Posts Tagged ‘Lilys’

Soundtrack2 Ep. 92: On Impulse

Tokyo Shoegazer, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Menkena, Reina Republicana, Lilys & more

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It’s 2012! Let’s get to it.

1.   Buddha On The Moon – Coastal Hwys
Killer Houston shoegaze off the well-named Stratospheric album.

2.   Swirlies – San Christobal De La Casas
Stone cold crunchy shoegaze classic from a criminally overlooked band.

3.   The Boo Radleys – Take The Time Around
Giant Steps anthem, complete with the weird cut out in the middle. You should check out what that part looks like in WAV form. A hidden message?

4.   Tokyo Shoegazer – Just Alright
There are walls of guitar, and then there are wall of guitar. Very nice.

5.   Lilys – The Hermit Crab
Another gem from Eccsame The Photon Band which nicely documents their shift from In The Presence Of Nothing shoegaze to the mod-pop The 3 Way. BTW Kurt, if you’re listening: new album please? It’s been six years!

6.   The Domino State – For Now
This London band sounds like a more blissed out version of Dears.

7.   Violet Age – Caledonia
Some nice dream rock out of Vancouver.

8.   We Were Promised Jetpacks – Act On Impulse
Intense, glorious rock and roll off In The Pit Of The Stomach. “We died alone…”

9.   Dive – Reverberation
Full on midtempo Japanese shoegaze from 2003’s Freeze Frame.

10.  Tearwave – Nothing’s Wrong
Slowdive-indebted ethereal pop tune from apparently defunct band.

11.  The Fauns – Cool Stuff (Mastermind Mix)
Very nice dream pop offered as a free download at the end of the year. More please!

12.  Engineers – Twenty Paces (A Shoreline Dream remix)
I loved their two previous records, but it took some time for To An Evergreen to speak to me.  Lovely futuristic sound on this track.

13.  Menkena – Rocketships
Great buildup – from dusty roads to the deepest reaches of space. One of the many great tracks on With You I’ll Travel.

14.  Reina Republicana – Verano
The track of the week comes from Pamplona, Spain. Great electronic synths during the verses explode into orchestrated choruses.

15.  Eleventhfloorrecords – Jassafraine
Nice Swedish electronic dream pop that I’ve wanted to drop for a while.

16.  Narrow Sparrow – Moon Temple
Every so often there’s a track that doesn’t really fit anywhere. So why not put it at the end of a mix?

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 73: Runes

Soren Well, Austra, Highspire, Balam Acab, Appliance & more

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1.   Austra – Hate Crime

Funky thumping electro pop tune that gets stuck inside your head.

2.   Still Corners – Cuckoo

Desolate 3 a.m. torch song outta the UK.

3.   Arrange – Blinds With You

Probably the first Florida band I’ve ever featured. Just gorgeous tune for a rainy day.

4.   Balam Acab – Oh Why

Heartbreaking soulful electronic swan song with lovely vocal samples.

5.   Active Child – Body Heat (So Far Away)

Electronic soul soundtrack to a lost 80s film. Imagine Bon Iver with a sampler and drum machine.

6.   Yo La Tengo – Autumn Sweater

The groovy indie rock classic.

7.   Flavor Crystals – Church Fuzz

Midwestern band starts with a slow dirge and then breaks into mesmerizing krautrock.

8.   Appliance – Return To Telemark

Motorik pscyh off last year’s epic 3-CD Re-Conditioned. Well worth getting.

9.   The Secret Machines – Nowhere Again

One from the borderline space rock band’s classic Now Here Is Nowhere.

10.  S.C.U.M – Amber Hands

Exciting, glammy Suede-style psychedelic rock and roll.

11.  Dirty Pulp Theatre – Shining Soul

Digging this 90s style indie rock.

12.  Soren Well – Honey On Fire

New JAMC-lite shoegaze tune that’s made me want to dig into some of their older stuff.

13.  Highspire – Glass In My Mouth

The highlight of this week’s mix. Classic Ride-influenced shoegaze.

14.  Lilys – Claire Hates Me

Such a simple riff and chords, but it’s just fantastic. “I am Kane…I’m not Abel…” Kurt really needs to get on some new stuff.

