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stream new pond lp 'hobo rocket'


Man, I haven’t updated this thing since April? Guess I need to do something with this domain if I’m going to renew it for another year. Or maybe I won’t. Life’s been much more peaceful just reposting crap to facebook & twitter.

Anyway, something over at NPR caught my ear today. If you enjoy the Aussie psych rock of Tame Impala, but you wish they could be just a little more druggy, then give the new album from Pond a listen. Led by former Tame Impala bassist Nick Allbrook and featuring two other TI members, it’s cut from the same fuzzy cloth with a more experimental bent. Hobo Rocket‘s title track has spoken word lyrics from what sounds like a real live hobo for goodness sake.

Only 35 minutes long, it meanders for seemingly much longer with heavy riffs and spacey synths scattered throughout. Have a listen:

If you prefer your trips accompanied by random non sequitur images, the videos for “Giant Tortoise” and “Xanman” are below. Hobo Rocket is out August 6th on Modular.

old waver's top 50 albums of 2012


The blog has taken a back seat to my doomsday prepping lately, but I felt obligated to join the fray of year-end albums lists. A few caveats up front: I’m sure I forgot stuff or missed stuff or didn’t like stuff I was supposed to like. This is an incredibly subjective, absolutely biased and honestly somewhat random list of what I enjoyed over the past year.

Feel free to agree, disagree or add your selections in the comments, and log into Spotify to listen to full album streams of the entire list. Thanks and enjoy!

50. Metric – Synthetica
Perfectly polished Canadian synthpop:

49. Ringo Deathstarr – Mauve
Austin shoegazers with a ridiculous name and sweet pedalboards:

48. Lower Dens – Nootropics
Jana Hunter’s hypnotic krautrock outfit from Baltimore:

47. Man Without Country – Foe
Up and coming synthpop duo from Wales who recently toured with M83:

46. Ty Segall Band – Slaughterhouse
One of three 2012 releases for the prolific Bay Area throwback:

45. Toy – Toy
London psychedelic shoegaze following the lead of The Horrors:

44. Blondes – Blondes
Impressive full length debut from Ohio electronic duo:

43. Melody’s Echo Chamber – Melody’s Echo Chamber
Paris musician Melody Prochet’s bedroom pop fleshed out with the help of Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker:

42. Lotus Plaza – Spooky Action At A Distance
Jangly solo experimentation from Deerhunter guitarist Lockett Pundt:

41. Hammock – Departure Songs
Ambitious, gorgeous double album of ambient shoegaze from Nashville:

40. Orbital – Wonky
The techno pioneers returned with their first new album in 8 years:

39. The Men – Open Your Heart
Bombastic release from snot nosed Brooklyn post punks:

38. Grimes – Visions
Some moments of brilliance from one the year’s quirkiest new personalities:

37. Violens – True
Impeccably produced 80’s tinged guitar pop from NYC:

36. A Place To Bury Strangers – Worship
Sledgehammering noise from the church of Jesus and Mary Chain:

35. The Sea And Cake – Runner
The tenth studio album from Chicago’s art rock stalwarts:

34. Trust – TRST
Grimy, gothy synthpop from Toronto:

33. The Twilight Sad – No One Can Ever Know
An electronic turn for the chronically depressed Scots:

32. The Soft Moon – Zeros
Shrouded in darkness, it’s a magnificent collision of synthpop and goth:

31. Ice Choir – Afar
Breathy synth side project from The Pains of Being Pure at Heart’s Kurt Feldman:

30. Stars – The North
A bit of an electronic evolution for the Toronto indie veterans:

29. Tamaryn – Tender New Signs
Lush, sultry shoegaze from San Francisco via New Zealand:

28. Twin Shadow – Confess
Often overwrought, but undoubtedly inspired:

27. The Raveonettes – Observator
Maybe not a step forward for the Danish duo, but consistent as ever:

26. Porcelain Raft – Strange Weekend
Densely layered dream pop from Italian-born, New York based songwriter Mauro Remiddi:

25. Holograms – Holograms
Angst ridden punks from Sweden with a sound straight out of Factory Records:

24. Errors – Have Some Faith In Magic
Glaswegian experimental electro rock with moments of mind blowing ecstasy:

23. John Talabot – Fin
Diverse debut from the Spanish DJ/producer:

22. Hot Chip – In Our Heads
Dialed in synthpop bliss from the current masters of the genre:

21. Bat For Lashes – The Haunted Man
Natasha Khan’s electro chamber pop is powerful in its grandeur:

20. …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – Lost Songs
After a muddling mid period, they’ve fully regained ass kicking form:

