Archive for December, 2011

Soundtrack2 Ep. 91: Destiny

Killer 2011 tunes from Veronica Falls, Damien Jurado, The War On Drugs, I Break Horses, M83 & more

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Every week or so, we feature a hot mix of brand new tracks with classic gems. But this week, we decided to look back at some of 2011’s best bands. Though we’ve featured some of them on previous podcasts, now we’re dropping other great tracks from their albums.

Of course, once we started we couldn’t stop – so enjoy your 90 minute journey deep into shoegaze, psych and electronic territory.

Tell us – is there anyone we missed?

1.   The Black Tambourines – White Album
UK band kick things off with some incendiary psych garage. Pick it up on the Chica EP.

2.   Cloud Nothings – Understand At All
This lo-fi popper bore its way into my head.

3.   Doctors – Heaven’s Gate
Imagine A Fistfull of Dollars crossed with Easy Rider.

4.   The Raveonettes – Recharge & Revolt
Raven In The Grave didn’t grab me at first listen, but this wistful pop number owes as much to The Radio Dept. as it does their other rock and roll influences. In other Raveonettes news, they released a rarities album that I’ve yet to dig into.

5.   His Clancyness/ Shimmering Stars – Not Growing Up
More great garage lo-fi, mixed with some Phil Spector beats.

6.   Real Estate – Younger Than Yesterday
The best bands often make music that sounds simple. If you don’t own Days,  you’re missing some of the simplest pop perfection out there.

7.   Veronica Falls – The Fountain
Another great 60s-indebted harmonizing band. Love the sadness and menace put to music as love goes wrong.

8.   Damien Jurado – Nothing Is The News
Wow. I didn’t know Mr. Jurado, so I expected to hear a mellow singer-songwriter or something. But this track conjures up images of a groovy band jamming in a cellar while a hurricane rages outside.

9.   //orangenoise – Rabblerouser
This heavy melter from Karachi’s finest just squeaked onto the list due to its early January release date.

10.  Wooden Shjips – Rising
West tune busts out the smoke machines for more than five minutes of disorienting drone.

11.  Odonis Odonis – Seedgazer
Another off-kilter rock and roll tune from the Toronto crew’s Hollandaze album.

12.  Ringo Deathstarr – Down On You
Re-discovering the heavy, dark shoegaze of Sparkler.

13.  The Horrors – I Can See Through You
Another gem from Skying that reminds me yet again that lead singer Faris Badwan is a cross between Killing Joke‘s Jaz Coleman and Simple Minds‘ Jim Kerr.

14.  Tammar – The Last Line
The track of the week  comes from a band that seemingly came out of nowhere. Soaring rock and roll with krautrock textures. File this song in the “Never want this song to end” category.

15.  The Joy Formidable – Whirring
The Big Roar had a lot of great tracks on it, and this one’s just huge. Looking forward to more from this band in 2012.

16.  I Break Horses – Load Your Eyes
Beautiful glacial electronic shoegaze from Hearts. Vocals here remind me a bit of Emm Gryner. Is that Anthony Gonzalez adding synth texture?

17.  The War On Drugs – It’s Your Destiny
Slave Ambient  had a great downhome electronic vibe, kind of like Grandaddy. But what makes it really special are all the unique, memorable tunes on it like this.

18.  Bachelorette – Not Entertainment
Her latest self-titled album didn’t get a lot of fanfare this year, but I suspect there’s a hardcore bunch of people like me who drool over her exquisite ethereal electronica.

19.  Tycho – Hours
Chillwave anthem from earlier this year.

20.  Washed Out – Amor Fati
Another big chillwave track that I’m glad I dusted off for this. Profound and passionate.

21.  M83 – New Map
Speaking of which, here’s some glorious electronic shoegaze from what many consider one of 2011’s best albums.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 90: Invisible

Maribel, Screen Vinyl Image, School of Seven Bells, The Chambermaids, Deardarkhead & more

1.   School of Seven Bells – The Night
New sublime electronic dream pop that should make you very happy. Look for it on Ghoststory.

2.   Pterodactyl – School Glue
Noise rock that seemed to go perfectly with the previous tune.  Now I’m not so sure…

3.   MaoTzu – Case Closed
Freak frenzied folk psychedelia out of Chicago.

4.   Yakari – Higher Sphere
Arctic indie rock that brings to mind a more-blunted Archers of Loaf. Also – I think this is the first time we’ve featured a Swiss band on S2!

