HEAVY ROTATION @ PMW // 8.1.14
These are the nine albums that have been keeping my ears happy as of late. Click on the title for more information on the band/album (stream/pre-order/purchase) 
"Everything Infinite" by Wunder Wunder // "Let You Go" by Tape Waves // "Lowtide" by Lowtide // "It Looks Sad - EP" by It Looks Sad // "Thru Me Again" by La Hell Gang // "Adorn" by You’ll Never Get to Heaven // "Places to Haunt" by Pale Seas // "Hold Still Life" by Field Mouse // "Wild Onion" by Twin Peaks
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HEAVY ROTATION @ PMW // 8.1.14
These are the nine albums that have been keeping my ears happy as of late. Click on the title for more information on the band/album (stream/pre-order/purchase) 
"Everything Infinite" by Wunder Wunder // "Let You Go" by Tape Waves // "Lowtide" by Lowtide // "It Looks Sad - EP" by It Looks Sad // "Thru Me Again" by La Hell Gang // "Adorn" by You’ll Never Get to Heaven // "Places to Haunt" by Pale Seas // "Hold Still Life" by Field Mouse // "Wild Onion" by Twin Peaks
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HEAVY ROTATION @ PMW // 8.1.14
These are the nine albums that have been keeping my ears happy as of late. Click on the title for more information on the band/album (stream/pre-order/purchase) 
"Everything Infinite" by Wunder Wunder // "Let You Go" by Tape Waves // "Lowtide" by Lowtide // "It Looks Sad - EP" by It Looks Sad // "Thru Me Again" by La Hell Gang // "Adorn" by You’ll Never Get to Heaven // "Places to Haunt" by Pale Seas // "Hold Still Life" by Field Mouse // "Wild Onion" by Twin Peaks
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HEAVY ROTATION @ PMW // 8.1.14
These are the nine albums that have been keeping my ears happy as of late. Click on the title for more information on the band/album (stream/pre-order/purchase) 
"Everything Infinite" by Wunder Wunder // "Let You Go" by Tape Waves // "Lowtide" by Lowtide // "It Looks Sad - EP" by It Looks Sad // "Thru Me Again" by La Hell Gang // "Adorn" by You’ll Never Get to Heaven // "Places to Haunt" by Pale Seas // "Hold Still Life" by Field Mouse // "Wild Onion" by Twin Peaks
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HEAVY ROTATION @ PMW // 8.1.14
These are the nine albums that have been keeping my ears happy as of late. Click on the title for more information on the band/album (stream/pre-order/purchase) 
"Everything Infinite" by Wunder Wunder // "Let You Go" by Tape Waves // "Lowtide" by Lowtide // "It Looks Sad - EP" by It Looks Sad // "Thru Me Again" by La Hell Gang // "Adorn" by You’ll Never Get to Heaven // "Places to Haunt" by Pale Seas // "Hold Still Life" by Field Mouse // "Wild Onion" by Twin Peaks
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HEAVY ROTATION @ PMW // 8.1.14
These are the nine albums that have been keeping my ears happy as of late. Click on the title for more information on the band/album (stream/pre-order/purchase) 
"Everything Infinite" by Wunder Wunder // "Let You Go" by Tape Waves // "Lowtide" by Lowtide // "It Looks Sad - EP" by It Looks Sad // "Thru Me Again" by La Hell Gang // "Adorn" by You’ll Never Get to Heaven // "Places to Haunt" by Pale Seas // "Hold Still Life" by Field Mouse // "Wild Onion" by Twin Peaks
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HEAVY ROTATION @ PMW // 8.1.14
These are the nine albums that have been keeping my ears happy as of late. Click on the title for more information on the band/album (stream/pre-order/purchase) 
"Everything Infinite" by Wunder Wunder // "Let You Go" by Tape Waves // "Lowtide" by Lowtide // "It Looks Sad - EP" by It Looks Sad // "Thru Me Again" by La Hell Gang // "Adorn" by You’ll Never Get to Heaven // "Places to Haunt" by Pale Seas // "Hold Still Life" by Field Mouse // "Wild Onion" by Twin Peaks
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HEAVY ROTATION @ PMW // 8.1.14
These are the nine albums that have been keeping my ears happy as of late. Click on the title for more information on the band/album (stream/pre-order/purchase) 
"Everything Infinite" by Wunder Wunder // "Let You Go" by Tape Waves // "Lowtide" by Lowtide // "It Looks Sad - EP" by It Looks Sad // "Thru Me Again" by La Hell Gang // "Adorn" by You’ll Never Get to Heaven // "Places to Haunt" by Pale Seas // "Hold Still Life" by Field Mouse // "Wild Onion" by Twin Peaks
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HEAVY ROTATION @ PMW // 8.1.14
These are the nine albums that have been keeping my ears happy as of late. Click on the title for more information on the band/album (stream/pre-order/purchase) 
"Everything Infinite" by Wunder Wunder // "Let You Go" by Tape Waves // "Lowtide" by Lowtide // "It Looks Sad - EP" by It Looks Sad // "Thru Me Again" by La Hell Gang // "Adorn" by You’ll Never Get to Heaven // "Places to Haunt" by Pale Seas // "Hold Still Life" by Field Mouse // "Wild Onion" by Twin Peaks
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HEAVY ROTATION @ PMW // 8.1.14
These are the nine albums that have been keeping my ears happy as of late. Click on the title for more information on the band/album (stream/pre-order/purchase) 
"Everything Infinite" by Wunder Wunder // "Let You Go" by Tape Waves // "Lowtide" by Lowtide // "It Looks Sad - EP" by It Looks Sad // "Thru Me Again" by La Hell Gang // "Adorn" by You’ll Never Get to Heaven // "Places to Haunt" by Pale Seas // "Hold Still Life" by Field Mouse // "Wild Onion" by Twin Peaks
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HEAVY ROTATION @ PMW // 8.1.14

