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Tune Into The Telewire

The Telewire - Stephen Thurman

A number of years ago, there was an Industrial project around called Self Contained Unit which was full of all the heavy beats, distorted vocals and loud, fast noise one would expect. This Industrial endeavor went on for about a year or two until it was time to morph into yet another sound. If you look hard enough, you may still find a cassette that was put out. Self Contained Unit was a one man powerhouse by the Austin native, Stephen Thurman.

As time progressed and interests changed, Stephen realized that his heart just wasn’t into such hyped up hard edged music anymore. There just wasn’t enough anger deep with inside of him and he found himself playing music that was softer instrumental and more Electronic based. Keeping the same name, Self Contained Unit, Stephen started playing a few live shows and released a couple CD-Rs.

Progressing along, one day Stephen decided to pick up that guitar he kept off on the side and discovered that he had a dearth of new music flowing from within. These songs were slower and spacier and seemed to take on a life of their own. The Telewire all started with the birth of a song called “Quiet Satellite”. Yet another side took hold to take Stephen into new musical dimensions of sound.

As with his previous projects, The Telewire is a one man, full bodied, band of sorts completely performed by Stephen Thurman. All parts, from guitar to drums to vocals and bass, are performed by Stephen.

Unfortunately, due to the one man does it all approach, we are unlikely to ever see The Telewire play live. Then again, maybe, just maybe, one day Stephen will figure out an acceptable way of using DATs to enhance his singing and guitar playing as a one man live act. Or, possibly, find another musician or so to help fill out his live sound. It can happen though no plans of such at the moment.

With all the talk of The Telewire being a solo project, you would never know it to listen to the album. It sounds quite full as though there was a roomful of musicians pumping out the sounds.

Stephen is a graphic artist by trade so expect more visual pairings down the line. There are plans to produce some music videos for The Telewire and Stephen has already printed up a few t-shirts for the band. Expect they will be available on the forthcoming website which is in the works.

Oh, while the wires are hot, so to speak, Stephen is already writing new music for the next release by The Telewire. The newer music, again, will be a solo project, and may be even more Electronic. Stephen aptly describes The Telewire’s current music as being Indie, Space Rock and Shoegaze; all of which I can agree with. Keep your eyes and ears open for The Telewire because there’s a lot of good stuff for you to enjoy.

The Telewire - The Telewire

You can grab The Telewire debut album for free at the following link:
The Telewire – The Telewire

Of course, you can also hear various cuts from The Telewire on Air Atlantic Underground Radio.

The Telewire

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The Stargazer Lilies - "Fukitol"

Feeling down and blue? Life getting to you? Need something to erase all your troubles away?

Take a dose of “Fukitol”, guaranteed to cure what ails you. “Fukitol” is the latest single from New York’s The Stargazer Lilies. The Stargazer Lilies is the side project of Kim Field and John Ceparano of Soundpool.

Full of sonic washes of gentle distortion and dreamy vocals, “Fukitol” is just what the doctor ordered. So, just sit back, turn up the volume and let The Stargazer Lilies put you in a perfect state of pure relaxation. Tune in, relax and just “Fukitol”.

Try a free sample of “Fukitol” here, courtesy of The Stargazer Lilies:
The Stargazer Lilies – “Fukitol”

*Warning: “Fukitol” may cause drowsiness, apathy and a general sense of well being.

The Stargazer Lilies

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Falling For The Sky Drops

The Sky Drops

Wilmington, Delaware is home to a charming dreamy couple of Shoegazers who call themselves
The Sky Drops. The Sky Drops are Rob Montejo and Monika Bullette. You may remember Rob from the area’s former Shoegaze band who had made a name for themselves worldwide, Smashing Orange. Smashing Orange are no more and Rob has teamed up with Monika to carry on his own blend of dreamy laced Shoegaze with a side of grungy rock for a bit of a kick. Monika has previously sang and played drums for the bands Nero and Licorice Roots. Between the two, you’ll find that they make all of the noise that’s needed. Monika plays drums and sings while Rob does his thing on guitar and vocals.

The following is a video of their song “Hang On” from the band’s debut EP, Clouds Of People.

The Sky Drops put out their first release in 2006 with an EP called Clouds Of People on Fridabear Records. The EP was strong enough to garner them worldwide attention and praise. Eventually, The Sky Drops put out a full length album in August of 2009 called Bourgeois Beat again earning them respect amongst the Dream and Shoegaze set around the world.

Set for a March 29, 2011 release is a new EP called Making Mountains which will be released on Custom Made Music. This will be released as a beautiful 12″ LP with a gorgeous silk screened cover. The album is limited to 100 copies, each being hand numbered. It will only be available either at their live shows or through Custom Made Music. If you order from the label, they will be $10 US or $20 internationally which includes all shipping fees. They are bound to go fast so don’t sit on these! Pre-order today for a March 29th mailing. You can send your payment using Paypal to custommademusic@gmail.com to ensure you reserve yourself a copy.

The track listing is as follows:
(Not necessarily in this order.)

Cut That Corner
Explain It To Me
Out The Window
Keeper
Together-ing

The Sky Drops - "Making Mountains" 12" vinyl cover

Also, if you are in any of these areas, you can catch The Sky Drops live at these following locations. They always put on a pleasant set so do try to make it out if you can.

The Sky Drops Spring Tour 2011:

Plaza del Sol
w/ Digging Up V & Middles
Saturday 26 March 2011
Norfolk, Virginia

Bruar Falls
w/ Golden Animals, The Sunshine Factory, Help, & Recess
Thursday 14 April 2011
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York

Deep Heaven Now 3 Festival
Saturday 16 April 2011
Somerville, Massachusetts

Austin Psych Fest
Saturday 30 April 2011
Austin, Texas

The Metro Gallery
Friday, 17 June 2011
w/ Thrushes, Sleepy Vikings & Young Jaguars
Baltimore, Maryland

*If anyone can help with bookings for the following shows listed below, please contact the band via The Sky Drops’ email address info@theskydrops.com as soon as possible.

Booking now – (subject to change):
Wednesday April 27 – New Orleans
Thursday April 28 – Houston
Tuesday May 3 – Des Moines
Wednesday May 4 – Minneapolis
Thursday May 5 – Chicago
Friday May 6 – Cleveland
Saturday May 7 – Pittsburgh

Here is just a taste of what to expect from the upcoming Making Mountains EP, courtesy of The Sky Drops and their new label, Custom Made Music. Be sure to reserve your copy now, set to ship on March 29, 2011. They are sure to go fast and are limited to 100 hand numbered copies with silk screened covers!

Free download from The Sky Drops of “Explain It To Me” from the new Making Mountains EP:
The Sky Drops – “Explain It To Me”

The Sky Drops
The Sky Drops on MySpace
The Sky Drops on Facebook
The Sky Drops on Last.FM
The Sky Drops on Twitter
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Bloody Knives

A few years ago, back in Austin, Texas, two men under the guise of The Joy Bus were creating their own brand of electronic post-rock music of sorts. Then something happened and that Joy Bus turned the corner and became Bloody Knives. As unfortunate of an accident that may sound like, that idea couldn’t be further from the truth.

Preston Maddox and Jake McCown describe Bloody Knives as being Industrial Shoegaze or Psychedelic Punk. Take your pick since, when it comes down to it, it depends on which track you are listening to at the time. Each description fits and melds together to form a cohesive mix of musical concepts. One minute you may find yourself drifting off into a serene Ambient sleep only to be yanked out of your blissful dream state the next to jump up and cut a rug with a much harder edgier sound with Bloody Knives.

Starting off as a two man outfit with Preston Maddox on bass, voice, keyboards, samples and programming duties and Jake McCown handling drums, noise, programming and art, the band later brought Jim Moon into the fold as the band’s sound manipulator.

Bloody Knives: An Introduction

In October of 2009, Bloody Knives released their debut self-titled EP. The band then followed the EP up in July of 2010 with a full release called Burn It All Down which was produced by Josh Pursur and Bloody Knives and mastered by Kramer. No fooling around here! This is serious stuff. January of 2011 then brought us a split single between Bloody Knives and Me You Us Them.

Wanting more hands on action, Bloody Knives also run their own record label called KillRedRocket Records. Unlike most record labels, KillRedRocket Records is much more about celebrating and sharing good music than making a profit, though they would be more than happy to sell you plenty of music, t-shirts and posters to keep your music loving heart’s content via the website’s online store. As a means of promotion, there is also a whole bucket full of great music that you can download for free in compilation form which includes other great bands from around the world such as Stellarium, Between The Cities Are Stars, The Rosen Association and PinkShinyUltraBlast. Plan to have your ears loaded with all kinds of new sounds to warm your noise loving hearts.

Bloody Knives – “There Was”

Spring and summer are coming around the corner and so are Bloody Knives if you are in the Texas and Gulf states area. Check the calendar to see Bloody Knives in your neck of the woods.

Bloody Knives tour promo

Spring & Summer tour dates for 2011:

Mar 19 – Limelight – San Antonio, Texas – 7:00 PM
Mar 25 – Beerland – Austin, Texas – 7:00 PM
Apr 2 – The Independent – Auburn, Alabama – 9:00 PM
Apr 3 – HTGT Thrift Store with Pig Lizzard – Baton Rouge, LA – 7:00 PM
Apr 8 – Scoot Inn – AUSTIN, Texas – 10:00 PM
May 7 – Hole in the Wall Austin, Texas – 9:00 PM
Jul 16 – ICT Fest – Wichita, KS – 7:00 PM

*Keep checking with the band for additional live dates.

Depending on the particular show, for this tour, Bloody Knives will be sharing the stage with the following bands: The Sunshine Factory, Boys Beware, Black Racers, Pig Lizzard and Love Culture.

Regardless of whether or not you can make it to any of their live shows, do be sure to download their music for free, or even buy a real CD, from the band’s Bandcamp pages or the KillRedRocket Records website.

Bloody Knives on Bandcamp
Bloody Knives on MySpace
Bloody Knives on Last.FM
Bloody Knives on Facebook
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Presents For Sally

Let it be said that Presents For Sally is a real gift. A gift that will stay close to your heart and ears for many, many years to come. A real gem amongst the many flash in the pans clamoring for your listening attention.

Presents For Sally are husband and wife team Matt and Anna Etherton, joined by drummer Luke Feierabend who also sorts out effects and other accompanying noises. Located just outside the seaport city of Bristol, England, you will often find them playing and carousing in town, often with Bristol’s The Fauns.

Though Matt is originally from Maidstone, Kent, he eventually moved to Glastonbury where he met Anna. Anna had decided that she wanted to establish a band so she put an ad up in a local Glastonbury record shop seeking a guitarist. Matt got the gig and the band was called Tilted Exposure which sounded more like an early Hole and PJ Harvey hybrid. As time went along, Anna and Matt worked on their own musical ideas and demos, one of which was to become their debut single, “Catch Your Fall” which was one of their works that got them recognition to a niche of Shoegazers around the world.

Presents For Sally - "Catch Your Fall" 7" vinyl

We were also gifted with Presents For Sally when they released a track on the 2008 compilation The Secret Garden Vol 1: (Nu-gaze: The New Wave of Shoegaze) which was released on Geoff Barrow’s Invada Records label. Yes, folks, Geoff Barrow from the renowned Bristol Trip-Hop innovators, Portishead. Their track “Flowers Falling Sideways” was one of the highlights of the album which is very reminiscent of the sweet blissful drones of those other great British Shoegazers, Air Formation. You will find them nestled snuggly amongst other such Nu-Gaze favorites as Thought Forms , 93MillionMilesFromTheSun, Rumskib, Malory, Kyte, Soundpool, Fleeting Joys, The Fauns, Butterfly Explosion, Orange Yellow Red, Amusement Parks On Fire and Ulrich Schnauss. A collection that helped to make all of these names familiar to the world of Nu-Gaze.

Presents For Sally - "A Touch Of Joy, A Touch Of Sadness"

Along the way, there were a series of live appearances, the official 7″ vinyl single release of “Catch Your Fall” backed with “Smooch”, lots of thoughtful and careful writing, recording and mixing. Eventually, November 2010 brought us the release of Presents For Sally’s debut full length album, A Touch Of Joy, A Touch Of Sadness on Michael Savage’s of The Fauns Laserghost Records.

Having made an impression within the Shoegaze community, don’t be fooled by thinking that this is the only sound the band chooses to work with. Between the three of them, they bring a whole host of interests and influences which can be heard in their various selections throughout the album. Bits and pieces of Grunge, Shoegaze, Madchester, Hip Hop, Punk and Post Rock can all be found throughout the disc yet in a very complementary and cohesive manner which proves to us that Presents For Sally have their own unique sound they can proudly call their own.

It’s not just the music that has garnered the attention of many but also their gorgeous bright and colorful cover art which is bound to catch the eye of anyone strolling through the aisles of their local record shops or online vendors. The kind you intentionally place in the front of your own collection just to decorate your humblest of abodes. Credit goes to Anna for the arrangement and designs and Luke took the photographs. The beautiful candy colors reveal the playful innocence and lush washes of what you will hear inside.

Hoping to be an active part of the upcoming Record Store Day this April, Presents For Sally are putting their efforts together to release a one off single. Time and funds are of the essence so we shall have to see. A couple years ago the band released a CD single for the event and appreciated being able to be a part of the whole experience.

Other possibilities in the works; again, depending mostly on funds; is a 7″ vinyl release featuring one of the 7 or 8 new tracks they’ve got stashed away and hopefully a 12″ EP of the title song from “A Touch Of Joy, A Touch Of Sadness” with 3 of their newer tracks.

On the tour front, Presents For Sally are in the process of rehearsing live shows and hoping to broaden their reach. Wanting to fill out their sound, they are looking to expand to a full band. This will allow them to abandon some of the backing tracks they’ve previously used for live shows and reserving them for cool beefed up effects such as backwards guitars and various washes. Depending less on backing tracks, they expect their live performances to have a much rawer sound. They also plan to have more input from the entire band with writing for the new album. Could we hear a whole new sound from Presents For Sally? You’ll just have to stay tuned to Air Atlantic Underground Radio and stay current with the band to find out.

In the meantime, Presents For Sally has provided the listeners of Air Atlantic Underground Radio and the readers of the Air Atlantic Underground website the distinct honor of obtaining free downloads of several of their new songs. These are all exclusive presents for you from Presents For Sally and Air Atlantic Underground Radio.

Presents from Presents For Sally:
Presents For Sally – (Promo Demo B Side) – A Different Kind Of Crazy (An Air Atlantic Underground Radio Exclusive!)
Presents For Sally – (Promo B Side) – Three (An Air Atlantic Underground Radio Exlusive!)
Presents For Sally – (Brand New Demo) – Needing You More (An Air Atlantic Underground Radio Exclusive!)

To get polished up and completed official releases from Presents For Sally, below you will find links to various vendors that sell Presents For Sally CDs, vinyl and digital MP3s. Listed also are a few locations where you can find Presents For Sally around the net. Go ‘Like’ and befriend them to keep up with the latest updates and be the first to find out about their new album, currently in production. At the moment, all Presents For Sally products have been limited to UK releases but easy enough to procure from other parts of the world. (Hint: look below.) That may well change very soon as the band are currently talking with a few distributors hoping to put out a few US releases.

Presents For Sally on MySpace
Presents For Sally Facebook page (Go ‘Like’ and say ‘Hi’)
Presents For Sally on Soundclound
Presents For Sally shop
Presents For Sally – A Touch of Joy, a Touch of Sadness MP3s via Amazon
Presents For Sally CD via Amazon UK
Presents For Sally on iTunes

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PS: To date, Presents For Sally are the winners of the Best of 2010 on Air Atlantic Underground Radio poll. This poll is probably still open so go place your votes.

Youngteam

Maybe there is something in the water. Maybe it’s all of those long, cold winter nights. Maybe it’s the etheric splendor of the flashing light parade of the aurora borealis. Whatever it is, there must be something in Stockholm, Sweden that has Youngteam devoting so much talent and time thinking about, writing about and playing about dreaming. Lost in a world of thought, Youngteam have decided to so aptly name their latest release Daydreamer.

Daydreamer, due out for official release in March of 2011 on Northern Star Records, is a delightful and ethereal mesmerizing exploration along a cerebral landscape of lush jangly guitars awash in reverb set to an array of harmonious melodies and enchanting rhythms. Every track, from beginning to end, are well placed, with one song as good as the next. Daydreamer will send you on your own sonic daydreams replete with all of the effects laden soundscapes of your dreams. As the band’s debut full length, it is amazing to discover that most of these tracks were recorded from live shows, thanks to the expert production skills of Mattias Glava. Mattias Glava is a top Swedish producer better know for his work with Dungen, Håkan Hellström and The Soundtrack of Our Lives.

Youngteam are; depending on whenever you catch them as they’ve had a number of personnel changes; Fredrik Liljequist, Peter Eriksson, Johan Angantyr, Mattias Hägerstrand (helping hands from time to time), Christian Rockström, Jesper Klein, Tobias Eidewald, Andrev Bergström, Matilda Johansson, Matilda Niang and Anna Järvinen.

When Youngteam put out their first release in 2007 as an EP called Missnobandjet, they chose to work as a collective and feature different lead singers. One of them was the much acclaimed Anna Järvinen who took to the mic for the often favored “Your Love”. Previously, Anna had established a bit of a reputation for her contributions with Granada and Dungen. Since her work with Youngteam, Anna Järvinen, on her own, went on to achieve a top ten album in Finland and Sweden.

As a special treat for the listeners of Air Atlantic Underground Radio, Youngteam and Scott Causer, owner of Northern Star Records, have allowed us an exclusive free download of an unreleased demo copy of “Your Love”, featuring Anna Järvine.

Don’t forget to tune into Scott’s radio show called Revolution In Sound which airs on Wednesdays and Fridays on Air Atlantic Underground Radio. Check our Broadcast Schedule page for air times. And, by all means, don’t forget to pre-order your copy of Daydreamer by Youngteam at the Northern Star Records online shop. It’s a real stunner!

Download here:
Youngteam – (unreleased demo) – \"Your Love\" (featuring Anna Järvinen) (an Air Atlantic Underground Radio exclusive!)

Purchase “Daydreamer” by Youngteam
Youngteam on MySpace
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Daniel Land

If you are out and about in the land up north, you may well run into quite a sociable character named Daniel Land. Daniel; Danny or Dan to his many friends; is making a mark for himself as one of the areas’ prominent musicians. Besides being a musician, Daniel has even had the pleasure to host a very small concert by Jane Siberry right in his very own living room! Though Daniel is originally from way down south in Exeter, Devon; that land up north that he now calls home is Manchester, England.

As if you haven’t figured it out already, Daniel is the main man who fronts the band, Daniel Land & The Modern Painters. The other members of the band are Graeme Meikle, Oisin Scarlett, Andrew Galpin and Jason Magee.

When The Painters aren’t around, Daniel spends some of his time with a much more Ambient personal project he calls Riverrun on Saint Cecilia Records. Imagine relaxing by the side of a babbling brook on a warm and sunny day with nothing to do but watch the grass grow and the frogs jump about. That’s the sort of soothing feeling you get while listening to the gentle Ambient tones and rhythms of Riverrun. Oh, did I just say that listening to Riverrun was like watching grass grow!? Oh, my! Believe me, it’s all good and just what the doctor ordered to relax all those tethered nerves from all of the manic frustrations of everyday life. Don’t believe me? Give it a good spin and feel your stress wash away into the ether. Think Brian Eno when he decided to chill out a bit and create all that wonderful Ambient background music, ala his Music For Airports series. Daniel’s admiration for one of his mentors is quite evident with his Riverrun project. You can find Riverrun’s Pentimento at Daniel Land’s Big Cartel shop along with several releases from Daniel Land & The Modern Painters. There is also a very limited 2nd album on it’s way at this very moment called La Mer, again on Saint Cecelia Records. Finally, for Riverrun’s devoted fans, there’s also a digital single release of “Hamworthy Common (Parts I & II)” distributed as a free download on the BFW Recordings website.

Daniel Land puts his guitar down and goes to it on synth

Daniel Land & The Modern Painters’ first release was an EP in 2007 they called Voss. From my understanding, it’s long sold out but you can still purchase a digital copy from CD Baby. In 2008, it was followed up with another EP called Imagining October which was later rereleased to satisfy further demand. The Sonic Cathedral label released the band’s 7″ vinyl single of “Within The Boundaries” (Schnauss/Peters Mix), originally from the Voss EP, backed with “Benjamin’s Room” (Schnauss/Peters Mix). Next they came along in 2009 with what is considered the band’s debut full length album, Love Songs For The Chemical Generation, a glorious journey through the enchanted land of Daniel Land & The Modern Painters. Yet another sold out item*. Are you sensing a trend here? Never fear! You can purchase a digital copy at the band’s Bandcamp shop.

* (Editing Note: Just got word that there are still a few copies of Love Songs For The Chemical Generation left at the band’s Big Cartel shop. Get them now before they too are sold out!)

A busy man, that Daniel! He’s also a contributor to a local band called The Steals among other projects that he’s involved in. Too many, I suspect, for even he to keep track of!

But wait, there’s more. When the up and coming critically acclaimed Engineers went through a shake up and needed to replace two of it’s members, Daniel Land stepped up to the plate with his trusty bass guitar to help beef up the band after Mark Peters moved over to take the lead on guitar. Still in need of another member, Ulrich Schnauss was right by his side ready to fill in with his magical keyboard and technical skills. Here, at the time, we fans feared that Engineers were breaking up. Little did we know what they had up their musical sleeves to tantalize the masses. You can hear Daniel’s contributions on the Engineers latest 2010 album on Kscope Records called In Praise Of More.

All of this, combined with all of the touring that he does with his various musical endeavors, leads me to one conclusion: Daniel never sleeps. He can’t. How would he ever find the time? Truly one of this generation’s musical wonders.

~ Stream or download for free Riverrun’s “Hamworthy Common (Parts I & II)” at the BFW Recordings website:

Daniel Land’s Big Cartel Shop
Daniel Land & The Modern Painters on Facebook
Daniel Land & The Modern Painters on MySpace

Riverrun on Facebook
Engineers
Engineers on Facebook

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Hinterland

Back in 2003 up in Vancouver, Canada, a band called Hinterland released their debut album, Under The Waterline on Detroit’s HybridElectric Records. Under The Waterline is full of soft yet powerful musical explorations in the world of Ethereal Dream that became part of the resurgence of the Shoegaze movement.

Hinterland consisted of John Lucas, Michaela Galloway, Robb Johannes and Gregg Steffensen and went on to create 2 more releases before their eventual demise. Lead guitarist John Lucas and chanteuse Michaela Galloway married and added a son to their lives making things a bit difficult for them to bother with all of the touring and area live shows that Hinterland diligently performed for their area fans; not to mention finding time to write, rehearse and record outside of a busy new household. By the way, we hear that little Master Lucas has taken to following in his mother’s footsteps; albeit, in his own preferred styling.

With music being in their blood, John and Michaela found ways to continue creating the music they both love so dearly as well as holding together their new lives as a family. It’s called DIY, folks and you do it at home. Together, they call themselves The Hope Slide.

The Hope Slide, along with the follow up releases from Hinterland, can be found on John Lucas’ Submerged Records label. Hinterland’s second album was released in 2006 with the title The Picture Plane. Finally in 2008, Hinterland put out their last album under the name Pan Pan Medico. Of course, cuts from each of these albums have found their way on Air Atlantic Underground Radio at some time over the years and still manage to grace its airwaves.

By the way, if you go to The Hope Slide’s Bandcamp profile, you can find lots of really cool remixes of their self-titled 2010 release for free in the digital format of your choice. Well worth the download!

To celebrate the inception of Hinterland and it’s time with us, the band has decided to offer up the track “Tiger Tiger” from Under The Waterline as a free download. In my opinion, their best song, full of gentle beauty and powerful submissive emotions.

You can download “Tiger Tiger” for free in one of the following methods:

Or here:

Hinterland on Bandcamp
Hinterland on MySpace
Hinterland on Blogger
The Hope Slide on Bandcamp
Submerged Records

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Should Are Back!

Should are a dreamy Shoegaze band that formed about a decade ago in Austin, Texas. They originally started out in 1995 under the name shiFt and had 2 releases. ShiFt released the original CD-EP of A Folding Sieve in 1995, followed up in 1997 by a 7″ vinyl release called Own Two Feet.

After a decided name change, Should released their debut CD in 1998 called Feed Like Fishes. Late, in 2002, they released a follow-up called A Folding Sieve. To this day, both are well respected amongst the old Slowcore and newer Shoegaze aficianados.

As often happens, life goes on and gets in the way causing bands to break up and move on to other pursuits such as careers and other of life’s holdings. Life brought Marc Ostermeier to Baltimore, Maryland where he is currently a professor at the distinguished Johns Hopkins University. Eric Ostermeier, Marc’s brother, lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he is a political blogger as well as a researcher at the University of Minnesota. Not to be out done, Tanya Maus also spends much of her time within the halls of higher learning and is a professor in Ohio at Wittenberg University. Quite a brainy bunch! And here ya’ll thought they just made beautiful music together. With the geographical distances between them, it’s not the most conducive for an impromptu band rehearsal. Somehow, they’ve managed to close the gap and come up with a real beauty of a new, long awaited album called Like A Fire Without Sound. The album has been completed and the official release is set for April of 2011.

Though distance kept Should from continuing on their joint musical production for some time, that didn’t cause Marc Ostermeier to bury his ax. Marc has 2 solo Ambient/Experimental releases under his belt which allowed him to explore new musical territory from the more Dream induced Shoegaze as what we are familiar with from Should. Chance Reconstruction and Lakefront can be found on iTunes and at the Should Shop on the Minneapolis based Words On Music Records label website, along with Should’s other fine releases.

All one has to do is listen to Should’s new tracks, “Glass House” and “Turned Tables” to hear that nothing was lost over time. Should sound as dreamy as ever and, in fact, display a maturation in sound that will put any self-respecting Shoegazer into the most dream induced of states.

For the time being, Should have been kind enough to allow us to share and download 2 very promising tracks from their new release, Like A Fire Without Sound, due out in April of 2011 on the Words On Music label.

Should web page
Should on Bandcamp
Should on MySpace

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The Stargazer Lilies

Yet another love child of that stargazing starstruck couple from the rolling hills of the Poconos, John Ceparano and Kim Field. John and Kim are much more known for their main project Soundpool, one of the premier New York City bands of the new millennium that helped to revive the current Shoegaze movement.

The Stargazer Lilies add a deeper and more droneful sensibility to the couple’s usually Synth and dreamy Dance creations that Soundpool have perfected. They refer to it as Discogaze. The Stargazer Lilies drone on with whispery vocals and it’s full of all the joy that any Shoegazer could want.

You can listen and download for free some of their latest offerings here:
The Stargazer Lilies – ‘Endless Days’ b/w ‘Don’t Waste My Time’

The Stargazer Lilies
Soundpool

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