Car Seat Headrest in the news – Feb. 2020

“For us — and other CSH fans, I’m sure — 1 Trait serves as an immediate mood picker-upper. “

–Angel Pleasant & Dominiki Kurz in The Wellesley News, March 5, 2020

“Check out the sparse, yet energizing music video for Car Seat Headrest’s single “Cool Me Down,” then check out the details of Making A Door Less Open and the single artwork for “Can’t Cool Me Down,” along with the band’s tour dates.”

–Natalia Keogan on Paste, Feb. 26, 2020

“…as Trait/Toledo yowls about a heat that won’t be extinguished, his intense devotion to craft burns bright enough for anyone to see.”

–Marc Hogan on Pitchfork, Feb. 26, 2020

“Arising from Toledo’s attempts to change up how he was writing, Making A Door Less Open was heavily influenced by electronic experiments with CSH drummer Andrew Katz under the name 1 TRAIT DANGER.”

–Ryan Leas on Stereogum, Feb. 26, 2020

“Clocking in at five minutes, ‘Can’t Cool Me Down’ features shimmering synths and frontman Will Toledo’s falsetto.”

–Angie Martoccio in Rolling Stone, Feb. 26, 2020

“Car Seat Headrest Announces ‘Making A Door Less Open’ With A Mold-Breaking Single”

–Derrick Rossignol on Uproxx, Feb. 26, 2020

“Despite the electronic vibe, you still hear the rasp in lead singer Will Toledo’s voice that grounds it back to the band’s roots.”

–Emily Tan on Spin, Feb. 26, 2020

“The band recorded the new album twice: once live with guitars, drums and bass, and once in a MIDI environment using purely synthesised sounds.”

–Sam Moore on NME, Feb. 26, 2020

“Car Seat Headrest (aka Will Toledo and band) have announced a new album, Making a Door Less Open, and shared its first single, ‘Cool Me Down.'”

–Christopher Roberts on Under the Radar, Feb. 26, 2020

“‘Can’t Cool Me Down’ is a genre-blending departure from Car Seat Headrest’s usual lo-fi indie rock sound. Frontman Will Toledo retains his signature matter-of-fate lyricism as he sings about performance anxiety, but this time he’s accompanied by new synthetic sounds.”

–Ingrid Angulo on Hot Press, Feb. 26, 2020

Making a Door Less Open marks the project’s first LP of new music since 2016’s Teens of Denial, and it’s also the introduction of a new persona for frontman Will Toledo.”

–Janice Headley on KEXP, Feb. 26, 2020

“Car Seat Headrest Announce New LP “Making a Door Less Open,” Share First Single”

Flood Magazine, Feb. 26, 2020

“Car Seat Headrest announce new album, touring w/ Twin Peaks (listen to ‘Can’t Cool Me Down’)”

Brooklyn Vegan, Feb. 26, 2020

In Loudoun, families flock to walkability and amenities of Great Falls Chase

Great Falls Chase is a place that might appeal to Goldilocks — not too big and not too small.

A compact community in the eastern corner of Loudoun County, Great Falls Chase is large enough to support such amenities as a swimming pool, tennis courts and a shopping center, but small enough that everything is within easy walking distance and neighbors recognize one another.

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The Washington Post, Feb. 19, 2020

At the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, conjuring a memorable family vacation

“The first minutes of 2020 were unlike any other New Year’s celebration I had experienced — standing in the chilly Florida night beside my family and watching a spectacular fireworks display over the lake at Universal Orlando Resort, my right hand clutching a 17½-inch magic wand.

The magic started a year ago, after my son Will remarked that his favorite New Year’s had been a decade earlier, at Disney World with his high school marching band. When my wife, Juli, said she had long wanted to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Will suggested that the entire family gather the following New Year’s.”

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The Washington Post, February 7, 2020

In the swim, on the field and at the lake in Loudoun’s Ashburn Village

“Sports and recreation are the heartbeat of Ashburn Village, a 5,500-unit planned community in eastern Loudoun County, Va., about 30 miles from Washington.

With 16 miles of trails, three community centers with outdoor pools, eight playgrounds and a multitude of courts and fields for tennis, basketball, baseball and soccer, Ashburn Village is built for outdoor activity.”

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The Washington Post, Jan. 30, 2020