Car Seat Headrest

The Melodic Tree’s Top 20 Pictures of 2018

Naked Giants, Car Seat Headrest at Capitol Theater in photos

Car Seat Headrest share new song “War Is Coming (If You Want It) [March Mix]”

Car Seat Headrest has released an “alternate mix” of a new song. All of the proceeds from “War Is Coming (If You Want It) [March Mix]” will be donated to the Transgender Law Center, in unity with Bandcamp’s site-wide fundraiser. Find it here on their Bandcamp page. All of the profits that Bandcamp makes today will be donated to the TLC and Car Seat Headrest have also announced that their own proceeds will be donated to the organization as well. According to the band, the new track will officially be released later this month.

The Melodic Tree’s Weekly Playlist

1. Sober to Death – Car Seat Headrest

2. Margot – Minks

3. Waves – Bahamas

4. Scattered Pearls – Casiotone for the Painfully Alone

5. Fireworks – Radiator Hospital

6. Drowsy – Banes World

7. Only You – Mac DeMarco

8. Nothings Gonna Hurt You Baby – Cigarettes After Sex

9. Camelblues – Mndsgn

10. Evaporar – Little Joy

11. Pains – Silk Rhodes

12. Girl! – Terror Pigeon

13. A Stick and Slacks – Shintaro Sakamoto

14. Myth – Beach House

15. Sarah – (Sandy) Alex G

16. Nothing in Rambling – Helvetia

17. Grand New Spin – Cold Celeste

18. The Brae – Yumi Zouma

19. Sandy – Jackson Scott

20. Benny – Mauno

Watch Car Seat Headrest perform new version of “Unforgiving Girl” on “Conan”

On “Conan” last, they welcomed musical guests Car Seat Headrest where they played an updated version of their Teens of Denial track “Unforgiving Girl (She’s Not An).” Watch it below. Car Seat Headrest are between their two-weekend performances at Coachella currently. Will Toledo also shared recently a cover of the Smiths’ “That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore.”

Car Seat Headrest announce tour

Car Seat Headrest have announced a number of new tour dates for 2017. The band will be performing headlining shows as well as festival appearances at Coachella, Governor’s Ball, Bonnaroo, and more. Check out the full itinerary below. The band’s latest album, Teens of Denial was No. 1 on Melodic Tree’s Top Six Albums of 2016.

Car Seat Headrest:

03-10 New Orleans, LA – The Buku Music + Art Project
03-14 Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Paradiso Grote Zaal
03-15 Brussels, Belgium – Botanique
03-16 Cologne, Germany – Gebäude 9
03-17 Berlin, Germany – Musik & Frieden
03-18 Schorndorf, Germany – Manufaktur
03-19 Munich, Germany – Feierwerk / Kranhalle
03-20 Zürich, Switzerland – Mascotte
03-22 Paris, France – Divan du Monde
03-23 London, England – Electric Ballroom
03-24 Manchester, England – Manchester Gorilla
03-24-26 Glasgow, Scotland – BBC Radio 6 Music Festival
03-26 Leeds, England – Brudenell Social Club
03-27 Dublin, Ireland – Academy
04-15 Indio, CA – Coachella Valley Music and Arts
04-17 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theatre *
04-19 Pomona, CA – The Glass House ^
04-20 Pioneertown, CA – Pappy & Harriets *
04-22 Indio, CA – Coachella Valley Music and Arts
05-12 Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees Music Festival\
05-26 Allston, MA – Boston Calling
05-28 George, WA – Sasquatch Music Festival
06-01 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
06-03 New York, NY – Governors Ball Music Festival
06-04 Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater
06-05 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
06-07 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
06-08 Louisville, KY – Headliners
06-09 Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music Festival
06-18 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre $
06-24 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre #
06-30 Richmond, VA – Brown’s Island
07-28-30 Oro-Medonte, Ontario – WayHome Music and Arts Festival
08-01 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
08-03 South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground Ballroom
08-04-06 Montreal, Quebec – Osheaga Festival

* with Preoccupations
^ with Future Islands
$ with Local Natives and Portugal, the Man
# with Weezer

The Melodic Tree’s Top Six Albums of the Year


1. Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial

2016 was a break-out year for Will Toledo, aka Car Seat Headrest, whether it was signing to Matador Records to releasing Teens of Denial, their second on the label and first that consisted of entirely new material. On their thirteenth album, Toledo’s lyrics are, as always, emotional and reflective, looking at his dealing with mental illness and dealing with the inevitable feeling of dread that has been a recurring theme throughout this album and their previous 12. In the opening track, “Fill in the Blank,” Toledo goes on to say: “You have no right to be depressed. You haven’t tried hard enough to like it. Haven’t seen enough of this world yet. But it hurts, it hurts, it hurts, it hurts. Well stop your whining, try again.” The idea of no one truly understanding his depression and what is going on inside his head repeats back and forth in this song until the outro when he affirms he has a right to be depressed and that he has tried to fight it. This reflectiveness is not uncommon for Toledo in the third track on Teens in Denial, “Vincent,” where he talks about googling his depression and his previous albums, especially the track, “We Can’t Afford (Your Depression Anymore)” on his album, Nervous Young Man. This cleaner sounding and breakout album from Car Seat Headrest is just the beginning of what will be even more critcal success for the band in the future.


