Ticket Giveaway: Oh Land at Mercury Lounge

You guys have all figured out that I may have a bit of a girl crush on Williamsburg-by-Copenhagen’s Oh Land by now. This little love affair started when we booked her to play our Northside Festival showcase, after which we played NYC Taper’s recordings over and over. But now, with an EP floating around, props from folks like Missoni, Nylon, Perez Hilton, Vogue, and so on… we wish we could raise our fists and cry “firsties!!”… but that would be a touch tasteless.

Anyway, Oh land is amazing and will be playing at Mercury Lounge on Monday (11/15) and not only will we be there, but we have a pair of tickets to give to one lucky reader. All you’ve gotta do is tell us which Oh Land song is your favorite in the comments!

And now, for your listening pleasure, videos!

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Big Ugly Yellow Couch Sessions Return With Oh Land

I was fortunate enough to sit in on this session, and feel really lucky to have seen the process Oh land uses to layer her sound. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Kudos to the Big Ugly Yellow kids to surviving the fire that burned down their old space, almost ruined the famed couch, and managed to come back with a bang. See the rest of the videos of Oh Land here.

White Nights by Oh Land from Big Ugly Yellow Couch on Vimeo.

Ticket Giveaway: Oh Land at Littlefield

Remember back in June when we told you about Oh Land? Shortly after she played an amazing swell of songs at our Northside Festival showcase at Brooklyn Bowl to an unsuspecting crowd. Well, since then the Danish native has received rave reviews from pretty much everybody– from Nylon to Vogue, even becoming the face of M Missoni. How’s that for star power?

With her dreamy pop soundscapes and endearingly off-kilter stage presence, Oh Land is truly captivating. Howling intonations and crackling electro hooks have the power to transfix, while songs such as “Wolf & I” take you cautiously by the wrist affirming each track can be trusted. We longingly await the self-titled EP out in October on Epic Records, followed by a full-length debut in early 2011.

Luckily for you, this pretty little bird of song will be playing at Littlefield in Gowanus tomorrow night with Chicago’s Unicycle Loves You and Frances. And we wouldn’t be FREEwiliamsburg if we didn’t have a pair of tickets to giveaway to one of our favorite readers… Just comment below (using your real email address) and you’ll be entered to win a night of pure music joy.

And be sure to check out NYCtaper’s live recordings of Oh Land‘s Brooklyn Bowl performance if you need some convincing.

FREEWilliamsburg Hosts Northside Showcase with Keepaway and Hooray for Earth and more!

Last night FREEWilliamsburg hosted its Northside Showcase at Brooklyn Bowl featuring Keepaway, Hooray for Earth, Oh Land, Glass Ghost and The Babies! Thanks so much to everyone who came out to celebrate Northside with FREEWilliamsburg and hope you had as much fun as we all did!

Woods and Vivian Girls side project The Babies kicked off jam packed night with their retro-pop and lo-fi sound. Duo Glass Ghost played an engrossing and mildly ambient set and even poked of their sound juxtaposed with the bowling alley setting.

The gorgeous Oh Land danced around on stage in a Christopher Kane for Topshop crocodile printed crop top and a wolf hat (worn especially for the occasion) and enchanted the audience with her catchy electronic drum hooks.

Hooray for Earth (who were recently touring with Indie sweethearts The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and lo-fi Surfer Blood) launched into a killer set that rocked plain and simple. To close the night, Keepaway fresh from opening for Yeasayer at the Gone to Governor’s showcase played an upbeat set of dance fusion music and teased the crowd with the opening beats of their single, “Yellow Wings”– smirking, “Not yeetttt!”

To learn more about the bands that played last night, read their respective FREEWilliamsburg interviews here: Keepaway, Hooray for Earth, Oh Land, Glass Ghost and The Babies. Also, be sure to check out pictures from the night in the gallery below!