These are the nine albums that have been keeping my ears happy as of late. Click on the title for more information on the band/album (stream/pre-order/purchase) 

"Everything Infinite" by Wunder Wunder // "Let You Go" by Tape Waves // "Lowtide" by Lowtide // "It Looks Sad - EP" by It Looks Sad // "Thru Me Again" by La Hell Gang // "Adorn" by You’ll Never Get to Heaven // "Places to Haunt" by Pale Seas // "Hold Still Life" by Field Mouse // "Wild Onion" by Twin Peaks

GRMLN - Time After Time (Cyndi Lauper cover)

"Time After Time" by GRMLN // Soon Away (Out 9.16.14 via Carpark Records)

Sometimes you don’t need to do a lot to a cover for it to work. In the case of Cyndi Lauper's “Time After Time”, it's pretty much all right there for you, It's one of those songs that immediately brings to mind a particular vibe, so it's best to just ride that out and offer your own little flourishes. GRMLN (SoCal based artist, Yoodoo Park) does just that with his take on the 80’s classic. In Park’s hands the song is a haunting, but sweet lo-fi beauty - dreamy guitars, acoustic percussion, and layered vocals build the path and it’s all gold from there. It’s easy to get lost in repeated listens to this little gem. Grab a free HQ download at Soundcloud.

Adorn

"Adorn" by You’ll Never Get to Heaven // Adorn - EP (Out Now via Mystic Roses)

In trying to make up for missed gems from earlier in the year, I was lucky enough to recently stumble upon this haunting beauty from back in March. London, Ontario’s dreamy ambient pop duo, You’ll Never Get to Heaven is the team behind the stunning EP, Adorn. It’s that title track that latched onto my brain and wouldn’t let go, but it’s in wonderful company, as there is not a sour track in the collection. “Adorn” is a ghostly, dream pop lullaby built from glimmering guitars and crackling atmospherics that sound borrowed from a haunted house, but it’s by no means ominous, as Alice Hansen’s ethereal vocals pull you deeper into the dream. Imagine Chromatics with a hint of Lali Puna and you’re almost there. It’s difficult to capture what makes the formula so exceptional, but you don’t need to know to fall in love with everything about it. Highest recommendation. 

Elder Island - Garden

"Garden" by Elder Island // Elder Island EP (Out Now on Four Thieves Records)

The Bristol based trio, Elder Island, have only released three songs so far, but they have already stamped out a potent, fully developed sound all their own. On the new track, “Garden”, the trio crafts a slinking, mysterious song that is as ominous as it is sexy. There’ a smokey haze that drifts through the track like a storm cloud - turning a popping disco guitar line into a creeping, breathless guide that underscores the band’s airy, trip-hop production. Then of course, there’s those acrobatic vocals that feel equal parts hip-hop, jazz, and indie pop. It’s a stellar track that is well worth a few spins.

