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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. 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. 74: Unseen

Moonface, Swirlies, Younghusband, Centro-Matic, Lunch & more

Photo by Phil Askew, luminouslives.com

1.   Miracle Fortress – Tracers

New post punk tune gets the ball rolling. This track reminds me of a far cooler version of Talking Heads. Freaky breakdown too.

2.   Moonface – Fast Peter

Wolf Parade guy gets his epic synth rock on.

3.   For Those Who Know – Competition (Drone Control Remix)

Blissed out dream pop with great washes of guitar and heavily distorted vocals.

4.   Apparat – Black Water

Producer Sascha Ring drops a slow moving dream pop beauty here.

5.   2muchachos – Magic Tanner

Glacial organ from this Russian band reminds me of some tracks from the fabulous National Parks Project.

6.   Fallen Rule – Let People Not Be Your Foundation

Heart-on-sleeve rock grandeur in the Irish tradition of U2 and The Frames.

7.   Starfyler 59 – Play The C Chord

A classic midtempo rock tune with a slight twang.

8.   Eleanor Friedberger – My Mistakes

Trying something a bit different with this track from one half of The Fiery Furnaces. Reserve judgement until the track fully kicks in.

9.   Centro-Matic – Only In My Double Mind

Texas crew brings glimmering, hopeful rock and roll with lovely harmonies. Bit of an Arcade Fire vibe.

10.  Lunch – Turn Around

Remember The Replacements? Imagine them gone shoegaze…sorta.

11.  Radical Dads – Walking Wires

80s-style indie pop from Brooklyn.

12.  Younghusband – Carousel

Song of the week! Glorious shimmering shoegaze available from RCRDLBL.

13.  Swirlies – Sound Of Sebring

Fabulous moody shoegaze from 1996’s They Spent Their Wild Youthful Days In The Glittering World Of The Salons.

14.  Airiel – Airtight Angels

Yes! Swirling shoegaze rock and roll. Must play more Airiel.

15.  Bailterspace – Unseen

Air bass time! Killer nihilist shoegaze from the legendary Kiwi band’s Aim EP.

16.  White Noise Sound – Sunset

Waiting for the second coming of Spacemen 3? Look no further.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 49: Everything Is Gone

Crystal Stilts, Red House Painters, Lower Dens, Airiel, Brian Jonestown Massacre & more.

Original, not retro: 1980 checked=

1.   The Pastels – Truck Train Tractor

Monster indie pop tune that gets kinda silly towards the end. How many times can one sing the word “tractor?” Unless you’re a kids entertainer, of course.

2.   The Wedding Present – Crawl

Great bass riff, great guitar, and Gedge at his finest. WP is kind of like Rush – not musically of course, but their tunes go with many  types of music, yet they’ve always done their own thing.

3.   Airiel – Thinktank

Big hooks over sunny shoegaze.

4.   Pop Will Eat Itself – Like An Angel

Very nice…kind of like The Stranglers crossed with The Teardrop Explodes.

5.   The Turn-Ons – 1/11

Spiralling Seattle shoegaze off Curse.

6.   Sloan – Lemonzinger

Smeared tune from their Sonic Youth phase. They still put their Halifax spin on the sound.

7.   Crystal Stilts – Shake The Shackles

Harpsichord basher. Imagine Ian Curtis fronting the The Yardbirds.

8.   Lower Dens – Completely Golden

Baltimore chillwave that seems a cut above. Check out the very good Twin Hand Movement.

9.   Le Corbeau – L’innocence Revient Encore/Reve D’Ivresse

Site says they’re from Norway, but this creepy dark rock and roll is clearly sung in French. Love the bridge.

10.  Ghost Box Orchestra – The Moon Hangs Low

Drone psychedelic pop. If that makes any sense at all.

11.  Brian Jonestown Massacre – Anemone

Intro to Boardwalk Empire reminded me how fantastic this band is. This song wins the award for “Best Placement of Guitar Runs.” This one’s off the brilliant Their Satannic Majesties Second Request.

12.  Colour – Everything Is Gone

Loud 90’s guitar and singing make me think of Husker Du or REM. “I wanna be here after everything’s gone…”

13.  Red House Painters – Mistress

You can’t get a much more beautiful dream pop ballad than this. Off their second self-titled album, the one with the rollercoaster on it.

14.  The Ills – Vulnerable

Described as “post-rock/shoegaze from Bratislava, Slovakia.” This chill number’s my favourite of the tracks on To Wish Impossible Things. Great guitar – more post-country than post rock!

15.  Woodsman – Insects

Drums and guitar set a dark, reverb-drenched course. Download here.

16.  Active Child – I’m In Your Church At Night (School of Seven Bells remix)

Struggled with this one a bit. Cool electro shoegaze with New Order beats? Download here.

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