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MIXTAPE: Tone Bender by Little Records

MIXTAPE: Tone Bender by Little Records

Our latest shoegaze episode features Tempe, AZ’s Alison’s Halo (pictured), plus Lilys, Jupiter, Jesus & Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, Eternal, Slowdive, Catherine Wheel, Main, The Telescopes, Band of Susans, Monsterland, and more.

NEWLY UNEARTHED VIDEO: MY BLOODY VALENTINE DESTROY DC’S 9:30 CLUB, 1989

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NEWLY UNEARTHED VIDEO: MY BLOODY VALENTINE DESTROY DC’S 9:30 CLUB, 1989.

A remarkable footage from more than two decades ago. It’s a video lasting an hour and 24 minutes of Band of Susans and My Bloody Valentine playing the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., on June 6, 1989.

It’s scarcely an overstatement to say that before yesterday, next to nobody was even aware that this footage existed. The setlist.fm chronologies for Band of Susans and for MBV (as of today) didn’t list the show at all.

The sound is pretty raw—the vocals in particular are almost never audible in any proper way—but the thrash and clangor of the guitar and drums always rings through quite effectively, and of course you can see them playing quite well. The image of Susan Stenger singing lead vocals while wielding an especially large bass guitar dominates the first half of the video.

As they say, “Distortion IS truth.” We await that “future version … with better audio” but until then, we’ll be happy with this.

LIVE SESSION: Dinosaur Jr with Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine) play MBV’s “Thorn”

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LIVE SESSION: Dinosaur Jr with Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine) play MBV’s “Thorn”.

Dinosaur Jr. have been performing a residency at New York’s Bowery Ballroom. They’ve been joined by several special guests, including Jeff Tweedy, Henry Rollins, Kurt Vile, Kim Gordon, and Lee Ranaldo. In one of the shows, they offered the biggest surprise guest yet: My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields.