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Soundtrack2 Ep. 56: We Are Sound

The Lionheart Brothers, Wire, British Sea Power, Weird Dreams, Incan Abraham & more


Literally bursting with lots of great new music. What are you into these days?

1.   Weird Dreams – Hurt So Bad

Power pop with buzzsaw guitars, taken from the wonderful Young & Research compilation, available here.

2.   Eux Autres – Cover Rights

Like their mellow San Francisco pop sound.

3.   Babies – Run Me Over

Garage-y, reverb-heavy rock and roll.

4.   Ty Segall – Caesar

Sounds like a track left off David Bowie‘s The Man Who Sold The World album, sang backwards of course.

5.   Lab Coast – Really Realize

Now we’re getting to a few bands with names spit out by the chillwave name generator. Nice 60’s garage pop sound from Alberta, California.

6.   Ghost Wave – Hippy

New Zealanders ring the guitars through two minutes of propulsive rock and roll.

7.   Tripwires – Cinnamon

Shoegaze band that sounds like it’s fronted by James Mercer of The Shins.

8.   British Sea Power – We Are Sound

UK powerhouse comes correct on epic banger from latest album Valhalla Dancehall.

9.   The Lionheart Brothers – The Desert

Interesting psychedelic space pop from Oslo.

10.  Wire – Adapt

Legendary group pulls out another one. This dream pop tune sounds quite different than some of their older stuff.

11.  Easter Island – Proud

Heart-on-sleeve, beautiful pop out of Athens, GA.

12.  Oeil – White

Full-on Japanese shoegaze.

13.  Brahman – I Guess I Should Be Thanking You

Epic rock anthem. Available via name-your-price on Bandcamp.

14.  The Rosen Association – Emergency Broadcast

Electronic indie that takes us spaceward.

15.  Beggars In A New Land – Home Alone

Shimmering digital pop that doesn’t seem to have anything to do with Macaulay Culkin.

16.  Delphic – This Momentary

These guys are unique. Electronic, swirling track that builds in intensity then fizzles out.

17.  Incan Abraham – Third Man

Mysterious midtempo moodiness conjures up an Animal Collective vibe.

18.  Under Alien Skies – Done Sink

Murky groove off the Paste EP.

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Stream British Sea Power’s new Valhalla Dancehall album

The folks at AV Club are streaming the brand new record from British Sea Power.

I’ve heard the first four tunes and it’s good. Should tide you over until Jan. 11.

You can also sign up via the widget below to get a free download of a track off the new album.

Gotta go check out more tunes…

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Sountrack2 Ep. 47: Rocket Fuzz

Ringo Deathstarr, Chapterhouse, Dead Leaf Echo, Spotlight Kid, Husky Rescue & more


Non-stop shoegaze anthems turn sweet and lovely. Sorta.

1. Ringo Deathstarr – Imagine Hearts

Shoegaze funk off Colour Trip. If the new album has more like this, I’m sold.

2. Husky Rescue – Fast Lane

Groovy indie pop with bursts of guitar. Grab it on their latest Ship Of Light.

3. Maikotobranco – Hello, Goodbye

Heroic rock and roll, more indebted to Rush or Yes than The Velvet Underground. Blistering drums and guitar riffery. Shoegaze prog?

4. Simon Says No! – See Me Through

Dark garage from Oslo band. Check out their self-titled debut.

5. Loomer – Rocket Fuzz

Though named after a My Bloody Valentine song, I’m hearing Dinosaur Jr. and nods to The Wedding Present.

6. Catherine Wheel – Free Of Mind

Sinister beauty off of 30 Century Man. Tracks like this make me consider doing a Catherine Wheel podcast.

7.   Spotlight Kid – All Is Real

Swervedriver-loving UK band swirl away to great effect.

8. Triángulo de Amor Bizarro – El Fantasma De La Transición

Spanish band delivers a noisier version of Broken Social Scene.

9. Mash – Rise

Will not do lazy band comparison….will not do lazy band comparison…glammy J-rock melts into downtempo groove then acoustic coda.

10. Dead Leaf Echo – Act Of Truth

Breathy dream pop that brings to mind Spandau Ballet‘s “True.” There, I said it…but it’s good.

