29.5.06

Shoegazing Part II (while thinking of your hips)

While I take Tuesdays to Saturdays to celebrate life through diverse rites like naming umbrellas, Sundays and Mondays are the days where I fall into a deep lethargy which I can compare to some sort of perpetual state of menstruation which doesn't allow me to speak or write clearly to the other people around me. The sweet ain't as sweet without the sour.
Days like these require no usual analgesics. I lock myself up and wrap around cascading walls of sound desiring that damn shoegaze tune could last other 30 or maybe 60 minutes. Well that, and the ever-tranquillizing thought we can decide to end it all whenever we please.
I hate Mondays. Big time. Like a rolling stone. Today I am your dagger.


m83 - I guess I'm floating
(before the dawn heals us, 2004)
Malory - lake of doubts (maladon remix)
(Outerbeats, 2002)
Sigur Ros - Bium Bium Bambalo
(angels of the universe, 2001)
Dub Tractor - much better than this
(hideout, 2006)
Windermere - coast is clear (curve cover)
(never lose that feeling Vol.1, 2005)
Dwayne Sodaberkh - whiskey eyes
(Cut open, 2006)
Butterfly explosion - sofia
(the butterfly explosion, 2006)
Gregor Samsa - young and old
(55:12, 2006)
Airiel - firefly
(melted Ep, 2004)
Slowdive - dagger
(Slouvaki, 1996)
Aarktica - ocean
(Pure tone audiometry, 2004)

Thanks to Mary, Merz, Exoul for their recommendations on the shoegazing part 1 post and to all the other shoegaze fans who left comments. Hope you also like this second installment.

29 Comments:

  • At 12:13 AM, May 30, 2006, Blogger Bushwick is Beautiful said…

    There is no better Mp3 blog on the internet. This is another amazing mix.

     
  • At 10:57 AM, May 30, 2006, Blogger Makrugaik said…

    Pink Floyd invented shoegazing, don't you think? David Gilmour is an archetypal shoegazer, fuh sure!

     
  • At 10:57 AM, May 30, 2006, Anonymous Scott Vance said…

    Nice blog, thanks for the shoegaze!

     
  • At 1:47 PM, May 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Great to see shoegazing alive and well. Going through a bit a of a renaissance recently it would seem, we even have a dedicated night here in London:

    http://www.soniccathedral.co.uk/

    Last thing I saw there was Norwegian band Sareena Maneesh - they were just a little bit too much of a rip-off MBV for me though. Lovely sounds of course, just lacking that something special on first live listen. Otherwise very promising night. It turns into a rather erudite indie disco afterwards.

    Does anyone know of any other such happenings going on around the world? (Or perhaps I put this on your new and shiny forum?)

     
  • At 2:25 PM, May 30, 2006, Blogger kayita said…

    linda... muy linda la selección

     
  • At 4:20 PM, May 30, 2006, Blogger Squashed said…

    Makrugaik said...
    Pink Floyd invented shoegazing, don't you think? David Gilmour is an archetypal shoegazer, fuh sure!


    I think not! lol, they just have toe problem.

    but on serious note. I thought the term shoegazer applied to much more recent bands. MBV type of sound where they use multiple pedals (thus the difficulty finding everything without gazing at one toes)

     
  • At 5:01 PM, May 30, 2006, Blogger prolix said…

    Great post. As a newcomer to shoegazing this and the recent series of posts on MarsNeedsGuitars have been really helpful.

     
  • At 5:06 PM, May 30, 2006, Blogger Makrugaik said…

    but on serious note
    wtf?

     
  • At 6:58 PM, May 30, 2006, Blogger Moka said…

    I agree with mkrgk, I also think Pink Floyd's sound has been fundamental to shoegaze (and probably to every other genre I listen to nowadays) as they were pioneers along Phil Spector in creating walls of sound and echoing textures into their music (check the experiments on Ummagumma per example) But I'm a floydhead so what would I know?
    On the other hand many shoegazers

     
  • At 7:01 PM, May 30, 2006, Blogger Moka said…

    ...ehem where was I? Ah yes, many shoegazers told the tale of being influenced by punks and specially by the velvet underground, which is also acurrate I guess, being them those black hole gen-x's coupland wrote about...

     
  • At 9:32 PM, May 30, 2006, Blogger merz said…

    ahhhhh, yes I do love the shoegaze my one major music fetish! Nice selection of tracks as always Moka!

     
  • At 9:43 AM, May 31, 2006, Blogger Makrugaik said…

    They said V. U. to appear to be hip! It's just that humanity turned against the Floyd! I bought Echoes (Greatest Hits thingy) on vinyl this weekend. I'm totally back into it. I've even got Learning to Fly playing in my head. The problem with the Floyd was their fans, but the Wall was actually about how much they hated their fans. HEE! Pink Floyd and Alan Parsons are the new cool. Well, as far as the Cosmic House thing goes. Quiet Village have a myspace page now, btw, with songs.

     
  • At 9:43 AM, May 31, 2006, Blogger Makrugaik said…

    They said V. U. to appear to be hip! It's just that humanity turned against the Floyd! I bought Echoes (Greatest Hits thingy) on vinyl this weekend. I'm totally back into it. I've even got Learning to Fly playing in my head. The problem with the Floyd was their fans, but the Wall was actually about how much they hated their fans. HEE! Pink Floyd and Alan Parsons are the new cool. Well, as far as the Cosmic House thing goes. Quiet Village have a myspace page now, btw, with songs.

     
  • At 10:54 AM, May 31, 2006, Anonymous squashed said…

    "Makrugaik said... wtf?"

    If any ballad like prog-rock can be called shoegazer. Then why not go further back?

    for eg. Hendrix's "Little Wing" or "Angel".

    Or better yet, from his 'Band of Gypsy' era.

    "The new Rising Sun" (particularly), "Belly Button Window", "Drifting", and my Fav. "Pali Gap" (btw, Robert Dick has incredible rendition of that using flute. hmmm...that is definitely a post)

    That can't be right can it? (This not to say my thinking that pink flyd is a little over rated.)


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    footenote from wiki:

    The name was coined by the New Musical Express, noting the tendency of the bands' guitarists to stare at their feet (or their effects pedals), seemingly deep in concentration, while playing. Some fans will argue another story, that shoegazing music was originally made with the intention of being listened to while taking heroin,[citation needed] and that the name refers to a passage from the book Naked Lunch. Melody Maker preferred the more staid term The Scene That Celebrates Itself, referring to the habit which the bands had of attending gigs of other shoegazing bands, often in Camden. The key record labels associated with the genre were Creation Records (My Bloody Valentine, Ride, Slowdive) and 4AD.

     
  • At 11:08 AM, May 31, 2006, Anonymous squashed said…

    MK, you need to get put back that blog. so we can exchange playlist. It's much more fun this way, can link. (or email me if you want to use BF)

    and yes, I am preparing a mind blowing list that meld a small prog-rock, late fusion with shoegazer. :D ugh...this will take me forever to upload.

     
  • At 1:49 PM, May 31, 2006, Blogger Makrugaik said…

    It's the drone thing though, cos Hendrix didn't drone much really, whereas the V. U. droned. Like Suicide and V. U. were considered to be rilly rilly (sic) cool in the late eighties (I too am guilty), so there was this whole thing about making droning guitar stuff like SY and MBV. Back then you would have been considered seriously uncool if you liked Pink Floyd besides Pipers, but then the whole ambient thing (The Orb, KLF's Chill Out) started and it made everything up till Animals cool. Now things have been taken a bit further by Quiet Village and company. It's like recontextalising things that were considered uncool into a new cool reality. It's like, total perversion, man. Like, how far can this go. I also bought Obscured By Clouds this weekend, which is amazing.

     
  • At 3:11 PM, May 31, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    broken link to Merz there, goes to dead paged

     
  • At 7:39 PM, May 31, 2006, Blogger carlkruger said…

    "...I am preparing a mind blowing list..."

    what's that you say? whats up with the lack of grind core posts, you ask? hm....

     
  • At 10:32 PM, May 31, 2006, Blogger Squashed said…

    Pink Floyd is over rated at any age. hey who is V.U. (I need a short hand guide)

     
  • At 9:15 AM, June 01, 2006, Blogger Makrugaik said…

    Le Velvet Underground. Hey Squashed, kan jy afrikaans verstaan?

     
  • At 11:03 AM, June 01, 2006, Blogger Squashed said…

    mk, ... W00t?

    (btw, yer so in trouble. I found my one and only pink Floyd CD. fear me. lol yeah that's the extent of my pink floyd knowledge.)

     
  • At 11:05 AM, June 01, 2006, Blogger Squashed said…

    carlkruger said...

    what's that you say? whats up with the lack of grind core posts, you ask? hm.... "

    I just saw that in draft list.. I can't wait...

    I am thinking to make a 'noise/drone' list too. But I am not sure how to make it "summer" list. It's pretty painfull to listen to when it's hot out there.

     
  • At 1:21 PM, June 01, 2006, Blogger Makrugaik said…

    W00t: I was asking if you understand Afrikaans. It's similar to Flemish.

     
  • At 3:38 PM, June 01, 2006, Blogger carlkruger said…

    and you wont have to wait much longer! finnished the track list last night and am working on the post this evening/

    my next post is in fact a minimal collection meant for early morning listening that'll incorporate drone ...

    a noise post is something mdm absolutely needs :>) i have a few tracks in mind, but i want the playlist to have crossover appeal to the inhibited listener ...

     
  • At 5:25 PM, June 01, 2006, Blogger music is art said…

    moka! i love your writing. its very easy and real to understand.. and gives off a good feeling. and of course, great selection of shoegazing music. wonderful as always.

     
  • At 9:02 PM, June 01, 2006, Blogger Squashed said…

    Makrugaik said...
    W00t: I was asking if you understand Afrikaans. It's similar to Flemish.


    nope. not a word. Maybe I google some swear words. lol.

     
  • At 9:03 PM, June 01, 2006, Blogger Squashed said…

    Squashed said...
    carlkruger said...
    my next post is in fact a minimal collection meant for early morning listening that'll incorporate drone ...

    a noise post is something mdm absolutely needs :>) i have a few tracks in mind, but i want the playlist to have crossover appeal to the inhibited listener ... "

    yeah dunno whats moka's plan is. I usually put 2 easy list, one big/eplorative (drone, postrock, etc), then one/two random. That usually cover a month.

    I should add a couple popular list in between maybe.

    If I post the drone now, it's definitely too heavy on non melody stuff. So I'll wait a couple more days.

     
  • At 11:45 AM, June 05, 2006, Anonymous EXOUL said…

    thanks for the mention! great tunes as always!!!

     
  • At 5:46 PM, June 11, 2006, Anonymous Viviana said…

    I downloaded this bunch of tracks last week but I havent "listened" to them the way i should until yesterday. Amazing, thank you for breaking my heart and making me extremely miserable in a good way.

     

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