Posts Tagged ‘Noise-rock’

Soundtrack2 Ep. 108: No Sense

Japandroids, Grooms, Bailterspace, The Flaming Lips, Beach House & more

Post War Years

1.   Japandroids – Continuous Thunder

Kicking things off with the closing track from Celebration Rock, referred to by Songs & Cigarettes as an album “ripped from your youth.” My take? “Heroes” for a new generation.

2.   Wyla – Fill In
This band continues to impress on the solid Night Fits album. Love the Autolux vibe here.

3.   Electro Group – Green Machine
Stunner from the Lifter/Green Machine EP that has the intensity of the great Bailterspace. Wouldn’t it be great if they came out with some new music?

4.   Swervedriver – The Birds
On a bit of a late-period kick for some classic shoegaze bands. This one’s from 1998’s excellent Ejector Seat Reservation.

5.   Grooms – Dreamsucker
Some hyper Brooklyn rock and roll.

6.   Eternal Summers – Wonder
Propulsive power pop out of Virginia.

7.   Cookie Duster – Two Feet Stand Up
Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene leads a new crew to higher heights on When Flying Was Easy.

8.   Ride – Gonna Be Alright
More late period Britpop goodness off overlooked Tarantula.

9.   Bailterspace – No Sense
New music from this seminal New Zealand dark shoegaze band. Cool to see they didn’t ape their old style.

10.  Grave Babies – Fuck Off
An atmospheric, reverb-drenched anthem off Gothdammit.

11.  Pontiak – Royal Colors
Switching gears from trenchcoats to brain melting psych. That’s just how we roll.

12.  The Flaming Lips – Children Of The Moon (feat. Tame Impala)
Peeling back the onion that is the The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends. So excited to hear some new TI tunes!

13.  Ombre – Cara Falsa
Pitchfork tells me this band consists of Julianna Barwick and Helado Negro. Plus their Believe You Me album is on the way.

14.  The Steals – All Coming Back
Lovely dream pop from a few years back.

15.  Beach House – Lazuli
I wasn’t crazy about first single “Myth” so I’ve slept on this album. Then this track drew me back to the mothership.

16.  Cloud –  Childhood
This chillwave track sounds like it’s been playing in my head for years.

17.  Post War Years – Glass House
Track of the week: glorious electro pop from the UK.

18.  Diiv – Wait
Some nice shoegaze from new album Oshin (get it?) on Captured Tracks.

19.  A Dancing Beggar – Stars Bring Us Closer (Franz Kirmann remix)
A slow build, but the atmosphere on this remix just transported me.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 100: Monolith

Dead Mellotron, Airiel, Lotus Plaza, John Maus, A Place To Bury Strangers & more

We’re 100. Yay.

Now let’s get on with another mix of killer tunes.

1.  A Place To Bury Strangers – You Are The One
We start off our 100th episode with the band that has kicked off our podcasts the most. When you listen to their latest Joy Division meets JAMC jam, you’ll understand why.

2.  Christian Samuel – Jux
Great instrumental rock and roll that with a slight Hüsker Dü vibe.

3.  Abschaum – Moonlight
Hypnotic boogie music for trenchcoat wearers.

4.  Averkiou – Fuzzy Photograph
Crunching power pop off February’s The New Imperative. Love the guitar (?) noise solo.

5.  Taffy – Haah
Stirring Japanese shoegaze. Guess they couldn’t think of a good title, so a simple “Haah” fit the bill.

6.  The Wedding Present – You’re Dead
I wasn’t really feeling this initially, but it grew on me. Gedge gives us the gears at the chorus, with a bit of Mark E. Smith phrasing.

7.  Airiel – Flashlight Tag
Amazing to hear new music from this band.

8.  Grass Widow – Walking Out On Love
More classic power pop goodness, but GW’s female vocals provide a shoegaze edge.

9.  Violens – Der Microarc
Love this track’s lush 80s indie pop production that The Smiths, Kings of Convenience and The Pernice Brothers did so well.

10.  Whirr – Toss
This Pipe Dreams twee pop tune just mesmerizes.

11.  Field Mouse – Happy
If M83 sold his gear and played in a pop band, it would sound like this.

12.  Lightfoils – Sympathy Lies
Bright, soaring shoegaze pop from Texas Chicago.

13.  John Maus – No Title (Molly)
Get down with your bad self, Mr. Maus. If this is a joke, please don’t end it.

14.  Dead Mellotron – Stranger
Sucks when you sit on a killer dream pop tune so long that ANOTHER one comes out from the same band before you get to it.

15.  Vinyl Williams – Chroma Heart
Hazy anthem starts with “The end is near” and then declares “you’re in my heart.” Check out his new Ultimate World EP.

16.  Lotus Plaza – Monoliths
Lockett Pundt’s Deerhunter offshoot provides our track of the week. As much as I love the chorus, it’s schmaltzy enough to think it might end up on Grey’s Anatomy.

