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Soundtrack2 Ep. 88: Beat City

A Place To Bury Strangers, True Widow, Big Deal, Shimmercore, Pray TV & more

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1.   The Family Cat – Push Comes To Shove
Glorious fast strummed 80s power pop.

2.   Pray TV – Sure I’m Sure
Aussie poppy post punk with great bassline. Check out Lost Transmissions at the link above.

3.   Teenage Fanclub – Sparky’s Dream
Had an urge to play the fabulous harmonies of the ‘Club.

4.   Killed By 9V Batteries – This City Is Lit When You’re On Top Of It
Lovely slice of dissonant indie rock outta Austria.

5.   Big Deal – With The World At Your Feet
Track of the week. Great harmonies and production on this track from Lights Out. Brings to mind Wye Oak going up the country.

6.   The Mandelbrot Set – Lush
More early 90s warmth for folks who love Revolver. Nice flourish of guitar at the end.

7.   [The] Case Worker – National Runner
Sorry for all the lazy comparisons, but this sounds like the kind of track Sam Roberts should be putting out now.

8.   Shimmercore – Come Crash With Me
One of many very nice tracks from this Indianapolis band’s Dronelands album.

9.   True Widow – S.F.H.D.
Love the gritty, minimal guitar on this track.

10.  Teen – Just Another
Wonderful mood here. Imagine the organ from “When a man loves a woman” crossed with Galaxie 500.

11.  Model Morning – Without You I’m Lost
Epic deep dream rock from Your Worst Enemy. Realized that I’ve actually played their killer track “We Go All Night” on two S2 episodes!

12.  Poem Rocket – Karel Appel
Sonic Youth-indebted rock and roll you can dance to.

13.  The Air Was Thick – Drones
Kind of weird underground shoegaze.

14.  Pollux B – Brunettes
Solid Melbourne shoegaze off the wonderful I Heart Noise compilation.

15.  The Raveonettes – Beat City
It’s Saturday night after the apocalypse – let’s dance!

16.  A Place To Bury Strangers – So Far Away
It’s an unwritten rule that new tracks by this band will get played here. Very nice. Look for their Onwards To The Wall EP Feb. 6.

17.  I, Noiseferatu – In The City
Dark shoegaze with buzzsaw guitar, courtesy of a band with a connection to Stellarium.

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Soundtrack2 Audiocast11: Forgotten Favourite

Posies, Crash City Saints, Teenage Fanclub, Dirty on Purpose, Revolver & more

What has chiming guitars, glorious choruses, and two- or three-part harmonies?

The Jonas Brothers? Er….maybe.

But also – the blistering, power pop episode of Soundtrack2. Inspired by the Posies’ upcoming reunion show, we’ve mixed 60 minutes of tracks by bands that might not normally be featured here.

Whether you like or hate power pop, you’re encouraged to listen to the mix and let us know what you think!

Check out Soundtrack2 Audiocast11 here.

1. Teenage Fanclub – Star Sign

The mighty Scots kick things off in style with a track from their Bandwagonesque classic.

2. Revolver – I Wear Your Chain

Often mentioned in the same breath as Ride, this poppy band also has the bedroom britpop thing going on. Didn’t realize until now that the bassist went on to found Death in Vegas, featured in Audiocast1!

3. Curtain Society – Marigold Girl

Tight, snappy number from the New England trio’s Volume, Tone, Tempo record.

4. Ash – A Little Less Ordinary

Ok, “Girl From Mars” is awesome but didn’t fit here. Instead, we went for this one off Nu-Clear Sounds.

5. Velocity Girl – Forgotten Favorite

Taking their name from a Primal Scream b-side, most of their music…well…didn’t sound much like Primal Scream. Love the drive and chorus on this track though.

6. Dirty on Purpose – All New Friends

Brooklyn band demonstrates on this fine track that indie (indy?) rock is alive and well.

7. The Spinanes – Valency

“Collared vampire what is it at night” sounds like a line from Twilight, not the opening line to this classic power pop track. Props to Chris for turning me on to this band.

8. The Posies – Solar Sister

This shimmering ball of energy comes off the brilliant Frosting on the Beater, to be performed in its entirety this June in Brooklyn. If you like this track, buy all their albums.

9. The Apples In Stereo – Beautiful Machine, Pts. 1 & 2

Upbeat, effervescent pop from Robert Schneider’s consistently great band. They tore it up with Sloan at Toronto’s Church at Berkeley a few years ago. Free mp3 if you sign up for their mailing list at the link above!

10. Phoenix – 1901

Great garage-pop track off forthcoming Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix album (I know, I know…) album, due out May 25.

11. The National – Apartment Story

Love the noisy melody and poppy beat. These guys remind me of Spoon on downers.

12. Felt – Textile Ranch

Bring on the funky bassline, high-shine guitar, snare and throw in an organ! If you like mellow dream pop soul, also see Felt’s “Primitive Painters.”

13. The Magnetic Fields – Famous

Their new-ish Distortion record is good, but this track was Soundtrack2 material.

14. Amps – Pacer

Chiming slacker anthem from Kim Deal of Breeders/Pixies fame.

15. Crash City Saints – We Came To Dance

“Rock and roll’s a joke, it’s a fashion show.” Nice New Zealand-style power pop with a layer of distortion.

16. Darling Buds – If I Said

Pummeling paisley psych pop – if that makes any sense whatsoever – off the fantastic CD-86 compilation.

17. Wild Poppies – Canon Over A Grey Sea

Speaking of NZ pop, those that like Bats/Clean/Chills with some added fuzz guitar will love this.  Not to be confused with Brooklyn band of same name. Head nod to the Doledrums.

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