Car Seat Headrest in the news – March 2017

“Today, [Toledo] revealed some interesting details about the songwriting and publicly processes behind his two most ambitious albums.”

–Rob Arcand in Spin Magazine, March 30, 2017

“Car Seat Headrest Surprise Highlight of BBC 6 Music Festival Day 2”

–Suzanne Oswald and Robert Blair on Gigwise, March 27, 2017

“…half way through the night a newly married couple, still fully dressed up, arrive in the crowd, bouquets in hand. More remarkably, they are not even obviously happier than the folks surrounding them.”

–Max Pilley on Too Many Blogs, March 27, 2017

“This week, Car Seat Headrest – the indie rock anti-heroes behind 2016’s brilliant Teens Of Denial – curate 19 tracks spanning Tom Waits, Nirvana, Pixies, Leonard Cohen and Guided By Voices.”

Crack Magazine, March 27, 2017

“The rollicking guitar and drums pulse through the song, showing off the simplicity and beauty of Toledo’s songwriting.”

–Javi Fedrick on The Arts Desk, March 27, 2017

“People around me jump, sweat, sing along, feeling emotionally connected to the stage, where a 25 years old man from Virginia moves fast through his setlist.”

–Marco on Indie + Tonic, March 24, 2017

[Will Toledo’s] “awkward take on issues that impact most teens and young adults such as drugs, sex, and insecurity make him extremely relatable. ”

–Aliyah Webs in Affinity Magazine, March 12, 2017

“Coming off his fantastic album, Teens of Denial, our 2016 Rookie of the Year is scheduled to play practically every music festival there is, from Quebec’s Osheaga to Tennessee’s Bonnaroo to Norway’s Oya.”

–Ben Kaye on Consequence of Sound, March 6, 2017

“Will Toledo will be taking his band out on the road for an extensive run of headlining dates…”

PureVolume, March 6, 2017

“Car Seat Headrest have announced a slew of new tour dates for 2017.”

–Noah Yoo on Pitchfork, March 6, 2017

Car Seat Headrest in the news – Feb. 2017

“In less than a year, the album Teens of Denial made it to the top of countless best-of-2016 playlists, the band have been booked by high-profile mainstream TV shows such as The Tonight Show and the 24-year-old Toledo ­regularly faces huge crowds who roar his lyrics back at him in packed venues.”

–James Belfield in The Listener (New Zealand), Feb. 16, 2017

“Even without checking production credits, the imprint that Car Seat Headrest and lead singer Will Toledo has on Gold Connections is unmistakable.”

–Jared McNett in Paste Magazine, Feb. 13, 2017

“Gold Connections is something like the Silver Jews to Car Seat’s Pavement: rich and wandering, hazy and pensive with the sort of thoughtful lyrics and explosive choruses we’ve come to expect from a Toledo production.”

–Rob Arcand in Spin, Feb. 13, 2017

Review of “Drunk Drivers / Killer Whales”

–Erika Kooda in Atwood Magazine, Feb. 2, 2017

“It was certainly an experience we all needed.”

–Danielle Hansen on Howl & Echoes, Feb. 2, 2017

Car Seat Headrest in the News – Jan. 2017

“Their ability to manipulate an entire room of people into becoming the most attentive audience I’ve ever seen is incredible, and indicative of their great talents.”

–Annie Cooper on the interns, Jan. 30, 2017

“This was one of those gigs that you leave with guitar hooks ricocheting around your head, Will’s face swimming before your eyes, and vocals surging up inside you.”

–Margy Noble in The AU Review, Jan. 28, 2017

“…a solo performance from Will would be a rare treat and was sure that he would’ve held that room in the palm of his hand even if all he was left with was a kazoo and maybe a pair of castanets. He’s just that talented.”

–Nick Wagstaff on Moshcam, Jan. 27, 2017

“Car Seat Headrest Explain What’s Up With That Smash Mouth Collaboration”

–Matthew Strauss on Pitchfork, Jan. 26, 2017

“Car Seat Headrest’s Will Toledo Talks Smash Mouth Plans”

–Peter Helman on Stereogum, Jan. 25, 2017

“Fans of indie rockers Car Seat Headrest may be in for a surprise solo show tonight in Sydney from frontman Will Toledo, as the band have announced members Ethan Ives, Andrew Katz and Seth Dalby have been caught up with flight delays.”

