Posts Tagged ‘indie’

Soundtrack2 Ep. 108: No Sense

Japandroids, Grooms, Bailterspace, The Flaming Lips, Beach House & more

Post War Years

1.   Japandroids – Continuous Thunder

Kicking things off with the closing track from Celebration Rock, referred to by Songs & Cigarettes as an album “ripped from your youth.” My take? “Heroes” for a new generation.

2.   Wyla – Fill In
This band continues to impress on the solid Night Fits album. Love the Autolux vibe here.

3.   Electro Group – Green Machine
Stunner from the Lifter/Green Machine EP that has the intensity of the great Bailterspace. Wouldn’t it be great if they came out with some new music?

4.   Swervedriver – The Birds
On a bit of a late-period kick for some classic shoegaze bands. This one’s from 1998’s excellent Ejector Seat Reservation.

5.   Grooms – Dreamsucker
Some hyper Brooklyn rock and roll.

6.   Eternal Summers – Wonder
Propulsive power pop out of Virginia.

7.   Cookie Duster – Two Feet Stand Up
Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene leads a new crew to higher heights on When Flying Was Easy.

8.   Ride – Gonna Be Alright
More late period Britpop goodness off overlooked Tarantula.

9.   Bailterspace – No Sense
New music from this seminal New Zealand dark shoegaze band. Cool to see they didn’t ape their old style.

10.  Grave Babies – Fuck Off
An atmospheric, reverb-drenched anthem off Gothdammit.

11.  Pontiak – Royal Colors
Switching gears from trenchcoats to brain melting psych. That’s just how we roll.

12.  The Flaming Lips – Children Of The Moon (feat. Tame Impala)
Peeling back the onion that is the The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends. So excited to hear some new TI tunes!

13.  Ombre – Cara Falsa
Pitchfork tells me this band consists of Julianna Barwick and Helado Negro. Plus their Believe You Me album is on the way.

14.  The Steals – All Coming Back
Lovely dream pop from a few years back.

15.  Beach House – Lazuli
I wasn’t crazy about first single “Myth” so I’ve slept on this album. Then this track drew me back to the mothership.

16.  Cloud –  Childhood
This chillwave track sounds like it’s been playing in my head for years.

17.  Post War Years – Glass House
Track of the week: glorious electro pop from the UK.

18.  Diiv – Wait
Some nice shoegaze from new album Oshin (get it?) on Captured Tracks.

19.  A Dancing Beggar – Stars Bring Us Closer (Franz Kirmann remix)
A slow build, but the atmosphere on this remix just transported me.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 107: Shadow

A Place To Bury Strangers, Stars, Grizzly Bear, Wild Eyes, Glass Vaults & more

Photo by Phil Askew luminouslives.com

Lots of strong new releases this week. Not to mention that two of the featured bands have the word “wild” in them.

Dig in.

1.   Dan Deacon – Lots
Absolutely slamming new anthem starts the party. Download on his site.

2.   Young Galaxy – Youth Is Wasted On The Young
Seems with every new release, this band steps further into the 1980s. Not that that’s a bad thing.

3.   Stars – The Theory of Relativity
Somebody’s been listening to a lot of M83. Nice to hear fresh sounds from this band, also available on their site.

4.   Wild Nothing – Shadow
I can see this fictional airbrushed, longing music video playing in my head.

5.   It Hugs Back – Half American
This song hugs me in a very nice way. Imagine a poppier Broken Social Scene.

6.   She’s So Rad – Rockin’ Back Inside My Heart
Shimmering chillwave and vivid choruses make this the track of the week.

7.   Wheat Fields – Heaven Is A Place Where Nothing Ever Happens
Some beautifully wistful dream pop.

8.   Grizzly Bear – Sleeping Ute
Can’t say many other GB tunes stood out for me, but this latest folk electric psych single is just riveting.

9.   Richard Hawley – Leave Your Body Behind You
What’s in the water these days? First Paul Weller  psychs out and now it’s RH’s turn to get trippy. A crooner from the Standing At The Sky’s Edge album.

10.  Archers Of Loaf – Dead Red Eyes
I was mainly into their early 90s records, but as part of its reissue series Merge has dropped a great track off 1998’s White Trash Heroes.

11.  Exitmusic – The Sea
A mysterious quiet/loud mini epic.

12.  Amen Dunes – Bedroom Drum
Through Donkey Jaw track that I can’t stop listening to.

13.  Glass Vaults – Into Clear
Prodding, almost ambient drifting tune that builds to an amazing finale. Was a little slow to realize how awesome this track is.

14.  Rancho Relaxo – Wisdom Blackout
Damn catchy Brian Jonestown Massacre-style psych…I keep finding great tracks on my iPod from these S2 faves.

15.  Broken Water – Drown
Fantastic, primal drone psych out of Olympia.

16.  Black Night Crash – Baby It’s You
This new shoegaze track off the excellent Drawn Out Days has been driving me nuts. This singer sounds exactly like someone else, but I’m at a loss. Can somebody help?

17.  Six Organs Of Admittance – Waswasa
Sometimes you just have to shred. This new Ascent track embodies glorious rock and roll abandon.

18.  Wild Eyes – Ride
Chugging motorik shoegaze? Check.

19.  Pagiins – I Don’t Feel Anything
The surfers head to the biker bar for an after party.

20.  A Place To Bury Strangers – Revenge
Good to hear this band continue scorching the earth on their latest Worship.

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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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