Archive for May, 2012

Soundtrack2 Ep. 104: Movies Without Sound

Crocodiles, Handsome Furs, Here We Go Magic, Garbage, pacificUV & more

Things are heating up.

1.   Here We Go Magic – How Do I Know
Starting with a fix of glorious twee indie pop.

2.  Crocodiles – Endless Flowers
Lots of well-deserved buzz about this shoegaze garage band. Looking forward to release of Endless Flowers next month.

3.   Zero Toy – Michael
Gotta love the reverb on the guitar here. Gimme L.A. indie rock!

4.   Stagnant Pools – Nothing To Do
Submerged shoegaze off Real Lies.

5.   Garbage – Felt
Nice shoegazey track off their latest Not Your Kind Of People. Anyone see the Foo Fighters doc and get a glimpse of Butch Vig in the studio?

6.   Stay Calm – Let Me Clear My Throat
A minor epic that brings to mind S2 faves The Secret Machines.

7.   2PPM – Movies Without Sound
Sounds like a jam session at 3 a.m. in an abandoned warehouse. Their moniker stands for “two people playing music.”

8.   Monoland – Alba
Classic shoegaze sound from Manouva.

9.  Centro-Matic – Janitorial On Channel Fail
Full blown, emotional crunchy 90s rock a la Yo La Tengo or Guided By Voices. No idea what the lyrics are saying, but they sound profound.

10.  The New Year – The Block That Doesn’t Exist
Neurotic lo-fi of the billiantly-named Newness Ends album.

11.  Meat Puppets – Severed Goddess Hand
I’ve been wanting to play this Too High To Die song here for years. Enjoy the sunburnt psych funk.

12.  Damien Jurado – Reel To Reel
Second track we’ve played from the sublime and soulful Maraqopa.

13.  Airiel – Funerals
More stratospheric shoegaze from latest EP Kid Games.

14.  Melody’s Echo Chamber – Crystalized
Imagine Rachel Goswell fronting Tame Impala and you’ve got our track of the week.

15.  pacificUV – Be My Only Shallow Love (remix)
Prolific band drop more shoegaze and beats.

16.  Ladyhawke – Black, White and Blue (All Saints basement session)
Nice groovy pop track with bouncy chorus.

17.  School Of Seven Bells – When You Sing
Lose yourself in this monster Ghost Story track.

18.  Handsome Furs – Dead + Rural
Chrome Waves tells me this Wolf Parade spinoff has called it a day. Here’s a fitting farwell. On a related note, it appears that Dan Boeckner has a new band with Britt Daniel of Spoon and Sam Brown of New Bomb Turks.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 103: Flood Of Red

La Sera, PS I Love You, R.M. Hendrix, Death Valley Sleepers, Craft Spells & more 

Bring on the long weekend.

1.   PS I Love You – Princess Towers
Kick. Out. The. Jams. Their new album Death Dreams just blows the doors off. More coming from that album later.

2.   Sixteen Deluxe – Happy Song
2+ minutes of weekend shenanigans from The Pilot Knob EP.

3.   Free Electric State – All Done Before
Monumental track from album of (nearly) the same name.

4.   And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – Flood Of Red
This song has always reminded me of Sonic Youth covering Hendrix, a la “Third Stone From The Sun.”

5.   R.M. Hendrix – Global Affairs / Crack The Code
And now for some claustrophobic, crooning indie rock.

6.   Cruyff In The Bedroom – Carillon Blue
Starting to slow it down with this almost-instrumental. Great build at the end.

7.   Mercury Rev – Frittering
When MR opened for The Hives (don’t judge) in Toronto back in the day, the tremendous volume pinned most attendees to the sides and rear of the venue. After that, the Hives’ performance band came off as raucous as Esquivel. I wish the Rev had played this tune from Yerself Is Steam.