5.   The Faux Noise – Oh Father (Hymn)
Wonderful head-nodding shoegaze.

6.   Earthquake Party – Pretty Little Hand
Walls of garage guitar meet guy/girl pop harmonies.

7.   The Chambermaids – Whirlpool
This is very special. Imagine chords and vocals from Pink Floyd crossed with the Fleet Foxes sound.

8.   Deardarkhead – Invisible
Recently released on Captured Tracks’ new Oceanside: 1991-1993, this is just one of several killer tracks from this obscure shoegaze band.

9.   Maribel – Jezebel Jive
My ears perked up at this new track from their second album Reveries due out in 2012. It’s hard to describe their sound, so according them: “Maribel play dark, slow-burning dream-pop drawing on a wide range of influences from film noir to J Dilla.”

10.  Screen Vinyl Image – Revival
Rip-roaring drone garage from the might SVI. Check out their latest album Strange Behavior.

11.  Ufesas – Part Of The Night
Uruguay band takes us on a journey deep into psych country. So glad this tune is on the mix. It’s intense.

12.  Coolrunnings – Rusk
Where the hell did this come from? Low chant-like vocals interrupted by explosions of psych guitar.

13.  Nova Drones – Leech
Now we’re back to what sounds like an actual tune!

14.  Tashaki Miyaki – Somethin’ Is Better Than Nothin’
Can’t tell if this is a The Jesus And Mary Chain cover or a wonderful homage.

15.  All In The Golden Afternoon – All In The Golden Afternoon
Trippy tune to soundtrack a bad dream sequence.

16.  Galaxie 500 – Tugboat
Stone cold classic from Today.

17.  Mystic Chords Of Memory – We Could Send Letters
Aztec Camera track given the full blown hippy cinema treatment by a now-defunct band composed of members of The Aislers Set, The Tyde and Beachwood Sparks.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 89: Passion Is Dead

Death In Vegas, 93 Million Miles From The Sun, Odonis Odonis, Tearjerker, Ringo Deathstarr & more

Photo by Phil Askew, luminouslives.com

There’s a ridiculous amount of good music coming out these days. I’ve eased back on my vault digging and pushed well beyond one hour this week! Enjoy…

1.   Fevers – Passion Is Dead (Long Live Fashion)
Smash! Did the opening chord get your attention? Huge dancefloor dreaminess from Ottawa, Ontario that’s stuck in my head.

2.   Elika – We Have Failed
The party continues until you get hit with this heavy chorus.

3.   The Mekano Set – You Make Me Feel Like A Cure Song
Bit of death disco out of the UK. Check out their latest album Fades.

4.   Handsome Furs – Serve The People (Young Galaxy remix)
Fresh from Thursday’s fantastic YG show with Austra, I had to play this great take on “Serve The People.”

5.   Ringo Deathstarr – Shadow (SPC ECO remix)
Recent, thumping hazy goodness from two great bands.

6.   Blackout Beach – Be Forewarned, The Night Has Come
Slowing things way down. This BC band sounds like The National crossed with James Blake.

7.   Tearjerker – Down
Cool CanCon from their excellent Rare album. A band to keep an eye on.

8.   Lorelle Meets The Obsolete – These Days
Integalactic garage rock. Check out this Mexican band’s mighty On Welfare album.

9.   Odonis Odonis – Basic Training
Two minutes of glammy garage. Yet another great Canadian band (I’m stacking the deck this week, it seems) with a new album out – check out the fantastic Hollandaze.

10.  Imandra Lake – Ole Mu Laev
Estonian band takes us to beautiful widescreen.

11.  93 Million Miles From The Sun – Time Lasts Forever
Never been a huge fan of this band. But  songs like this from their latest album Northern Sky are starting to win me over.

12.  Vinyl Williams – Stellarscope
Groovy mellow goodness that seems to be from Egypt.

13.  Range Lover – Route Nationale Sexe
Very nice hybrid of krautrock and shoegaze with vocal samples. Hard to find many details on this band though…

14.  The Two Koreas – Boy Teen Oslo
An oldie but goodie from Toronto stalwarts with a style all their own.

15.  Cousins – Droit Du Seigneur
Bright noisy postpunk off Axthoxy.

16.  Silver Dapple – M’Sorry
Montreal noise pop rounds out the Canadian bill.

17.  Death In Vegas – Black Hole
Was stoked for ages to hear the latest DIV record, and I’m still slowly coming to terms with it. My ears perked up most at this shoegaze Pixies impression.

18.  Borax – Sunshine Boy
Estonia representing twice on one mix! Dig this older indie pop track off Tallinn.

19.  Para Siempre – Where Would You Be (Without Me)
Yes! Closing with an intense ringing garage rock anthem.

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