Something Sunny and Strange from Oslo.
Click On The Link here for Audio Player: Dråpe At Oya Festival, Oslo – December 7, 2013
Over to Oslo tonight to the Oya Festival which started on Wednesday of this week going into its 15th year, and features, along with a stream of Norwegian bands, appearances by Alabama Shakes and Blur.
Tonight it’s Drape, one of the up-and-coming homegrown Norwegian bands who have been getting a lot of attention lately and have been seen at some of the other festivals around Europe this year, most notably Primavera Sound in Barcelona this past Spring.
Described as a mixture of Shoegaze and Alternative, they’ve been tagged as one of the bands to watch from Norway since 2011, Drape have been touring a lot lately to promote their debut album Canicular Days.
Here they are on opening day of the Festival, August 7th.
Festival season is still going strong.
Getting Ethereal for the weekend.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Beach House in concert at Paleo Festival 2013 – Nyon, Switzerland – July 24, 2013 – RSR
Staying at The Paleo Festival 2013 tonight for a set by Baltimore Dream Pop/Space Merchants Beach House (actually, one half of the band, Victoria Legrand is from Paris . . .but the band did form in Baltimore so . . .), recorded on July 24th, just one day after Sophie Hunger.
What I am loving about the current festival scene is the eclectic nature of it – a lot of musical styles are getting mashed up under one tent, and there’s something refreshing about that. Nobody seems afraid to experiment and nobody seems afraid to try different things. That bodes well for the continued cause of music and new genres to form.
Beach House are of the well-defined Dream Pop genre, but they are still wildly enjoyable to listen to. Victoria Legrand’s voice has the right essence of ethereal to make it compelling for repeated listenings. Initially formed in 2002, Beach House really didn’t get off the ground until the release of their self-titled first album in 2006. With a lot of positive Press and favorable audience reaction, the band started to take off.
Now they’re on their 3rd album and the audience is building. They’ve been touring quite a bit and that’s helped cement the reputation.
Tonight’s post ought to get you acquainted to them if you aren’t already – or let you know what you might have missed earlier this week if you weren’t around Nyon, Switzerland to catch them up close and in person.
Braids – Canadian Shoegaze comes to Berlin.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Braids – Live at Lido, Berlin – June 28, 2013 – RBB Berlin
Shoegaze from Canada tonight, live in Berlin at the “Introducing . . . .” showcase at Lido, recorded June 28th of this year. Braids is originally from Calgary but have re-settled in Montreal. With their second album slated to come out in August, Braids have gotten much good word of mouth in the Canadian Press, and their first album Native Speaker was shortlisted for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize in Canada in 2011.
Fronted by Raphaelle Standell-Preston, the band originally got started in high-school in Calgary around 2006, and put out their first ep a little while later. After relocating to Montreal they began work on Native Speaker, finally finishing it in late 2010.
After much gigging and work, their sites are set for broader horizons, having completed their very first U.S. tour and topping it off by appearing at SXSW.
The show in Berlin marks their very first foray on to European shores.
Pretty auspicious start. Pretty bright future. Pretty nice reception.
They like them in Berlin – so much so, they’re coming back in the Fall. They are also slated to come to Los Angeles in October.
. . .and growing pains.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – News for July 1, 1947 (Gordon Skene Sound Collection)
During a day where the political and socio-economic growing pains were dragging on throughout Europe, talk about the strange weather gripping the U.S., from extreme drought to extreme heat, had everyone peering ominously at the recent Atomic Bomb tests in the Pacific, asking if those mushroom-shaped clouds had anything to do with the weird weather. And on this July 1st in 1947 the answer from the Weather Bureau was an emphatic no. Meanwhile, the Mississippi River in the St. Louis area was overflowing its banks in record amounts and causing widespread flooding – the most in 103 years.
So while Washington basked in the steaming-wet gym sock of Summer heat, life went lumbering on. Strikes were threatening all over the country and negotiations were feverish. Another storm of controversy surfaced when the President suggested, as reaction to the Rent Control situation, to suggest Congress nvestigate the Real Estate lobby. The Home Builders and Real Estate Associations were accused to applying pressure to members of Congress with misleading and false propaganda regarding President Truman‘s Housing programs.
Word from France was anticipated pessimism over the latest Paris Economic Conference. Word was waited during the broadcast, but the much hoped-for communique hadn’t come. So everyone speculated for the worst.
And that’s a lot of how the day went, this 1st of July 1947 as told by H.R. Baukhage over ABC Radio.
Ride – a lot more than shoegaze, but the wall of guitars were a dead giveaway.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: [audio https://pastdaily.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/ride-in-session-bbc.mp3]
Perennial favorites Ride tonight. One of the memorable bands of the 90s (for me anyway), they were at the forefront of the “wall of guitars” sound that started up in the late 80s. Sadly, they never really caught on in the U.S. (not for lack of trying – they had a slew of eps and all their albums were available for a time) and the band eventually called it a day in 1996.
They left behind some great music and quite a number of live sessions, done for John Peel and others at The BBC.
Tonight it’s a group of tracks (4) from their 1994 period:
2. Walk On Water
3. Since Then
4. Let’s Get Lost
By 1994 the band’s sound was evolving, away from the dense wall of guitars into a more Psych approach. Still, they were putting out some memorable material.
If you aren’t familiar with them, by all means – crank this one up, but look for their early material as well.
If you are familiar with them – you know what to do.
Postiljonen – Indie from Sweden – music from heart.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: [audio https://pastdaily.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/postiljonen-and-north-pole-live-at-sveriges-radio.mp3]
Checking out the latest from Stockholm tonight with a set recorded live by Sveriges Radio of Swedish Indie/Alt/ band Polstiljonen just a few weeks ago.
They’re new to me and pretty new as a band (together since 2011). With no album or ep out, they’ve been gigging around Sweden and picking up a good following in the process and making waves on the Indie scene. With the lush and ethereal vocals of Mia, the band are rapidly becoming someone to watch over the coming months.
And you get to check them out performing live here.
Lucky, aren’t you?
Ushering in Dream Pop to go along with Shoe gazing.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: [audio https://pastdaily.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/cocteau-twins-session-oct-10-1983.mp3]
One of the early practitioners of Dreamscape and Experimental Electronica, Cocteau Twins came very much to be synonymous with the 80s and the Atmospheric turn the decade took in music.
Embracing a minimalism in their music, Cocteau Twins and the ethereal vocals of Elizabeth Fraser caught on quickly. And their influence was felt in several other bands during that time.
Tonight it’s a recorded for John Peel at The BBC on October 10, 1983, they do four songs:
1. Sugar Hiccup
2. In Our Angelhood
3. My Hue And Cry
4. Musette and Drums
Shortly after this session, Will Heggie, one of the founding members of the band, quit and was replaced by Simon Raymonde, whom they met during a session for the one-off project This Mortal Coil. That session produced their cover to the classic Tim Buckley Song Of The Sirens and, along with new bandmate, their career and fortunes climbed to new heights.
They would eventually call it quits by 1997, but this session from 1983 catches them just as they are starting to take off, during their formative years.