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Soundtrack2 Ep. 94: Psych Meltdown

Trailer Trash Tracys, White Cloud, Porcelain Rift, Loop, Screen Vinyl Image & more

Get your psych on.

1.   Star Horse – Stranger
Delightful Stockholm shoegaze.

2.  Dråpe – We Want The World
Great band. Yearning, dramatic stuff.

3.   Hundir La Flota – Autopista
Madrid Motorik rock and roll with woozy bass.

4.   The Raveonettes – Rebel Invasion
This newly-released Rarities track reminds me of some other great Whip It On tunes.

5.   Screen Vinyl Image – Station 4
Nearly five minutes of SVI’s take on New Order meets The Jesus and Mary Chain. Pick it up exclusively on the 200,000 Gazes compilation.

6.   Rangers – Conversations On The Jet Stream
Very hard to describe this one…space age slacker pop?

7.   Porcelain Raft – Put Me To Sleep
“Would you do something for me…?” Huge song for fans of Engineers.

8.   The Asteroid Shop – Planetary
Austin band slows it down with some groovy dream pop.

9.   Trailer Trash Tracys – Candy Girl
Like a lot of tunes from their newest album Ester, but this reverb-drenched torch song is a gem.

10.  Doctors – A Is For
Rainy day anthem out of the Pacific Northwest.

11.  Cloud Nothings – No Future/No Past
Black clouds darken the sky. Fantastic!

12.  Demonic Death Judge – Stick That In Your Pipe And Smoke It
Bring on the Finnish psych. If you dig Robin Trower, pick up this one from The Descent.

13.  Atlantic Drop – Dead Souls
Love the 70s progressive bluesy psych. Lush this ain’t.

14.  Parton Kooper Planetarium – Voyager
Lots of great American psych bands in this part of the podcast. Love the drums and organ here.

15.  Haunted Leather – Sun It Shines
More trippy 70s-style psych.

16.  Loop – I’ll Take You There
See how nicely the seminal 90s drone band fits here? Find it on The World In Your Eyes.

17.  Røsenkøpf – Troth
Eastern-influenced rock and roll monster.

18.  White Cloud – I Know It
Hailing from the mighty psych hotbed of San Francisco, this band gives S2 faves Tame Impala a run for their money. Track of the week, even if it’s from last year.

19.  Karl O’Connor – Here And Now (English version)
Dance tune that should have been included in the Space Is the Place movie. Apparently Karl is more commonly known as Regis.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 91: Destiny

Killer 2011 tunes from Veronica Falls, Damien Jurado, The War On Drugs, I Break Horses, M83 & more

Photo by Phil Askew luminouslives.com

Every week or so, we feature a hot mix of brand new tracks with classic gems. But this week, we decided to look back at some of 2011’s best bands. Though we’ve featured some of them on previous podcasts, now we’re dropping other great tracks from their albums.

Of course, once we started we couldn’t stop – so enjoy your 90 minute journey deep into shoegaze, psych and electronic territory.

Tell us – is there anyone we missed?

1.   The Black Tambourines – White Album
UK band kick things off with some incendiary psych garage. Pick it up on the Chica EP.

2.   Cloud Nothings – Understand At All
This lo-fi popper bore its way into my head.

3.   Doctors – Heaven’s Gate
Imagine A Fistfull of Dollars crossed with Easy Rider.

4.   The Raveonettes – Recharge & Revolt
Raven In The Grave didn’t grab me at first listen, but this wistful pop number owes as much to The Radio Dept. as it does their other rock and roll influences. In other Raveonettes news, they released a rarities album that I’ve yet to dig into.

5.   His Clancyness/ Shimmering Stars – Not Growing Up
More great garage lo-fi, mixed with some Phil Spector beats.

6.   Real Estate – Younger Than Yesterday
The best bands often make music that sounds simple. If you don’t own Days,  you’re missing some of the simplest pop perfection out there.

7.   Veronica Falls – The Fountain
Another great 60s-indebted harmonizing band. Love the sadness and menace put to music as love goes wrong.

8.   Damien Jurado – Nothing Is The News
Wow. I didn’t know Mr. Jurado, so I expected to hear a mellow singer-songwriter or something. But this track conjures up images of a groovy band jamming in a cellar while a hurricane rages outside.

9.   //orangenoise – Rabblerouser
This heavy melter from Karachi’s finest just squeaked onto the list due to its early January release date.

10.  Wooden Shjips – Rising
West tune busts out the smoke machines for more than five minutes of disorienting drone.

11.  Odonis Odonis – Seedgazer
Another off-kilter rock and roll tune from the Toronto crew’s Hollandaze album.

12.  Ringo Deathstarr – Down On You
Re-discovering the heavy, dark shoegaze of Sparkler.

13.  The Horrors – I Can See Through You
Another gem from Skying that reminds me yet again that lead singer Faris Badwan is a cross between Killing Joke‘s Jaz Coleman and Simple Minds‘ Jim Kerr.

14.  Tammar – The Last Line
The track of the week  comes from a band that seemingly came out of nowhere. Soaring rock and roll with krautrock textures. File this song in the “Never want this song to end” category.

15.  The Joy Formidable – Whirring
The Big Roar had a lot of great tracks on it, and this one’s just huge. Looking forward to more from this band in 2012.

16.  I Break Horses – Load Your Eyes
Beautiful glacial electronic shoegaze from Hearts. Vocals here remind me a bit of Emm Gryner. Is that Anthony Gonzalez adding synth texture?

17.  The War On Drugs – It’s Your Destiny
Slave Ambient  had a great downhome electronic vibe, kind of like Grandaddy. But what makes it really special are all the unique, memorable tunes on it like this.

18.  Bachelorette – Not Entertainment
Her latest self-titled album didn’t get a lot of fanfare this year, but I suspect there’s a hardcore bunch of people like me who drool over her exquisite ethereal electronica.

19.  Tycho – Hours
Chillwave anthem from earlier this year.

20.  Washed Out – Amor Fati
Another big chillwave track that I’m glad I dusted off for this. Profound and passionate.

21.  M83 – New Map
Speaking of which, here’s some glorious electronic shoegaze from what many consider one of 2011’s best albums.

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