8.   Gills – Empire of Sweat
Midtempo grungy rock and roll. Also one of the few live tracks we play here.

9.   Mirror Mirror – The Chamber
Dig this strumming, stirring instrumental.

10.  Death Valley Sleepers – Left Me High
Like a lot of this band’s stuff, but this track…you’re loving the verses, then the choruses hit you. Perfect.

11.  First Love, Last Rites – Walk You Home
Now we bring the power pop out of Sweden.

12.  Royal Headache – Down The Headline
Fantastic. The verses are beat nuggets, but the chorus is all drive-ins and sock hops.

13.  La Sera – Break My Heart
Almost too perfect punky punchy pop from their latest Sees The Light.

14.  Craft Spells – Still Left With Me
Soundtrack to dancing around your basement clad in nothing but an oversized sweater.

15.  Coastal – Heart Of Tin
This track reminded me of the overlooked, excellent Crystal Skulls‘ first album. Great melody and kinda witch house-y.

16.  Weird Dreams – Little Girl
Funky dream pop that makes me think of a post-modern day Felt.

17.  Little Chords – Remember
Vancouver crew drop some drifting, beautiful lo-fi: “I fell asleep on a cloudy beach, it was early in the afternoon…” And with that, we’re off into the sunset.

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New video: Trailer Trash Tracys “Los Angered”

Second day in a row posting videos. Superb art direction of this excellent tune.

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Video: Widowspeak at Storm King Art Centre

The band‘s vibe is captured beautifully. Well done.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 102: Lost Harmony

Sennen, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Ghost Box Orchestra, Inca Gold, The Cult Of Dom Keller & more

This week’s mix is inspired by the title and artwork of the latest Sennen album.

1.   Black Tamborine – I Want You Around

Legendary band regroup for Ramones tribute.

2.   Roomrunner – Disintegrate
A must for lovers of layers of distorted, slightly out of tune guitars.

3.   Starfire Connective Sound – A (Long) Road From Earth To Sky
Brazil band drop sitar drone over guitars and breakbeats.

4.   Brian Jonestown Massacre – The Clouds Are Lies
I loved “Illuminomi” when I first heard it but figured it would be a one-off on their latest Aufheben. The whole album’s got that groovy acoustic dark hippie vibe! Dig the atmostpherics on this track.

5.   Ghost Box Orchestra – Vanished (SCATV Demo)
Props to I Heart Noise for dropping this sinister-sounding psych on Boston Not LA, Volume 2.

6.   The Cult Of Dom Keller – Heavy And Dead
Mysterious UK band manages to somehow cross Suicide with The Doors.

7.  Hollowphonic – Sertraline
You’re probably wondering the same thing I was – it’s an anti-depressant. This Mississauga post-rock crew bring to mind our fellow countrymen SIANspheric.

8.   Neil Young – Change Your Mind
It’s dark and late at night in your dorm room. The DJ of the local classic rock station comes on, saying he wants to play a track from the new Neil Young record that just came out that day. You’re not a big Neil fan but you keep it on as background music. After about three minutes you stop what you’re doing and listen. Holy crap…this is Neil Young? You stand transfixed for another nine minutes…

9.   Chad VanGaalen – Red Blood
Some chilling, passionate folk rock from Infiniheart that I thought would be perfect about here.

10.  Woods – Wind Was The Wine
Rimshots, cool guitar and great voclal melodies from Brooklyn.

11.  Midlake – Young Bride
One of those hard-to-define psych pop tunes that reminds me of great Of Montreal and Gorki’s Zygotic Mynci. Great swirling violins.

12.  Birthmark – Shake Hands
Really dug this tune then it dawned on me how similar it sounds to the criminally overlooked 90s band The Glands.

13.  Moby – Posion Tree (David Lynch remix)
Brooding beats and piano chords punctuated by some disjointed female cries. Even though it’s repetitive it seems way less than its seven-minute running time.

14.  Inca Gold – Atom
“Ooo ooo ooo oooh!” Here’s to chillwave with hooks!

15.  Sennen – St. Jude
Track of the week comes from their latest album Lost Harmony. It’s a big departure from their earlier psych shoegaze stuff.

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