, June 24th, 2010 10:00 am

This summer’s most palatable music advertising campaign continues from Levi’s Pioneer Sessions with Passion Pit covering Smashing Pumpkins.

Levi’s presents an impressive lineup for the series, with Passion pit joinig Nas, Dirty Projectors, the Shins and others. Mercifully, Passion Pit eschew the late-period, skirt wearing, gigantic band Pumpkins, dialing the clock back to Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness for “Tonight Tonight”

To download the Passion Pit cover, visit the Levi’s Pioneer Series. Continue reading to watch a mini-documentary about the making of the recording. MORE »


Live Reviews

Passion Pit: Live in Oregon

Colm McAuliffe :: Monday, April 12th, 2010 9:30 am

Close your eyes at a Passion Pit performance and one imagines the sleek hi-NRG sounds emitting from the stage to belong to some ultra-camp, 80s revue retro-experience. But the fact that the cascading keyboards, helium vocals (reminiscent of this) and rousing, soaring choruses come from five scruffy, bearded, plaid-shirted Bostonians is a curious visual dichotomy which did not seem to matter to the insatiable audience, evidence of the band’s sudden rise on the coat-tails of MGMT. MORE »



The Moon and Antarctica Vinyl Re-release

Amy Laviero :: Friday, March 19th, 2010 1:30 pm

Record Store Day announced a re-release of Modest Mouse’s The Moon and Antarctica, which will be available on April 17th along with countless other noteworthy pressings. To celebrate the album’s 10th anniversary, the band opted to remaster its tracks and re-release it on vinyl with the original track-listing.

Other Record Store Day releases include vinyl pressings from Deerhoof, Neko Case, Sonic Youth, Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Passion Pit, Tom Waits, and Sea Wolf. There will also be new music from Holy Steady, Deftones, and Gogol Bordello, to name a few. I am particularly excited to hear Bon Iver and Peter Gabriel cover each other.

You can check out a full list of releases, re-releases, and Record Store Day limited editions, at the event’s official website.



Passion Pit Reissue Manners, Announce More Tour Dates

Amy Laviero :: Wednesday, March 17th, 2010 1:50 pm

On April 13th, Passion Pit will reissue their debut album, Manners. The reissue will feature three bonus tracks including new versions of “Sleepyhead” and “Moth’s Wings,” as well as the band’s unlikely cover of the Cranberries’ song “Dreams,” which they have been playing live. The new Manners will also feature new cover art, which I’m hoping is a better reflection of the album’s vibe.

Click through to check out the band play “Dreams,” as well as a new list of tour dates. MORE »


Free Download

New Download: Passion Pit Remixes Shout Out Louds

Amy Rose Spiegel :: Friday, February 19th, 2010 5:30 pm

While we’re the topic of Scandimania, Swedish band Shout Out Louds is releasing a new album on February 23.  To celebrate this, they’re offering a free download of their new single, “Fall Hard,” remixed by Passion Pit.  Download the song by right-clicking here and prepare to get down with that sweet Scandinavian sound.  They’re also beginning a US tour on March 1st:




Bear Hands US Tour Dates & “What A Drag” Release Date

Nick Nicoludis :: Thursday, February 11th, 2010 3:20 pm

Bear Hands is a group that fits into no musical mold. They blend electronic keyboard melodies, stomping jungle beats that are virtually impossible not to at least awkwardly sway to, echoed out guitars, and semi falsetto vocals provided by the lead singer/song writer/guitarist Dylan Rau. I think it is important to note, for the purpose of giving credentials to their musical prowess, Dylan Rau and guitarist Ted Feldman both graduated from Wesleyan college; a school that produced acts like MGMT and Francis and the the Lights. They don’t seem to care much for what is going on musically around them. All the new memes and genres have no sway in their style or sound. Cantora Records is poised to drop the new single “What A Drag” on Feburary 16th. MORE »


Bands, Contests

Free Stuff = The Best Kind of Stuff

Amy Laviero :: Friday, February 5th, 2010 2:00 pm

Free concert, free drinks, free prizes!

Baeble Music is holding a free, hi-def screening party for a pre-recorded Passion Pit concert that took place last September in Central Park. If you need more incentive to check it out, there will also be free booze between 7:00 and 8:00. The screening will take place next Wednesday, February 10th, between 7:00 and 10:00 at Public Assembly in Williamsburg, 70 North 6th street between Wythe and Kent.

They are also giving away three Passion Pit prize packs, each with a signed vinyl of Manners and a signed poster from the Central Park concert. To enter the contest, log-in to Facebook, connect with, and leave a comment about the concert on this page. The announcement didn’t specify what kind of comments they are looking for, but it said that winners will be announced via Facebook.



Bear Hands Announce Tour Dates with Passion Pit

Amy Laviero :: Friday, January 29th, 2010 3:00 pm

A couple days ago we posted Bear Hand’s tour dates beginning February 16. Via their MySpace yesterday, the band announced further dates with Passion Pit and Mayer Hawthorne & the County. Tickets are available now.

Passion Pit will also be playing a benefit show with Tokyo Police Club for Celebrate Brooklyn! June 29th at 6:00. Tickets are on sale tomorrow to the general public and proceeds from ticket sales will go towards funding free shows through Celebrate Brooklyn. Visit the organization’s official page for more information.

Click through for a full list of tour dates. MORE »


Bands, YouTube

Run Toto Run do Passion Pit

Amy Laviero :: Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 5:08 pm

While scouring the internet for new music, I came across this cover of Passion Pit’s “Sleepyhead,” by Run Toto Run and thought I would share because hey, who doesn’t love a good cover song?  Hailing from the UK, the band has only been around about a year, although their cover and single, “Catch My Breath,” have enjoyed some recent satellite radio air play and online buzz generated by the blogging community. MORE »



Today In Music

Brenna Ehrlich :: Tuesday, November 17th, 2009 1:25 pm

Write a poem for Jeff Tweedy, you know, like a stalker would: Wilco Launches Haiku Contest

Take this on your lunch break-if you’re a fat-ass:  “Where Should I Eat, Fast Food Edition” (via The Daily What)

And you thought Jay R’s moniker was politically incorrect: A Roundup of Retarded Merch (via The Daily Swarm)

Like iTunes visualizer, but so much more awesome: Passion Pit Release “Little Secrets” Video, Soundtrack Palm Pixi Ad

This is like watching public access television-in hell: Microsoft Store Unenthusiastically Breaks Into Song



More Chances to See Passion Pit Play Announced

Brenna Ehrlich :: Tuesday, November 10th, 2009 12:50 pm

Passion Pit has been one busy band as of late-what with being nominated for an MTV VMA (for “The Reeling”) and garnering yet another nomination for a 2009 mtvU Woodie Award (the cleverly titled “Breaking Woodie”). Although a bunch of their shows are already sold-out, there’s plenty of chances to see Pit play, no matter where you reside. Check out tour dates and the video for the impossibly catchy “The Reeling” after the jump. It’ll probably be stuck in your head until these dudes make it to your town.