Archive for February, 2010
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.