19. Soulsavers – The Light The Dead See
Organic and soulful, the arrangements work perfectly with guest vocalist David Gahan’s familiar baritone:

18. Divine Fits – A Thing Called Divine Fits
Dan Boeckner is the true hero of this indie “supergroup”:

17. Grizzly Bear – Shields
Intricate, progressive Americana that gets better with each listen:

16. School Of Seven Bells – Ghostory
Their first album as a duo and the strongest yet:

15. Cat Power – Sun
A stylistic leap for the enigmatic Chan Marshall:

14. Django Django – Django Django
Cheeky Brits in the spirit of The Coral and The Beta Band:

13. Cloud Nothings – Attack On Memory
Gritty, muscular maturation from Cleveland prodigy Dylan Baldi:

12. Spiritualized – Sweet Heart Sweet Light
Jason Pierce survived two years of experimental chemotherapy for liver disease — this is the result:

11. Crystal Castles – III
Ethan Kath insisted on recording everything direct to tape, creating a new level of urgency and intensity:

10. Chairlift – Something
Uplifting art pop that beguiles thanks to the irrepressible Caroline Polachek:

9. The Cribs – In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull
The Jarmans carry on without Johnny Marr and return to their more rough and tumble roots:

8. DIIV – Oshin
Nevermind the phonetic spellings, this is brilliant jangle pop with dense guitar orchestration:

7. Liars – WIXIW
Pronounced “wish you”, it’s a detour into haunting electronic weirdness for veterans of the New York scene:

6. Japandroids – Celebration Rock
Two dudes from Vancouver, who had almost broken up, ended up releasing the soundtrack to summer:

5. Frankie Rose – Interstellar
A pitch perfect love letter to 80’s guitar pop:

4. Beach House – Bloom
Not quite as arresting as Teen Dream, but still achingly beautiful:

3. Wild Nothing – Nocturne
Terrific sophomore effort from a bedroom project turned full band:

2. Tame Impala – Lonerism
The modern day masters of swirling psychedelia:

1. Chromatics – Kill For Love
Moody, spacious double album that bridges the gap between the future and past:

stream new tame impala single 'elephant'


By now you’ve probably heard the first proper single from Tame Impala‘s upcoming sophomore album Lonerism, “Elephant.” But even if you haven’t — you kind of have, as it’s a psychedelic sampler with elements of The Beatles, Cream, Black Sabbath and Pink Floyd.

Not that that’s a bad thing. With producer Dave Fridmann (Mercury Rev, The Flaming Lips, MGMT), these Aussies have found a niche that’s less theatrical than fellow acid-tripping countrymen Wolfmother. “Elephant” chugs along a bit aimlessly at first, but once you’re warned “here it comes” it sure as hell does:

Lonerism arrives October 9th on Modular. Check out “Apocalypse Dreams” here.

download 'apocalypse dreams' — new from tame impala


Aussie psychedelic act Tame Impala have announced the follow-up to 2010’s fine debut Innerspeaker. The new album, Lonerism, will arrive this October via Modular, with lead single “Elephant” due out in a few weeks.

Recorded mostly in France with producer Dave Fridmann (Mercury Rev, The Flaming Lips, MGMT), it’s billed as an even hazier psychedelic trip than its predecessor. Last night, the band posted the teaser track “Apocalypse Dreams” as a free download, which swirls and bends in all the right directions:

You can download from the player above, or give up an email address in the widget below. You should also take a moment to check out the album trailer that takes you along on Tame Impala’s journey the last two years:

coachella 2011 – tame impala, pains & arcade fire

We already tipped you to a few video clips and the full Interpol set from Coachella 2011. Now, thanks to theaudioperv, you can enjoy more full sets from the California desert.

