28 December, 2017

2017: A Year in Shows

This was a year for concerts. Last year wasn't (although there was no shortage of shows to attend), and I made going to shows the goal for 2017. And the universe responded, in one of those "careful what you ask for" types of responses.

Granted, most of the shows were of established-to-old bands, but frankly there haven't been to many new bands that have caught my fancy enough to get me out to see them (I missed Chvrches by a year, and will probably have to wait until the new album at this point).

To a one, I can't think of a show that I didn't leave completely and thoroughly entertained by and satisfied with. The Decemberists in Richmond, VA were spot-on as always, with their show closing rendition of The Tain aptly demonstrating not only their sterling musicianship, but the work it takes to pull off this 22 minute song live as well as their willingness to do so.

(Please note, none of the following videos were actually recorded by me. Thanks to the internet, I can enjoy the show and leave others to the chronicling.)

Depeche Mode in DC were stellar. At this point, it would be easy for them to just play a couple of songs off the new album and stick to the familiar hits (a tactic I'm sure many fans would not have a problem with). Instead, they focused squarely on material from the 1990s onward, and made it clear they were touring the new album, as opposed to using the album as an excuse to tour. Their form was perfect, their sound was great, and Dave Gahan moved around more on stage that one night than I do in a normal week.

Speaking of DC, let's not forget Morrissey, not least of all because he actually showed up. Considering that he canceled all the shows on the tour afterward, it was a lucky thing indeed. Perhaps the Der Spiegel controversy had made him circumspect, or perhaps the signs on the door stating the show was being recorded meant I'll have a chance to see the show again on DVD at some point, but Moz was not only on his best behavior (no rants, no Meat is Murder to kill the mood), but he and the band put on one of the best performances I've seen from them (and this would be the fifth time I've caught him). As I treat every Morrissey concert as if it's his last, this would be a fitting note to go out on.

Also in DC, Gary Numan proves to not only refuse to give in to nostalgia, but delivers to a degree that artists half his age aspire to. As with Depeche Mode (and Morrissey, for that matter) he was definitely touring the new album, but made sure to sprinkle in enough classic tracks to keep the fans happy. And he fucking rocked. Personal note: While eating dinner before the show, the friend I went to the show with asked what song I wanted to hear. Grasping, I said "I Die: You Die," from the Telekon album. Not a huge hit, but a personal favorite. So, the show happens, Gary does the main set, then an encore, then comes back out for another encore. On the screen behind him comes the familiar red bands on black motif from the Telekon cover, and within a few notes I realize he's closing the show with my song. Whether it was fate or chance, I'll never know, but it was a great note to end the year's concerts on.

Slowdive and Ride were back after decades-long hiatuses, and performed like they'd never stopped. The Slowdive show in particular was perfection, and meeting Rachel Goswell after the show was a nice touch. AFI offered a nice return to my punk roots, and proved to be just as good as they'd been fifteen years ago when I saw them last (although I missed a lot of that show due to the terrible decision to go into the pit - this time I wisely stuck to the balcony). That show also introduced me to Nothing, who sounded like they stepped right out of the '90s.

Also on the punk note, caught the Damned on their 40th anniversary tour, and even though they're a little slower than in years prior (I could actually understand what Dave Vanian was singing), they still had that fire and wit of decades past. And they even played that song from the Young Ones.

And, of course, U2 had their Joshua Tree tour. Now here's a band not touring on a new album - in fact, one released thirty years prior - but who sounded as fresh and engaged as if it had just come out. I went in somewhat interested in the band, and with the first drum measure of opening song "Sunday Bloody Sunday" was a converted fan. Well played, boys. (It helped that the rest of the show was amazing, and it was great to see a band who knew how to play a stadium and make it feel just as good as a small venue).

Of course there were plenty of shows I didn't make it to (Jesus and Mary Chain, the barely-advertised Specials reunion tour, Kool Keith), but I can't complain. Here's looking to next year.

16 December, 2017

Dreaming in Stereo for December 16, 2017

Will this be the last episode of 2017? I'd like to think not, but I make no promises. I do promise not to do a Best Of show, in any event. Not that it's a bad thing to do, but there was so much great music that came out this year, it would almost be a disservice to only focus on some of it.

Speaking of focus, this episode features a spotlight on releases from The Blog That Celebrates Itself's Bandcamp page. Their latest collection just came out a few days ago, and while listening to it I realized that their catalog in general deserved a segment of its own. Also, who doesn't enjoy a good cover version, especially one that crosses genres? (A shoegaze Ramones collection? Tell me more...)

And yes, that is a new Noel Gallagher song. Hey, I said this show covers Britpop. Listening to it makes me sad that his collaboration with Amorphous Androgynous will never be heard. Tosser!

Anyhow, enjoy!

