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Apr 22, 2010

Yo La Tengo, though they aren't primarily a shoegaze band, have made some of the best songs of the genre. Also, Ira Kaplan is something of a guitar god.

Deeper into Movies -
Blue Line Swinger -
I Heard You Looking -

Spiritualized needs to be looked at a bit more than just the one song most people heard in Vanilla Sky. They've been my favorite band for years, and put on the best, and loudest, live shows I've ever had the pleasure of seeing (and this includes the My Bloody Valentine reunion tour). It feels strange to call them shoegaze when they tend to span a few other genres, but when they do shoegaze, they do it right. Their first album, Lazer Guided Melodies, is my absolute favorite album ever, and (in my opinion) the peak of the shoegaze/dream pop genre.

Shine a Light (live) -
I Think I'm In Love -
Cheapster (live) -

And here's a weird one. Back in the early 90s, Blur and Slowdive used to attend each others concerts pretty regularly. This lead to Blur becoming a little bit interested in shoegaze, and creating easily their finest b-side (and probably the one one worth a drat), Sing.

Sing -


Apr 22, 2010

chime_on posted:

I'm sorry, but there is no way in hell that a Spiritualized show is louder than a My Bloody Valentine Show. Maybe the way SPZ navigates dynamics makes their crescendos feel more intense, but MBV actually did damage to the venues I saw them in with their volume.

You're probably right, in all honesty, but the dynamic range does make for a more powerful show, in my opinion. Still, enough loudness snobbery. On to more tunes!

Chapterhouse put out a couple really great albums and often get ignored in these discussions. I don't really know much about them, but they're pretty poppy. Very enjoyable stuff. Breather happens to be one of my favorite album openers, though Pearl has some unfortunately dated-sounding production.

Breather -
Pearl -

Primal Scream has taken some nice detours into -gaze, including having Kevin Shields as a guitarist for a brief moment. They tend to be a bit more of a dance band, but their few -gaze songs are pretty brilliant and well worth listening to. Check out the albums Vanishing Point and XTRMNTR for them at their most spaced out.

Burning Wheel -
If They Move Kill Em -
Accelerator -

The Radio Dept are one of my absolute favorite bands of the 2000s, so if you haven't already, you should absolutely check them out. All three albums are near perfect, so start at the beginning and work your way through to see the progression.

Strange Things Will Happen -
The Worst Taste in Music -
Heaven's On Fire -

Finally, here's some other great songs, definitely inspired by this genre if not fitting into it entirely.

Sun Kil Moon - Carry Me, Ohio -
The Wrens - Happy -
Polvo - Vibracobra -
Luna - Lost In Space -
Gruff Rhys - Shark Ridden Waters -
The Boo Radleys - Upon 9th and Fairchild -
Beach House - Walk in the Park -

Apr 22, 2010

FetusOvaries posted:

Brian Eno making shoegaze in 1974:


This song always sounds so much like what Yo La Tengo is doing now, and it's really wonderful. One of my favorite songs ever.

Also, it should be noted that Brian Eno produced Slowdive's Souvlaki, and helped quite a lot in the studio to make it the masterpiece that it is. People should also listen to the bootlegged demos from the Souvlaki sessions, because there are some great tunes there that regrettably got left off. My personal favorite is titled "AB", which I really wish they had finished.

Slowdive - AB -

Apr 22, 2010

A CRUNK BIRD posted:

I got the new Spiritualized album and it's not very good. I had been hoping that A & E was a fluke and he'd be back to recording cool stuff but I guess it's that time when he'll just make increasingly bad albums until he quits.

At least I'll always have Lazer Guided Melodies, the best Spiritualized album, to listen to.

Really? I mean, Lazer Guided Melodies is my favorite too, but if you can't find anything to like about the new album it seems like maybe you're actively hoping to dislike it? It's not their best, but there are some really fantastic songs (I Am What I Am, Too Late, So Long) on there that I think are up with their best stuff. And yes, I realize that I'm saying this as someone with a Spiritualized influenced handle on here, so perhaps I'm extremely biased to enjoy it from the get go.

I, for one, cannot wait to see them in a couple weeks and hear these songs as I imagine they're meant to be heard - loud, and with lots of flashing lights.

Apr 22, 2010

robin_ac30 posted:

Aye, that was bollocks though wasn't it. Just him plugging his new record, and alluding to a possibility of a Slowdive reunion got more column inches.

I'd love to see them again though - last time I saw them was on that double-headline tour with Cranes when Souvlaki came out, incredible gigs. Saw them at the Manchester gig and the London one at the Garage too.

Wish Kitchens Of Distinction would play live again though - I think they've ruled that out though.

I saw him on his solo tour last year and when I asked him about the possibility of a reunion he didn't seem put off by it at all. I'd be just about as happy if Mojave 3 got back together, though. I was happy enough to hear him play Alison and 40 Days, but with a band it would have been spectacular.

Apr 22, 2010

So this album has gotten basically no press whatsoever (thanks Pitchfork!), and as a result I only heard about it today after it's been out for a few weeks, but Neil Halstead of Slowdive has a new album out as the band Black Hearted Brother. In short, it's his return to shoegazing. Check out a couple songs from it in these youtube links.

My favorite song from the album, Take Heart, isn't available on youtube yet, but the whole album's on rdio right now and I highly recommend it to anyone who was a fan of Slowdive/Mojave 3.

Apr 22, 2010

I've been really into this Flyying Colours band lately. Great, catchy shoegaze from Australia. New single just came out a few days ago so I thought I'd share it here to see what people think.

Also, I really really like this one:

Apr 22, 2010

A new Radio Dept. single came out last week, and there hasn't been a post here about it? Crazy. It's super good.

A-side - "Occupied"
B-side - "It Looked Like Heaven (But Feels Like Hell)"

Apr 22, 2010

Would like to recommend a little band called Lacing: Really enjoyed their album that came out this year, and it'd be a good listen for all ya gazeheads.


Apr 22, 2010

trem_two posted:

Boo Radleys - Everything's Alright Forever and Giant Steps
Verve - A Storm In Heaven
Slowdive - Just For A Day and Souvlaki
Swervedriver - Mezcal Head
Lush - Spooky and Split
Kitchens Of Distinction - Death Of Cool
Spiritualized - Laser Guided Melodies and Pure Phase
Spacemen 3 - Playing With Fire
Chameleons - Strange Times
Catherine Wheel - Ferment and Chrome

A few of these might not be considered shoegaze by strict definitions of the genre and/or time period, but are at least "shoegaze adjacent" imo

Way late to this discussion, but would also like to recommend:

Chapterhouse - Whirlpool
House of Love - House of Love (the one with two weirdo looking dudes on the front)
and Blur's extremely brief, one song detour into shoegaze "Sing"

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