A Place to Bury Strangers, No Age, Hopewell, Arc In Round, Apteka & more
The latest audiocast touches on the Stranger – the notion of the “other” and unfamiliar. From blistering opening track from A Place to Bury Strangers and on to Hopewell’s “Stranger”, distorted perception shapes a lot of great music.
1. A Place To Bury Strangers – In Your Heart
A blast of sinister 80s dark rock and roll to start us off. Great to hear new stuff this good. APTBS also wins the award for best MySpace music description: “Total Sonic Annihilation.” Coming out on next month’s Exploding Head album.
2. Deep Cut – Dead Man Walking
Spiralling glammy rock and roll from London band. What’s a deep cut, you ask? The tracks towards the end of the record that DJs don’t play.
3. Violens – Lightning Lightning
Like this one. Kind of like a noisier, more interesting Killers.
4. No Age – You’re A Target
No Age is starting to get much more interesting on this new track. Fresh, tight and smart.
5. Arc In Round – New Rocker Mastered
6. Mellotrons – Side By Side
This Brazilian band starts off with a Dinosaur Jr. vibe and then goes skyward with the “Yeah Yeah” extended chorus. And check out the classic rock ending. Yowzah!
7. Darlings – We’re Not Going
Lovely. Very cool slacker vocals and building riffs. “I’m not looking for repetition, I’m just looking for a good time.” Amen.
8. Hotels – Leilani
Seattle band takes us through this space poppy gem off Where Hearts Go Broke.
9. White Denim – Mirrored And Riverse
RCRD LBL artists deliver something completely different off Mirrored and Reversed. Slow cooking rock number with flourishes of psychedelia. Available as a free download.
10. Hopewell – Stranger
Rumbling bass out of Hawkwind builds to ultimate space rock-style freakout.
11. Apteka – Traitors
Apteka channels inner Iggy on this stomping garage psych number. Never before has “C’mon!” made this much sense.
Pensive bit of electronica remixed by the never-boring Yppah. Available on Exponential.
13. My Violaine Morning – Morning Angels
Straight outta West Java, Indonesia comes some shimmery 80s guitar pop.
14. A Brief Smile – For A While
You know those tracks that you listen to again and again, but can’t really place? This is one of them for me. The band has 3 EPs available for download on their website.
15. Swoon 23 – Cellophane
And the stranger leaves town. Awesome track that shows just how intense plastic wrap can be when sung properly: “I can’t remember my pain.”