Posts Tagged ‘Crocodiles’

Soundtrack2 Ep. 106: Tenderhearted

The Faux Noise, Cadence Weapon, PS I Love You, Crocodiles, No Joy & more

Photo by Phil Askew, luminouslives.com

The essential summertime shoegaze mix? Perhaps.

1.   Alligator Indian – Our Love Was A Crime
How could it have taken this long for us to feature a post punk band from Asheville? Bucket list one step closer to completion.

2.   The John Candy – Anyway, Anywhere, Anyhow
Breathless C86 indie pop from a few years back, complete with delirious guitar riff.

3.   Mandarinaduck – Tenderhearted Destroyer
A perfect mixture of tension and soaring choruses out of the Ukraine. I won’t say anything about the band’s name.

4.   PS I Love You – Death Dreams II
This band really stretch their legs on the superb Death Dreams. If you’re free and in TO, they’re making an appearance at NXNE this Thursday.

5.   Fort Lean – Sunsick
This tune kind of got stuck in my head.

6.   Crocodiles – No Black Clouds For Dee Dee
Endless Flowers, one of the most anticipated albums in ages, finally dropped. Of all the tracks this groovy psych number stood out for me.

7.   Miniatures – Midwinter (Air)
Melbourne crew dives into some heavy shoegaze on this gem.

8.   Pink Mist – Touchdown Kid
“She gives me nothing for nothing…” Brooding intro gives way to a dark Hawaiian dancefloor.

9.   No Joy – Junior
Great shoegaze single from one of Montreal’s finest. Coming out soon on Negaverse.

10.  Cadence Weapon – Conditioning
We at S2 love hip hop, but we never thought it could fit in our mix. Of course, that’s until we heard this superb new track off Hope In Dirt City.

11.  The Faux Noise – Leave Her To Heaven
Curious mixture of beats and dream pop. “Forgive me one more day…”

12.  Autolux – Plant Life
Still mining the masterpiece that is Future Perfect.

13.  The December Sound – Truth Hearts
Boston band takes us down with drone and shoegaze.

14.  ivansxtc – Yesterday
Crooning dream pop tune from a few years back that I only recently discovered.

15.  Brother Sun, Sister Moon – All You Need
Turn off your mind…

16.  Bark Psychosis – 400 Winters
This sounds like a collaboration betweenTim Buckley and Broadcast. Gotta play more by these late 80s/ early 90s heroes.

17.  Great Northern – Low Is A Height
Speaking of defunct bands, my iPod recently served up this stunner from Turning Twilight Into Daylight.

18.  2 Hearts and Chemicals – Froid (ft. Guylaine Vivarat)
The mellow vibe rolls on with hushed French vocals and strings out of L.A.

19.  Family Band– Night Song
Closing the curtains with an eerie riff and lines like “hold me here till morning takes my eyes…”

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 104: Movies Without Sound

Crocodiles, Handsome Furs, Here We Go Magic, Garbage, pacificUV & more

Things are heating up.

1.   Here We Go Magic – How Do I Know
Starting with a fix of glorious twee indie pop.

2.  Crocodiles – Endless Flowers
Lots of well-deserved buzz about this shoegaze garage band. Looking forward to release of Endless Flowers next month.

3.   Zero Toy – Michael
Gotta love the reverb on the guitar here. Gimme L.A. indie rock!

4.   Stagnant Pools – Nothing To Do
Submerged shoegaze off Real Lies.

5.   Garbage – Felt
Nice shoegazey track off their latest Not Your Kind Of People. Anyone see the Foo Fighters doc and get a glimpse of Butch Vig in the studio?

6.   Stay Calm – Let Me Clear My Throat
A minor epic that brings to mind S2 faves The Secret Machines.

7.   2PPM – Movies Without Sound
Sounds like a jam session at 3 a.m. in an abandoned warehouse. Their moniker stands for “two people playing music.”

8.   Monoland – Alba
Classic shoegaze sound from Manouva.

9.  Centro-Matic – Janitorial On Channel Fail
Full blown, emotional crunchy 90s rock a la Yo La Tengo or Guided By Voices. No idea what the lyrics are saying, but they sound profound.

10.  The New Year – The Block That Doesn’t Exist
Neurotic lo-fi of the billiantly-named Newness Ends album.

11.  Meat Puppets – Severed Goddess Hand
I’ve been wanting to play this Too High To Die song here for years. Enjoy the sunburnt psych funk.

12.  Damien Jurado – Reel To Reel
Second track we’ve played from the sublime and soulful Maraqopa.

13.  Airiel – Funerals
More stratospheric shoegaze from latest EP Kid Games.

14.  Melody’s Echo Chamber – Crystalized
Imagine Rachel Goswell fronting Tame Impala and you’ve got our track of the week.

15.  pacificUV – Be My Only Shallow Love (remix)
Prolific band drop more shoegaze and beats.

16.  Ladyhawke – Black, White and Blue (All Saints basement session)
Nice groovy pop track with bouncy chorus.

17.  School Of Seven Bells – When You Sing
Lose yourself in this monster Ghost Story track.

18.  Handsome Furs – Dead + Rural
Chrome Waves tells me this Wolf Parade spinoff has called it a day. Here’s a fitting farwell. On a related note, it appears that Dan Boeckner has a new band with Britt Daniel of Spoon and Sam Brown of New Bomb Turks.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 54: Do You Remember

Crocodiles, Sister Vanilla, Foxes In Fiction, The Horrors, Sway & more

Happy 2011! Looking backwards a bit as we kick off 2010.

Here’s to another great year of music discovery.

1.   The Asteroid #4 – Ignition Slated For Eight

Clandestine psych off of the band’s forthcoming Hail To The Clear Figurines, due next month.

2.   The Horrors – Do You Remember

Dug this one up after reading an article that they’re in the studio working on their next album. Glad to hear they’re continuing their “ongoing pursuit of all things psychedelic.”

3.   Burrrn – Song Without Words

Japanese band bring some great noise pop.

4.   Morpheme – Infection

This has a bit of a Garbage feel to it with way more haze.

5.   Velveteen – L.S.P. Wars

German band that really likes Death Cab For Cutie vocals with a dash of MBV music.

6.   Smith Westerns – Weekend

Catchy indie power pop that I just had to put on.

7.   David Cloyd – Come Out Wherever You Are

Not sure how to describe this one, but I love the vibe here.

8.   Sunshine Factory – Hey Spaceman

I discovered this LA band’s full-blown shoegaze in 2010. Here’s another great cut off Vintage Revolution, which you can name your price for here.

9.   Sway – What I Know

Typically tracks with autotune don’t get played here. But I made an exception for this shoegaze number. Love the compression on the drums.

10.  Averkiou – Sudden Death, Over Time

Surprised this band isn’t better known. Love this killer rock and roll off Throwing Sparks.

11.  Crocodiles – Sleep Forever

Reverb and drone! A gem released last year and not played here yet. Hopefully this is the last mix to be influenced by ‘2010 Best Of’ posts.

12.  Sister Vanilla – Jamcolas

Brilliant dark rock and roll from Linda Reid, youngest sister of Jim and William from Jesus and Mary Chain. Addictive with ridiculous lyrics, plus I love the way it drops out then comes back in.

13.  Echo Lake – Sunday Morning

Just lovely, distant dream pop off the great Young Silence record.

14.  Tomihira – Flutterbie

Cool folk-ish track out of San Francisco. Love the way this builds towards the end.

15.  Foxes In Fiction – School Night

Toronto’s Warren Hildebrand dropped the excellent Alberto EP at the end of December, which you can pick up free on his site. This is a sludgy dream pop marvel.

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