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Soundtrack2 Ep. 87: Fading Out

Al Lover, Boris, SPC ECO, Girl Loves Distortion, Blouse & more

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Burning up, then fading away…

1.   Spacemen 3 – Starship
How the blues should’ve turned out – from the 2007 rarities album of the same name.

2.   Darker My Love – Blue Day
Shredding glam garage rock and roll.

3.   Verma – Salted Earth
Imagine “Radar Love” played by a bunch of  motorik-obsessed psych heads.

4.   Outrageous Cherry – Girl You Have Magic Inside You
’67 psychedelia re-incarnated.

5.   Thee Oh Sees – The Dream
Slightly abrasive, yet stellar ringing garage.

6.   Al Lover – Black Magick Starter Jacket
Killer throbbing psych drone anthem from Satanic Tambourine. Almost asked how I had never heard of him before, but then I remembered his Beefheart tribute. This is way better.

7.   Girl Loves Distortion – Psychic Raygun
Been wanting to play this one for ages…yes.

8.   Vinyl Williams – Higher Worlds
Nice, slightly off-kilter groove here.

9.   Boris – Spoon
You had me at the intro. This is what shoegaze is all about. Thrilling track from upcoming record New Album, due Nov. 25.

10.  Lush – The Invisible Man
This band’s never been among my fave early shoegaze bands, but they’re definitely under-represented on S2.

11.  SPC ECO – Fading Out
This band’s done a lot of great stuff, but I like how this new track off  You Tell Me really channels the Cocteaus.

12.  Blouse – Time Travel
Cool Broadcast-style dark electro popper. Wish I knew what that classic synth sound was from…

13.  Eight And A Half – Scissors (Tokimonsta remix)

Broken Social Scene member’s tune gets the glitchy electronic treatment. Pick ’em both up at the link above.

14.  The Blanche Hudson Weekend – Screen Test
Can’t say I love everything on their new album You Always Loved Violence. But this lonely desert ballad’s drone drew me in.

15.  Icarus Himself – MCO
This reminds me a more muscular Low. Get it on last month’s Career Culture.

16.  Zombie Girlfiend – Sleeping Song
Epic slow burner off The Great Plain.

17.  Chatham Rise – Gone
This band is named after an area of the ocean floor near New Zealand. Real underwater psych drone.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 81: Blinder

M83, Atlas Sound, Patterns, The Telewire, Astral & more

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New M83 and Atlas Sound tunes got me thinking of all the great electronic goodness out lately.

Then it gets kinda crazy. Rock and roll sticklers: you’ll probably want to skip directly to 33:02.

1.   Mister Little Jeans –  The Suburbs

Space pop cover of Arcade Fire’s signature tune.

2.   Class Actress – The Weekend

Nice one from “Brooklyn’s own Madonna.” Is this a synth-swashed riposte to Rebecca Black’s “Friday?” BTW the RB hyperink was left out intentionally.

3.   People Press Play – Kaleidoscope World

The 80s meet the 60s, somewhere near Alpha Centauri via Denmark.

4.   Clockart – Greener

Really “Felt” this hypnotic, gorgeous dream pop tune.

5.   Atlas Sound –  Te Amo

Mr. Cox goes all Animal Collective on this new tune. Some of his finest singing I’ve heard: “You’re always down…”

6.   Young Man – Nothing

Nice acoustic finger picking over swelling synths and electric guitar colour. Check out Ideas of Distance, out Sept. 27.

7.   Patterns – (New Noise)

A chronicle of the human condition in nearly five minutes. Just love the beats on this tune.

8.   M83 – Raconte-moi Un Histoire

Advance track off Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming (out in October) brings to life the vivid imagination of children, much the way Car Chase Terror scared the hell out of you. If the album is half as good as this, we’re in for a treat.

9.   Space ECO – Shine On Down (Alan Moulder mix)

Great remix from 3D. Huge, glorious track.

10.   The Telewire – Launch The Ice

Great shoegaze call to arms that is probably the quickest seven minutes I’ve ever heard.

11.  Polyester Embassy – Air

Progressive Indonesian shoegaze from the Fake/Faker album.

