Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Shoegazer Sunday: Sugar Plant’s “Rise”

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Sugar Plant are on the softer end of Japanese Shoegaze. Here they are with “Rise.”

Their Happy EP (which includes “Rise”) is available from iTunes.

Weird Al Brings The Grammar

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

I bet every high school English teacher in America will be showing this to their class come September…

Shoegazer Sunday: Galaxie 500 Covers Joy Division’s “Ceremony”

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

For your Sunday dose of Shoegaze, here’s Galaxie 500 covering seminal punk band Joy Division’s “Ceremony”:

Shegazer Sunday: Tripwires’ “Cinnamon”

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

For your Sunday dose of Shoegaze, here’s UK psychedelic shoegaze outfit Tripwires (not to be confused with Midwestern frat rock band Tripwire) with the short, high octane “Cinnamon.”

I think the video features footage from Alejandro Jordowsky’s Holy Mountain, which includes some very brief nudity.

Shoegazer Sunday: SPC ECO’s “Fallen Stars”

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

For your Sunday dose of Shoegaze, here’s another shot of SPC ECO with “Fallen Stars.”

This is off their new album Sirens and Satellites, which I liked enough to buy. The overall sound features very pretty, very spacey background synthesizer washes with poppy tunes and understated female vocals somewhere between Florence + The Machine, Sarah McLachlan, and Tori Amos, with a dash of Yoko Kanno. The emotional feel of the album is a lot like Malory’s Outerbeats.

Shoegazer Sunday: Bertoia’s “Snow Slide”

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

How long has it been since I featured an obscure Japanese Shoegazer band? Well that’s too long!

Here’s Bertoia‘s “Snow Slide,” which proves once again that low-rent costumes and dreamquest fantasies are a fine hook to hang a music video on…

Shoegazer Sunday: School of Seven Bells’ “Faded Hearts”

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Here’s “Faded Hearts,” another track from School of Seven Bells’ Put Your Sad Down EP. When I first listened to the EP, I kept skipping it because I didn’t like the sound of the first 15 seconds or so. But once you get past that it’s a really engaging song. And Alejandra Deheza still has a great voice.

The music for both this and “Put Your Sad Down” are both sort of pop-electronica on the surface, but lyrically and emotionally, both are dealing with the same affecting subject matter: how to convince someone who’s dying to keep living.

A Nice Cover of Genesis’s “Entangled”

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Stumbled across this cover of Genesis’s “Entangled” off Trick of the Tail by a band called Hydria while looking for something else, and liked it enough to put it up.

It’s a crunchier, almost power ballad version, which actually works quite well for the song.

Shoegazer Sunday: Civic’s “Innocent”

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Here’s “Innocent,” another track of Japanese band Civic‘s debut album Toilet Monster.

Civic gets compared to Supercar, and while I can hear the resemblance, Civic has a rawer sound, like a garage band who just started meshing a few weeks ago. I like that high energy rawness, and some have labeled Civic “Noise Pop,” if that’s a real thing.

I’ve found and ordered Toilet Monster from a domestic source, and I hope to have a more detailed report if/when it comes in.

Shoegazer Sunday: Dead Mellotron’s “Weird Dreams”

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

Since I have a lot of weird dreams, and remember the Mellotron from Genesis, I was already inclined to like Dead Mellotron‘s “Weird Dreams.”