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Soundtrack2 Ep86: Still Loveless

M83, Pink Playground, My Bloody Valentine, Real Estate, Megafaun & more

Photo by Phil Askew, www.luminouslives.com

This week’s mix is in honour of the 20th anniversary of My Bloody Valentine‘s Loveless.

1.   Real Estate – It’s Real
Bouncy and slightly wistful 80s-style indie pop. Pick it up on the excellent Days album.

2.   Felt – The Day The Rain Came Down
The last track’s shimerring guitars brought this to mind. Love the little breakdown at the end of the chorus.

3.   Spirea X – Chlorine Dream
More of a 60s Rickenbacker light psych groove on this. Listen carefully to catch some guitar phrasing gems.

4.   Grabbel And The Final Cut – Psycho Popsong
90s German band that re-surfaced on Bandcamp. Lovely waves of guitar pop wash.

5.   Medialunas – Humming
This Brazilian band appears to love The Posies as much as I do.

6.   Asobi Seksu – Little House Of Savages
Wonderful track, but I can’t hear any trace of The Walkmen on this shoegaze rundown.

7.   Ride – Time Machine
This Going Blank Again track’s always stood out to me as a hybrid between shoegaze and new wave. In a good way.

8.   Anything After – Disconnected
Hypnotic moody pop with explosions of guitar.

9.   Orange Crush – Rapid Clouds
Norweigan band drops some lovely spirals of psychedelic guitar.

10.  Megafaun – Get Right
Back porch indie drone epic: “I got everything that I give…”

11.  Woodsman – Specdrum
Soaring triumph with mental drumming out of Brooklyn.

12.  Pink Playground – Dark Bloom
Want killer murky drone motorik psych you can dance to? Find it on Destination Ecstasy.

13.  My Bloody Valentine – Come In Alone
This monster from Loveless was released exactly 20 years ago yesterday. This album is still the sound of the future – only I’m not sure which one. Make sure you’re listening to this LOUD.

14.  M83 – Intro
“I were you before you even existed.” Still coming to terms with Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, but this windswept opener bubbled to the top.

15.  Damaged Tape – The Molten Universe
Captivated by how this Georgia band’s early Kraftwerk-inspired tune has a sense of mystery and urgency.

16.  Brian Eno – The Big Ship
Shields, Gonzales, Eno. This Another Green World track pretty much speaks for itself. This isn’t just an example of early ambient music. To me it sounds like heartache.

17.  Air Review – America’s Son
Mellow space pop ditty track takes us home.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 60: Revert Time

The Joy Formidable, Loop, Asobi Seksu, Firesuite, Youngteam & more

1.   Heavy Ghost– Lucid

70s crime show bass kicks thing off, combined with washes of shoegaze-y guitar. Turn it up LOUD. Me likey!

2.   Drop – Drone 1

90s UK band does quiet/loud just a shade or two darker than Ride. You can pick this up on 1992’s Within And Beyond.

3.   Loop – Collision

Now we’ve just entered your crazy older brother’s Camaro. And he’s got that funny look in his eye again. This comes up on the car stereo, and he hits the gas.

4.   Sex Church – Mistaken

Blistering 7+ minute sonic devastation. Complete rock and roll overload. Wish the rest of this BC band’s latest EP was like this.

5.   Youngteam – Northern Star

If there was a sh0egaze version of Led Zep‘s “When The Levee Breaks,” this would be it.

6.   Curve – Horror Head

Curve has always had their own sound: a kind of ethereal shoegaze with guitars and circa 1990 drum machine. And if you like this, you’ll LOVE SPC ECO, produced by Dean. Actually I may prefer SPC ECO…gasp!

7.   Heaven – Colors In The Whites Of Your Eyes

Broolkyn spacey pop.

8.   First Love, Last Rites – Slow Wind

Sweet noisy pop in the TPOBPAH vein, with a technicolor shoegaze chorus.

9.   Ports Of Call – Fadophobia

Can’t put my finger who they sound like on this track…Kitchens of Distinction maybe?

10.  Cranes – Reverie

Groovy America-like strumming at the beginning gives way to noisy electric guitars. Can’t believe this band is English – could have sworn the singer sounded Japanese!

11.  The Joy Formidable – The Greatest Light Is  The Greatest Shade

Looks like the UK is owning this week’s mix, and TJF is the North Wales representative. This comes from their excellent latest record, The Big Roar.

12.  Asobi Seksu – Coming Up

Another new one from this band’s Flourescence record. Struck by how weird is that AS now sounds like S2 faves Young Galaxy.

13.  Firesuite – Amity

Transcendant space rock from yet another UK band, with beautiful harmonies that build towards a dramatic ending.

14.  Folie Adieu – Casino

Kansas representing on this great drone/dream pop tune.

15.  The Delfields – Julie Jupiter

Beautiful dream pop with heavy guitars that Luna fans would dig. And the great choruses drive towards a fantastic dash to the finish line. This came out last year, but can’t find much band info on the Web.

