Posts Tagged ‘The Pains of Being Pure At Heart’

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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In Concert: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Guest posted by Heather Morrison of

Toronto has a great live music scene.  On any given night, Torontonians can pick and choose from a number of concerts, genres and venues. On Tuesday night I ventured to Lee’s Palace to see Brooklyn’s The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Because their latest (self-titled) album had been stuck on my iPod’s repeat list for the last week, I couldn’t wait to see them live.

Any band that mans their own merchandise table before the show gets an instant nod of respect. It shows that they are truly down to earth, and happy to socialize and talk with their fans. As they took the stage, the energy (and temperature) of the Palace rose. Over the next hour they played songs from their last album, as well as a new one called “103” which is set to be released on Slumberland Records this summer.

For those not familiar with the POBPAH, the style is very much a mixture of indie rock and dream pop. It’s fun, light-hearted and easy-to-dance-to music that makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. I danced to the entire show with a perma-smile plastered to my face, and joined the crowd’s enthusiastic demand for an encore.

Post show, I contacted the band’s PR rep to ask a few questions – I wanted to know a little bit more about the POBPAH and was happy to get a quick response.

The Pains of Being Pure At Heart at Lee's Palace April 28, 2009

Heather: What do you like most about Toronto?

Kip (guitar and vox): People in Toronto were so awesome. It’s hard to say what “one thing” about their awesomeness was most awesome, but everyone was inviting us to stay at their place or help us out in any way we needed. Each time I’ve been to Toronto I’ve always wished we could stay longer and just hang out more.

Peggy (keys and vox): People in Toronto buy merch!!  And the ones who do are sooooo nice. Seriously. We’ve played Lee’s Palace twice now and I always make sure to hang out at the merch table the whole time.

Heather: Brooklyn seems to be busting with great bands lately (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV On The Radio) – do you attribute this to any specific subculture or movement taking hold in Brooklyn?At the merch table

Kip: I think there are great bands happening all over– not just Brooklyn. Right now my favorite band is from San Francisco, and is called “Girls.” We are going on tour with them this summer and are really excited about it!

Peggy: Yeah, it is cool though because there’s never a shortage of good shows.  And all our friends are in awesome bands.  There’s like, at least 3 shows a week!

Heather: Peggy admitted to having a slight obsession with Degrassi High (as it’s also one of my own guilty pleasures, this only made me love her more ). Does she have a favourite character?

Peggy: Rick is my favorite, but he was only on like 6 episodes.  I also love Lucy’s style, and I find Snake really endearing, the way he’s so awkward around girls.

Tuesday’s show kicked off their tour. The band is now south of the border for a couple months before heading overseas. If you’re in the area, and can spare ten bucks to catch one of their gigs, you won’t be disappointed. The POBPAH are defintely a band to watch out for – it’s only be a matter of time before I utter the phrase “I remember seeing them when…”

For the audiocast featuring The Pains of Being Pure at Heart’s “Contender”, click, download or subscribe in iTunes.

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