"…it’s not because I prefer my Valentine’s Day to be a miserable affair, I just liked the contrast of songs that sway from panic-inducing love to bittersweet tales of loss - all wrapped up in some beautiful noise." - steve <—- so well put and basically all you ever need to know about these rings. yup.


HEARTS OF NOISE //  a dream pop / shoegaze valentine

This year instead of rehashing a collection of indie pop love songs for a Valentine’s Day mixtape, I thought that I would go the dream pop // shoegaze route and aim for something a little more melancholic. No, it’s not because I prefer my Valentine’s Day to be a miserable affair, I just liked the contrast of songs that sway from panic-inducing love to bittersweet tales of loss - all wrapped up in some beautiful noise. 

So, please - have a wonderful Valentine’s Day, even if you’re spending it alone. Share the music, enjoy the sentiment, and be safe out there. 

PLAYLIST (Click Artist Name for More Info):

  1. “The Garden” by Tamaryn
  2. “Who Sees You” by My Bloody Valentine
  3. “Nearer Than Heaven” by Delays
  4. “The Girl with the Loneliest Eyes” by The House of Love
  5. “Take Me to the Sun (So Warm, So Ready) by Jessica Bailiff
  6. “Just Like Honey (Demo Oct. 84)” by The Jesus & Mary Chain
  7. “What a Pleasure” by Beach Fossils
  8. “Velocity Girl (Primal Scream cover)” by Wild Nothing 
  9. “Into the Wilderness” by Burning Hearts
  10. “The Finest Thing” by Grabbel and the Final Cut
  11. “I Want to Touch You” by Catherine Wheel
  12. “Cherry Radio” by Mint Julep
  13. “On Your Own” by The Verve
  14. “I Have the Moon (Magnetic Fields cover)” by Lush
  15. “Fade Into You” by Mazzy Star
  16. “Working on a Dream” by Wintercoats
  17. “Sick of the Shame” by Film School
  18. “Cherry Coloured Funk (Remix)” by Cocteau Twins
  19. “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want (The Smiths cover) by pacificUV
  20. “Wild Horses (The Rolling Stones cover)” by The Sundays

(download) HEARTS OF NOISE (zip) - ( ZS ) //  ( MF )

(stream) Entire MIx @ 8tracks

Please support the artists that you find and enjoy. Buy their music, merchandise and tickets to see their shows. Supporting them is the only purpose in doing this blog. Contrary to the opinions of some, music blogs are a great way to discover new music, but there will only be so much new music to go around if these artists can’t afford to support themselves through their art and commerce. Only use these mixtapes as a guide to find something to throw your (financial and emotional) support behind. 

knife in my head is the taste of cindy….

- the Jesus and Mary Chain were amazing and yet, they barely moved on stage. two girls crashed the stage and cat crawled behind Jim - he accidentally stepped on one of them. security were baffled but didn’t do anything because why would they…

- jim kept getting tangled up in the mic cord - dropped it twice. his reactions were very much like bernard black from blackbooks, i.e. priceless. 

- jim and william bickered like two old ladies. they had to restart some songs a few times because it seemed like william was following a completely different set list with different sheet music on a different day in a different year in an alternate universe…


- i met this cool cat that saw the first jesus and mary chain show in SF. he was sixteen. "they got on stage late, mumbled some songs into the mic, never addressed us, played off key for almost 20 minutes then walked off very angry." every one in line basically nodded at his story, "sounds about right." is what i said. 

- they played the glorious namesake Taste of Cindy. i can die a happy, callous but selfless, cold & self-composed bitch now *grin

- i took crappy pictures - some of which may be uploaded. two videos (just like honey & between planets for jennybeans) that need editing.

- the magic wands opened & were pretty great. and so nice, which threw me off. i expected cool, aloofed detachment. but nope. they were sweet.

a homeless man offered me a great connection to heroin, speed, meth and acid if i wanted to party after the show. i politely declined. 

- spent the rest of my weekend with the little brother who thinks he’s older than me (we’re 4yrs apart). bickered. tried to get our mother drunk at the olive garden because we’re classy. 

that is all.

i’m in with the out crowd

and off to norcal to get my face kicked in by the reid brothers. should be soul quenching. listen to good things and be good to one another. see ya’s on monday.

because this one is the classic. 



  • 14 June 2012 – The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA – USA
  • 15 June 2012 – Hollywood Park, Los Angeles, CA – USA
  • 16 June 2012 – House Of Blues, Las Vegas, NV – USA
  • 17 June 2012 – House Of Blues, San Diego, CA – USA

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