Posts Tagged ‘my bloody valentine’

Sleeping In

May 6th, 2015 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments


Vermont is known as pretty hippie place, bestowing upon the world its far out gifts in the form of Phish, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and socialist Senator Bernie Sanders. Some of those crazy hippies in Burlington (that’s the ‘big city’ in Vermont) apparently heard My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive at some point and bought some guitar pedals so they could start a shoegaze band called Sleeping In. And then they emailed me to see if I’d be interested in posting their stuff. And now, after sleeping on it for a month…

I’m actually planning on hitting up Burlington at the end of the month to get away from NYC for a couple days and do some creative writing, so if anyone wants to give a blogger a place to chill, hit me up.

Cochlear Kill

October 11th, 2014 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments


Melbourne shoegazers Cochlear Kill add some electronic and suuuper 80s elements into the melodic, heavily My Bloody Valentine-indebted mix to produce a winning combo on “Insomi-Stations”, off their upcoming EP, Colour Me Radd.

Also thought I’d post their older but still pretty solid track “To Anywhere But Here”, which, even down to its title, is a My Bloody Valentine rewrite, albeit a good one.


April 3rd, 2014 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments


“They’re like My Bloody Valentine but more math rock,” was how Trevor (of Doomsquad) described Toronto’s Whimm to me the other night at the Magpie. After actually listening to them, I wouldn’t say they’re really all that shoegazey, but they do make some nice guitars sounds. Turns out these math-gazers are playing tonight at the aforementioned Magpie as part of a little Buzz Records showcase. Also – they put out an EP in February. Here are some tracks.

Kent State

March 22nd, 2014 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments


Greetings from LA what whaaaaat! Actually, I hate this city – everything’s too far apart and I hate the whole Hollywood models/actors/actresses crowd. But, that being said, there is some cool stuff. Silverlake is cool. Venice Beach is alright. There are a bunch of bars that play cool music, but the party starts to die down at a lot of places pretty early, like 11, 12ish, when we’re just getting started in Toronto. In Montreal they’re not even done pre-drinking by then.

In any case, I was at Vacation in Silverlake and leafing through the local music section, when the Kent State LP The Wrong Side Of History showed up with a sticker that said “GBV meets MBV meets Jesu”. I took it to the girl at the cash register and said, “That’s a pretty bold comparison – you know anything about this?” She read the sticker as though she maybe didn’t actually know what all these Bs and Vs stood for, but she played some of their stuff of the store computer and I could kind of see where the sticker-writer was coming from.

Re-Evaluated // Songs From Northern Britain

March 6th, 2014 | Features | 0 Comments


Sometimes albums come out and for some reason or other they’re just not given the appreciation they deserve. Or sometimes great albums come out, are enjoyed, but then unfairly forgotten, while others become beloved classics. In this new feature, Reevaluated, I’ll take a second look at great albums that deserve to be remembered and cherished but for some reason just aren’t. This week’s pick is Glasgow-based Teenage Fanclub‘s 1997 album Songs From Northern Britain.

Though Songs From Northern Britain was hardly an ignored release – becoming their highest charting album in the UK; named by Nick Hornby as one of his favourite albums; receiving glowing reviews – when people hear about Teenage Fanclub these days, the album that gets all the attention is 1991’s Bandwagonesque, and mainly because it edged out R.E.M.‘s  Out Of Time, Nirvana‘s Nevermind, and My Bloody Valentine‘s Loveless for Spin’s Album Of The Year title, in a choice that today seems ludicrous. While Bandwagonesque is still a great album, today it sounds somewhat tame and dated.

Songs From Northern Britain, on the other hand, sounds like a power-pop lovers wet dream, with track after track of big hooks and gorgeous harmonies. Musically and lyrically it’s better than Bandwagonesque while also featuring better (less-dated-sounding) production, and overall it’s more consistent. Tracks like “Ain’t That Enough” and “Take The Long Way Round” in particular simply glisten with pure harmonic pop glory.

Admittedly the album does sound a little dated – but only a little – and all of Teenage Fanclub‘s singers always had kinda blandish voices. But sometimes great songwriting overcomes all obstacles, meanwhile all the gifts in the world often can’t make up for poor songwriting. Songs From Northern Britain is a stellar case of the former, and should be the album we talk about when we talk about Teenage Fanclub. And we should talk about Teenage Fanclub more to begin with, cuz they were and continue to be a great band.