Hey Elbow - Quest - single
Moon Palace - Shapeshifter - Moon Palace
Lor - Aquarius - single
Alice Boman - Dreams - single
Fawns of Love - The Ghost in You - Highwire Days, The Psychedelic Furs' Reverence - The Blog That Celebrates Itself
Coloring Electric Like - Lullaby - The Cure in Other Voices - The Blog That Celebrates Itself
Klam - Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World - Here Today, Gone Tomorrow, A Ramones Reverence - The Blog That Celebrates Itself
Soft Wounds - Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? (The Shirelles) - Girl Groups: The Underground Versions - The Blog That Celebrates Itself
Brian Jonestown Massacre - Leave It Alone - + - 'a' Records
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - She Taught Me How to Fly -  Who Built the Moon? - Sour Mash Records
Stone Roses - I Wanna Be Adored - The Complete Stone Roses - Silvertone
The Dead Suns - Don't Stop - Sunny Side Of Heaven, Fleetwood Mac Revisited - The Blog That Celebrates Itself

Dreaming in Stereo for November 17, 2017

Not much to say about this one - had a bunch of good songs accumulating that I finally got to share, as well as some classics I was feeling particularly fond of.

Here you go:

Tall Pines - The Day is Gone - single
Au.Ra - The Triangle - Cultivations - Felte
Airiel - Song of You - Molten Young Lovers - Shelflife Records
Desperate Journalist - Hollow - Grow Up - Fierce Panda Records
RVG - Vincent Van Gogh - A Quality of Mercy
Wishmonger - World Hurt - Wishmonger EP
Catherine Wheel - The Nude - Chrome - Fontana
Galaxie 500 - Blue Thunder - On Fire - Rykodisc
Cold Solstice - Jennifer's Body - Phosphene
The High Violets - Longitude - Heroes and Halos - Saint Marie Records
Cocteau Twins - Iceblink Luck - Heaven or Las Vegas - 4AD
The Chameleons UK - Swamp Thing - Strange Times - Geffen Records

Dreaming in Stereo for November 8, 2017

This was intended to be the Halloween episode, but between working on another Halloween mix in a completely different genre and general life stuff (like handing out candy on the day itself), this ended up being a bit late. Or, as a friend said, really early for Halloween 2018.

The days of wearing all black and spending entirely too much time at the goth club may be long past (are there even any weekly goth nights left in the U.S.?), but this time of year always brings out the nostalgia. You can take the boy out of the boots and ridiculous hair, etc. I toyed with doing an all goth show, but thought that would be too obvious (and honestly, I don't have that much of that stuff left), but instead opted for a variety, but all on theme.

And of course, everyday is Hallo- oh, never mind.

The Cure - Lullaby - Disintegration - Sire
Siouxsie and the Banshees - Halloween - Juju - PVC
The Sisters of Mercy - Floorshow - Some Girls Wander By Mistake - Merciful Release
The Virgin Prunes - Pagan Love Song - If I Die, I Die - Rough Trade
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Up Jumped the Devil - Tender Prey - Mute
Ritual Howls - Blood Red Moon - Their Body
The Horrors - Ghost - V - Wolf Tone
Chvrches - Bela Lugosi's Dead - Vampire Academy soundtrack - Universal
Lush - I Have the Moon - Chorus - 4AD
DIIV - Incarnate Devil - Is the Is Are - Captured Tracks
Bauhaus - Bela Lugosi's Dead - Crackle - Beggar's Banquet

15 December, 2017

Dreaming in Stereo for October 19, 2017 - Going Dark

Upon finishing this up, I don't think this episode turned out nearly as dark as I'd thought it would be when starting it, but it's definitely a more electronic and moody set than most. But, as autumn was just beginning (although it turned out to be a false start at this point, but such are things now), it just felt right. Also, it was a good excuse to finally drop that Zola Jesus track into a show (holy shit is Okovi an amazing album), as well as hitting on the trip hop that made up a good portion of what I was listening to back in the days when you could hear a shoegaze/dreampop/moody electronic show on commercial radio (You could in Michigan, anyway).

So, here you are:

Zola Jesus - Exhumed - Okovi - Sacred Bones
Drab Majesty - Oak Wood - single
Skeleton Hands - Hollow - Flood Spell
Depeche Mode - Going Backwards - Spirit - Mute
Lamb - Illumina - single
Fever Ray - If I Had a Heart - Fever Ray - Rabid Records
Massive Attack - Dissolved Girl - Mezzanine - Virgin
Tricky featuring Martina Topley-Bird -  When We Die - Ununiforn - False Idols
Second Still - Jo - Early Forms
Bauhaus - Hollow Hills - Mask - Beggar's Banquet
New Order - In a Lonely Place - Substance - Factory
The Horrors - Ghost - V - Wolf Tone

09 October, 2017

Dreaming in Stereo for October 9, 2017

Yes, we're back! I had not intended for there to be such a long break between episodes (I've actually had this one planned for about three weeks now), but you know the drill: work, vacations, sickness, hurricanes, etc., etc.

But I'm back now, and hopefully these shows should be back on a regular schedule. To keep it interesting (for me, at least) I may be expanding the format/genres as well. We'll see.

