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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. 80: Endless Blue

The Horrors, Los Planetas, Elika, Lab Partners, Brian Jonestown Massacre & more

Photo by Phil Askew, Luminouslives.com

Break out the beads and kaftans! We’re kicking things off with a journey into psych, followed by shoegaze classics and whatnot. Enjoy!

1.   Lab Partners – Magnify

Dayton crew starts us off with some driving overloaded psych riffage.

2.   The Tamborines – Black And Blue

Ringing indie pop outta London.

3.   The Warlocks – The Dope Feels Good

Soundtrack to a “drug party scene” in a bad 60s movie shot in an LA flophouse.

4.   Sleepmask – Black Depression Blues

Love and Rockets via Simple Minds. Okay, that was a lazy comparison.

5.   The Red Plastic Buddha – Daisy Love

Chicago band strums some sunny sunshine psych-pop that brings BJM to mind. See below…

6.   The Volta Sound – The Ride

Ohio band channelling some sweet Velvet Underground.

7.   The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Illuminomi

A hippy gem off their latest compilation. Complete, with flutes, vibes, and- is Anton singing in French?

8.   The Horrors – Endless Blue

And now for something different from the brilliant Skying album. Just wait for the killer dark shoegaze assault at 1:40.

9.   The Voices – West Coast Turnaround

I live for murky extended jams like this one from their excellent Death Of A Lover’s Song.

10.  Los Planetas – La Caja Del Diablo

Head trip from Granada, Spain.

11.  Fleeting Joys – You Are The Darkness

Classic recent-wave shoegaze from this band’s great Occult Radiance.

12.  Philip James – Nostalgia

Local boy mixes waves of guitar noise with lots of vocal reverb. Gets in your head, this one.

13.  Chapterhouse – Pearl

One of the all-time shoegaze classics, and we wait 80 episodes to play it! Had to be done.

14.  Slowdive – Good Day Sunshine

A mysterious, drifting tune very ahead of its time when it came out in ’93.

15.  Elika – You’re Not Safe At All

Beautiful ballad with washes of guitar noise over gently insistent vocals.

16.  Nowhere Again – Hardman Square

Any band with a name that brings to mind both The Secret Machines and Ride will get a listen from me. Vibe is Portishead with Beth Orton-style vox.

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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 Audiocast33: Freakout

Sundial, Depreciation Guild, Thrushes, Echodrone, Turn-Ons & more

Howdy. Until we do our special psych-only audiocast, we kick things off with back-to-back face-melting tunes, then dig into some shoegaze, dream pop and electronic goodness. No Frank Zappa this time.

1. Cold Pumas – Tropical Guilt

Brighton-based group get us stated with a great track. Urgent, repetitive rock and roll, available from Fader.

2. Woven Bones – With You Alone

Great pastiche of Iggy Pop and The Jesus and Mary Chain.

3.   Stellarium – Chocolate & Strawberry

Love this loud shoegazer track.

4.   Sun Dial – Open Your Eyes

Mod-psych by 90s greats. They’ve just released a 2-CD anthology that you should check out. Didn’t know about the Chapterhouse connection until I read the Cherry Red link.

5. Quest For Fire – In The Place Of A Storm

Now we’s getting ‘eavy. Toronto group goes deep into the void, from upcoming 7″ with Nebula.

6. Ulaan Khol – Untitled 2

Steven R. Smith “explores an expansive free form, feedback-heavy sound that marries Fushitsusha with VU‘s White Light/White Heat.” Works for me. Check out his latest III.

7.   Yppah – They Know What Ghost Know

Great groovy, building psych from a band that I like more and more. Can’t get enough of the swirling Ray Manzarek organ overtop.

8. The Turn-Ons – PS I Love You

And we’re back to some fabulous shoegaze on the Lilys tip.

9.   Echodrone – Winter Station

Slowing it down (sorta) with a new one of their album The Sun Rose In A Different Place.

10. The Low Sea – I Know

Lazy track off the very good new album Las Olas.

