Archive for July, 2009
Velvet Underground, Hawkwind, Neu!, Wipers, Wire & more
Think of this as Soundtrack1.
At the risk of inciting a music nerd revolt, the latest audiocast delves into the origins of the music we play here – shoegaze and dream pop.
We start with some 60s psychadelic/drone pioneers, touch on some space rock and Krautrock, then go all post punk. Some songs may break from the chronology, but this is not a list – it’s a mix. And how could I NOT end it with classic closer “Here Comes the Warm Jets?”
Let me know what you like, hate and what might be added. It was impossible to capture everything we like in one mix, so we’re hoping to do more. I’m particularly excited to look at early electronic music, Soundtrack2 style.
Listen to Soundtrack2 Audiocast17 Protogaze here.
1. Beatles – Blue Jay Way
Bit obvious track to start with? Maybe, but when you look at melodic bands like Ride and Revolver, the line can be traced back here. Check out John’s hazy singing, trippy backdrops and phased drums – not to mention Sir George Martin’s funky knob-twiddling.
2. Byrds – I See You
“Eight Miles High” is great, but my money’s on this psych pop number from the L.A. band’s Fifth Dimension album.
3. Syd Barrett – No Good Trying
Odd midtempo rocker with sufficient drone to make the cut. Barrett’s been cited as an influence by many key bands we play on Soundtrack2.
4. Velvet Underground – Lady Godiva’s Operation
John Cale! The Lou Reed tracks are great, but love what John Cale brings to the band. This pounding, drone-y track would be at home on any Black Angels album. Minus the medieval court vibe, maybe.
5. Pretty Things – Old Man Going
Now we really start to lift off with a riff that conjures up bands like Swervedriver.
6. Hawkwind – Silver Machine
Maybe not their best track, but Spacemen 3 have built on Hawkwind’s hazy ‘lost in space’ foundation which is evident here.
7. Simply Saucer – Here Come the Cyborgs
Hamilton, Ontario’s finest rock out in Velvets style with lyrics that seem to be inspired from a 70s space comic.
8. The Clean – Point That Thing Somewhere Else
A few (primarily) instrumentals now. The first one from this New Zealand band has beautiful, driving reverb guitar over a driving beat. Apparently a big influence on Pavement.
9. Neu! – Hero
Did someone say beat? Motorik FTW, courtesy of my favourite Krautrock band. Sex Pistols fans take note: Neu! was also one of John Lydon‘s favourite bands – definite vocal influence evident in this track.
10. Mission Of Burma – Secrets
Fast forward a few years to the brilliant opening track of 1982’s classic Vs. album.
11. Wipers – When It’s Over
Boy, do I love this band. Most of their stuff isn’t Soundtrack2 material, but this epic rundown seems like a climax to a 70s action movie. Don’t tell Quentin.
12. Echo & The Bunnymen – Crocodiles
13. Swell Maps – Let’s Build A Car
Could this be the earliest known example of shitgaze? You decide.
14. Cramps – Garbageman
15. Wire – Two People In A Room
These guys were the catalysts to like six different types of music. Dig it.
16. Siouxsie & The Banshees – Christine
Poppy, gloomy number that I’ve wanted to feature for a while.
17. Lakha Retorit – Seder Yom
I’ll be shocked if anyone saw this one coming. Israeli post-punk on the New Order tip, complete with synth, effects and lazy bass. Plus this dude’s singing is better than Bernard’s. Best line: “I feel like an air raid.” Props to Audix for the find.
18. Brian Eno – Here Come The Warm Jets
Many people give this track a shoegaze tag, although I’m not sure if it’s the noise and repetition or that it uses “jets” in the title. Either way, an awesome closer to the album of the same name. And tell me you don’t love his site!
19. XTC – History of Rock ‘n’ Roll
A 21 second rundown of music’s evolution – fitting for this mix.
The Soundtrack2 team have spent a lot of time unearthing music to add into its audiocasts. But rarely do we feel sufficiently by new music to write a review. Until now.
Enter Engineers Three Fact Finder. A near-flawless album by a UK band that had trouble getting it released, virtually every track is a stunner. It’s not revolutionary; but the band speaks in their own voice and have something to say.
I could gush on and on about this worse than a 14-year-old who just discovered The Smiths. I encourage you to purchase this album and listen to it repeatedly from beginning to end. If you like what we play here, it will make you happy.
2. “Sometimes I Realise” – Audiocast15 dropped this mellow rock anthem and I still can’t get enough of it! And just when you think it’s peaked, another layer comes to take you higher.
8. “Three Fact Finder” – You know when the title track of an album is kinda weird and different than the rest of the album?
9. “Song For Andy” – Plaintive, melancholy track about a dude named Andy. Only the English can do heart-on-sleeve sensitive without sounding cheesy. Them and Montreal’s Stars, but Torq is originally from the UK.
13. “What Pushed Us Together” – For me, great albums leave a lasting impression with the closing song. After the light and darkness that runs through the rest of the album, Engineers end on a hopeful note.
Could this be the feel-good hit album of the summer of 2009?
Bachelorette, Warlocks, Zuu, Charlottes, Big Pink & more
Another blog entry with no photos or tags. Ugh.
Not to worry. This podcast was mixed to be extra visual…tangible even.
Happy to have back to back podcasts with new music by bands I’m really excited about. Last one Engineers, this one Bachelorette and ZUU.
Check out Soundtrack2 Audiocast16 here.
1. Bachelorette – Instructions for Insomniacs
A gem highlighted by the fine folks at The Decibel Tolls gets us going with a slightly folky vibe. Then comes the sunburst.
2. The Circulatory System – The Pillow
Airy, psychedelic weirdness from ex-Olivia Tremor Control man: “Just say goodbye to the world that we know.”
3. Candy Claws – Pony Rides
“It’s so twee and slick, it must be Scandanavian!” Nope, these American boys chug along with a nice one.
4. Swirlpool – The Downer
Love the distorted beauty on this one.
5. Warlocks – The Midnight Sun
Stoner rock band jumps into the shoegaze deep end with this new track off The Mirror Explodes.
6. Campag Velocet – TV Eye
7. Long Legged Woman – When I Was Asleep
8. Andy Asteroid – 60,000 Cycles
Surf rock meets the Milky Way.
9. Charlottes – See Me Feel
Noisy British indie punk by a favourite of John Peel’s. Charlotte Simon Scott went on to form Slowdive.
10. Whirlaway – The Blinded
From the very interesting Pompano record in 2004. Not sure how to categorize this band, but they rock it here.
11. ZUU – Nothing Special
The new Everywhere album has lots of good tracks, but this track found a home here.
12. Curve – In Disguise
The other day I realized I hadn’t played any Curve yet. WTF? This is one of my faves.
13. Big Pink – Velvet
Now we’re into some interesting territory. Lots of buzz about this band – like the midtempo beats with noise layered overtop.
14. The Octopus Project – Music Is Happiness
Urgent builder by band who recently came through Toronto. Cheers to Chromewaves for turning me on to this.
15. Black Moth Super Rainbow – Twin Of Myself (Go! Team Remix)
Lots of Stereolab pop going here…nice to end on lighter note. Thanks, GT.