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Soundtrack2 Ep. 105: Greater Power

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.

5.   Sunsplit – All I Want
Discovered this Autolux-like rock and roll band relatively recently. One of the many excellent tracks on Sing For Sunday.

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.

11.  Celeritas – Girl In The Garden
Curious track that sounds like Bob Pollard without ADD. Available on the Nebraska Popfest mixtape.

12.  The Lassie Foundation – Three Wheels
Sadly defunct band dropped this shoegaze nugget on Jetstreams a few years back.

13.  Guitar – Sine Waves
Gloomy and beautiful soundtrack to a rainy day. Vocals remind me of Kurt Heasley at his most detached…Lilys coming soon BTW.

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.

17.  The Dandy Warhols – She Sells Sanctuary
This slamming Cult cover belonged in between these two songs.

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…

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 89: Passion Is Dead

Death In Vegas, 93 Million Miles From The Sun, Odonis Odonis, Tearjerker, Ringo Deathstarr & more

Photo by Phil Askew, luminouslives.com

There’s a ridiculous amount of good music coming out these days. I’ve eased back on my vault digging and pushed well beyond one hour this week! Enjoy…

1.   Fevers – Passion Is Dead (Long Live Fashion)
Smash! Did the opening chord get your attention? Huge dancefloor dreaminess from Ottawa, Ontario that’s stuck in my head.

2.   Elika – We Have Failed
The party continues until you get hit with this heavy chorus.

3.   The Mekano Set – You Make Me Feel Like A Cure Song
Bit of death disco out of the UK. Check out their latest album Fades.

4.   Handsome Furs – Serve The People (Young Galaxy remix)
Fresh from Thursday’s fantastic YG show with Austra, I had to play this great take on “Serve The People.”

5.   Ringo Deathstarr – Shadow (SPC ECO remix)
Recent, thumping hazy goodness from two great bands.

6.   Blackout Beach – Be Forewarned, The Night Has Come
Slowing things way down. This BC band sounds like The National crossed with James Blake.

7.   Tearjerker – Down
Cool CanCon from their excellent Rare album. A band to keep an eye on.

8.   Lorelle Meets The Obsolete – These Days
Integalactic garage rock. Check out this Mexican band’s mighty On Welfare album.

9.   Odonis Odonis – Basic Training
Two minutes of glammy garage. Yet another great Canadian band (I’m stacking the deck this week, it seems) with a new album out – check out the fantastic Hollandaze.

10.  Imandra Lake – Ole Mu Laev
Estonian band takes us to beautiful widescreen.

11.  93 Million Miles From The Sun – Time Lasts Forever
Never been a huge fan of this band. But  songs like this from their latest album Northern Sky are starting to win me over.

12.  Vinyl Williams – Stellarscope
Groovy mellow goodness that seems to be from Egypt.

13.  Range Lover – Route Nationale Sexe
Very nice hybrid of krautrock and shoegaze with vocal samples. Hard to find many details on this band though…

14.  The Two Koreas – Boy Teen Oslo
An oldie but goodie from Toronto stalwarts with a style all their own.

15.  Cousins – Droit Du Seigneur
Bright noisy postpunk off Axthoxy.

16.  Silver Dapple – M’Sorry
Montreal noise pop rounds out the Canadian bill.

17.  Death In Vegas – Black Hole
Was stoked for ages to hear the latest DIV record, and I’m still slowly coming to terms with it. My ears perked up most at this shoegaze Pixies impression.

18.  Borax – Sunshine Boy
Estonia representing twice on one mix! Dig this older indie pop track off Tallinn.

19.  Para Siempre – Where Would You Be (Without Me)
Yes! Closing with an intense ringing garage rock anthem.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 64: Rave On, Full On

SIANspheric, Collider, exlovers, Monster Movie, A Sunny Day in Glasgow & more

Photo by Phil Askew, www.luminouslives.com

1.   Monster Movie – 1950da

Classic off To The Moon gives us just enough glammy, noisy rock and roll to get started. These guys are still putting out some good stuff.

2.   exlovers – Blowing Kisses

New UK shoegazy pop for the toe tappers.

