Archive for June, 2012
A Place To Bury Strangers, Stars, Grizzly Bear, Wild Eyes, Glass Vaults & more
Lots of strong new releases this week. Not to mention that two of the featured bands have the word “wild” in them.
1. Dan Deacon – Lots
Absolutely slamming new anthem starts the party. Download on his site.
2. Young Galaxy – Youth Is Wasted On The Young
Seems with every new release, this band steps further into the 1980s. Not that that’s a bad thing.
4. Wild Nothing – Shadow
I can see this fictional airbrushed, longing music video playing in my head.
6. She’s So Rad – Rockin’ Back Inside My Heart
Shimmering chillwave and vivid choruses make this the track of the week.
7. Wheat Fields – Heaven Is A Place Where Nothing Ever Happens
Some beautifully wistful dream pop.
8. Grizzly Bear – Sleeping Ute
Can’t say many other GB tunes stood out for me, but this latest folk electric psych single is just riveting.
11. Exitmusic – The Sea
A mysterious quiet/loud mini epic.
12. Amen Dunes – Bedroom Drum
Through Donkey Jaw track that I can’t stop listening to.
13. Glass Vaults – Into Clear
Prodding, almost ambient drifting tune that builds to an amazing finale. Was a little slow to realize how awesome this track is.
15. Broken Water – Drown
Fantastic, primal drone psych out of Olympia.
16. Black Night Crash – Baby It’s You
This new shoegaze track off the excellent Drawn Out Days has been driving me nuts. This singer sounds exactly like someone else, but I’m at a loss. Can somebody help?
17. Six Organs Of Admittance – Waswasa
Sometimes you just have to shred. This new Ascent track embodies glorious rock and roll abandon.
18. Wild Eyes – Ride
Chugging motorik shoegaze? Check.
19. Pagiins – I Don’t Feel Anything
The surfers head to the biker bar for an after party.
20. A Place To Bury Strangers – Revenge
Good to hear this band continue scorching the earth on their latest Worship.
The Faux Noise, Cadence Weapon, PS I Love You, Crocodiles, No Joy & more
The essential summertime shoegaze mix? Perhaps.
1. Alligator Indian – Our Love Was A Crime
How could it have taken this long for us to feature a post punk band from Asheville? Bucket list one step closer to completion.
2. The John Candy – Anyway, Anywhere, Anyhow
Breathless C86 indie pop from a few years back, complete with delirious guitar riff.
3. Mandarinaduck – Tenderhearted Destroyer
A perfect mixture of tension and soaring choruses out of the Ukraine. I won’t say anything about the band’s name.
5. Fort Lean – Sunsick
This tune kind of got stuck in my head.
6. Crocodiles – No Black Clouds For Dee Dee
Endless Flowers, one of the most anticipated albums in ages, finally dropped. Of all the tracks this groovy psych number stood out for me.
7. Miniatures – Midwinter (Air)
Melbourne crew dives into some heavy shoegaze on this gem.
8. Pink Mist – Touchdown Kid
“She gives me nothing for nothing…” Brooding intro gives way to a dark Hawaiian dancefloor.
9. No Joy – Junior
Great shoegaze single from one of Montreal’s finest. Coming out soon on Negaverse.
10. Cadence Weapon – Conditioning
We at S2 love hip hop, but we never thought it could fit in our mix. Of course, that’s until we heard this superb new track off Hope In Dirt City.
11. The Faux Noise – Leave Her To Heaven
Curious mixture of beats and dream pop. “Forgive me one more day…”
12. Autolux – Plant Life
Still mining the masterpiece that is Future Perfect.
13. The December Sound – Truth Hearts
Boston band takes us down with drone and shoegaze.
14. ivansxtc – Yesterday
Crooning dream pop tune from a few years back that I only recently discovered.
15. Brother Sun, Sister Moon – All You Need
Turn off your mind…
17. Great Northern – Low Is A Height
Speaking of defunct bands, my iPod recently served up this stunner from Turning Twilight Into Daylight.
18. 2 Hearts and Chemicals – Froid (ft. Guylaine Vivarat)
The mellow vibe rolls on with hushed French vocals and strings out of L.A.
19. Family Band– Night Song
Closing the curtains with an eerie riff and lines like “hold me here till morning takes my eyes…”
Lumerians, Stagnant Pools, Sunsplit, Airwaves, The Lassie Foundation & more.
The amount of amazing new tunes has slowed a little bit, so we’re playing some of the great stuff kicking around the iPod.
1. Stagnant Pools – Dead Sailor
Walls of guitar by a band that is getting more essential with each new release.
2. The Creakies – Arnold’s Song
Can’t remember the last time we’ve featured a Seattle band as good as these guys.
3. The Poumons – Rock And Roll City
I’d always associated this band with the 90s Halifax Pop Explosion. But seems they’re from Windsor?
4. The Clean – Drawing To A Hole
Flying Nun…that is all.
6. Neutral Milk Hotel – Ghost
Sublime, passionate indie rock taken from one of my fave albums of all time, In The Aeroplane, Over The Sea.
7. Airwaves – Keys
Slowing it down a bit with some midtempo Brooklyn indie rock.
8. Built To Spill – Carry The Zero
Fantastic songwriting, please meet smoking playing. Absolutely incendiary.
9. The Raconteurs – Intimate Secretary
Not a typical band to feature for a S2 mix, but this is pretty trippy business.
10. Chapterhouse – Greater Power
Overlooked Blood Music shoegaze anthem.
12. The Lassie Foundation – Three Wheels
Sadly defunct band dropped this shoegaze nugget on Jetstreams a few years back.
14. Maps – Elouise
I can’t help but return to the awesomeness of We Can Create: “Hypocrites can’t look me in the eye.”
15. Caribou – I’ve Live On A Dirt Road All My Life
Fantastic floating-in-space electronic psychedelia.
16. Quickspace – Coca Lola
This is all krautrock until you get to the gonzo chorus. It’ll get in ya.
18. Lumerians – Track 1
There was no question this voodoo psych groove is our song of the week. Strongly recommend you drop it at a party and see what happens…