But anyhow, on to the music:

The Church - Another Century - Man Woman Life Death Infinity -
Fotoform - You're Charming - Fotoform -
Beach House - Used to Be (2008 Single Version) - B-Sides and Rarities - Sub Pop
The Foreign Resort - Skyline/Decay - The American Dream EP - Ignition Agency
Cults - I Took Your Picture - Offering - Sinderlyn
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Anymore - The Echo of Pleasure - Painbow
Girls Names - Drawing Lines - The New Life - Slumberland Records
Pinkshinyultrablast - Find Your Saint - single - Club AC30
Alvvays - Dreams Tonite - Antisocialites - Polyvinyl
Suede - The Power - Dog Man Star - Columbia
David Bowie - Quicksand - Hunky Dory - Virgin/EMI
The Big Pink - Hightimes - Empire Underground - B2SCI Records

Dreaming in Stereo for August 2, 2017

Prior to this set, I got to see Ride in Philadelphia for their Weather Diaries tour. Absolutely brilliant.

Japanese Breakfast - The Machinist - Soft Sounds from Another Planet - Dead Oceans
Slowdive - No Longer Making Time - Slowdive - Dead Oceans
Froth - New Machine - Outside (Briefly) - Wichita Recordings
Ride - Vapour Trail - Nowhere - Sire Records
Spacemen 3 - Hypnotised - Recurring - Fire Records
The Jesus and Mary Chain - Always Sad - Damage and Joy - Artificial Plastic Records
The Pains of being Pure at Heart - Belong - Belong - Slumberland Records
Dead Leaf Echo - So.Wrong - True.Deep.Sleeper -Moon Sounds Records
The Verve - On Your Own - A Northern Soul - Hut
Radiohead - Man of War - OKNOTOK - Capitol Records
Morrissey - My Love Life - single - HMV
The Primitives - Hidden in the Shadows -  Spin-O-Rama - Elefant Records

Dreaming in Stereo for July 18, 2017 - Extra Dreamy

I was feeling some nostalgia for this set. Does it show?

Big ups to the Facebook dream pop/shoegaze group I'm in for offering suggestions of good dream pop.

Dead Can Dance - Yulunga - Into the Labyrinth - 4AD
The Cocteau Twins - Lorelei - Treasure - 4AD
Cranes - Shining Road - Loved - Dedicated
The Sugarcubes - Birthday - Life's Too Good - Elektra Records
Lush - Lovelife - Split - 4AD
Catherine Wheel - Black Metallic - Ferment - Fontana Records
This Mortal Coil - Kangaroo - It'll End in Tears - 4AD
The Cure - The Caterpillar - The Top - Elektra Records
Siouxsie and the Banshees - Shadowtime - Superstition - Geffen Records
Xymox - Imagination - Twist of Shadows - Wing
Peter Murphy - Indigo Eyes - Love Hysteria - Beggar's Banquet
The Sundays - Here's Where the Story Ends - Reading, Writing and Arithmetic - DGC Records

05 July, 2017

Dreaming in Stereo for July 5, 2017 - All Britpop

It was suggested to me recently that I should put a bit more of myself in my shows, and talk more about my experiences having been a devoted music fan for far longer than I care to admit. And while my philosophy has always been that a good DJ lets the music do the talking, who am I to deny my audience?

I'm not sure this episode is quite what they had in mind, but it made for a good excuse to dig into the record collection (and keep myself from buying any new music - at least for one week). Plus, I finally found a place for that Teenage Fanclub song I've been sitting on for a while now.

While I try my hardest to eschew nostalgia, I do have to admit putting this show together brought back some fond memories: crossing the border from Detroit to Windsor every week to hit the Tuesday Britpop night at the Loop (back when you could cross the border that easily, and when I was in a position to make Tuesday night a regular club night), looking past the annoying ubiquity of Elastica's "Connection" (seriously, circa 1994-95 you couldn't get away from that song if you tried) because after a couple of drinks you could admit that it was really catchy, singing along with "Common People" even though it was the 456212754th time you heard it and it didn't matter because that song could, and would never get old (and truth be told, it still hasn't).

So as not to break the general tone of the show too much, the set's not a free-for-all dance party, but hopefully still enjoyable. Having only an hour meant a lot of groups couldn't get in, but all the majors were there (sorry, Menswear).

Blur - The Universal - The Great Escape - Virgin
Pulp - Help the Aged - This is Hardcore - Island
Elastica - Waking Up - Elastica - Geffen
Adorable - Sistine Chapel Ceiling - Against Perfection - Creation
Echobelly - Insomniac - Everyone's Got One - Rhythm King
Curve - Horror Head - Doppelganger - Charisma Records
Suede w/ Raissa - Poor Little Rich Girl - 20th Century Blues: The Songs of Noel Coward - EMI
New Order - World (The Price of Love) - Republic - London Records
Oasis - Talk Tonight - The Masterplan - Creation
The Charlatans UK - You're Not Very Well - Some Friendly - Beggars Banquet
James - Tomorrow - Whiplash - Mercury
The Courteeners - What Took You So Long? - St. Jude - Polydor
Teenage Fanclub - Hold On - Here - Merge Records

And even though I know I've posted it before and it's horribly outdated at this point, I can't listen to "Help the Aged" without thinking of Jarvis on Da Ali G Show:

28 June, 2017

Dreaming in Stereo for June 28, 2017

Sometimes, a set that doesn't fit one show becomes the axis of the next. I'd been wanting to play that Mark Lanegan for a while, ever since a friend let me hear what a monster that new album is, but I could never find the right place for it. I'd intended to have it in last week, but I think you'll agree that wouldn't fit in a show based on the new Ride. So, between the blank slate of a new show, and the Horrors' release of their new single, it all came together.

