Archive for September, 2011
Whirr, Ringo Deathstarr, Mood Rings, Veronica Falls, Odonis Odonis & more
1. Pujol – Mayday
Brash, garage rock and roll that shakes up the core formula.
2. We Walk In Straight Lines – War(m)
Urgent, passionate indie rock that lands just on the rights side of emo.
3. Whirr – JuneBouvier
Lovely shoegaze with great washes of guitar and vocals.
4. Holy Stain – Explosion
Bristol crew drop a scorching shoezage tune off free EP Sun Zoo.
6. R.M. Hendrix – Ivorine and Chai (Our Sanguine Holiday Mix)
Straight up transcendant shoegaze from Cambridge, MA.
7. Luna – Rollercoaster
Driving riff and drumming that doesn’t even take a break for a chorus! Listen carefully for the cool lead guitar overtop…almost a counter-melody.
8. Beaches – Free Way
Damn I love Sonic Youth, even 25 years later and from Australia. That is all.
9. Pantone – Dream For Hours
Glorious bass-heavy indie rock off Claire’s Several Bands Galore. Don’t blink or it will be over.
10. Mood Rings – Exorcised Painting
For lack of a better adjective, this is fantastic “moody” reverb-drenched power pop.
13. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Little Blu House
And down comes the veil. Dayrtotter session takes us up the river.
14. Odonis Odonis – Highnote
Tune of the week. Totally unclassifiable, but catchy and cool. Put your sunglasses on. Proud to say they’re from Toronto, too.
16. Chapel Club – The Shore
Haunted lament for what’s been lost, recorded at Big Orange Studios. Who said there are no great songs anymore?
17. The Nocturnes – Love
Hard to describe this one – sadcore?
M83, Atlas Sound, Patterns, The Telewire, Astral & more
New M83 and Atlas Sound tunes got me thinking of all the great electronic goodness out lately.
Then it gets kinda crazy. Rock and roll sticklers: you’ll probably want to skip directly to 33:02.
1. Mister Little Jeans – The Suburbs
Space pop cover of Arcade Fire’s signature tune.
2. Class Actress – The Weekend
Nice one from “Brooklyn’s own Madonna.” Is this a synth-swashed riposte to Rebecca Black’s “Friday?” BTW the RB hyperink was left out intentionally.
3. People Press Play – Kaleidoscope World
The 80s meet the 60s, somewhere near Alpha Centauri via Denmark.
4. Clockart – Greener
Really “Felt” this hypnotic, gorgeous dream pop tune.
5. Atlas Sound – Te Amo
Mr. Cox goes all Animal Collective on this new tune. Some of his finest singing I’ve heard: “You’re always down…”
6. Young Man – Nothing
Nice acoustic finger picking over swelling synths and electric guitar colour. Check out Ideas of Distance, out Sept. 27.
7. Patterns – (New Noise)
A chronicle of the human condition in nearly five minutes. Just love the beats on this tune.
8. M83 – Raconte-moi Un Histoire
Advance track off Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming (out in October) brings to life the vivid imagination of children, much the way Car Chase Terror scared the hell out of you. If the album is half as good as this, we’re in for a treat.
Great remix from 3D. Huge, glorious track.
10. The Telewire – Launch The Ice
Great shoegaze call to arms that is probably the quickest seven minutes I’ve ever heard.
11. Polyester Embassy – Air
Progressive Indonesian shoegaze from the Fake/Faker album.
12. Radar Men From The Moon– Intergalactic Dada & Space Trombones
Chris is still recovering from Friday’s Kyuss show. I didn’t go, but it inspired me to drop this face-melting stoner epic. This Dutch band is so into stoner rock, they tag their bandcamp page with it twice!
13. Teenage Mary – Stole My Soul
Psych shoegaze from Carlisle.
14. Astral – Blinder
Fantastic shoegaze tune from the ten-year veterans.
The Horrors, Los Planetas, Elika, Lab Partners, Brian Jonestown Massacre & more
Break out the beads and kaftans! We’re kicking things off with a journey into psych, followed by shoegaze classics and whatnot. Enjoy!
1. Lab Partners – Magnify
Dayton crew starts us off with some driving overloaded psych riffage.
2. The Tamborines – Black And Blue
Ringing indie pop outta London.
3. The Warlocks – The Dope Feels Good
Soundtrack to a “drug party scene” in a bad 60s movie shot in an LA flophouse.
4. Sleepmask – Black Depression Blues
5. The Red Plastic Buddha – Daisy Love
Chicago band strums some sunny sunshine psych-pop that brings BJM to mind. See below…
6. The Volta Sound – The Ride
Ohio band channelling some sweet Velvet Underground.
7. The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Illuminomi
A hippy gem off their latest compilation. Complete, with flutes, vibes, and- is Anton singing in French?
8. The Horrors – Endless Blue
And now for something different from the brilliant Skying album. Just wait for the killer dark shoegaze assault at 1:40.
9. The Voices – West Coast Turnaround
I live for murky extended jams like this one from their excellent Death Of A Lover’s Song.
10. Los Planetas – La Caja Del Diablo
Head trip from Granada, Spain.
11. Fleeting Joys – You Are The Darkness
Classic recent-wave shoegaze from this band’s great Occult Radiance.
12. Philip James – Nostalgia
Local boy mixes waves of guitar noise with lots of vocal reverb. Gets in your head, this one.
13. Chapterhouse – Pearl
One of the all-time shoegaze classics, and we wait 80 episodes to play it! Had to be done.
14. Slowdive – Good Day Sunshine
A mysterious, drifting tune very ahead of its time when it came out in ’93.
15. Elika – You’re Not Safe At All
Beautiful ballad with washes of guitar noise over gently insistent vocals.
16. Nowhere Again – Hardman Square