Archive for December, 2010
Exit Calm, Tamaryn, LoveLikeFire, Fur, Steve Mason & more
This week’s mix gets its name from a featured band. But I think it also applies to the season as the year comes to an end.
1. Maps – Stay Another Day
Gorgeous but slightly creepy hazy holiday tune from a few years back starts us off.
2. Emily Reo – Above Ground And A Golden Cloud
Drifting dream pop out of Orlando, Florida. Wasn’t going to make a Disney reference until I saw her EP was named Witch Mtn.
3. Steve Mason – All Come Down
Former Beta Bander dropped a gem from Boys Outside, released earlier this year.
4. Plains – Innovator
Post punk synth workout from the second Florida band to grace our mix. Pick this up on their bandcamp.
5. Holy Fuck – Silva & Grimes
Year-end roundups reminded me about this phenomenal krautrock-esque track.
6. Neon Night Riders – See The Sky
Nice bit of eletronic rock and roll.
7. Serena Maneesh – Reprobate!
Another one that blew my mind about a year ago. Definitely pick up S-M 2: Abyss In B Minor if you haven’t already.
8. Odio Paris – Ya No Existes
Melodic shoegaze from Barcelona.
9. Fur – I Want To Let You Down
Sinister shoegaze rock and roll. Download this track and others for free from their site.
10. IO Echo – When The Lilies Die
Really dig this detached post punk. It’s also the best use of whistling in a pop tune since Peter, Bjorn and John. Not much info available on their page, but it appears this band is from LA.
11. Now, Now – Neighbors
Formerly known as Now, Now Every Children, this starts twee and then builds in intensity. Available on their new EP of the same name.
12. LoveLikeFire – William
Didn’t feel this fit our format at first, but repeated listens brought me round. Wonderful production and drumming give it an emotional punch.
13. Field Mouse – Touché
Consisting of Rachel Browne and Andrew Futral, this is one of the band’s many good shoegaze tracks from You Are Here.
14. Tamaryn – Love Fade
We’re overdue for some Tamaryn, so here’s another great dose of dream pop from The Waves. Slowdive for the ’10s?
15. Sean Carey – In The Dirt
Mellow icy/warm piano-based tune that feels it could also be entitled “In the Snow.” Check out this summer’s All We Grow.
16. Exit Calm – You’ve Got It All Wrong
Monster of a closer. Comparisons to The Verve‘s A Storm In Heaven are pretty bang on.
The Sky Drops, Fjord Rowboat, Milk, Sweet Bulbs, Brian Jonestown Massacre & more
1. Clara Clara – Under The Skirt
Slamming off-kilter rock and roll from French band’s Comfortable Problems.
2. Sweet Bulbs – Down On My Life
Love the urgent, slightly dark shoegaze on this one. Available here.
3. Young Prisms – Breathless
San Francisco shoegazers have a lot of great tracks on Friends For Now. This one’s for late nights.
4. Luna Moth – Midori Haru
Lots of bands using this moniker but I can’t find one that’s Japanese and crafts anthems like these. Love the overdubbed guitar parts.
5. Fjord Rowboat – We Both Know
Toronto represents with some melodic rock and roll. This one’s off their latest Under the Cover of Brightness.
6. The Wrens – Per Second Second
Had this one kicking around for a while. Nice noisy rock and roll from 2002’s The Meadowlands.
7. The Sky Drops – Explain It To Me
Can’t help but continue to love this band. This new one’s got harmonies, hazy vocals and slightly droning guitar. Looking forward to their next full length!
8. Quilty – Lizard Queen
They label themselves “grunge”, but there’s more going on here. Pick it up if y0u dig Exile In Guyville or the Scott Pilgrim soundtrack.
9. Sonic Youth – Cinderella’s Big Score
Quilty led me to dust off this masterpiece from Goo. Stunner!
10. Kinder – Simple III
Not sure if they are named after German kids or are following the band name trend of adding “er” to the end of words: Collider, Loomer, etc. This one rocks.
11. Brian Jonestown Massacre – The One
About this time last year Who Killed Sgt. Pepper blew my mind. What a nice change-up. Thought I’d throw in this killer krautrock drone tune.
12. Milk – Brighton Beach
Epic, drawn-out psych track with eastern influences. They’re offering up new EP Oubliette on their bandcamp.
13. Lion Club – Paintings of Hungry People
The sun is peeking through your window, birds are chirping and all is perfect. Until the crazy guy at the end of the tune starts talking, of course.
14. Trembling Blue Stars – No More Sad Songs
15. Wye Oak – Civilian
Slightly Americana track builds and builds before ending the mix.
Atlas Sound, Ten Million Lights, The Telescopes, Wooden Shjips, The Hidden Ratio & more
1. Soft Circle – Night Hike
Propulsive, slightly Krautrock beats take us deep into the woods.
2. Suuns – Arena
Montreal band get into an evil synth groove at Daytrotter session.
3. Atlas Sound – Lanterns
World-y beats with ambient noises. One of the many different directions Mr. Cox takes on his four albums of bedroom recordings, which you can find here. Better get a new hard drive.
4. Maserati – Bye M’friend, Goodbye
All’s well in the world if you start your day off with this electronic shoegaze track. The bassline just kills me – reminds of Deep Purple‘s “Highway Star.” I’m no drummer, but I’d love to play on this one.
5. Wooden Shjips – Motorbike
6. My Disco – Closer
Australian post punk with loud, repetitive guitar available here.
7. Ten Million Lights – Fast Asleep
These guys are the real deal. Second time they’ve been on the podcast this year. Solid midtempo shoegaze.
8. Amusement Parks On Fire – Echo Park / Infinite Delay
Vocalist seems overly inspired by The Silversun Pickups and autotune, but this one from Road Eyes rocks.
9. The Hidden Ratio – Crystal Growth
Bombastic shoegaze psych with tremolo and ringing guitars.
10. The Telescopes – Everso
Classic stuff off the Everso EP. There’s even sitar in there!
11. Iowa – Lose Yourself
Dinosaur Jr. much? I’ll forgive them this time, particularly since they made it available on their bandcamp.
12. Garageland – Fay Ray
13. Rec Centre – Funner
It’s rarely sunny in Vancouver, but that doesn’t mean they can’t do sunshine pop! Pick it up here.
14. Au Revoir Simone – All or Nothing
This chillwave tune didn’t do much for until I saw their KEXP video. Subtle and beautiful.
15. Goatface – Creekside
Weird electronic raga from Georgia.
16. Eric & Magill – Birthdays Are Important
Transcendant use of harmonies and space off All Those I Know. Mercury Rev fans dig in: “Here’s to another trip around the sun.”