Posts Tagged ‘Noise-rock’

Soundtrack2 Ep. 73: Runes

Soren Well, Austra, Highspire, Balam Acab, Appliance & more

Photo by Phil Askew, www.luminouslives.com

1.   Austra – Hate Crime

Funky thumping electro pop tune that gets stuck inside your head.

2.   Still Corners – Cuckoo

Desolate 3 a.m. torch song outta the UK.

3.   Arrange – Blinds With You

Probably the first Florida band I’ve ever featured. Just gorgeous tune for a rainy day.

4.   Balam Acab – Oh Why

Heartbreaking soulful electronic swan song with lovely vocal samples.

5.   Active Child – Body Heat (So Far Away)

Electronic soul soundtrack to a lost 80s film. Imagine Bon Iver with a sampler and drum machine.

6.   Yo La Tengo – Autumn Sweater

The groovy indie rock classic.

7.   Flavor Crystals – Church Fuzz

Midwestern band starts with a slow dirge and then breaks into mesmerizing krautrock.

8.   Appliance – Return To Telemark

Motorik pscyh off last year’s epic 3-CD Re-Conditioned. Well worth getting.

9.   The Secret Machines – Nowhere Again

One from the borderline space rock band’s classic Now Here Is Nowhere.

10.  S.C.U.M – Amber Hands

Exciting, glammy Suede-style psychedelic rock and roll.

11.  Dirty Pulp Theatre – Shining Soul

Digging this 90s style indie rock.

12.  Soren Well – Honey On Fire

New JAMC-lite shoegaze tune that’s made me want to dig into some of their older stuff.

13.  Highspire – Glass In My Mouth

The highlight of this week’s mix. Classic Ride-influenced shoegaze.

14.  Lilys – Claire Hates Me

Such a simple riff and chords, but it’s just fantastic. “I am Kane…I’m not Abel…” Kurt really needs to get on some new stuff.

15.  Burrrn – Eyes In Motion

Mod rock and roll with fantastic distorted bass. I’d kill to see this played live.

16.  Iceage – White Rune

Mental punk overload. Need to play more stuff like this. Any recommendations?

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Featured Track: This Will Destroy You “Three Legged Workhorse”

Big thanks to my pal Matt for reminding me about these guys.

Inevitable comparisons to Mogwai and Godspeed You Black Emperor (not an entirely bad thing) but these guys live up to what Texans are stereotypically known for – doing things in a big way. Three Legged Workhorse is nine minutes and 12 seconds of huge. Not exactly the kind of track that would take the edge off being stuck in traffic but not all fantastic music is meant for the car.

They’ll be at Lee’s Palace on May 30th and Club Lambi in Montreal on the 31st.

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Featured Track: Sports “Light”

I think one of the bigger disappointments in my dad’s parenting life is his son’s (me) complete disinterest in sports. Soccer? Nope. Baseball? I could park myself in left field for an inning or two. Hockey? Sure, as an alternative to jail maybe. This is about to change. Toronto’s Sports have just finished polishing tracks with Noah Mintz (see Death From Above 1979, Broken Social Scene) for their upcoming album. Now I can say I like Sports and not be lying.

NEW ALBUM: FINAL MIXES by SPORTS

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 66: Figurine

The Vandelles, The Twilight Sad, P.S. Eliot, Moonbell, Low & more.

Photo by Phil Askew, www.luminouslives.com

1.   Working For A Nuclear Free City – Eighty Eight

Felt the need to start off with a stunner, but nothing new turned my crank. Dug up this rock and roll from Businessmen & Ghosts.

2.   Skywave – Angela’s An Angel

Noisy assault from a fantastic, overlooked band.

3.   Electro Group – Manimal

Distorted, bass-heavy rock and roll in the vein of Autolux.

4.   Headless Horseman – Wavlngth

From last October, this indie curio has a certain swing that moves me. Check it out on RCRD LBL.

5.   P.S. Eliot – Watch On Mute

Short, punky rock and roll off Sadie, their new EP which they’ve made available for download here. I’ve liked this band for some time, but haven’t found many tracks that I love yet.

6.   Seapony – Dreaming

Sarah Records revival! Damn catchy.

7.   Dum Dum Girls – There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

Smiths covers are tricky, especially with a signature tune like this one. But they pull it off on this one from He Gets Me High.

