Slowdive – ‘Souvlaki’ (Pitchfork Classic)

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In case you missed it, Pitchfork have crafted an excellent episode of their Classic series, this time covering Slowdive‘s 1993 album ‘Souvlaki’. In less than five days it’s been viewed more than 100,000 times! Understandably so, its an honest take that combines band interviews, and input from Creation’s Alan McGee, along with studio wizards Chris Hufford and Ed Buller. If you’ve got 50 minutes to spare, jump in!

 
Slowdive – ‘Souvlaki’ (Pitchfork Classic)

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A.R. Kane Return To Stage!?

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An A.R. Kane reunion is imminent! Well, kinda. Rudy Tambala, former member of the British duo announced via Facebook that he will be playing some A.R. Kane classics with some “friends”. So, technically it’s not a reunion. But who cares, those that remember them will be happy, and those that never knew them, will! The pair (reportedly) invented the term “dream-pop” during their eight year lifespan (between 1986 and 1994), releasing three ground breaking albums and numerous singles/EPs via Rough Trade and 4AD. Time to brush up on the classics!

 
A.R. Kane – ‘Complete Singles Collection Album Sampler’

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Bizarre – ‘Vectors’

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And now for something completely different! Seksound are re-issuing Bizarre’s 1996 tape ‘Cafe De Flor‘ (on digital, and for the first time on vinyl). It’s the second album from the band, who are considered to be one of the first shoegaze bands from Estonia! ‘Vectors’ is just a taste, the rest of the album is quite a trip! A mix of experimental electronica, world music and shoegaze.

 
Bizarre – ‘Vectors’

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Ride Go Acoustic For Reunion Show

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Loads of footage has emerged online from Ride‘s hour long show at London’s 100 Club, their first in twenty years! The British rock vets opted for an acoustic set which featured ‘Like A Daydream’ and ‘Vapour Trail’ (as below). It was just Mark Gardener and Andy Bell performing, with Steve and Loz sitting out. Rolling Stone posted an interview, while Finnish website Rumba posted some live videos. Ride kick off their (full line-up) shows in the U.S. this April.

 
Ride – ‘Vapour Trail’ [Live Acoustic @ 100 Club, London Feb 2015]

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Languis – ‘Other Desert Cities’

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Thanks to the good taste at Shelflife Records, fans of L.A’s Languis can look forward to a limited 10inch reissue of their 2006 EP ‘Other Desert Cities’!  The limited re-release includes a digital bonus track called ‘I Paint’ (recorded during the same sessions). ‘Other Desert Cities’ features founding members Alejandro Cohen and Marcos Chloca, together with Stephen Swesey (Tristeza) and John Girgus (Aberdeen). As the presser states, it’s considered their “post-shoegaze psychedelic masterpiece”. Languis formed back in 1991 but for many, this will be an introduction.  Jump in…

 
Languis – ‘Other Desert Cities’ [EP Stream]

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Blind Mr. Jones – ‘Tatooine’

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Saint Marie Records is celebrating the 20th Anniversary release of Blind Mr. Jones‘ classic album ‘Tatooine’ (on CD and Vinyl). This is the first time the album has been available on wax, now fully remastered with sexy artwork! The British shoegazers drew comparisons to Ride and Slowdive at the time, one of their defining features was the inclusion of a flutist. As Last fm puts it, they were “jokingly referred to as the Jethro Tull of shoegazing for their frequent use of flute”. Jump into the full LP stream below and hit up Saint Marie for a copy!

 
Blind Mr. Jones – ‘Tatooine’ (20th Anniversary Edition Stream)

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