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Soundtrack2 Ep. 109: Mind Flood

Tame Impala, Her Vanished Grace, Arc In Round, Snøskred, Thee Oh Sees & more

Texture, courtesy Vanessa Murray

1.   The Oh Sees – Lupine Dominus
Start off this week’s mix by imagining you’re at a groovy 60s dance club, but the go-go dancers are posessed.

2.   Landing – We Lie In Fields
Veteran ambient crew pick things up on their engrossing self-titled latest album.

3.   Tame Impala – Apocalypse Dreams
They’re back! Good to hear their familiar sunshine psychedelia a la Magical Mystery Tour, but hoping their full-length will kick things up a notch.

4.   The Raveonettes – Observations
Here’s a group who is messing around with their signature sound on Observator. Great piano and smooth vocals give a much smoother sound, but just as sinister.

5.   French Kicks – Also Ran
Digging through digital crates on these next few tracks. Listening to what’s coming out these days now, I wonder if the ethereal groove rock on 2006’s Two Thousand was ahead of its time.

6.   Delays – On
Always enjoyed 2004’s Faded Seaside Glamour by this British band. Fabulous guitar and harmonies.

7.   Sam Roberts – Mind Flood
My fellow Canadians know Sam as a straight ahead rock and roller. But I’ve always loved this slightly epic tune that explodes into  intense psychedelia at 4:25.

8.   Oblisk – Overcast
This tune matches the slow/fast dynamic of the last tune, but swaps the downtempo rock for drone psych.

9.   The Telescopes – There Is No Floor
Pushing deep into the red with this classic from Taste. Plus I love this title.

10.  Snøskred – We Are
Big up to superb blog Sounds Better With Reverb for pointing me to this great single. Sounds like a shoegaze version of the Broken Social Scene.

11.  Black Market Karma – Cocoon
Really digging their latest record, also called Cocoon.

12.  Her Vanished Grace – Break Down
Track of the week comes from their latest album Star-Crossed. This killer tune with a chorus that could light up the sky. The album comes with a few very nice nods to the Cocteaus.

13.  Shallow – Out Of Focus
Love me some minimal, hypnotic reverb-drenched shoegaze.

14.  Arc In Round – Time Spent
I’ve been looking forward to this band’s latest self-titled record for agesDefinitely worth picking up if you like both the smooth shoegaze pop heard here and something harder.

15.  She’s So Rad – Confetti
New Zealanders’ latest continues their tradition of wrapping infectious melody around electronic pop.

16.  Saint Saviour – Midnight City (M83 cover)
As M83 continues his never-ending tour, here’s a great cover from the UK. To me, this sounds as if Kate Bush has channelled jazz legend Mark Murphy‘s talent for brilliantly vocalizing instrumental parts.

17.  Parlovr – You Only Want It ‘Cause You’re Lonely
Montreal “sloppy pop” trio deliver this captivating gem.

18.  Echodrone – Cold Snap
This band’s melodic post rock continues to grow on me with this latest album Bon Voyage.

19.  Honey – Cape Canaveral
Could’ve sworn this was an American band until I read they’re from Glasgow. Goodnight folks.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 108: No Sense

Japandroids, Grooms, Bailterspace, The Flaming Lips, Beach House & more

Post War Years

1.   Japandroids – Continuous Thunder

Kicking things off with the closing track from Celebration Rock, referred to by Songs & Cigarettes as an album “ripped from your youth.” My take? “Heroes” for a new generation.

2.   Wyla – Fill In
This band continues to impress on the solid Night Fits album. Love the Autolux vibe here.

3.   Electro Group – Green Machine
Stunner from the Lifter/Green Machine EP that has the intensity of the great Bailterspace. Wouldn’t it be great if they came out with some new music?

4.   Swervedriver – The Birds
On a bit of a late-period kick for some classic shoegaze bands. This one’s from 1998’s excellent Ejector Seat Reservation.

5.   Grooms – Dreamsucker
Some hyper Brooklyn rock and roll.

6.   Eternal Summers – Wonder
Propulsive power pop out of Virginia.

7.   Cookie Duster – Two Feet Stand Up
Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene leads a new crew to higher heights on When Flying Was Easy.

8.   Ride – Gonna Be Alright
More late period Britpop goodness off overlooked Tarantula.

9.   Bailterspace – No Sense
New music from this seminal New Zealand dark shoegaze band. Cool to see they didn’t ape their old style.

10.  Grave Babies – Fuck Off
An atmospheric, reverb-drenched anthem off Gothdammit.

11.  Pontiak – Royal Colors
Switching gears from trenchcoats to brain melting psych. That’s just how we roll.

12.  The Flaming Lips – Children Of The Moon (feat. Tame Impala)
Peeling back the onion that is the The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends. So excited to hear some new TI tunes!

13.  Ombre – Cara Falsa
Pitchfork tells me this band consists of Julianna Barwick and Helado Negro. Plus their Believe You Me album is on the way.

14.  The Steals – All Coming Back
Lovely dream pop from a few years back.

15.  Beach House – Lazuli
I wasn’t crazy about first single “Myth” so I’ve slept on this album. Then this track drew me back to the mothership.