Speaking of that new single, the Horrors just keep getting better and better with each album. It's almost  a shame that they released Strange House, if only because we'll never get to hear that band again, and it was a tease of what they could have done if they'd continued in that direction (for those of us who like the noisy rock 'n' roll). But everything from Primary Colours on has been increasingly brilliant, their sophistication and mastery of atmosphere growing with each release. I can not wait for this new one.

It seems like I've found a few shoegaze bands from Brazil recently. I'll have to do some digging, I think there could be a set or even possibly a show's worth there.

And speaking of the show:
The Horrors - Machine - V - Wolftone
The Black Angels - Currency - Death Song - Partisan Records
Helen - Dying All the Time - The Original Faces - Kranky
Ruina - Burn - In Venus
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Jubilee Street - Push the Sky Away - Bad Seed Ltd.
Mark Lanegan Band - Nocturne - Gargoyle - Heavenly
The Organ - Memorize the City - Grab That Gun - Mint Records
Processions - Solopsist - Blush
No Joy - Hellhole - Creep EP - Grey Market
Taxes - City in My Head - Back of the Car Collection
Distant Creatures - Empire (acoustic) - A Friend's Halo single
Beach House - Space Song - Depression Cherry - Sub Pop

And here, something to kill some more time, Pitchfork's 50 Greatest Shoegaze Albums of All Time, and the inevitable response article featuring even more obscure bands.

26 June, 2017

Dreaming in Stereo for June 21, 2017

Better late then never, eh?

The new Ride album came out June 16th, and to say there have been mixed reviews would be an understatement. It's easy for fans to forget that the band put anything out after Going Blank Again (especially those fans too young to remember when Tarantula came out), and nostalgia has always had a way of warping our collective recollections of what bands sounded like (or were supposed to sound like). But taken on its own merits, Weather Diaries is actually quite a solid album, blending the varied elements of the band's original development along with some new ones that expand the sound dynamic even further (keyboards!). As a whole, the album is a nice return to form, and has some top notch singles as well (two of which you'll hear on this show).

Putting this set together was a little difficult, until I realized that I should eschew my instinct to mix it up and go with a shoegaze/dreampop exclusive set (or close enough), to really keep with the vibe of the featured band. It was a good excuse to dig out some tracks I'd been trying to find a spot for since I started, so I think it all worked out well.

Anyhow, let's be on with it, shall we?

Ride -All I Want - Weather Diaries - Wichita Recordings
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma - Tenderness - On Echoing Green - Mexican Summer
The Daysleepers - Mesmerize - Hide Your Eyes EP - White Rabbit Music
The Legends - He Knows the Sun - Public Radio - Labrador Records
Blouse - Into Black - Blouse - Captured Tracks
Paper Daggers - Between Moments - Paper Daggers - self-released
Ether Aura - One Hand Away From Out - Before We Could Sing - Analog Terror Music
Crocodiles - Telepathic Lover - Dreamless - Zero Music
Midnight Faces - Blue Haze - Heavenly Bodies - Broken Factory
Flyying Colours - It's Tomorrow Now - Mindfulness - Club A
Beliefs - Leaper - Leaper - Hand Drawn Dracula
Japanese Breakfast - Everybody Wants to Love You - Psychopomp - Yellow K
Ride - Weather Diaries - Weather Diaries - Wichita Recordings

And this is a couple of years old at this point, but still worth your time:

Dreaming in Stereo for June 14, 2017

Well crap, looks like I forgot to post for a week. Well here it is, a mix of old and new, with at least a couple of deep dives in the crate. Gotta keep it interesting, no?

Chapterhouse - Pearl - Whirlpool - Dedicated
Glasvegas - Shine Like Stars - Euphoric Heartbreak - Columbia
the XX - Say Something Loving - I See You - Young Turks
Echo & the Bunnymen - The Game - Echo & the Bunnymen - Sire
British Sea Power - The Lonely - The Decline of British Sea Power - Rough Trade America
Giungla - Sand - Camo - Factory Flaws
Chastity Belt - Caught in a Lie - I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone - Sub Pop
the Auteurs -  Underground Movies - Now I'm a Cowboy - Hut Recordings
Jay Som - 1 Billion Dogs - Everybody Works - Polyvinyl
Heavy Heart - Teenage Witch - Keepsake - Heavy Heart
Cigarettes After Sex - The Apocalypse - Cigarettes After Sex - Partisan
Bat for Lashes - Never Forgive the Angels - The Bride - Parlophone
Passengers with Luciano Pavoratti - Miss Sarajevo - Original Soundtracks 1 - Island

11 June, 2017

Dreaming in Stereo for June 5, 2017

Not much to say about this one, and due to another busy week am waaay late posting this, so here's the show. More on the week with the next episode.

