So this is goodbye?

It’s such a cliché. Guy/gal starts music site, has a blast for a few years with music (s)he loves, then folds up the tent.

Usually a bunch of reasons are given. There’s also some sort of commitment to keep active in music as a fan. A big thanks is given to all those who read or listened.

Sound familiar? Well, you’re not going to get that here. Yes, the words above holds true for me – especially the thank you part. Honestly, thanks for reading and subscribing to the podcast.

But instead I’m going to make this about you. And music.

If you love music, what are you doing about it?

Are you going to shows? Are you supporting your favourite artists financially? Is your closet stuffed with t-shirts from too many merch tables? Are you actually making music yourself?

Do you share your passion with your friends? Family? People you work with? Strangers?

If you answered NO to any of these questions, then…think. Ask yourself why. Then ask why not?

Now it’s time for Soundtrack2 to sign off.

So this is goodbye?

 

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 109: Mind Flood

Tame Impala, Her Vanished Grace, Arc In Round, Snøskred, Thee Oh Sees & more

Texture, courtesy Vanessa Murray

1.   The Oh Sees – Lupine Dominus
Start off this week’s mix by imagining you’re at a groovy 60s dance club, but the go-go dancers are posessed.

2.   Landing – We Lie In Fields
Veteran ambient crew pick things up on their engrossing self-titled latest album.

3.   Tame Impala – Apocalypse Dreams
They’re back! Good to hear their familiar sunshine psychedelia a la Magical Mystery Tour, but hoping their full-length will kick things up a notch.

4.   The Raveonettes – Observations
Here’s a group who is messing around with their signature sound on Observator. Great piano and smooth vocals give a much smoother sound, but just as sinister.

5.   French Kicks – Also Ran
Digging through digital crates on these next few tracks. Listening to what’s coming out these days now, I wonder if the ethereal groove rock on 2006′s Two Thousand was ahead of its time.

6.   Delays – On
Always enjoyed 2004′s Faded Seaside Glamour by this British band. Fabulous guitar and harmonies.

7.   Sam Roberts – Mind Flood
My fellow Canadians know Sam as a straight ahead rock and roller. But I’ve always loved this slightly epic tune that explodes into  intense psychedelia at 4:25.

8.   Oblisk – Overcast
This tune matches the slow/fast dynamic of the last tune, but swaps the downtempo rock for drone psych.

9.   The Telescopes - There Is No Floor
Pushing deep into the red with this classic from Taste. Plus I love this title.

10.  Snøskred - We Are
Big up to superb blog Sounds Better With Reverb for pointing me to this great single. Sounds like a shoegaze version of the Broken Social Scene.

11.  Black Market Karma - Cocoon
Really digging their latest record, also called Cocoon.

12.  Her Vanished Grace - Break Down
Track of the week comes from their latest album Star-Crossed. This killer tune with a chorus that could light up the sky. The album comes with a few very nice nods to the Cocteaus.

13.  Shallow – Out Of Focus
Love me some minimal, hypnotic reverb-drenched shoegaze.

14.  Arc In Round – Time Spent
I’ve been looking forward to this band’s latest self-titled record for agesDefinitely worth picking up if you like both the smooth shoegaze pop heard here and something harder.

15.  She’s So Rad – Confetti
New Zealanders’ latest continues their tradition of wrapping infectious melody around electronic pop.

16.  Saint Saviour – Midnight City (M83 cover)
As M83 continues his never-ending tour, here’s a great cover from the UK. To me, this sounds as if Kate Bush has channelled jazz legend Mark Murphy‘s talent for brilliantly vocalizing instrumental parts.

17.  Parlovr – You Only Want It ‘Cause You’re Lonely
Montreal “sloppy pop” trio deliver this captivating gem.

18.  Echodrone – Cold Snap
This band’s melodic post rock continues to grow on me with this latest album Bon Voyage.

19.  Honey – Cape Canaveral
Could’ve sworn this was an American band until I read they’re from Glasgow. Goodnight folks.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 108: No Sense

Japandroids, Grooms, Bailterspace, The Flaming Lips, Beach House & more

Post War Years

1.   Japandroids – Continuous Thunder

Kicking things off with the closing track from Celebration Rock, referred to by Songs & Cigarettes as an album “ripped from your youth.” My take? “Heroes” for a new generation.

