Archive for July, 2010
Lost Rivers, Adam Franklin & The Bolts of Melody, Lilys, Holy Hail, Ride & more
1. Electric Sunset – Soda
Hazy, sunspotted electronic psychadelia from San Francisco. Their Electric Sunset EP hits in September.
2. Birthdays – Van Hands
Hip hop-inspired slight Animal Collective dreamy homage.
3. Aether – Such Charm
Yes, the opening croon sounds a bit like Chris Martin. But keep listening and the insistent synths we’ll draw you in.
4. AC Berkheimer – Off You Go
Nice 80s gloomy number. One of two nice tracks the Dutch band is offering for free on their site.
5. Cut Copy – Where I’m Going
6. Bubblegum Lemonade – Last Time I Saw Andrew
I think this is the only UK track on a S2 mix! Scottish band deliver the draggy/baggy goods.
7. Ride – Time Of Her Time
A classic off Going Blank Again. Decided it’s time to get a Ride t-shirt…anyone have some good options?
8. Adam Franklin & The Bolts Of Melody – I’ll Be Yr Mechanic
Any song with an opening line like “As the gas station burns…” is ok in my book.
AF’s last album was okay, but his new one I Could Sleep For A Thousand Years is really doing it. Hard to choose the one we liked most, so we caved and went with the one that sounded most like his beloved Swervedriver.
9. Lilys – The Any Several Sundays
When I first heard this at Rotate This it blew my mind. Eastern guitar, mid-sixties Byrds, mod chords and some serious drone add up to one monster of a tune.
10. Cloudlight Canyon – Mothlight Pt. 2
Cape Verde dream rockers enthrall for five plus minutes.
11. Megaphonic Thrift – Undertow
Norweigan rockers telling us to turn…it…up. And drive faster.
12. The Secret Machines – Road Lead Where It’s Led
…Which then reminds me of this band and their fantastic Now Here Is Nowhere.
13. Holy Hail – Feels Like Forever
14. The Lost Rivers – Stay
My Beatific Vision indeed. Buzzsaw guitars, 60s beat way more intense than the Raveonettes.
15. Buke and Gass – Medulla Oblongata
What a voice! Crazy bombastic rock and roll with vocals hooks to spare.
16. Moonbeams – I Am Forgotten
West coast band brings some glorious desolation to wind down the mix.
Autolux, The Blanket Ghost, Collider, The Boo Radleys, No Joy & more
1. Bottle Of Evil – Conversation
Dreamy Scottish indie. Feeling a bit of Doves here but not sure why.
2. Slowdive – 40 Days
Working in some more classics. We haven’t played this band since the very first episode – criminal! Timeless and lovely.
3. Anne – Summer Babies
Vocals remind me of Duncan Sheik (!) but this dream pop off their Demo is first rate.
4. The Blanket Ghost – l o o k a t t h e s t a r s
Cool off-kilter noise pop. With a name using the required words “Ghost”, “Crystal” or “Girls”, these guys are sure to make it big.
5. Autolux – Supertoys
Yes. Transit Transit is out August 3 and it looks they haven’t lost their touch over the years.
6. The Boo Radleys – Rodney King
Another neglected ST2 fave. Love this track’s distorted groove from their masterpiece Giant Steps.
7. Bloody Knives – Hands Around My Neck
Glam-gaze from those weird kids in Austin.
8. Collider – !Ex Ex!
Righteous melodic shoegaze rock and roll from the fantastic Strobos EP, available on their Bandcamp.
9. Weed Hounds – Skating Away From The Cops
C86-inspired anthem by New Yorkan band. More please.
10. Caucus – Sing (Half Dreaming)
Came across this nice pop track off the great Half Dreaming Asian shoegaze comp. Pretty good English singing for a Japanese band!
11. The Morning After Girls – Death Processions
Last year’s Alone yielded some good tunes, but loud dark arena rock and roll fans should turn this one up.
12. Cherryblades – Everyday Is Extreme
13. Amazing Baby – Head Dress
Baroque melodic Britpop from Brooklyn with some nice glam guitar. Better than it sounds.
14. The High Dials – Book Of The Dead
Light psych that’s hooked me since first seeing them as mainly-mod The Datsons. Off this year’s good Moon Country album.
15. No Joy – No Joy
Hard to pin this one down. Loud, distorted Archers of Loaf-indebted rock.
16. Turzi – Baltimore
Party like it’s 1993 with this Bobby Gillespie-guested big beat track. Also better than it sounds.
17. How To Destroy Angels – Parasite
You-know-who brings the broken dark noise. Been kicking this around for a while now…pick up the free EP on his site.
18. Indian Jewelry – Lost My Sight
Swirl in to the dark digital void with this pummeling trance psychedelia. And for the last time – better than it sounds.