Miami's Finest

"Miami’s Finest" by VHS Dreams // VHS Dreams - THE EP (Out Now via Future 80s Records)

On the Bandcamp page for VHS Dreams, you will find a short description of the parallel universe which houses these retro futurist synthwave sounds. It talks of a world with an alternate history in which Japan is the world’s pre-eminent global power and the spaced out synth sounds of the 80s never went away, but merely evolved into the dreamy synthwave sound captured by VHS Dreams. It’s a clever idea to place these songs in such a context because based on sound alone, they damn near nail that on their own. Creating an alternate world in which this is the sound of the night makes for some interesting thoughts. Of course, you don’t need to speed away on neon hued highways of an alternate reality to get lost in the world of VHS Dreams. “Miami’s Finest” is the lead off track for the self-titled EP and it sets a perfect tone of eerie synth waves and shadowy beats that sound primed for soundtracking a gripping Michael Mann thriller (from any time for that matter), but also works just as well as the sounds of a night drive through a florescent night cityscape. It’s stellar stuff, and the kind of spaced out lullaby in which you can lost for hours.  

Beach Day - BFFs

"BFFs" by Beach Day // Native Echoes (Out 8.19.14 via Kanine Records)

Well, if you’re looking for dreamy, laid back guitar pop to get you through the dog days of summer, Beach Day has you covered. The duo behind Beach Day also seem to be growing with every release. They’ve always had a special way with melody, but the new material feels expansive, warm, and lived in. There is growth in everything from the production to the harmonies, but that’s not to say that they still don’t sound up close and personal. It’s really wonderful to hear the band’s nostalgic pop sound expanded and explored, and they are absolutely game. In a few weeks, their new album “Native Echoes” drops from Kanine Records and with songs like the sweetly woozy “BFFs” on hand, Beach Day feel primed for a well deserved blow up. Highly recommended. 

"Skip Loop" by Johnny Greenwood // Live @ Roundhouse (London 7.28.14)

It’s very possible that by the end of the year, we will be blessed with new sounds from Radiohead. Of course, that’s not guaranteed as the band won’t be back in the studio until September. What is guaranteed is that Johnny Greenwood will be back scoring the new Paul Thomas Anderson film, “Inherent Vice”, which is set for release this December, and that’s always reason for celebration. Greenwood debuted new music in London this week that could potentially be part of that film’s sonic world. The orchestral track was captured on film, and you can get a feel for what may be up Greenwood’s sleeve in any number of his potential projects on the horizon. The track is a haunting, moody composition called “Skip Loop” and you can sample it above. 

Golden Hair

"Golden Hair" by Balms // Golden Hair - Single (2014)

We’re deep into Summer, so naturally I’m looking for every opportunity imaginable to listen to songs that take to a more autumnal state. A couple of lucky clicks on Bandcamp landed me at the perfect song to help with my dilemma - “Golden Hair” by San Francisco shoegazers, Balms. “Golden Hair” is a gorgeous, dreamy slice of glimmering shoegaze. Crashing drums and layers of cascading guitars move together with dreamy vocals to build a haunting atmospheric gem. It’s the kind of song that feels like summer’s ending. Those golden-hued evenings fading faster with each passing day, and with a beauty like “Golden Hair” soundtracking your nights, you’re not likely to miss them in the least. Highly recommended for fans of Film School, The Bilinda Butchers, and The Radio Dept

Roxanne

"Roxanne" by Main Beach // Roxanne - Single (Available Now via Bandcamp)

It’s kind of useless to try and explain the draw of a band like Sydney’s Main Beach. It’s just so easy to love. A pretty melody and an infectious hook laid over dreamy beach pop guitars. What’s not to love? I get that it’s not kicking the doors down and demanding your attention in some aggressive grab at being important, but that’s the beauty of Main Beach. They are able to capture the halcyon days of young adulthood in a four minute summer pop gem that feels romantic and hazy and chill. It’s just great music for quiet times. 

