Archive for February, 2010

Soundtrack2 Audiocast31: Recognize

Voices, Volcano Playground, 14 Iced Bears, Aves & more

New look, new music. What do you think?

1. Hour Musik – Limelight

Ray of sunny Japanese power pop to brush off the snowy winter freeze.

2.   Aves – Untitled 4

Don’t know much about these guys, but here’s some instrumental guitar rock goodness.

3. Sharesprings – Fix Your Eyes On

UK dream pop takes us skyward.

4. Rumblefish – What You Do To Me

If you like dark romantic pop like The Church or Echo & The Bunnymen, dig into this.

5. Ghost Society – Recognize

Glacial disorted rock and roll from Copenhagen band. Promising stuff.

6. Asalto al Parque Zoológico – Le Dernier Jour

Kicking into high gear now. Distorted blast of French shoegaze via Argentina. Love it.

7. Voices – Silver Queen

Urgent Sonic Youth intro leads into to a classic shoegazer sound. Just wait until the wall of guitars at the end.

8. Me You Us Them – Me You Us Them

This audiocast’s highlight. Melodic assault with great vocals and building layers. And they’re from Brooklyn.

9. 14 Iced Bears – Florence

Fellow Brooklynites drop a swampy psych drone track off their self-titled album.

10. Beyond The Wizards Sleeve – Let It Shine

Dave Grohl named checked these guys and they’re all over the place in terms of style. This track has a nice Bees/Super Furry Animals/Beta Band light psych vibe.

11. Victorie&Hyde – East End

Groovy French garage with a hint of The Raveonettes.

12.  Honeydip – Echo & The Honeymen

Nice slow drifting tune to change the pace a bit.

13. Distant Guns – Shakerley

Hard to classify this one, but it’s great. Kind of like The Auteurs crossed with Adorable.

14. David Holmes – Love Reign Over Me

A bit of a Maps vibe here. Really trippy chill track.

15. Volcano Playground – Waiting

Toronto group takes us home with some icy electronic dreaminess.

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Featured Track: Crystal Stilts’ Crystal Stilts

The next time I have people over at my place, I’ll play this song in hopes that someone will ask me who it is, just so I can make up some fantastic lie that it’s me. Wobbling, fuzzy surf guitar recorded for 60 bucks in the back of a greasy autobody shop. They’ll just stare at me in my sweater vest trying to decide whether to punch me for lying or laugh at me for being nowhere cool enough to do something this cool.

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Soundtrack2 Audiocast30: Shadow People

No Age, Depreciation Guild, Radio Dept., Salem, Mondo Jet Set & more

New tracks from No Age, The Depreciation Guild and The Radio Dept.! Check it out on this week’s mix…

1. No Age – Hard Trash

Mellow floating in space track starts us off. From a recent Daytrotter session, this band continues to impress with their range and creativity.

2. Daylight’s For The Birds – Please

Straight up dream pop from 2006’s very nice Trouble Everywhere record.

3. My Majestic Star – Silver Tongues

Downtempo dream pop with a shot of 1970s jazz fusion. Check out last year’s I Haven’t Got it In Me.

4. Salem – Brustreet

Beautiful shoegaze with melody lifted from The Boss’ Streets Of Philadelphia. This is not the Israeli death metal band nor the Swedish band…would like to tell you more but their MySpace page is toast.

5. The Radio Dept. – Heaven’s On Fire

Another instant rainy day classic from Radio Dept. This one’s off Clinging To A Scheme, due out next month.

6. The Depreciation Guild – Dream About Me

U.S. band drop new single. Lovely stuff!

7. The Sunshine Factory – Roving Eye

Last year’s Vintage Revolution had some very nice tunes on it. This track sounds like My Bloody Valentine crossed with Ivy.

8. Mondo Jet Set – Nightnurse

Cool track from a few years’ back off Henry After A Nightlife. Vocals remind me a bit of The Pernice Brothers but they’ve got an indie, slightly trippy rock sound.

9. You Say Party! We Say Die! – Laura Palmer’s Prom (Los Campesinos remix)

Loving this track from last fall. I didn’t think either of these bands did this kind of swirling, noisy shoegaze. File under the “never want this track to end” category.

10. The Man I Fell In Love With – Never Ever Even

Not sure how to describe this one. Bit of math-rock overtop some noisy indie rock?

11.  Mustafa Et Monique – Monaural Tone Revolver

Highly disorted, dense rock and roll from 2005’s Houdini Aubergine EP.

12. Technoir MA – Sparks

Love this guitar-led minor epic by the Massachusetts band of the Sonic Youth school.

13. True Womanhood – Shadow People

Off last month’s Basement Membranes EP, this dark, cool rock and roll track will have your reaching for your shades.

14. Six By Seven – Candlelight

1998 Britpoppy goodness out of Nottingham.

15.  White Come Come – Broken Bird

Our last audiocast had a heavy Ride/Chapterhouse bias, and here’s another. This one’s from a Japanese band circa 1992. The guitar riff brings to mind the mighty The Wedding Present.

16.  The Tamborines – Sally O’Gannon

Bright, noisy melody off the EP of the same name. If you like early Dandy Warhols, you’ll dig this.

17.  Shark? – Titanz

Noisemaker track is not your typical rock and roll. The singer’s delivery reminds me a bit of The Constantines. This anthem is available for free download.

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Soundtrack2 Audiocast29: Breather

Chaptherhouse, Parts & Labor, Soren Well, Sad Day For Puppets, Mint Chicks & more

Chapterhouse will be touring the US in May. Happy day…can they swing up to Canada?

To celebrate, I’ve assembled another mix of new and old tunes. There’s lots of early 90s goodness here for fans of Chapterhouse, including one of my fave tracks by the band themselves.

1. Parts & Labor – Fractured Skies

Glorious noisy indie rock out of Brooklyn starts us off. Find this on Receivers.

2. The Creeping Nobodies – Creep-In

Toronto noise rock band brings some post-millenium tension from the I-X-4 EP. Their newer stuff is much more sedate.

3. Mono Stereo – The Day Before Science

Like this Swedish garage rock.

4. The Spyrals – High and Dry

Bit of BJM-styled 60s psychedelic pop goodness out of San Francisco.

5.   Heat-ray – Burn

Calgary crew deliver a fiery blast of Sonic Youth and 90s grunge from Loveallover.

6. Godflesh – Suction

I hear a lot of industrial stuff like this in bands like A Place To Bury Strangers.

7. Big Troubles – Opposites

Less than two minutes of melodic dark shoegaze from this New Jersey band.

8. Dum Dum Girls – Jail La La

Latest buzz band with “Girls” in their name brings C86-inspired gems like this to Sub Pop.

9. Soren Well – Starry Eyes Gone Blank Tonight

Yes! Brilliant rock and roll driving track for the latest generation.

10. Aerial – I Am TV

And now for something different. Sloan-like (think Andrew) off-kilter indie rock. This is the Swedish Aerial, not to be confused with the Texan Aerial.

11. Stripmall Architecture – Kids Today

Drifting, moody tune by band formerly known as Halou.

12.  Magic Wands – Kaleidoscope Hearts

Ok, maybe it’s a bit hipster but this dreamy pop song has been stuck inside my head.

13.  Sad Day For Puppets – Again

Now we’re talking. I put SDFP in the same camp as bands like Wye Oak: they’re not doing anything revolutionary but have great tunes. Love how the singing trails the beat to give it an even dreamier feel.

14.  The Bats – Just Do It

The first of two tracks off the fine Stroke: A Tribute To Chris Knox album. It’s got some great covers of music by the recovering Tall Dwarfs man. Good to see veteran bands like The Bats and the Flaming Lips get even trippier with age.

15.  Paint In Watercolour – Popularity

Speaking of tributes, here’s a Ride-influenced tune from an early-90s Japanese shoegaze band.

16.  Afterglow – Stay So Young

This is a scary-close homage to Ride by an Australian early 90s band.

17. Beloved Rogue – Daysleeping

Fantastic melodic rundown that reminds of Ambulance LTD crossed with the best of the old stuff. Definitely check out the tracks on their website and the Polaurora EP.

18. Chapterhouse – Breather

Strength to strength with a classic off Whirlpool. Say no more. Except that they better come to Toronto.

19. Mint Chicks – Crush

Another off the Chris Knox album. In the  “I couldn’t fit it anywhere else in the mix” category, we end off with a track that Animal Collective fans should be all over. And of course, Mint Chicks are from Portland.

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