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.
- My Bloody Valentine - Only Shallow
- My Bloody Valentine - Sometimes
- My Bloody Valentine - Lose My Breath
- Slowdive - Blue Skied An’ Clear
- Belong - Perfect Life
- My Bloddy Valentine - When You Sleep
- Cocteau Twins - Lazy Calm
- Tamaryn - I’m Gone
- Ride - In a Difference Place
- DIIV - How Long Have You Known
- My Bloody Valentine - Off Your Face
- Pink Playground - Never Was
- nihiti - Hymn Divisions
UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA - SWIM AND SLEEP (LIKE A SHARK)
dude. songs about sharks. c’mon!!
TAME IMPALA - ELEPHANT
officially awesome officialness.
trippy love <3
“Prince absolutely, positively murders a solo then casually disposes of the murder weapon and calmly walks away”
prince = one of the more under (or just plain non) rated guitarists methinks…
PS: weep? pssh - left it bawling and broken like a muthafucka
THE NATIONAL - THE RAINS OF CASTAMERE
this union totally makes me completely overcome with merriment.
Game of Thrones AND The National.
It’s almost as good as bringing Ned Stark back from the dead… almost.
out on the Game of Thrones (Season 2) soundtrack - June 19th
JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD - SIX PACK
from new EP Hypnotic Nights (out July 17)
Harper Simon - Wishes and Stars
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.
CROCODILES - SUNDAY
seriously, can they get any more amazing. <3.
p.s.-this video rules.