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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
10. Whirr – Toss
This Pipe Dreams twee pop tune just mesmerizes.
12. Lightfoils – Sympathy Lies
Bright, soaring shoegaze pop from
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.
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.
Errors, Pontiak, Rancho Relaxo, Bright Channel, Paul Weller & more
No jangling harmonies this week as we go deep and dark.
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.
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.
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.
15. Air Formation – In Formation
Soaring dream pop from this band that called it a day last year.
Bear In Heaven, White Rabbits, Drowner, Vibravoid, Bishop Morocco & more
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.
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.
15. Kontakte – Life’s Road Movies
First you’re floating in space, then you’re jumping on your bed playing air guitar.