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November 25, 2012: Snowstorm by Galaxie 500.
Galaxie 500 are one of those bands who’s name I’d seen floating around for years, but, for whatever reason, had never really given them the time of day. Then finally, today, I heard this song at the right moment and it resonated with me. For anyone else that’s been in the dark like me, they were a dream pop band formed in Cambrige, Massachusetts in 1987. They released 3 albums (two on Rough Trade) before splitting in 1991. Despite their short career, they’ve had a significant influence on many bands including Brian Jonestown Massacre and Low. Here is “Snowstorm” off their second album, On Fire, released in 1989.
November 12, 2012: Dear Heart By Cocteau Twins.
Cocteau Twins were a Scottish post-punk, goth, dream pop band formed in 1979. The band’s influences included included Joy Division, The Birthday Party, Sex Pistols, Kate Bush, and Siouxsie and the Banshees. “Dear Heart” was recorded during a John Peel radio session and was featured on the original British cassette of their debut album, Garlands, before it was cut along with three other tracks from the session.
July 31, 2012: I’m Gone by Tamaryn.
Here’s the first listen of the new Tamaryn single, “I’m Gone,” from the new album Tender New Signs, out 10/16/12 on Mexican Summer.
June 24, 2012: Rockin’ Back Inside My Heart by Julee Cruise.
Holy crap, it’s been so long since my last post, I apologize! I’ve been super busy the past two weeks—oh, who am I kidding? I’ve been holed up in my apartment watching Twin Peaks. Speaking of David Lynch’s cult classic television show, Julee Cruise is a dream pop singer best known for her songs featured on Twin Peaks, including the theme song. “Rockin’ Back Inside My Heart” was featured prominently in the long-anticipated Twin Peaks episode in which the killer of Laura Palmer was finally revealed.
February 4, 2012: One More by Medicine.
Medicine was a shoegaze/dream pop band from L.A. in the early 90s. They had a signature guitar tone created by by running guitarist’s Brad Laner’s guitar through a Yamaha 4-track recorder, which distinguished the band from their ambiguous shoegaze contemporaries at the time. This is a track off their 1992 debut, Shot Forth Self Living.
January 17, 2012: Love Fade By Tamaryn.
It’s no secret that I don’t listen to a whole lot of new music. I’m still discovering so many incredible things from 30, 40, 50 years ago on a daily basis that I haven’t paid much attention to the current scene. But once in a while something modern comes along that sparks my interest. This captivating band from San Francisco is one of them. They’ve taken some of the best elements of the 90s— shoegaze, moody female rockers (i.e. PJ Harvey, Courtney Love, Mazzy Star)—and put their own gorgeous spin on it that makes their record worth checking out instead of busting out So Tonight That I Might See for the billionth time.