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Soundtrack2 Ep. 105: Greater Power

Lumerians, Stagnant Pools, Sunsplit, Airwaves, The Lassie Foundation & more.

The amount of amazing new tunes has slowed a little bit, so we’re playing some of the great stuff kicking around the iPod.

1.   Stagnant Pools – Dead Sailor
Walls of guitar by a band that is getting more essential with each new release.

2.   The Creakies – Arnold’s Song
Can’t remember the last time we’ve featured a Seattle band as good as these guys.

3.   The Poumons – Rock And Roll City
I’d always associated this band with the 90s Halifax Pop Explosion. But seems they’re from Windsor?

4.   The Clean – Drawing To A Hole
Flying Nun…that is all.

5.   Sunsplit – All I Want
Discovered this Autolux-like rock and roll band relatively recently. One of the many excellent tracks on Sing For Sunday.

6.   Neutral Milk Hotel – Ghost
Sublime, passionate indie rock taken from one of my fave albums of all time, In The Aeroplane, Over The Sea.

7.   Airwaves – Keys
Slowing it down a bit with some midtempo Brooklyn indie rock.

8.   Built To Spill – Carry The Zero
Fantastic songwriting, please meet smoking playing. Absolutely incendiary.

9.   The Raconteurs – Intimate Secretary
Not a typical band to feature for a S2 mix, but this is pretty trippy business.

10.  Chapterhouse – Greater Power
Overlooked Blood Music shoegaze anthem.

11.  Celeritas – Girl In The Garden
Curious track that sounds like Bob Pollard without ADD. Available on the Nebraska Popfest mixtape.

12.  The Lassie Foundation – Three Wheels
Sadly defunct band dropped this shoegaze nugget on Jetstreams a few years back.

13.  Guitar – Sine Waves
Gloomy and beautiful soundtrack to a rainy day. Vocals remind me of Kurt Heasley at his most detached…Lilys coming soon BTW.

14.  Maps – Elouise
I can’t help but return to the awesomeness of We Can Create: “Hypocrites can’t look me in the eye.”

15.  Caribou – I’ve Live On A Dirt Road All My Life
Fantastic floating-in-space electronic psychedelia.

16.  Quickspace – Coca Lola
This is all krautrock until you get to the gonzo chorus. It’ll get in ya.

17.  The Dandy Warhols – She Sells Sanctuary
This slamming Cult cover belonged in between these two songs.

18.  Lumerians – Track 1
There was no question this voodoo psych groove is our song of the week. Strongly recommend you drop it at a party and see what happens…

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 53: Exit Calm

Exit Calm, Tamaryn, LoveLikeFire, Fur, Steve Mason & more

This week’s mix gets its name from a featured band. But I think it also applies to the season as the year comes to an end.

1.   Maps – Stay Another Day

Gorgeous but slightly creepy hazy holiday tune from a few years back starts us off.

2.   Emily Reo – Above Ground And A Golden Cloud

Drifting dream pop out of Orlando, Florida. Wasn’t going to make a Disney reference until I saw her EP was named Witch Mtn.

3.   Steve Mason – All Come Down

Former Beta Bander dropped a gem from Boys Outside, released earlier this year.

4.   Plains – Innovator

Post punk synth workout from the second Florida band to grace our mix. Pick this up on their bandcamp.

5.   Holy Fuck – Silva & Grimes

Year-end roundups reminded me about this phenomenal krautrock-esque track.

6.   Neon Night Riders – See The Sky

Nice bit of eletronic rock and roll.

7.   Serena Maneesh – Reprobate!

Another one that blew my mind about a year ago. Definitely pick up S-M 2: Abyss In B Minor if you haven’t already.

8.   Odio Paris – Ya No Existes

Melodic shoegaze from Barcelona.

9.   Fur – I Want To Let You Down

Sinister shoegaze rock and roll. Download this track and others for free from their site.

10.  IO Echo – When The Lilies Die

Really dig this detached post punk. It’s also the best use of whistling in a pop tune since Peter, Bjorn and John. Not much info available on their page, but it appears this band is from LA.

11.  Now, Now – Neighbors

Formerly known as Now, Now Every Children, this starts twee and then builds in intensity. Available on their new EP of the same name.

12.  LoveLikeFire – William

Didn’t feel this fit our format at first, but repeated listens brought me round. Wonderful production and drumming give it an emotional punch.

13.  Field Mouse – Touché

Consisting of Rachel Browne and Andrew Futral, this is one of the band’s many good shoegaze tracks from You Are Here.

14.  Tamaryn – Love Fade

We’re overdue for some Tamaryn, so here’s another great dose of dream pop from The Waves. Slowdive for the ’10s?

15.  Sean Carey – In The Dirt

Mellow icy/warm piano-based tune that feels it could also be entitled “In the Snow.” Check out this summer’s All We Grow.

16.  Exit Calm – You’ve Got It All Wrong

Monster of a closer. Comparisons to The Verve‘s A Storm In Heaven are pretty bang on.

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Soundtrack2 Audiocast23: Hallucination Generation

Headlights, Autolux, Paris Angels, After The Weather, Maps & more


Our latest mix of new and old gems from the Interwebs. Very excited about the quality of stuff coming out. And it will only get better as we head into the holiday release period.

You’ll notice lots of global music and a few curveballs in this week’s mix – let us know what you think!

1.   Trailer Trash Tracies – Strangling Good Guys

Treble lovers unite! Great track out of the UK to start us off.

2.   Culkin – Glow

Coming straight outta Stockholm with some classic-sounding shoegaze.

3.   Moments Shoegaze – Maniquins

Track from a few years back that came up again recently. Off the L’Équilibriste EP but the band is Spanish – of course!

4.   Autolux – Audience No. 2

Somehow I missed this advance track off their next album Transit Transit. Months went by, and two things made me finally add it into a mix. (1) Great article about the band in Wired and (2) someone really into this kind of music hadn’t heard of them. Apparently their next album is due out in January.

5.   True Widow – Flat Black

Now this track is interesting. Seems like an amalgam of about five bands I love, many of them from this band’s home state of Texas.

6.   Headlights – I Don’t Mind At All

Their new album Wildlife is excellent. Poppy, well-written tunes with great lyrics. We need more bands like Headlights.

7.   Sundae – Verano-Invierno

Ok, I was feeling nostalgic for some breezy pop and this Spanish track fit the bill.

8.   Paris Angels – Perfume

Wow, this straight-from-vinyl track blows my mind. Apparently it’s from the Madchester days.


9.   Clinker – Hallucination Generation

Off free download Thru The Fly Machine, this oddball band delivers a solid tripped out anthem.

10.  Phoenix – Love Like A Sunset (Animal Collective Remix – Deakin’s Jam)

Speaking of anthems, AC’s take on this track is just heavenly. If I could do an entire podcast of Animal Collective music, I probably would. Actually, Animal Collective is probably working on that kind of project right now anyway.

11.  Sunshine Factory – My Sugar Cane

Off the free two-song Sugar EP, this track’s sunspot assault is brilliant.

12.  Baa rec – Deadlock

Japanese band uses a great mix of guitars and electronica to keep this track vibrant.

13.  Maps – Turning The Mind

What can I say about Maps that 100 blogs haven’t already said? I can only add: why is he fighting the shoegaze tag? This is just glorious music that shares a lot with other glorious music we play.

14.  After The Weather – It’s Too Loud

Not sure what this is, but I like it. This Montreal’s band’s By Flashing Lights And True Love album is definitely worth picking up.

15.  Starry-Eyed – Nasa

We close with some dramatic post-rock from Seoul, uncovered in one of the many great MML posts about the Electric Muse label. BTW the post-rock we play at Soundtrack2 is usually more rock than post – so don’t be afraid.

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