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Soundtrack2 Ep. 91: Destiny

Killer 2011 tunes from Veronica Falls, Damien Jurado, The War On Drugs, I Break Horses, M83 & more

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Every week or so, we feature a hot mix of brand new tracks with classic gems. But this week, we decided to look back at some of 2011’s best bands. Though we’ve featured some of them on previous podcasts, now we’re dropping other great tracks from their albums.

Of course, once we started we couldn’t stop – so enjoy your 90 minute journey deep into shoegaze, psych and electronic territory.

Tell us – is there anyone we missed?

1.   The Black Tambourines – White Album
UK band kick things off with some incendiary psych garage. Pick it up on the Chica EP.

2.   Cloud Nothings – Understand At All
This lo-fi popper bore its way into my head.

3.   Doctors – Heaven’s Gate
Imagine A Fistfull of Dollars crossed with Easy Rider.

4.   The Raveonettes – Recharge & Revolt
Raven In The Grave didn’t grab me at first listen, but this wistful pop number owes as much to The Radio Dept. as it does their other rock and roll influences. In other Raveonettes news, they released a rarities album that I’ve yet to dig into.

5.   His Clancyness/ Shimmering Stars – Not Growing Up
More great garage lo-fi, mixed with some Phil Spector beats.

6.   Real Estate – Younger Than Yesterday
The best bands often make music that sounds simple. If you don’t own Days,  you’re missing some of the simplest pop perfection out there.

7.   Veronica Falls – The Fountain
Another great 60s-indebted harmonizing band. Love the sadness and menace put to music as love goes wrong.

8.   Damien Jurado – Nothing Is The News
Wow. I didn’t know Mr. Jurado, so I expected to hear a mellow singer-songwriter or something. But this track conjures up images of a groovy band jamming in a cellar while a hurricane rages outside.

9.   //orangenoise – Rabblerouser
This heavy melter from Karachi’s finest just squeaked onto the list due to its early January release date.

10.  Wooden Shjips – Rising
West tune busts out the smoke machines for more than five minutes of disorienting drone.

11.  Odonis Odonis – Seedgazer
Another off-kilter rock and roll tune from the Toronto crew’s Hollandaze album.

12.  Ringo Deathstarr – Down On You
Re-discovering the heavy, dark shoegaze of Sparkler.

13.  The Horrors – I Can See Through You
Another gem from Skying that reminds me yet again that lead singer Faris Badwan is a cross between Killing Joke‘s Jaz Coleman and Simple Minds‘ Jim Kerr.

14.  Tammar – The Last Line
The track of the week  comes from a band that seemingly came out of nowhere. Soaring rock and roll with krautrock textures. File this song in the “Never want this song to end” category.

15.  The Joy Formidable – Whirring
The Big Roar had a lot of great tracks on it, and this one’s just huge. Looking forward to more from this band in 2012.

16.  I Break Horses – Load Your Eyes
Beautiful glacial electronic shoegaze from Hearts. Vocals here remind me a bit of Emm Gryner. Is that Anthony Gonzalez adding synth texture?

17.  The War On Drugs – It’s Your Destiny
Slave Ambient  had a great downhome electronic vibe, kind of like Grandaddy. But what makes it really special are all the unique, memorable tunes on it like this.

18.  Bachelorette – Not Entertainment
Her latest self-titled album didn’t get a lot of fanfare this year, but I suspect there’s a hardcore bunch of people like me who drool over her exquisite ethereal electronica.

19.  Tycho – Hours
Chillwave anthem from earlier this year.

20.  Washed Out – Amor Fati
Another big chillwave track that I’m glad I dusted off for this. Profound and passionate.

21.  M83 – New Map
Speaking of which, here’s some glorious electronic shoegaze from what many consider one of 2011’s best albums.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 89: Passion Is Dead

Death In Vegas, 93 Million Miles From The Sun, Odonis Odonis, Tearjerker, Ringo Deathstarr & more

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There’s a ridiculous amount of good music coming out these days. I’ve eased back on my vault digging and pushed well beyond one hour this week! Enjoy…

1.   Fevers – Passion Is Dead (Long Live Fashion)
Smash! Did the opening chord get your attention? Huge dancefloor dreaminess from Ottawa, Ontario that’s stuck in my head.

