Posts Tagged ‘Noise-rock’
Soren Well, Austra, Highspire, Balam Acab, Appliance & more
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.
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?
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.
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.
The Vandelles, The Twilight Sad, P.S. Eliot, Moonbell, Low & more.
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
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.
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
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.
The Raveonettes, Moon Duo, Junip, Swans, Ambulance Ltd. & more
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
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.