12.  Radar Men From The Moon– Intergalactic Dada & Space Trombones

Chris is still recovering from Friday’s Kyuss show. I didn’t go, but it inspired me to drop this face-melting stoner epic. This Dutch band is so into stoner rock, they tag their bandcamp page with it twice!

13.  Teenage Mary – Stole My Soul

Psych shoegaze from Carlisle.

14.  Astral – Blinder

Fantastic shoegaze tune from the ten-year veterans.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 77: Something’s Burning

Neon Indian, Ume, Frankie Rose, The Horrors, Morpheme & more

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1.   This Poison – Poised Over The Pause Button

Off the coveted CD86 compilation, this is the missing link between Josef K and The Wedding Present: “With a pen in my hand a glint in my eye, I wrote that stupid note…” Brilliant drumming too.

2.   The Bedflowers – Madly In Love With 25 People

Great 80s riff with sweet vocal melodies.

3.   Selebrities – Can’t Make Up My Mind

Don’t be fooled by the Cindi Lauper opening. This Delusions track has some icy dark undertones and a lovely Peter Hook-style bass at the chorus.

4.   Cut Off Your Hands – Hollowed Out

New track that recalls Echo & the Bunnymen or even Simple Minds. Off their album Hollow, this track also has a huge chorus fit for a John Hughes movie.

5.   The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Steel Daughter

More rocking tune from the Japanese edition of Belong.

6.   Secret Shine – Way Too High

Cue the buzzing guitars, punchy bass, and Splenda choruses.

7.   This Scarlet Train – Picture Frame

Love this shoegaze power pop ballad, very much in the style of…

8.   Ride – Something’s Burning

Do you get a huge smile across your face every time a Ride song kicks in? I do. Especially with this rare track’s  catchy, hopeful vibe.

9.   Pale Saints – Throwing Back The Apple

A shoegaze rock and roll classic from In Ribbons.

10.  Ume – Captive

Austin band’s latest track is post punk with a bit of Metric thrown in. Check their site for a link to the free download.

11.  Frankie Rose – Soma

My fave cover from Stereogum’s very good Stroked covers album. Fits quite nicely here, if I must say.

12.  Cave – Adam Roberts

Chicago band drops some driving psych motorik electronica. Is that a Farfisa I hear? Looking forward to Neverendless dropping Sept. 20.

13.  The Horrors – Moving Further Away

They return with 8 minutes of Neu!-inspired loveliness. Another curveball from the ever-changing band, but works for me.

14.  Morpheme – Red Dog

Dean Garcia’s latest dose of dark, dense and crunching electronic shoegaze. If you like Curve and SPC ECO, check this out right away.

15.  Teenage Sin Taste – Some Girls Are Darker Than Others

Music fit for wearing a trenchcoat and sunglasses, preferably at night. Cheers to WTSH for the tip.

16.  Neon Indian – Fallout

Slowing it waaay down now. Preview of the dreamy chillwave coming out on next album Era Extraña.

17.  Youth Lagoon – July

We’re continuing our tradition of ending with a massive tune, so prepare to be stirred with this one.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 71: Finally Home

Her Vanished Grace, Colourmusic, Boris, Night Music, SPC ECO & more

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Lots of great stuff this week, including three bands named after interesting people. Enjoy!

1.   Colourmusic – Yes!

Want pounding, slightly feverish rock and roll with great use of noise?  Look no further than this US/UK group. Taken the very good My ________ Is Pink album.

2.   Headtime – Slowly

Echo And The Bunnymen-style opener gives way to explosion of rock and roll. Couldn’t find much info on the band – anyone?

3.   Endless Wave – Land Of The Sun

Boston band drops some shoegaze with great Zeppelinesque choruses.

4.   SPC ECO – Gone

Regular listeners know that we love SPC ECO here at S2, so we just had to feature another tune from the Big Fat World EP. Huge, ethereal shoegaze loveliness by former Curve man and friends.

5.   Her Vanished Grace – Passenger

Is this from the new Ivy album? Nope, it’s some dreamy power pop outta New York. [Update: I’ve replaced the band link above, which also has this track available as a free download.]

