Artist Profile: PASSION PIT


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BLOG: OUT AND ABOUT: THE SYNTHPOP ECSTASY OF PASSION PIT
My greatest fear in life is the day that I get too old to enjoy new music. Some reputable publication (I can't remember which one) just did an article about a study that says people stop listening to new music after they turn 35....
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BLOG: PASSION PIT <I>KINDRED</I>
Aside from brief moments of stimulation, Passion Pit's latest goes down like flat soda. ...keep reading....
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BLOG: PASSION PIT DROP DANCE CENTERED VISUALS FOR 'LIFTED UP'
After teasing new music off their upcoming album Kindred, Passion Pit is offering up some visuals for new songs....
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BLOG: DOUBLE SERVING: PASSION PIT TEASES 'KINDRED'
Passion Pit has been surprisingly quiet the past few years since the 2012 release of their stunning sophomore album Gossamer....
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BLOG: PASSION PIT TEASES NEW MUSIC AND CONFIRMS NAME OF UPCOMING LP
After posting a mysterious morse code message on their Facebook page that translated to the word "kindred," we now have a confirmation that it is the official name of Passion Pit's upcoming album....
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BLOG: PASSION PIT USES OLD SCHOOL COMMUNICATION TO TEASE NEW ALBUM
There's nothing we love more than when an artist uses a unique way to communicate with their fans and make the mundane a little more than interesting....
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BLOG: THROWBACK THURSDAY: PASSION PIT LIVE IN CENTRAL PARK
Passion Pit, the indietronica outfit from Cambridge, Massachusetts (come now, everyone knows Cambridge is just Harvard for Boston), has been on a bit of a musical hiatus since 2013....
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BLOG: PASSION PIT GIVES FUN'S 'CARRY ON' A CHORAL REDUX
Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos along with four backup ladies covered fun.'s "Carry On" for Vevo's "Unexpected Covers" series....
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BLOG: SINGLE SERVING: PASSION REMIXES PORTUGAL. THE MAN
Samsung owners are making out like bandits lately with a slew of awesome exclusive music downloads. Last week, the cell company offered a preview of Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail to their registered users, and today they're offering the gift of Passion Pit's remix of Portugal....
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BLOG: STRANGE BUT GREAT: JUICY J REVAMPS PASSION PIT'S 'CONSTANT CONVERSATIONS'
Three 6 Mafia's Juicy J has taken Passion Pit's "Constant Conversations" off their latest album, Gossamer, revamped the feel, pumped it with some beats and threaded it with a funkified flavor....
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BLOG: OUT AND ABOUT: PASSION PIT AND MATT AND KIM AT MSG
With Nemo's wrath swirling outside the walls of Madison Square Garden, Passion Pit, Matt & Kim, and Icona Pop had a night to live up to....
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BLOG: PASSION PIT'S TINY DESK CONCERT
In a recent Tiny Desk Concert, Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos, whose unmistakable vocals helped shoot the band into pop stardom, deconstructed a few of their electro-pop hits to reveal the music's depth and sincerity....
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BLOG: CLASSIXX REMIX PASSION PIT
Los Angeles DJ duo Classixx, known for putting their "classic" house touch on remixes of artists like Yacht, Nite Jewel, and Holy Ghost, bring us a toned-down version of Passion Pit's "Take A Walk....
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BLOG: PASSION PIT ON SNL
Passion Pit graced the Saturday Night Live stage this weekend to perform two songs off their July '12 release Gossamer....
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BLOG: THE GODFATHER OF ELECTRO-POP: WATCH PASSION PIT'S 'CONSTANT CONVERSATIONS' VIDEO
Maybe it's too much incidental watching of the AMC Mob Week movie marathon, or the older gent in a white suit saying "Michael" repeatedly, but this party reeks of organized crime underneath the hopeless romance....
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BLOG: PREPARE YOURSELF FOR PASSION PIT'S 'I'LL BE ALRIGHT' VIDEO
Passion Pit and Columbia Records set up a competition for filmmakers to create a music video for the ADHD-in-music-form single, "I'll Be Alright," and today the winner's video was released....
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BLOG: PASSION PIT'S 'GOSSAMER' GETS MORE INTERESTING WITH 'CONSTANT CONVERSATIONS'
Passion Pit is treating us to yet another song off their new album Gossamer -- the two songs released so far, "Take A Walk" and "I'll Be Alright", illustrate that the band didn't depart far from their sampling-heavy style....
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BLOG: NEW MUSIC VIDEO: PASSION PIT
Passion Pit is back! Need I say more? The electro-pop band returns with their highly anticipated album, Gossamer....
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BLOG: STREAM: PASSION PIT 'I'LL BE ALRIGHT'
Passion Pit recently debuted a second track from Gossamer. The band already released "Take a Walk" as their first single, and they premiered "I'll Be Alright" yesterday on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1....
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BLOG: STREAM: PASSION PIT
They're back-- those purveyors of falsetto love-letters Passion Pit have returned. "Talk A Walk" is the first new track from the band since 2009's Manners solidified their place in the landscape, following the breakout success of their Chunk of Change EP, all beginning with their song "Sleepyhead....
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BLOG: PASSION PIT ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM
Following their 2009 debut Manners, Passion Pit will be releasing their second album Gossamer 7/24, via Columbia....
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ALBUM REVIEW: PASSION PIT KINDRED
Everyone wants to talk about Michael Angelakos' bipolar disorder. I understand that it unfortunately became the topic of most discussions surrounding Passion Pit's 2012 album, Grossamer, and that it's a very real issue, but at this point, we're savagely beating a long-dead horse....
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ALBUM REVIEW: PASSION PIT GOSSAMER
Gossamer is Passion Pit's most promising and robust release to date. Michael Angelakos has proven that his brain has an impressive cache of catchy, unique melodies to sprinkle with his trademark electronic sauce, instead of relying on the gimmick for the flavor....
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FEATURE: MIXTAPE WEDNESDAY: SPRING BREAK
One of our interns is on spring break this week (lucky kid... it's still cold as hell here in NYC), and it got me thinking about what are the best tunes to blast when you're partying your cares away about grades and college drama at whatever little corner of the world you're calling home for the week....
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Artist Bio

