Posts Tagged ‘My Bloody Valentine’
Pacific UV, The Ruby Suns, Snapper, Field Mice, The Frames & more.
Dipping into the archives a bit more this week. There’s lots of new stuff in the hopper for the next one!
1. Kinski – Rhode Island Freakout
Sonic Youth-indebted rocker kicks us off. This one’s off 2003’s Airs Above Your Station.
2. Snapper – Eyes That Shine
3. Pacific UV – Know
Been meaning to drop this for a while. Great noisy rock and roll gives way to dreaminess.
4. Oblisk – Epicenter
Propulsive track out of Detroit. This off last year’s Weather Patterns.
5. Nikoo – Gimme Hell
New Netherlands noisepop, taken from their free EP.
6. Disappears – Hearing Things
7. Aerial Love Feed – Rockethouse
Bombastic Britrock out of New York.
8. Ornaith O’Dowd – Car Tapes
Irish Brooklyn-based artist describes this as ” wistful guitar pop number that recalls the romance of making mix tapes for summer road trip.” Sounds good to me.
9. Moscow Olympics – Second Trace
Straight outta the Philippines is MO with a nice melodic pop number off Cut The World.
10. The Field Mice – Sensitive
11. Dreamend – Elipsis 2
This instrumental would be the perfect trackto play during intermission at a My Bloody Valentine concert.
12. The Frames – Sideways Down
A fave track of mine by the Irish band.
13. Hooray! – Honeymoon
Like me some folky dream pop.
14. Invisible Elephant – Time
15. The Ruby Suns – Closet Astrologer
Lovely. Fans of Animal Collective will really like this band.
16. Team Ghost – Colors In Time
Wonderful shoegaze electronica out of Paris.
17. Nice Nice – See Waves
A great track that’s hard to pin down. Clash describes it as noise rock, but I’m not so sure.
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: Protogaze – Byrds, 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
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?
Delta Waves, Young Galaxy, My Bloody Valentine, Smashing Orange, Sky Drops & more
Lots of great music this week. Unreleased tracks by classic bands and exciting new stuff.
Enter the garden.
1. Contriva – Light
Starting with a breezy and upbeat track from this German band.
2. Dan Deacon – The Crystal Cat
And then we go mental. Uplifting bit of electronic weirdness on the Animal Collective/Of Montreal tip.
3. Delta Waves – Sun And Moon According To An Elephant’s Memory
Now into oblivion. Very cool stuff that I’ve had in the hopper for a while. Where’s their name from? Wikipedia: A delta wave is a high amplitude brain wave with a frequency of 1–4 Hertz which can be recorded with an electroencephalogram (EEG) and is usually associated with slow-wave sleep.
4. LSD & The Search For God – Backwards
Dreamy cruise down a main street out in San Francisco.
5. Joy Formidable – Ostrich
This band seems like a melange of five other great bands – but I can’t name them. Available for free on MySpace page, good rundown here.
6. My Bloody Valentine – Kevin Song
Unreleased MBV you say? Here’s my favourite of the new batch.
7. Love of Diagrams – Forever
90s-style shoegaze from Australian band’s forthcoming album Nowhere Forever.
8. Smashing Orange – Only Complete In You
And now the real deal from a first wave (or is it second wave?) shoegaze band. Founder Rob Montejo then went on to…
9. The Sky Drops – Truth Is
“Ridiculously slept-on” band comes out with a muscular track off their new Bourgeois Beat record.
10. Blur – Come Together
Blur isn’t a Soundtrack2 favourite, but they reformed (sorta) and I re-discovered this one recently.
11. Lovetones – Journeyman (Anton Newcombe mix)
Lovely bit of sunshine off April’s Dimensions, mixed by Mr. Brian Jonestown Massacre.
12. Bees – These Are The Ghosts
60’s vibe continues with this mindblowing track from a few years back. I never tire of this one. New site looks good, gents!
13. Folder – The Bad Parts
A bit of new wave with nice harmonies. And just wait for the cymbal-crashing breakdown. Can anyone share any deets on this band?
14. Young Galaxy – Destroyer
Been waiting a while for new muisc from this band. Lo and behold, they come with two singles. This one starts all Arcade Fire but then goes spaceward.
15. Heartless Bastards – Finding Solution
Holy crap this is fantastic, gutsy rock and roll. Life affirming stuff.
Two Swedish bands, some originators and a new track by the Fleeting Joys? We think it works…
Check out Soundtrack2 Audiocast6 here.
1. Blackstrap – Winning Speech
Leading off with a nice track that mixes BRMC and TSOOL. OMG. Info here.
2. TV On The Radio – Halfway Home
Love this track off last year’s Dear Science. Sweet synth and great vocals. TVOTR comes to Toronto June 2. Info here.
3. My Bloody Valentine – When You Sleep
Couldn’t resist this dreamy classic for our sixth audiocast. Info here.
4. Fleeting Joys – Cloudlike Mercury
Nice midtempo track off latest record Occult Radiance. Definitely worth picking up. Info here.
5. Astrobrite – Miss Teen U.S.A.
Hypnotising. This is probably what bagpipes would sound like if you figured out how to plug them into a Danelectro. Info here.
6. Duster – Heading For The Door
The first three times Chris heard this song, he thought it was The Spinanes. Check out Stratosphere…textbook grower. Info here.
7. Monster Movie – Letting You Know
Slowdive fans will want to check Christian Savill’s other band, Monster Movie. The opening line “Summer changed…you” knocks me out every time. Info here.
8. 1969 Armstrong – Salient Night
Stockholm’s latest shoegaze export. Great under-produced sound. Info here.
9. Singapore Sling – Listen
Stuttering anthem off very cool record The Curse Of Singapore Sling. Info here.
10. Loop – Arc-Lite
Hypnotic soundtrack to the end of the world off the killer Pspyched compilation. Info here.
11. Spacemen 3 – Revolution
Can’t think of a more fitting title. I’ll bet The Stooges think this is one of theirs. Honourable mention: Mudhoney’s version. Info here.
12. Primitives – Lazy
Indie pop band best known “Crash” brings the gloomy groove. Info here.
13. Drop Nineteens – Kick The Tragedy
Imagine staring out a frosted passenger window, shadows of passing trees and this song over and over. Info here.
14. Airiel – 500 Deep
Recalls Going Blank Again era Ride. Info here.