Posts Tagged ‘Love and Rockets’

Soundtrack2 Ep. 75: Twisted Mirror

Masquer, Deerhoof, Shade, New Estate, Killing Joke & more

Photo by Phil Askew, luminouslives.com

1.   The Wedding Present – Crawl

Wistful indie pop from 1990 gets us going.

2.   Killing Joke – Eighties

Blast of primal yet glammy post punk featuring the UK’s greatest screamer. Weird Science fans may recognize this from the crazy house party scene, before the motorcycle gang rides through the house.

3.   Tones On Tail – Go

Former Bauhaus dudes dropped this freaky goth funk gem, then decided to form Love and Rockets.

4.   Medicine – She Knows Everything

Wonderful screaming noise with ethereal crooning vocals over top.

5.   Masquer – Happiness

Swedes provide some dark, romantic electro pop, available for free on their site.

6.   Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Y Control

This popped up on my player the other day. Overlooked indie noir beauty from Fever To Tell.

7.   Scarlet Chives – The Horror

Track of the week! Imagine Kate Bush crossed with My Bloody Valentine, and you’ve got Scarlet Chives. Name’s a bit silly, mind you.

8.   Skylight – As You Leave (2008)

Very cool stuff recently unearthed by the Boston band and uploaded to their bandcamp page. Nice murky shoegaze.

9.   Shade – Get There With You

Latonka track with great vocals and drone. Reminds me of another band, but I can’t say who…

10.  Daydream – Shiny Road

This Korean band love their Ride. That’s ok, we do too. Nice melody and female vocal.

11.  Air Formation – Fallen Leaves

Cool, slightly dreary sonic assault.

12.  New Estate – Dream Planner

Fantastic track that out-Pavements Pavement. But with a touch of shoegaze thrown in.

13.  Surely I Come Quickly – The Breeze

Lo-fi from Saskatchewan? This has been kicking around for a while, but had I known they were from Saskatoon I’d have dropped it sooner. Cool French horn, or whatever that instrument is.

14.  Pure X – Twisted Mirror

Reverb-drenched goover for the late late late night wind-down.

15.  Sungrazer – Wild Goose

Gimme stoner rock! And make it Dutch, please. Hoping to play some more of this kind of stuff, provided it fits. Thoughts?

16.  Royal Bangs – TV Tree (Deerhoof remix)

Noisy, bonkers remix of great tune from Flux Outside.

17.  The Harvey Girls – Faster Peach

Hard to describe this one, but trust me it’ s great. Till next time.

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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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