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Thursday, August 14th, 2008

Nothing Much To Lose

What a time to be a My Bloody Valentine fan! First legendary band reunites after an almost 15-year hiatus with live performances in Europe through the Summer and more dates set for North America in the Fall. Then they announce that their two masterpiece albums Loveless and Isn’t Anything will be remastered and re-released at some point in the Autumn, with new material to follow. And NOW comes the news that the awful 1981 Canadian horror film from which the band took their name is being remade… in 3-D and starring absolutely no one of consequence. EXCITING.

But that’s not out until January 16 of next year. Somewhat sooner is My Bloody Valentine’s (the band) show in Toronto on September 25 at the Ricoh Coliseum and courtesy of Emerge I have two pairs of passes to give away for the show. EXCITING. To enter, email me at contests AT chromewaves.net with “I Must See My Bloody Valentine” in the subject line and your full name in the body and as a skill-testing question, you must tell me what sort of rodent Kevin Shields became obsessed with – perhaps/probably unhealthily so – during the band’s downtime in the late ’90s. I’m going to let this one run a while – say until September 14. One month. And earplugs are not included.

Video: My Bloody Valentine – “Only Shallow”
Video: My Bloody Valentine – “Soon”
Video: My Bloody Valentine – “To Here Knows When”
Video: My Bloody Valentine – “Swallow”
Video: My Bloody Valentine – “You Made Me Realise”
Video: My Bloody Valentine – “Feed Me With Your Kiss”
Trailer: My Bloody Valentine
MySpace: My Bloody Valentine

The Quietus talks to a couple of Shield’s former bandmates from his brief tenure in Primal Scream, Bobby Gillespie and Mani. The Telegraph also talks to Gillespie, This Is Nottingham to Mani.

You can currently stream fragments of The Verve’s new record Forth in advance of its release on August 26. Obviously these are just short snippets (and choppy – dear Parlophone, buy some more bandwidth, sincerely, me) but they sound alright though the fairly standard “don’t listen too close to Ashcroft’s lyrics” disclaimer seems to be in effect.

Head over to Stereogum for a stream of the new Oasis single “Falling Down”, which sounds more immediately interesting than anything new I’ve heard from them in a long time. Dig Out Your Soul is out October 7 and they’re closing out V Fest on the Toronto Islands on September 7.

NPR is streaming a World Cafe session with British Sea Power.

As suspected, those North American tour dates for Noah & The Whale which I pointed out earlier this week were incomplete. Be sure to circle September 23 on your calendar because that night the UK folk-pop outfit will be at the Horseshoe to play Nu Music Nite (read: free show!). Their album Peaceful, the World Lays me Down is out September 16. Trivia – the band’s name is derived from the Noah Baumbach film The Squid & The Whale.

Black Mountain have a new video from In The Future. They’re at the Opera House on September 27.

Video: Black Mountain – “Wucan”

Though she’s still playing the November 3 date at the Air Canada Centre, Feist has scheduled another (relatively) more intimate show two night previous (November 1) at Massey Hall. You know you’re big when Massey Hall counts as intimate. Tickets go on sale to the public on August 18 at 10AM.

Yeah, that’s all for today. Don’t tell me you don’t lazy in the middle of August too.

By : Frank Yang at 8:27 am
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  1. rgsc says:

    Man, I love that film. My friend was from Sydney Mines in Cape Breton where it was made. That was the must see movie for Feb. 14. I can’t believe they are remaking it. In 3-D no less! how can that be anything other than awesome?

    And Feist w/Hayden at Massey Hall on a weekend I’m gonna be in Toronto? Yes please! thanks for the heads up on that.

  2. Anthony Fantano says:

    "and starring absolutely no one of consequence. EXCITING."

    I have to admit, I laughed pretty hard there.

  3. Frank says:

    well actually it stars Kerr Smith, who is notable for playing the character on Dawson’s Creek who started going out with Katie Holmes’ character even though he was secretly gay and in denial.

    Which is wholly unlike Katie Holmes’ present-day reality, of course.

  4. Stu says:

    "a skill-testing question, you must tell me what sort of rodent Kevin Shields became obsessed with – perhaps/probably unhealthily so – during the band’s downtime in the late ’90s."

    Is this a trick question? are we talking RAT pedal here? anyone?

  5. Kim says:

    You can buy your Feist tix on ticketmaster now with the password: Reminder

  6. Bruce says:

    "Trivia – the band’s name is derived from the Noah Baumbach film The Squid & The Whale."

    Yeah, but wouldn’t thier name come from the biblical story of… oh, never mind.

  7. rgsc says:

    Kim – you are my hero.