8.   Matthew CH Tong – Present And Correct

Bloc Party dude holes up in a studio by himself. Great Buzzcocks vibe here, although it took me a while to get into this. Also from RCRD LBL.

9.   Young Adults – Campfires

From November’s Black Hole, this is a great, dense instrumental.

10.  Tjutjuna – Rise # Set

Over nine minutes of pedal-to-the-medal space rock. Watch these guys.

11.  Woodsman – Serfer

Great, abstract indie rock.

12.  The Vandelles – My Time

Their new Summer Fling EP inspired the photo for this week’s post. Kinda surf-y, but with a lot more going on.

13.  Moonbell – Figurine

Off the EP of the same name, this band puts out wonderful, sluggish psych tunes.

14.  The Upsidedown – Dutchess Of York

Clearly fans of Jason Pierce and Brian Jonestown Massacre, this one was off their debut Trust Electricity. This track also unintentionally gave the mix a Royal Wedding tie-in!

15.  The Twilight Sad – And She Would Darken The Memory

Desolate, gripping classic off their first album Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters. Great use of noise.

16.  Cowboy Junkies – Lay It Down

Not a band we’d normally feature here, but this tracks has a great mellow, psych edge that sets the next song up perfectly.

17.  Low – Nothing But Heart

Crunchy, Neil Young guitar starts us off, then this gem just floats upwards. Nice to see Low, with their new album C’mon, reminding us how music = passion.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 65: Evil Seeds

The Raveonettes, Moon Duo, Junip, Swans, Ambulance Ltd. & more

Photo by Phil Askew, www.luminouslives.com

1.   Junip – Without You

Beautiful, pastoral psychedelia from José González’s other band that ascends heavenward as the synth comes in. Wow, this Daytrotter session really deepened their sound.

2.   Panorama – Sol Brillar

What could be a lost gem from Dark Side of the Moon, but straight out of Medellín, Columbia. Available via above link.

3.   Ambulance Ltd. – Swim

A classic midtempo tune from their brilliant self-titled album from quite a few moons ago. Great chord progression.

4.   Stumbleine – Lunar

Love the broken soulfulness of this track. Just fantastic, genre-defying music that may take a few listens for you to fall in love. And they’ve been nice enough to make it available on their Tumblr.

5.   Slowness – Black & White

San Frans drop some trippy power pop, with nice guitar effects towards the end.

6.   April Fool’s Day – Being Phil

Great guitar-driven, crunchy rock and roll. Hard to tell where they’re from…Spain?

7.   Jetman Jet Team – Cosmic Age

Clandestine stratospheric shoegazing by promising Seattle-ites.

8.   The Raveonettes – Evil Seeds

Don’t be fooled by the (not so good) post-rock intro. This dark guitar pop tune from new record Raven In The Grave gets darker and deeper. Nice to see them mess with their formula.

9.   Mock – Poppy

Now we’re getting crazy. Like A Place To Bury Strangers, Ringo Deathstarr or even No Age? Then this one from ’94 is for you.

10.  Sphere – Low-altitude Flight

Wall of sound over loud beats and great female crooning vocals. Chorus kicks it up a notch.

11.  Transistor Photograph – Like A Dolphin

Flash of sound and light, with a steady groove and sweet breakdown.

12.  Last Remaining Pinacle – Students Of The V.U.

Drone, sitar and – is that a zither? Theremin maybe? Nuff said…

13.  Moon Duo – Fallout

Now add some rock and roll to the drone and you’re off. Yes!

14.  Swans – The Great Annihalator

More sitar! This corker’s off the LP of the same name, but this recently re-activated band is touring again.

15.  Ty Segall – Standing At The Station

No words can describe the joyful cacophony here. And don’t ask me what this song has to do with a station.

16.  Royal Bangs – Triccs

Ripping new post punk/rock and roll with a wonderful, distorted bottom end that gives it a great dirty groove.

17.  The D’Ubervilles – Magic Arrow

Fellow Torontonians do such a stellar cover of Timber Timbre‘s track that I actually prefer it. The mood they create here really breathes life into the song.

18.  Achievement House – Summer Spirit

Summer’s not here yet, so we’ll describe this as the soundtrack to a glorious Spring day. It brings to mind free spirits in Broken Social Scene.

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