Archive for April, 2011
The Vandelles, The Twilight Sad, P.S. Eliot, Moonbell, Low & more.
1. Working For A Nuclear Free City – Eighty Eight
Felt the need to start off with a stunner, but nothing new turned my crank. Dug up this rock and roll from Businessmen & Ghosts.
2. Skywave – Angela’s An Angel
Noisy assault from a fantastic, overlooked band.
3. Electro Group – Manimal
Distorted, bass-heavy rock and roll in the vein of Autolux.
4. Headless Horseman – Wavlngth
From last October, this indie curio has a certain swing that moves me. Check it out on RCRD LBL.
5. P.S. Eliot – Watch On Mute
Short, punky rock and roll off Sadie, their new EP which they’ve made available for download here. I’ve liked this band for some time, but haven’t found many tracks that I love yet.
6. Seapony – Dreaming
Sarah Records revival! Damn catchy.
7. Dum Dum Girls – There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
Smiths covers are tricky, especially with a signature tune like this one. But they pull it off on this one from He Gets Me High.
8. Matthew CH Tong – Present And Correct
9. Young Adults – Campfires
From November’s Black Hole, this is a great, dense instrumental.
10. Tjutjuna – Rise # Set
Over nine minutes of pedal-to-the-medal space rock. Watch these guys.
11. Woodsman – Serfer
Great, abstract indie rock.
Their new Summer Fling EP inspired the photo for this week’s post. Kinda surf-y, but with a lot more going on.
13. Moonbell – Figurine
Off the EP of the same name, this band puts out wonderful, sluggish psych tunes.
14. The Upsidedown – Dutchess Of York
15. The Twilight Sad – And She Would Darken The Memory
Desolate, gripping classic off their first album Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters. Great use of noise.
16. Cowboy Junkies – Lay It Down
Not a band we’d normally feature here, but this tracks has a great mellow, psych edge that sets the next song up perfectly.
17. Low – Nothing But Heart
Crunchy, Neil Young guitar starts us off, then this gem just floats upwards. Nice to see Low, with their new album C’mon, reminding us how music = passion.
The Raveonettes, Moon Duo, Junip, Swans, Ambulance Ltd. & more
1. Junip – Without You
Beautiful, pastoral psychedelia from José González’s other band that ascends heavenward as the synth comes in. Wow, this Daytrotter session really deepened their sound.
2. Panorama – Sol Brillar
What could be a lost gem from Dark Side of the Moon, but straight out of Medellín, Columbia. Available via above link.
3. Ambulance Ltd. – Swim
A classic midtempo tune from their brilliant self-titled album from quite a few moons ago. Great chord progression.
4. Stumbleine – Lunar
Love the broken soulfulness of this track. Just fantastic, genre-defying music that may take a few listens for you to fall in love. And they’ve been nice enough to make it available on their Tumblr.
5. Slowness – Black & White
San Frans drop some trippy power pop, with nice guitar effects towards the end.
6. April Fool’s Day – Being Phil
Great guitar-driven, crunchy rock and roll. Hard to tell where they’re from…Spain?
7. Jetman Jet Team – Cosmic Age
Clandestine stratospheric shoegazing by promising Seattle-ites.
8. The Raveonettes – Evil Seeds
Don’t be fooled by the (not so good) post-rock intro. This dark guitar pop tune from new record Raven In The Grave gets darker and deeper. Nice to see them mess with their formula.
9. Mock – Poppy
10. Sphere – Low-altitude Flight
Wall of sound over loud beats and great female crooning vocals. Chorus kicks it up a notch.
11. Transistor Photograph – Like A Dolphin
Flash of sound and light, with a steady groove and sweet breakdown.
12. Last Remaining Pinacle – Students Of The V.U.
Drone, sitar and – is that a zither? Theremin maybe? Nuff said…
13. Moon Duo – Fallout
Now add some rock and roll to the drone and you’re off. Yes!
14. Swans – The Great Annihalator
More sitar! This corker’s off the LP of the same name, but this recently re-activated band is touring again.
15. Ty Segall – Standing At The Station
No words can describe the joyful cacophony here. And don’t ask me what this song has to do with a station.
16. Royal Bangs – Triccs
Ripping new post punk/rock and roll with a wonderful, distorted bottom end that gives it a great dirty groove.
17. The D’Ubervilles – Magic Arrow
Fellow Torontonians do such a stellar cover of Timber Timbre‘s track that I actually prefer it. The mood they create here really breathes life into the song.
18. Achievement House – Summer Spirit
Summer’s not here yet, so we’ll describe this as the soundtrack to a glorious Spring day. It brings to mind free spirits in Broken Social Scene.
SIANspheric, Collider, exlovers, Monster Movie, A Sunny Day in Glasgow & more
1. Monster Movie – 1950da
Classic off To The Moon gives us just enough glammy, noisy rock and roll to get started. These guys are still putting out some good stuff.
2. exlovers – Blowing Kisses
New UK shoegazy pop for the toe tappers.
3. Beach! – Summertime
Sundrenched surf rock explosion available for free on their Bandcamp. “See the sun for miles…”
4. Hurt Valley – I’m An Avalanche
“Transmission!” Love this nervy Californian indie pop. I can somehow picture Bowie demolishing this one. Also can be picked up gratis on their BC.
5. SIANspheric – Rave On, Full On
Skyward shoegaze noise rock from Toronto. Get it on the mighty There’s Always Someplace You’d Rather Be. Bonus points to anyone who can make out a lyric.
6. Weird Era – Garage Honeymoon
Utter noise assault that breaks into a groove. Listen close.
7. Thee Piatcions – Singapore Mon Amour
Psych biker rock from Italy?
8. Rollerskate Skinny – One Thousand Couples
The inimitable noise rock geniuses destroy this one from Horsedrawn Wishes.
Interesting space rock from bizarre band that appear to be Dutch.
10. Collider – Mono
Synth velvet refrains, meet snakey choruses. Great indie pop available free from their Bandcamp.
Watching this documentary on Ulrich inspired me to dig up this gem from Satellite Remixes. Love how this just washes over you.
12. A Sunny Day In Glasgow – Drink Drank Drunk
Americans bring out some nice lushness with electronic breakbeats.
13. Raliegh Moncrief – Lament For Morning
Cool chopped up vocal sample sets a nice, mellow-but-slightly-claustrophobic mood. Another one that you can pick up on his BC.
14. Religious To Damn – Drifter
Windswept midtempo pop with great icy vocals.
15. Loop Garou – Sweet Dreams My Rajkumari
Danish dream pop from their 2009 EP available free via MySpace.
16. Still Corners – History Of Love
MS page describes them as “Looking for a sunset bird in winter.” Beats what I was going to write.