Wild Nothing - TV Queen - Life of Pause - Captured Tracks
Camera Obscura - Troublemaker - Desire Lines - 4AD
Distant Creatures - A Friend's Halo - Snares in Safe Harbors - self released
Coloresantos - Esplendor - Zilla Records x Cohete Lunar -or- Tercer Paisaje - Zilla Records
Planning for Burial - Threadbare - Below the House - The Flenser
A Place to Bury Strangers - In the Shadow - Batman: Arkham City Soundtrack (limited edition) - WaterTower Music
Sheer - Room - Psychic Quarry EP - The Native Sound
Kindling - Blinding Wave - Everywhere Else - No Idea Records
Esben and the Witch - Deathwaltz - Wash the Sins Not Only the Face - Matador
Drab Majesty - Only a Mime - Who Taught You How to Love? - Dais Records
Black Tape for a Blue Girl - The Flow of Our Spirit - This Lush Garden Within - Projekt
Mira - Alone - Mira - Projekt
Asobi Seksu - Trance Out - Fluorescence - Polyvinyl Records
Ringo Deathstarr - Stare at the Sun - Pure Mood - Vinyl Junkie
Dum Dum Girls - Jail La La - I Will Be - HoZac Records

31 May, 2017

Dreaming in Stereo for May 30, 2017

After last week's pop-heavy Manc episode, I figured it was time for another shoegaze-heavy episode. I don't know that it quite worked out that way, but I have no regrets. I just discovered Chastity Belt, who open the show, and there's a definite feeling of "how did they sneak by me?" going on with them. The three tracks I've heard so far off the new album are fairly stellar, and looking forward to the full release.

Also discovered a couple of knockout bands from London: Swimming Tapes, who are nice and breezy and eminently catchy, and Night Swimming, who are dense and thick and have a nice, heavy take on the 'gaze (and from what I picked up from the web, only formed last year, and are already sounding like they've put their time in).

Chastity Belt - Different Now - I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone - Sub Pop
The Launderettes - Cold Cold Hearts - Getaway - Wicked Cool Records
Supermoon - Lemonade - single - Other Coast
Swimming Tapes - Set the Fire - Souvenirs EP - Hand in Hive
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma - A Song of Summer - On Echoing Green - Mexican Summer
Galaxie 500 - Don't Let Our Youth Go to Waste - Today - Aurora Records
Night Swimming - Tusk - Blossom - self-released
Adorable - Sunshine Smile - Against Perfection - Creation
Ride - Drive Blind - Smile - Sire
Bleach - Trip & Slide - Killing Time - Elektra
Blonde Redhead - Equus - Misery is a Butterfly - 4AD

 This episode actually began with the Adorable song, and built around that. Back in the mid-late 1990s, when I was full into my first major Britpop phase (coming, as it did, at the tail end of the movement), Adorable was one of those bands I'd heard of, but being in the Midwest could never find anything by. Not even when we'd cross the border and hit up the record stores in Canada, there was never anything to be found. And to be fair, it's not hard to understand why - Canada may have stronger ties to the Empire than down here, but even there you're not going to get a lot of traction as a third-tier Britpop band. Which is too bad, as they were a decent group with some fairly catchy hooks and solid chops. But in a genre that was overflowing with talent (much of which would end up immolating itself in the trappings of success), not everyone could make it to the front of the stage.

It took years for me to finally track them down, and I think the song featured in this episode proves that time wasn't all in vain. It may not be Earth-shattering, but there's always room in the world for a good pop song.

28 May, 2017

Dreaming in Stereo for May 22, 2017 - The Manchester Episode

What a difference a few hours can make.

In honor of Morrissey's birthday on May 22, I thought I'd not just feature a tribute to Moz himself, but to the city that (more or less) made him, Manchester. As anyone who's seen the movie 24 Hour Party People, or has even a passing knowledge of pop music in the late 20th century knows, there's an almost staggering amount of talent that came out of that northern England town, particularly in the 1980s and '90s. So that Monday afternoon I posted the show, and due to technical issues (note: don't use Internet Explorer if you have any choice in the matter) I wasn't able to post this entry until later.

Like a lot of people, my heart sank that night when I heard the news. Here was this city I'd just honoured a few hours prior, making headlines for all the wrong reasons. I don't even want to mention it again, as I like this show to be a respite from the seemingly endless parade of tragedy and farce that seem to be the zeitgeist of the 20-teens, but suffice it to say this episode took on a different tone for me (and for the listeners?) in the days that followed.

Anyway, enough of being a really heavy negative vibe merchant. Enjoy the show, and Viva la Morrissey!