First up, here’s the excellent psychedelic stylings of Tame Impala:

And from the Mojave Tent, here’s The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart:

And finally, the Grammy winners themselves, Arcade Fire. Be patient as it may take a moment to load.. while you wait, see the set list below:


  1. Month of May Play
  2. Rebellion (Lies)
  3. No Cars Go
  4. Haïti
  5. City With No Children
  6. The Suburbs
  7. The Suburbs (Continued)
  8. Crown of Love
  9. Rococo
  10. Intervention
  11. Neighborhood #2 (Laika)
  12. We Used to Wait
  13. Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
  14. Keep the Car Running
  15. Wake Up
  16. (Encore) Ready to Start
  17. Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
  18. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

m83 and tame impala daft punk remixes

Daft Punk made quite a stir last year with the score to Disney’s Tron redux. On April 5, a remix album will be released with plenty of big name producers and electronic acts attempting to turn Daft Punk’s relatively cinematic score into more dance floor ready jams.

According to Daft Punk’s former manager, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter had nothing to do with the project — but a little detail like that shouldn’t stand in the way.

See the full tracklist and the list of those who actually were involved below. One of the standout tracks is the M83 and Big Black Delta remix of “Fall”:

Also streaming over at Modular, is a Tame Impala remix exclusive to the Australian release. The psych-rockers added some drums and woozy keyboards to “End Of The Line,” making an already ominous track that much more engrossing:

Check out the full tracklist of the US version of Tron: Legacy Reconfigured:

  1. The Glitch Mob – Derezzed
  2. M83 VS Big Black Delta – Fall
  3. The Crystal Method – The Grid
  4. Teddybears – Adagio for TRON
  5. Ki:Theory – The Son of Flynn
  6. Paul Oakenfold – C.L.U.
  7. Moby – The Son of Flynn
  8. Boys Noize – End of Line (Boys Noize Remix)
  9. Kaskade – Rinzler
  10. Com Truise – Encom Part 2
  11. Photek – End of Line
  12. The Japanese Popstars – Arena
  13. Avicii – Derezzed
  14. Pretty Lights – Solar Sailer
  15. Sander Kleinenberg – TRON Legacy (End Titles)

top 30 albums of 2010: 20-11

Yesterday we joined the fray of year-end lists with albums 30-21. Today, the list gets meatier and perhaps more controversial with spots 20-11. Feel free to disagree, for I am just a humble old waver who doesn’t understand your autotuners and your world beats.

Anyway, on with part two of Old Waver’s Top 30 Albums of 2010:

20: School Of Seven Bells – Disconnect From Desire
NYC trio-now-duo channeling Cocteau Twins, Stereolab and My Bloody Valentine


19: Crocodiles – Sleep Forever
Noisy JAMC disciples from San Diego

“Hearts Of Love”

18: Local Natives – Gorilla Manor
If Band Of Horses had stayed relevant

“Wide Eyes”

17: Girl Talk – All Day
A 100-car-pileup of pop culture references that bemuses with its brilliance

“Get It Get It”

16: Wolf Parade – Expo 86
This could be the swan song for the enigmatic Canadians

15: Yeasayer – Odd Blood
Uplifting, experimental and oddly arresting

“Ambling Alp”

14: Tame Impala – Innerspeaker
Throwback psychedelia from Australia

“Solitude Is Bliss”

13: Foals – Total Life Forever
These Oxford lads added some soul to their math rock formula


12: Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today
Pink’s DIY nostalgia pop takes a more accessible turn

“Bright Lit Blue Skies”

11: Twin Shadow – Forget
George Lewis Jr’s alter ego is the new wave of new wave

Part one: albums 30-21
Part three: albums 10-1

trip with tame impala

Australia’s Tame Impala have garnered a healthy blog following since the release of their debut album, Innerspeaker, back in May. The album was mixed by former Mercury Rev bassist Dave Fridmann, who is best known for his work with The Flaming Lips and MGMT.

It’s an interesting cross between the neo-psychedilia of say Super Furry Animals and the earnestly authentic psych-rock of fellow Aussies Wolfmother.

Check out the rolling drums and dripping reverb on “Alter Ego”:

Tame Impala – Alter Ego by defacto

Lead single “Solitude Is Bliss” has a lovely guitar riff and a pretty random video. Don’t worry, he didn’t really punch the dog:

Finally, take some Dramamine and enjoy the video for “Lucidity”. Shot outside Melbourne, the band are only in it for the first few frames before the weather balloon mounted camera launches into the stratosphere.

After a dizzying ascent, the balloon pops and the camera parachutes back to earth, eventually becoming prey to a very confused eagle:

Here’s hoping you have a blissed out weekend.