Les Savy Fav played House of Vans

Brooklyn main stays Les Savy Fav rang in the end of the summer last night. House of Vans’ summer anyway. It was the last of this year’s free shows at the Greenpoint venue. Video can be found below, including snapshots of the opening sets by local synth poppers Small Black and Spanish dance rockers Delorean.

Les Savy Fav – The Sweat Descends (House of Vans 2013)

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VIDEO: Small Black – “Free At Dawn”

FREE Download: Small Black’s Moon Killer Mixtape

It’s no secret that we’re fans of Small Black here, and we’ve been anxiously awaiting a new release to solidify our love and kick off our longing for next summer — but doused with reverb and hearbreak, the Moon Killer mixtape has us feeling less “let’s hit the beach” and more “it’s too cold to smoke on the fire escape.”

But it’s not all down-tempo introspection, we promise. In addition to the laid back flows from Heems of Das Racist this 11 track gem is, according to the band, “full of samples from and homages to songs we love and the city that we live in. Something we could never do on a record” — and there’s no better example than “Love’s Not Enough,” a track that’s worthy of hand-holding at the roller skate rink. Remixes from Phonetag and Star Slinger close out the record to remind us that after the winter, we’ve got sunshine to look forward to once again.

“After 2 years of non-stop recording and touring, this project was a chance to give people who’ve supported us something free to enjoy,” says the band, so download Small Black’s Moon Killer Mixtape here. And be sure to check them out at the Moon Killer Release Party at Glasslands on Friday, Nov. 18th!

Listen to this: Small Black f. Heems “Two Rivers”

The song is called “Two Rivers” and comes courtesy of the forthcoming Small Black mixtape called Moon Killer. Heems from Das Racist gives a relaxed, mellow freestyle over the reverb-ed out Small Black synths. Could this be the Indian Summer jam of 2011?
(via The FADER)

CMJ Giveaway: Small Black, Sun Airway, Suuns, and More!

The nice folks over at Jagjaguwar, Dead Oceans, and Secretly Canadian wanted us to help them celebrate their CMJ showcase tomorrow night at Pianos, which happens to be celebrating a slew of awesome new releases from some of our favorite bands, with a little giveaway.

One lucky reader will win a CD Prize Pack including the following:

S. Carey’s All We Grow
Suuns Zeroes QC
Sun Airway Nocturne of Exploded Chandelier
Small Black New Chain

Pretty sweet deal, huh!? Just comment below with your real email address to enter for your chance to win! And while you’re at it RSVP for the FREEwilliamsburg // Stadiums and Shrines CMJ Showcase TONIGHT at Glasslands… this little mixtape is getting us really excited for it!!

And don’t be a dummy, be sure to check out the show tomorrow night!

Best Coast played Bowery Ballroom

Last night, Best Coast proved their lo-fi, doo-wop, surf rock can make it through the summer and into the rainy, grey weather of fall with a sold out show at The Bowery Ballroom.

(pics and more after the jump)

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Small Black's Day-Glo Workshop, "Bad Lover"

It’s been a crazy week here at FREEwilly, you know, relaunching and all… somehow this little gem from one of our favorite bands slipped through our fingers. Better late than never, especially considering that we haven’t stopped listening to the EP since it’s 2009 release. Thanks to director Nick Bentgen for combining two completely separate worlds (my dad’s garage workshop and day-glo imagery) on Small Black’s “Bad Lover”