Posts Tagged ‘Swervedriver’
Asobi Seksu, Yo La Tengo, No Joy, Ride, Burnt Little Sister & more
It’s our 50th episode. We’re stoked. Thanks to everyone who’s visited the site and enjoyed the mixes.
Let us know what you’d like to see more or less of on this podcast and blog. And as always, feel free to recommend great tunes.
Now back to business!
1. Burnt Ones – Bury Me In Smoke
2. The Nightblooms – Panicle
Da-da-da-da-da-duh…great noisy rock and roll from the Dutch band’s 1992 self-titled album.
3. The Morning After Girls – Straight Through You
BJM-style psychedelia with a bit of mod swirling guitar thrown in. Be sure to check out Shadows Evolve.
4. Spacemen 3 – Take Me To The Other Side
“I have a passion Sweet Lord…” Now we’re really going for it. Probably my favourite song in their psych drone repetoire.
5. Merchandise – I Locked The Door
Dark post punk with buzzsaw guitars out of Tampa, Florida.
6. Whipping Boy – Favourite Sister
Irish band plunges us into the shoegaze pool. This one’s off 1992’s Submarine.
7. Sometimes Always – Old-Fashioned Baby
No link for this “one man” band that mixes garage with C86, but the one above gives some background and links to where you can download a copy from ePop.
8. Asobi Seksu – Trails
Could AS be going back to their shoegaze past with new album Fluorescence? This midtempo track’s a beaut.
9. Ride – Like A Daydream
My excitement at the pending Nowhere reissue made it inevitable that I’d include Ride in the next mix. This one’s off the Smile singles collection.
10. No Joy – Still
Indie buzz band du jour deliver a driving shoegaze track for a late night ride.
11. Broken Little Sister – Little Riot
Wonderful layered dream pop team from the Japanese band’s great Memories, Violets & Demons.
12. Yo La Tengo – Little Eyes
A little riot deserves little eyes, right? This one’s for windswept plains or long drives. From the masterful Summer Sun.
13. Rancho Relaxo – Plan Your Revolution
Close the door, shutter the windows and put on this Norweigan band’s monster midtempo psych tune.
14. Anne – Perfect Teeth
Synth-rich number with plenty of hooks. Available for download on the band’s site.
15. Quiet Lights – Ablaze
Brooklyn band slows it down to glacial.
16. Adam Franklin & The Bolts Of Melody – I Want You Right Now
Their album I Can Sleep For A Thousand Years is so good I had to reach back and put another tune out. Dig this beautiful post-shoegaze ballad that could only come from the former Swervedriver frontman.
17. Happy Showers – Shower
Synth-heavy dream pop.
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
4. Simon Says No! – See Me Through
Dark garage from Oslo band. Check out their self-titled debut.
5. Loomer – Rocket Fuzz
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
12. Motorifik – Secret Things
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.
Lost Rivers, Adam Franklin & The Bolts of Melody, Lilys, Holy Hail, Ride & more
1. Electric Sunset – Soda
Hazy, sunspotted electronic psychadelia from San Francisco. Their Electric Sunset EP hits in September.
2. Birthdays – Van Hands
Hip hop-inspired slight Animal Collective dreamy homage.
3. Aether – Such Charm
Yes, the opening croon sounds a bit like Chris Martin. But keep listening and the insistent synths we’ll draw you in.
4. AC Berkheimer – Off You Go
Nice 80s gloomy number. One of two nice tracks the Dutch band is offering for free on their site.
5. Cut Copy – Where I’m Going
6. Bubblegum Lemonade – Last Time I Saw Andrew
I think this is the only UK track on a S2 mix! Scottish band deliver the draggy/baggy goods.
7. Ride – Time Of Her Time
A classic off Going Blank Again. Decided it’s time to get a Ride t-shirt…anyone have some good options?
8. Adam Franklin & The Bolts Of Melody – I’ll Be Yr Mechanic
Any song with an opening line like “As the gas station burns…” is ok in my book.
AF’s last album was okay, but his new one I Could Sleep For A Thousand Years is really doing it. Hard to choose the one we liked most, so we caved and went with the one that sounded most like his beloved Swervedriver.
9. Lilys – The Any Several Sundays
When I first heard this at Rotate This it blew my mind. Eastern guitar, mid-sixties Byrds, mod chords and some serious drone add up to one monster of a tune.
10. Cloudlight Canyon – Mothlight Pt. 2
Cape Verde dream rockers enthrall for five plus minutes.
11. Megaphonic Thrift – Undertow
Norweigan rockers telling us to turn…it…up. And drive faster.
12. The Secret Machines – Road Lead Where It’s Led
…Which then reminds me of this band and their fantastic Now Here Is Nowhere.
13. Holy Hail – Feels Like Forever
14. The Lost Rivers – Stay
My Beatific Vision indeed. Buzzsaw guitars, 60s beat way more intense than the Raveonettes.
