Archive for March, 2012

Soundtrack2 Ep. 98: Still Lost

Bear In Heaven, White Rabbits, Drowner, Vibravoid, Bishop Morocco & more

1.   White Rabbits – Temporary
Boom! I’m guilty of loving electronic rock like this, straight out of the Phoenix school.

2.   Beach Fossils – Shallow
Chiming guitar pop of the Real Estate variety. Lots of this stuff coming out of Brooklyn nowadays.

3.   Letting Up Despite Great Faults – Helium
Recently I heard someone describe music as fitting into one of two categories: sounding like New Order and not sounding like New Order. I’d put this hazy electronic track in the latter category, with a bit of 8-bit thrown in.

4.   Bear In Heaven – Sinful Nature
The track of the week is off I Love You, It’s Cool out April 3. And it’s killer.

5.   She’s So Rad – Sinful Nature
If you like pounding electronica with layers of guitar and synth, crank this.

6.   Vibravoid – Save My Soul
Their website calls them “Europe’s #1 psychedelic and acid rock band.” This track is proof.

7.   Lazyflux – Trail Blazers
Eastern-tinged psychedelic folktronica out of the UK.

8.   Bishop Morocco – Melt My Mind
Local Toronto boys drop a gem off their latest album.

9.   Drowner – Tiny Ship
Slow-building beauty that just explodes! Best thing to ever come out of Houston?

10.  West Indian Girl – Still Lost
Nice ethereal groove from a few years back. Wasn’t sure if they’re still around, but their Twitter account says an album is in the works.

11.  The Magnetic Fields – Heroes
One of my favourite David Bowie tunes gets a superb, pretty faithful cover here. Minus the screaming…kind of  a shame.

12.  The Beta Band – Needles In My Eyes
Chill psych classic off the Scottish band’s 3 EPs. Way more than the sum of its guitar, drums and organ parts.

13.  Los Ingenieros Alemanes – (por el) Teorema de Gauss
This Madrid  band does the best Built To Spill impression I’ve heard.

14.  Big Sugar – Wild Ox Moan
A Low-like classic from the band’s early bluesy days. Complete with yodelling and amazing guitar/falsetto vox solo.

15.  Kontakte – Life’s Road Movies
First you’re floating in space, then you’re jumping on your bed playing air guitar.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 97: Disorder

The Megaphonic Thrift, The Golden Filter, Odio Paris, Keith Canisius, This Love Is Deadly & more

Photo by Phil Askew luminouslives.com

1.   This Love Is Deadly – Sweet Dependency
Starting things off with adrenaline-fuelled distorted glammy rock and roll with a 90s bent. Their self-titled new album is out and it’s solid.

2.   Highlands – Railroad
Love the intro/chorus of this drone-y footstomper.

3.   Constantines – Young Lions
A stunner from the Canadian band’s excellent Shine A Light album.

4.   The Megaphonic Thrift – Queen Of Noise
Another excellent new album release that makes me think it’s 1995 all over again. Or 1988, if you dig this Sonic Youth homage.

5.   Presents For Sally – We Always Smile Sweeter
Driving mini-anthem from the UK.

6.   The Sunshine Factory – Can’t Be Found (Falling Down)
You know when a song’s so good you’re sure you heard it somewhere before? When that ringing guitar kicks in on this track, you’ll know what I mean.

7.   Go For Gold – A Way Of Changing
Not my usual thing, but the harmonies used by this Danish band during the choruses hit the spot.

8.   Odio Paris – Big Business Monkey
Another dark rocker from this excellent Spanish band.

9.   Mentalease – Sunday
Tidal psychedelic shoegaze from…Des Moines.

10.  Thee Heavenly Music Association – Angelic Disorder
The Exile In Guyville Liz Phair vibe grabbed me right away. But this goes deeper and trippier.

11.  M A Y Г L E Y – СТАНЬ СЛАБЕЙ
Been sitting on this brooding dark Russian chillwave for a while. Apparently this is translated as “become weaker.”

12.  The Golden Filter – Age Of Consent
Interesting stripped down take on the classic New Order tune, courtesy of Mojo. Pretty cool that the tune still works minus the original’s famous bassline.

13.  Keith Canisius – Save The Sharks
Could I finally be ‘getting’ Keith Canisius? A couple of his tracks have gotten my attention recently. There’s a beautiful, classic pop song quietly hiding here.

14.  Matthew Dear – Headcage
I snapped up this EP shortly after it came out because MD tracks are always worth a listen. Interesting how his sound continues to evolve. This track sounds like it could have come out on My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts.

15.  Active Child – Johnny Belinda (White Arrows remix)
Cut-up samples mixed with falsetto vocals lends this tune a dramatic aura. Till next time.

 

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Featured Track: Ride “Leave Them All Behind”

Bit of a belated birthday wish. Ride’s Going Blank Again turned 20 a few days ago. I could just have easily posted a link to the official video and be done with it but hey, it’s a special occasion. Here’s a blistering, nine minute version of Leave Them All Behind kicking off their Brixton Academy show in ’92.

Ride at the Brixton Academy, 1992

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 96: Swells

Pacific UV, A.C. Acoustics, A Place To Bury Strangers, Mmoths, Maria False & more

Photo by Phil Askew, luminouslives.com

Back in action and catching up!

1.  A Place To Bury Strangers – I Lost You
The consistently noisy, blistering Brooklyn crew don’t disappoint on this new track.

2. Grandparents – Flathead
Indie fusion gives way to a dark hippie dance party. Like!

3.  Iowa – Panic Attack
The Dinosaur Jr.-ness of their earlier tracks is waning, and it’s good to see them find their voice. Check out Never Saw It Coming.

4.  Eric’s Trip – Sunlight
Classic dark indie pop from the New Brunswick.

5.  Unicycle Loves You – Wow Wave Cinema
Lots going on here, but above all it’s slaphappy noise pop.

6.  Galway – Air #3
Bit of a gloomy day in, filled with small regrets. But after two and a half minutes, things start looking up.

7.  The D’Arcys – Peg
I never thought my love of the Dan would manifest itself on this blog/podcast. Not sure Soundtrack2 listeners would like this song off their Aja covers album, but it’s a surprising take that should stand on its own.

8.  Piatcions – Red Van
A strong wind blusters through this track from the UK band.

9.  Maria False – Venera 4 – Take My Fever
Marvellous ringing psych.

10. A.C. Acoustics – Love Lies Broken Piece
I love this tragically overlooked Scottish band. Huge thumping bass choruses on this track.

11. MM – These Walls
Slow brooding track with ominous, distorted vocals. And it was recorded LIVE.

12. Glissade – Untitled
Engrossing feedback instrumental. Perfect soundtrack to the view from a plane as it soars above the clouds.

13. Seabright – Swells
Groovy San Jose trippiness from last year.

14. Pacific UV – I’m Here (But It’s Not Me)
Claustrophobic ode to a future lover?

15. Mmoths – Heart (feat. Keep Shelly In Athens)
Divine chillwave.

16. Ocean City Defender – Balance Of Terror
Is this a new M83 track? Sounds it, but listen closely and you’ll hear a different kind of melancholy: “Remember when we last touched…”

17. Steve Hauschildt – Batteries May Drain
This one’s been on my include list for a while. Kind of futuristic electronic pop.

18. Zammuto – F U C-3PO
The track of the week. It starts like Meddle, then comes the vocoder, synth and sound effects.

19.  Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Ffunny Ffrends (The Naked And The Famous remix)
Kicking things into high gear as we charge to the finish line.

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