The Smiths - Unhappy Birthday - Strangeways, Here We Come - Sire
The Stone Roses - Mersey Paradise - The Complete Stone Roses - Silvertone Records
James - Say Something - Laid - Mercury
Inspiral Carpets - This Is How It Feels - Life - Elektra
Doves - House of Mirrors - Kingdom of Rust - Heavenly
Elbow - Grace Under Pressure - Cast of Thousands - V2 Records
Courteeners - Has He Told You He Loves You Yet? - Concrete Love  PIAS Cooperative
Joy Division - Novelty - Heart and Soul - London
New Order w/ Billy Corgan - Turn My Way - Get Ready - London
Electronic - Get the Message - Get the Message - Warner Bros.
Johnny Marr - European Me - The Messenger - Warner Bros.
Sandie Shaw w/ the Smiths - Hand in Glove - Hand in Glove single - Rough Trade
Morrissey - Get Off the Stage - The HMV/Parlophone Singles '88-'95 - EMI
Morrissey - Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me - Live at Earl's Court - Attack Records

And at the risk of veering into sentimentality, here's Glastonbury Festival's Poet in Residence Tony Walsh reading his poem "This Is the Place":

17 May, 2017

Dreaming in Stereo for May 17, 2017

Having shopped at thrift stores since the grunge bands introduced the idea to us kids in the 1990s (look, it was a different time), I've come to discern the cycle of re-sale merchandise, particularly when it comes to music. I picked up lots of 1970s and '80s rock in the early-mid 2000s, and now it's time for all the '90s bands to take their turns in the $2 bins. Which is fine for me, and was how I was able to re-discover PJ Harvey's balls-out 1995 album To Bring You My Love, which starts off this week's episode. Giving the title track a listen, and hearing that power in Harvey's vocals (to say nothing of the music behind it) - forget nostalgia, that's just a masterpiece that still holds up.

PJ Harvey bookends this episode, because I don't want to act like she never put anything good out after that, and I really dug this track off her latest album. 

PJ Harvey - To Bring You My Love - To Bring You My Love - Island
Killing Joke - Requiem - Killing Joke - E.G.
The Cure - Disintegration - Disintegration - Fiction
Nothing - Nineteen Ninety Heaven - Tired of Tomorrow - Relapse
Moving Panoramas - Always - One - Modern Outsider
Eternal Summers - Together or Alone - Gold and Stone - Kanine Records
Žen - Žal (Strand) - Jantar - Unrecords
The Telescopes - Flying - # Untitled Second - Rev-Ola
Pinkshinyultrablast - The Cherry Pit - Grandfeathered - Vinyl Junkie Recordings
Strand of Oaks - Radio Kids - Hard Love - Dead Oceans
PJ Harvey - The Wheel - The Hope Six Demolition Project - Island

I discovered Zen whilst blog-hopping recently, and this is another group I (and presumably, you) really need to check out more. Here's a video - nice and loud:

11 May, 2017

Dreaming in Stereo for May 9, 2017

I was planning on doing a proper write-up of the Slowdive show at the 9:30 Club, but then I got busy seeing another classic British band two days later (The Damned), and promptly got sick. So, to give you the tl;dr summary, Slowdive were mind-blowingly amazing. From the sound to the playing to the set, everything was perfect. I even got to meet Rachel Goswell after the show, and she was very nice and tolerant of my minor rambling. Definitely one of the top ten shows of my lifetime.

And on with the show:

Trementina - Please, Let's Go Away - 810 - Burger Records
Sulk - Black Infinity (Upside Down) - No Illusions - Perfect Sound Forever
Vadaat Charigim - Ein Li Makom - Sinking As a Stone - Burger Records
Japanese Breakfast - In Heaven - Psychopomp - Yellow K Records
Ozean - Scenic - Ozean - Moon Sounds
The Philter - Skinned Knee - The Philter/Love in Athens split - Doorway Recordings
Froth - Romance Distractions - Outside (Briefly) - Wichita Recordings
Kestrels - No Alternative - Kestrels - Sonic Unyon
Dylan in the Movies w/ Tanya Donelly - Girl in the Black Tights - Sweet Rebel Thee - DeeVeeUs Records
The Veils - Swimming with Crocodiles - Total Depravity - Nettwerk
Johnny Marr - The Messenger - The Messenger - Warner Bros.
Hammock - In the Middle of This Nowhere (Oblivion Hymns) - Oblivion Hymns - Hammock Music -
Lush - Undertow - Split - 4AD

06 May, 2017

Dreaming in Stereo for May 3, 2017 - the Slowdive episode

In honor of their North American tour (all half dozen dates of it), this episode is all Slowdive - either the band itself or its various spin-off and solo projects .

Also, all the praise for the new album is entirely justified.

And now, enjoy...

