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Soundtrack2 Ep. 91: Destiny

Killer 2011 tunes from Veronica Falls, Damien Jurado, The War On Drugs, I Break Horses, M83 & more

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Every week or so, we feature a hot mix of brand new tracks with classic gems. But this week, we decided to look back at some of 2011’s best bands. Though we’ve featured some of them on previous podcasts, now we’re dropping other great tracks from their albums.

Of course, once we started we couldn’t stop – so enjoy your 90 minute journey deep into shoegaze, psych and electronic territory.

Tell us – is there anyone we missed?

1.   The Black Tambourines – White Album
UK band kick things off with some incendiary psych garage. Pick it up on the Chica EP.

2.   Cloud Nothings – Understand At All
This lo-fi popper bore its way into my head.

3.   Doctors – Heaven’s Gate
Imagine A Fistfull of Dollars crossed with Easy Rider.

4.   The Raveonettes – Recharge & Revolt
Raven In The Grave didn’t grab me at first listen, but this wistful pop number owes as much to The Radio Dept. as it does their other rock and roll influences. In other Raveonettes news, they released a rarities album that I’ve yet to dig into.

5.   His Clancyness/ Shimmering Stars – Not Growing Up
More great garage lo-fi, mixed with some Phil Spector beats.

6.   Real Estate – Younger Than Yesterday
The best bands often make music that sounds simple. If you don’t own Days,  you’re missing some of the simplest pop perfection out there.

7.   Veronica Falls – The Fountain
Another great 60s-indebted harmonizing band. Love the sadness and menace put to music as love goes wrong.

8.   Damien Jurado – Nothing Is The News
Wow. I didn’t know Mr. Jurado, so I expected to hear a mellow singer-songwriter or something. But this track conjures up images of a groovy band jamming in a cellar while a hurricane rages outside.

9.   //orangenoise – Rabblerouser
This heavy melter from Karachi’s finest just squeaked onto the list due to its early January release date.

10.  Wooden Shjips – Rising
West tune busts out the smoke machines for more than five minutes of disorienting drone.

11.  Odonis Odonis – Seedgazer
Another off-kilter rock and roll tune from the Toronto crew’s Hollandaze album.

12.  Ringo Deathstarr – Down On You
Re-discovering the heavy, dark shoegaze of Sparkler.

13.  The Horrors – I Can See Through You
Another gem from Skying that reminds me yet again that lead singer Faris Badwan is a cross between Killing Joke‘s Jaz Coleman and Simple Minds‘ Jim Kerr.

14.  Tammar – The Last Line
The track of the week  comes from a band that seemingly came out of nowhere. Soaring rock and roll with krautrock textures. File this song in the “Never want this song to end” category.

15.  The Joy Formidable – Whirring
The Big Roar had a lot of great tracks on it, and this one’s just huge. Looking forward to more from this band in 2012.

16.  I Break Horses – Load Your Eyes
Beautiful glacial electronic shoegaze from Hearts. Vocals here remind me a bit of Emm Gryner. Is that Anthony Gonzalez adding synth texture?

17.  The War On Drugs – It’s Your Destiny
Slave Ambient  had a great downhome electronic vibe, kind of like Grandaddy. But what makes it really special are all the unique, memorable tunes on it like this.

18.  Bachelorette – Not Entertainment
Her latest self-titled album didn’t get a lot of fanfare this year, but I suspect there’s a hardcore bunch of people like me who drool over her exquisite ethereal electronica.

19.  Tycho – Hours
Chillwave anthem from earlier this year.

20.  Washed Out – Amor Fati
Another big chillwave track that I’m glad I dusted off for this. Profound and passionate.

21.  M83 – New Map
Speaking of which, here’s some glorious electronic shoegaze from what many consider one of 2011’s best albums.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 82: High Note

Whirr, Ringo Deathstarr, Mood Rings, Veronica Falls, Odonis Odonis & more

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1.   Pujol – Mayday
Brash, garage rock and roll that shakes up the core formula.

2.   We Walk In Straight Lines – War(m)
Urgent, passionate indie rock that lands just on the rights side of emo.

3.   Whirr – JuneBouvier
Lovely shoegaze with great washes of guitar and vocals.

4.   Holy Stain – Explosion
Bristol crew drop a scorching shoezage tune off free EP Sun Zoo.

5.   Ringo Deathstarr – Some Kind Of Sad
Sparkler cut that revives the ghost of Love and Rockets. Seems to share a bassline with the previous track.

