Posts Tagged ‘Mogwai’
The Sunshine Factory, Panda Riot, Kathryn Calder, The Catherine Wheel, Blouse & more
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.
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?
15. Yawn – Sing Low
Slow but thumping chillwave off their Open Season album.
Headphone music for a cold, windy day.
17. Eau Claire – Freefall
Supergroup of sorts drops this gloomy but beautiful gem from 2005.
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
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.
Mogwai, Smashing Orange, A Sea Of Leaves, Lenola, A Sunny Day In Glasgow & more
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.
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
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.