My Bloody Valentine
My Bloody Valentine
Slowdive, 1991 (l-r): Nick Chaplin, Christian Savill, Simon Scott, Neil Halstead, Rachel Goswell
UNDER THE RADAR: BABY ACID – “Baby Guts”.
Baby Acid‘s music video for their song “Baby Guts” . The track is taken from the band’s album “Don’t Blush When I Rip You Open”.
Baby Acid have deemed their genre “grunge gaze” and at their heart is bassist/singer Lindsey Ann Lawless who’s mix of swirling psychadelia and angry fuzz soaked pop songs are refreshing in an era crowded with shoegaze revival acts.
Don’t Blush When I Rip You Open was recorded at Secret Loft Studios in Brooklyn, NY by Jasno Swarez of The Vandelles and was mastered by none other than Oliver Ackerman of A Place To Bury Strangers.
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THE RISE AND FALL AND RISE AGAIN OF SHOEGAZE.
Back in the late 80s and early 90s, shoegaze was on the rise. Ride, My Bloody Valentine, Lush and Slowdive were gaining massive attention from the music press. Music journalist, and then Melody Maker writer, David Stubbs recalls what he thought of shoegaze at the time. “One of the earliest groups I was into was A.R. Kane. What I liked about them was that they used a lot of feedback and dub elements. It felt like an offshoot of very early [The Jesus &] Mary Chain. I saw them as a real prototype of the whole shoegaze scene. When the term shoegazing was being coined in the early 90s, I did find it very interesting. What I found interesting about the whole thing was the neo-psychedelic aspect of it and how they all seemed to be immersed in their own sound.”
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.
THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Lush – “Desire Lines”.
Released on the same day in 1994 as the ‘Hypocrite’ single, and taken from the Split album.
PHOTO: Bilinda Butcher from My Bloody Valentine
PHOTO: Kim Gordon – Sonic Youth
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.
Lush at Oslo Hackney, 11/04/2016
LIVE SESSION: LUSH PLAYED LONDON, THEIR FIRST SHOW IN NEARLY 20 YEARS (VIDEO, SETLIST, PICS).
Lush just played their first live show in nearly 20 years. It happened at London’s Oslo Hackney. It’s a warm up gig for the band’s big comeback tour which officially starts this weekend at Coachella. The band played new song “Out of Control” but, apart from “Ladykillers,” skipped final album Lovelife, focusing more on their earlier, more dreampop material. Watch them play “De-Luxe,” “Hypocrite,” “For Love” and “Ladykillers,” which all show they are ready for return. Welcome back, Lush! Check out the setlist, and Instagram pics/videos below.