Posts Tagged ‘Sonic Youth’

Soundtrack2 Ep. 97: Disorder

The Megaphonic Thrift, The Golden Filter, Odio Paris, Keith Canisius, This Love Is Deadly & more

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1.   This Love Is Deadly – Sweet Dependency
Starting things off with adrenaline-fuelled distorted glammy rock and roll with a 90s bent. Their self-titled new album is out and it’s solid.

2.   Highlands – Railroad
Love the intro/chorus of this drone-y footstomper.

3.   Constantines – Young Lions
A stunner from the Canadian band’s excellent Shine A Light album.

4.   The Megaphonic Thrift – Queen Of Noise
Another excellent new album release that makes me think it’s 1995 all over again. Or 1988, if you dig this Sonic Youth homage.

5.   Presents For Sally – We Always Smile Sweeter
Driving mini-anthem from the UK.

6.   The Sunshine Factory – Can’t Be Found (Falling Down)
You know when a song’s so good you’re sure you heard it somewhere before? When that ringing guitar kicks in on this track, you’ll know what I mean.

7.   Go For Gold – A Way Of Changing
Not my usual thing, but the harmonies used by this Danish band during the choruses hit the spot.

8.   Odio Paris – Big Business Monkey
Another dark rocker from this excellent Spanish band.

9.   Mentalease – Sunday
Tidal psychedelic shoegaze from…Des Moines.

10.  Thee Heavenly Music Association – Angelic Disorder
The Exile In Guyville Liz Phair vibe grabbed me right away. But this goes deeper and trippier.

11.  M A Y Г L E Y – СТАНЬ СЛАБЕЙ
Been sitting on this brooding dark Russian chillwave for a while. Apparently this is translated as “become weaker.”

12.  The Golden Filter – Age Of Consent
Interesting stripped down take on the classic New Order tune, courtesy of Mojo. Pretty cool that the tune still works minus the original’s famous bassline.

13.  Keith Canisius – Save The Sharks
Could I finally be ‘getting’ Keith Canisius? A couple of his tracks have gotten my attention recently. There’s a beautiful, classic pop song quietly hiding here.

14.  Matthew Dear – Headcage
I snapped up this EP shortly after it came out because MD tracks are always worth a listen. Interesting how his sound continues to evolve. This track sounds like it could have come out on My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts.

15.  Active Child – Johnny Belinda (White Arrows remix)
Cut-up samples mixed with falsetto vocals lends this tune a dramatic aura. Till next time.

 

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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. 68: Our Ritual

Screen Vinyl Image, Giant Drag, //orangenoise, Washed Out, John Maus & more

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1.   Jesse Ruins – Dream Analysis

Murky electronic pop outta Japan.

2.   Screen Vinyl Image – Tomorrow Is Too Far

Love the dark, dreamy glamour in this one off the split 7″ with Rude 66.

3.   Niva – Dizzyeyes

Lovely modulated goodness from Feverish Dreams.

4.   John Maus – Believer

This guy’s all over the music blogs, and it’s for good reason. His last album’s fantastic, and here’s one off next month’s We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves.

5.   Washed Out – Eyes Be Closed

Gorilla vs. Bear posted this great ambient chillwave track from new album Within and Without. Coming out in July, this track kinda reminds me of the 80s.

6.   //orangenoise – Trust (Alien Panda Jury‘s Reprise)

Karachi bands converge for this violin-heavy head trip.

7.   SECRETWARS – Pregnant California Wives

Waves of delicious distortion from Mexico City.

8.   Jace Lasek, Olga Goreas & Shadrach Kabango – Take Two Last Night and Call Me in the Morning – NWT

What do you get when you send rapper Shad and the Besnard Lakes into the wilderness for the National Parks Project? This drifting yet menacing track.

9.   Should – Broken

Rainy day dream pop from their new Like A Fire Without Sound. Fans of The Radio Dept. will dig this.

10.  Minks – Our Ritual

Slightly dreary but gorgeous dream pop off By The Hedge. Pick it up when you have a chance.

11.  gold-bears – Record Store

This week’s party jam courtesy of Atlanta crew with a love of Husker Du and Superchunk.

12.  Samideani – Do You Remember

Nice high energy three-chord garage pop from Italy. Real Vaselines vibe on the singing.

13.  Daylight’s For The Birds – For Now

Now we’re entering my archives. 2007’s Trouble Everywhere had some gems, and this is one of ’em.

14.  Giant Drag – This Isn’t It

In the mid-2000’s, a loud band with a fantastic female vocalist dropped a great record and then went silent for years. Nope, I’m not talking about Autolux. We last featured Annie & Micah on our very first podcast, and their site says Giant Drag has completed their second album. Fingers crossed we’ll hear it soon!

15.  My Bloody Valentine – Honey Power

Nostalgia required me to drop this mighty one off Loveless. Don’t know whether I love the rocking part or the chilled part more. You?