The  Music (Australia), Jan. 25, 2017

“The maker might be aloof and measured in person, but this record is anything but, with brash lyrical couplets bolted to guitar music that’s vivid, muscular, ambitious, unpredictable.”

–Grant Smithies in Stuff (New Zealand), Jan. 22, 2017

“[Will Toledo] reveals how he grew his passion from a cult following to a record deal, the people who inspired his journey, finding motivation as an artist and why we should check out Car Seat Headrest at Laneway.

–Fiona O’Connor on Concrete Playground, Jan. 18, 2017

“You dreams have been answered: Smash Mouth and Car Seat Headrest look like they are going to make a record together.”

Happy Mag, Jan. 18, 2017

“Smash Mouth have expressed their appreciation of Car Seat Headrest on Twitter before, but now their beautiful online bromance could be blossoming into something more.”

–Peter Helman on Stereogum, Jan. 17, 2017

“…a critically-acclaimed follow-up that captures a youthful and all-too-familiar time of experimentation and discovery.”

–johnnysomebody re: Teens of Denial on The Telescope, Jan. 16, 2017

“Yes they’ve been around for a few years, but they really broke through this year as a new hope for alternative rock.”

–JT on The Bolg, Jan. 14, 2017

“2016’s Teens of Denial, echoed my reality like no other indie rock album has been able to.”

–Jennifer Park on Noisey, Jan. 13, 2017

“…an exhilarating ride…”

–Ed Masley re: “Teens of Denial” in the Arizona Republic, Jan. 13, 2017

“…most of their songs start soft and mellow and quickly build into blaring indie-rock tunes that you can’t help but sing/scream along to…”

–Mariella on KXSU (Seattle University), Jan. 10, 2017

“Thirteen albums in, Car Seat Headrest is on its way.”

–Iain Shedden in The Australian, Jan. 7, 2017

“The record was actually recorded back in 2014 when [Will] Marsh was an undergrad at William & Mary, with help from Marsh’s classmate: Car Seat Headrest mastermind Will Toledo, who produced, engineered, and mixed it in addition to contributing drums, electric guitar, bass, and backing vocals.”

–Chris DeVille Re: “New Religion” by Cold Connections on Stereogum, Jan. 5, 2017

“Will Toledo captures the post modern atmosphere in the most sincere and eloquent ways possible – confessing his anxious thoughts, and wrapping them around haunting melodies.”

–John Naessig on StGA, Jan. 4, 2017

Car Seat Headrest makes ‘Best of 2016’ lists

Car Seat Headrest

“Teens of Denial”

“Drunk Drivers / Killer Whales”

“Vincent”

Fill in the Blank

“Cosmic Hero”

“Destroyed by Hippie Powers”

“The Ballad of the Costa Concordia”

 

Car Seat Headrest in the News – Dec. 2016

“This is an instant indie-rock classic.”

–Allan Raible on ABC News, Dec. 30, 2016

“…one of the most critically acclaimed indie albums of the decade.”

CEG, December 27, 2016

“As a wordsmith and ideas man, Toledo is up there with a clutch of maverick geniuses…”

–Tony Hardy on BestNewBands.com, Dec. 24, 2016

“Car Seat Headrest’s Talking Heads Cover ‘This Must Be The Place’ Is The Best Cover You’ll Hear This Year”

–Caitlin White on Uproxxx, Dec. 22, 2016

“The Will Toledo-led band covers a lot of different tracks during their sets, and at their homecoming gig at The Neptune last month, they covered the Talking Heads’ Speaking In Tongues track ‘This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)’ with the help of their opening band.

–James Rettig on Stereogum, Dec. 22, 2016

“…there really is something jubilant about how Will Toledo takes that Pavement style of indie slop to such anthemic levels here.”

–Rob Sheffield in Rolling Stone, Dec. 21, 2016

Teens is a voice-cracking classic.”