Slowdive -Catch the Breeze - Just for a Day - Creation
Slowdive - Souvlaki Space Station - Souvlaki - Creation
Slowdive - Blue Skied An' Clear - Pygmallion - Cherry Red Records
Slowdive - Sugar for the Pill - Slowdive - Dead Oceans
Slowdive - Morningrise - Morningrise EP - Creation
Monster Movie - Keep the Voices Distant - Keep the Voices Distant - Graveface
Minor Victories - Folk Arp - Minor Victories - Fat Possum Records
Mojave 3 - Love Songs on the Radio - Ask Me Tomorrow - 4AD
Neil Halstead - Tied to You - Palindrome Hunches - Universal
Red House Painters w/ Rachel Goswell - Again and Again - Take Me Home: A Tribute to John Denver - Badman Recordings
Slowdive - Crazy for You (alt version (demo)) - Pygmallion - Cherry Red Records

And for those not lucky enough to get to see the band at one of these shows (fortunately not the case for me), here's the band in action (you'll have to advance to the 5 minute mark for the show to begin, and astute listeners will recognize their intro music):

27 April, 2017

Dreaming in Stereo for April 25, 2017

Made it out to Record Store Day this year, but didn't manage to pick any of the exclusives up (the real prize was the Smiths 7 inch, but not being in the UK made that difficult - thankfully, it's just different versions of songs everyone already has, plus of course a little Moz-ian bonus. But I did manage to pick up White Poppy's Natural Phenomena album, which was a prize in itself. More gauze than gaze, it's swirly, hazy, trippy goodness.

And now, this week's show:

Eagulls - Skipping - Ullages - Partisan
Chain of Flowers - Death's Got a Hold On Me - Chain of Flowers - Alter
Moon Duo - Creepin - Occult Architecture Vol. 1 - Sacred Bones Records
Cheatahs - Su-Pra - Mythologies - Wichita Recordings
White Poppy - Midnight Sun - Natural Phenomena - Not Not Good
Cocteau Twins - A Kissed Out Floatboat - Blue Bell Knoll - 4AD
Daughter - New Ways - Not to Disappear - 4AD
Radiohead - Knives Out - Amnesiac - XL Recordings
White Lies - Summer Didn't Change a Thing - Friends - BMG
Editors - Lights - The Back Room - Kitchenware
The Church - Reptile - Starfish - Arista
Siouxsie and the Banshees - Israel - Once Upon a Time: The Singles - Polydor
The Pink Tiles - Time for Love - #1 Fan - self-released

21 April, 2017

Dreaming in Stereo for April 19, 2017

The good thing about doing a music show is that it gives you an excuse to spend entirely too much time digging around looking for new bands, and chasing down "YouTube recommends" rabbit holes in search of forgotten gems. The latter is how I discovered Sad Lovers & Giants, a London band that only lasted about three years in its initial run, and completely flew under my radar until recently. It's one of those joyous discoveries that reminds you just how much greatness is out there.

Friends of Alice Ivy is another group that I stumbled upon thanks to a friend posting an amazing song on Facebook from the defunct Aussie group Ostia, which lead to my finding FoAI, the new project from Ostia member Amps. One could easily accuse the group of gothiness (and not be entirely wrong), but the ethereal atmospherics and haunting melodies will draw you in whether or not you go in for the black mascara (or however the kids are doing it nowadays).

And this seemed as good a time as any to have a special focus on the compilation album Alternative F/acts. Put together by the guys at DKFM, it's 18 tracks from a nice variety of shoegaze and 'gaze-like bands featuring some pretty stellar groups, and with proceeds going to the ACLU and Planned Parenthood. Unlike a lot of "benefit" comps (especially some of those godawful ones from the 1990s), this is a solid collection of music that's definitely worth adding to the collection.

And now, on to the show...

Beach House - Majorette - Thank Your Lucky Stars - Sub Pop
DIIV - How Long Have You Known? - Oshin - Captured Tracks
Thrushes -Skywave - Night Falls - Birdnote Records
Wildhoney - My Disguise - Wildhoney EP - self-release
Planning for Burial - Warmth of You - Below the House - The Flenser
Amberhaze - 1994 - The We Saw the Stars Again - KityWu
Daydream Machine - And I Love Her - Twin Idols - Picture in My Ear
Fight Bite - Charlotte Iris - Fight Bite - self-release
Cranes - Réverie - Loved - Dedicated
Julianna Barwick - Nebula - Will - Dead Oceans Records
Area - Why Should I Worry - The Perfect Dream - Projekt
Mercury Rev - Coney Island Cyclone - Yerself is Steam - Mint Films

Panda Riot - Gold Lines - Alternative F/acts - DKFM
Angel Falls - Touch the Sun - Alternative F/acts - DKFM
Fawns of Love - Please - Alternative F/acts - DKFM
Friends of Alice Ivy - Wycca - The Last Days of Fenwick - self-release
Vivian Fantasy - Strawberry Moon - Serial Experiments 1: Pink Moon - self-release
Soundpool - Makes No Sense - Mirrors in Your Eyes - Killer Pimp
The Chameleons UK - In Answer - Strange Times - Geffen
Kitchens of Distinction - Drive That Fast - Strange Free World - A&M
Sad Lovers & Giants - Colourless Dream - Epic Garden Music - Midnight Music
The Mighty Lemon Drops - Where Do We Go From Heaven - Laughter - Sire/Reprise
A Thousand Hours - Dawn - Alternative F/acts - DKFM

And here's the Ostia song:

And the band Area (featured in hour 1) was one I discovered in high school, when a girl I knew let me borrow a tape of some music her brother in L.A. had sent her (meaning, of course, that it was far cooler than anything we'd have back in the Midwest). One side of the tape had the Area album, the other had another band that I listened to briefly and wrote off as being too weird and noisy and not very good. That band?

