Archive for November, 2011

Video: Toronto Tempo featuring Clams Casino

This is where I live. Stunning time-lapse video.

Featuring Clams Casino‘s gorgeous “I’m God,” as featured on Soundtrack2 Ep. 70.

Toronto Tempo from Ryan Emond on Vimeo.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 88: Beat City

A Place To Bury Strangers, True Widow, Big Deal, Shimmercore, Pray TV & more

Photo by Phil Askew, luminouslives.com

1.   The Family Cat – Push Comes To Shove
Glorious fast strummed 80s power pop.

2.   Pray TV – Sure I’m Sure
Aussie poppy post punk with great bassline. Check out Lost Transmissions at the link above.

3.   Teenage Fanclub – Sparky’s Dream
Had an urge to play the fabulous harmonies of the ‘Club.

4.   Killed By 9V Batteries – This City Is Lit When You’re On Top Of It
Lovely slice of dissonant indie rock outta Austria.

5.   Big Deal – With The World At Your Feet
Track of the week. Great harmonies and production on this track from Lights Out. Brings to mind Wye Oak going up the country.

6.   The Mandelbrot Set – Lush
More early 90s warmth for folks who love Revolver. Nice flourish of guitar at the end.

7.   [The] Case Worker – National Runner
Sorry for all the lazy comparisons, but this sounds like the kind of track Sam Roberts should be putting out now.

8.   Shimmercore – Come Crash With Me
One of many very nice tracks from this Indianapolis band’s Dronelands album.

9.   True Widow – S.F.H.D.
Love the gritty, minimal guitar on this track.

10.  Teen – Just Another
Wonderful mood here. Imagine the organ from “When a man loves a woman” crossed with Galaxie 500.

11.  Model Morning – Without You I’m Lost
Epic deep dream rock from Your Worst Enemy. Realized that I’ve actually played their killer track “We Go All Night” on two S2 episodes!

12.  Poem Rocket – Karel Appel
Sonic Youth-indebted rock and roll you can dance to.

13.  The Air Was Thick – Drones
Kind of weird underground shoegaze.

14.  Pollux B – Brunettes
Solid Melbourne shoegaze off the wonderful I Heart Noise compilation.

15.  The Raveonettes – Beat City
It’s Saturday night after the apocalypse – let’s dance!

16.  A Place To Bury Strangers – So Far Away
It’s an unwritten rule that new tracks by this band will get played here. Very nice. Look for their Onwards To The Wall EP Feb. 6.

17.  I, Noiseferatu – In The City
Dark shoegaze with buzzsaw guitar, courtesy of a band with a connection to Stellarium.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 87: Fading Out

Al Lover, Boris, SPC ECO, Girl Loves Distortion, Blouse & more

Photo by Phil Askew, luminouslives.com

Burning up, then fading away…

1.   Spacemen 3 – Starship
How the blues should’ve turned out – from the 2007 rarities album of the same name.

2.   Darker My Love – Blue Day
Shredding glam garage rock and roll.

3.   Verma – Salted Earth
Imagine “Radar Love” played by a bunch of  motorik-obsessed psych heads.

4.   Outrageous Cherry – Girl You Have Magic Inside You
’67 psychedelia re-incarnated.

5.   Thee Oh Sees – The Dream
Slightly abrasive, yet stellar ringing garage.

6.   Al Lover – Black Magick Starter Jacket
Killer throbbing psych drone anthem from Satanic Tambourine. Almost asked how I had never heard of him before, but then I remembered his Beefheart tribute. This is way better.

7.   Girl Loves Distortion – Psychic Raygun
Been wanting to play this one for ages…yes.

8.   Vinyl Williams – Higher Worlds
Nice, slightly off-kilter groove here.

9.   Boris – Spoon
You had me at the intro. This is what shoegaze is all about. Thrilling track from upcoming record New Album, due Nov. 25.

10.  Lush – The Invisible Man
This band’s never been among my fave early shoegaze bands, but they’re definitely under-represented on S2.

11.  SPC ECO – Fading Out
This band’s done a lot of great stuff, but I like how this new track off  You Tell Me really channels the Cocteaus.

12.  Blouse – Time Travel
Cool Broadcast-style dark electro popper. Wish I knew what that classic synth sound was from…

13.  Eight And A Half – Scissors (Tokimonsta remix)

Broken Social Scene member’s tune gets the glitchy electronic treatment. Pick ’em both up at the link above.

14.  The Blanche Hudson Weekend – Screen Test
Can’t say I love everything on their new album You Always Loved Violence. But this lonely desert ballad’s drone drew me in.

15.  Icarus Himself – MCO
This reminds me a more muscular Low. Get it on last month’s Career Culture.

16.  Zombie Girlfiend – Sleeping Song
Epic slow burner off The Great Plain.

17.  Chatham Rise – Gone
This band is named after an area of the ocean floor near New Zealand. Real underwater psych drone.

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Soundtrack2 Ep86: Still Loveless

M83, Pink Playground, My Bloody Valentine, Real Estate, Megafaun & more

Photo by Phil Askew, www.luminouslives.com

This week’s mix is in honour of the 20th anniversary of My Bloody Valentine‘s Loveless.

1.   Real Estate – It’s Real
Bouncy and slightly wistful 80s-style indie pop. Pick it up on the excellent Days album.

2.   Felt – The Day The Rain Came Down
The last track’s shimerring guitars brought this to mind. Love the little breakdown at the end of the chorus.

3.   Spirea X – Chlorine Dream
More of a 60s Rickenbacker light psych groove on this. Listen carefully to catch some guitar phrasing gems.

4.   Grabbel And The Final Cut – Psycho Popsong
90s German band that re-surfaced on Bandcamp. Lovely waves of guitar pop wash.

5.   Medialunas – Humming
This Brazilian band appears to love The Posies as much as I do.

6.   Asobi Seksu – Little House Of Savages
Wonderful track, but I can’t hear any trace of The Walkmen on this shoegaze rundown.

7.   Ride – Time Machine
This Going Blank Again track’s always stood out to me as a hybrid between shoegaze and new wave. In a good way.

8.   Anything After – Disconnected
Hypnotic moody pop with explosions of guitar.

9.   Orange Crush – Rapid Clouds
Norweigan band drops some lovely spirals of psychedelic guitar.

10.  Megafaun – Get Right
Back porch indie drone epic: “I got everything that I give…”

11.  Woodsman – Specdrum
Soaring triumph with mental drumming out of Brooklyn.

12.  Pink Playground – Dark Bloom
Want killer murky drone motorik psych you can dance to? Find it on Destination Ecstasy.

13.  My Bloody Valentine – Come In Alone
This monster from Loveless was released exactly 20 years ago yesterday. This album is still the sound of the future – only I’m not sure which one. Make sure you’re listening to this LOUD.

14.  M83 – Intro
“I were you before you even existed.” Still coming to terms with Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, but this windswept opener bubbled to the top.

15.  Damaged Tape – The Molten Universe
Captivated by how this Georgia band’s early Kraftwerk-inspired tune has a sense of mystery and urgency.

16.  Brian Eno – The Big Ship
Shields, Gonzales, Eno. This Another Green World track pretty much speaks for itself. This isn’t just an example of early ambient music. To me it sounds like heartache.

17.  Air Review – America’s Son
Mellow space pop ditty track takes us home.

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