Archive for January, 2010

Soundtrack2 Audiocast28: Ice Age

Earthmen, Joy Formidable, Electro Group, Band Of Susans, Citay & more

Apparently yesterday was the most depressing day of the year. To help, we’ve dug into the archives a bit to dust off some old favourites and combine with some new goodies.

1.   The Earthmen – Momentum

Monstrous early 90s rock shoegaze from Australian band. I defy you not to air drum to this.

2.   Alcian Blue – Angelica Take Me Down

Pummeling soundtrack to oblivion from 2003’s  single of the same name. Don’t know if I’d want to meet this Angelica.

3.   The Joy Formidable – Greyhound In The Slips

For those who rail against nu-gaze, here’s something fresh for you. Euphoric, upbeat rock and roll. And it’s available for free download from the MySpace page. Kind of reminds me of Visqueen, but not sure why.

4.   Red Pens – Blue Lighters

Minneapolis band offers up a ear-shredding shitgaze anthem off Reasons. Fugazi crossed with the Thermals channelling The Who? Lazy reviewing aside, give us more of this, please.

5.   Electro Group – Nobody Knows

This band grooves nicely on this nice track off the Ummo Ep.

6.   Yuck – Georgia

Dream/gloomy Friday I’m In Love-style noisy pop. And off a demo, no less! Available for free download from their blog.

7.   Ceremony – Someday

Like A Place To Bury Strangers and Skywave? Connected to these bands is Ceremony. More gloomy beauty that is way to loud to no matter how high the volume is.

8.   (((S))) – Deathtrip

Looking for the missing link between Suicide and New Order? Check out the interesting Ghost record from last year.

9.   Spirit Vine – Golden

At first this sounded like the latest BRMC or Black Angels reverb/drone rock band. But keep listening – the chorus will surprise.

10.   Coltrane Motion – Twenty-Seven

Weird band. Some songs sound like this and others…well, don’t. And they’re not even Scandanavian!

11.   Band Of Susans – Ice Age

Can’t believe that we’ve never played BOS!  Classic track off The Word And The Flesh that reminds me of The Verve‘s more glacial moments: “an endless dream.”

12.   Dorias Baracca – Silence

This Danish band’s song off  The Handsome Melting Point EP will get inside your head. The riff sounds as if it was developed by Slash if he fronted Slowdive.

13.   Citay – Mirror Kisses

Okay, last bad comparison of the night – Geneva crossed with Grand Funk Railroad‘s I’m Your Captain? A bit more pastoral then what we usually play. Check out Dream Get Together when it launches on January 26

14.   Musique TLR – With The Stars

Love the space rock blues vibe on this track. I’m temped to drop Carl Sagan narration over top.

15.   Landing – Harmonies

Synths abound in the floating-in-space track off the Oceanless record.

16.   Breakfast Mountain – Log Jamm

And here are the first transmissions from a newly-discovered planet. As translated by the Portland band.

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Soundtrack2 Audiocast27: So Much

Mazarin, Serena Maneesh, Besnard Lakes, Engineers, Best Coast & more.

Happy 2010 – here’s some great tunes to soundtrack snowy, cold days and keep you going. The intro/outro are back, but I’m still open to suggestions on how to re-vamp our audiocast format.

1. The Jamboree – Doing Fine

Hazy garage rock gets us rolling. This comes off the Doing Fine EP, a side project by Justin LaBo of Technicolor & Film School and Lisa Ingram.

2. Bleed Stone – Free Fall For All

Really like this dreamy singalong track off the excellent Far From Gone tape. You can pick up a link to download this from their MySpace page.

3. Mass Of The Fermented Dregs – Skabetty

Bright shoegaze pop straight out of Kobe, Japan.

4.   Popolice – Action

Loved this Stonesy shoegaze track by the New Zealand via Melbourne band.

5.   Renminbi – Portland

Thanks to Gimme Tinnitus for pointing out the free Surface record by this great rock and roll band.

6. Mazarin – Chasing The Girl

Comparisons to Elephant 6 piqued my interested in this band. As this dreamy indie pop track reveals, there’s much, more more going on here. Check out Watch It Happen from early last year.

7. Best Coast – Over The Ocean

Lovely 60’s-inspired mid-tempo distorted pop from Make You Mine on eMusic.

8. Vidulgi OoyoO – Siren

Beautiful building track from the Electric Muse label out of South Korea. Thanks to MML.

9. Engineers – Hey You

Off Mojo‘s The Wall Re-Built compilation, ST2 faves Engineers deliver a fresh take on the Pink Floyd classic. Strange to hear this sung by someone other than Roger Waters…far less angry and creepy-sounding here.

10. Philippians – Love Machine

Gorgeous dreamy electronica. Absolutely no relation to kickass 70s rock band Luv Machine.

11. Gary War – Grown In Shells

Abstract 3 a.m. weirdness off the New Raytheonport LP.

12. Tamaryn – Mild Confusion

Fader premiered this gauzy drone rock tune by the NY/SF group back in October. Nice.

13.  Moloko Velocet – The Black In Her Eyes

French band gives us some BJM-sounding psych off their upcoming S/T EP. Their name is taken from a hallucinogenic European drink and their influences are listed as “Trains, planes & spaceships.” Hmm.

14. Serena Maneesh – Ayisha Abyss

Finally a new song from these guys! Well, this is less of a song than a deep trip through the darkness, but I like. Kinda drum and bass-y with a pummeling, relentless bass.

15.  Luder – Sing To Me

Yes…one of the few metal/shoegaze tunes that I like.  Maybe because it’s becuase of the female vocals or the glam-sounding guitar. This comes off last year’s Sonoluminescence.

16. The Besnard Lakes – Albatross

New track from The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night takes us home as the credits roll. Glorious.

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