16.  36 – Revert Time

Haunting, trippy tune based around a single chord that increases in volume as the vocalist endorses defying physics. Goodnight, wherever you are.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 57: No More Canyons

The Dust Mice, Asobi Seksu, Disappears, James Blake, Young Galaxy & more

More great new music that needs to be heard.

1.   //orangenoise – On The Run

Glammy, high energy garage from Karachi. The excellent //voracious EP is available for free download on Bandcamp.

2.   The Vanity Press – Common Girls

Glorious Swervedriver-influenced shoegaze from “Satan-tonio,” Texas.

3.   Figurehead – Idiot Savant

From NW Shoegazing’s awesome Vibrato 11.01 compilation, this Pinion track delivers full-on, rock and roll shoegaze.

4.   Disappears – Halo

Propulsive rock and roll with a dose of krautrock from their great new Guider album.

5.   Lower Heaven – Firearms

Now we enter the drone zone. One of the many nice cuts off their Today Is All We Have record. Note not to confuse this band with Lower Dens, as I did at first.

6.   The Vacant Lots – Confusion

With a wink at vintage Brian Jonestown Massacre, love this psych cut from the New Englanders.

7.   Voyageurs – Black Forest

Murky trip into the night from the brilliantly-titled Alien Iverson.

8.   Asobi Seksu – Trails (Deerhoof remix)

Tense, cut up re-interpretation of the beautiful Flourescence track.

9.   Young Galaxy – We Have Everything

I know what you’re thinking: will we play every song off their new Shapeshifting record? Well…if they’re all this good, we make no promises.

10.  Blouse – Shadow

80’s inspired electropop that you can wrap yourself up in. Pick it up on their Bandcamp.

11.  Illogical Time Concerns – Fight Till You’re Right

San Franciscans piece together an addictive lo-fi tune on their Neu Symbols EP, available on Bandcamp. Not to be confused with this Beastie Boys classic.

12.  The Dust Mice – Sun Will Shine

Very impressed with this UK band’s Sun Will Shine EP (bandcamp). Check out the classic dream pop on this title track.

13.  jj – I’m The One / Money On My Mind

Had this great chillwave tune kicking around for a while. This has got to be the shortest song that has two names separated by a slash.

14.  Tearjerker – Best

Released on last November’s Strangers, I love the melody over the swollen, distorted bass.

15.  James Blake – Wilhelms Scream

Hard to define this one – space age R&B? Just wonderful.

16.  Quiet Lights – No More Canyons

Building intensity from Brooklyn.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 50: Little Riot

Asobi Seksu, Yo La Tengo, No Joy, Ride, Burnt Little Sister & more

It’s our 50th episode. We’re stoked. Thanks to everyone who’s visited the site and enjoyed the mixes.

Let us know what you’d like to see more or less of on this podcast and blog. And as always, feel free to recommend great tunes.

Now back to business!

1.   Burnt Ones – Bury Me In Smoke

San Francisco group serve up The Jesus And Mary Chain crossed with Gary Glitter.

2.   The Nightblooms – Panicle

Da-da-da-da-da-duh…great noisy rock and roll from the Dutch band’s 1992 self-titled album.

3.   The Morning After Girls – Straight Through You

BJM-style psychedelia with a bit of mod swirling guitar thrown in. Be sure to check out Shadows Evolve.

4.   Spacemen 3 – Take Me To The Other Side

“I have a passion Sweet Lord…” Now we’re really going for it. Probably my favourite song in their psych drone repetoire.

5.   Merchandise – I Locked The Door

Dark post punk with buzzsaw guitars out of Tampa, Florida.

6.   Whipping Boy – Favourite Sister

Irish band plunges us into the shoegaze pool. This one’s off 1992’s Submarine.

7.   Sometimes Always – Old-Fashioned Baby

No link for this “one man” band that mixes garage with C86, but the one above gives some background and links to where you can download a copy from ePop.

8.   Asobi Seksu – Trails

Could AS be going back to their shoegaze past with new album Fluorescence? This midtempo track’s a beaut.

9.   Ride – Like A Daydream

My excitement at the pending Nowhere reissue made it inevitable that I’d include Ride in the next mix. This one’s off the Smile singles collection.

10.  No Joy – Still

Indie buzz band du jour deliver a driving shoegaze track for a late night ride.

11.  Broken Little Sister – Little Riot

Wonderful layered dream pop team from the Japanese band’s great Memories, Violets & Demons.

12.  Yo La Tengo – Little Eyes

A little riot deserves little eyes, right? This one’s for windswept plains or long drives. From the masterful Summer Sun.

13.  Rancho Relaxo – Plan Your Revolution

Close the door, shutter the windows and put on this Norweigan band’s monster midtempo psych tune.

14.  Anne – Perfect Teeth

Synth-rich number with plenty of hooks. Available for download on the band’s site.

15.  Quiet Lights – Ablaze

Brooklyn band slows it down to glacial.

16.  Adam Franklin & The Bolts Of Melody – I Want You Right Now

Their album I Can Sleep For A Thousand Years is so good I had to reach back and put another tune out. Dig this beautiful post-shoegaze ballad that could only come from the former Swervedriver frontman.

17.  Happy Showers – Shower

Synth-heavy dream pop.

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