15.  Burrrn – Eyes In Motion

Mod rock and roll with fantastic distorted bass. I’d kill to see this played live.

16.  Iceage – White Rune

Mental punk overload. Need to play more stuff like this. Any recommendations?

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 48: You Faded

Love As Laughter, A Sunny Day In Glasgow, Guitaro, Secret Knives, Matthew Dear & more

We’re rocking out this week.

1.   The Darkside – Guitar Voodoo

1990 psychedelic blues masterpiece from Spacemen 3‘s Pete “Bassman” Bain.

2.   Constantines – Hyacinth Blues

“Under suspicion!” Urgent, bluesy distorted rock and roll from Toronto band.

3.   Awesome Color – Transparent

Do you wanna rock? Dirty, Stooges-inspired rock and roll that also brings to mind Golden Earring’s “Radar Love.” Not sure how this made it on here, actually.

4.   Chavez – You Faded

Picked this one up at a garage sale. Love the GBV 90s riff rock.

5.   Love As Laughter – Stakes Avenue

After a while off, this band is back with new song “Monique.” That didn’t work for this mix so here’s one off Destination 2000. Try not to be distracted by the similarities with Beastie Boys‘ “Sabotage.”

6.   Working For A Nuclear Free City – Low

This band is fantastic, full stop. This one’s the late night soundtrack for when you’re feeling sinister. Check out their album Jojo Burger Tempest from a few months back.

7.   Disco Doom – White Gun Cold Jet

Anthemic, falsetto indie power pop that sounds like a cross between Yo La Tengo and Grandaddy. And they’re Swiss!

8.   Apple Orchard – She Knows

This Filipino indie pop band obviously cherishes their indie pop collection, particularly The Apples in Stereo.

9.   Three Month Sunset – Hey Rose

Great reverb-drenched melodic shoegaze.

10.  Weekend – Coma Summer

I’ve been wanting to play this for weeks! Epic, six-and-a-half minute journey with washes of guitar and noise used to great effect.

11.  Congregation – Join In

Classic late 80s/early 90s Anglo indie pop.

12.  Guitaro – Plastic Bags

A bit of Floyd here, but their latest JJ’s Crystal Palace is brilliant. Check out how this track’s dirge dream pop gives way to some intense, black-clad rock and roll.

13.  Lilys – Tone Bender

In The Presence Of Nothing classic by one of S2’s fave bands. Their sound evolved from this MBV phase.

14.  A Sunny Day In Glasgow – Drink Drank Drunk

Delightful bit of sunny shoegaze off new album Autumn, Again.

15.  Matthew Dear – Innh Dahh

Floating-in-space dream pop with dreary, beautiful vocals. Find it on new album Black City.

16.  Ten Million Lights – Still Point

Portland does it again. Interesting mix of hip hop beats with mellow pop. Big Massive Attack finale.

17.  Secret Knives – Black Hole

To me, this is a perfect mellow electronic going out tune. But to this New Zealand band, who’s giving away their debut album, it’s the leadoff track.

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Soundtrack2 Audiocast 42: Feels Like Forever

Lost Rivers, Adam Franklin & The Bolts of Melody, Lilys, Holy Hail, Ride & more

1. Electric Sunset – Soda

Hazy, sunspotted electronic psychadelia from San Francisco. Their Electric Sunset EP hits in September.

2. Birthdays – Van Hands

Hip hop-inspired slight Animal Collective dreamy homage.

3. Aether – Such Charm

Yes, the opening croon sounds a bit like Chris Martin. But keep listening and the insistent synths we’ll draw you in.

4. AC Berkheimer – Off You Go

Nice 80s gloomy number. One of  two nice tracks the Dutch band is offering for free on their site.

5. Cut Copy – Where I’m Going

Give this one a chance. Kind of Elephant 6 meets Billy Joel. Kicking myself that I didn’t throw in some light psych tracks off Mgmt‘s latest too.

6. Bubblegum Lemonade – Last Time I Saw Andrew

I think this is the only UK track on a S2 mix! Scottish band deliver the draggy/baggy goods.

7. Ride – Time Of Her Time

A classic off Going Blank Again. Decided it’s time to get a Ride t-shirt…anyone have some good options?

8. Adam Franklin & The Bolts Of Melody – I’ll Be Yr Mechanic

Any song with an opening line like “As the gas station burns…” is ok in my book.

