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Passion Pit @ MHOW (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
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Passion Pit are playing Glasslands Gallery in Brooklyn on December 5th. There's a good chance you won't be able to see them in a NYC venue that small again. $11.00 tickets are on sale.

Finger on the Pulse, who are co-presenting the Glasslands show with Palms Out Sounds, are also holding a remix contest for Passion Pit's song "Sleepyhead". Full show lineup and contest details are at their site. All Passion Pit dates below...

Passion Pit - 2008/09 Tour Dates
Dec 05 - Glasslands, Brooklyn, NY *
Jan 22 - Divan Orange Montreal
Jan 23 - Zaphod Beeblebrox Ottawa, ON
Jan 24 - The Horseshoe Tavern Toronto

* w/ Red Foxxx, Etan (Ninja Tune) & finger on the pulse djs


And, if you happen to be in Europe next week, go say hi to the twins from Finger on the Pulse on their very European tour...

Finger on the Pulse (DJ) - 2008 European Tour Dates
Nov 14 - BANG! w/ Jick Magger & AM RADIO - Warsaw
Nov 15 - Balsam (Soul Party) - Warsaw
Nov 19 - Wolf Parade @ Debaser Slussen - Stockholm
Nov 19 - Ess (After Party) w/ Chris Esch - Stockholm
Nov 20 - Zoo Gallery (Terry Diabolik) - Copenhagen
Nov 20 - Club For Heroes (DJ Never Forget) - Copenhagen
Nov 21 - Stengade 30 - w/ Jkamata, The Inspektor, Dan Madsen + guests - Copehnhagen
Nov 24 - Durrr w/ These Are Powers and Video Nasties - London



Comments (40)

It's bad enough you have the Red Sox coming from Boston - now you have this garbage...

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2008 2:05 PM

yea, but its reallllllly fun, catchy garbage.

Posted by sloweducation | November 10, 2008 2:10 PM

I make the same face when I'm pushing out a really nasty-large turd - ya know, the kind that really hurt you on the way out.

Posted by Buzz Toast | November 10, 2008 2:32 PM

@ 2:05: Is that how fans of irrelevant sports teams are talking these days?

Plus, for every one decent NY band, there's at least 70 who are worse than terrible.

Posted by Greg | November 10, 2008 2:38 PM

Um... I was quite impressed with Passion Pit at CMJ, so not sure why people are hating (though I have a nagging suspicion it's based solely on the keyboardist's expression in the above picture, like most myopic BV readers who simply base their opinions of bands on BV's accompanying photos).

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2008 3:20 PM

They're also playing a date in Northampton, MA on February 3rd (a Saturday) I believe at the Iron Horse. That probably means there is at least that date, a Boston date and maybe some more.

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2008 3:39 PM

they were scheduled to play the middle east downstairs in boston with bishop allen on the 20th but it's not on the site anymore. weird.

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2008 4:24 PM

you should be happy it's not happening anymore.

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2008 4:35 PM

dude's voice is fake and annoying. 2nd keyboard guy/hypeman is even more annoying.

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2008 5:03 PM

Music fans are hating because the band is blister pack assembled, and the frontman is a heinous wanker.

Also, because their EP has their death cab song, their postal service song, their hot chip song, etc.

The net is a mixed blessing when breaking new music because it can elevate ANY band to the status of veterans SOLELY on the basis of one EP that, fun though it may be, is incredibly derivative. For other examples see: Tokyo Police Club, Black Kids, Bloc Party, etc.

How about waiting to hear a full length before buying property in Israel to stake out a good spot for watching your messiah, eh?

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2008 5:16 PM

how can the dude's voice be fake? how can a voice be fake?

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2008 5:17 PM

That's funny. I was at that same CMJ show at MHOW and I thought they were the most grating electo pop blippy bullshit i've heard in a wait, EVER. That lead singer's falsetto is like ten million finger nails on a million chalkboards. And please take the hype man while you're at it. No, I don't want to get my hands up. But hey, if that's your thing, go to town.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2008 12:53 AM

I don't understand why these threads always get so negative. God forbid we embrace art and music (regardless if it is to our personal standards of greatness). Instead, lets talk as much shit as possible and make sure their is no community within the music scene. Make sure people are afraid to share their true feelings about an act.

great job

A +

p.s. make sure to post under "Anonymous" when talking shit.


Posted by Joe | November 11, 2008 9:35 AM

i like how that post ends in "sheep"
also, i like how writing "joe" is better than "anonymous"

but i really dont mean to talk shit. i actually agree with joe.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2008 10:32 AM

these things end negatively, because as New Yorkers we can see through a lot of BS and Passion Pit are definitely in that pile of dung. it's not hating just to hate, they aren't good unless you're really young and haven't been exposed to the much better bands they try to rip off. quit getting defensive, if you like a band then don't let others influence your opinion.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2008 11:09 AM

The reason there is backlash against hype is clear and very justifiable. It's not because we are misanthropic artist-haters who want to see people fail.

