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Soundtrack2 Ep. 92: On Impulse

Tokyo Shoegazer, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Menkena, Reina Republicana, Lilys & more

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It’s 2012! Let’s get to it.

1.   Buddha On The Moon – Coastal Hwys
Killer Houston shoegaze off the well-named Stratospheric album.

2.   Swirlies – San Christobal De La Casas
Stone cold crunchy shoegaze classic from a criminally overlooked band.

3.   The Boo Radleys – Take The Time Around
Giant Steps anthem, complete with the weird cut out in the middle. You should check out what that part looks like in WAV form. A hidden message?

4.   Tokyo Shoegazer – Just Alright
There are walls of guitar, and then there are wall of guitar. Very nice.

5.   Lilys – The Hermit Crab
Another gem from Eccsame The Photon Band which nicely documents their shift from In The Presence Of Nothing shoegaze to the mod-pop The 3 Way. BTW Kurt, if you’re listening: new album please? It’s been six years!

6.   The Domino State – For Now
This London band sounds like a more blissed out version of Dears.

7.   Violet Age – Caledonia
Some nice dream rock out of Vancouver.

8.   We Were Promised Jetpacks – Act On Impulse
Intense, glorious rock and roll off In The Pit Of The Stomach. “We died alone…”

9.   Dive – Reverberation
Full on midtempo Japanese shoegaze from 2003’s Freeze Frame.

10.  Tearwave – Nothing’s Wrong
Slowdive-indebted ethereal pop tune from apparently defunct band.

11.  The Fauns – Cool Stuff (Mastermind Mix)
Very nice dream pop offered as a free download at the end of the year. More please!

12.  Engineers – Twenty Paces (A Shoreline Dream remix)
I loved their two previous records, but it took some time for To An Evergreen to speak to me.  Lovely futuristic sound on this track.

13.  Menkena – Rocketships
Great buildup – from dusty roads to the deepest reaches of space. One of the many great tracks on With You I’ll Travel.

14.  Reina Republicana – Verano
The track of the week comes from Pamplona, Spain. Great electronic synths during the verses explode into orchestrated choruses.

15.  Eleventhfloorrecords – Jassafraine
Nice Swedish electronic dream pop that I’ve wanted to drop for a while.

16.  Narrow Sparrow – Moon Temple
Every so often there’s a track that doesn’t really fit anywhere. So why not put it at the end of a mix?

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 74: Unseen

Moonface, Swirlies, Younghusband, Centro-Matic, Lunch & more

Photo by Phil Askew, luminouslives.com

1.   Miracle Fortress – Tracers

New post punk tune gets the ball rolling. This track reminds me of a far cooler version of Talking Heads. Freaky breakdown too.

2.   Moonface – Fast Peter

Wolf Parade guy gets his epic synth rock on.

3.   For Those Who Know – Competition (Drone Control Remix)

Blissed out dream pop with great washes of guitar and heavily distorted vocals.

4.   Apparat – Black Water

Producer Sascha Ring drops a slow moving dream pop beauty here.

5.   2muchachos – Magic Tanner

Glacial organ from this Russian band reminds me of some tracks from the fabulous National Parks Project.

6.   Fallen Rule – Let People Not Be Your Foundation

Heart-on-sleeve rock grandeur in the Irish tradition of U2 and The Frames.

7.   Starfyler 59 – Play The C Chord

A classic midtempo rock tune with a slight twang.

8.   Eleanor Friedberger – My Mistakes

Trying something a bit different with this track from one half of The Fiery Furnaces. Reserve judgement until the track fully kicks in.

9.   Centro-Matic – Only In My Double Mind

Texas crew brings glimmering, hopeful rock and roll with lovely harmonies. Bit of an Arcade Fire vibe.

10.  Lunch – Turn Around

Remember The Replacements? Imagine them gone shoegaze…sorta.

11.  Radical Dads – Walking Wires

80s-style indie pop from Brooklyn.

12.  Younghusband – Carousel

Song of the week! Glorious shimmering shoegaze available from RCRDLBL.

13.  Swirlies – Sound Of Sebring

Fabulous moody shoegaze from 1996’s They Spent Their Wild Youthful Days In The Glittering World Of The Salons.

14.  Airiel – Airtight Angels

Yes! Swirling shoegaze rock and roll. Must play more Airiel.

15.  Bailterspace – Unseen

Air bass time! Killer nihilist shoegaze from the legendary Kiwi band’s Aim EP.

16.  White Noise Sound – Sunset

Waiting for the second coming of Spacemen 3? Look no further.

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Soundtrack2 Audiocast 43: Sunburn

Autolux, Tamaryn, Starflyer 59, Film School, No Age & more

1. No Age – Glitter

Didn’t like this one so much initially, but it grows. Distorted noises make this track.

2. Film School – Heart Full Of Pentagons

New track that sounds very New Order. Nice though.

3. Heartbeat Hotel – Fins Of A Shark

Now we’re talking. Dreamy shoegaze, available at the Toronto band’s Bandcamp.

4. The Drums – Let’s Go Surfing (Raveonettes Remix)

Summer’s in full swing with this righteous garage rock tune. Recommend you follow it with “Surfin’ Bird” on your next surf mix.

5. Party Photographers – Piano Vache

Philly band deliver some reverb ringing guitar.

6. Rancho Relaxo – Black Nectarine From The Simian Heart

Now these guys are interesting. Straight outta Norway, with lots of good songs. This one’s inspired by 90s BJM.

7. Tamaryn – The Waves

Heavy drone rock from the streets of San Francisco.

8. Swirlies – Pancake

Note to self: play way more Swirlies. Marvellous noisy midtempo shoegaze.

9. Autolux – Census

Ode to Canadian PM Stephen Harper’s showdown about data collection? Or the latest claustrophobic transmission from a long-forgotten space outpost? You decide – and check it out on Transit Transit.

10. Beat Connection – Sunburn

Groovy mood piece that seems to keep coming back. Surf Noir EP is free from their Bandcamp.

11. The CQ – Dreaming

Shoegaze of the MBV variety. Love the vocals and chorus. Props to WGWB.

12. Laboratory Noise – The Value Of Experiments

These guys are clearly Doves fans, but that’s not a bad thing if they make an epic rock tune this good.

13. Starflyer 59 – You’re Mean

Rejected for our first episode, this slacker-gaze track works itself into the mix.

14. Eternal Summers – Pure Affection

Lazy but slightly dreary tune suggests that – despite the title – summer is winding down.

15. Tracey Thorn – Kentish Town (Walls Remix)

Oddly compelling ambient remix that bubbles under with MIDI snaps, sequencer chimes and dissonance. It’s  a long way from EBTG.

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Soundtrack2 Audiocast3: Snowblind

Ulrich Schnauss, His Name Is Alive, Blonde Redhead, Pale Saints, Deerhunter & more.

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