Car Seat Headrest in the news – Jan. 2018

“At first, I thought this song sounded like the Strokes. ”

–Jesse David Fox in New York Magazine, “7 Best New Songs of the Week,” Jan. 24, 2018

“…the new rendition adds clarity and punch to the drums and piercing guitar. ”

–Elias Leight in Rolling Stone, Jan. 23, 2018

“Will Toledo, the man behind Car Seat Headrest, has shared ‘Cute Thing,’ the second cut off his upcoming LP ‘Twin Fantasy,’ out on February 16th via Matador Records.”

–Chico on Indie + Tonic, Jan. 23, 2018

“It’s a more epic, hi-fi version of the track than the original where each element is given a bit more space, leading to a dynamic cut.”

DIY Magazine, Jan. 23, 2018

“Car Seat Headrest’s ‘Cute Thing’ Is A Kaleidoscope Of Rich Harmonies And Gigantic Pop Hooks”

–Corbin Reiff on Uproxxx, Jan. 23, 2018

“Compared to the original version, the new ‘Cute Thing’ uses its hi-fi production to let the dynamics breathe a bit.”

–Ryan Leas on Stereogum, Jan. 22, 2018 and Spin, Jan. 22, 2018

“Will Toledo replaces references to Dan Bejar and John Entwistle with Frank Ocean and James Brown”

–Michelle Kim on Pitchfork, Jan. 22, 2018

“Car Seat Headrest reveals raucous new version of ‘Cute Thing'”

–Lake Schatz on Consequence of Sound, Jan. 22, 2018

“It’s an excellent kickstart to what will be a big year for Car Seat Headrest.”

–Kaitlin Ruether re: “Nervous Young Inhumans” on NewSickMusic, Jan. 18, 2018

“…when we played Car Seat Headrest’s ‘Nervous Young Inhumans’ this morning, Sean showed us a Pitchfork article about how an original version of the song used the word ‘galvanistic’ but then Will Toledo took it out in later drafts.”

–Anna Reed on The Current (Minnesota Public Radio), Jan. 18, 2018

“Compared to the scrappy, hissy Bandcamp original, ‘Nervous Young Inhumans’ now sounds like a finished, professional song, with Toledo utilising a chorus synth-string hook and billowing vocal harmonies.”

–Ryan Reed in Rolling Stone Australia, Jan. 10, 2018

“Across the last year and more, indie rock fans have been waiting on pins and needles to see how Car Seat Headrest was going to follow-up their critically adored 2016 album Teens Of Denial. Today, the Will Toledo-led outfit has given them an answer.”

–Corbin Reiff on Uproxxx, Jan. 9, 2018

“Car Seat Headrest have announced a new album, Twin Fantasy. A re-imagined and re-recorded version of frontman Will Toledo’s self-released 2011 album of the same name, it’s set for a February 16 release via Matador.”

–Jackson Maxwell in Guitar Player, Jan. 9, 2018

“…you may have guessed the reason for the original project’s disappearance: Toledo has recorded a ‘re-imagined’ version of the entire album in sparkling high quality, and Matador will release it next month.”

–Chris DeVille on Stereogum, Jan. 9, 2018

“Now, with both time, money and a seven-piece band, Will Toledo’s Twin Fantasy do-over is an unveiling of sorts, a clearer examination of being a teen and trying to understand his own muddled emotions.”

–Bob Boilen on NPR, Jan. 9, 2018

“Car Seat Headrest have announced a new album. Twin Fantasy is a complete re-recording of Will Toledo’s self-released 2011 album of the same name.”

–Sam Sodomsky on Pitchfork, Jan. 9, 2018

“The ‘Nervous Young Inhumans’ video constitutes Toledo’s directorial debut. The split-screen visual…opens with a frenetic, thrilling juxtaposition of dancing feet and flashing lights…”

–Scott Russell on Paste, Jan. 9, 2018

“The clip features split-screen footage that at times finds multiple versions of Toledo matching up in sync, and at other times highlights different choreography, explosive light shows and, finally, end credits announcing the arrival of Twin Fantasy.”

–Sarah Murphy on Exclaim!, Jan. 9, 2018

“‘Nervous Young Inhumans’ is a tight and punchy pop song, and the reworking ranks among the most immediate recordings he’s released so far.”

–Andy Cush on Spin, Jan. 9, 2018

“Directed by Will Toledo, it’s a stark fusion of distorted colour that utilising plenty of flashing lights.”

–Robin Murray re: “Nervous Young Inhumans” video on Clash, Jan. 9, 2018

“…the band is as ambitious and rocking as ever, and the Ray Davies comparisons remain well earned.”

–Glen Sarvady on Stomp and Stammer, Jan. 9, 2018

“Toledo, and a seven-piece band, which includes members of Naked Giants, will tour the record in Australia, America, the US, Europe and the UK, with Car Seat Headrest set to play their biggest headline show to date at the Roundhouse in London on May 25.”

–Laura Johnson on Stereoboard, Jan. 9, 2018

“It turns out indie rock hero Will Toledo has revisited and re-recorded an entirely new version of the LP.”

–Lake Schatz re: Twin Fantasy on Consequence of Sound, Jan. 9, 2018

“Car Seat Headrest have announced their “new” record, Twin Fantasy—the re-recorded, re-imagined return to their 2011 Bandcamp classic. ”

–Maggie Dickman on altpress, Jan. 9, 2018

“As much something for newcomers as it is one for the heads, the release will see Toledo re-examining his past, fan-favorite project, and overcoming the limitations he faced first time around, when he was recording himself on a laptop. ”

Noisey, Jan. 9, 2018

“Will Toledo and his seven-piece band have announced that a new, reworked and reimagined version of [Twin Fantasy] will be coming out on 16th February.”

