Archive for April, 2009
Posies, Crash City Saints, Teenage Fanclub, Dirty on Purpose, Revolver & more
What has chiming guitars, glorious choruses, and two- or three-part harmonies?
The Jonas Brothers? Er….maybe.
Whether you like or hate power pop, you’re encouraged to listen to the mix and let us know what you think!
Check out Soundtrack2 Audiocast11 here.
1. Teenage Fanclub – Star Sign
The mighty Scots kick things off in style with a track from their Bandwagonesque classic.
2. Revolver – I Wear Your Chain
Often mentioned in the same breath as Ride, this poppy band also has the bedroom britpop thing going on. Didn’t realize until now that the bassist went on to found Death in Vegas, featured in Audiocast1!
3. Curtain Society – Marigold Girl
Tight, snappy number from the New England trio’s Volume, Tone, Tempo record.
4. Ash – A Little Less Ordinary
Ok, “Girl From Mars” is awesome but didn’t fit here. Instead, we went for this one off Nu-Clear Sounds.
5. Velocity Girl – Forgotten Favorite
Taking their name from a Primal Scream b-side, most of their music…well…didn’t sound much like Primal Scream. Love the drive and chorus on this track though.
6. Dirty on Purpose – All New Friends
Brooklyn band demonstrates on this fine track that indie (indy?) rock is alive and well.
7. The Spinanes – Valency
“Collared vampire what is it at night” sounds like a line from Twilight, not the opening line to this classic power pop track. Props to Chris for turning me on to this band.
8. The Posies – Solar Sister
This shimmering ball of energy comes off the brilliant Frosting on the Beater, to be performed in its entirety this June in Brooklyn. If you like this track, buy all their albums.
9. The Apples In Stereo – Beautiful Machine, Pts. 1 & 2
Upbeat, effervescent pop from Robert Schneider’s consistently great band. They tore it up with Sloan at Toronto’s Church at Berkeley a few years ago. Free mp3 if you sign up for their mailing list at the link above!
10. Phoenix – 1901
Great garage-pop track off forthcoming Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix album (I know, I know…) album, due out May 25.
11. The National – Apartment Story
Love the noisy melody and poppy beat. These guys remind me of Spoon on downers.
12. Felt – Textile Ranch
Bring on the funky bassline, high-shine guitar, snare and throw in an organ! If you like mellow dream pop soul, also see Felt’s “Primitive Painters.”
13. The Magnetic Fields – Famous
Their new-ish Distortion record is good, but this track was Soundtrack2 material.
14. Amps – Pacer
Chiming slacker anthem from Kim Deal of Breeders/Pixies fame.
15. Crash City Saints – We Came To Dance
“Rock and roll’s a joke, it’s a fashion show.” Nice New Zealand-style power pop with a layer of distortion.
16. Darling Buds – If I Said
Pummeling paisley psych pop – if that makes any sense whatsoever – off the fantastic CD-86 compilation.
17. Wild Poppies – Canon Over A Grey Sea
Speaking of NZ pop, those that like Bats/Clean/Chills with some added fuzz guitar will love this. Not to be confused with Brooklyn band of same name. Head nod to the Doledrums.
Warlocks, Silversun Pickups, Mazzy Star, Cocteau Twins, Skywave & more
This week’s mix – yes, we’re now actually able to pull this together weekly – goes from stoner rock to dream pop and beyond. You’ll notice some new tracks and surprises along the way.
Cool to think that at ten mixes in, we’re just now dropping names like Cocteau, Mazzy, and Love and Rockets. Now back to us moaning about missing Coachella…
Check out Soundtrack2 Audiocast10 here.
1. Love and Rockets – I Feel Speed
Druggy bolero from ex-Bauhaus members Daniel Ash, David J and Kevin Haskins. If you like this, check out Tones on Tail.
2. Volta Sound – Right Up To You
Spacemen 3-influenced drone rock off the superb My All American Girl album.
3. Warlocks – Baby Blue
“Wasting my time with you” and the L.A. stoner rock outfit.
4. Mazzy Star – Happy
Audiocast9 alluded to the singer of this band, so we went ahead and dropped “Happy” this time round. Beautiful.
5. Stratford 4 – Where The Ocean Meets The Eye
Love this epic anthem from this San Francisco-based band. This is the kind of track that you never want to end.
6. Manhattan Love Suicides – Up Too High
Who says you can’t cover Jesus & Mary Chain? Lastest track off the JAMC covers project, aptly described as an “adrenaline-fuelled injection of noise and menace.”
7. A Faulty Chromosome – Anomie’s the Enemie
If the famous C-86 compilation could have a sequel, this offbeat pop tune would be on it.
8. Skywave – Got That Feeling
U.S. band indebted (in a good way) to the above on this killer track. Love the nervy bass energy.
9. Pia Fraus – After Summer
Great blissed-out rock and roll from this Estonian troupe.
10. Asteroid #4 – Car Thief Millennia
If hip hoppers dug shoegaze, hands would go in the air as the band drops the first pedal at :30. Or is that just the tremolo? Either way, heavy as hell.
11. Cocteau Twins – Pitch the Baby
My buddy Audix summed up this band perfectly – dreamy pop funk. No one’s been able to follow them. This one’s off the seminal Heaven or Las Vegas.
