Archive for August, 2011

Soundtrack2 Ep. 79: Misguided

Crash City Saints, Miracle Fortress, Secret Colours, The Brother Kite, Deep Cut & more

Photo by Phil Askew http://luminouslives.com

1.   Deep Cut – Makes Me Wanna

London crew kicks things off with some fist pumping rock and roll.

2.   Crash City Saints – Fuck And Destroy

Chiming shoegaze that’s much sweeter than the title suggests.

3.   Regina – Jos Et Sä Soita

They’re Finnish, but the sound is straight up groovy J-pop meets shoegaze.

4.   Shelby – The Wait

Hooks aplenty on this indie rock tune. Just discovered them recently.

5.   The Brother Kite – Death Ray

Shoegaze overload interspersed with great melodic vocals.

6.   Christiana – Pretend

Tune from defunct Canadian band  that somehow reminds me of a free ride down a seaside highway.

7.   Skull Defekts – Fragrant Nimbus

Half-sung, half-spoken menacing punk noise with a frightening middle part. This is Iggy Pop meets Sonic Youth.

8.   Helium – Lady Of The Fire

Boston-based Matador 90s heroes drop some psych sitar from The Magic City.

9.   Run Run Run – Drizzle

Great dark power pop out of LA.

10.  Secret Colours – Follow The Drone

This is drone rock for BRMC fans. Bonus points for being from Chicago yet using English/Canadian spelling.

11.  Shy – Shift

California midtempo shoegaze that brings to mind both Archers Of Loaf and Swervedriver.

12.  Jennifer Castle – Misguided

Beautiful, ethereal float-down-a-river experience from Castlemusic.

13.  Efrim Menuck – Our Lady of Parc Extension and Her Munificent Sorrows

Godspeed mainman delivers a singalong from the planet Venus.

14.  The Besnard Lakes – On Bedford and Grand

Last podcast I referenced them, so here’s the real deal from their first album. Fantastic.

15.  Miracle Fortress – Seabird

Poppy chillwave meets Animal Collective with soul: “Somebody deliver the truth to me…”

16.  Mode Moderne – Real Goths

Rainy day, 80s influenced chillwave out of Toronto. Lovely mood here and good lyrics: “I’ve got the body of a  man who reads poetry…”

17.  Seavault – Cornfields

Moody electronic drone pop tune out of the UK.

18.  Loney Dear – Take My Hand

Near instrumental that would be perfect for the closing scene and credits of virtually any film. Surprised to learn these guys are Swedish and not Canadian.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 78: Into The Wilderness

The Sunshine Factory, Kyla La Grange, The War on Drugs, I Break Horses, Myty Konkeror & more

Photo by Phil Askew, luminouslives.com

1.   Hunters – Brat Mouth

Love this garage tune and its awesome surf punk chorus. Midsong cacophony included!

2.   Yuck – The Wall

Great rock and roll tune from Daytrotter. Kept passing this one over since it’s not what we normally play. Check out Stereogum‘s chat with them about their influences.

3.   Sleeping Bag – Slime

Good old fashioned American drone-y power pop.

4.   Folie Adieu – Sacrificial Anode

Bring on the spiralling shoegaze.

5.   Myty Konkeror – Whitewash

Really nice mid-90s indie rock vibe here. Love it! Pick it up on I Miss The Future.

6.   duel – Wisher

This Swedish band might just out-Swervedriver Swervedriver.

7.   28 Degrees Taurus – Electricity

Continuing the long tradition of great songs titled electricity (Spiritualized, Suede), this murky, psych tune is a killer. The rest of the record is, um…interesting.

8.   Lüger – Dracula’s Chaffeur Wants More

Don’t be thrown off by the kooky title. This adrenaline-fuelled ride is the real deal. Sweet buildup too.

9.   Letting Up Despite Great Faults – I Feel You Happen

Dark, beautiful whisper croon overtop pounding shoegaze. Very nice.

10.  The War On Drugs – Original Slave

Huge buzz about this album, and well deserved. This instrumental’s perfect for train rides through stawberry fields. Yes, I know that was cheesy. Dig the “Psychotic Reaction” harmonica.

11.  I Break Horses – Winter Beats

Another very buzzy band with shimmering, wistful electronic dream pop.

12.  Slow Loris – Golden Lines

Some nice afternooon slacker indie rock out of Wisconsin.

13.  Kyla La Grange – Walk Through Walls (Communion Version)

Powerful, heart-on-sleeve indie in the vein of Young Galaxy or The Besnard Lakes.

14.  The Sunshine Factory – Chainsaw Girl

Their latest – smooth pastoral dream pop.

15.  Joy Zipper – Christmas Song

Sacrilege! An organ-based psych droner oldie off American Whip.

16.  Reverie Sound Revue – I Could Be Dangerous

Hard to describe this one, but there’s a cool bossa groove here somewhere.

17.  Burning Hearts – Into The Wilderness

Widescreen 80s-influenced midtempo tune closes the show. Thank you.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 77: Something’s Burning

Neon Indian, Ume, Frankie Rose, The Horrors, Morpheme & more

Photo by Phil Askew, luminouslives.com

1.   This Poison – Poised Over The Pause Button

Off the coveted CD86 compilation, this is the missing link between Josef K and The Wedding Present: “With a pen in my hand a glint in my eye, I wrote that stupid note…” Brilliant drumming too.

2.   The Bedflowers – Madly In Love With 25 People

Great 80s riff with sweet vocal melodies.

3.   Selebrities – Can’t Make Up My Mind

Don’t be fooled by the Cindi Lauper opening. This Delusions track has some icy dark undertones and a lovely Peter Hook-style bass at the chorus.

4.   Cut Off Your Hands – Hollowed Out

New track that recalls Echo & the Bunnymen or even Simple Minds. Off their album Hollow, this track also has a huge chorus fit for a John Hughes movie.

5.   The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Steel Daughter

More rocking tune from the Japanese edition of Belong.

6.   Secret Shine – Way Too High

Cue the buzzing guitars, punchy bass, and Splenda choruses.

7.   This Scarlet Train – Picture Frame

Love this shoegaze power pop ballad, very much in the style of…

8.   Ride – Something’s Burning

Do you get a huge smile across your face every time a Ride song kicks in? I do. Especially with this rare track’s  catchy, hopeful vibe.

9.   Pale Saints – Throwing Back The Apple

A shoegaze rock and roll classic from In Ribbons.

10.  Ume – Captive

Austin band’s latest track is post punk with a bit of Metric thrown in. Check their site for a link to the free download.

11.  Frankie Rose – Soma

My fave cover from Stereogum’s very good Stroked covers album. Fits quite nicely here, if I must say.

12.  Cave – Adam Roberts

Chicago band drops some driving psych motorik electronica. Is that a Farfisa I hear? Looking forward to Neverendless dropping Sept. 20.

13.  The Horrors – Moving Further Away

They return with 8 minutes of Neu!-inspired loveliness. Another curveball from the ever-changing band, but works for me.

14.  Morpheme – Red Dog

Dean Garcia’s latest dose of dark, dense and crunching electronic shoegaze. If you like Curve and SPC ECO, check this out right away.

15.  Teenage Sin Taste – Some Girls Are Darker Than Others

Music fit for wearing a trenchcoat and sunglasses, preferably at night. Cheers to WTSH for the tip.

16.  Neon Indian – Fallout

Slowing it waaay down now. Preview of the dreamy chillwave coming out on next album Era Extraña.

17.  Youth Lagoon – July

We’re continuing our tradition of ending with a massive tune, so prepare to be stirred with this one.

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