It's because we long for a world in which music becomes popular because people like it--not because a well-connected publicist decided it was going to become popular.

How long will it be before people start realizing that publicists run the music business? The biggest (most well-connected) publicists create the biggest bands. It's simple to see.

Do you ever wonder why a band has been around forever, then all of a sudden signs with a new management/label and all of a sudden gets huge, while the quality of their music remains largely the same (or in some cases decreases)?

The biggest publicists feed the biggest blogs which reach the biggest audiences. A very simple explanation of the hype phenomenon, and an highly defensible reason to partake in backlash.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2008 12:05 PM

You're an idiot if you think that by virtue of living in NYC, you have some awareness of an objective standard in music.

"it's not hating just to hate, they aren't good unless you're really young and haven't been exposed to the much better bands they try to rip off."

So every band you listen to is completely original, or is it just that each one you like is greater than the one they just ripped off? Just because Passion Pit doesn't fit into your personal type of music doesn't make it invalid for someone else's subjective taste. (you idiot)

I'd like to know what you think NYC has deemed listen-to-able, seeing that I live here as well and happen to like Passion Pit. The world isn't so black-and-white, George Bush.

Posted by Brian | November 11, 2008 12:25 PM

"It's because we long for a world in which music becomes popular because people like it--not because a well-connected publicist decided it was going to become popular. "

You seem paranoid and jealous. If you did your research you would see that some bands that get popular have publicists and some don't and that some bands with the same publicists get popular and some don't. A publicist can help more people be aware of a band, but it doesn't necessarily mean people will say they like the band if they don't. People like Passion Pit which is something you can't seem to comprehend.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2008 12:39 PM

ha, Brian, thanks for the laugh. not only do you respond, but you also have to do so very defensively. did i offend you and/or your taste for some passion pit passion. i like especially how you have to lash out with "idiot" and "george bush" b/c he certainly pertained to the subject at hand here. okay, maybe i shouldn't have used NYers as a blanket statement, but i meant that I go to a ton of shows (i promise, much more than you Brian, not that that's a competition) so thus I in my SUBJECTIVE <---- keyword here (since you anger easily like a passion pit fan) opinion, I can see when something's genuinely good and when it's just mediocre. and earlier i said not to let others opinions affect you if you like a band. did you read that part? but more power to you for standing up for passion pit and showing your debate skills in an aggressive "i bark louder and meaner so I'm right" point-of-view. have fun at the glasslands passion pit show, you'll meet plenty of girls that are too young for you...

Posted by brian is sensitive | November 11, 2008 2:09 PM

one can comprehand that there are people that like passion pit, but are you also assuming that those people have good taste in music? that would be contradictory.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2008 2:26 PM

all i gots to say about this malarkey is different strokes for different folks.

why cant you guys trash talk bands that truely deserve it for their inferior musicianship, like vivian girls. or titus andronicus. that's always way more entertaining. and holds slightly more clout.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2008 2:30 PM

Stand up for your rights. Don't be a cog in the hype machine! Have a mind!!!

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2008 2:34 PM

I like how you try to say you understand what subjective means then say "I can see when something's genuinely good and when it's just mediocre."
I'd love to see what your idea of genuinely good is. Name some of your bands and we can go over everyone they've ripped off.
I'm not gonna stop liking what I like because you deem it uncool. When Passion Pit start sucking, then maybe I'll change my opinion, but who are you to deem anything good or bad. Because you go to tons of shows? You think everyone who went to a Passion Pit show is a newcomer to live music or something?
It's easy to be a critic of something that doesn't fit into your little worldview. And guess what, it's within the realm of possibility that someone might like something that your experience won't make room for. That's okay too. I'm glad your accumulation of live music gives you an idea of what you like. Go post things about that instead of thinking your opinion is objectively right and and anyone else is wrong. You're still an idiot.

Posted by Brian | November 11, 2008 2:36 PM

brian, youre the man now dog. dont let these haters rain on our parade. passion pit rulez. 4 lyfe. holla. give me more bands that sound like prince and write songs for their girlfriends.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2008 2:42 PM

I caught them at the BV CMJ show and thought they were decent, but nowhere near great. The lead singer really does come across as a hipster jackass and he needs to get some more control over that falsetto before bringing that shit out in public. Still, the EP has promise, derivative as it is. Sleepyhead almost justifies the hype.

The problem is that the hype has put them in the same place Black Kids were a year ago. They have hardly any recorded material and they're not an experienced live band. Tokyo Police Club did the smart thing and toured for what seemed like forever before they put out an album. Sure, it was a mediocre album, but they had already built a real fanbase that went beyond the hype. They're still a live draw. Black Kids won't be able to sell out Mercury Lounge a year from now.

Posted by feedbacker | November 11, 2008 2:48 PM

More than one poster's girlfriend on this page was clearly finger-banged by a member of Passion Pit... otherwise I really don't understand the vitriol.

You blog posters usually wait 'til an indie band filters into the pop culture mainstream before starting the backlash (see: Vampire Weekend), although I suppose since Passion Pit will appear on that new CW show by that Gossip Girl creator than you're ahead of the indie rock snob curve by saying "Fuck them!" at this early juncture.

And anyone who thinks publicists play a large role in whether or not an indie band crosses over knows absolutely nothing about the music business. It's the distributor (record label) and manager that do the heavy lifting. As far as Passion Pit are concerned, they're signed to FrenchKiss Records, a tiny independent label, and repped by Tell All Your Friends PR, a local New York publicity house. Fail.

"Personally, I think you're a f*ckin' idiot." -- Capt. John Patrick Mason, "The Rock"

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2008 2:53 PM

ah. brian. you're not worth the time. enjoy passion pit. i hope you have lots of sex to the sounds of passion pit and have babies that look as retarded as they do on stage. a band of McLovins. i think you have a new fan above. glad to know that you're still an idiot too. be sure to let me know what new blog hyped band you get into next so we can continue to bicker how you can't think for yourself. don't be mad that McCain lost, it'll be okay, i promise. besides, you have passion pit's long, ascending career to look forward to.

Posted by George Bush/idiot/brian is so sensitive | November 11, 2008 2:54 PM

btw favorite bands are actually the black kids, vampire weekend, noah and the whale and arctic monkeys. see we can be friends, we have a shared love for these bands, just not passion pit. i also like only weezer songs that are post-the green album

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2008 3:11 PM

Thank you for the well-wishes that I get to have lots of sex.
I just wish you could grasp that music preference is completely subjective. I bet there are a lot of bands that we both like, seeing that we're both reading this blog. I just don't understand the sort of empowerment you feel by coming on here to say that a band you don't like sucks. Do you need to feel superior to people who like them, just because perhaps it's not for you. Well, there, you said it. You must be a better and more interesting person because your list doesn't include some band.
I didn't get an interest in Passion Pit because of a blog...i saw that they had a residency at Piano's which is the same way I heard of Clap Your Hands. Turns out I liked them. Criticizing a band because they look like McLovin..that's real solid ground you're on right there.
I'm not even like some defender of the band, I don't really care, they're fun right now, their next album might suck. I just don't understand what Anonymous gains by coming here to criticize and pretend that his opinion is what matters. It really doesn't.'re still an idiot. Also, McCain sucks.

Posted by Brian | November 11, 2008 3:17 PM

you are correct. bands that have a residency at pianos have instant credibility. way to beat MTV to the hype.

Posted by Brian hearts McCain | November 11, 2008 3:23 PM

it def goes like that

first stop: pianos
next stop: mtv stardom

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2008 3:27 PM

Yeah, that's what I said about Piano's. They're my tastemaker and MTV is not. Thanks for clarifying that.
You're a joyless person. You probably don't like Passion Pit because if you saw them live you'd be in a room full of people dancing and wouldn't know what to do with your repressed self.
Go be angry somewhere about something else.

Posted by Brian | November 11, 2008 3:33 PM

i have seen them live and no i didn't dance because it didn't move me. but cut copy at mercury lounge and webster hall, i was all on it. quality, quality, quality when it comes to dance music please. i'm not angry, you're just adamant about being on the same wavelength as MTV, just a small step ahead of them. good for you.

Posted by Brian is almost smarter than MTV | November 11, 2008 3:38 PM

We love having sex to passion pit!

Posted by Brians Girlfriend | November 11, 2008 3:39 PM

Well sorry they're not for you. Agree to disagree.
Perhaps if you keep anonymously posting on any mention of a band that you dislike, the music world will listen to you and those bands will stop making music. Meanwhile, your ego will be fed because YOUJUSTKNEW you had it RIGHT all along and your subjective opinion DOES matter. Then eventually, every band that gets mentioned on BrooklynVegan will be within your taste and history will be completed.

Posted by Brian | November 11, 2008 3:47 PM


Posted by Joe | November 11, 2008 5:35 PM

this is tight.

Posted by Henry McCool | November 12, 2008 11:26 AM

where's brian? my brian? it's so lonely without him...if i can't argue about pointless bands, my existence is useless. at least he agreed i was right all along...

Posted by Brian's antithesis | November 12, 2008 3:46 PM

for someone to keep bashing a group like this, or any other group for that matter, the way this 'anonymous' person does leads me to believe that he has an ax to grind. he probably knows someone in the group or has some kind of relationship with the group and needs to get back at them for some reason. i think he would be happier if he spent his time and efforts supporting the music and groups he likes. we do. we support the music and groups we like and enjoy listening to. he must be some unhappy dude - especially watching the success of this group. this music is creative, different and so much fun to listen to. sold out at pianos where they put on a great show and we can't wait to see them again.

Posted by bob | November 26, 2008 7:54 AM

I vote for Brian. See you Friday.

Posted by eliza | December 2, 2008 7:47 PM

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