17.  Soul Glimpse – Fade & Breath
One of the few ambient tracks I’ve wanted to drop. Listen closely and listen loud.

18.  Irene On Edge – Time Fly
Hypnotic full kilter noise with oddly beautiful garbled voices.

19.  Mr. Gnome – The Way
Unbelievable chillwave (or is it witch house?) that is the perfect soundtrack to a waltz in another dimension.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 99: Explosion

Errors, Pontiak, Rancho Relaxo, Bright Channel, Paul Weller & more

No jangling harmonies this week as we go deep and dark.

Photo by Phil Askew, luminouslives,com

1.   Pond – Fantastic Explosion Of Time
Blast of  psychedelic pop from members of S2 faves Tame Impala. Can definitely hear some of their signature guitar sound here too.

2.   Pontiak – Left with Lights
Bombastic track from their fabulous new Echo Ono album. Facemelters unite!

3.   Paul Weller – Around The Lake
Not sure if his Farfisa psych song is a parody or an homage, but thought I’d throw it on since he’s coming to Toronto soon.

4.   Free Electric State – We’ll Have A Great Funeral (When You Die)
Isn’t it great how waves of feedback transform a straight-up indie rock tune?

5.   Al Lover – Death Ride In San Francisco
January’s Heavy Hippies has a lot of samples from well-known classic rock jams. Like this one because the riff isn’t easy to pick out and the bassline just kills.

6.   Illogical Time Concerns – Copac
Former Collider bandmates get freaky on this gem from their latest Sea Ex.

7.   Queens Of The Stone Age – River In The Road
Always liked this slightly trippy tune from Era Vulgaris.

8.   Rancho Relaxo – I Want You
A new one from this excellent band’s Happy Friday Experiment. Great acoustic psych drone.

9.   The Blue Angel Lounge – Die Away As One In Time
Loveliness: “I wanna hold you forever…”

10.  Swoon 23 – Fire Hanger
Dark rock and roll from 1997’s  Legendary Ether Pony.

11.  Dopedrone & Naked On My Own – Tunnel
Epic headtrip about the journey inside a mind. Turn off the lights for this one.

12.  DeadCAT – Evitan
Love this Atlanta band’s dark glitchy groove.

13.  Surji – Scream Of A Wean
This murky tune comes off the aptly-named Existentialism.

14.  Bright Channel – Airborne
The guitars come out again. Sounds like Yo La Tengo in a sinister mood.

15.  Air Formation – In Formation
Soaring dream pop from this band that called it a day last year.

16.  Errors – Magna Encarta
Scottish label mates of Mogwai and Part Chimp head skyward. Check out their solid latest album Have Some Faith In Magic.

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New video: A Place To Bury Strangers’ “So Far Away.”

Check out this great video from the fabulous A Place To Bury Strangers. Shot completely on the band’s iPhones, this also comes with complimentary ADD.

Bummer you can’t click the image to play – couldn’t find an embed option on SPIN’s player.

 

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 93: Night Owl

Frankie Rose, Trespassers William, Caveman, The Spits, Apteka & more

1.   The Spits – Last Man On Earth
5…4…3…Wake up with this new off-kilter space punk.

2.   Digital Leather – Young Doctors In Love
Facebook page doesn’t reveal much, but loving this album’s melodic post punk and killer chorus. And I’m not even a doctor.

3.   Germans – No Job
Rock and roll from a few years back that somehow reminds me of a Torontonian British Sea Power.

4.   Car Seat Headrest – Bodys
Ah, Brooklyn. Six minutes of stream-of-consciousness vocals and ecstatic indie rock.

5.   Dream Brother – Pretty Eyes
A bit poppy for us, but this song is just so damn catchy!

6.   Frankie Rose – Know Me
Lots of buzz about the latest single from Ms. Rose. Pure 80s swinging pop a la Sarah Records. Check out upcoming album Interstellar.

7.   Field Mouse – You Guys Are Gonna Wake Up My Mom
Some wistful, dreamy pop out of Brooklyn.

8.   A Classic Education – Night Owl
Slowing it down. Lovely guitar work. Find it on October’s Call It Blazing.

9.  Trespassers William – And We Lean In
Though they decided to call it a day, here’s a great acoustic-ish number from Having.

10.  Yo La Tengo – Pablo and Andrea
An Electr-O-Pura classic. “Show me where you hide all your secrets upstairs…” Love when the guitars come in.

11.  Caveman – Easy Water
The track of the week comes from Coco Beware, a fantastic record released last fall. The mysterious intensity of this track stood out for me.

12.  Red Horses Of The Snow – Airborne
Brilliant song that seems like an instant mellow shoegaze anthem. And what a voice!

13.  Brief Candles – Permafrost
One of many fabulous tracks on WTSH‘s superb 200,000 Gazes compilation. Love that Ride bass.

14.  Aerofall – Up’s & Down’s
Straightforward, almost hypnotic chord progression with layers and layers of guitar.

15.  The Hang Ups – Sweet Tooth
A nice one from the 90s indie rock heroes So We Go album.

16.  Pale Saints – Angel (Will You Be My)
Blistering shoegaze pop tune that’s perfect for dancing around your bedroom.

17.  Luminous Orange – Walkblind
Superplastic stunner by the Japanese shoegazers.

18.  Apteka – Gravesend
Very excited to hear new stuff from this band. In their words: “We play rock music. We like large kick drums, tube amplification, and face melting.” Hear hear.

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