Archive for November, 2011
A Place To Bury Strangers, True Widow, Big Deal, Shimmercore, Pray TV & more
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.
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.
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!
13. The Air Was Thick – Drones
Kind of weird underground shoegaze.
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.
Al Lover, Boris, SPC ECO, Girl Loves Distortion, Blouse & more
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.
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.
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.
M83, Pink Playground, My Bloody Valentine, Real Estate, Megafaun & more
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.
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.
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.