Needless to say, my opinion has changed in the intervening years. Ah, the folly of youth.

11 April, 2017

Dreaming in Stereo for April 11, 2017

And here we are with the newest episode! I'd planned originally to have it up on Monday night, but technical difficulties made that a no-go, but at last it's here!

I picked up the new Soviet Soviet album this week and can't recommend it enough. From start to finish it's loud, driving, and full of hooks and amazing instrumentation all around. There is not a weak track on here, just pure goodness.

And a few of this week's bands are touring as well. Here are the pertinent links (and I'm sure I'm missing some):

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
The Besnard Lakes

Also, I decided to try Mixcloud as a host, since they offer far more upload capacity than Soundcloud, and their model seems more in line with this type of show anyway.

And so, the show:

Soviet Soviet - Going Through - Endless - felte
Cold Solstice - Joyce - Phosphenes - self-released
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Come Saturday - The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Slumberland Records
The Raveonettes - Hallucinations - Lust Lust Lust - Vice
Ride - Charm Assault - Weather Diaries - Wichita Recordings
Melody's Echo Chamber - Cross My Heart - Bon Voyage - Rayon Vert
UNKLE w/ the Black Angels - Natural Selection - Where Did the Night Fall - Surrender All
SKELETON HANDS - Flood Spell - Flood Spell EP - self-released
Devoured by Flowers - A Seaside Ballad - The Luminescent EP - self-released
Damon and Naomi - Time Won't Own Me - Fortune - self-released
Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions - I Thought You'd Fall for Me - Suzanne EP - Rough Trade

My Bloody Valentine - Only Tomorrow - MBV - self-released
Tears Run Rings - Waiting for the End - Always, Sometimes, Sledom, Never - Clairecords
Ceremony - Someday - Rocket Fire - Killer Pimp
The Jesus and Mary Chain - All Things Pass - Damage and Joy - ADA/Warner Group
Girls Names - Hypnotic Regression - The New Life - Slumberland Records
Still Corners - The Trip - Strange Pleasures - Sub Pop
Dum Dum Girls - Coming Down - Only in Dreams - Sub Pop
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - The Weeping Song - The Good Son - Mute
The Besnard Lakes - For Agent 13 - The Besnard Lakes Are the Dark Horse - Jagjaguwar
Wild Nothing - Paradise - Nocturne - Captured Tracks
Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space (I Can't Help Falling in Love With You) - Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space - Dedicated

04 April, 2017

Dreaming in Stereo for April 3, 2017

Yes, you are reading correctly, Dreaming in Stereo has returned! If ever there was a good time for it, it's now, what with seemingly every '90s band of note getting back together, so why not celebrate the scene that celebrates itself again?

As before, the show will bring listeners two hours of the best in shoegaze, dreampop, Britpop, classics, and whatever sounds good every week. You'll notice this episode is broken into two sections - nothing like discovering your recording program's limitations whilst in the middle of using it!

So here are the two sections of the program, with setlists below each. Enjoy!

Slowdive - Star Roving - Slowdive - Dead Oceans
Warpaint - Love is to Die - Warpaint - Rough Trade
No Joy - Califone - Creep EP - Grey Market
White Bats - Midnight is When Life Begins - Complex Echoes EP - Subterfuge Records
Living Hour - Steady Glazed Eyes - Living Hour - Lefse Records
Secret Shine - Spellbound - After Hours - Clairrecords
Skeleton Hands - Second Skin - self-released
Chromatics - Birds of Paradise - Kill for Love - Italians Do It Better
The Horrors - First Day of Spring - Luminous - XL Recordings
Interpol - Leif Erikson - Turn on the Bright Lights - Matador
Morrissey - Angel, Angel Down We Go Together - Viva Hate - Sire/Reprise
Nothing - The Dead Are Dumb - Tired for Tomorrow - Relapse

Swervedriver - Girl on a Motorbike - Mezcal Head - A&M Records
Psychic Teens - Dose - TEEN - Golden Voyage Records
feeble.curses - Don't Come Crying - single - self-released
Belle & Sebastian - A Century of Fakers - Push Barman to Open Old Wounds - Jeepster (NOT Matador!)
Jarvis Cocker - I Will Kill Again - Jarvis - Rough Trade
Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights - The Kick Inside - EMI
Suede - The Wild Ones - Dog Man Star - nude/Columbia
Jesus and Mary Chain - Darklands - Darklands - Warner Bros.
Blur - New World Towers - The Magic Whip - Parlophone
Lush - Rosebud - Blind Spot EP - Edamame Records
David Bowie - When I Met You - No Plan EP - Columbia
Echobelly - Dark Therapy - On - Rhythm King

And from that new Jarvis album: