Archive for April, 2012

Soundtrack2 Ep. 101: Lie Awake

The Dandy Warhols, Arc In Round, Yuck, The Auteurs, Flavor Crystals & more

 

1.   Terror At Tampa Bay – Indigo Cabana

Getting started with a bit of a buried treasure from 1988.

2.   Arches – Enough
Meshes nicely with some Philly psych pop, recorded some 25 years later.

3.   Dive – Geist
Another week, another great psych/shoegaze band on Captured Tracks.

4.   The Auteurs – Light Aircraft On Fire
The Britpoppers’ track  popped up on my iPod recently, and I fit in its glammy fuzz here.

5.   Is/Is – Lie Awake
Love how this simple grungy shoegaze track just washes over you.

6.   Yuck – Chew
Band de jour appear to channel Smashing Pumpkins on their latest single.

7.   The Dandy Warhols – Slide
Not necessarily a full return to form, but nice to see deep tracks like this on their latest, This Machine.

8.   The Janitors – Long Way Back
Slamming dark shoegaze psych out of Sweden. I actually thought this was Starflyer 59 at first. Can’t believe it took me so long to play!

9.   Still Caves – Rainy Beach
Portland representing twice this week, but this one trumps The Dandys in the drone psych department. Love the screaming chorus.

10.  The Jesus and Mary Chain – Catchfire
Just announced: They’re coming. To Toronto. August 3, 2012.

11.  Black Market Karma – The Way It Was
This London psych band has tons of great tunes like this on their latest, Comatose.

12.  Boy – Up In This Town
An oldie…haven’t heard much from this Yukon boy since 2004’s pretty slamming Every Page You Turn album.

13.  The Laurels – Tidal Wave
Dig yourself some punchy Australian shoegaze.

14.  Arc In Round – Hallowed
Nice change up in the form of some baroque, Pink Floyd-style psych. Apparently Kurt Vile plays on this one.

15.  Flavor Crystals – Mirror Chop
Hm, whatever can this song be about? Read Nile Rodgers excellent biography if you’re still in the dark. In other news, the murky voodoo here is getting me really psyched for Three.

16.  I Can Chase Dragons! – From The Valley To The High Ground
Weird but wonderful chillwave from the interesting Expansión.

17.  The Consoliation Project – We Are Staring In The Sun
The prolific Ron Cavagnaro knows how to arrange a dream pop stunner.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 100: Monolith

Dead Mellotron, Airiel, Lotus Plaza, John Maus, A Place To Bury Strangers & more

We’re 100. Yay.

Now let’s get on with another mix of killer tunes.

1.  A Place To Bury Strangers – You Are The One
We start off our 100th episode with the band that has kicked off our podcasts the most. When you listen to their latest Joy Division meets JAMC jam, you’ll understand why.

2.  Christian Samuel – Jux
Great instrumental rock and roll that with a slight Hüsker Dü vibe.

3.  Abschaum – Moonlight
Hypnotic boogie music for trenchcoat wearers.

4.  Averkiou – Fuzzy Photograph
Crunching power pop off February’s The New Imperative. Love the guitar (?) noise solo.

5.  Taffy – Haah
Stirring Japanese shoegaze. Guess they couldn’t think of a good title, so a simple “Haah” fit the bill.

6.  The Wedding Present – You’re Dead
I wasn’t really feeling this initially, but it grew on me. Gedge gives us the gears at the chorus, with a bit of Mark E. Smith phrasing.

7.  Airiel – Flashlight Tag
Amazing to hear new music from this band.

8.  Grass Widow – Walking Out On Love
More classic power pop goodness, but GW’s female vocals provide a shoegaze edge.

9.  Violens – Der Microarc
Love this track’s lush 80s indie pop production that The Smiths, Kings of Convenience and The Pernice Brothers did so well.

10.  Whirr – Toss
This Pipe Dreams twee pop tune just mesmerizes.

11.  Field Mouse – Happy
If M83 sold his gear and played in a pop band, it would sound like this.

12.  Lightfoils – Sympathy Lies
Bright, soaring shoegaze pop from Texas Chicago.

13.  John Maus – No Title (Molly)
Get down with your bad self, Mr. Maus. If this is a joke, please don’t end it.

14.  Dead Mellotron – Stranger
Sucks when you sit on a killer dream pop tune so long that ANOTHER one comes out from the same band before you get to it.

15.  Vinyl Williams – Chroma Heart
Hazy anthem starts with “The end is near” and then declares “you’re in my heart.” Check out his new Ultimate World EP.

16.  Lotus Plaza – Monoliths
Lockett Pundt’s Deerhunter offshoot provides our track of the week. As much as I love the chorus, it’s schmaltzy enough to think it might end up on Grey’s Anatomy.

17.  Soul Glimpse – Fade & Breath
One of the few ambient tracks I’ve wanted to drop. Listen closely and listen loud.

18.  Irene On Edge – Time Fly
Hypnotic full kilter noise with oddly beautiful garbled voices.

19.  Mr. Gnome – The Way
Unbelievable chillwave (or is it witch house?) that is the perfect soundtrack to a waltz in another dimension.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 99: Explosion

Errors, Pontiak, Rancho Relaxo, Bright Channel, Paul Weller & more

No jangling harmonies this week as we go deep and dark.

Photo by Phil Askew, luminouslives,com

1.   Pond – Fantastic Explosion Of Time
Blast of  psychedelic pop from members of S2 faves Tame Impala. Can definitely hear some of their signature guitar sound here too.

2.   Pontiak – Left with Lights
Bombastic track from their fabulous new Echo Ono album. Facemelters unite!

3.   Paul Weller – Around The Lake
Not sure if his Farfisa psych song is a parody or an homage, but thought I’d throw it on since he’s coming to Toronto soon.

4.   Free Electric State – We’ll Have A Great Funeral (When You Die)
Isn’t it great how waves of feedback transform a straight-up indie rock tune?

5.   Al Lover – Death Ride In San Francisco
January’s Heavy Hippies has a lot of samples from well-known classic rock jams. Like this one because the riff isn’t easy to pick out and the bassline just kills.

6.   Illogical Time Concerns – Copac
Former Collider bandmates get freaky on this gem from their latest Sea Ex.

7.   Queens Of The Stone Age – River In The Road
Always liked this slightly trippy tune from Era Vulgaris.

8.   Rancho Relaxo – I Want You
A new one from this excellent band’s Happy Friday Experiment. Great acoustic psych drone.

9.   The Blue Angel Lounge – Die Away As One In Time
Loveliness: “I wanna hold you forever…”

10.  Swoon 23 – Fire Hanger
Dark rock and roll from 1997’s  Legendary Ether Pony.

11.  Dopedrone & Naked On My Own – Tunnel
Epic headtrip about the journey inside a mind. Turn off the lights for this one.

12.  DeadCAT – Evitan
Love this Atlanta band’s dark glitchy groove.

13.  Surji – Scream Of A Wean
This murky tune comes off the aptly-named Existentialism.

14.  Bright Channel – Airborne
The guitars come out again. Sounds like Yo La Tengo in a sinister mood.

15.  Air Formation – In Formation
Soaring dream pop from this band that called it a day last year.

16.  Errors – Magna Encarta
Scottish label mates of Mogwai and Part Chimp head skyward. Check out their solid latest album Have Some Faith In Magic.

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