3.   Beach! – Summertime

Sundrenched surf rock explosion available for free on their Bandcamp. “See the sun for miles…”

4.   Hurt Valley – I’m An Avalanche

“Transmission!” Love this nervy Californian indie pop. I can somehow picture Bowie demolishing this one. Also can be picked up gratis on their BC.

5.   SIANspheric – Rave On, Full On

Skyward shoegaze noise rock from Toronto. Get it on the mighty There’s Always Someplace You’d Rather Be. Bonus points to anyone who can make out a lyric.

6.   Weird Era – Garage Honeymoon

Utter noise assault that breaks into a groove. Listen close.

7.   Thee Piatcions – Singapore Mon Amour

Psych biker rock from Italy?

8.   Rollerskate Skinny – One Thousand Couples

The inimitable noise rock geniuses destroy this one from Horsedrawn Wishes.

9.   Eins, Zwei Orchestra – Self Taught/Non-traditionally Educated

Interesting space rock from bizarre band that appear to be Dutch.

10.  Collider – Mono

Synth velvet refrains, meet snakey choruses. Great indie pop available free from their Bandcamp.

11.  The High Violets – Chinese Letter (Ulrich Schnauss Remix)

Watching this documentary on Ulrich inspired me to dig up this gem from Satellite Remixes. Love how this just washes over you.

12.  A Sunny Day In Glasgow – Drink Drank Drunk

Americans bring out some nice lushness with electronic breakbeats.

13.  Raliegh Moncrief – Lament For Morning

Cool chopped up vocal sample sets a nice, mellow-but-slightly-claustrophobic mood. Another one that you can pick up on his BC.

14.  Religious To Damn – Drifter

Windswept midtempo pop with great icy vocals.

15.  Loop Garou – Sweet Dreams My Rajkumari

Danish dream pop from their 2009 EP available free via MySpace.

16.  Still Corners – History Of Love

MS page describes them as “Looking for a sunset bird in winter.” Beats what I was going to write.

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Soundtrack2 Ep63: Her Sinking Sun

Ceremony, Yuck, Ghost/Light, Pavement, Coma Cinema & more

Photo by Phil Askew, www.luminouslives.com

1.   Spirit Spine – Ocean Of Sand

Driving, space psych starts us off. Part of the ambitious Glossalia concept album.

2.   Ides Of Space – Way Out At Sea

Sydney heroes rock out on a track from 2004’s Sleeping Fractures.

3.   Dear Eloise – Oh What A Day

Japanese band sets guitars on noise. Can’t make out what they’re singing, but it sounds great.

4.   Ceremony – Not Tonight

Another great dose of 80s-inspired wailing guitar terror. This is off the Not Tonight EP, due out tomorrow.

5.   Crash City Saints – Cough Syrup

Find this fevered noisy shoegaze power pop on the Returner EP, complete with the great vocal melody.

6.   Cocteau Twins – In Our Angelhood

The ethereal ones go all post punk.

7.   Ghost/Light – You Already Know

Though this track came out last year, I recently came across it and was hooked once I heard the vocals.

8.   Yuck – Getaway

Online sensations behind “Georgia” channel their inner bar band. Not sure why, but it reminds me of Superchunk.

9.   The Telewire – Quiet Satellite

Dreamy theme for a train journey. Is that Hooky on bass?

10.  Pavement – Kennel District

Great midtempo rocker with the band’s unmistakable sound.

11.  The Koolaid Electric Company – SOS Son Of Sam

Stoner drone overload. How is it that I never played these guys before? Love ’em.

12.  [aftersun] – Goodbye

Been sitting on this psych tension and release epic for a while, but its time has come.

13.  Imperial Teen – Alone In The Grass

90s indie rockers do 7+ minutes of krautrock and pedal insanity on 1999’s What Is Not To Love.

14.  Moby – Be The One

Don’t judge this one until you’ve actually listened to its great claustrophic space pop. Has he been listening to Georgio Moroder? Available for free download on his site.

15.  Coma Cinema – Her Sinking Sun

Slightly dreary dream pop tune off Blue Suicide, available for download on their site.

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