6.   R.M. Hendrix – Ivorine and Chai (Our Sanguine Holiday Mix)
Straight up transcendant shoegaze from Cambridge, MA.

7.   Luna – Rollercoaster
Driving riff and drumming that doesn’t even take a break for a chorus! Listen carefully for the cool lead guitar overtop…almost a counter-melody.

8.   Beaches – Free Way
Damn I love Sonic Youth, even 25 years later and from Australia. That is all.

9.   Pantone – Dream For Hours
Glorious bass-heavy indie rock off Claire’s Several Bands Galore. Don’t blink or it will be over.

10.  Mood Rings – Exorcised Painting
For lack of a better adjective, this is fantastic “moody” reverb-drenched power pop.

11.  Night Manager – Pizza Pasta
Distorted girl-group melodies from Brooklyn. Imagine The Shangri-La’s dating the guys from Primal Scream.

12. Veronica Falls – The Box
Simple, gorgeous Buddy Holly-inspired power pop. I could listen to that chorus for hours.

13.  Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Little Blu House
And down comes the veil. Dayrtotter session takes us up the river.

14.  Odonis Odonis – Highnote
Tune of the week. Totally unclassifiable, but catchy and cool. Put your sunglasses on. Proud to say they’re from Toronto, too.

15.  A.A. Bondy – The Heart Is Willing
Drone-filled creeper from former Verbena man’s Believers album. Brings to mind The Black Angels.

16.  Chapel Club – The Shore
Haunted lament for what’s been lost, recorded at Big Orange Studios. Who said there are no great songs anymore?

17.  The Nocturnes – Love
Hard to describe this one – sadcore?

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 76: Failure

Washed Out, M83, Girls, PacificUV, Dum Dum Girls & more

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Tons of great new stuff this week. Dig in.

1.   Burning God Little – Notes On Being Snowblind

Swinging track that puts a spring in your step.

2.   Tahiti 80 – Defender

French electro poppers come back with a vengeance on The Past, The Present & The Possible.

3.   Battles – Sweetie and Shag (featuring Kazu Makino)

Slept on their latest, but I’m catching up now. Sweet vocals courtesy of the Blonde Redhead singer and very cool disonant keys during chorus – is that a steel drum I hear?

4.   M83 – Midnight City

Another new huge tune from Mr. G. Less shoegazy than his last record, but just as 80’s-influenced. Available for free download via his site.

5.   Public Transport – Up All Night

Sweet, big electronic pop courtesy of Duncan Bailey. I like my instrumentals, but this tune would just soar with female vocals.

6.   Washed Out – You And I

The chillwave masters return.

7.   Valentin Stip – Anytime Will Do

Montreal noir minimalism, available on RCRDLBL.

8.   PacificUV – I’m Here (But It’s Not Me)

Intimate and lovely. The latest track in their monthly free series.

9.   Stargazer Lilies – Ahhh

Glacial shoegaze.

10.  Dum Dum Girls – Coming Down

On their latest, I hear a cross between Mazzy Star and Low. This band just keeps getting better.

11.  Alec’s Band – The Great Dong Of Darkness On A Motorcycle

Noise rock instrumental that transforms from ballad to bombast. And based on this band’s song titles, I’m thankful there are no lyrics.

12.  Wooden Shjips – Lazy Bones

Groovy psych journey into the swamp. RCRDLBL.

13.  The Jesus And Mary Chain – Supertramp

Hey, this isn’t “The Logical Song!”  Brace yourself for this Munki classic with “Tomorrow Never Knows” drumming, punchy bass and a cool chorus.

14.  The La’s – Failure

Someone wrote Mojo to diss The La’s. Yes, they’re overhyped because of their low output. But listen to this performance and tell me you’re not blown away.

15.  Veronica Falls – Come On Over

London crew runs down some pounding indie rock.

16.  Girls – Vomit

The online reviews I’ve read of their latest tune don’t describe it well. Best I can do is Led Zeppelin‘s “Since I’ve Been Loving You”, mixed with Eels that ends as a Bowie or T. Rex glam soul anthem. “Come into my heart…”

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