Perfect Midnight Radio // Ep.4

PERFECT|MIDNIGHT|RADIO // Episode Four

This month’s episode of Perfect|Midnight|Radio is arriving a little later than planned, so I’ve switched things up a bit to get it in place sooner rather than later. This time around we’re going for one extended episode instead of two hour long pieces. Same rules apply as always, a collection of mostly new mixed with some favorites of years gone by, curated to compliment each other and encourage discovery. This month’s mix is especially exciting as this summer has been particularly great for new dream pop, shoegaze, and psych pop. . Hopefully, the selections succeed in offering a comfortable contrast to the impending dog days of summer. The sounds of this longplay dreamwave lullaby might be just the sound to cool your after hours.  As always, you can stream from Soundcloud, or download as a standalone mp3 mixtape to take on the go. 

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!

EPISODE 4 TRACKLIST: (Stream) // (Download MP3 via Soundcloud)

* Perfect|Midnight|Radio EP. 4 (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.

DREAMING IN REVERSE // #003
"Song from the Edge of the World" by Siouxsie & the Banshees (1987 // Polydor)
When I decided to start the process of building a catalog of favorite “forgotten” songs from years gone by, it was songs like this that I had in mind. Of course, it’s kind of hard to say any song by a band as influential as Siouxsie & the Banshees is “forgotten”, but over the years “Song from the Edge of the World” has certainly fallen into the rarer side of things. 
I first encountered the song in 1997 on a mixtape that an older friend played religiously in his barely functioning 1986 Ford Taurus. The mixtape had made the long journey from Sacramento by way of another friend’s cousin, which was left in that friend’s car while on a family trip to Utah, which eventually made it’s way to our hands in Michigan a year or two later. And it was that ragged sort of discovery that made us crazy about what was contained within. The tracklist was long gone and the bulk of the songs were b-sides from post punk and new wave bands that we recognized but couldn’t begin to place. But it was this song, which closed out Side One that I was mildly obsessed with for several years until I finally discovered it’s name and origin. Truth be told, I didn’t look too hard because I had a copy of the song on a mixtape of my own, but it was always labeled as just “Siouxsie”, because I’d managed to figure out the band fairly easily. That was enough. Over the next few years, I’d lost the tape and semi-forgotten about the song until one day in 2003, when I was passing through Denver and found myself wading through the stacks of used discs at the wonderful record store, Wax Trax. That familiar drum roll filled the speakers and I fell in love all over again. Luckily, at that point I was in an establishment that was staffed with a couple of guys who couldn’t be happier to fill me in on the name and availability of the track. “Song from the Edge of the World” had been a one off single from 1987 that the band had issued in limited release despite not being overly fond of the production sound. It had just recently been re-issued (in an extended mix) on the deluxe double disc edition of The Best of Siouxsie and the Banshees, and there, after several years of listening to worn out cassettes, I finally had a pristine digital copy with which to play the everloving shit out of until the end of time, or whenever I would lose that disc (two months later it was stolen out of my car while parked at my then apartment in East Lansing, Michigan). 
Growing up, I had always been a fan of the singles of Siouxsie & the Banshees, but it wasn’t until I was an adult that I really dove into the deep end of the discography and realized how many wonderful songs were hidden deep inside of some of their less popular albums.There have been many obsessions with many of those songs over the years, but “Song from the Edge of the World” has maintained a hold on my head and heart since that worn out, miles-journeyed mixtape.
I know, i know - I’ve explained the route the song took to find me, and later me to find it’s full story, but I haven’t talked of how it sounds. And honestly, I don’t think I can do it justice after all this time because it sounds like Halloween mixtapes and road trips through the mountains and getting drunk at the Library on Avenue A while waiting for friends on rainy autumn nights and it sounds like trying to get over losing friends and trying to make it through a flight from O’Hare to LAX without having an anxiety attack because while everything was changing at the speed of light, there were still some markers driven into memories that could make you feel better if only for the duration of a four minute song. That is to say it sounds like a great fucking song. 
LISTEN to “SONG FROM THE EDGE OF THE WORLD” by SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES: Soundcloud // YouTube // Spotify 
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DREAMING IN REVERSE // #003
"Song from the Edge of the World" by Siouxsie & the Banshees (1987 // Polydor)
When I decided to start the process of building a catalog of favorite “forgotten” songs from years gone by, it was songs like this that I had in mind. Of course, it’s kind of hard to say any song by a band as influential as Siouxsie & the Banshees is “forgotten”, but over the years “Song from the Edge of the World” has certainly fallen into the rarer side of things. 