–Abram Scharf on Creative Loafing (Tampa Bay), Dec. 21, 2016

“Through changes of pace and intelligent, introspective lyrics, Car Seat Headrest have created a work of raw depth and beauty.”

GIGsoup, Dec. 21, 2016

“The song simultaneously inspires feelings of dread and hope.”

–Darryl G. Wright re” “Fill in the Blank” on Spectrum Culture, Dec. 20, 2016

“Car Seat Headrest’s ‘Drunk Drivers /Killer Whales’ is an alt rock masterpiece and the linchpin of Teens of Denial, one of the year’s best albums.”

–Grant Ridnor on Spectrum Culture, Dec. 20, 2016

“These songs rock with a fuzzy-yet-clear intensity; they retain their DIY spirit, but the focus is sharper, as are the hooks, even when songs stretch past the seven-minute mark.”

–Steve Klinge in Magnet, Dec. 19, 2016

Teens of Denial takes the verbosity of artists like Jonathan Richman and Okkervil River’s Will Sheff and combines it with a classic rock-sized sound to create one of the most enthralling records of 2016.”

–Terence Praet in The Manuel, Dec. 19, 2016

Teens of Denial is a complex, smart, catchy record with some of the year’s best tracks on it.”

–Rich in The Revue, Dec. 19, 2016

“Utilizing the classic quiet-loud-quiet structure, ‘Cosmic Hero’ plays with emotions more than it has any right to.”

Dozens of Donuts, Dec. 19, 2016

–“‘Destroyed By Hippie Power’ rocked, revitalizing Indie Rock in one fell swoop.”

Dozens of Donuts, Dec. 19, 2016

“While the entirety of Teens Of Denial could be seen as a magnificent journey through an adolescents growing fears, ‘The Ballad Of The Costa Concordia’ organically put it in one paranoid package.”

Dozens of Donuts, Dec. 19, 2016

“…my favourite album and one to buy all your favourite people this Christmas is ‘Teens of Denial’ by my current favourite band Car Seat Headrest.”

The Only Indie Boy in Old York, Dec. 18, 2016

“…packed with great songs combining anthemic song hooks and shout-along choruses with smartly crafted lyrics of alienation, depression and survival.”

KEXP (Seattle) re: Teens of Denial, Dec. 16, 2016

“As Teens of Denial presents Car Seat Headrest (aka Will Toledo) in a full-band setting following a string of Bandcamp albums, it’s hardly the sound of bending to convention.”

–Hays Davis on Under the Radar, Dec. 16, 2016

“…Toledo applies his encyclopedic rock knowledge to writing indelible, engaging songs that manage to sound so big and yet feel so personal.”

–Steven Hyden on Uproxx, Dec. 15, 2016

“Rookie of the Year: Car Seat Headrest”

–Lior Phillips on Consequence of Sound, Dec. 15, 2016

“This first studio-recorded LP from the band, Teens of Denial is frustration, confusion and humor in one of its best rock interpretations.”

–Skye Leppo on The Key, Dec. 15, 2016

“When that crunching and cathartic ‘it doesn’t have to be like this’ refrain finally kicks in, it’s nearly as bracing as any face-slapping Nirvana chorus.”

Farce the Music, Dec. 15, 2016

“This is 23-year-old Will Toledo’s 13th album, a tale of 20-something lives and 90s influenced American indie rock par excellence.”

–Kernan Andrews in the Galway (Ireland) Advertiser, Dec. 15, 2016

“‘Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales’ was essentially indie rock’s anthem in 2016.”

–Eli Enis in The Alternative, Dec. 14, 2016

“Every generation gets the bookish, depressive indie-rock superstar it deserves, and you could scribble out the margins of every notebook inside a Staples with all the soul-scraping lines packed into Car Seat Headrest’s Teens of Denial.”

–Jeremy Gordon on Spin, Dec. 13, 2016

A feel-good album about people chemically incapable of feeling good, Teens of Denial reckons mental illness, alienation, and a blooper reel’s worth of false epiphanies without angst or coddling…”

–Mike Powell on Pitchfork, Dec. 13, 2016

“Teens Of Denial is that record I never got tired of.”