2.   Elika – We Have Failed
The party continues until you get hit with this heavy chorus.

3.   The Mekano Set – You Make Me Feel Like A Cure Song
Bit of death disco out of the UK. Check out their latest album Fades.

4.   Handsome Furs – Serve The People (Young Galaxy remix)
Fresh from Thursday’s fantastic YG show with Austra, I had to play this great take on “Serve The People.”

5.   Ringo Deathstarr – Shadow (SPC ECO remix)
Recent, thumping hazy goodness from two great bands.

6.   Blackout Beach – Be Forewarned, The Night Has Come
Slowing things way down. This BC band sounds like The National crossed with James Blake.

7.   Tearjerker – Down
Cool CanCon from their excellent Rare album. A band to keep an eye on.

8.   Lorelle Meets The Obsolete – These Days
Integalactic garage rock. Check out this Mexican band’s mighty On Welfare album.

9.   Odonis Odonis – Basic Training
Two minutes of glammy garage. Yet another great Canadian band (I’m stacking the deck this week, it seems) with a new album out – check out the fantastic Hollandaze.

10.  Imandra Lake – Ole Mu Laev
Estonian band takes us to beautiful widescreen.

11.  93 Million Miles From The Sun – Time Lasts Forever
Never been a huge fan of this band. But  songs like this from their latest album Northern Sky are starting to win me over.

12.  Vinyl Williams – Stellarscope
Groovy mellow goodness that seems to be from Egypt.

13.  Range Lover – Route Nationale Sexe
Very nice hybrid of krautrock and shoegaze with vocal samples. Hard to find many details on this band though…

14.  The Two Koreas – Boy Teen Oslo
An oldie but goodie from Toronto stalwarts with a style all their own.

15.  Cousins – Droit Du Seigneur
Bright noisy postpunk off Axthoxy.

16.  Silver Dapple – M’Sorry
Montreal noise pop rounds out the Canadian bill.

17.  Death In Vegas – Black Hole
Was stoked for ages to hear the latest DIV record, and I’m still slowly coming to terms with it. My ears perked up most at this shoegaze Pixies impression.

18.  Borax – Sunshine Boy
Estonia representing twice on one mix! Dig this older indie pop track off Tallinn.

19.  Para Siempre – Where Would You Be (Without Me)
Yes! Closing with an intense ringing garage rock anthem.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 82: High Note

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

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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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Soundtrack2 Ep. 62: Don’t Fall In Love

Weekends, Lush, Ringo Deathstarr, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Kurt Vile & more

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Our longest mix to date…I just couldn’t stop piling on the good tunes.

1.   Ringo Deathstarr – You Don’t Listen

Classic rock and roll from spanking new album Color Trip.

2.   The Vanity Press – Don’t Fall In Love

We just can’t get enough of this Texas band – this is the second track we’ve featured this winter! Bass player is working hard on this one.

3.    Sharesprings – I Love To See You (Daydreaming Me)

Jakarta’s finest drop some ringing C86 power pop.

4.   My Dad Vs. Yours – En Plein Soleil

Hopeful (post-?) rock anthem. Had this one kicking around for a while but it didn’t fit until now.

5.   The Sorry Kisses – Loved But Left Behind

Tense, Autolux-style rock and roll.

6.   Weekends – Raingirls

Best thing to come out of Baltimore since Sir Lord Baltimore. Was that band even from Baltimore? Anyway, this one’s blistering rock and roll with razorsharp guitar blasts.

7.   Magnetic Island – Shake The Fog

Dark power pop. Bit of Sonic Youth vibe here, particularly in the middle spoken word part.

