Archive for January, 2010
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.