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Sami Jaroush from Rock It Out! Blog deals with Valentine’s Day music, specifically the type of tunes you play when the wine’s all gone and the candles are burnt out. Are you a fan of Marvin Gaye, Barry White, Al Green, or maybe… R Kelly? Watch the video below to hear Sami Beefcake’s favorite tunes, then shares yours in the comments. Read more here: http://bit.ly/XCi3rk

It’s not a proper Valentine’s Day until The xx sings, wrote Michael Roffman for COS. Wouldn’t you know the UK collective deliver just the sugarless treat with their minimalistic cover of Beyoncé’s “I Miss You” (via Pitchfork). The ultra shiny, new performance was shot at Austin’s The Moody Theatre on Tuesday night amidst their current tour and pits Romy Madley Croft against Oliver Sim in one powerful duet. So, if you’ve got a bag of Hershey’s Kisses at bay, start watching the ruby-glazed clip below — tissues optional.

In related news, The xx recently announced a string of summer dates with Grizzly Bear. Consult their full itinerary once you’re done glueing your heart back together again. Read more The xx – tour updates here: http://bit.ly/15g95Hx

 

 

Kevin Shields breaks some new ground with his band‘s first album since 1991. But some things never change

Kevin Shields

Kevin Shields: a whimsical attitude to deadlines. Photograph: Dove Shore/Getty

Alexis Petridis from guardian.co.uk wrote that in one sense, the arrival of My Bloody Valentine‘s m b v was – to use a word no one had heard of the last time the quartet released an album – an omnishambles. A follow-up to 1991’s Loveless was supposed to appear at the end of last year; instead, nothing happened bar an announcement that the album was complete. Nine days ago, in response to a fan’s shouted query at a gig, Kevin Shields muttered noncommittally that it “might be out in two or three days“.

By the end of last week, with a website called isthenewmybloodyvalentinealbumoutyet.com still displaying nothing but the word NO, the mood among even the band’s diehard fans had turned distinctly sour. On the band’s Facebook page, people were talking angrily about not buying the album even if it did come out. One posted a photograph of Shields with the words DON’T BELIEVE HIS LIES written across it. An aggrieved Chilean called him “terrible”, adding something in Spanish that when translated, alas, proved to be enormously derogatory about Shields’s mother.

Then, when the album finally did appear to download, just before midnight on Saturday, the band’s redesigned website immediately and repeatedly crashed, or refused to accept payment, causing an enterprising person in Indiana to try to involve the US president himself. “The My Bloody Valentine website isn’t working and there’s a new record on it,” read a petition filed on the White House website. “We the people hereby petition the Obama administration to make it work again.”

In another sense, however, this was just a very My Bloody Valentine kind of album launch. For one thing, it isn’t really a My Bloody Valentine album unless someone has been driven to the brink of insanity by Shields’s whimsical attitude to deadlines.

For another, My Bloody Valentine have always moved in ways that weren’t so much mysterious as inexplicable. If it’s hard to account for the sheer length of time m b v has apparently taken to complete, then it was equally hard to account for the band’s transformation from middling indie artists to arguably the most original and influential guitar band of their era, which seemed to happen overnight in 1988 with You Made Me Realise, a single that bore virtually no relation to anything they had previously released.

More abot m b v from Alex Petridis http://bit.ly/XTb4tU

Album Review: My Bloody Valentine, MBV

My Bloody Valentine

My Bloody Valentine are an alternative rock band formed in Dublin, Ireland in 1983. The band’s lineup has consisted since 1987 of founding members Kevin Shields(guitar and vocals) and Colm Ó Cíosóig (drums) with singer-guitarist Bilinda Butcherand bassist Debbie Googe.

As My Bloody Valentine’s music evolved, their use of distortionpitch bending, anddigital reverb resulted in a sound that came to be known as shoegazing. The group’s seminal 1991 album Loveless, which took nearly two years to make and nearly bankrupted their record label Creation Records, received extensive critical acclaim and remains iconic. Following Loveless, My Bloody Valentine became inactive, with Shields rumoured to have recorded – and shelved – several albums’ worth of songs. In mid-2007, Shields announced that the band had reunited and were working on new material. The band subsequently toured across Europe and the U.S. The band’s third album, MBV, was announced and released on 2 February 2013 via their website, which subsequently crashed.