Redemption. Paranoia. Guilt. And brief glimpses of a better tomorrow, all cloaked in pop hooks that truly help the medicine go down.

What is this? Another lost LP from Brian Wilson's sandbox phase? If only things were that simple. What we're really alluding to here is Passion Pit's first proper full-length, Manners, a bird-flipping break from the blogosphere by a 21 year old with much more on his manic mind than girls, girls, girls. You know, important matters, like the end of the world and learning to love someone other than the man in the mirror.

That's the thing people missed about Passion Pit's debut EP, Chunk of Change. While it was originally meant as a Valentine's Day gift for a girlfriend who put up with frontman Michael Angelakos, that detail's only half of a story that isn't so cuddly when you consider the circumstances.

You see, Angelakos has written songs since he was a piano-pounding 5 year old, from spooky and spare folk tunes to pit-stirring ska punk. But one day, he just stopped. Not by choice. Angelakos' creative well was simply in need of a severe refill, so he started toying with the plug-ins and infinite possibilities of a computer program. Six tracks later, Chunk of Change was born by default. In need of an impromptu thank you card and some feedback from friends, Angelakos started spreading the songs around quite casually, really. Which is impossible to do in an era when blogs are as obsessed with breaking the Next Big Thing as labels are.

Flash forward to 2008. With Chunk of Change's official unmixed/mastered pressing in tow, Angelakos and the ever-evolving Passion Pit band play to a sold-out crowd at New York's Bowery Ballroom. A crowd that sees nothing wrong with singing along to every word; even several Manners selections, learned via osmosis by the second verse. With flash bulbs popping in his face like the frontline of a rifle-toting army, Angelakos notes the bizarre scene in front of him but never loses sight of why he's here, of his calling to craft pitch-perfect pop songs- hooks that nip at your heels and choruses that burrow into your brain.

A real deal album in other words, one that delivers on the blissful and bright promises of early fan favorites like Sleepyhead. It took nearly two months of explosive off-the-cuff sessions with producer Chris Zane (Les Savy Fav, The Walkmen) to get there-everything was written and recorded on the fly-but Manners is exactly that, an irresistible, filler-free glimpse into the mind of a man who'd like to unleash his very own Pet Sounds someday.

Check the carefully-sculpted songwriting on display: the speaker-panning synths and slightly sinister children's chorus (straight outta P.S. 22 in NYC) of Little Secrets and The Reeling, the lead dulcimer loops and melancholic melodies of Moth's Wings, the ecstatic, riled-up climax of Folds in Your Hands. All part of a greater plan, the next step of which is taking Passion Pit's live show to a level that matches, and eventually exceeds, Manners ambition and kaleidoscopic soundscapes. Because when Angelakos says he wants to be the next Randy Newman, he's dead serious. And when he adds that Passion Pit is a band with a lead songwriter, not just Michael Angelakos and these guys, it's clear he's just getting started.
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