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Pia Fraus Catalogue Now On Vinyl


If you’re yet to experience the legendary Pias Fraus, there’s never been a better time. The Estonian dream pop/shoegaze band have announced the most comprehensive release of their catalogue to date. All of their otherworldly, melodic awesomeness is now available on vinyl (many for the first time). Seksound (together with Clairecords on several releases) have pressed the ‘Mooie Island’ EP (2004), ‘Wonder What It’s Like’ (2001), ‘In Solarium’ (2002), ‘After Summer’ (2008), and ‘Nature Heart Software’ (2006); these are some of the greatest dream pop records of the noughties.

For the uninitiated, the band was formed in 1998 by six art students (Rein Fuks, Reijo Tagapere, Tõnis Kenkmaa, Joosep Volk, Kristel Loide and Kärt Ojavee). Together they released their debut LP ‘Wonder What It’s Like’ in 2001. Along the way they’ve worked with Ulrich Schnauss and Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake, and partnered with Clairecords (USA), Vinyl Junkie (Japan) and Shelflife Records (USA) for the ‘Silmi Island’ compilation. Pia Fraus are a must for fans of Stereolab, The Pastels, Broadcast or The Radio Dept. Pick up the limited pressings from Tone Vendor (USA), Darla (USA), Monorail Music (EU/Scotland), or directly from Seksound.

Pia Fraus – ‘In Solarium’ / ‘Nature Heart Software’

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Lazy Legs – ‘Visiondeath’

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Lazy Legs have unleashed their debut album ‘Visiondeath‘ (out now via Wild Patterns on cassette and digital)! The Chicago trio is Michael Tenzer (vocals/guitar), Laura Wagner (vocals/bass) and drummer Nick Piontek. Together they’ve crafted a selection of atmospheric shoegaze that’s both subtle (‘Crush’) and overblown (‘Open’ / ‘Snaketeeth’). Like their self-titled EP, Lazy Legs don’t opt to over polish their work, ‘Visiondeath’ is honest and raw. It’s a great debut, even stronger than I had expected, it gets its hooks in from the first listen. For fans of No Joy, MBV or Ringo Deathstarr.

Lazy Legs – ‘Visiondeath’

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Castlebeat – ‘Rope’ / ‘Downstairs’


Josh Hwang is Castlebeat, an LA-based student and artist who is very much into the DIY aesthetic; he writes, records and produces everything himself. ‘Downstairs’ and ‘Rope’ is our first taste of Castlebeat’s debut album, which is out next week (July 22 on his own imprint Spirit Goth). I had a listen to the record this week, and it’s a really impressive mix of lo-fi bedroom pop, with loads of dreamy jangly numbers. It’s an unassuming gem of a record. Don’t miss it if you’re a fan of Beach Fossils, Alex G or Wild Nothing.

Castlebeat – ‘Rope’ / ‘Downstairs’

Visit Castlebeat @ Spirit Goth @ Facebook.

Preoccupations – ‘Degraded’


Fans of stormy post punk should mark September 16 in their diary because Preoccupations are on their way. ‘Degraded’ is the second single (following ‘Anxiety’) from their forthcoming LP, it’s dripping with nostalgia; the lyrical hopelessness is backed by a scratchy 80s sound that’s bound to draw some obvious comparisons. It needs more reverb *grin* other than that I’m sold! The Preoccupations self-titled album will be available from Inertia/Jagjaguwar.

Preoccupations – ‘Degraded’

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Wildhoney – ‘Horror Movie’


Mercury Girls, The Spook School, Tigercats and Wildhoney have teamed up for the new compilation EP ‘Continental Drift’ (coming August 26 via Slumberland Records & Fortuna POP!). The Baltimore quintet have contributed two exclusive tracks to the eight song collection, kicking off with ‘Horror Movie’. As the band states in the presser, ” Horror Movie’ weaves dark lyrical content with an upbeat tempo and cheerful pop melody, reflecting the experience of trying to process trauma without the luxury of time and space to fall apart. The song also evokes a sense of triumph upon arriving at a point of clarity, resisting the ongoing, relentless urge to blame oneself for an abusive relationship, and coming out on the other side stronger and wiser than before.”

Wildhoney – ‘Horror Movie’

Wildhoney Tour Dates:

7/14 Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium w/ Literature, Infinity Girl, Weed Hounds
7/15 Boston, MA @ The Democracy Center w/ Literature, Bent Shapes
7/16 Philly, PA @ PhilaMoca w/ Literature, Hurry, Free Cake for Every Creature
8/12 Raleigh, NC @ Ruby Deluxe w/ Jenny Besets and Essex Muro
8/13 Atlanta, GA @ Wrecking Ball Fest w/ L7, Deerhunter, Ceremony, Turnover and more
8/14 Richmond, Va @ Gallery 5 w/ Big Baby and Christi
8/26 Baltimore, MD @ The Crown w/ Soul Cannon, Creepoid, Flasher and Shinji

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Doorbells – ‘Distance’


‘Distance’ is a spacious tune, with warm reverb and fantastic melodies. It’s the work of Brooklyn solo artist Doorbells, who we haven’t featured since the release of his ‘Ambitions‘ EP early last year. ‘Distance’ doesn’t reinvent the wheel from previous efforts, but who cares? It’s a lovely listen (free download here). No word on an official follow-up release as yet.

Doorbells – ‘Distance’

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