Posts Tagged ‘Film School’

Soundtrack2 Audiocast45: Tear The World In Two

Film School, Pale Saints, NYC UFOs, Weed, Brad Laner & more

Messing with the formula a bit this week…

1. Engineers – Song For Andy

Mellow electronic dream pop off last year’s superb Three Fact Fader. New album In Praise Of More is out next week!

2. Calm Palm Vapors – Run The Tables

Chicago band bring wistful, beautiful melodic indie rock with touches of noise.

3. Ulrich Schnauss & Jonas Munk – Sonnenblumenstrahl

This year’s Manual and German shoegaze electronica-meister’s collab has lots of nice tunes. This one builds in intensity with glorious swathes of synths.

4. The Chemical Brothers – Escape Velocity

Up for a Krautrock techno masterpiece? Look no further. Not a fan of this band but I couldn’t pass this one up.

5. Film School – Find You Out

This one’s off their new Fission record. Really like the lost 80s/M83 vibe here and the vocals.

6. Brad Laner – Brain

The name of this track could describe Brad’s music. On this song, there’s heady, furiously inventive noise pop with hints of classic rock. His MySpace defines his music as “Bossa nova/ happy hardcore  / Healing & Easy Listening.” Hmmm…

7. Medicine – I Feel Nothing At All

We dig back a bit further to Brad Laner’s previous 90s group, the mighty Medicine. This one’s got a nice Boo Radleys vibe.

8. Pale Saints – You Tear The World In Two

Real C86 pop vibe on this early track.

9 . Sugarplum Fairies – Velcro Girl

Fantastic singing and production on this pop rock tune outta Vienna. Melody’s so catchy it makes me wonder if (a) this is a cover or (b) if I’ve already put this tune on a mix.

10. Telenovelas – Bloody Mary

Now we’re back to some straight-up shoegaze. Great guitar from a band with several sweet tunes. Free on their Bandcamp.

11. Guided By Voices – Motor Away

The first GBV song I ever heard. Pure, righteous rock and roll freedom.

12. Spitfire – Fluid

UK 90s rock and roll band play to the balcony.

13. NYC UFOs – I See You

Spoon-cool Massachusetts mob provide a dark, jangly late night anthem. Check out their Bandcamp and watch for this song in a car commercial.

14. Weed – Quilt

More Bandcamp goodness, this one a muffled, melodic five-and-a-half minute monster of a tune.

15. Antiseptic Beauty – Freefall

90s Derby, UK band take us home with a sweet dream pop journey.

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Soundtrack2 Audiocast 43: Sunburn

Autolux, Tamaryn, Starflyer 59, Film School, No Age & more

1. No Age – Glitter

Didn’t like this one so much initially, but it grows. Distorted noises make this track.

2. Film School – Heart Full Of Pentagons

New track that sounds very New Order. Nice though.

3. Heartbeat Hotel – Fins Of A Shark

Now we’re talking. Dreamy shoegaze, available at the Toronto band’s Bandcamp.

4. The Drums – Let’s Go Surfing (Raveonettes Remix)

Summer’s in full swing with this righteous garage rock tune. Recommend you follow it with “Surfin’ Bird” on your next surf mix.

5. Party Photographers – Piano Vache

Philly band deliver some reverb ringing guitar.

6. Rancho Relaxo – Black Nectarine From The Simian Heart

Now these guys are interesting. Straight outta Norway, with lots of good songs. This one’s inspired by 90s BJM.

7. Tamaryn – The Waves

Heavy drone rock from the streets of San Francisco.

8. Swirlies – Pancake

Note to self: play way more Swirlies. Marvellous noisy midtempo shoegaze.

9. Autolux – Census

Ode to Canadian PM Stephen Harper’s showdown about data collection? Or the latest claustrophobic transmission from a long-forgotten space outpost? You decide – and check it out on Transit Transit.

10. Beat Connection – Sunburn

Groovy mood piece that seems to keep coming back. Surf Noir EP is free from their Bandcamp.

11. The CQ – Dreaming

Shoegaze of the MBV variety. Love the vocals and chorus. Props to WGWB.

12. Laboratory Noise – The Value Of Experiments

These guys are clearly Doves fans, but that’s not a bad thing if they make an epic rock tune this good.

13. Starflyer 59 – You’re Mean

Rejected for our first episode, this slacker-gaze track works itself into the mix.

14. Eternal Summers – Pure Affection

Lazy but slightly dreary tune suggests that – despite the title – summer is winding down.

15. Tracey Thorn – Kentish Town (Walls Remix)

Oddly compelling ambient remix that bubbles under with MIDI snaps, sequencer chimes and dissonance. It’s  a long way from EBTG.

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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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