I first encountered the song in 1997 on a mixtape that an older friend played religiously in his barely functioning 1986 Ford Taurus. The mixtape had made the long journey from Sacramento by way of another friend’s cousin, which was left in that friend’s car while on a family trip to Utah, which eventually made it’s way to our hands in Michigan a year or two later. And it was that ragged sort of discovery that made us crazy about what was contained within. The tracklist was long gone and the bulk of the songs were b-sides from post punk and new wave bands that we recognized but couldn’t begin to place. But it was this song, which closed out Side One that I was mildly obsessed with for several years until I finally discovered it’s name and origin. Truth be told, I didn’t look too hard because I had a copy of the song on a mixtape of my own, but it was always labeled as just “Siouxsie”, because I’d managed to figure out the band fairly easily. That was enough. Over the next few years, I’d lost the tape and semi-forgotten about the song until one day in 2003, when I was passing through Denver and found myself wading through the stacks of used discs at the wonderful record store, Wax Trax. That familiar drum roll filled the speakers and I fell in love all over again. Luckily, at that point I was in an establishment that was staffed with a couple of guys who couldn’t be happier to fill me in on the name and availability of the track. “Song from the Edge of the World” had been a one off single from 1987 that the band had issued in limited release despite not being overly fond of the production sound. It had just recently been re-issued (in an extended mix) on the deluxe double disc edition of The Best of Siouxsie and the Banshees, and there, after several years of listening to worn out cassettes, I finally had a pristine digital copy with which to play the everloving shit out of until the end of time, or whenever I would lose that disc (two months later it was stolen out of my car while parked at my then apartment in East Lansing, Michigan). 
Growing up, I had always been a fan of the singles of Siouxsie & the Banshees, but it wasn’t until I was an adult that I really dove into the deep end of the discography and realized how many wonderful songs were hidden deep inside of some of their less popular albums.There have been many obsessions with many of those songs over the years, but “Song from the Edge of the World” has maintained a hold on my head and heart since that worn out, miles-journeyed mixtape.
I know, i know - I’ve explained the route the song took to find me, and later me to find it’s full story, but I haven’t talked of how it sounds. And honestly, I don’t think I can do it justice after all this time because it sounds like Halloween mixtapes and road trips through the mountains and getting drunk at the Library on Avenue A while waiting for friends on rainy autumn nights and it sounds like trying to get over losing friends and trying to make it through a flight from O’Hare to LAX without having an anxiety attack because while everything was changing at the speed of light, there were still some markers driven into memories that could make you feel better if only for the duration of a four minute song. That is to say it sounds like a great fucking song. 
LISTEN to “SONG FROM THE EDGE OF THE WORLD” by SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES: Soundcloud // YouTube // Spotify 
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DREAMING IN REVERSE // #003
"Song from the Edge of the World" by Siouxsie & the Banshees (1987 // Polydor)
When I decided to start the process of building a catalog of favorite “forgotten” songs from years gone by, it was songs like this that I had in mind. Of course, it’s kind of hard to say any song by a band as influential as Siouxsie & the Banshees is “forgotten”, but over the years “Song from the Edge of the World” has certainly fallen into the rarer side of things. 
I first encountered the song in 1997 on a mixtape that an older friend played religiously in his barely functioning 1986 Ford Taurus. The mixtape had made the long journey from Sacramento by way of another friend’s cousin, which was left in that friend’s car while on a family trip to Utah, which eventually made it’s way to our hands in Michigan a year or two later. And it was that ragged sort of discovery that made us crazy about what was contained within. The tracklist was long gone and the bulk of the songs were b-sides from post punk and new wave bands that we recognized but couldn’t begin to place. But it was this song, which closed out Side One that I was mildly obsessed with for several years until I finally discovered it’s name and origin. Truth be told, I didn’t look too hard because I had a copy of the song on a mixtape of my own, but it was always labeled as just “Siouxsie”, because I’d managed to figure out the band fairly easily. That was enough. Over the next few years, I’d lost the tape and semi-forgotten about the song until one day in 2003, when I was passing through Denver and found myself wading through the stacks of used discs at the wonderful record store, Wax Trax. That familiar drum roll filled the speakers and I fell in love all over again. Luckily, at that point I was in an establishment that was staffed with a couple of guys who couldn’t be happier to fill me in on the name and availability of the track. “Song from the Edge of the World” had been a one off single from 1987 that the band had issued in limited release despite not being overly fond of the production sound. It had just recently been re-issued (in an extended mix) on the deluxe double disc edition of The Best of Siouxsie and the Banshees, and there, after several years of listening to worn out cassettes, I finally had a pristine digital copy with which to play the everloving shit out of until the end of time, or whenever I would lose that disc (two months later it was stolen out of my car while parked at my then apartment in East Lansing, Michigan). 
Growing up, I had always been a fan of the singles of Siouxsie & the Banshees, but it wasn’t until I was an adult that I really dove into the deep end of the discography and realized how many wonderful songs were hidden deep inside of some of their less popular albums.There have been many obsessions with many of those songs over the years, but “Song from the Edge of the World” has maintained a hold on my head and heart since that worn out, miles-journeyed mixtape.
I know, i know - I’ve explained the route the song took to find me, and later me to find it’s full story, but I haven’t talked of how it sounds. And honestly, I don’t think I can do it justice after all this time because it sounds like Halloween mixtapes and road trips through the mountains and getting drunk at the Library on Avenue A while waiting for friends on rainy autumn nights and it sounds like trying to get over losing friends and trying to make it through a flight from O’Hare to LAX without having an anxiety attack because while everything was changing at the speed of light, there were still some markers driven into memories that could make you feel better if only for the duration of a four minute song. That is to say it sounds like a great fucking song. 
LISTEN to “SONG FROM THE EDGE OF THE WORLD” by SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES: Soundcloud // YouTube // Spotify 
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DREAMING IN REVERSE // #003

