“Don't stop imagining. The day that you do is the day that you die.” — Trevor Powers' Mom
When I talk about recreating the spirit of that world, the music is as important as the dialogue and the behavior. From 1947 on, music scored what was happening in the streets, the back rooms. And it affected, sometimes, the behavior of the people, because this music was playing in the streets. Jukeboxes were brought out during the summer. Windows were open, and you could hear what everybody else was listening to. It expresses the excitement of the time. Simply, it’s the way I saw life. The way I experienced life. - Martin Scorsese.
Kevin Shields, frontman and founder of the early ’90s, shoegaze-defining super group My Blood Valentine, announced yesterday that the band’s long-awaited Loveless follow-up, which they began and aborted shortly after the release of that 1991 classic, is set for release sometime in late 2012. It can’t be more than two months away, which isn’t big lag time considering that MBV fans have been waiting for it to come out for over two decades. In case it isn’t just another false alarm, I thought I’d take a walk down shoegaze memory lane and revisit some gems from before and after Loveless that incarnate the album’s wall-of-sound approach, with an ear for the crests and falls that arise when the layers of vox and buzzing guitar are stacked so high that they shift across each other like tectonic plates.
“…pressure never ends in this life. ‘perforation problems’ by the way means to me also the holes that will always exist in any story we try to make of our lives. so hang on, my love, and grow big and strong and take your hits and keep going.”
This song played over the closing credits of last night’s episode of Girls, which I predictably loved. It seemed appropriate that Paul Simon’s son would provide music for a show filled with the children of other famous people. And I ain’t saying that to be snarky - just being observant!
Anyway, fucking Lena Dunham, man. What a star.
YEAH, HARPER!!! I have many fond memories of mid-90’s New York City with Jenni Konner and Harper Simon. This makes my heart warm! Cannot wait to watch Girls later today. Oh, Girls is a new TV show. Not sure people have heard about it.