Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Soft as a Pillow

It is quite rare for a band to meet let alone exceed expectations in a reunion show after not playing in the US for 16 years and virtually ceasing to exist over that time. From some accounts, though, it sounds like My Bloody Valentine absolutely blew concertgoers away the other night in NY:

They came, they played, they conquered. Actually, they destroyed. Or maybe they did something to us that we can't really even describe. Whatever happened, My Bloody Valentine's performance last night in New York is already going down as the most affecting thing that a lot of people have ever experienced.
More Billboard.com coverage here. AV Club was there too:
My Bloody Valentine was in fact the loudest band I've ever heard by several orders of magnitude. But what was interesting about the volume was the way it was so delicate, brittle, almost wan—like a weird gelatinous handshake from a huge dude whose presence is misleading. I mean that in the best possible way.
I have no doubt a MBV show would be insanely mind-blowing. Here's the rest of the short tour. Anybody up for a weekend getaway to Chicago? Anybody have tix they want to give me? Sigh.
09-25 Toronto, Ontario - Ricoh
09-27 Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom
09-30 San Francisco, CA - The Concourse
10-01 Los Angeles, CA - Santa Monica Civic
10-02 Los Angeles, CA - Santa Monica Civic
I gotta be in the right mood, but for shoegazing, MBV is the top choice. So loud but so grounded in melody - it seems impossible.

UPDATE
: The whole impetus for this post was a New York Times article I read yesterday that I completely forgot to link to. Here you go. Kevin Shields talks about working on new music.

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