Archive for May, 2011
Bachelorette, Cloud Control, SIANspheric, I Break Horses, The Boo Radleys & more
1. Peter Cat Recording Co. – Love Demons
Don’t be fooled by the slow dirge beginning. This is a full-on psychedelic freak out. Singer reminds me of someone… Pete Doherty?
2. Vue – She’s Sweet
3. The Boo Radleys – Bluebird
Martin Carr and co. drop some melodic shoegaze rock and roll, taken from the Every Heaven EP.
4. Velocity Girl – I Don’t Care If You Go
Great midtempo shoegaze power pop tune from an underrated band. Playing this makes me want to dig up a Posies tune.
Super early garage pop from their rarities comp Science Faire.
6. Last Tide – Traitor In My Mind
DC band drops a chiming, driving footstomper with singalong choruses.
7. SIANspheric – Static
8. Grooms – Tiger Trees
Boy does this song get inside your head. Love the melancholy mood it sets with waves of noisy chords.
9. Miracles – Quarantine
“We want a quarantine! Separate evolution!” barks the singer over heavy distorted guitar and pounding drums.
10. The Consolation Project – Look Wild
11. Cloud Control – Meditation Song #2 (Why, Oh Why)
12. Dreamed – Izumi
13. The Kingsbury Manx – Blue Eurasians
Chapel Hill 90s heroes update the Pink Floyd sound. The gem on their self-titled album.
14. Silver Pines – Payasito
Second time I’m playing these Texans. Really like their dusty psychedelic sound.
15. Clams Casino – I’m God (instrumental)
Now we jump to a cross between chillwave, ambient and hip hop. Love.
16. I Break Horses – Hearts
17. Bachelorette – Blanket
I’ve been excited for her new self-titled album since it was first announced. It doesn’t dissapoint. Most are describing it as folk meets electronic pop, but I love how she layers her voice, with washes of noise and drone over the beats.
18. aeiou – Vivimos In L.A.
Big thanks to my pal Matt for reminding me about these guys.
Inevitable comparisons to Mogwai and Godspeed You Black Emperor (not an entirely bad thing) but these guys live up to what Texans are stereotypically known for – doing things in a big way. Three Legged Workhorse is nine minutes and 12 seconds of huge. Not exactly the kind of track that would take the edge off being stuck in traffic but not all fantastic music is meant for the car.
They’ll be at Lee’s Palace on May 30th and Club Lambi in Montreal on the 31st.
SPC ECO, The Vaccines, Galaxie 500, Capsula, Main & more
1. Craft Spells – From The Morning Heat
Kicking things off with some jangly romantic pop.
2. Seapony – Blue Star
Though we recently played another track by this band, we couldn’t resist the sleepy gauze pop on this track. RCRDLBL made it available here.
3. Kids On A Crime Spree – Sweet Tooth
Surf/power pop from Oakland band. Another from RCRDLBL.
4. The History Of Apple Pie – Tug
UK band brings some dark power pop. RCRDLBL is on fire recently.
5. The Vaccines – If You Wanna
Daytrotter provides a sweet reverbed rock and roll track that sends singer Justin Young into hoarse territory.
6. Prismo Perfect – TV Dream
Noisy post punk from France.
7. Capsula – Under The Woods
Dark, urgent shoegaze with an air of menace. Check out their fantastic In The Land Of Silver Souls record.
8. Pursesnatchers – Baseball On The Radio
Krautrock-influenced rock and roll.
9. 13 Engines – Bred In The Bone
This track by Canadian 90s heroes starts as a creeper and then explodes.
10. White Lies – Is Love
11. Marnie Stern – Transformer
Difficult to describe this one – full-on sensory overload in two minutes? Would love to see this played live.
12. Main – Feed The Collapse
Classic by former members of Loop. Minimal and spooky.
13. Elbow – Fallen Angel
Beautiful, ethereal rocker off Cast Of Thousands.
14. SPC ECO – Feels Like Flying
Speaking of ethereal…brand new stunner from SPC ECO’s Big Fat World EP. Get it here.
15. Galaxie 500 – Another Day
Legends channel Velvet Underground on this gem from On Fire.
16. Soft Crest – Young Blood
Just fantastic new track from this LA band. Inspirational.
17. Cortney Tidwell – Oslo
I think one of the bigger disappointments in my dad’s parenting life is his son’s (me) complete disinterest in sports. Soccer? Nope. Baseball? I could park myself in left field for an inning or two. Hockey? Sure, as an alternative to jail maybe. This is about to change. Toronto’s Sports have just finished polishing tracks with Noah Mintz (see Death From Above 1979, Broken Social Scene) for their upcoming album. Now I can say I like Sports and not be lying.
Screen Vinyl Image, Giant Drag, //orangenoise, Washed Out, John Maus & more
1. Jesse Ruins – Dream Analysis
Murky electronic pop outta Japan.
2. Screen Vinyl Image – Tomorrow Is Too Far
Love the dark, dreamy glamour in this one off the split 7″ with Rude 66.
3. Niva – Dizzyeyes
Lovely modulated goodness from Feverish Dreams.
4. John Maus – Believer
This guy’s all over the music blogs, and it’s for good reason. His last album’s fantastic, and here’s one off next month’s We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves.
5. Washed Out – Eyes Be Closed
Gorilla vs. Bear posted this great ambient chillwave track from new album Within and Without. Coming out in July, this track kinda reminds me of the 80s.
Karachi bands converge for this violin-heavy head trip.
7. SECRETWARS – Pregnant California Wives
Waves of delicious distortion from Mexico City.
8. Jace Lasek, Olga Goreas & Shadrach Kabango – Take Two Last Night and Call Me in the Morning – NWT
9. Should – Broken
Rainy day dream pop from their new Like A Fire Without Sound. Fans of The Radio Dept. will dig this.
10. Minks – Our Ritual
Slightly dreary but gorgeous dream pop off By The Hedge. Pick it up when you have a chance.
11. gold-bears – Record Store
12. Samideani – Do You Remember
Nice high energy three-chord garage pop from Italy. Real Vaselines vibe on the singing.
13. Daylight’s For The Birds – For Now
Now we’re entering my archives. 2007’s Trouble Everywhere had some gems, and this is one of ’em.
14. Giant Drag – This Isn’t It
In the mid-2000’s, a loud band with a fantastic female vocalist dropped a great record and then went silent for years. Nope, I’m not talking about Autolux. We last featured Annie & Micah on our very first podcast, and their site says Giant Drag has completed their second album. Fingers crossed we’ll hear it soon!
15. My Bloody Valentine – Honey Power
Nostalgia required me to drop this mighty one off Loveless. Don’t know whether I love the rocking part or the chilled part more. You?
16. Blind Mr. Jones – Delores
Shoegaze flute anthem from 1992’s Crazy Jazz.
17. Mystery Machine – Ride
Unsung Vancouver heroes close with a Sonic Youth-indebted stunner from 1992’s Glazed.