DIY Magazine, Jan. 9, 2018


Residents oppose development of golf course

Leesburg residents who live near Westpark Golf Course are pushing back against a developer’s plans to acquire the property and build homes on it.

Town officials announced late last year that the course is under contract to CalAtlantic, a land- development company that plans to build 27 homes there and donate most of the remaining property to the town. Since the sale’s announcement, scores of residents have shown up at town council meetings and other community gatherings to object to the plan.

Full story…

The Washington Post, Jan. 5, 2018

Car Seat Headrest in the news – Dec. 2017

“Car Seat Headrest says artists can still make money from Spotify”

–Tyler Jenke on The Industry Observer, Dec. 30, 2017

“Car Seat Headrest’s Will Toledo Claims That You Can Make Money From Spotify”

–Tom Breihan in Spin, Dec. 29, 2017

“Car Seat Headrest’s Will Toledo Defends Spotify’s Royalty Payments”

–Jem Aswad on Variety, Dec. 29, 2017

“Car Seat Headrest’s Will Toledo Defends Spotify”

–Lisa Nguyen on Paste, Dec. 28, 2017

“Car Seat Headrest Made $30,000 From Spotify. Is It a Lucrative Platform for Indie Artists?”

–David Turner on TrackRecord, Dec. 28, 2017

“Twin Fantasy, originally released in 2011 by Car Seat Headrest, is getting reworked and reissued in early 2018.”

–Christopher Lantinen on Modern Vinyl, Dec. 28, 2017

“33. Car Seat Headrest”

–Michael Nelson in “The 101 Most Anticipated Albums of 2018” on Stereogum, Dec. 21, 2017

“…the band once again prove why they’re better than anyone else at finding that sweet intersection between conventional 90’s rock tropes and the more progressively experimental Pavement-like wizardry.”

–Mark Conroy re: “Beach Life-in-Death” in New Music Weekly, Dec. 21, 2017

“‘Beach Life-In-Death’ is a 13-minute whopper that moves through various movements and eventually bursts into a cathartic explosion at the end.”

DIY, Dec. 14, 2017

“…the 13-minute cut dips in and out of numerous genres, but there’s always a subtle surfy vibe rolling underneath.”

–Ben Kaye on Consequence of Sound, Dec. 13, 2017

“…an essential piece of listening.”

–Wes Martin on Collide, Dec. 13, 2017

“…it moves through various passages, distorted and racing at first, then quieting down before bursting back open into a cathartic rush of a final act.”

–Ryan Leas on Stereogum, Dec. 13, 2017

“Best New Track: ‘Beach Life in Death’”

Pitchfork, Dec. 13, 2017


Leesburg considers acquiring golf course

The Leesburg Town Council is considering acquiring the Westpark Golf Course, which has been a mainstay of the rapidly growing town for almost a half-century.

A standing-room-only crowd packed the council chambers as residents who live near the golf course implored the council to acquire it and keep it as open space. More than 100 people filled the room after learning that the property is for sale, and that it is zoned for commercial and residential development.

Full story

The Washington Post, Nov. 4, 2017

Car Seat Headrest in the news – Oct. 2017

“Played to mourners were Ankle Shackles by King Creosote; Cosmic Hero by Car Seat Headrest; Kennedy by The Wedding Present; Somewhere Only We Know by Lily Allen; Bye Bye Baby by Bay City Rollers and most aptly of all, Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now by his beloved Smiths.”

Chortle re: funeral of comedian Sean Hughes, Oct. 24, 2017

“This is not a well written song; this is an essential work of art.”

–Jackson Radley re: “Beach Life-in-Death” on, Oct. 20, 2017

“Yet rather than deficits, the singer-songwriter turns his nearly somnambulant stage presence and droning voice into virtues. ”

–Michael Toland in Austin Chronicle, Oct. 8, 2017

“Will Toledo is not a rockstar. But he knows how to read a crowd.”

Austin American-Statesman, Oct. 7, 2017

“The Seattle-based quartet rolls Pavement hooks and guitar jams into Toledo’s ennui-drenched narratives, late-night streetlight anthems for a new generation of the cynically restless and bored slouching toward melodic escape.”

–Doug Freeman in The Austin Chronicle, Oct. 7, 2017

“Their indie bedroom confession rock ripped at Sound On Sound Fest last year. ”

–Eric Webb on Austin 360, Oct. 7, 2017

Douglass School pitches in to help hurricane victims

Over the past few weeks, Douglass School has taken the lead in a relief effort to help students in a Florida community that was devastated by Hurricane Irma last month. The project has given the students an opportunity to look past their own struggles, imagine what it would be like to lose everything and consider what they can do to help.

Full story

The Washington Post, Oct. 1, 2017

Supervisors punt on Confederate statue control

The Loudoun Board of Supervisors will not seek authority from the Virginia General Assembly in January to move or remove a statue of a Confederate soldier that stands in front of the county courthouse.

On Wednesday, the supervisors narrowly defeated a motion by Board Chair Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large) to request that the General Assembly amend state law to give the county discretion over the bronze statue, which was erected in 1908. Under state law, Virginia localities are not permitted to “disturb or interfere with” war memorials.

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The Washington Post, Sept. 22, 2017

Case of the disappearing wineglasses

Breaux Vineyards opened the spring wine-tasting season this year with a supply of 2,000 high-end crystal wineglasses manufactured by Riedel. The popular winery in western Loudoun County has only about 200 of them left.

Customers are stealing them, company Vice President Jen Breaux said.

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The Washington Post, Sept. 17, 2017