Posted on 25-03-2012
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This one’s more in the post-punk realm than the shoegaze realm, but there’s a fair amount of similarities in the two music styles (one of the main similarities being that they are two of my favorite styles of alternative rock).

Remember the debut record from Bloc Party, Silent Alarm? That record really made an impact on me – everything from the production style to the songwriting, to the interesting and poetic societal commentary which made up most of the lyrical content.

The lead single from that album was the song “Banquet”. It punched right through the indie rock scene in 2005, as it had such a brilliant blend of unique production and artistic characteristics. You had to pay attention.

To me this song feels like the perfect anthem for a nite of adventure. Imagine it’s 10pm. You’ve got plans to go out with your friends, and you’re waiting on the street corner for them to pick you up. Just then the car pulls around the corner, and you hop in. The whole nite’s adventure is ahead of you; the possibilities are infinite. That’s where this song takes me.

I haven’t kept up with Bloc Party too much after the release of their second album, which I honestly didn’t like too much. However, according to Wikipedia, they’ve got plans to put out a record in 2012.

blocparty.com

//Jon
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Posted on 18-03-2012
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One of my favorite shoegaze bands of the contemporary, nu gaze scene, as well as one that I’ve had the pleasure to meet when the band I formerly managed, Mother/Father, shared the stage with them in Nashville in late September is A Place To Bury Strangers.

“So Far Away” is the new single off A Place To Bury Strangers EP Onwards To The Wall

Onwards To The Wall was released Feb 7, 2012, and is available via Dead Oceans

A Place To Bury Strangers website: http://www.aplacetoburystrangers.com/

//Jon
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Posted on 12-03-2012
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Well, I didn’t get to my weekly shoegaze post yesterday, so I’m doing it today instead.

I got turned on to Bear In Heaven a couple years go when they were touring and promoting their Beast Rest Fourth Mouth album.

Now they’re back with a new release (April 3rd), I Love You, It’s Cool

Here’s the video for “The Reflection Of You”, one of the first singles from the forthcoming new album. I love the video’s high quality, but not too high quality indie feel.

“The Reflection Of You” is a pretty synth-heavy track, with some fantastic harmonic movement on the bass dancing underneath from time-to-time. I love Bear In Heaven’s general outside the box creative thinking, and unorthodox approach to making music and art.

Bonus 1:

Check out their other single from I Love You, It’s Cool, “Sinful Nature”, which you can download on their Soundcloud page.

Bonus 2:

Remember when the Eyjafjallajökull voclano exploded in Iceland a couple years ago, and messed up international travel for a few days? Well, Bear In Heaven got stranded at the Madrid airport during that incident. They spent their time in limbo making this incredible video, very fittingly set to their song “Dust Cloud”

I Love You, It’s Cool comes out April 3rd on Dead Oceans/Hometapes. You can pre-order the new album now via SC Distribution

And Check out the Bear In Heaven website, where they are running a stream of I Love You, It’s Cool in it’s entirety, slowed down so slow that it’s lasting 2,700 hours: bearinheaven.com

//Jon
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Posted on 04-03-2012
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We certainly can’t get too far into this “Sunday Shoegaze” theme without mentioning my all-time favorite shoegaze band…

You Made Me Realize by My Bloody Valentine

The shoegaze post came late today. Hope your Sunday was fantastic.

//Jon
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Posted on 26-02-2012
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As one of the most desolate and despondent winters I can remember in a long time comes to a close, I’ve found myself staying in on weekend nites lately, instead of socializing with ghosts in search of nothing good.

So last nite I indeed stayed in, reading while the soundtrack of Spotify murmured in radio mode. And that’s when I discovered what hit my emotions as pure nostalgic melancholy – Spotify played me “Live In Dreams” by Wild Nothing.

I might be late to this party, but you know what? I don’t care, I’m here now. I immediately queued up and listed to every Wild Nothing song in the Spotify database. It proved to be the perfect soundtrack to my late Saturday nite of solitude, and the goings on of current life.

And as far as getting into any of the specifics of the music, I’ll just leave it at this: anything that brings me back to the autumn of 1994 I’m an instant fan of.

www.facebook.com/wildnothing

(If it sounds like I’m really depressed right now, please know that I’m not. Music is just a powerful elixir, and Wild Nothing has clearly been successful at evoking an emotion.)

Have a magical Sunday. Cheers.

//Jon
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Posted on 19-02-2012
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As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a huge fan of shoegaze. A little over a week ago I published a post on a shoegaze band I came across that inspired me, called Field Mouse.

After publishing that post, it got me thinking about possibly starting a series of posts, which would feature a different shoegaze band I’m into every week. I thought doing it on Sunday might be fun, so I guess I’m gonna try it out. Not sure if I’ll keep this up, but it’s a fun idea to try for now.

So to kick this off, I’ve posted another video. This time it’s for “Windstorm” by School Of Seven Bells (from their album Disconnect From Desire).

I first came across this band about a year or two ago. I don’t remember what lead me to their music, but I do remember really being into their song “Babelonia” (also from their album Disconnect From Desire). They had kinda slipped to the back-burner until I turned on the TV Friday nite, and saw them on the Jimmy Fallon show. So I burned a CD, and drove around the rest of the weekend jamming to their music.

School Of Seven Bells is a mix of shoegaze, dream-pop, and also has various electronic elements. The song “Windstorm” is pretty shoegaze-heavy, with the signature synth sound (which is the main hook of the song) encompassing some noise-like timbers, blended with some vocal-like timbers. Being a huge My Bloody Valentine fan, I love how this synth is looped in a strange rhythmic way, and fluctuates in pitch. Pluses are the female vocal, which I love in shoegaze music, and the guitar tones, which are partly due to the choice of the semi-open chord voicings played.

School Of Seven Bells has a new album coming out, titled Ghostory, available 2.28.12

School Of Seven Bells: http://sviib.com

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Posted on 08-02-2012
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If you’ve been hanging out around Producer Notes or my social network profiles at all, then you know I’m a huge shoegaze fan. Tonite I had another one of those nites where I couldn’t sleep. I finally gave up trying, and instead started poking around the internet for some new shoegaze bands I’ve never heard.

That’s when I came across this fantastic shoegaze/dreampop band, Field Mouse, and their song “You Guys Are Gonna Wake Up My Mom”.

Love the textures, the female vocal with the “ooh’s,” and the song title is great. Indeed made me feel like I was a teenager again, staying up all nite with friends. Which is kinda fitting, since I’ve pretty much been up, sleepless, since about 3:30am. Field Mouse definitely hit the mark with this one.

Check it out:

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