Port St. Willow - Holiday Thu, May 24, 2012

One year ago I was introduced to Port St. Willow through Weathervane Music’s online series Shaking Through. Nick Principe is the man behind Port St. Willow and it’s easy to fall in love with his breath taking falsetto and unique guitar arrangements. Some bands carry drums, bass, keyboards and more. Principe carries a guitar and suitcases full of distortion pedals and boxes making his sound one-of-a-kind and inimitable.

Since watching the Shaking Through session I had checked in regularly to see if he was playing live, but no avail. Then it happend, Port St. Willow literally dropped in to my lap. An angel sent to us from blogging God A Heart is a Spade filling the last opening on our bill during our most recent event. Fresh from recording his newest album Holiday in Portland, OR and enthusiastic as ever to get back on stage. In his own words, “knock off some rust / remind ourselves of what we do.” And knock off the rust he did. Performing many of the songs from Holiday for the first time to a live audience. I don’t remember a word being spoken. Just eyes forward in a trance like stare. The spell only broken when the last chord of the set was struck.

Some may say this is a sleepy album. I would say it has the ability to put you in a dream like state. Most of the tracks like “Amawalk” and “Tourist” build slowly. The guitar chords scaling upward in pitch and pace with percussion pushing the songs along until Principe reaches his fever pitch. One which would sound delicate in any other scenario, but because he has such control even the littlest release at the peak of a these songs feels like a great vocal breach. You have to wonder what he might sound like at full throttle.

Principe spent most of 2011 writing, recording and producing the Holiday which we’re featuring right here, all week long. We’re happy to help him spread the word about an album that he has worked so hard to self-release. It’s truly DIY at its finest. If you love this album as much as we do then show some love and appreciation for all the hard work put in to it by grabbing it over on the Port St. Willow bandcamp page.


Mon, May 7, 2012

Port St. Willow - Stay Even

Back in February, 2011 Nick Principe of Port St. Willow recorded this beautiful Shaking Through Session with a little help from his childhood friend and The Antlers frontman Peter Silberman. What resulted was this lush percussion driven single “Stay Even”

This Friday, at Pianos, we’ll be presenting a show with our friends over at Knoxroad and we’re lucky enough to have Port St. Willow on the bill along with Warm Weather, Time Travelers and headliners The Wooden Sky. Check out the details and RSVP here. We can’t wait to share this amazing night of music with you!

Port St. Willow - Stay Even

Mon, Apr 9, 2012

Join us for another amazing night of music as we team up with one of our choice music blogs Knox Road.

The lineup features one of our favorite L.A. Bands Warm Weather along with Brooklyn locals Time Travelers and Port St. Willow. We’ll be topping off this incredible line up with Toronto based folk rockers The Wooden Sky.

158 Ludlow St | New York, NY
Doors at 8:00 pm | Friday May 11th, 2012
Tickets $8 (all proceeds to artists) | 21+

The Wooden Sky: Initially formed as the bedroom project of singer / songwriter / guitarist Gavin Gardiner, Toronto-based country-folk / indie rock collective the Wooden Sky have grown exponentially throughout the years. They have been touring in support of their most recent and critically acclaimed album Every Child A Daughter, Every Moon A Sun. To celebrate the February 2012 release they created video series part live performance, part narrative film that can be seen here.

Warm Weather: In 2011, Warm Weather released Dances giving the world of indie listeners a pleasant yet unexpected surprise, a EP full of exquisitely crafted pop songs. The album even found it’s way on on to I Guess I’m Floating’s best albums of 2011 list. With that success they continued on, releasing their newest EP Looking Through in January 2012. They are now embarking on their east coast tour and we are thrilled to support them as they travel up from Philadelphia to NYC. If you’d like to help too please donate to their Kickstarter east coast tour fund.

We’ll see you Friday, May 11th at Pianos. Grab your tickets here and make sure to rsvp!

The Wooden Sky-Child of the Valley
Warm Weather- Stay
Port St. Willow-Stay Even
Time Travelers-Minnow

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