2. Bon Iver – 22 A Million

The highly anticipated return of Bon Iver and follow up to 2011’s self-titled, 22 A Million, heads in a completely different direction than what Justin Vernon has done in his history. However, it is somewhat expected from Bon Iver as For Emma, Forever Ago, showed what Vernon could do alone, not including what he released previously under his own name, and Bon Iver showed what could be done with a full band and recording with more people. 22 A Million shows what Vernon can do as a musician and what the band can do outside the realms they built for themselves in indie folk. This turn to a more experimental and somewhat strange new sound that Bon Iver brings to the table with this album is an interesting new step in what might be a new era of the band.


3. Mitski – Puberty 2

The 25-year-old singer-songwriter, Mitski’s fourth studio album discusses the struggles of being happy from day to day, especially shown on the track, “My Body’s Made of Crushed Little Stars,” where she sings: “I don’t know how I’m gonna pay rent. I wanna see the whole world. Would you kill me, Jerusalem.” The lyrics go on to talk about how she hopes she does well in a job interview and the stereotypical interviewee line “I work better under deadlines” being repeated. This sort of trying to find something to grasp onto in order to find some sort of happiness in the cloud of depression and anxiety is a recurring theme throughout this album as Mitski shows off her chaotically good sound that she has had across her discography.


4. The Growlers – City Club

The Growlers, have always managed to combine “country, surf pop and rock” all into one, something that is somewhat trademark to them and lead to the definition of their sound, “Beach Goth” to a popular festival under the same name. The industrial-esque funkiness of “I’ll Be Around” allows it to be one of the best tracks on the albums. Another notable track is “Neverending Line” because of how seemingly miserable the chorus sounds: “It’s the end of a line. Another shit job. Another piss-stained room. Another tomb. Another city. Hardly make it to the other side. Just to find, it ain’t so pretty.” The darkness of this song encompasses the album and its mood in what seemed to be one of the somewhat slower tracks.


5. Iji – Bubble

The almost always upbeatness of iji’s (pronounced “eehee”) latest album, Bubble, is the perfect album for anyone in need for the perfectly groovy pop album. The song, “Wild Music,” is particularly a favorite, where the singer, guitarist, and saxophonist, talks about wanting to “play the saxophone in your band” and the fluidity of this track is both is invigorating as it gets to the two-minute mark and soothing at the same time. This eccentrically melodic pop album is erratic as they masterfully maneuver through these weird but engrossing 13 tracks.


6. The Washboard Abs – Have U Scanned Ur Club Card

Denver-born and Olympia-based, The Washboard Abs’ Have U Scanned Ur Club Card gracefully goes through bedroom indie music as Clarke Sondermann sings somber and reflective lyrics in the seemingly melancholic backing tracks. The song, “Window,” is the perfect example on this album as the lyrics are earnest (i.e.“Early in the morning but later in the day, your brother snoring the sky will slowly grey, and I will drink my coffee and I will try to say I think about you often I hope you’re not okay”) and yet it is a seemingly warm song with the guitar repeats. The third track, “Sugar Skulls” differs n the sense that it is somewhat more upbeat and the Sondermann’s lyrics talk about self-destruction. They are one of our favorite local bands and it makes sense why they are on the rise and opening for bigger and bigger indie bands.

New Orleans’ Buku Music + Art Project reveals 2017 lineup

Buku Music + Art Project in New Orleans has announced its initial lineup for 2017. The two-day festival, now in its sixth year, will happen from March 10th and 11th at the Mardi Gras World.

So far, the lineup includes: deadmau5, Travis Scott, Zeds Dead, Vince Staples, Young Thug, Car Seat Headrest, 21 Savage, Lil Yachty, Tycho, Sleigh Bells, Washed Out, Thundercat, Clams Casino, Lil Dicky, ZHU, Jauz, The Floozies, Sophie, Lane 8, and Nin Kravitz. More artists will be revealed after the New Year.

General admission and VIP passes will be on sale starting Saturday, December 8th through the festival’s website.

Watch Car Seat Headrest perform “Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales” on “Fallon”

Car Seat Headrest were on“Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” as the musical guests. They performed a completely revamped (and shorter) version the Teens of Denial hit “Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales” with help from members of the Roots. Watch it below.

The Melodic Tree’s Weekly Playlist

1. Satan’s Tape – Happy Trendy

2. Faces on the Wall – CASTLEBEAT

3. Bayhouse – Native America

4. Keep Me Under Your Arms – Modern Vices

5. Sloop Jay D – Twin Peaks

6. Times to Die – Car Seat Headrest

7. I’ve Wasted So Much Time – Enjoy

8. High With Me – Free Weed

9. Change the Channel -Manwomanchild

10. Washed Up – South of France

11. Whatever – Ruby Haunt

12. Our Puram – Pfarmers

13. Lost Postions – Barbarisms 

14. The Shine – Tuskha

15. Honey Lips – Part Time

16. Have Mercy – Sweet Spirit

17. Hesperus – Twin River

18. Grand New Spin – Gold Celeste

19. Earrings Off! -Adult Jazz

20. Houdini Crush – Buke & Gase

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