8.   Navel – Can’t Feel A Thing

Swiss band brings in the sinister buzzsaw guitars for this one.

9.   Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – White Palms

Monstrous bass riff just rolls over everything in its path.

10.  Laurence & The Slab Boys – Ballroom Killer

Moody, groovy 80’s torch rock of the Nick Cave or The Church variety.

11.  Black Moth Super Rainbow – Side 9

Soundtrack to a late 60s space movie.

12.  Little Scream – Cannons

Montreal singer arrives fully formed with wonderful, electric blue glam bombast. Free download at RCRDLBL

13.  Austra – Beat And The Pulse

Tense and dark electropop outta Toronto. Love the eerie harmonies.

14.  The Helio Sequence – The Echo Blomp

Young Effectuals track brings a dash of blissed out space pop.

15.  Lush – Sweetness And Light

Timeless, classic shoegaze from the opening to track to Gala.

16.  Grimes – Devon

Don’t be fooled by the bossa nova opening beat. This cool chillwave track channels both Lush and Kate Bush.

17.  Acrylics – Sparrow Song

More 4AD-indebted glory, this time from Brooklyn.

18.  Wyla – Tomorrow I’ll Know

Glacial melodic ballad with great narcotic baritone.

19.  Kurt Vile – Ghost Town

Folky dream pop from the much-feted musician. Love the ending.

20.  Bonne Nouvelle – An Ending (To An Unwritten Film)

Musicians: naming tracks after unwritten films will get you played on this podcast. This just happens to also be a beautiful, soaring tune.

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Sountrack2 Ep. 47: Rocket Fuzz

Ringo Deathstarr, Chapterhouse, Dead Leaf Echo, Spotlight Kid, Husky Rescue & more


Non-stop shoegaze anthems turn sweet and lovely. Sorta.

1. Ringo Deathstarr – Imagine Hearts

Shoegaze funk off Colour Trip. If the new album has more like this, I’m sold.

2. Husky Rescue – Fast Lane

Groovy indie pop with bursts of guitar. Grab it on their latest Ship Of Light.

3. Maikotobranco – Hello, Goodbye

Heroic rock and roll, more indebted to Rush or Yes than The Velvet Underground. Blistering drums and guitar riffery. Shoegaze prog?

4. Simon Says No! – See Me Through

Dark garage from Oslo band. Check out their self-titled debut.

5. Loomer – Rocket Fuzz

Though named after a My Bloody Valentine song, I’m hearing Dinosaur Jr. and nods to The Wedding Present.

6. Catherine Wheel – Free Of Mind

Sinister beauty off of 30 Century Man. Tracks like this make me consider doing a Catherine Wheel podcast.

7.   Spotlight Kid – All Is Real

Swervedriver-loving UK band swirl away to great effect.

8. Triángulo de Amor Bizarro – El Fantasma De La Transición

Spanish band delivers a noisier version of Broken Social Scene.

9. Mash – Rise

Will not do lazy band comparison….will not do lazy band comparison…glammy J-rock melts into downtempo groove then acoustic coda.

10. Dead Leaf Echo – Act Of Truth

Breathy dream pop that brings to mind Spandau Ballet‘s “True.” There, I said it…but it’s good.

11. Chapterhouse – Treasure

Still kicking myself that we missed this show. But maybe we’ll get it together for Ride‘s second coming.

12. Motorifik – Secret Things

Don’t dismiss this French band as mere Spector wall of sound pastiche. Love the textures over Go-Betweens melodies.

13. For A Minor Reflection – Flóð

Icelandic mellow post rock tune off the Rejkavik sampler comp. Big finish.

14. British Sea Power – Bear

New Zeus tune sounds like a classic mellow number of theirs: “How could you fall so far?” Then they take off.

15. My Bloody Valentine – Blown A Wish

Visitors from another planet touch down.

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