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Soundtrack2 Audiocast 34: Epicenter

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

Great noisy garage psych from the great 1992 album Shotgun Blossom. Snapper features Peter Gutteridge, previously of The Clean and The Chills.

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

Catchy off-kilter track by increasingly interesting Chicago band: “CCR via Minor Threat

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

Sarah Records legends bring the sunny never-want-this-song-to-end C86 pop. The bridge between The Smiths and Adorable?

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

This instrumental builds in intensity until they hit you with an explosive Bowie/Mott The Hoople chorus. Available on Bandcamp.

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.

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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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Soundtrack2 Audiocast 19: Now & Forever

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.

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Audiocast6: Listen

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 Speechtvor-drawn

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

Fleeting Joys

Fleeting Joys

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 – Listenspacemen3

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

Drop Nineteens

Drop Nineteens

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.

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