16.  Cloud –  Childhood
This chillwave track sounds like it’s been playing in my head for years.

17.  Post War Years – Glass House
Track of the week: glorious electro pop from the UK.

18.  Diiv – Wait
Some nice shoegaze from new album Oshin (get it?) on Captured Tracks.

19.  A Dancing Beggar – Stars Bring Us Closer (Franz Kirmann remix)
A slow build, but the atmosphere on this remix just transported me.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 67: Endless Drive

Future Islands, Elf Power, The Voices, Golden Ages, Pacific UV & more

Photo by Phil Askew, www.luminouslives.com

1.   Para Siempre – Adolescence

Starting things off with in the red, urgent yet murky punky pop.

2.   The Catherine Wheel – Let Me Down Again

Black Metallic rocker with just deadly choruses. This one’ll get inside your head.

3.   Future Islands – Walking Through That Door

Just a fantastic song with glorious synth work and a great groove. Never want this to end.

4.   Medicine – Astral Gravy

Brash, glammy rock and roll from 2003’s The Mechanical Forces Of Love.

5.   Tame Impala – Alter Ego

A highlight they dropped at last night’s show at The Phoenix. But then they topped it – by covering Massive Attack‘s Angel! Was also surprised to see they weren’t using drum samples…the drummer was amazing.

6.   Crystal Stilts – Silver Sun

Another one from the Brooklynites’ new record. They’ve struck a nice mod-surf vibe on it.

7.   Lowtide – Underneath Tonight

Shoegaze pop from last year’s You Are My Good Light EP.

8.   Elf Power – Skeleton

One of the more sinister tracks off the Elephant 6 band’s The Winter Is Coming album.

9.   10 Second Dynasty – Endless Drive

Epic 10-minute shoegaze anthem. Anyone have info on this band they can share?

10.  Black Forest Of Opium – Afyonkarahisar Battle Cry

Winner of this week’s award for Most Embarassing Band Name To Have To Say You’re Listening To. Great drone-y tune with some heavy lyrics about crushing down enemies.

11.  The Voices – When The Black Sun Sets

More shoegaze psych off the Cardiff band’s Death Of A Lover’s Song album.

12.  The People’s Temple – Sons Of Stone

Killer drone psych that is a must for fans of Brian Jonestown Massacre or The Black Angels. The vocalist reminds me of someone, but I just can’t my finger on it…[Update: Turns out it was Chris Wilson of the Flamin’ Groovies.]

13.  The Morning Clouds – The Wrong Things

New track that channels the classic reverb-heavy ballads of the 60s.

13.  Pacific UV – Float

Free track from April available through their site. Brings Spiritualized to mind.

14.  Ghost Animal – In Your Room (Golden Ages remix)

Churning guitars and insistent synths over heart-on-sleeve vocals. Original’s nice too.

15.  Pale Suns – Here Is

Shimmering waves of noisy beauty.

16.  Sun Glitters – Everything Could Be Fine (The Astroboy remix)

Oscillating intense electronic remix takes us home.

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Two great bands do Daytrotter

If you like live-in-the-studio performances, head on over to Daytrotter. Our faves Tame Impala and Bear In Heaven both warmed up the studio recently.

Bear In Heaven (Oct. 11)

Tame Impala (Oct. 12)

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Soundtrack2 Audiocast39: Crescent Gold

The Whigs, Sleepcomesdown, Tame Impala, School Of Seven Bells, SPC ECO & more

Gotta say I’m excited about this mix.

1. David Holmes – I Heard Wonders

Illuminating space rock from talented UK musician.

2. Sun Airway – Put The Days Away

Cross Quebec’s Arcade Fire with Scandinavian bands like The Radio Dept. and you get – this Philly duo?!?

3. Between The Cities Are Stars – All This Trouble

“Noisegaze” straight from the garage, from Noise’s Revenge.

4. The Smashing Pumpkins – Astral Planes

Never been a huge SP fan (except maybe during Rock Band) but intrigued by their spacey rock tune. Nice coda.

5. Shattered Darlings & Liquid Kisses – Radio

Now we’re talking. C86 pop mixed with classic shoegaze, available for free via their MySpace page.

6. SPC ECO – Like It Is

Filed under the “they’re getting better and better” category, a glorious dreamer off April’s Silver Clouds EP.

7. Hollow Ox – 2012

Droney deep rock out of Nashville: “Twenty!…Twelve!..”

8. School Of Seven Bells – Crescent Gold

SOSB is a cut above – way, way above – the usual nu-gaze stuff coming out these days. Soundtrack to late night/early morning reverie off the Windstorm EP. And yes, I know I played them on the last podcast.

9. Insect Guide – David Hero

Something very familiar about this UK band’s dream pop – maybe a Joy Zipper connection? From what I can tell, no relation to Stephen Hero, Patrick’s band following the demise of Kitchens of Distinction.

10. The Amazing – Head Beaches

Slowin’ it down with some pastoral dream folk. Rest of Wait For A Light To Come is like this, but mellower.

11. Lower Dens – Hospice Gates

Groovy dream pop out of Baltimore.

12. The Whigs – Dying

Murky new one off In The Dark takes us deep into the vortex.

13. Tame Impala – This Is Not Meant To Be

John Lennon smiles on this track by Perth, Australia’s finest. Love this.

14. MMOSS – Kitty Sorrow

Psychedelic drone singalong, for fans of bands like Olivia Tremor Control.

15. Ride Into The Sun – Chosen One

Into The Black Angels and BRMC? Then you’ll dig the six and a half minutes of dronerock here.

16. Sleepcomesdown – State Trooper

Brain melting, heavy cover of Bruce Springsteen‘s State Trooper.

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