2.   Wyla – Fill In
This band continues to impress on the solid Night Fits album. Love the Autolux vibe here.

3.   Electro Group – Green Machine
Stunner from the Lifter/Green Machine EP that has the intensity of the great Bailterspace. Wouldn’t it be great if they came out with some new music?

4.   Swervedriver – The Birds
On a bit of a late-period kick for some classic shoegaze bands. This one’s from 1998′s excellent Ejector Seat Reservation.

5.   Grooms – Dreamsucker
Some hyper Brooklyn rock and roll.

6.   Eternal Summers – Wonder
Propulsive power pop out of Virginia.

7.   Cookie Duster – Two Feet Stand Up
Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene leads a new crew to higher heights on When Flying Was Easy.

8.   Ride – Gonna Be Alright
More late period Britpop goodness off overlooked Tarantula.

9.   Bailterspace – No Sense
New music from this seminal New Zealand dark shoegaze band. Cool to see they didn’t ape their old style.

10.  Grave Babies – Fuck Off
An atmospheric, reverb-drenched anthem off Gothdammit.

11.  Pontiak – Royal Colors
Switching gears from trenchcoats to brain melting psych. That’s just how we roll.

12.  The Flaming Lips – Children Of The Moon (feat. Tame Impala)
Peeling back the onion that is the The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends. So excited to hear some new TI tunes!

13.  Ombre – Cara Falsa
Pitchfork tells me this band consists of Julianna Barwick and Helado Negro. Plus their Believe You Me album is on the way.

14.  The Steals – All Coming Back
Lovely dream pop from a few years back.

15.  Beach House – Lazuli
I wasn’t crazy about first single “Myth” so I’ve slept on this album. Then this track drew me back to the mothership.

16.  Cloud –  Childhood
This chillwave track sounds like it’s been playing in my head for years.

17.  Post War Years – Glass House
Track of the week: glorious electro pop from the UK.

18.  Diiv – Wait
Some nice shoegaze from new album Oshin (get it?) on Captured Tracks.

19.  A Dancing Beggar – Stars Bring Us Closer (Franz Kirmann remix)
A slow build, but the atmosphere on this remix just transported me.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 107: Shadow

A Place To Bury Strangers, Stars, Grizzly Bear, Wild Eyes, Glass Vaults & more

Photo by Phil Askew luminouslives.com

Lots of strong new releases this week. Not to mention that two of the featured bands have the word “wild” in them.

Dig in.

1.   Dan Deacon – Lots
Absolutely slamming new anthem starts the party. Download on his site.

2.   Young Galaxy – Youth Is Wasted On The Young
Seems with every new release, this band steps further into the 1980s. Not that that’s a bad thing.

3.   Stars - The Theory of Relativity
Somebody’s been listening to a lot of M83. Nice to hear fresh sounds from this band, also available on their site.

4.   Wild Nothing – Shadow
I can see this fictional airbrushed, longing music video playing in my head.

5.   It Hugs Back – Half American
This song hugs me in a very nice way. Imagine a poppier Broken Social Scene.

6.   She’s So Rad - Rockin’ Back Inside My Heart
Shimmering chillwave and vivid choruses make this the track of the week.

7.   Wheat Fields - Heaven Is A Place Where Nothing Ever Happens
Some beautifully wistful dream pop.

8.   Grizzly Bear – Sleeping Ute
Can’t say many other GB tunes stood out for me, but this latest folk electric psych single is just riveting.

9.   Richard Hawley – Leave Your Body Behind You
What’s in the water these days? First Paul Weller  psychs out and now it’s RH’s turn to get trippy. A crooner from the Standing At The Sky’s Edge album.

10.  Archers Of Loaf – Dead Red Eyes
I was mainly into their early 90s records, but as part of its reissue series Merge has dropped a great track off 1998′s White Trash Heroes.