15. Buke and Gass – Medulla Oblongata
What a voice! Crazy bombastic rock and roll with vocals hooks to spare.
16. Moonbeams – I Am Forgotten
West coast band brings some glorious desolation to wind down the mix.
Wye Oak, Th’ Faith Healers, Flaming Lips, Lavender Faction, Yo La Tengo & more
Summer’s in full swing and now it’s time to bliss out. Stay tuned for 60 minutes of dreamy and fuzzed out rock and roll summer choons.
Very excited to see great new stuff and some veteran bands Flaming Lips and Yo La Tengo letting the freak flags fly!
1. Union Of Knives – Opposite Direction
Scottish dream pop outfit gets things rolling in moody style. Very soulful singing over nice keys.
2. Now, Now Every Children – Sleep Through Summer
LOVE this Minneapolis band but couldn’t make it to the Toronto show. Check out the Chromewaves article.
3. Wye Oak – Take It In
Change is good. But it’s even better when the band writes songs as good as Wye Oak. This one’s off their new album The Knot.
4. Twin Sister – Ginger
5. Autorotation – Clearscope
Props to Igor for reaching out to me about his band. I hear some Kate Bush on their album Everything Is Everything, which for me is a good thing. A lot of interesting stuff going on in this song.
6. Flaming Lips – Convinced Of The Hex
Not a favourite band of mine, but the two tracks off their new record have sparked my interest. Dig the UFO Club vibe on this track.
7. Seely – Shampoo
Enigmatic American 90s band I recently discovered. Very interesting stuff.
8. Lavender Faction – Total Change
Wow this track blows me away with its melodic shoegaze psych assault. According to this, LF is the band that inspired Ride’s name!
9. Tree Wave – Realaudio8
Pummeling psych assualt that only a Texas band can deliver. This track can be found on their free EP here.
10. Th’ Faith Healers – Spin 1/2 (S2 edit)
90s shoegaze from the great UK band’s Lido album. Sorry but I had to edit from the 9:35 (!) full version. No chorus to be found anywere – just guitar, singing and samples, baby!
11. Les Thugs – As Happy As Possible
Boy was I sleeping on this band until recently. Really good 90s punk with a noisy psych edge.
12. Swervedriver – Hands
In the Soundtrack2 Audiocast17 & post, I compared about four 60’s-70s bands to Swervedriver. So I thought I’d follow that up with a track off their Raise album’s extended version.
13. These Are Powers – Cockies
Like tribal noise beats, plenty of drone and chanting? Um, well listen to this track anyway from the Brooklyn band’s Taro Tarot album.
14. 93MillionMilesFromTheSun – To The Sky (Parralax Mix)
Heading off into the sunset now. Great new UK shoegaze.
15. Yo La Tengo – Here To Fall
It ain’t over until Yo La Tengo says it’s over. This mysterious track brings to mind the brilliant 4hero, fronted by Patrick of Sloan with Donny Hathaway on keys. It’s also the first track we’ve played featuring a string section. Shark jumped?
A few weeks back, Drowned In Sound did a full week of posts on a type of music we like a lot. Yep, shoegaze.
Digesting it all hasn’t been easy. Particularly since it inspired us to discover tons of new stuff. We’ve recapped a lot of what they discussed and encourage you to click on the links to find out more.
DiS starts with an overview of the genre, then dives into interviews with pioneer Neil Halstead (Slowdive, Mojave3) and current leading light Ulrich Schnauss. Like virtually everyone, they don’t like pigeonholed into representing — or playing — just one type of music.
Ulrich sums it up: “I still feel like I’ve only just started and am still in the process of developing the basics of my ‘musical language’…slowly, over the years I feel like I’m getting closer to a sound that is not so heavily dependent on taking ingredients from the music I grew up with.”
The new psychedelia
I was struck by something Northern Star Records boss Scott Causer said – that shoegaze acts are an extension of psychedelia. It’s no revelation, but when people think of psych bands, many that spring to mind are the ones that imitate the late 60s/early 70s sound.
I feel shoegaze of the late 80s and 90s continued to evolve psychedelic music, and today’s best bands are evolving it further. If you’d like to go even deeper into the discuss of what is and what isn’t shoegaze, go for the interview with Andy Oliver of the Third Wave Collective.
See here for some drool-worthy takeaways:
- Free Northern Star sampler including brilliant Nova Saints track
- Unconventional list of 5 shoegaze albums everyone should own – including Canada’s own Southpacific!
- 50 essential shoegaze albums on Spotify
- Shoegaze mixtape of best 40 tracks
Of course I don’t agree with a lot of the selections, but if you read the comments, neither does anyone else!
To me, that’s a sign of great music – it inspires people to talk about it into the wee hours.