Arc Waves – ‘Half Dome’

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Ghost Station Records has released the debut self-titled EP by Arc Waves. The Brooklyn-based foursome (Elaine Lachica, Brandon Jaffe, William McCormack, and Mike Hodges) echo the heyday of 4AD and Factory Records with swooning dream pop mixed with a dash of punk. The lead single ‘Half Dome’ shows off Elaine’s serious vocal chops! Stream the rest here.

 
Arc Waves – ‘Half Dome’

Visit Arc Waves online @ Bandcamp @ Facebook.

Contrast – ‘Drum Machine’

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Melbourne rockers Contrast delivered their latest EP ‘Less Than Zero‘ back in May featuring the singles ‘Pipe Dreams’ and ‘Dull’. This week the four piece reveal the new video for ‘Drum Machine’, a slacker jangle pop tune with VHS visuals! If you missed ‘Less Than Zero’ – take a listen to the stream below.

 
Contrast – ‘Drum Machine’

Visit Contrast @ Bandcamp @ Facebook.

Lord Tarquin – ‘Memoirs Of A Shoegazing Gentleman’

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Earlier this year the satirical book ‘Memoirs Of A Shoegazing Gentleman’ went on sale at the Independent Label Market in London, but it’s now available online. I got my hands on a copy recently and a few people had questions following a tweet – hence the post! It’s a fun read and a great souvenir to add to the basket when vinyl shopping. It definitely helps if you’ve got a fondness for British humour and the early 90s bands the book references i.e. Lush, Ride, Catherine Wheel etc. It even features a star studded photo of Shoey House! *wink*

Here’s the low down via Sonic Cathedral, “‘Memoirs Of A Shoegazing Gentleman’ was originally published as a spoof column in NME between October 26, 1991 and February 1, 1992, and was written by writer and broadcaster David Quantick in the guise of Lord Tarquin. The new version has been illustrated by designer Marc Jones, and features the 10 original chapters, plus a brand new epilogue which brings the story of the pupils of Shoey House right up to date in a morass of middle-class mockery, double entendres and badly translated Latin.”

Pick Up A Copy Via The Sonic Cathedral Shop.

Basic Nature – ‘Gone’

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Introducing Basic Nature, a gazey rock duo from Winnipeg, Canada. ‘Gone’ is their impressive debut single with its angular guitars and serene vocals. Basic Nature features Lizzy Burt (of Blisters) and Claire Bones (of Frieso). The pair is currently at work on their first EP (expected next Spring). Thanks Keith for the head’s up!

 
Basic Nature – ‘Gone’

Visit Basic Nature online @ Soundcloud.

Be Forest – ‘Indian Summer’ (Beat Happening Cover)

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Dream pop trio Be Forest are headed to North America this month for their first stateside tour! The Italian group will be sharing west coast dates with Tennis System on the back of their stellar LP ‘Earthbeat‘. It’s one of our most loved records of the year – don’t miss it! Brooklyn Vegan shared the news together with this cover of Beat Happening’s ‘Indian Summer’.

 
Be Forest – ‘Indian Summer’ (Beat Happening Cover)

Be Forest – USA 2014 Tour Dates:

10/22 – New York @ Cake Shop (12:30)
10/22 – New York @ CMJ – DROM (20:15)
10/27 – Philadelpha @ Milkboy
11/2 – Cincinnati @ The Rake’s End w/JERK
11/3 – St. Louis @ Plush
11/4 – Chicago @ Empty Bottle
11/5 – Milwaukee @ Quarters Rock ‘n Roll Palace w/Sat. Nite Duets
11/6 – San Diego @ The Hideout w/ Tennis System
11/7 – Tucson @ Solar Culture w/Tennis System
11/8 – Phoenix @ Rips Bar – Obscura w/ Tennis System
11/10 – Los Angeles @ KXLU – Part Time Punks
11/11 – Los Angeles @ Los Globos w/Tennis System
11/12 – Oakland @ Night Light w/Tennis System
11/13 – San Francisco @ Knockout w/Tennis System
11/15 – Sacramento @ Witch Room w/ Tennis System
11/16 – Portland @ Rontom’s w/Ghost to Falco
11/18 – Seattle @ KEXP
11/19 – Coeur d’Alene @ Hanging Dcuk w/ Tennis System
11/21 – Seattle @ Hollow Earth w/ Tennis System
11/22 – Arcata @ The Alibi w/ Tennis System

Visit Be Forest @ Tumblr @ WWNBB @ Facebook.