Meet Oh Land: The Most Adorable Danish Musician This Side of the Gowanus

Oh Land in a big bowIt all started in 2009, when a relatively unknown former ballerina from Denmark took the stage at SXSW, enchanting audience members with her dreamy electro-pop. She had just one self-produced album and little more than a year’s worth of experience making music under her belt. She’d never before performed in the U.S.

Now Nanna Øland Fabricius, otherwise known as Oh Land, is set to release her first major label album on Sony’s Epic Records later this year. After flying back and forth between LA and NYC, she just settled down for good this past January in Williamsburg, and will be playing at our very own Free Williamsburg showcase at the Northside festival this Sunday.

We sat down with the 25-year-old Copenhagen native to discuss her custom made electronic bell organ, being her own tour manager, and why her show will be like Mary Poppins on acid.

Free Williamsburg: So, you’ve just moved to Williamsburg. How do you like it so far?

Oh Land: I wanted to move here because I really like the feeling and the vibe. It’s more relaxed than manhattan. Like going over the bridge: all the work is in Manhattan and then it’s nice to go over the water and be out here and leave all that behind. Actually, Williamsburg reminds me a little bit of Copenhagen, where I come from. It’s like a little village.

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The Northside Festival: The FREEwilliamsburg Showcase at Brooklyn Bowl

The Northside Festival: The FREEwilliamsburg Showcase at Brooklyn Bowl

We couldn’t be more excited about this year’s Northside Festival showcase at Brooklyn Bowl.

Last year, we hosted Real Estate, These Are Powers, Air Waves, Javelin and Organs, to much acclaim.

This year, we’ve booked an equally stellar line-up that includes Pitchfork Best New Music recipients Keepaway. Full line-up below:


2009 saw a few fresh-faced youngsters (USF, Blind Man’s Colour) attempting their best Animal Collective impression– and if the continued appeal of Merriweather Post Pavilion is any indication, their sound is sure to become more prevalent. There’s a hint of A.C.’s wooly weirdness in “Yellow Wings”, from relatively unknown Brooklyn trio Keepaway‘s just-released debut EP, Baby Style. The clipped vocal samples and woozy synths that open the song have some parallels with MPP‘s blasted-beat utopia, while rubbery guitar lines add Feels-era reference points to the mix. But on the evidence here, Keepaway also have an inclination toward indie-rock accessibility, allowing them to sidestep the formlessness that can suffocate more strict A.C.-devotees. [via]

Hooray for Earth

One of the most intriguing debut EPs released in recent memory… Hooray for Earth’s Momo both embraces the advanced, nuanced pop rhythmic and musical quality that’s come out of New York City lately. [via]

Oh Land

This will be her 2nd ever U.S. show! Welcome to the neighborhood Nanna Øland Fabricius.

Glass Ghost

Glass Ghost’s simple but sublime “Like A Diamond” was the first track to garner attention some months back, and deservedly so. It’s an affecting, gently aspirated bedtime piece coupling GG main mind Eliot Kimsky’s introspective ruminations with understated rimclicks and rolling Rhodes keys. In tune and percussion it struck me as the nocturnal cousin to Merriweather Post Pavilion’s “Guys Eyes,” and in feel and tone it seemed to capture Kimsky’s Glass Ghost moniker perfectly: nearly translucent and delicate vocals set to a melody that lingered long after you pressed stop. [via]

The Babies

a new Brooklyn lo-fi sorta-supergroup featuring lead Vivian Girl Cassie Ramone, Woods bassist Kevin Morby, and Justin Sullivan, drummer for Brooklyn band Bossy. Now we’ve got a new song, “Meet Me in the City”, that occupies an appealing middle ground between the Vivians’ slapdash garage pop and Woods’ scorched-earth stoner-folk [via]

With a late night set from DFA’s Justin Miller and FREEwilly faves, Rude Dudes, spinning between sets.

More information to come — including the 411 about drink specials — but mark you calendars, and RSVP here. The festival begins next Thursday, so check out the full line-up at The L Magazine.

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