6.   Rebecca Peake – In The Park

A Google search reveals several Rebecca Peakes, but none of them have much to do with this band’s sound. Dig in for 7+ minutes of ringing, distorted guitars over midtempo shoegaze melodies.

7.   The Chemical Brothers – Let Forever Be

Psychedelic dancefloor classic with killer vocals from Noel Gallagher. It’s off Surrender.

8.   Boris – Hope

Pulled from Attention Please, one of two new albums by the band. This is their shoegaze-y one, which has some good tracks and vocals by Wata. Like the use of strings on this.

9.   The Men – ( )

Holy sh!t. If there were any more guitars on this, I’m sure it’d set a world record. Iggy-inspired rock and roll overload from Leave Home.

10.  And So I Watch You From Afar – Gang (starting never stopping)

Irish band drops a frenetic combination of Battles, fusion heroes like Billy Cobham (see Spectrum), and Van Halen. This has been out for a while but I haven’t figured out where to slot it in till now.

11.  Sri Aurobindo – Towards The Sun

Named after a famous nationalist from India, these guys have their drone down.

12.  The December Sound – Drone Refusenik

Speaking of drone, prepare for a psychedelic journey eastward on this track.

13.  Moonbeams – Sundays

Stephen Merritt-indebted shoegaze off their latest album The Daisy Chain.

14.  Honey – Counting Seasons

This Glasgow band seemingly came from nowhere, but we’ve fallen for this epic dream rock tune from Taste It And See. Free download through link above.

15.  Illogical Time Concerns – Holes Of Colors

Another one by this San Fran band, but from Post AD, downloadable for free via above link. Love the dripping vocals over shadowy beats: “Don’t say too much…don’t say enough…”

16.  Alan Watts – Jukebox Dad

Named after the American philosopher and Buddhist, this band delivers a subterranean, highly distorted psych dirge.

17.   Night Moves – Finally Home

First:  this track is from their wonderful album Coloured Emotions, available for free via their website. Go get it. Second: on this track the Minneapolis band somehow managed to bottle Broken Social Scene during their beautiful, quiet moments.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 69: Feels Like Flying

SPC ECO, The Vaccines, Galaxie 500, Capsula, Main & more

Photo by Phil Askew, www.luminouslives.com

1.   Craft Spells – From The Morning Heat

Kicking things off with some jangly romantic pop.

2.   Seapony – Blue Star

Though we recently played another track by this band, we couldn’t resist the sleepy gauze pop on this track. RCRDLBL made it available here.

3.   Kids On A Crime Spree – Sweet Tooth

Surf/power pop from Oakland band. Another from RCRDLBL.

4.   The History Of Apple Pie – Tug

UK band brings some dark power pop. RCRDLBL is on fire recently.

5.   The Vaccines – If You Wanna

Daytrotter provides a sweet reverbed rock and roll track that sends singer Justin Young into hoarse territory.

6.   Prismo Perfect – TV Dream

Noisy post punk from France.

7.   Capsula – Under The Woods

Dark, urgent shoegaze with an air of menace. Check out their fantastic In The Land Of Silver Souls record.

8.   Pursesnatchers – Baseball On The Radio

Krautrock-influenced rock and roll.

9.   13 Engines – Bred In The Bone

This track by Canadian 90s heroes starts as a creeper and then explodes.

10.  White Lies – Is Love

With singing inspired by John Cale or Julian Cope, this tracks just rocks. And props on a great website.

11.  Marnie Stern – Transformer

Difficult to describe this one – full-on sensory overload in two minutes? Would love to see this played live.

12.  Main – Feed The Collapse

Classic by former members of Loop. Minimal and spooky.

13.  Elbow – Fallen Angel

Beautiful, ethereal rocker off Cast Of Thousands.

14.  SPC ECO – Feels Like Flying

Speaking of ethereal…brand new stunner from SPC ECO’s Big Fat World EP. Get it here.

15.  Galaxie 500 – Another Day

Legends channel Velvet Underground on this gem from On Fire.

16.  Soft Crest – Young Blood

Just fantastic new track from this LA band. Inspirational.

17.  Cortney Tidwell – Oslo

Nashville represents on Daytrotter with this wistful dream pop tune. Don’t tell Chris, but it makes me reflect fondly on The Sundays.

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