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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.
Amusement Parks on Fire, Fauns, Broadcast, Delorean, Unisex & more
If you like noisy rock and roll, you’re gonna dig the latest audiocast. Let’s hear it!
1. Loomer – Search On Your Own
Like the distorted Swervedriver-style rock & roll from the Brazilian band, not to be confused with the other Loomer.
2. Lovvers – 100 Flowers
Addictive and catchy. I can’t put a label on this one, but you could say the same for The Real Kids – listed as an influence on their site. I went back and listened to my RK tracks…MUCH tamer than this.
3. Teenage Filmstars – Pressure
Guaranteed you’ve never heard anything like this. Backwards, noisy but somehow tuneful and coherent.
4. The Men – The Man
Like the propulsive rock energy here, available for purchase on their blog. Props to BOAWS for the tip.
5. Amusement Parks On Fire – Motown Ritual
And now we’re into some noisy shoegaze from 2005’s Blackout EP this year’s Young Fight EP. If you like feedback, the end will be like music to Pete Townshend’s ears. Updated, thanks to Dwight.
6. Headtime – Need To Be
Postpunk number to shake things up a bit. Anyone know much about this band?
7. The Fauns – The Sun Is Cruising
I slept on this initially but finally bought it. Nice to see the shoegaze hype was warranted.
8. Julian Casablancas – River Of Brakelights
Does the Strokes’ singer’s latest album fit our format? No, but I’d argue that this trippy hypnotic riff is a big departure from “Last Nite.”
9. Mazarin – The New American Apathy
Electronic spacepop goodness from Philly-based band.
10. Broadcast – In Here The World Begins
Ethereal psychedelia from the new Mothers of the Milky Way tour EP.
11. Delorean – Seasun
Spanish troupe delivers lovely sunshine montage music.
Ozzie up and comer remixed by London space scientist. Brilliant MySpace page!
13. City Of Satellites – BMX
Slowing it down with some Australian dream pop off the Machine Is My Animal album on Hidden Shoal.
14. Letting Up Despite Great Faults – Sun Drips
Ignore the long name for a minute and check out the awesome S/T album. Quality stuff.
15. Unisex – The Full Force Of The Sun
Telescopes splinter band closes the set with drifting sleepy epic off Stratosfear.
Sennen is in the studio pulling together their latest collection of nu-gaze finery. In the meantime, I can’t get enough of their Bizarre Love Triangle cover. Why? For the pure and simple fact that they kept a lid on it. There’s almost an air of who-are-we-to-fuck-with-greatness humility in the effort.
Yesterday started for me in an MRI machine. I tried describing to a friend the experience of being inserted into a dark, claustrophobic tube and then being washed in angry, rhythmic buzzing.
I summed it all up by telling them to listen to Fuck Buttons’ Sweet Love For Planet Earth in the dark.
Headlights, Autolux, Paris Angels, After The Weather, Maps & more
Our latest mix of new and old gems from the Interwebs. Very excited about the quality of stuff coming out. And it will only get better as we head into the holiday release period.
You’ll notice lots of global music and a few curveballs in this week’s mix – let us know what you think!
1. Trailer Trash Tracies – Strangling Good Guys
Treble lovers unite! Great track out of the UK to start us off.
2. Culkin – Glow
Coming straight outta Stockholm with some classic-sounding shoegaze.
3. Moments Shoegaze – Maniquins
Track from a few years back that came up again recently. Off the L’Équilibriste EP but the band is Spanish – of course!
4. Autolux – Audience No. 2
Somehow I missed this advance track off their next album Transit Transit. Months went by, and two things made me finally add it into a mix. (1) Great article about the band in Wired and (2) someone really into this kind of music hadn’t heard of them. Apparently their next album is due out in January.
5. True Widow – Flat Black
Now this track is interesting. Seems like an amalgam of about five bands I love, many of them from this band’s home state of Texas.
6. Headlights – I Don’t Mind At All
Their new album Wildlife is excellent. Poppy, well-written tunes with great lyrics. We need more bands like Headlights.
7. Sundae – Verano-Invierno
Ok, I was feeling nostalgic for some breezy pop and this Spanish track fit the bill.
8. Paris Angels – Perfume
Wow, this straight-from-vinyl track blows my mind. Apparently it’s from the Madchester days.
9. Clinker – Hallucination Generation
Off free download Thru The Fly Machine, this oddball band delivers a solid tripped out anthem.
Speaking of anthems, AC’s take on this track is just heavenly. If I could do an entire podcast of Animal Collective music, I probably would. Actually, Animal Collective is probably working on that kind of project right now anyway.
11. Sunshine Factory – My Sugar Cane
Off the free two-song Sugar EP, this track’s sunspot assault is brilliant.
12. Baa rec – Deadlock
Japanese band uses a great mix of guitars and electronica to keep this track vibrant.
13. Maps – Turning The Mind
What can I say about Maps that 100 blogs haven’t already said? I can only add: why is he fighting the shoegaze tag? This is just glorious music that shares a lot with other glorious music we play.
14. After The Weather – It’s Too Loud
Not sure what this is, but I like it. This Montreal’s band’s By Flashing Lights And True Love album is definitely worth picking up.
15. Starry-Eyed – Nasa
We close with some dramatic post-rock from Seoul, uncovered in one of the many great MML posts about the Electric Muse label. BTW the post-rock we play at Soundtrack2 is usually more rock than post – so don’t be afraid.