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.