11. Chapterhouse – Treasure

Still kicking myself that we missed this show. But maybe we’ll get it together for Ride‘s second coming.

12. Motorifik – Secret Things

Don’t dismiss this French band as mere Spector wall of sound pastiche. Love the textures over Go-Betweens melodies.

13. For A Minor Reflection – Flóð

Icelandic mellow post rock tune off the Rejkavik sampler comp. Big finish.

14. British Sea Power – Bear

New Zeus tune sounds like a classic mellow number of theirs: “How could you fall so far?” Then they take off.

15. My Bloody Valentine – Blown A Wish

Visitors from another planet touch down.

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Soundtrack2 Audiocast21: Covered

Film School, My Bloody Valentine, Boo Radleys, Then, Oliver North Boy Choir & more

What prompts artists to cover the songs that inspired them? Is it the ultimate compliment or sacrilege? Should one stick true to the original or try to put their stamp on a classic.

I can’t answer these questions. But I  do know that when it comes to covers, Duke Ellington has a point. There is good music (think Sid Vicious doing “My Way”) and bad music (any of the 20 listed here).

A covers audiocast had been in the works for a while, but the superb New Tales To Tell: A Tribute To Love And Rockets compilation sped things up a bit. It offers great versions of tunes by Love and Rockets, a favourite of ours here at ST2.

You might notice that many of the songs are by bands featured in the Audiocast17: ProtogazeByrds, VU, Wipers, Wire, etc. I clearly like these bands, but want to hear from you: what classic covers have I missed?

1.    Film School – American Dream

Dare I say this – but this version may even smoke (smote?) the Love and Rockets original.

2.   Oliver North Boy Choir – Teenage Lust

Danish band managed to capture Jesus and Mary Chain‘s trademark sweet menace on this cover. BTW who remembers watching the Ollie North trials on TV?

3.   Yo La Tengo – Little Honda

The Beach Boys’ California good times washed with a wave of haze. Dig the one-note guitar solo too. This track also win the “Best Shoegaze Driving Track” award.

4.   The Brilliant Corners – The Good’s Gone (Slight Reprise)

Here’s a hypnotic pop-rocker off the Who Covers Who compilation, courtesy of the now defunct Sam The Record Man’s bargain bin.  Don’t know much else by this band but I’m thinking I probably should.

5.   Boo Radleys – Alone Again Or

Wow. This really updates and unleashes the intensity of the debut track of Love‘s Forever Changes. Realized that I haven’t played any Boo Radleys since Audiocast2! “Wot?”

6.   Chikita Violenta – Eight Miles High

Like on the track above, this Mexican band just amplifies a classic track for a new audience. Apparently Crosby cites a Coltrane influence in this song, but I just don’t hear it.

7.   Dandy Warhols – Hells Bells

Legendary AC/DC tune off Back in Black slowed down and spaced out.

8.   British Sea Power – Tugboat

Excellent UK band ramps up the mystique and intensity of Galaxie 500 classic. Also – don’t sing this song at work, even under your breath. I’ve done it and people look at you funny.

9.   Ambulance Ltd. – Ocean

Velvet Underground cover pulled from Ambulance Ltd.’s flawless debut album from a few years back. Why did I think this band was from Brooklyn? MySpace page says Eugene, OR.

10.  My Bloody Valentine – Map Ref 41N 93W

I love Wire‘s original, but MBV take this to another place. Layers upon layers – listen to this loud late at night on headphones.

11.  Mudhoney – Revolution

Pretty damn good version of the Spacemen 3 track by Seattle band. Like the added grit.

12.  Vivian Girls – Telepathic Love

The Wipers original was great, but this version sounds like a #1 hit song on Venus.

13.  Little Girls – Heinz

Like this detached cover of the post punk band Artery. These dudes are from California? Yikes.

14.  Then – Fool

I like Damon Albarn of Blur but I think this song works as well without him – stands more on its own merits, y’know? Like the slight shoegaze treatment.

15.  Anamanaguchi – So Bored

American band cover the fast-rising Wavves, who I just missed in San Francisco and then just missed in Toronto.

16.  Vex – It Could Be Sunshine

Another Love and Rockets cover. Not my second fav track on the album, but thought it worked best in the mix. Don’t know much else about Vex – any other track recommendations?

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