Posts Tagged ‘power pop’

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 Audiocast11: Forgotten Favourite

Posies, Crash City Saints, Teenage Fanclub, Dirty on Purpose, Revolver & more

What has chiming guitars, glorious choruses, and two- or three-part harmonies?

The Jonas Brothers? Er….maybe.

But also – the blistering, power pop episode of Soundtrack2. Inspired by the Posies’ upcoming reunion show, we’ve mixed 60 minutes of tracks by bands that might not normally be featured here.

Whether you like or hate power pop, you’re encouraged to listen to the mix and let us know what you think!

Check out Soundtrack2 Audiocast11 here.

1. Teenage Fanclub – Star Sign

The mighty Scots kick things off in style with a track from their Bandwagonesque classic.

2. Revolver – I Wear Your Chain

Often mentioned in the same breath as Ride, this poppy band also has the bedroom britpop thing going on. Didn’t realize until now that the bassist went on to found Death in Vegas, featured in Audiocast1!

3. Curtain Society – Marigold Girl

Tight, snappy number from the New England trio’s Volume, Tone, Tempo record.

4. Ash – A Little Less Ordinary

Ok, “Girl From Mars” is awesome but didn’t fit here. Instead, we went for this one off Nu-Clear Sounds.

5. Velocity Girl – Forgotten Favorite

Taking their name from a Primal Scream b-side, most of their music…well…didn’t sound much like Primal Scream. Love the drive and chorus on this track though.

6. Dirty on Purpose – All New Friends

Brooklyn band demonstrates on this fine track that indie (indy?) rock is alive and well.

7. The Spinanes – Valency

“Collared vampire what is it at night” sounds like a line from Twilight, not the opening line to this classic power pop track. Props to Chris for turning me on to this band.

8. The Posies – Solar Sister

This shimmering ball of energy comes off the brilliant Frosting on the Beater, to be performed in its entirety this June in Brooklyn. If you like this track, buy all their albums.

9. The Apples In Stereo – Beautiful Machine, Pts. 1 & 2

Upbeat, effervescent pop from Robert Schneider’s consistently great band. They tore it up with Sloan at Toronto’s Church at Berkeley a few years ago. Free mp3 if you sign up for their mailing list at the link above!

10. Phoenix – 1901

Great garage-pop track off forthcoming Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix album (I know, I know…) album, due out May 25.

11. The National – Apartment Story

Love the noisy melody and poppy beat. These guys remind me of Spoon on downers.

12. Felt – Textile Ranch

Bring on the funky bassline, high-shine guitar, snare and throw in an organ! If you like mellow dream pop soul, also see Felt’s “Primitive Painters.”

13. The Magnetic Fields – Famous

Their new-ish Distortion record is good, but this track was Soundtrack2 material.

14. Amps – Pacer

Chiming slacker anthem from Kim Deal of Breeders/Pixies fame.

15. Crash City Saints – We Came To Dance

“Rock and roll’s a joke, it’s a fashion show.” Nice New Zealand-style power pop with a layer of distortion.

16. Darling Buds – If I Said

Pummeling paisley psych pop – if that makes any sense whatsoever – off the fantastic CD-86 compilation.

17. Wild Poppies – Canon Over A Grey Sea

Speaking of NZ pop, those that like Bats/Clean/Chills with some added fuzz guitar will love this.  Not to be confused with Brooklyn band of same name. Head nod to the Doledrums.

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