"Song from the Edge of the World" by Siouxsie & the Banshees (1987 // Polydor)

When I decided to start the process of building a catalog of favorite “forgotten” songs from years gone by, it was songs like this that I had in mind. Of course, it’s kind of hard to say any song by a band as influential as Siouxsie & the Banshees is “forgotten”, but over the years “Song from the Edge of the World” has certainly fallen into the rarer side of things. 

I first encountered the song in 1997 on a mixtape that an older friend played religiously in his barely functioning 1986 Ford Taurus. The mixtape had made the long journey from Sacramento by way of another friend’s cousin, which was left in that friend’s car while on a family trip to Utah, which eventually made it’s way to our hands in Michigan a year or two later. And it was that ragged sort of discovery that made us crazy about what was contained within. The tracklist was long gone and the bulk of the songs were b-sides from post punk and new wave bands that we recognized but couldn’t begin to place. But it was this song, which closed out Side One that I was mildly obsessed with for several years until I finally discovered it’s name and origin. Truth be told, I didn’t look too hard because I had a copy of the song on a mixtape of my own, but it was always labeled as just “Siouxsie”, because I’d managed to figure out the band fairly easily. That was enough. Over the next few years, I’d lost the tape and semi-forgotten about the song until one day in 2003, when I was passing through Denver and found myself wading through the stacks of used discs at the wonderful record store, Wax Trax. That familiar drum roll filled the speakers and I fell in love all over again. Luckily, at that point I was in an establishment that was staffed with a couple of guys who couldn’t be happier to fill me in on the name and availability of the track. “Song from the Edge of the World” had been a one off single from 1987 that the band had issued in limited release despite not being overly fond of the production sound. It had just recently been re-issued (in an extended mix) on the deluxe double disc edition of The Best of Siouxsie and the Banshees, and there, after several years of listening to worn out cassettes, I finally had a pristine digital copy with which to play the everloving shit out of until the end of time, or whenever I would lose that disc (two months later it was stolen out of my car while parked at my then apartment in East Lansing, Michigan). 

Growing up, I had always been a fan of the singles of Siouxsie & the Banshees, but it wasn’t until I was an adult that I really dove into the deep end of the discography and realized how many wonderful songs were hidden deep inside of some of their less popular albums.There have been many obsessions with many of those songs over the years, but “Song from the Edge of the World” has maintained a hold on my head and heart since that worn out, miles-journeyed mixtape.