–Steven on 107.7 The End (Seattle), Dec. 13, 2016

Teens Of Denial is a massive statement, proof that the scruffiness of those old songs was more necessity than style.”

–A.G. on Uproxxx, Dec. 12, 2016

“…to paraphrase one of Toledo’s ancestors, a perfect sound is a perfect sound forever, and Denial found him honing it into his most cohesive, most endlessly replayable set yet.”

–Sean O’Neal on The A.V. Club, Dec. 12, 2016

“As a songwriter, Toledo captures what it’s like to be an awkward but thoughtful and intelligent man in his twenties in the modern era.”

–Bdog on The Gourmet Bachelor, Dec. 12, 2016

“…with Teens of Denial, Will Toledo has crafted a lofty, lyrically observant, melodic heavy and fun-as-hell album that does its predecessors well.”

Aquarium Drunkard, Dec. 12, 2016

“The chorus of the song…hits at the feeling of being an anxious millennial directly.”

–Corey Leung re: “Fill in the Blank” on Twin Sheep, Dec. 12, 2016

“Whether he’s lamenting his lost backpack or pondering that next glass of beer, Toledo makes the mundane sound brainy and cool.”

–Marcus J. Moore in Spin, Dec. 12, 2016

“His music is moving and even deeply affecting at times.”

–Joshua B. Hoe on On Pirate Satellite, Dec. 11, 2016

“Thank you, Car Seat Headrest, for delivering the best indie-rock album in years.”

–Jim Harrington in the (San Jose) Mercury News, Dec. 9, 2016

Teens of Denial collects a still more impressive dozen artful packed-with-ideas songs that never trip over their own ambition.”

–Dan DeLuca in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Dec. 9, 2016

“We followed everyone’s favorite new rock band Car Seat Headrest around SXSW 2016, just as they broke through.

–Chris Chafin in Brooklyn Magazine, Dec. 9, 2016

“They’re basically everything you ever wanted in a band, and will hit that spot for a music craving pretty much every time you have one.”

–Jackie Yeager in Bands in Town, Dec. 9, 2016

“Toledo’s vivid lyricism pumps Denial’s 70 minutes full of heart and humanity…”

–Eric Renner Brown in Entertainment Weekly, Dec. 8, 2016

“‘Vincent’ starts with 2½ minutes of gathering guitar Minimalism, adding a motor beat; then Will Toledo’s voice arrives, with bipolar confessions of self-doubt and excess, as the music just keeps building.”

–Jon Pareles in the New York Times, Dec. 7, 2016

“Toledo is one of those rare talents whose precision as a songwriter is matched by his gift for arrangement.”

–Andrea Domanick on noisey, Dec. 7, 2016

“…he managed to make a record that was as good as any rock record, maybe one of the best rock records of the century, and maybe one of the top 10 rock records ever made.”

–Bob Boilen on NPR, Dec. 6, 2016

“The record is a near-masterpiece, big and ambitious but still precise in every moment…and if he’s going to be the voice, or even a voice, of indie rock moving forward, I feel like we’re in good hands.”

–Nate Scott in USA Today, Dec. 6, 2016

“The complexity of the songwriting on Teens of Denial isn’t just a craftsman showing off; it’s the work of someone building something elaborate enough to hide inside.”

–J. Edward Keyes on Bandcamp, Dec. 6, 2016

“One of the best rising acts in rock.”

–Scott Russell re: Will Toledo in Paste Magazine, Dec. 6, 2016

“…someone who can express the torments and depressions of a generation with a twisted sense of humor and music that shambles as recklessly as life itself.”

Bitter Southerner re: Will Toledo, Dec. 6, 2016

“I admire a lot of music, but this is what I want from music.”

–Bob Boilen on NPR Music, Dec. 5, 2016

“If this doesn’t make you wanna crank the car stereo and go all Cannonball Run, you need new ears.”

–Matt Reilly re: “Vincent” on NPR Music, Dec. 5, 2016

“‘Drunk Drivers / Killer Whales’ says something about every year, every day, and every waking moment in our life, and that’s such a hard thing to do as a writer.”

–Michael Roffman on Consequence of Sound, Dec. 5, 2016

“…it simply and positively rocks.”

