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Soundtrack2 Ep. 103: Flood Of Red

La Sera, PS I Love You, R.M. Hendrix, Death Valley Sleepers, Craft Spells & more 

Bring on the long weekend.

1.   PS I Love You – Princess Towers
Kick. Out. The. Jams. Their new album Death Dreams just blows the doors off. More coming from that album later.

2.   Sixteen Deluxe – Happy Song
2+ minutes of weekend shenanigans from The Pilot Knob EP.

3.   Free Electric State – All Done Before
Monumental track from album of (nearly) the same name.

4.   And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – Flood Of Red
This song has always reminded me of Sonic Youth covering Hendrix, a la “Third Stone From The Sun.”

5.   R.M. Hendrix – Global Affairs / Crack The Code
And now for some claustrophobic, crooning indie rock.

6.   Cruyff In The Bedroom – Carillon Blue
Starting to slow it down with this almost-instrumental. Great build at the end.

7.   Mercury Rev – Frittering
When MR opened for The Hives (don’t judge) in Toronto back in the day, the tremendous volume pinned most attendees to the sides and rear of the venue. After that, the Hives’ performance band came off as raucous as Esquivel. I wish the Rev had played this tune from Yerself Is Steam.

8.   Gills – Empire of Sweat
Midtempo grungy rock and roll. Also one of the few live tracks we play here.

9.   Mirror Mirror – The Chamber
Dig this strumming, stirring instrumental.

10.  Death Valley Sleepers – Left Me High
Like a lot of this band’s stuff, but this track…you’re loving the verses, then the choruses hit you. Perfect.

11.  First Love, Last Rites – Walk You Home
Now we bring the power pop out of Sweden.

12.  Royal Headache – Down The Headline
Fantastic. The verses are beat nuggets, but the chorus is all drive-ins and sock hops.

13.  La Sera – Break My Heart
Almost too perfect punky punchy pop from their latest Sees The Light.

14.  Craft Spells – Still Left With Me
Soundtrack to dancing around your basement clad in nothing but an oversized sweater.

15.  Coastal – Heart Of Tin
This track reminded me of the overlooked, excellent Crystal Skulls‘ first album. Great melody and kinda witch house-y.

16.  Weird Dreams – Little Girl
Funky dream pop that makes me think of a post-modern day Felt.

17.  Little Chords – Remember
Vancouver crew drop some drifting, beautiful lo-fi: “I fell asleep on a cloudy beach, it was early in the afternoon…” And with that, we’re off into the sunset.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 95: Replicate

Disappears, Lower Dens, Stagnant Pools, Blonde Redhead, Deep Cut & more

Photo by Phil Askew, luminouslives.com

An online breach at our host meant this week’s mix is about a week behind. The tracks are still blistering, but the newer ones are – well, less new than usual.

What music are you digging these days?

1.   The History Of Colour TV – I Knew It Was Wrong But I Did It Anyway
Dramatic opening chord gives way to shoegaze pop goodness.

2.   Deep Cut – Decision Time (Electric Loop Orchestra remix)
Motorik space pop by former member of Revolver.

3.   White Rabbits – Heavy Metal
Chillwave funk with fabulous stabs of guitar.

4.   Florence + The Machine – No Light No Light (Spector Ryan Gosling Remix)
I haven’t loved F+TM, but this production brings texture and a bit of drama, kind of like Austra. Not too familiar with the remixer, but sounds like that should change.

5.   The Naked And The Famous – No Way
There’s freezing rain outside, but there are signs it’s letting up.

6.   Now, Now – School Friends
Great new track from this wistful band. You can’t help but hang on the singer’s every word. Look for it in March on new album Threads.

7.   Sea Oleena – Swimming Story
Like an illicit nighttime dip in a candle-lit pool. Captivating. And from Canada!

8.   The Nocturnes – Grandmother Make A Steeple
Lovely track that sounds a bit like Chris Isaak and Pink Floyd. This is one of many gems on Aokigahara.

9.  Conduits –  Top Of The Hill
Omaha represent! Can’t wait to hear more from this band.

10.  Disappears – Replicate
Boom! They’re back. Praise them…that is all.

11.  Fields Of Industry – The Sum
Track from a few years back that needed to be heard.

12.  Lower Dens – Brains
Second return to form this episode! Love this dense, tense track as it speeds towards an uncertain ending. “Don’t be a friend…”

13.  Stephen Paul Smoker – Green City
Fabulously weird psych blues.

14.  R.M. Hendrix – Last Year’s Hopes Are Playing Through The Wall
Engrossing swirling psychedelia.

15.  Stagnant Pools – Consistency
Track of the week.  If you need a shot of slacker shoegaze rock and roll, look no further.

16.  Asalto al Parque Zoológico – Warn You
Still carrying the flame for the classic shoegaze sound!

17.  HEHFU – Come Home
Short burst from the Come Home EP.

18.  Blonde Redhead – Big Song
Sometimes, choruses need only consist of one vowel.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 82: High Note

Whirr, Ringo Deathstarr, Mood Rings, Veronica Falls, Odonis Odonis & more

Photo by Phil Askew, luminouslives.com

1.   Pujol – Mayday
Brash, garage rock and roll that shakes up the core formula.

2.   We Walk In Straight Lines – War(m)
Urgent, passionate indie rock that lands just on the rights side of emo.

3.   Whirr – JuneBouvier
Lovely shoegaze with great washes of guitar and vocals.

4.   Holy Stain – Explosion
Bristol crew drop a scorching shoezage tune off free EP Sun Zoo.

5.   Ringo Deathstarr – Some Kind Of Sad
Sparkler cut that revives the ghost of Love and Rockets. Seems to share a bassline with the previous track.

6.   R.M. Hendrix – Ivorine and Chai (Our Sanguine Holiday Mix)
Straight up transcendant shoegaze from Cambridge, MA.

7.   Luna – Rollercoaster
Driving riff and drumming that doesn’t even take a break for a chorus! Listen carefully for the cool lead guitar overtop…almost a counter-melody.

8.   Beaches – Free Way
Damn I love Sonic Youth, even 25 years later and from Australia. That is all.

9.   Pantone – Dream For Hours
Glorious bass-heavy indie rock off Claire’s Several Bands Galore. Don’t blink or it will be over.

10.  Mood Rings – Exorcised Painting
For lack of a better adjective, this is fantastic “moody” reverb-drenched power pop.

11.  Night Manager – Pizza Pasta
Distorted girl-group melodies from Brooklyn. Imagine The Shangri-La’s dating the guys from Primal Scream.

12. Veronica Falls – The Box
Simple, gorgeous Buddy Holly-inspired power pop. I could listen to that chorus for hours.

13.  Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Little Blu House
And down comes the veil. Dayrtotter session takes us up the river.

14.  Odonis Odonis – Highnote
Tune of the week. Totally unclassifiable, but catchy and cool. Put your sunglasses on. Proud to say they’re from Toronto, too.

15.  A.A. Bondy – The Heart Is Willing
Drone-filled creeper from former Verbena man’s Believers album. Brings to mind The Black Angels.

16.  Chapel Club – The Shore
Haunted lament for what’s been lost, recorded at Big Orange Studios. Who said there are no great songs anymore?

17.  The Nocturnes – Love
Hard to describe this one – sadcore?

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