There was a significant period in my life where the prospect of listening to a brand new My Bloody Valentine LP for the first time was as far fetched as riding a hover board or owning a self drying jacket; but here I am, penning a quick review after my first listen to MBV, the band’s first album in 21 years – released at midnight via their official website, temporarily crashing it.

Fangirl Preamble

I feel it’s necessary at this juncture to state ‘members interest’, I’m a massive Valentines fan, yup so much so I call them ‘The Valentines’. Despite being naught but a bairn in their heyday I found them in my teens and rarely a week goes by where a track from Loveless isn’t spun in on my iPod or HiFi (yes, I genuinely still own a HiFi).

Before the review, I confess It’s tricky for me to feel like I can write a true album review from a bunch of MP3s, albeit legally obtained from My Bloody Valentine’s official website in the wee small hours; I’m much more of a full package, uncompressed format kind of girl, especially when it comes to work by this seminal and notoriously perfectionist band. As lovely as the cover art looks on my laptop screen, I look forward to viewing it properly and without the digital strobing when the album arrives with me on gatefold vinyl & CD.

MBV © My Bloody Valentine

Having listened through just once, it’s as good as I’d hoped, dream-like vocals, shoegazey sounds, occasional baggy-esque drum beats -My Bloody Valentine by numbers, no bad thing.

More comprehensive reviews here: http://bit.ly/XBXBse

For those who don’t know, these are the Band’s upcoming tour dates:

My Bloody Valentine 2013 Tour Dates

  • 03/02/2013 Korea /Seoul – AX hall
  • 05/02/2013 Japan/Osaka – Hatch
  • 06/02/2013 Japan/Osaka – Hatch
  • 07/02/2013 Japan/Tokyo – Studio Coast
  • 08/02/2013 Japan/Tokyo – Studio Coast
  • 10/02/2013 Japan/Tokyo – Studio Coast
  • 13/02/2013 Taiwan/Taipei – Taida Gym
  • 16/02/2013 Australia/Melbourne – ATP Festival
  • 18/02/2013 Australia/Sydney – Enmore
  • 20/02/2013 Australia/Brisbane – Tivoli
  • 22/02/2013 Australia/Melbourne – Palace Teatre
  • 08/03/2013 UK/Birmingham – Academy
  • 09/03/2013 UK/Glasgow, Scotland – Barrowlands
  • 10/03/2013 UK/Manchester – Apollo
  • 12/03/2013 UK/London – Hammersmith Apollo
  • 13/03/2013 UK/London – Hammersmith Apollo
  • 11/05/2013 Japan/Tokyo – Tokyo Rocks Festival
  • 25/05/2013 Spain/Barcelona – Primavera Sound Festival

The tracks from the Album were also put onto You Tube by the band.
Here they are in track order:

 

 

source: cultureburn.net

Shoegaze: a beginner’s guide

Guardian.co.uk recently asked their readers to pick 10 essential shoegaze tracks for newcomers. Here’s what they came up with …

My Bloody Valentine

Best enjoyed at maximum volume … My Bloody Valentine

Earlier this week we asked readers via Twitter and Facebook which shoegaze songs they would recommend to newcomers. We’ve compiled a list of 10 tracks, intended to act as a introduction to the genre.

You can listen to these tracks as a YouTube playlist, or you can watch each individual video. We’ve included a little bit of information on the songs, comments from the people who recommended them, and some links to our coverage of shoegaze bands.

1. My Bloody Valentine – You Made Me Realise

Packs a mighty sonic punch with wall of sound/breakdown towards the end. Beats anything by any other band. – Greg Lowe

2. Ride – Vapour Trail

Taking shoegaze to another level – Murray Easton

3. Cocteau Twins – Carolyn’s Fingers

A very, very dreamy tune – @Syaugeek

4. Slowdive – Alison

To really encapsulate the scene in a song, Alison by Slowdive has everything you need – Andy Hazel

5. My Bloody Valentine – Sometimes

Accessible yet endlessly nuanced. Also packs surprising emotional/lyrical weight – @hughdignan

6. Jesus and Mary Chain – Just Like Honey

A band that have been around since 1983, split in the late 90s but are back together and still touring. Be sure to check out their distortion-laden Upside Down as well.

7. Lush – Sweetness and Light

One of the most prominent shoegaze bands of the early 90s. This song has all the classic hall markings of the genre: ethereal vocals, distortion breakdown and shimmering, layered guitars.

8. Chapterhouse – Pearl

Epitome of the genre – @thegroupies

9. Swervedriver – Never Lose That Feeling

For sheer euphoria, duelling guitars & that swarming instrumental coda -@dandouglas

10. Horrors – Mirror’s Image

The Horrors formed in 2005 and took a couple of years to develop their sound. Their 2009 album Primary Colours was met with critical acclaim, wowing many who had previously dismissed them as all style over substance. The video for See Within a Sea, a song from the same album, was directed by Douglas Hart, a former bassist with the Jesus and Mary Chain.

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Looks like a busy year on the album fron in 2013. We can’ vouch for all of these getting released but with a mixture of rumour and of definite releases we can give you the top 50 albums to look forward to in 2013…

1. Stone Roses : TBA
They are still rehearsing away. There are reports of new songs. My guess is album in the autumn or maybe early next year?
2. Savages : TBA
Very much the band of the moment with their dark tinged, powerful music hinting at Bauhaus and Joy Division and all the great female icons of the punk era rolled into one but with very much their own stamp on things.
3. Adam Ant ‘…Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter
We heard it a year ago and it sounds great–rough and raw edged and the demo quality adds to its power- breathtaking variation of songs as well from industrial to twangy to neo ballads…
4. Nick Cave : Push The Sky Away
After the fab and noisy mid life crisis of Grinderman Mr Cave returns to sumptious, sly and darkly brilliant song writing of his other incarnation- himself…
5. Iceage : TBA
Now signed to matador Danish discordent punk band can either get more wilfully wild or strip it down- this will be a fascinating release…
6. Factory Floor : Fall Back
The great dirty disco band are back with anew album of stripped dow, dark electronic pulses- could be one of the albums of the year.
7. Mogwai : Les Revenants Soundtrack
More loud/quiet atmospheric guitar brilliance from the great Glasgow band
It’s been mastered. it must be ready…will expectation kill the long awaited album or will people just listen to as a piece of music… an intriguing release…
9. Johnny Marr : The Messanger
The Mancunian guitar hero is back…his gig last year in Manchester was great like he was reclaiming his own heritage which is a good sign for the album…
10. The Bronx : The Bronx IV
LA punk rock crew show how punk rock should be played in the 21st century- tough and powerful but with a mind of its own that is not bogged down by any limitations…
11.M.I.A.: Matangi
At last the album is ready for release- could be one of the big ones as MIA redefines the modern beat and the electronic pulse of the world’s inner cities to her own agenda.
12. No Age : TBA
making the perfect noise for the new millennium, they were fighting some light and shade in their abrasive noise and could be due a big jump…
13. Richard Thompson : Electric
English folk hero arrives in the middle of the folk revival with a veteran’s wink of an eye…
14. The Horrors: Higher 
Their last two albums showed a big and brilliant swerve in sound from garage rock to moody soundscape- expect further explorations and experimentation from one of the best young UK bands…
15. Azealia Banks: Broke With Expensive Taste
She burst on the scene last year with one of the freshest sounds hip hop has heard for years, the new album should consolidate this.
16.  The Joy Formidable : TBA
Moody indie pop big enough to fill stadiums
17. Forest Swords :TBA
Quirky brilliant, guitar twanging, moody soundscapes with electronic clatter- brilliant  stuff- really looking forward to this one.
18. Black Sabbath :TBA
With or without drummer Bill Ward this April album is one of the biggies- could be the last stnad from one of the most influential bands of all time whose dark metal casts a long shadow over most contemporary culture.
19. CharliXCX : TBA
The february release of girl singer and perveyour of goth pop will see her establish herself as a thoroughly modern pop star who can hook into the underground with her darkly smart pop
20. The Pastels : TBA
New album rumoured in February from the highly influential Glasgow kings and queens of indie.
Ferocious punk rock from Liverpool band
22. Palma Violets : TBA
If they can defy the hype the latest British guitar band that want to change the world with song can make their mark.
23. The Asphodells : Ruled By Passion, Destroyed By Lust
The brilliant Andrew Weatherall returns in the guise of moody electro pop…
24. Mudhoney : TBA
The kings of grunge were on a psychedelic tip last we heard- whatever they do it’s tinged with genius…
25. Yeah Yeah Yeahs : TBA
rumoured spring album from the hipster band who transcend the world of cool with great songs and a brilliant front woman.
26. Sleigh Bells : TBA
Their last album veered too much towards ‘hoping to sell records’ . lets hope they find their abrasive touch again.
27. FIDLAR: FIDLAR
Great brattish, guitar strewn loose punk rock- kinda like the Heartbreakers played by hardcore obsesed slackers- brilliant.
28. Bad Religion : True North
How many albums have they released? influential Cali-punks back for another, in late January, statement on the world with buzzsaw guitars.
29. Dutch Uncles : TBA
Highly tipped Mancunian band seek the formulae for the breakout- maybe this time?
30. Autechre : TBA
Rumoured new album from Sheffield based former Mancs who deal out spectral electronic music that breaks all the barriers.
31. Chvrches : TBA
Climactic, atmospheric pop that is already being tipped as being one of the triumphs of the year…
It’s just an internet rumour and they did release an album last year and never seem to be in a hurry to release stuff but we are hoping for more apocolyptic post hardcore with strings…
33. Earl Sweatshirt: Doris 
Thebe Neruda Kgositsile or Earl Sweatshirt from hip hop collective and mangler of genres Odd Future takes the solo route…
 34. Primal Scream : TBA
Again it’s only rumours but we are looking forward to the post mani Primals album especially after kick ass recent gigs…
35. Thought Forms : Ghost Mountain
Bristol based band who deal in  delayed guitars, feedbacks, drones, and layers of sound.
Possible return for the post hardcore band whose powerful music can get messy onstage.
37. Tyler the Creator: Wolf 
Another member of the Odd Future rewriters of hip hop history , Tyler- real name Frank Ocean came out this year which sadly shocked many people. This album will perhaps deal with this whilst still dealing cutting edge music.
Rumours and denials- let’s hope something is happening- could do with another dose of their tripped out rock.
39. Tomohawk : TBA
Return of one of the best rock bands in the world- showcasing the brilliant guitar work of Jesus Lizard, Duane Dennison and the effefescent Mike Patton.
40. Frightened Rabbit : TBA
Scottish folkies who broke big in the USA- always have a soft spot for them as they came from Selkirk in the Scottish borders where my mother grew up!
41. British Sea Power : TBA
Could there be a new album from the atmospheric and quite brilliant Sea Power…
42. Yo La Tengo : Fade
Long term Hoboken hipsters with ore crafted songs for music jouranlists to love!
43. Delphic : TBA
Moody electronic Mancs..
44. Pissed Jeans : Honeys
Still one of the great band names- we hope for more noisy fucked anthems…
45. AC/DC : TBA
They still have the second best selling album of all time to their name and still sell millions of records and never change their sound- just perfecting it with every release..new album rumoured…
46. Suede : TBA
Arch Britpop glamsters making a rumoured return to the frey…
47. Edwyn Collins : Understated
More crafted guitar gems expected from the wonderful Mr. C.
48. New Order : Lost Sirens
Will the post Hooky New Order still cut it?
49. Depeche Mode: TBA
The influential Depeche Mode will hopefully be further exploring their dark side…
?50. Devendra Banhart : Mala
Tripped out guitar wonderfulness?
also…
Veronica Falls  : Waiting For Something to Happen
New indie heroes!
Esben and the Witch – Wash The Sins Not Only The Face 
Great dark swirls of Neu Goth like Diamanda Galas from the shires…
Bring me The Horizon
Thrillingly noisy UK metal crew , massive round the world and should be Mercury prize winners…
65daysofstatic posted in their band blog on 12th December that  “Album number 6 is rising/hatching/forming like so many Terminator/Jurassic Park/The Thing analogies. This could be the weirdest one yet, but you?re going to have to wait a little longer” – this probably means an autumn release, and as in the three years since their last regular studio album there’s been the “Silent Running” film soundtrack as well as Polinski’s more electronic solo album I’m very excited to see where they go with this.
Manchester’s The Longcut seem to have been working on their third album for ever, though with band members becoming dads in the past year (including twins for one) this isn’t exactly surprising. Occasional dates in 2012 introduced some great new songs, longer and more prog inspired than ever: no release date as yet but we’re hoping it’s 2013!
Mixing up archive propaganda and, unsurprisingly, public servic broadcast samples with driving motorik rhythms, catchy synthpop melodies and post-rock inspired instrumentation Public Service Broadcasting.
and maybe, Franz Ferdinand…

copied from louderthanwar.com. image from articulo.mercadolibre.com.ar

 

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