Happy Diving Streaming New Song “Sad Planet”

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It’s difficult to reconcile that Happy Diving has only been a band for a little under a year. With only a four track demo out so far, the criminally unknown East Bay, California band embody a natural propensity for eased songwriting with catchy hooks and melodies that suggest a band in the long term, combining the groove and drive of early Weezer and California X alongside the depressive morose of shoegaze and dream pop into a unique concoction all their own. Today brings the second single, “Sad Planet”, off of the group’s recently announced, upcoming debut LP, Big World, recorded earlier this year with producer Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Whirr). It’s a track that’s more of the same, in a best way possible. Stream “Sad Planet” along with the first single “Weird Dream” below and pre-order Big World, due October 21st via Father/Daughter Records, here.

NOTHING Sign To Relapse Records, Debut “Dig”

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Philadelphia, PA shoegaze group Nothing have officially signed to Relapse Records with plans for the release of the group’s sophomore full length record, Guilty Of Everything, this upcoming January. Alongside the announcement also comes the debut single off of Guilty Of Everything, the track “Dig”, which can be streamed below and downloaded for a flat buck. Tact but nonreliant solely on the nostalgic depression and gloom of shoegaze, “Dig” builds on the sound to more expansive and turgid heights. Follow Nothing via their official Facebook page here and be sure to check them out on their currently ongoing tour with peers Whirr, details after the jump. 

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Best of 2013: Eric’s Favorite Albums Of The First Half Of 2013

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Making lists always makes my head hurt and this year’s massive inventory of beautiful releases isn’t making that any easier. With my “to-check-out” list filled to the brim, I have to say that I took a bit more relaxed stance to music discovery this year and enjoyed select releases over extremely long durations of listen rather than hunt down and chronicle as many good albums as I could. The albums in the list below here are those releases. Give them a thorough listen before the end of the year if you can.  Continue reading

MY BLOODY VALENTINE To Embark On Fall North American Tour

The shoegaze titans My Bloody Valentine have announced a North American tour, in addition to their current Europe and Asia stint, in support of their new record MBV. Check out the entire list of tour dates and jam a track from the new record below.

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