16.  Blind Mr. Jones – Delores

Shoegaze flute anthem from 1992’s Crazy Jazz.

17.  Mystery Machine – Ride

Unsung Vancouver heroes close with a Sonic Youth-indebted stunner from 1992’s Glazed.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 52: Winter Beach

The Sky Drops, Fjord Rowboat, Milk, Sweet Bulbs, Brian Jonestown Massacre & more


1.   Clara Clara – Under The Skirt

Slamming off-kilter rock and roll from French band’s Comfortable Problems.

2.   Sweet Bulbs – Down On My Life

Love the urgent, slightly dark shoegaze on this one. Available here.

3.   Young Prisms – Breathless

San Francisco shoegazers have a lot of great tracks on Friends For Now. This one’s for late nights.

4.   Luna Moth – Midori Haru

Lots of bands using this moniker but I can’t find one that’s Japanese and crafts anthems like these. Love the overdubbed guitar parts.

5.   Fjord Rowboat – We Both Know

Toronto represents with some melodic rock and roll. This one’s off their latest Under the Cover of Brightness.

6. The Wrens – Per Second Second

Had this one kicking around for a while. Nice noisy rock and roll from 2002’s The Meadowlands.

7.   The Sky Drops – Explain It To Me

Can’t help but continue to love this band. This new one’s got harmonies, hazy vocals and slightly droning guitar. Looking forward to their next full length!

8.   Quilty – Lizard Queen

They label themselves “grunge”, but there’s more going on here. Pick it up if y0u dig Exile In Guyville or the Scott Pilgrim soundtrack.

9.   Sonic Youth – Cinderella’s Big Score

Quilty led me to dust off this masterpiece from Goo. Stunner!

10.  Kinder – Simple III

Not sure if they are named after German kids or are following the band name trend of adding “er” to the end of words: Collider, Loomer, etc. This one rocks.

11.  Brian Jonestown Massacre – The One

About this time last year Who Killed Sgt. Pepper blew my mind. What a nice change-up. Thought I’d throw in this killer krautrock drone tune.

12.  Milk – Brighton Beach

Epic, drawn-out psych track with eastern influences. They’re offering up new EP Oubliette on their bandcamp.

13.  Lion Club – Paintings of Hungry People

The sun is peeking through your window, birds are chirping and all is perfect. Until the crazy guy at the end of the tune starts talking, of course.

14.  Trembling Blue Stars – No More Sad Songs

This has a strong Mojave 3 sound. This band consists of Bobby Wratten, formely of S2 faves The Field Mice.

15.  Wye Oak – Civilian

Slightly Americana track builds and builds before ending the mix.

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Soundtrack2 Audiocast 34: Epicenter

Pacific UV, The Ruby Suns, Snapper, Field Mice, The Frames & more.

Dipping into the archives a bit more this week. There’s lots of new stuff in the hopper for the next one!

1.   Kinski – Rhode Island Freakout

Sonic Youth-indebted rocker kicks us off. This one’s off 2003’s Airs Above Your Station.

2. Snapper – Eyes That Shine

Great noisy garage psych from the great 1992 album Shotgun Blossom. Snapper features Peter Gutteridge, previously of The Clean and The Chills.

3. Pacific UV – Know

Been meaning to drop this for a while. Great noisy rock and roll gives way to dreaminess.

4. Oblisk – Epicenter

Propulsive track out of Detroit. This off last year’s Weather Patterns.

5. Nikoo – Gimme Hell

New Netherlands noisepop, taken from their free EP.

6. Disappears – Hearing Things

Catchy off-kilter track by increasingly interesting Chicago band: “CCR via Minor Threat

7.   Aerial Love Feed – Rockethouse

Bombastic Britrock out of New York.

8. Ornaith O’Dowd – Car Tapes

Irish Brooklyn-based artist describes this as ” wistful guitar pop number that recalls the romance of making mix tapes for summer road trip.” Sounds good to me.

9. Moscow Olympics – Second Trace

Straight outta the Philippines is MO with a nice melodic pop number off Cut The World.

10. The Field Mice – Sensitive

Sarah Records legends bring the sunny never-want-this-song-to-end C86 pop. The bridge between The Smiths and Adorable?

11. Dreamend – Elipsis 2

This instrumental would be the perfect trackto play during intermission at a My Bloody Valentine concert.

12. The Frames – Sideways Down

A fave track of mine by the Irish band.

13. Hooray! – Honeymoon

Like me some folky dream pop.

14. Invisible Elephant – Time

This instrumental builds in intensity until they hit you with an explosive Bowie/Mott The Hoople chorus. Available on Bandcamp.

15. The Ruby Suns – Closet Astrologer

Lovely. Fans of Animal Collective will really like this band.

16. Team Ghost – Colors In Time

Wonderful shoegaze electronica out of Paris.

17.  Nice Nice – See Waves

A great track that’s hard to pin down. Clash describes it as noise rock, but I’m not so sure.

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