Archive for January, 2012

Soundtrack2 Ep. 94: Psych Meltdown

Trailer Trash Tracys, White Cloud, Porcelain Rift, Loop, Screen Vinyl Image & more

Get your psych on.

1.   Star Horse – Stranger
Delightful Stockholm shoegaze.

2.  Dråpe – We Want The World
Great band. Yearning, dramatic stuff.

3.   Hundir La Flota – Autopista
Madrid Motorik rock and roll with woozy bass.

4.   The Raveonettes – Rebel Invasion
This newly-released Rarities track reminds me of some other great Whip It On tunes.

5.   Screen Vinyl Image – Station 4
Nearly five minutes of SVI’s take on New Order meets The Jesus and Mary Chain. Pick it up exclusively on the 200,000 Gazes compilation.

6.   Rangers – Conversations On The Jet Stream
Very hard to describe this one…space age slacker pop?

7.   Porcelain Raft – Put Me To Sleep
“Would you do something for me…?” Huge song for fans of Engineers.

8.   The Asteroid Shop – Planetary
Austin band slows it down with some groovy dream pop.

9.   Trailer Trash Tracys – Candy Girl
Like a lot of tunes from their newest album Ester, but this reverb-drenched torch song is a gem.

10.  Doctors – A Is For
Rainy day anthem out of the Pacific Northwest.

11.  Cloud Nothings – No Future/No Past
Black clouds darken the sky. Fantastic!

12.  Demonic Death Judge – Stick That In Your Pipe And Smoke It
Bring on the Finnish psych. If you dig Robin Trower, pick up this one from The Descent.

13.  Atlantic Drop – Dead Souls
Love the 70s progressive bluesy psych. Lush this ain’t.

14.  Parton Kooper Planetarium – Voyager
Lots of great American psych bands in this part of the podcast. Love the drums and organ here.

15.  Haunted Leather – Sun It Shines
More trippy 70s-style psych.

16.  Loop – I’ll Take You There
See how nicely the seminal 90s drone band fits here? Find it on The World In Your Eyes.

17.  Røsenkøpf – Troth
Eastern-influenced rock and roll monster.

18.  White Cloud – I Know It
Hailing from the mighty psych hotbed of San Francisco, this band gives S2 faves Tame Impala a run for their money. Track of the week, even if it’s from last year.

19.  Karl O’Connor – Here And Now (English version)
Dance tune that should have been included in the Space Is the Place movie. Apparently Karl is more commonly known as Regis.

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New video: A Place To Bury Strangers’ “So Far Away.”

Check out this great video from the fabulous A Place To Bury Strangers. Shot completely on the band’s iPhones, this also comes with complimentary ADD.

Bummer you can’t click the image to play – couldn’t find an embed option on SPIN’s player.

 

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 93: Night Owl

Frankie Rose, Trespassers William, Caveman, The Spits, Apteka & more

1.   The Spits – Last Man On Earth
5…4…3…Wake up with this new off-kilter space punk.

2.   Digital Leather – Young Doctors In Love
Facebook page doesn’t reveal much, but loving this album’s melodic post punk and killer chorus. And I’m not even a doctor.

3.   Germans – No Job
Rock and roll from a few years back that somehow reminds me of a Torontonian British Sea Power.

4.   Car Seat Headrest – Bodys
Ah, Brooklyn. Six minutes of stream-of-consciousness vocals and ecstatic indie rock.

5.   Dream Brother – Pretty Eyes
A bit poppy for us, but this song is just so damn catchy!

6.   Frankie Rose – Know Me
Lots of buzz about the latest single from Ms. Rose. Pure 80s swinging pop a la Sarah Records. Check out upcoming album Interstellar.

7.   Field Mouse – You Guys Are Gonna Wake Up My Mom
Some wistful, dreamy pop out of Brooklyn.

8.   A Classic Education – Night Owl
Slowing it down. Lovely guitar work. Find it on October’s Call It Blazing.

9.  Trespassers William – And We Lean In
Though they decided to call it a day, here’s a great acoustic-ish number from Having.

10.  Yo La Tengo – Pablo and Andrea
An Electr-O-Pura classic. “Show me where you hide all your secrets upstairs…” Love when the guitars come in.

11.  Caveman – Easy Water
The track of the week comes from Coco Beware, a fantastic record released last fall. The mysterious intensity of this track stood out for me.

12.  Red Horses Of The Snow – Airborne
Brilliant song that seems like an instant mellow shoegaze anthem. And what a voice!

13.  Brief Candles – Permafrost
One of many fabulous tracks on WTSH‘s superb 200,000 Gazes compilation. Love that Ride bass.

14.  Aerofall – Up’s & Down’s
Straightforward, almost hypnotic chord progression with layers and layers of guitar.

15.  The Hang Ups – Sweet Tooth
A nice one from the 90s indie rock heroes So We Go album.

16.  Pale Saints – Angel (Will You Be My)
Blistering shoegaze pop tune that’s perfect for dancing around your bedroom.

17.  Luminous Orange – Walkblind
Superplastic stunner by the Japanese shoegazers.

18.  Apteka – Gravesend
Very excited to hear new stuff from this band. In their words: “We play rock music. We like large kick drums, tube amplification, and face melting.” Hear hear.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 92: On Impulse

Tokyo Shoegazer, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Menkena, Reina Republicana, Lilys & more

Photo by Phil Askew, luminouslives.com

It’s 2012! Let’s get to it.

1.   Buddha On The Moon – Coastal Hwys
Killer Houston shoegaze off the well-named Stratospheric album.

2.   Swirlies – San Christobal De La Casas
Stone cold crunchy shoegaze classic from a criminally overlooked band.

3.   The Boo Radleys – Take The Time Around
Giant Steps anthem, complete with the weird cut out in the middle. You should check out what that part looks like in WAV form. A hidden message?

4.   Tokyo Shoegazer – Just Alright
There are walls of guitar, and then there are wall of guitar. Very nice.

5.   Lilys – The Hermit Crab
Another gem from Eccsame The Photon Band which nicely documents their shift from In The Presence Of Nothing shoegaze to the mod-pop The 3 Way. BTW Kurt, if you’re listening: new album please? It’s been six years!

6.   The Domino State – For Now
This London band sounds like a more blissed out version of Dears.

7.   Violet Age – Caledonia
Some nice dream rock out of Vancouver.

8.   We Were Promised Jetpacks – Act On Impulse
Intense, glorious rock and roll off In The Pit Of The Stomach. “We died alone…”

9.   Dive – Reverberation
Full on midtempo Japanese shoegaze from 2003’s Freeze Frame.

10.  Tearwave – Nothing’s Wrong
Slowdive-indebted ethereal pop tune from apparently defunct band.

11.  The Fauns – Cool Stuff (Mastermind Mix)
Very nice dream pop offered as a free download at the end of the year. More please!

12.  Engineers – Twenty Paces (A Shoreline Dream remix)
I loved their two previous records, but it took some time for To An Evergreen to speak to me.  Lovely futuristic sound on this track.

13.  Menkena – Rocketships
Great buildup – from dusty roads to the deepest reaches of space. One of the many great tracks on With You I’ll Travel.

14.  Reina Republicana – Verano
The track of the week comes from Pamplona, Spain. Great electronic synths during the verses explode into orchestrated choruses.

15.  Eleventhfloorrecords – Jassafraine
Nice Swedish electronic dream pop that I’ve wanted to drop for a while.

16.  Narrow Sparrow – Moon Temple
Every so often there’s a track that doesn’t really fit anywhere. So why not put it at the end of a mix?

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