Posts Tagged ‘Mogwai’

Soundtrack2 Ep. 83: Curtain

The Sunshine Factory, Panda Riot, Kathryn Calder, The Catherine Wheel, Blouse & more

Photo by Phil Askew, luminouslives.com

1.   The Waxwings – Clouded Over
Mod rock and roll starts us off. Sad this Detroit band is defunct.

2.   Maikotobranco – Curtain
This scorcher sounds like a Japanese Kevin Shields fronting the Beatles.

3.   The Sunshine Factory – Dive Dive
This band’s string of shoegaze singles continues to impress.

4.   Sounds Like Sunset – Frequency
More guitar! Ozzie rocker that begs to be played loud.

5.  Panda Riot – Serious Radical Girls
Cheers to Dean, and then Brian, for sending me this new shoegaze gem. We need more fresh stuff like this.

6.   Honey – Nowhere Floating
This new track already seems like a familiar classic. Cool vocals…almost like a world-weary Alex Turner.

7.   The House Of Love – Erosion
And now for some classics. Note: keep listening past the Brian Adams opening chords.

8.   The Catherine Wheel – Crank
Chrome mid-tempo anthem.

9.   Incan Abraham – Wailing Wall
New one that the S2 faves describe as psychedelic pop, due out October 12.

10.  The Phoenix Foundation – Buffalo
Been sitting on this excellent track from the New Zealanders for too long.

11.  Collider – Silos

Synthesizers guide this groovy shoegaze tune from July’s fine Vaede album.

12.  Zoot Woman – Grey Day

Any ZW fans out there?

13.  Blouse – Videotapes

Chillwave meets melodramatic dream pop on the streets of Portland. Fabulous.

14.  Katheryn Calder – Who Are You?

Undisputed song of the week off Bright and Vivid, due out later this month. Here the New Pornographer sounds like Kate Bush gone clubbing.

15.  Yawn – Sing Low

Slow but thumping chillwave off their Open Season album.

16.  Mint Julep – Aviary (Mogwai remix)

Headphone music for a cold, windy day.

17.  Eau Claire – Freefall

Supergroup of sorts drops this gloomy but beautiful gem from 2005.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 59: Last Winter

Mogwai, Papercuts, PJ Harvey, Big Troubles, Akron/Family & more

1.   PJ Harvey – Written On The Forehead

The latest from new record Let England Shake. Dream pop mixed with dub by the constantly-evolving Ms. Harvey.

2.   New Animal – Last Winter

“I never wanna listen…” Imagine taking a train ride through the sunny countryside, and everyone’s got a beard.

3.   Silohs – A Zealot Sun

Fleet Foxes meet Mercury Rev. This one’s off Shed Your Summer.

4.   Papercuts – Do What You Will

Indie pop (break-up tune?) with a melody that gets trapped in your head. One of many greats from Fading Parade.

5.   Baby Giraffe – Understatement

Toronto representing with a distorted stew that gives way to driving, space-y singalong.

6.   Akron/Family – Silly Bears

Ecstatic, bombastic rock and roll anthem from their latest, S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT. Not to be confused with Silly Rabbit.

7.   Liars – Rose and Licorice

This one – from 2002’s Atheists, Reconsider, their split with Oneida – could have come out yesterday.

8.   n o i – Adelaide

Tennessee band drop a glammy dose of Archers of Loaf goodness from S e v e n. Clearly this band likes to have spaces.

9.   Swervedriver – Pile-up

Great riffs + dark groove + restless energy = this fantastic band. Get it on Raise. I just LOVE what passed for a “guitar solo” in the Swervedriver camp.

10.  Power Of Dreams – Suburbia

Irish 90’s era shoegaze/Britpop. Seems an ode to a woman who married too young.

11.  Big Troubles – Georgia

Shimmering shoegaze by New Jersey band.

12.  Belong – Perfect Life

Like this post punk track, with heavy current of bass noise.

13.  Mogwai – How To Be A Werewolf

Hot off their out-this-week Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will. These guys know how to do post-rock without putting me to sleep. Inspirational.

14.  True Womanhood – Minajah

And now for something completely different. Dark, almost industrial tune that you probably shouldn’t listen to if you’re home alone. Available here.

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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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