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Soundtrack2 Ep. 104: Movies Without Sound

Crocodiles, Handsome Furs, Here We Go Magic, Garbage, pacificUV & more

Things are heating up.

1.   Here We Go Magic – How Do I Know
Starting with a fix of glorious twee indie pop.

2.  Crocodiles – Endless Flowers
Lots of well-deserved buzz about this shoegaze garage band. Looking forward to release of Endless Flowers next month.

3.   Zero Toy – Michael
Gotta love the reverb on the guitar here. Gimme L.A. indie rock!

4.   Stagnant Pools – Nothing To Do
Submerged shoegaze off Real Lies.

5.   Garbage – Felt
Nice shoegazey track off their latest Not Your Kind Of People. Anyone see the Foo Fighters doc and get a glimpse of Butch Vig in the studio?

6.   Stay Calm – Let Me Clear My Throat
A minor epic that brings to mind S2 faves The Secret Machines.

7.   2PPM – Movies Without Sound
Sounds like a jam session at 3 a.m. in an abandoned warehouse. Their moniker stands for “two people playing music.”

8.   Monoland – Alba
Classic shoegaze sound from Manouva.

9.  Centro-Matic – Janitorial On Channel Fail
Full blown, emotional crunchy 90s rock a la Yo La Tengo or Guided By Voices. No idea what the lyrics are saying, but they sound profound.

10.  The New Year – The Block That Doesn’t Exist
Neurotic lo-fi of the billiantly-named Newness Ends album.

11.  Meat Puppets – Severed Goddess Hand
I’ve been wanting to play this Too High To Die song here for years. Enjoy the sunburnt psych funk.

12.  Damien Jurado – Reel To Reel
Second track we’ve played from the sublime and soulful Maraqopa.

13.  Airiel – Funerals
More stratospheric shoegaze from latest EP Kid Games.

14.  Melody’s Echo Chamber – Crystalized
Imagine Rachel Goswell fronting Tame Impala and you’ve got our track of the week.

15.  pacificUV – Be My Only Shallow Love (remix)
Prolific band drop more shoegaze and beats.

16.  Ladyhawke – Black, White and Blue (All Saints basement session)
Nice groovy pop track with bouncy chorus.

17.  School Of Seven Bells – When You Sing
Lose yourself in this monster Ghost Story track.

18.  Handsome Furs – Dead + Rural
Chrome Waves tells me this Wolf Parade spinoff has called it a day. Here’s a fitting farwell. On a related note, it appears that Dan Boeckner has a new band with Britt Daniel of Spoon and Sam Brown of New Bomb Turks.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 90: Invisible

Maribel, Screen Vinyl Image, School of Seven Bells, The Chambermaids, Deardarkhead & more

1.   School of Seven Bells – The Night
New sublime electronic dream pop that should make you very happy. Look for it on Ghoststory.

2.   Pterodactyl – School Glue
Noise rock that seemed to go perfectly with the previous tune.  Now I’m not so sure…

3.   MaoTzu – Case Closed
Freak frenzied folk psychedelia out of Chicago.

4.   Yakari – Higher Sphere
Arctic indie rock that brings to mind a more-blunted Archers of Loaf. Also – I think this is the first time we’ve featured a Swiss band on S2!

5.   The Faux Noise – Oh Father (Hymn)
Wonderful head-nodding shoegaze.

6.   Earthquake Party – Pretty Little Hand
Walls of garage guitar meet guy/girl pop harmonies.

7.   The Chambermaids – Whirlpool
This is very special. Imagine chords and vocals from Pink Floyd crossed with the Fleet Foxes sound.

8.   Deardarkhead – Invisible
Recently released on Captured Tracks’ new Oceanside: 1991-1993, this is just one of several killer tracks from this obscure shoegaze band.

9.   Maribel – Jezebel Jive
My ears perked up at this new track from their second album Reveries due out in 2012. It’s hard to describe their sound, so according them: “Maribel play dark, slow-burning dream-pop drawing on a wide range of influences from film noir to J Dilla.”

10.  Screen Vinyl Image – Revival
Rip-roaring drone garage from the might SVI. Check out their latest album Strange Behavior.

11.  Ufesas – Part Of The Night
Uruguay band takes us on a journey deep into psych country. So glad this tune is on the mix. It’s intense.

12.  Coolrunnings – Rusk
Where the hell did this come from? Low chant-like vocals interrupted by explosions of psych guitar.

13.  Nova Drones – Leech
Now we’re back to what sounds like an actual tune!

14.  Tashaki Miyaki – Somethin’ Is Better Than Nothin’
Can’t tell if this is a The Jesus And Mary Chain cover or a wonderful homage.

15.  All In The Golden Afternoon – All In The Golden Afternoon
Trippy tune to soundtrack a bad dream sequence.

16.  Galaxie 500 – Tugboat
Stone cold classic from Today.

17.  Mystic Chords Of Memory – We Could Send Letters
Aztec Camera track given the full blown hippy cinema treatment by a now-defunct band composed of members of The Aislers Set, The Tyde and Beachwood Sparks.

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School of Seven Bells: Windstorm video

Windstorm – School of Seven Bells from Vagrant Records on Vimeo.

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Soundtrack2 Audiocast38: Gimme Swelter

School of Seven Bells, Sennen, Sea Exchange, Ursula Minor, Windsor For The Derby & more


It’s hot. Real hot. Need to be cooled down or get the blood boling?

Listen & enjoy.

1. Windsor For The Derby – Queen Of The Sun

Lovely dream pop from upcoming album Against Love.

2.   Stripmall Architecture – Pripyat

Can’t get this one out of my head. Download the elements to remix this yourself.

3. Phillip Eno – Your Name

More fuzzed out dream pop. The band has made this song and a lot more available for free download on their site.

4. Flavor Crystals – Ambergris

A bit of Yo La Tengo vibe here. One of many great tracks on the Minneapolis band’s Ambergris album.

5. Alcoholic Faith Mission – My Eyes To See

Nervy Danish band deliver passionate indie pop.

6. Nikoo – Marquee

Been listening to this hard-to-describe band for a while. Their self-titled album is very good.

7.   Sea Exchange – Schemes

Bit of shoegaze indie pop here. Both of their EPs are great and available for free.

8. Dropping Honey – Foveaux

Watch out! This track by this Sydney, Australia band starts funky but gets huge and noisy.

9. Sennen – Can’t See The Light

Not a huge fan of this band, but their most recent tracks are less murky. This dark shoegaze track is off last month’s Age of Denial.

10.  Garageland – Never Gonna Come Round Here Again

Flying Nun band brings some driving rock and roll off 1996’s Last Exit To Garageland.

11. Ursula Minor – Westphalia

Killer Krautrock. Be sure to check out this Glasgow band’s varied Laudanum album.

12. Band In Heaven – Tunnel Into Your Dreams

Ambient rock off their free demos bandcamp page.

13. School of Seven Bells – Babelonia

Disconnect From Desire won’t be out until July, but this is more than enough to keep me satisfied.

14. Swathes – Very White

Noisy, dense industrial/shoegaze builder.

15.  K-X-P – 18 Hours (Of Love)

According to XLR8R, this band provides “Spaced-out Krautrock-meets-drummy-disco dance party.” Can’t find any info online so here’s a good Altsounds post.

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