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Soundtrack2 Ep. 103: Flood Of Red

La Sera, PS I Love You, R.M. Hendrix, Death Valley Sleepers, Craft Spells & more 

Bring on the long weekend.

1.   PS I Love You – Princess Towers
Kick. Out. The. Jams. Their new album Death Dreams just blows the doors off. More coming from that album later.

2.   Sixteen Deluxe – Happy Song
2+ minutes of weekend shenanigans from The Pilot Knob EP.

3.   Free Electric State – All Done Before
Monumental track from album of (nearly) the same name.

4.   And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – Flood Of Red
This song has always reminded me of Sonic Youth covering Hendrix, a la “Third Stone From The Sun.”

5.   R.M. Hendrix – Global Affairs / Crack The Code
And now for some claustrophobic, crooning indie rock.

6.   Cruyff In The Bedroom – Carillon Blue
Starting to slow it down with this almost-instrumental. Great build at the end.

7.   Mercury Rev – Frittering
When MR opened for The Hives (don’t judge) in Toronto back in the day, the tremendous volume pinned most attendees to the sides and rear of the venue. After that, the Hives’ performance band came off as raucous as Esquivel. I wish the Rev had played this tune from Yerself Is Steam.

8.   Gills – Empire of Sweat
Midtempo grungy rock and roll. Also one of the few live tracks we play here.

9.   Mirror Mirror – The Chamber
Dig this strumming, stirring instrumental.

10.  Death Valley Sleepers – Left Me High
Like a lot of this band’s stuff, but this track…you’re loving the verses, then the choruses hit you. Perfect.

11.  First Love, Last Rites – Walk You Home
Now we bring the power pop out of Sweden.

12.  Royal Headache – Down The Headline
Fantastic. The verses are beat nuggets, but the chorus is all drive-ins and sock hops.

13.  La Sera – Break My Heart
Almost too perfect punky punchy pop from their latest Sees The Light.

14.  Craft Spells – Still Left With Me
Soundtrack to dancing around your basement clad in nothing but an oversized sweater.

15.  Coastal – Heart Of Tin
This track reminded me of the overlooked, excellent Crystal Skulls‘ first album. Great melody and kinda witch house-y.

16.  Weird Dreams – Little Girl
Funky dream pop that makes me think of a post-modern day Felt.

17.  Little Chords – Remember
Vancouver crew drop some drifting, beautiful lo-fi: “I fell asleep on a cloudy beach, it was early in the afternoon…” And with that, we’re off into the sunset.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 99: Explosion

Errors, Pontiak, Rancho Relaxo, Bright Channel, Paul Weller & more

No jangling harmonies this week as we go deep and dark.

Photo by Phil Askew, luminouslives,com

1.   Pond – Fantastic Explosion Of Time
Blast of  psychedelic pop from members of S2 faves Tame Impala. Can definitely hear some of their signature guitar sound here too.

2.   Pontiak – Left with Lights
Bombastic track from their fabulous new Echo Ono album. Facemelters unite!

3.   Paul Weller – Around The Lake
Not sure if his Farfisa psych song is a parody or an homage, but thought I’d throw it on since he’s coming to Toronto soon.

4.   Free Electric State – We’ll Have A Great Funeral (When You Die)
Isn’t it great how waves of feedback transform a straight-up indie rock tune?

5.   Al Lover – Death Ride In San Francisco
January’s Heavy Hippies has a lot of samples from well-known classic rock jams. Like this one because the riff isn’t easy to pick out and the bassline just kills.

6.   Illogical Time Concerns – Copac
Former Collider bandmates get freaky on this gem from their latest Sea Ex.

7.   Queens Of The Stone Age – River In The Road
Always liked this slightly trippy tune from Era Vulgaris.

8.   Rancho Relaxo – I Want You
A new one from this excellent band’s Happy Friday Experiment. Great acoustic psych drone.

9.   The Blue Angel Lounge – Die Away As One In Time
Loveliness: “I wanna hold you forever…”

10.  Swoon 23 – Fire Hanger
Dark rock and roll from 1997’s  Legendary Ether Pony.

11.  Dopedrone & Naked On My Own – Tunnel
Epic headtrip about the journey inside a mind. Turn off the lights for this one.

12.  DeadCAT – Evitan
Love this Atlanta band’s dark glitchy groove.

13.  Surji – Scream Of A Wean
This murky tune comes off the aptly-named Existentialism.

14.  Bright Channel – Airborne
The guitars come out again. Sounds like Yo La Tengo in a sinister mood.

15.  Air Formation – In Formation
Soaring dream pop from this band that called it a day last year.

16.  Errors – Magna Encarta
Scottish label mates of Mogwai and Part Chimp head skyward. Check out their solid latest album Have Some Faith In Magic.

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