–Patrick Green on Crave, Dec. 5, 2016

“Car Seat’s entire set was pristine, and the band has clearly grown into their skin as live performers.”

–Dylan Sies on Northwest Music Scene, Dec. 4, 2016

“My good friend and roommate Julia always insists that the success of a first date can be determined by turning on the song ‘Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales’ in the car and seeing if they’re singing along by the end.”

–Adrienne Hohensee on KXSU (Seattle University), Dec. 2, 2016

Will Toledo’s review of Kanye West’s “The Life of Pablo”

Talkhouse, Dec. 2, 2016

“Toledo may posture as an underachiever, but with Teens Of Denial, he’s achieved something great, transcending his Bandcamp origins to create a work that rivals its lofty influences.”

–Peter Helman on Stereogum, Dec. 1, 2016

“Toledo’s open-book approach to personal struggles provides a scarred but triumphant human heart at the center of these 11 blazing epics, all of which find a radio friendly angle in the uncertainties of youth.”

–Jeff Terich in American Songwriter, Dec. 1, 2016

Car Seat Headrest in the News – Nov. 2016

“…the best rock album of the year.”

–Frank DiGiacomo re: “Teens of Denial” in Billboard, Nov. 30, 2016

“A bona fide arena-ready rock headbanger…”

–Rob Sheffield re: “Drunk Drivers / Killer Whales” in Rolling Stone, Nov. 30, 2016

“This is an album that makes you really fucking glad to be alive.”

–Mack Hayden on Paste, Nov. 30, 2016

“Rolling Stone names Loudoun County alum’s album fourth best of 2016”

–Trevor Baratko in the Loudoun Times-Mirror, Nov. 28, 2016

“Like Nirvana building quiet and explosiveness into the same space, Car Seat Headrest knows how to be intimate and epic at the same time.”

–Joe Levy in Rolling Stone’s “50 Best Albums of 2016,” Nov. 28, 2016

“The genre is in need of a standard bearer these days, and Toledo is more than up for the task.”

–Collin Brennan on Consequence of Sound, Nov. 28, 2016

“‘Teens Of Denial’ was a heady reboot of college Americana and one titanic trip.”

–Larry Bartleet in NME, Nov. 27, 2016

“…a staggeringly good, alluringly dense record of smart, melodic guitar rock that withstands comparisons to the label’s golden age.”

–Sean Nelson re: “Teens of Denial” on The Stranger, Nov. 23, 2016

“Of the 10 greatest anthemic lyrics of 2016, I swear to that rocker in the sky, Will Toledo wrote 11 of them. It’s all so smart and whimsical and funny and, damn, it’s a voice — a great big thundering voice of modern wit and angst.”

–Wayne Moriarty on The Province, Nov. 22, 2016

“If you like Teens Of Denial, do not miss Car Seat Headrest on this tour because everything off that album that they play sounds like a million bucks.”

–James Cobo on Blurred Culture, Nov. 22, 2016

“He kept it honest, allowing the crowd to soak in what he conveyed through contemplative lyrics and meandering guitars, his feet standing still but his music constantly in motion.”

–Madeline Wells re: Will Toledo in The Daily Californian, Nov. 21, 2016

“In the live setting, the band’s tunes are full of tension and release, upbeat and tightly executed, accompanied by Toledo’s oft spoken word style of singing.”

–Kyle B. Smith on LA Music Blog, Nov. 21, 2016

“Listen to Car Seat Headrest’s ‘Simlish’ Version of ‘Not What I Needed'”

–Kevin Lozano on Pitchfork, Nov. 21, 2016

“Car Seat Headrest delivers joyous performance at WOW Hall”

–Craig Wright and Sararosa Davies in the Daily Emerald (Eugene, OR), Nov. 20, 2016

“The most played album in the Recordstore office, it rocks when it needs to, is touching at points, full of witty turns of phrases and choruses that jam into your brain for days.”

recordstore.co.uk re: “Teens of Denial its Album of 2016, Nov. 18, 2016

“He illustrated that he is a musician’s musician, respectful of and honest with his craft.”

