Posts Tagged ‘Broken Social Scene’

Soundtrack2 Ep. 108: No Sense

Japandroids, Grooms, Bailterspace, The Flaming Lips, Beach House & more

Post War Years

1.   Japandroids – Continuous Thunder

Kicking things off with the closing track from Celebration Rock, referred to by Songs & Cigarettes as an album “ripped from your youth.” My take? “Heroes” for a new generation.

2.   Wyla – Fill In
This band continues to impress on the solid Night Fits album. Love the Autolux vibe here.

3.   Electro Group – Green Machine
Stunner from the Lifter/Green Machine EP that has the intensity of the great Bailterspace. Wouldn’t it be great if they came out with some new music?

4.   Swervedriver – The Birds
On a bit of a late-period kick for some classic shoegaze bands. This one’s from 1998′s excellent Ejector Seat Reservation.

5.   Grooms – Dreamsucker
Some hyper Brooklyn rock and roll.

6.   Eternal Summers – Wonder
Propulsive power pop out of Virginia.

7.   Cookie Duster – Two Feet Stand Up
Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene leads a new crew to higher heights on When Flying Was Easy.

8.   Ride – Gonna Be Alright
More late period Britpop goodness off overlooked Tarantula.

9.   Bailterspace – No Sense
New music from this seminal New Zealand dark shoegaze band. Cool to see they didn’t ape their old style.

10.  Grave Babies – Fuck Off
An atmospheric, reverb-drenched anthem off Gothdammit.

11.  Pontiak – Royal Colors
Switching gears from trenchcoats to brain melting psych. That’s just how we roll.

12.  The Flaming Lips – Children Of The Moon (feat. Tame Impala)
Peeling back the onion that is the The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends. So excited to hear some new TI tunes!

13.  Ombre – Cara Falsa
Pitchfork tells me this band consists of Julianna Barwick and Helado Negro. Plus their Believe You Me album is on the way.

14.  The Steals – All Coming Back
Lovely dream pop from a few years back.

15.  Beach House – Lazuli
I wasn’t crazy about first single “Myth” so I’ve slept on this album. Then this track drew me back to the mothership.

16.  Cloud –  Childhood
This chillwave track sounds like it’s been playing in my head for years.

17.  Post War Years – Glass House
Track of the week: glorious electro pop from the UK.

18.  Diiv – Wait
Some nice shoegaze from new album Oshin (get it?) on Captured Tracks.

19.  A Dancing Beggar – Stars Bring Us Closer (Franz Kirmann remix)
A slow build, but the atmosphere on this remix just transported me.

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Featured Track: Sports “Light”

I think one of the bigger disappointments in my dad’s parenting life is his son’s (me) complete disinterest in sports. Soccer? Nope. Baseball? I could park myself in left field for an inning or two. Hockey? Sure, as an alternative to jail maybe. This is about to change. Toronto’s Sports have just finished polishing tracks with Noah Mintz (see Death From Above 1979, Broken Social Scene) for their upcoming album. Now I can say I like Sports and not be lying.

NEW ALBUM: FINAL MIXES by SPORTS

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39 musicians + 13 filmmakers + 13 parks = National Parks Project

Living in Canada is pretty sweet.

Not only do we have the National Film Board - whose films inspired Boards of Canada - but we get funding for great projects like The National Parks Project.

What is it? Some of Canada’s greatest music acts “created and recorded” music in Canada’s most beautiful national parks. The music was captured and incorporated into thirteen films by top filmmakers.

Artists include Soundtrack2 faves such as:

The films will be released next month. To whet our appetite, NPP has released this phenomenal trailer that demonstrates what the project’s all about.

National Parks Project – Trailer from Ryan J. Noth on Vimeo.

More info on NPP (including loads more musicians who participated) can be found here. Can’t wait until March 19!

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 58: Music For Headphones

Dum Dum Girls, The Laurels, Wire, Music For Headphones, Stars & more

1.   Dum Dum Girls – He Gets Me High

New track drops timeless power pop with a garage twist. Reminds me of classic Go-Go’s.

2.   Dirty Beaches – Sweet 17

Suicide meets Link Wray.

3.   The Spyrals – Love Me Too

Organ-drenched dark psych.

4.   The Laurels – Turn On Your Mind

Australians drop some heavy, going-up-the-Mekong drone rock.

5.   The Sadies – Another Day Again

Hillbilly freakout from Canadian alt-country masters. This one’s off 2010′s Darker Circles. Check out their video using footage from The Hilarious House of Frightenstein.

6.   Wire – Two Minutes

I love it when pioneers return to show the kids how it’s done. 120 seconds of post punk assault with spoken word off their newest, Red Barked Tree.

7.   Shark? – Tiny Violin

Gun Club homage with more buzzsaw guitars: “My love is big, but my heart is small.”

8.   Pale Saints – Time Thief

Quiet/loud shoegaze from The Comforts Of Madness.

9.   The Dandy Warhols – Ride

Mighty wah-wah from Courtney & co’s first album. Is this a tribute to the band Ride?

10.  The Avalanche – Throw Away The Rest

Melodic shoegaze from Norway.

11.  Orange Blossom Flyover – Someone Like You

Moody, murky shoegaze from Massachusetts. Vocalist sounds like Badly Drawn Boy – moonlighting?

12.  Mind Cinema – Lovesick High

Californians drop some dreamy mellow chillwave that builds brilliantly.

13.  Music For Headphones – 123Go!!!

Motorik monster off the excellent Life.In.Mono EP.

14.  Stars – Ageless Beauty

Watching Amy Millan performing during BSS’ This Movie Is Broken prompted me to dig out this near-perfect shoegaze pop song. Find it on Set Yourself On Fire.

15.  Speed Skating – Polar Bear

Near-epic hyper-melodic pop with a hint of mystery.

16.  Death And Vanilla – Run Rabbit Run

Nice one by band with a clear love of Broadcast.

17.  Low – Step

This intense, lovely tune’s from the brilliant The Great Destroyer. Their new album is coming out soon, and they’ve got a track available on their site.

18.  Lanterna – Collossus

Heavy, slow strummed guitar for three-plus minutes. That’s all you get, so just let it in.

19.  Sleep Party People – A Dark God Heart

Lullabye for the weary time traveller. Pick this one up here.

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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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