AF’s last album was okay, but his new one I Could Sleep For A Thousand Years is really doing it. Hard to choose the one we liked most, so we caved and went with the one that sounded most like his beloved Swervedriver.

9. Lilys – The Any Several Sundays

When I first heard this at Rotate This it blew my mind. Eastern guitar, mid-sixties Byrds, mod chords and some serious drone add up to one monster of a tune.

10. Cloudlight Canyon – Mothlight Pt. 2

Cape Verde dream rockers enthrall for five plus minutes.

11. Megaphonic Thrift – Undertow

Norweigan rockers telling us to turn…it…up. And drive faster.

12. The Secret Machines – Road Lead Where It’s Led

…Which then reminds me of this band and their fantastic Now Here Is Nowhere.

13. Holy Hail – Feels Like Forever

I really can’t describe this one. Imagine Hawkwind jamming with Modern English at an outdoor festival.

14. The Lost Rivers – Stay

My Beatific Vision indeed. Buzzsaw guitars, 60s beat way more intense than the Raveonettes.

15. Buke and Gass – Medulla Oblongata

What a voice! Crazy bombastic rock and roll with vocals hooks to spare.

16. Moonbeams – I Am Forgotten

West coast band brings some glorious desolation to wind down the mix.

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Soundtrack2 Audiocast9: Instrumentals Forever

Mogwai, Smashing Orange, A Sea Of Leaves, Lenola, A Sunny Day In Glasgow & more

Our latest mix reminds me of Moonstarr‘s recent album, Instrumentals Forever. The music’s pretty different, but the inspiration – that music can sometimes speak louder without words – is the same.

Mainly curated by Chris, Audiocast9 features a number of chilled, mid-tempo vocal-free tracks with a few of thrown in by me to mix it up.

Checkout Soundtrack2 Audiocast9 here.

1.   Mogwai – Folk Death 95

Mogwai plays Toronto’s Phoenix alongside The Twilight Sad on May 4th- we’re stoked.

Alisons Halo

Alison's Halo

2.   Alison’s Halo – Chalkboard James

Quintessential shoegaze swirl in the vein of Slowdive, Cranes and Cocteau Twins.

3.   Smashing Orange – My Deranged Heart

Cool, 60’s, psychedelic feel. It’s how Mazzy Star would sound if Hope Sandoval forgot to show up.

4.   Mew – An Envoy To  Open Fields

It could just be me, but despite the lack of distortion, Denmark’s Mew manages to completely disguise their lyrics.

5.   Team Sleep – Your Skull Is Red

Deftones side project involving Chino Moreno and a cast of musical heavyweights including Pinback‘s Rob Crow and Mary Timony.

6.   Nightblooms – Never Dream At All

I suppose there might be a time and place for this. It’s like a full-blown instrument tantrum being mediated by someone’s lilting, honey-voiced Mom. And in mono!

7.   Sennen – Hearsay

A bit late to the Sennen party but now that I’m here, I don’t want to leave. On tour right now in the UK…keep your fingers crossed for North American dates.

8.   Health – Die Slow

Crunching, noisy monster from L.A. no-wavers. Hats off to Gimme Tinnitis for the tip!

9.   A Sea Of Leaves – Permanent Wave

Brazilian band rock out to full effect.

10.  Lilys – Touch The Water

From the 2000 Selected EP (discovered in a used bin for $5). Two minutes and 10 seconds of face-slapping energy.

11.  Ecstasy Of Saint Teresa – Who’s

Stuttering drums + ringing guitars x cascading singing = classic track.

12.  A Sunny Day In Glasgow – 5:15 Train

The highlight from 2007’s Scribble Mural Comic Journal. Check out the equally atmospheric, warbling “Best Summer Ever.”

13.  Lenola – Shared a Route

Could easily be passed off as an My Bloody Valentine b-side.

14.  …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – When We Begin To Steal

Gravenhurst

Gravenhurst

Still one of the best band names in history. Fiery, melodic track from their ’98 self-titled debut.

15.  Gravenhurst – The Western Lands

Proof that not every noise-pop, shoegaze-inspired band needs to sound like the soundtrack to an Edgar Allen Poe poem.

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