11. Thrushes – Night Falls

I’m risking a talking-to from Chris for including this one off their new Night Falls. Check out the building intensity.

12. Pure Ecstasy – Voices

Second Austin band included on this week’s audiocast. Nice moody number available from RCRDLBL.

13. Zola Jesus – I Can’t Stand

Also downloadable, this curious “grower” comes off Stridulum.

14.  The Depreciation Guild – My Chariot

New dream pop of the highest order.

15.  UNKLE (featuring The Black Angels) – Natural Selection

Love, love, love this track. Never expected to play James Lavelle on our mixes. Pick it up or grab Where Did The Night Fall in May.

16. Light Pollution – Good Feelings

MySpace page: “Religious / Psychedelic / Healing & Easy Listening.”

17. Growing – Innit

Been waiting for the right occasion to drop this six-minute-plus journey. Think this is it.

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Soundtrack2 Audiocast29: Breather

Chaptherhouse, Parts & Labor, Soren Well, Sad Day For Puppets, Mint Chicks & more

Chapterhouse will be touring the US in May. Happy day…can they swing up to Canada?

To celebrate, I’ve assembled another mix of new and old tunes. There’s lots of early 90s goodness here for fans of Chapterhouse, including one of my fave tracks by the band themselves.

1. Parts & Labor – Fractured Skies

Glorious noisy indie rock out of Brooklyn starts us off. Find this on Receivers.

2. The Creeping Nobodies – Creep-In

Toronto noise rock band brings some post-millenium tension from the I-X-4 EP. Their newer stuff is much more sedate.

3. Mono Stereo – The Day Before Science

Like this Swedish garage rock.

4. The Spyrals – High and Dry

Bit of BJM-styled 60s psychedelic pop goodness out of San Francisco.

5.   Heat-ray – Burn

Calgary crew deliver a fiery blast of Sonic Youth and 90s grunge from Loveallover.

6. Godflesh – Suction

I hear a lot of industrial stuff like this in bands like A Place To Bury Strangers.

7. Big Troubles – Opposites

Less than two minutes of melodic dark shoegaze from this New Jersey band.

8. Dum Dum Girls – Jail La La

Latest buzz band with “Girls” in their name brings C86-inspired gems like this to Sub Pop.

9. Soren Well – Starry Eyes Gone Blank Tonight

Yes! Brilliant rock and roll driving track for the latest generation.

10. Aerial – I Am TV

And now for something different. Sloan-like (think Andrew) off-kilter indie rock. This is the Swedish Aerial, not to be confused with the Texan Aerial.

11. Stripmall Architecture – Kids Today

Drifting, moody tune by band formerly known as Halou.

12.  Magic Wands – Kaleidoscope Hearts

Ok, maybe it’s a bit hipster but this dreamy pop song has been stuck inside my head.

13.  Sad Day For Puppets – Again

Now we’re talking. I put SDFP in the same camp as bands like Wye Oak: they’re not doing anything revolutionary but have great tunes. Love how the singing trails the beat to give it an even dreamier feel.

14.  The Bats – Just Do It

The first of two tracks off the fine Stroke: A Tribute To Chris Knox album. It’s got some great covers of music by the recovering Tall Dwarfs man. Good to see veteran bands like The Bats and the Flaming Lips get even trippier with age.

15.  Paint In Watercolour – Popularity

Speaking of tributes, here’s a Ride-influenced tune from an early-90s Japanese shoegaze band.

16.  Afterglow – Stay So Young

This is a scary-close homage to Ride by an Australian early 90s band.

17. Beloved Rogue – Daysleeping

Fantastic melodic rundown that reminds of Ambulance LTD crossed with the best of the old stuff. Definitely check out the tracks on their website and the Polaurora EP.

18. Chapterhouse – Breather

Strength to strength with a classic off Whirlpool. Say no more. Except that they better come to Toronto.

19. Mint Chicks – Crush

Another off the Chris Knox album. In the  “I couldn’t fit it anywhere else in the mix” category, we end off with a track that Animal Collective fans should be all over. And of course, Mint Chicks are from Portland.

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