sexta-feira, 27 de julho de 2012

Broken Water

Raising from Olympia, WA, they're one of my most pleasant musical discoveries of the last two or three months. This power trio (yes, they deserve the adjctive "power") are dedicated to make noise, harsh and loud, and accomplish it majestically! Their sonic universe draws many tones from Shoegaze related acts like the well-beloved Jesus and Mary Chain and Black Tambourine, of course, but I can see they must praise Sonic Youth as their biggest influence (you will SWEAR Thurston Moore is singing at the second track, "Coming Down"). Of course, it's not a matter of copying and pasting. Some kind of tribute, that's how I think. As if it isn't good and crazy enough, there are some pieces sung in japanese language. We all know j-people are very inspired when it comes to make noise, right? so... now you can forecast what's going on here. ;)

I'll let the brand new record, Tempest, right below. That's a must for everyone Shoegaze, Noise Pop, No-wave, Grunge related. Enjoy! :)

get it! (new link from Mega)

quinta-feira, 26 de julho de 2012


Sup, fellas!

About one of tonight's post (yep, there will be more later, just hold on!), I'll let the mentor of the project, Tom Lugo, I'm talking about speark for himself first:

"Shishi 石獅 (Imperial Guardian Lion) , an indiepop group formed in 2012 in the suburbs of Philadelphia.They blend stylish beats, pop synths, shoegaze guitars to create a refreshing and unique approach to indiepop songwriting".

Sounds good, huh? But it is even better than I've imagined! ShiShi just have one single, the fresh-newborn "Nick of Time", which you can listen right below in the bandcamp link. They (Tom and Jamie, the last one being responsable for the vox) follow a very electronic Shoegaze-esque Dream Pop approach, which relate them to some recent acts like Screen Vinyl Image as much as old school classic people in the vein of Black Tambourine, Cocteau Twins (yep, I hear some strong echoes coming from the beloveth Garlands era) and even New Order! I'm not what you call a great fan of this electronic approach in Indie, Shoegaze and etc. music, but these guys have really caught my eye (and ear drums!), and otally deserve a few minutes of your attention! ;)

bandcamp / facebook / soundcloud


Swirlies was born around 1990 at Boston, USA, whose main members are Damon Tuntinjian and Seana Carmondy. They have never really disbanded, although they just make concerts once in a blue moon since the '00s. But never mind, as they already digged their special homeland at the Shoegaze microcosmos. Their sonic approach has a more noisy, lo-fi edge than their british mates, which gives them a closer vibe to acts such as the lo-fi masters of Guided By Voices or even the early era of Sonic Youth, as examples. But their music is not that simple, as their "rougher" approach of their songs are also well sprinkled with sugared female vocals and poppy melodies, which embraces all the album in sheets of tenderness, haziness and oneiric delirium.

I'll let the Blonder Tongue Audio Baton (as far as I'm concerned, this record was named after a very obscure graphic equalizer made in the early '60 and it was largely used at the recording of the album) right below. For me, it's a gem of one of the few "old school" Shoegaze bands coming from North America, so it's mandatory that everyone connected to Shoegaze, Noise Pop or any breed of  '90 Alternative Rock should listen to it at least once in your lifetime.

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Mixtape #2 - Raise your gaze!

Sup guys! Paloma here.

This is my first contribution, and with much endearment I present you this mixtape containing tracks that will help you through your day, be it just to help you focusing, or helping you to get out this dull dimension we orbit. Well, there you will find classic bands such as Chapterhouse and their uplifting "Pearl", My Bloody Valentine and their "Lose My Breath" which I imagine to be a hell of a good song to listen to while ~~le sexy tiem~~ You will also find some really new shoegaze acts such as Ringo Deathstarr and Tamaryn. But my favorite 'nugaze' band I can say it is Youngteam. They are fresh but at the same time they have that late 80's/early 90's atmosphere.
I suck at descriptions,I beg your pardon , but my love for music is genuine and it is a great pleasure to share good music with you special people :)

Lush - Nothing Natural
Youngteam - Ashes
The Boo Radleys - Spaniard
Ringo Deathstarr - Summertime
the Fauns - Fragile
Ride - Polar Ride
Tamaryn - Love Fade
My Bloody Valentine - Lose My Breath
Tears Run Rings - How Will Others Survive
A Hundred Times Beloved - Swirl A Half-Hearted
SPC ECO - Fading Out
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Heaven's Gonna Happen Now
Chapterhouse - Breather
Mellonta Tauta - Pull The Chariot
An April March - Stardust
Me You Us Them - Me You Us Them

enjoy! (new link)

terça-feira, 24 de julho de 2012


Helium came to life at mid-1992 at Washington, D.C and owner of two full-length albuns, The Dirt of Luck (the one you'll find just below, in case you're in a hurry or just don't want to read me) from '95 and Magic City, which came at 1997 via Matador Records, besides some singles and EPs. Headed by Mary Timony, who joined them in 1993, Helium is very hard to classify; you'll find all the elements that made '90 Alternative Rock so special and beloved to us until these days, although they are quite different from almost everything you have heard. At overall they look like a curious mix between Sub Pop and 4AD universes, whose melodies summon names such as Throwing Muses and Belly to our minds, however, it wouldn't be unusual to think of Pixies (early era), The Breeders, Hammerbox, Swervedriver when listening to them... and, still, it's not enough to describe their versatiliy.

I'm surprised (actually, amazed) that they didn't go huge or at least scored one big hit when they were active. They made a slightly moderate hit at 1995, with the opening song "Pat's Trick", but that was just it. Maybe it was the wrong timing, since Alternative Rock was going though freefall popularity at the mid-to-late '90. Or maybe it's just matter of bad taste and dirty ears from the public. We'll never know. Whatever was the reason, it's an underrated cult gem from the golden '90, imo, and everyone should at least give a careful listen to it! ;)

update: New The Dirt Of Luck's link, besides links for '97 Magic City album and the EPs '94 Pirate Prude and '95 Superball. ;)

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get it! (new link from mega)

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segunda-feira, 23 de julho de 2012

Mixtape #01

Hello, buddies!

I'm Carlos André, and together with Paloma Mondego, the two brazilian seekers, we're creating this virtual space here. ;)

I thought of what could be a good starting post, and I came to the conclusion that a classic album or a nice mixtape, just like oldschool people (or even ourselves) used to do several revolutions of the Earth around the Sun ago, would be nice. Well, I chose the second one. It stares bands and songs from cult people forgotten by the dusty action of time (Helium, The Telescopes), rising upcoming artists (The Vandelles, and classical fellows (Cocteau Twins, Pixies), some of the people that have been strolling around my mp3 player or my media player at these weeks. At the end, we got 16 mixed tracks running about an hour long.

Did it sound or taste good for you? So... enjoy it! ;)

Mixtape #01 tracklist:

The Vandelles - Fever of the Beat
YoungTeam - Black Lodge - Lady Luck
Singapore Sling - Demoniac
Pixies - Bone Machine
The Telescopes - Celeste
Autolux - Sugarless
múm - This Nothing On The Faraway
Lorelle Meets The Obsolete - Waiting For The Orange Sunshine
A Place to Bury Strangers - Revenge
Felt - The World Is As Soft Lace
Helium - Silver Angel
Belly - Dusted
Swallow - Follow Me Down
Cocteau Twins - Seekers Who Are Lovers

enjoy! (new link)