Daily Discovery-They Go Boom!!-Tumbledown Weekend

They Go Boom!! are a 90's indie pop duo from Margate, Kent in the UK; their 1995 album Atlantic was just reissued on Chicago's Sunday Records. "Tumbledown Weekend," one of the standout tracks from Atlantic, is chock full of irresistible melodies, all of them tinged with a sense of wistful sadness. It makes for a … Continue reading Daily Discovery-They Go Boom!!-Tumbledown Weekend

Stare At Your Shoes-Alcian Blue-Carousel

Alcian Blue, named for a polyvalent basic dye (whatever that is), was a shoegaze group from Takoma Park, MD, active in the early-to-mid 2000's. "Carousel" is a nearly 8-minute behemoth of a track that can be found on the band's 2007 EP Years Too Late, released after the band had already dissolved. Listening to "Carousel" … Continue reading Stare At Your Shoes-Alcian Blue-Carousel

Stare At Your Shoes-Experimental Aircraft-Blue Cream Sky

In my mind, I always confuse Austin, TX's Experimental Aircraft with 80's proto-shoegazers Flying Saucer Attack. Only because of the space theme, though, because their music is quite different. Unlike some groups of this genre, Experimental Aircraft places the vocals of frontwoman Rachel Staggs front and center as opposed to burying them in the mix. … Continue reading Stare At Your Shoes-Experimental Aircraft-Blue Cream Sky

Stare At Your Shoes-Ultra Vivid Scene-A Dream Of Love

Ultra Vivid Scene was the short-lived solo project of New York multi-instrumentalist Kurt Ralske. "A Dream Of Love" is a standout track from his 1988 self-titled debut. Drums awash in gated reverb and walls of gritty, melodic noise provide a lush backdrop to Ralske's sleepy vocals; the nostalgia is almost palpable. A proto-shoegaze track, if … Continue reading Stare At Your Shoes-Ultra Vivid Scene-A Dream Of Love