Friday, July 20, 2012

LISTEN: Amazing Radio (12 July)

TASHAKI MIYAKI - hazy L.A. shoegazers on a JAMC/Mazzy Star jag

This month's Amazing America showcase digs a little deeper into the Amazing archive to unearth some gems from MIDLAKE, TIMES NEW VIKING, EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY and FLEET FOXES.  You'll hear these alongside a mountain of new music from DIIV, ORCA TEAM and (pictured above) TASHAKI MIYAKI....  

I've been intrigued by this band ever since "Somethin' Is Better Than Nothin'" dropped last year, another dollop of classic shoegazing with wispy, dead-eyed vocals.  They've also been shifting their image pretty radically.  Presented at first as a female duo, they played SXSW in more of a full band set-up as exhibited by the picture above, yet a recent interview and the clip for new single "Best Friend" suggests that TM is another guy/girl duo.  Adding to the intrigue, a recent LA gig was accompanied by a band request for no photos.  What's a smartphone waving, texting, video taking concertgoer to do?!? 

Check out "Best Friend" below, sounding like it was ripped straight from the Mazzy Star playbook, and then listen for the fuzzy, pulsating "Tonight" on the show.  Both songs appear as a double A single via the Luv Luv Luv label on August 6th.    

You can hear me every Thursday on Amazing Radio at 10p BST / 5p Eastern & 2p Pacific. All shows will, in due time, be archived here on the blog. Hit the Mixcloud links to access more for your listening pleasure.

DEAP VALLY "Gonna Make My Own Money" (Infrasonic Sound), single (Best Fit session video)
DIIV "Doused" (Captured Tracks), from Oshin  
TASHAKI MIYAKI "Tonight" (Luv Luv Luv), single
BEAT CONNECTION "The Palace Garden 4am" (Moshi Moshi), single (session performance video)
TIMES NEW VIKING "No Room To Live" (Merge), from Dancer Enquired
BAD VEINS "Don't Run" (Modern Outsider), from The Mess We've Made (Off The Avenue performance video) 
ROBERT ELLIS "Friends Like Those" (New West), from Photographs
MIDLAKE "Roscoe" (Bella Union), from The Trials Of Van Occupanther (video)
STRATHE "Grey" (self-released), single
TENNIS "Petition" (Fat Possum), from Young and Old
CROCODILES "My Surfing Lucifer" (Frenchkiss), from Endless Flowers (Amazing Breakfast performance video)
THE ANTLERS "Drift Dive" (Anti), from Undersea EP
SELEBRITIES "Paraiso" (Cascine), single
CRAIG FINN "Honolulu Blues" (Vagrant), from Clear Heart Full Eyes
DUM DUM GIRLS “Heartbeat (Take It Away)” (Sub Pop), from Only In Dreams
BRAIDS "Lemonade" (Kanine), from Native Speaker
DIRTY BEACHES "Lord Knows Best" (Zoo), from Badlands
DIRTY GHOSTS "Ropes That Way" (Last Gang), from Metal Moon (video)
RHONDA MERRICK "27 Club" (self-released), tba (video)
FLEET FOXES "Mykonos" (Sub Pop), from Sun Giant EP
BALLERINA BLACK "NTSB" (self-released), from INJURELESS: Röd EP (video)
FRANKIE ROSE "Know Me" (Slumberland), from Interstellar
THE WALKMEN "Heartbreaker" (Fat Possum), from Heaven (video)
ORCA TEAM "The Lowest Point" (Happy Birthday To Me), from Restraint (video)
NOW, NOW "Thread" (self-released), from Threads (video)
JESCA HOOP "Born To" (Bella Union), from The House That Jack Built
EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY "Your Hand In Mine" (Temporary Residence), from The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place

Music via:  EARMILK, Rollo & Grady, Tune The Proletariat, Chromewaves, Coast Is Clear

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