11.  Exitmusic – The Sea
A mysterious quiet/loud mini epic.

12.  Amen Dunes – Bedroom Drum
Through Donkey Jaw track that I can’t stop listening to.

13.  Glass Vaults – Into Clear
Prodding, almost ambient drifting tune that builds to an amazing finale. Was a little slow to realize how awesome this track is.

14.  Rancho Relaxo – Wisdom Blackout
Damn catchy Brian Jonestown Massacre-style psych…I keep finding great tracks on my iPod from these S2 faves.

15.  Broken Water – Drown
Fantastic, primal drone psych out of Olympia.

16.  Black Night Crash – Baby It’s You
This new shoegaze track off the excellent Drawn Out Days has been driving me nuts. This singer sounds exactly like someone else, but I’m at a loss. Can somebody help?

17.  Six Organs Of Admittance – Waswasa
Sometimes you just have to shred. This new Ascent track embodies glorious rock and roll abandon.

18.  Wild Eyes – Ride
Chugging motorik shoegaze? Check.

19.  Pagiins - I Don’t Feel Anything
The surfers head to the biker bar for an after party.

20.  A Place To Bury Strangers – Revenge
Good to hear this band continue scorching the earth on their latest Worship.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 106: Tenderhearted

The Faux Noise, Cadence Weapon, PS I Love You, Crocodiles, No Joy & more

Photo by Phil Askew, luminouslives.com

The essential summertime shoegaze mix? Perhaps.

1.   Alligator Indian – Our Love Was A Crime
How could it have taken this long for us to feature a post punk band from Asheville? Bucket list one step closer to completion.

2.   The John Candy – Anyway, Anywhere, Anyhow
Breathless C86 indie pop from a few years back, complete with delirious guitar riff.

3.   Mandarinaduck – Tenderhearted Destroyer
A perfect mixture of tension and soaring choruses out of the Ukraine. I won’t say anything about the band’s name.

4.   PS I Love You – Death Dreams II
This band really stretch their legs on the superb Death Dreams. If you’re free and in TO, they’re making an appearance at NXNE this Thursday.

5.   Fort Lean – Sunsick
This tune kind of got stuck in my head.

6.   Crocodiles – No Black Clouds For Dee Dee
Endless Flowers, one of the most anticipated albums in ages, finally dropped. Of all the tracks this groovy psych number stood out for me.

7.   Miniatures – Midwinter (Air)
Melbourne crew dives into some heavy shoegaze on this gem.

8.   Pink Mist – Touchdown Kid
“She gives me nothing for nothing…” Brooding intro gives way to a dark Hawaiian dancefloor.

9.   No Joy – Junior
Great shoegaze single from one of Montreal’s finest. Coming out soon on Negaverse.

10.  Cadence Weapon – Conditioning
We at S2 love hip hop, but we never thought it could fit in our mix. Of course, that’s until we heard this superb new track off Hope In Dirt City.

11.  The Faux Noise – Leave Her To Heaven
Curious mixture of beats and dream pop. “Forgive me one more day…”

12.  Autolux – Plant Life
Still mining the masterpiece that is Future Perfect.

13.  The December Sound – Truth Hearts
Boston band takes us down with drone and shoegaze.

14.  ivansxtc – Yesterday
Crooning dream pop tune from a few years back that I only recently discovered.

15.  Brother Sun, Sister Moon – All You Need
Turn off your mind…

16.  Bark Psychosis – 400 Winters
This sounds like a collaboration betweenTim Buckley and Broadcast. Gotta play more by these late 80s/ early 90s heroes.

17.  Great Northern – Low Is A Height
Speaking of defunct bands, my iPod recently served up this stunner from Turning Twilight Into Daylight.

18.  2 Hearts and Chemicals - Froid (ft. Guylaine Vivarat)
The mellow vibe rolls on with hushed French vocals and strings out of L.A.

19.  Family Band- Night Song
Closing the curtains with an eerie riff and lines like “hold me here till morning takes my eyes…”

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