–Daniel Kielman on The Bay Bridged, Nov. 17, 2016

“This year’s San Diego Music Thing headliner, Car Seat Headrest, is a classic example of DIY. ”

–Matthew Burke on NBC7 (San Diego), Nov. 12, 2016

“Although he sports boyish glasses and has the reputation of a bedroom auteur, Toledo plays an absolutely raucous and entertaining live show.”

–Will Reisman in The Bay Bridged, Nov. 11, 2016

“It’s a Horatio Alger tale for the millennial era.”

–Tom Lanham in the San Francisco Examiner, Nov. 10, 2016

“The breakout indie rock band of the year—actually of the last few years…”

–L. Kent Wolgamott on Bohemian.com, Nov. 9, 2016

“…his first full album for [Matador Records] — this year’s Teens Of Denial — touched a public nerve with its image-laden quest for identity set to anthemic rock’n’roll and couched in innovative arrangements, changing his life irrevocably in the process.”

–Steve Bell on the music (Australia), Nov. 7, 2016

“Toledo and crew hit all the right notes in raging against modern ennui…”

–Doug Freeman in The Austin Chronicle, Nov. 6, 2016

“Garage rock as mood elevator, let’s call it.”

–Eric Webb on Austin360, Nov. 6, 2016

“It’s a brainy offering that’s packed with more angst than a stack of ‘Harry Potter’ books, and it doesn’t skimp on the rollicking riffs.”

–Nathan Poppe re: “Teens of Denial” in The Oklahoman, Nov. 4, 2016

“Will Toledo’s bedroom confessional becomes a rock brigade – with empathy!”

–Neph Basedow in The Austin Chronicle, Nov. 4, 2016

“What do Mitski, Angel Olsen, Bon Iver, and Car Seat Headrest all have in common? Aside from the fact that they’ve all released very strong indie rock albums in 2016…”

–David Sackllah on Consequence of Sound, Nov. 2, 2016

“Car Seat Headrest is the Poster Child for Bandcamp Fame”

–Taylor Gilliam in Phoenix New Times, Nov. 2, 2016

Car Seat Headrest in the news – Oct. 2016

“At the rate the band’s popularity is swelling, a night to catch it at the intimate venue may be a coveted check-mark some day.”

–Christy Fantz in the Longmont (CO) Times-Call, Oct. 28, 2016

“A Guide to All of Car Seat Headrest’s Pre-Fame Albums (All 11 of Them)”

–Steven Hyden in Uproxxx, Oct. 28, 2016

“Car Seat Headrest announces UK shows for 2017”

DIY Magazine, Oct. 17, 2016

“Car Seat Headrest livens up a sleepy afternoon”

–Heather Ah San in RIFF Magazine, Oct. 17, 2016

“While comparing oneself to Bowie might in most cases be seen as hubris, in Toledo’s case, it makes sense. When you’ve released what amounts to a ‘greatest hits’ album at the age of 23, you’re allowed to dream big.”

–Zack Ruskin in SF Weekly, Oct. 12, 2016

“Will Toledo’s (Car Seat Headrest) Favorite Lyrics of 2016 So Far Are…”

The Talkhouse, Oct. 7, 2016

Another mystery solved

In 1981, I recorded a Dixieland jazz piece that was playing on KLON in Long Beach, Calif. I didn’t hear the name of the song or the performers. But if I had to guess, I would have said it was from the ’20s or ’30s, recorded in New Orleans, and entitled ‘Fare Thee Well.'”

Wrong, wrong and wrong.

Thirty-five years later, after an internet search on some of the lyrics, I finally found it. I was directed first to a song called “Mama’s Gone, Goodbye,” recorded by Peggy Lee. Right song, but not the recording I was looking for.

I found many different versions of the song on YouTube, some of which dated to the mid-1920s, including one sung by Sippie Wallace and a recording from a piano roll made by the song’s composer.

The recording I was looking for turned out to be from a 1960s-era jazz revival band, Big Bill Bissonnette and the Easy Riders Jazz Band, with Victoria Spivey on vocals.  They were based in Connecticut, of all places, and the recording was made in Wallingford (hometown of my Yale ancestors) on August 9, 1964.

Here it is: