Luluc "Without A Face"

"Without a Face" by Luluc // Passerby (Out 7.15.14 via SubPop)

Here is something special. Luluc are a duo splitting their time between Melbourne and Brooklyn, that creates gently swooning dream-pop/folk music in the vein of Nick Drake and Nico. The duo consists of Zoe Randell and Steve Hassett, and their debut album is set to be released by Sub Pop in mid-July. The summer release date might seem a little off for such lovely, autumnal sounds, but there’s something wonderful about the thought of a tender, slow-burn beauty like “Without a Face” soundtracking a quiet summer’s night. It’s music to get lost inside of. 

* i posted this mix last week as the first of a new series, reposting for those that missed it. new episode this weekend. 
PERFECT|MIDNIGHT|RADIO // Episode One
I’ve been meaning to get back into the habit of putting out monthly mixtapes again, and as luck would have it, i’ve finally pulled the trigger. Much like the previous mixtape series (Dreaming in Waves), the new series will be a two hour block of new and old gems, chosen to enhance the after hours - dream pop, shoegaze, ethereal, lo-fi, and everything in between. Basically, I want to recapture the sense of discovery that I used to get listening to my local college radio station, back in East Lansing, Michigan, late Sunday nights - when they would pull a two hour block of dreamy, spaced out, lesser known artists. It was everything that i could want in a radio show, and that in turn is what i’m trying to capture here. Some of the material might be new, some might be familiar, but they flow nicely and if you need a late night lullaby, this should more than suffice. Unlike previous mixes, the Perfect Midnight Radio sets will be split down the middle for ease of listening. Each hour as it’s own standalone block of music, for streaming and downloading. 
The goal is to release a new mix every month, with the occasional special release for fun. Please feel free to share and I encourage you to seek out the artists that catch your attention - they might be your new favorite band. Thanks for listening. Enjoy!
HOUR ONE: (Stream) // (Download via Soundcloud)
"Repeat Pleasure" by How to Dress Well 
 “Memory Loss” by The Snow 
"Only in Dreams" by Holidays 
"Teenage Tide" by Letting Up Despite Great Faults 
"Summer Rain" by Night Flowers 
"Not for this One" by Eternal Summers 
"Minha Menina" by Donovan Blanc 
"Breaking the Angle Against the Tide" by Craft Spells 
"Ashes & Embers" by The Casket Girls 
"Lonely Richard" by Amen Dunes 
"Habit" by Ought 
"Johnny Jupiter" by Haunted Hearts 
"Remember Our Days" by Lotus Plaza 
"Peach" by Your Friend 
"Running Scared" by Mode Moderne
HOUR TWO: (Stream) // (Download via Soundcloud)
"Call My Name" by Haerts 
"It Wasn’t Me Who Left You Alone" by Fasano 
"Descent" by Fear of Men 
"Being Around" by Courtney Barnett 
"Angel" by Pure X 
"You Must Learn to Live Again" by Halls 
"Taste of Cindy (Acoustic)" by The Jesus & Mary Chain 
"Ghost" by Autumn 
"Battles" by DNKL 
"Bright Lights" by Bedouin 
"Garden’s Heart" by Natasha Khan & Jon Hopkins 
"Me at the Museum You in the Wintergarden" by Tiny Ruins
"Down from the Rafters" by Hundred Waters 
 “In my Bed Again” by Perri 
"Rebirth" by Vancouver Sleep Clinic 
"Plains" by Tycho 
"Mercury" by Conner Youngblood
* Soundcloud Hour One (Stream/Download) 
* Soundcloud Hour Two (Stream/Download)  
**Please support the artists that you find and enjoy. Buy their music, merchandise and tickets to see their shows. Only use these mixtapes as a guide to find something to throw your (financial and emotional) support behind.

* i posted this mix last week as the first of a new series, reposting for those that missed it. new episode this weekend. 

PERFECT|MIDNIGHT|RADIO // Episode One

I’ve been meaning to get back into the habit of putting out monthly mixtapes again, and as luck would have it, i’ve finally pulled the trigger. Much like the previous mixtape series (Dreaming in Waves), the new series will be a two hour block of new and old gems, chosen to enhance the after hours - dream pop, shoegaze, ethereal, lo-fi, and everything in between. Basically, I want to recapture the sense of discovery that I used to get listening to my local college radio station, back in East Lansing, Michigan, late Sunday nights - when they would pull a two hour block of dreamy, spaced out, lesser known artists. It was everything that i could want in a radio show, and that in turn is what i’m trying to capture here. Some of the material might be new, some might be familiar, but they flow nicely and if you need a late night lullaby, this should more than suffice. Unlike previous mixes, the Perfect Midnight Radio sets will be split down the middle for ease of listening. Each hour as it’s own standalone block of music, for streaming and downloading. 

The goal is to release a new mix every month, with the occasional special release for fun. Please feel free to share and I encourage you to seek out the artists that catch your attention - they might be your new favorite band. Thanks for listening. Enjoy!

HOUR ONE: (Stream) // (Download via Soundcloud)

  • "Repeat Pleasure" by How to Dress Well 
  • “Memory Loss” by The Snow 
  • "Only in Dreams" by Holidays 
  • "Teenage Tide" by Letting Up Despite Great Faults 
  • "Summer Rain" by Night Flowers 
  • "Not for this One" by Eternal Summers 
  • "Minha Menina" by Donovan Blanc 
  • "Breaking the Angle Against the Tide" by Craft Spells 
  • "Ashes & Embers" by The Casket Girls 
  • "Lonely Richard" by Amen Dunes 
  • "Habit" by Ought 
  • "Johnny Jupiter" by Haunted Hearts 
  • "Remember Our Days" by Lotus Plaza 
  • "Peach" by Your Friend 
  • "Running Scared" by Mode Moderne

HOUR TWO: (Stream) // (Download via Soundcloud)

  • "Call My Name" by Haerts 
  • "It Wasn’t Me Who Left You Alone" by Fasano 
  • "Descent" by Fear of Men 
  • "Being Around" by Courtney Barnett 
  • "Angel" by Pure X 
  • "You Must Learn to Live Again" by Halls 
  • "Taste of Cindy (Acoustic)" by The Jesus & Mary Chain 
  • "Ghost" by Autumn 
  • "Battles" by DNKL 
  • "Bright Lights" by Bedouin 
  • "Garden’s Heart" by Natasha Khan & Jon Hopkins 
  • "Me at the Museum You in the Wintergarden" by Tiny Ruins
  • "Down from the Rafters" by Hundred Waters 
  • “In my Bed Again” by Perri 
  • "Rebirth" by Vancouver Sleep Clinic 
  • "Plains" by Tycho 
  • "Mercury" by Conner Youngblood

* Soundcloud Hour One (Stream/Download) 

* Soundcloud Hour Two (Stream/Download)  

**Please support the artists that you find and enjoy. Buy their music, merchandise and tickets to see their shows. Only use these mixtapes as a guide to find something to throw your (financial and emotional) support behind.

(Source: perfectmidnightworld)

A Winged Victory For The Sullen – Minuet For A Cheap Piano Number One

"Minuet for a Cheap Piano, Number One" by A Winged Victory for the Sullen // Atomos VII EP (Out 4.28.14 via Kranky)

I’m a longtime fan of composer, Dustin O’Halloran, so it was with great pleasure that i fell in love with his 2011 collaboration with Adam Wiltzie (Stars of the Lid), as A Winged Victory for the Sullen. That album was a quiet stunner that had a melancholy beauty that was hard to shake. The duo is back this month with a new EP entitled Atomos VII (which can stream exclusively through Drowned in Sound). One of the tracks featured is the haunting piano led beauty, “Minuet for a Cheap Piano, Number One”. Like some of O’Halloran’s best - it’s the space between the notes that helps tell the story. A heart-aching lullaby for the restless mind. Slow down and listen to this a couple of times, and fade off in the late hours.

Together

"Together" by High Desert // High Desert (Out Now // 2014)

On one hand, it’s no surprise that Marty Crandall is one of the artists behind Albuquerque’s High Desert. The new band has a wonderful grasp of melody and composition and Crandall, formerly of The Shins & Flake Music (prior to the big Port of Morrow line-up shake-up), is one half of High Desert’s creative force. Of course, that’s pretty much where the similarities end. One should not come expecting The Shins’ jangly and earnest brand of indie pop - High Desert is a whole different world of sound. Alongside producer/engineer, Nick Noeding Jr. (Aka Yourself), Crandall has temporarily set aside his work with his other band, Sad Baby Wolf, to expand his skill set into the space rock realm. Granted, that’s perhaps a tired genre to peg the band’s work in, but it’s hard to hear the swirling atmospherics, soaring guitars, and textured production and not be reminded of great post-shoegaze, space rock bands of the late 90’s/ early 00’s (Grandaddy, Mercury Rev, and Spritualized to name a few).  It’s excellent company to keep, and one listen to album highlight, “Together” and you can hear what makes High Desert’s work so exciting to hear. 

* Stream High Deserts S/T Debut now @ Soundcloud. 

"I’m Less Here" by Mazzy Star // I’m Less Here b/w Things (Out Today via Record Store Day)

One of those more interesting releases from 2014’s Record Store Day is a new 7” from Mazzy Star featuring two unreleased tracks. The A-Side is “I’m Less Here”, which goes back to the late 90’s/ early 00’s, where it was played live under the title, “It Speaks of Distance”, but this marks it’s official release. The release is limited to 3,000 clear vinyl copies, but you can stream the A-Side right now from the band’s Vevo page. Naturally, the track is classic Mazzy Star - hushed and moody, but captivating with it’s dark, atmospheric beauty. It’s the kind of song that you can get lost inside of for a while and that’s exactly what I’m doing. 

(Source: theautumnroses)

POLARIZER

"Polarizer" by Frame // Polarizer LP (Due Out Summer 2014)

Brooklyn musician, Caitlin Frame (performs as simply “Frame”), is onto something. In only two songs (uploaded to Soundcloud), she’s managed to set herself apart from other new artists by sounding fresh and exciting, but seasoned and confident. You can play spot the influence across both of her current tracks (“Polarizer” and “Run Around”), but a predilection for strong, melody-driven, female pop-rock stars of the late 70’s/early 80’s won’t sell you like a single listen to the effortlessly cool glam-pop jam, “Polarizer” and it’s infectious, stutter-step chorus. Because of the varied influences, Frame sounds exciting and fresh among the current sea of Lorde-soundalikes that seem to be popping up everywhere and hopefully, when her full length drops this summer, it will make the splash that Polarizer deserves. 

Ought - The Weather Song

"The Weather Song" by Ought // More Than Any Other Day (Out 4.29.14 via Constellation Records)

A few days back, I went a little nuts over another song from Montreal post punk crew, Ought. That song, "Habit", has been in heavy rotation since the first listen, and it got me wondering what else might be awaiting me on the band’s forthcoming debut full length, More Than Any Other Day. Luckily, I didn’t have to look too far as the band’s label is currently hosting another track on the Constellation Records Soundcloud page. “The Weather Song” might not reach the emotional heights of “Habit”, but it sure as hell backs up the promise set forth in that first jam. Frontman, Tim Beeler’s manic energy is set loose in full effect over a prickly guitar line that bounces and shifts this way and that until hitting the bouncing, euphoric chorus, and then downshifting back to where it started with little warning, only to start all over again. It’s the kind of raw, yet playful intensity that I used to get from Wolf Parade's early recordings, but sounding more like Television and Wire. It’s not exactly easy listening, but it is certainly a blast to hear. I can’t wait to hear the rest. 

Hymn For A Missing Girl

"Hymn for a Missing Girl" by The Darcys // Hymn For a Missing Girl (Out 4.19.14 via Arts and Crafts)

This weekend sees the arrival of Record Store Day, and with it, dozens of special releases from all sorts of artists. One such special release comes from Toronto’s art rock collective, The Darcys, who are releasing a limited 500 LP pressing of a 22-minute experimental suite inspired by Cormac McCarthy's "Cities of the Plain". The result can now be streamed via Soundcloud, and it’s an interesting and quite arresting listen. The piece feels like a score from an unseen film that runs the gamut from deep, dark atmospheric pieces to intense blasts of charging energy, and onto haunting, melancholic post rock sounds. It’s a powerful piece of work and a rewarding listen at that. You can grab a copy on Saturday if you’re lucky enough to come across one of the 500 copies, otherwise - enjoy the sounds supplied by the band and their label, Arts & Crafts.

Heavenly Creatures

"Heavenly Creatures" by Intimatchine // I’ll Eat You Last EP (2014 // Bandcamp)

With the recent influx of duos playing darkly shaded electro/dream pop, the blog spaces are starting to sound a bit familiar. It seems to be the easy thing to drop comparisons to Lorde or London Grammar, and scare up a little buzz for ones self. The truth is, there’s nothing dark about those songs. They might be haunting or melancholic, but not dark as in something mysterious and unknown and ominous. That’s where Intimatchine can help. This Los Angeles based duo produces darkly alluring synth pop that could double as the score for a horror film. “Heavenly Creatures” is imbued with a confidence that is sexy and sinister all the same, like vintage Portishead spliced with Songs of Faith and Devotion-era Depeche Mode. It definitely stands out from the pack, and their recently released debut EP, I’ll Eat You Last, is a pretty killer calling card. Here’s hoping Intimatchine is just getting started and there’s more coming down the line. 

PERFECT|MIDNIGHT|RADIO // Episode One
I’ve been meaning to get back into the habit of putting out monthly mixtapes again, and as luck would have it, i’ve finally pulled the trigger. Much like the previous mixtape series (Dreaming in Waves), the new series will be a two hour block of new and old gems, chosen to enhance the after hours - dream pop, shoegaze, ethereal, lo-fi, and everything in between. Basically, I want to recapture the sense of discovery that I used to get listening to my local college radio station, back in East Lansing, Michigan, late Sunday nights - when they would pull a two hour block of dreamy, spaced out, lesser known artists. It was everything that i could want in a radio show, and that in turn is what i’m trying to capture here. Some of the material might be new, some might be familiar, but they flow nicely and if you need a late night lullaby, this should more than suffice. Unlike previous mixes, the Perfect Midnight Radio sets will be split down the middle for ease of listening. Each hour as it’s own standalone block of music, for streaming and downloading. 
The goal is to release a new mix every month, with the occasional special release for fun. Please feel free to share and I encourage you to seek out the artists that catch your attention - they might be your new favorite band. Thanks for listening. Enjoy!
HOUR ONE: (Stream) // (Download via Soundcloud)
"Repeat Pleasure" by How to Dress Well 
 “Memory Loss” by The Snow 
"Only in Dreams" by Holidays 
"Teenage Tide" by Letting Up Despite Great Faults 
"Summer Rain" by Night Flowers 
"Not for this One" by Eternal Summers 
"Minha Menina" by Donovan Blanc 
"Breaking the Angle Against the Tide" by Craft Spells 
"Ashes & Embers" by The Casket Girls 
"Lonely Richard" by Amen Dunes 
"Habit" by Ought 
"Johnny Jupiter" by Haunted Hearts 
"Remember Our Days" by Lotus Plaza 
"Peach" by Your Friend 
"Running Scared" by Mode Moderne
HOUR TWO: (Stream) // (Download via Soundcloud)
"Call My Name" by Haerts 
"It Wasn’t Me Who Left You Alone" by Fasano 
"Descent" by Fear of Men 
"Being Around" by Courtney Barnett 
"Angel" by Pure X 
"You Must Learn to Live Again" by Halls 
"Taste of Cindy (Acoustic)" by The Jesus & Mary Chain 
"Ghost" by Autumn 
"Battles" by DNKL 
"Bright Lights" by Bedouin 
"Garden’s Heart" by Natasha Khan & Jon Hopkins 
"Me at the Museum You in the Wintergarden" by Tiny Ruins
"Down from the Rafters" by Hundred Waters 
 “In my Bed Again” by Perri 
"Rebirth" by Vancouver Sleep Clinic 
"Plains" by Tycho 
"Mercury" by Conner Youngblood
* Soundcloud Hour One (Stream/Download) 
* Soundcloud Hour Two (Stream/Download)  
**Please support the artists that you find and enjoy. Buy their music, merchandise and tickets to see their shows. Only use these mixtapes as a guide to find something to throw your (financial and emotional) support behind.

PERFECT|MIDNIGHT|RADIO // Episode One

I’ve been meaning to get back into the habit of putting out monthly mixtapes again, and as luck would have it, i’ve finally pulled the trigger. Much like the previous mixtape series (Dreaming in Waves), the new series will be a two hour block of new and old gems, chosen to enhance the after hours - dream pop, shoegaze, ethereal, lo-fi, and everything in between. Basically, I want to recapture the sense of discovery that I used to get listening to my local college radio station, back in East Lansing, Michigan, late Sunday nights - when they would pull a two hour block of dreamy, spaced out, lesser known artists. It was everything that i could want in a radio show, and that in turn is what i’m trying to capture here. Some of the material might be new, some might be familiar, but they flow nicely and if you need a late night lullaby, this should more than suffice. Unlike previous mixes, the Perfect Midnight Radio sets will be split down the middle for ease of listening. Each hour as it’s own standalone block of music, for streaming and downloading. 

The goal is to release a new mix every month, with the occasional special release for fun. Please feel free to share and I encourage you to seek out the artists that catch your attention - they might be your new favorite band. Thanks for listening. Enjoy!

HOUR ONE: (Stream) // (Download via Soundcloud)

  • "Repeat Pleasure" by How to Dress Well 
  • “Memory Loss” by The Snow 
  • "Only in Dreams" by Holidays 
  • "Teenage Tide" by Letting Up Despite Great Faults 
  • "Summer Rain" by Night Flowers 
  • "Not for this One" by Eternal Summers 
  • "Minha Menina" by Donovan Blanc 
  • "Breaking the Angle Against the Tide" by Craft Spells 
  • "Ashes & Embers" by The Casket Girls 
  • "Lonely Richard" by Amen Dunes 
  • "Habit" by Ought 
  • "Johnny Jupiter" by Haunted Hearts 
  • "Remember Our Days" by Lotus Plaza 
  • "Peach" by Your Friend 
  • "Running Scared" by Mode Moderne

HOUR TWO: (Stream) // (Download via Soundcloud)

  • "Call My Name" by Haerts 
  • "It Wasn’t Me Who Left You Alone" by Fasano 
  • "Descent" by Fear of Men 
  • "Being Around" by Courtney Barnett 
  • "Angel" by Pure X 
  • "You Must Learn to Live Again" by Halls 
  • "Taste of Cindy (Acoustic)" by The Jesus & Mary Chain 
  • "Ghost" by Autumn 
  • "Battles" by DNKL 
  • "Bright Lights" by Bedouin 
  • "Garden’s Heart" by Natasha Khan & Jon Hopkins 
  • "Me at the Museum You in the Wintergarden" by Tiny Ruins
  • "Down from the Rafters" by Hundred Waters 
  • “In my Bed Again” by Perri 
  • "Rebirth" by Vancouver Sleep Clinic 
  • "Plains" by Tycho 
  • "Mercury" by Conner Youngblood

* Soundcloud Hour One (Stream/Download) 

* Soundcloud Hour Two (Stream/Download)  

**Please support the artists that you find and enjoy. Buy their music, merchandise and tickets to see their shows. Only use these mixtapes as a guide to find something to throw your (financial and emotional) support behind.

Eurydice

"Eurydice" by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart // Days of Abandon (Out 5.13.14 via Yebo Music)

The new album from The Pains of Being Pure at Heart is just around the corner, so the band has dropped a second single - the shimmering, blissed out “Eurydice”. The track is a lushly textured beauty that stands up with the best of the band’s catalog. The band continues to push further into sweeping dream pop sounds, stepping back from the heavier shoegaze pop that they originally started with - and i couldn’t be happier to hear the evolution. It’s a great track. 

To The Top

"To the Top" by Twin Shadow // To to Top - Single (Available Now via 4AD)

George Lewis Jr (Twin Shadow) seems to have taken a break from his monthly covers series to work on a new album. One of the songs that may pop up on that as-yet-untitled album is the soaring anthem, “To the Top”. The artist continues to evolve his sound which started as dreamy chillwave before morphing into 2012’s dance-able synth rock. “To the Top” isn’t exactly either of those things, in fact the song is mostly a straight-forward widescreen power ballad that feels built for the big stage. It’s a great track and surely a hint at what awaits later this year when we hopefully get to hear a new full length. In the meantime, you can download this track for free from Twin Shadow’s Soundcloud page.

OUGHT - Habit

"Habit" by Ought // More Than Any Other Day (Out 4.29.14 via Constellation Records)

It’s one of my favorite things in the world to hear a song and be left at a loss for how to sum it up. Not in a bad way, of course - but rather in a manner that just leaves you wanting to spin it again rather than talk about it. “Habit” by Ought is just such a song. There are things to be said about it, or comparisons to be made (Talking Heads by way of The Mountain Goats with a smattering of Television, perhaps), but really, it’s better to just experience it because it’s really something special. Hit the download arrow on the artwork for a free download. 

Arcade Fire // Coachella 2014 

This year’s Coachella festival is only half over (the other half starting back up this weekend), but you can catch most of the full sets on YouTube. Sunday night’s Arcade Fire set was loaded with fan favorites, as well as a guest appearance from Debbie Harry. Watch the set in it’s entirety now. 

Setlist: Reflektor // Flashbulb Eyes // Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) // Rebellion (Lies) // Joan of Arc // The Suburbs // The Suburbs (Continued) // Ready to Start // Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) // No Cars Go // Keep the Car Running // Afterlife // It’s Never Over (Oh Orpheus) // Heart of Glass (Ft. Debbie Harry) // Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Montains) (ft. Debbie Harry) // Normal Person // Here Comes the Night Time // Wake Up (ft. Preservation Hall Jazz Band)

HONEY HONEY [olympia Ep]

"Honey Honey" by Cosmetics // Olympia … Plus (Out on 12” Vinyl, 4.19.14 via Captured Tracks)

This Record Store Day will see the vinyl re-issue of last year’s “Olympia” by Cosmetics. The synth pop release will also feature six other tracks, not included on the original EP, expanding the release and name to “Olympia … Plus”. One of the tracks featured is the darkly seductive “Honey Honey”, which has been floating around the better part of a year, but never gathered a ton of steam, which is a shame because it’s a pretty great track - sexy, ominous, and inviting. Check it out and pick it up on Record Store Day in 12” Vinyl.