12. Screen Vinyl Image – Roaming Spirit Freedom
Too Much Future was originally going to be the name of this podcast, but then we found out about a German movie of the same name. If one song could embody the title Too Much Future, it would be this one.
13. Uncut – Copilot
14. Lily Allen – The Fear
May be risking my cred with this one, but a review of Sonic Cathedral drew my attention to this cool futuristic pop track. Popstar aside, does it work in the mix?
15. Goldfrapp – Time Out Of The World
Perfect opportunity to drop chilled track from Supernature, the last album before they went pastoral.
16. Silversun Pickups – Growing Old Is Getting Old
New one off Swoon. Haven’t gotten my head around the whole album yet, but this one stands out. Love the atmosphere.
Mogwai, Smashing Orange, A Sea Of Leaves, Lenola, A Sunny Day In Glasgow & more
Mainly curated by Chris, Audiocast9 features a number of chilled, mid-tempo vocal-free tracks with a few of thrown in by me to mix it up.
Checkout Soundtrack2 Audiocast9 here.
1. Mogwai – Folk Death 95
Mogwai plays Toronto’s Phoenix alongside The Twilight Sad on May 4th- we’re stoked.
2. Alison’s Halo – Chalkboard James
Quintessential shoegaze swirl in the vein of Slowdive, Cranes and Cocteau Twins.
3. Smashing Orange – My Deranged Heart
Cool, 60’s, psychedelic feel. It’s how Mazzy Star would sound if Hope Sandoval forgot to show up.
4. Mew – An Envoy To Open Fields
It could just be me, but despite the lack of distortion, Denmark’s Mew manages to completely disguise their lyrics.
5. Team Sleep – Your Skull Is Red
Deftones side project involving Chino Moreno and a cast of musical heavyweights including Pinback‘s Rob Crow and Mary Timony.
6. Nightblooms – Never Dream At All
I suppose there might be a time and place for this. It’s like a full-blown instrument tantrum being mediated by someone’s lilting, honey-voiced Mom. And in mono!
7. Sennen – Hearsay
A bit late to the Sennen party but now that I’m here, I don’t want to leave. On tour right now in the UK…keep your fingers crossed for North American dates.
8. Health – Die Slow
Crunching, noisy monster from L.A. no-wavers. Hats off to Gimme Tinnitis for the tip!
9. A Sea Of Leaves – Permanent Wave
Brazilian band rock out to full effect.
10. Lilys – Touch The Water
From the 2000 Selected EP (discovered in a used bin for $5). Two minutes and 10 seconds of face-slapping energy.
11. Ecstasy Of Saint Teresa – Who’s
Stuttering drums + ringing guitars x cascading singing = classic track.
12. A Sunny Day In Glasgow – 5:15 Train
The highlight from 2007’s Scribble Mural Comic Journal. Check out the equally atmospheric, warbling “Best Summer Ever.”
13. Lenola – Shared a Route
Could easily be passed off as an My Bloody Valentine b-side.
14. …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – When We Begin To Steal
Still one of the best band names in history. Fiery, melodic track from their ’98 self-titled debut.
15. Gravenhurst – The Western Lands
Proof that not every noise-pop, shoegaze-inspired band needs to sound like the soundtrack to an Edgar Allen Poe poem.
Film School, Thrushes, Pixies, Mercy Arms, Primal Scream and more.
We’ve had some great newish stuff on rotation here, so we’re digging into them this time around.
Check out Soundtrack2 Audiocast8 here.
1. Ultra Vivid Scene – It Happens Every Time
Kicking off this week’s mix is a poppy one from New York-via-London’s Kurt Ralske.
2. Star – In Your Arsenal
Love this glammy track from a couple of years’ back. Definitely keep Star on your radar.
3. Dylans – Mary Quant In Blue (De-Luxe Reverse Submarine Mix II)
90s band brings on the psychedelia, backwards percussion and haze.
4. Greencoats – Honey
Kicking it into high gear with propulsive, glorious gem from this Swedish band’s Spring EP.
5. Mercy Arms – Half Right
Australian band delivers three and half minutes of soaring bliss. The singer reminds of another well-known vocalist, but I can’t place who! Anyone?
6. Latex Distortion and Gary West – Dopamine
Great indie rock track with bubbling distortion off Killed By A Fairy. Hard to find a good link to these guys so please add in a comment if you know one.
7. Pixies – Alison
Short burst of seminal rock and roll energy before we head spaceward.
8. Air – Dead Bodies
French band soundtracks a full-scale assault on Saturn. Taken from the Virgin Suicides OST.
9. Boards of Canada – Dayvan Cowboy
BOC isn’t a huge favourite of ours, but this drifting, building track works great here.
10. Film School – Ms. Connection
Brilliant mellow track from the Alwaysnever album.
11. Flunk – Play
Anja ˆòyen Vister’s croons gently over Ulf Nygaard’s “soothing delight.” Very nice.
12. Thrushes – Aidan Quinn
Why did this Baltimore noise pop band decide to pay tribute to 80s/90s actor Aidan Quinn? Don’t know, but love this track.
13. Solar Powered People – Commercial Flight
I can’t stop listening to this song. File under perfect pop.
14. Working for a Nuclear Free City – Troubled Son
Manchester band brings the evil shoegaze funk.
15. Primal Scream – Shoot Speed/Kill Light
Off Xtrmntr, Bobby Gillespie’s crew take us out in psychedelic rock and roll style. Props to Chris on this one.