I know, i know - I’ve explained the route the song took to find me, and later me to find it’s full story, but I haven’t talked of how it sounds. And honestly, I don’t think I can do it justice after all this time because it sounds like Halloween mixtapes and road trips through the mountains and getting drunk at the Library on Avenue A while waiting for friends on rainy autumn nights and it sounds like trying to get over losing friends and trying to make it through a flight from O’Hare to LAX without having an anxiety attack because while everything was changing at the speed of light, there were still some markers driven into memories that could make you feel better if only for the duration of a four minute song. That is to say it sounds like a great fucking song. 

LISTEN to “SONG FROM THE EDGE OF THE WORLD” by SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES: Soundcloud // YouTube // Spotify 

Evil is Always One Step Behind

"Evil is Always One Step Behind" // by Pale Seas // Places to Haunt (Out 8.11.14 via Native Pop)

The first single from the forthcoming Pale Seas EP, Places to Haunt, was released recently, but you can now stream the entire collection via Soundcloud. Even better news is that one of the best songs of the past several months can be found on that EP, in the form of the haunting, mesmerizing 7 minute stunner, “Evil is Always One Step Behind”. Pale Seas have been on my radar for a while now, and I’ve loved everything that they’ve released (including earlier versions of this song) but with this track, they step into a whole new light. No longer a young band with some great songs, this is a great band with an extremely bright future ahead of them. I can’t wait to hear what happens next, but in the meantime, i’m content to spend several months randomly listening to “Evil is Always One Step Behind” on repeat. 

*Check out the video for “Evil is Always One Step Behind”

Let U Know

"Let U Know" by How to Dress Well // What Is This Heart (Bonus Cut) (Available Now via Domino/Weird World)

It’s been a little over a month since the release of the third album by How to Dress Well. In that time, the album saw the release of several versions of the format release, one of which was the expanded triple pack LP, which featured two bonus cuts that didn’t make the final cut of the album. “Let U Know” is one of those songs, and it’s now streaming from the artist’s Soundcloud page with a little information on the track’s origins:

“In singing ‘Let U Know,’ I discovered the title of my album and a lot of its meaning—I needed this song to be heard by people, even though I couldn’t find a place for it on the album proper. When I made this song, singing over a song originally by one of my best friends, a lot of what I’d developed on “WITH?” just came clear to me—these questions, these relationships with the past and the future, all this love…”

Go ahead and stream the aching, minimalist beauty now. It may not have made the final cut of the album, but that doesn’t mean the quality is suffering in the least. Highest recommendation. 

Astronauts, etc.: Fuss

"Fuss" by Astronauts, etc. // Sadie EP (Out 9.6.14 via Hit City U.S.A.)

And here a friend and I were just talking about how we were wondering when Bay area producer, Anthony Ferraro (Astronauts, etc.) was going to drop some new sounds. As luck would have it, damn near immediately. Ferraro has recently with a new label (Hit City U.S.A.) and has a new EP on the way this September. Up first though, is the new single, “Fuss” which finds the artist in excellent form. The new track continues Ferraro’s genre mashup experimentations - bringing his grasp on sexy R&B sounds and integrating psych pop and dream pop sounds to create a gorgeous and smooth sound that can provide as much excitement for a night out on town beneath city lights as it would a quiet night with a special someone, or hell - just about wherever you want to hear something great. Keep an eye peeled on Astronauts, etc. because Ferraro feels primed for a breakout. 

Beneath The Air

"Beneath The Air" by Absolutely Free // Absolutely Free (Out 10.14.14 via Lefse Records)

It’s pretty great when you hear something that just sounds like a discovery. Not necessarily that it’s the first time that you’ve even heard a particular band or artist, but that time when you were forced to take notice. Hearing the first official single from Absolutely Free's forthcoming self-titled debut has that feeling. It's a song permeating warm energy that feels like it is positively free from gravity. From the gently propulsive drum loop to the twinkling synths to the hypnotic underlying percussion and onto the gorgeous light as air vocals, there is not a misplaced note to be heard. If I wasn't giving Absolutely Free my full attention before, “Beneath the Air” locked it down for the foreseeable future.