Archive for December, 2009
Brian Jonestown Massacre, Japandroids, The High Wire, New Fast Automatic Daffodils, Black Ryder & more
With 2009 winding down, I’ve trawled the archives to find some unplayed gems from this year and combined them with great new stuff that’s come out in the last month or so.
Long-time listeners will notice the usual Soundtrack2 intro/outro are missing. I’m travelling and don’t have the files with me, but I’m thinking about getting a new intro. Any suggestions?
Here’s to a great 2010. BTW anyone seen this movie?
1. Brian Jonestown Massacre – This Is The One Thing We Did Not Want To Have Happen
Seven minutes of scuzzy psych kicks us off. This is just one of the many gems off Who Killed Sgt Pepper, due out in January.
2. Oneida – I Will Haunt You
Jazzy freeform rock band bring the noise with this track off Rated O. You can find this from the fine folks at RCRDLBL.
3. Japandroids – Sovereignty
High velocity noisy Canadian indie rock from earlier this year.
4. Singapore Sling – Last Man On Earth
Big fan of the Sling. Check out this dark rocker off their latest full-length, Perversity Desperation And Death.
5. Black Ryder – Let It Go
Fans of Spacemen 3 will dig this dark number from the Aussie band. Check out their very consistent Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride album.
6. Dead Mellotron – Dress Rehearsal
Noisy, driving space rock out of Dallas. I’m sure I’m not the first to say this, but – I hear no mellotrons. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
7. New Fast Automatic Daffodils – Cannes
Missed this band the first time, but I find they popped up a lot this year. Very creative early 90s rock from Manchester.
8. iLL – Timeless
I’m getting into Supercar via Koji Nakamura’s splinter band iLL. This is one of the more rocking tunes off of 2008’s Dead Wonderland.
9. Wry – Touch
Nice Brazilian dream pop.
10. Inverness – Bats
And off we go with some trippy, groovy goodness out of San Francisco.
11. The Appleseed Cast – The Summer Before
More blissful dream pop off this year’s Sagarmatha.
12. Little Black Dress – Snow In June
More goodness from Texas. Love this floating dream pop tune off the album of the same name.
13. The High Wire – A Future Ending
This UK buzz band (named band of the week by Spinner) drops a nice midtempo rocker from The Sleep Tape.
14. Elemental Gaze – Let Me Erase You
Electronic shoegaze goodness from Indonesian band featured on 2008’s Half-Dreaming compilation.
15. Japanese Gum – Chlorine Blue
Self-described as “an experimental Italian duo whose music is characterized by wall of guitars, soft vocals, electronic glitch beats and effects,” this tracks goes from chill to all-out noise assault and back.
16. Everything Is Made In China – Sleepwalking
Straight outta Moscow comes melodic eletronic pop a la Stereolab, but trippier.
17. Nic Bommarito – Hymn For 200 Sugar Packets
Closing out the set with some open air, explosive post-rock off Harp Fragments.
Oppressed By The Line, Beak>, Sad Day For Puppets, Dead Leaf Echo, Beach House & more
November = sick, work, sick, work. Had a backlog of great music so here’s to getting back on track.
1. Oppressed By The Line – Paper Cranes
Very nice space pop. Never would have guessed this came from Texas.
2. Melochrome – Kissing Spree
Power poppy shoegaze off 1999’s The Music We Make, but seems more like a gem from 1991.
3. My Majestic Star – Like Cracked Glass
Swirling psychedelia straight out of Perth, Australia.
4. The Domino State – Big Six Wheel
Big, cavernous rock in the tradition of Secret Machines. Love to hear that guitar freak out.
5. Free Electric State – Hawks
And the hits keep coming with some noisy shoegaze by this NC band.
6. Sad Day For Puppets – Mother’s Tears
Beautiful hushed vocals seep out from this fuzzy rock and roll number.
7. Loop Garou – The Boarding
Ok, this is very MBV-sounding. There, I said it. But it rocks in this mix.
8. New Ghosts – Broadcast
“Reverb casualties” deliver driving shoegaze of the highest order.
9. Frankie Rose – Thee Only One
That’s not reverb. This is reverb – for fans of Raveonettes who don’t mind a swiped Cream chorus. Apparently she’s ex-Crystal Stilt and ex-Vivian Girl.
10. Black Tambourine – Black Car
Hadn’t come across this band much recently, but last month they were included on a host of Slumberland anniversary posts. Very nice evolution of Galaxie 500 sound.
11. Dead Leaf Echo – Half Truth
Nice dream pop from the new Truth album.
12. Beach House -Norway
Wow, I love it when music comes out as good as this. Imagine Fleet Foxes crossed with The Radio Dept. and you’re there. Off of the new record entitled Teen Dream.
13. The Distortions – Sparkle Sparkle
LA band brings beautiful spaced-out dream pop from Machines At Night.
14. Beak> – Blagdon Lake
I excitedly picked this up due to Geoff Barrow (Portishead), but unfortunately the album is a mixed bag. Dig the tension and building noise of this one.
15. Clarks – Growls Garden
Twisted, dirty electro funk with a layer of crazy noise and slamming beats. Not for the faint of heart.
16. Isolation – Swamp City
Ringing electronic anthem off the last month’s self-titled EP takes us home.
As The Antlers explore such uplifting themes as terminal illness, hopelessness, despair and suicide, I’m reminded of that line in High Fidelity: “Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?” What’s most stunning about this song is the explosion of horns and Peter Silbeman’s voice offset the miserable story. Not to worry parents of the world, I’ve listened to this song 100 times and I’m still a happy guy. Maybe even happier.