Rollerskate Skinny – ‘Shoulder Voices’

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Medical Records are re-issuing Rollerskate Skinny’s 1993 debut ‘Shoulder Voices’! It’s available from September 25 on limited colour vinyl (pre-sale). The Irish rock act were fronted by Jimi Shields (younger brother of My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields) and produced by Laika’s Guy Fixen (who also helped produce ‘Loveless’). It can’t be easy for Jimi living under that shadow! But… judged on its own merit, Rollerskate Skinny stand tall.

Rollerskate Skinny – ‘Bow Hitch Hiker’

Rollerskate Skinny ‘Shoulder Voices’ @ Medical Records.

My Bloody Valentine – ‘Live In 1987′

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Christopher Lloyd has uploaded vintage footage of My Bloody Valentine on stage in 1987! It’s taken from the late Jon Beast’s personal VHS collection. It’s a rough and rare “before they were famous” glimpse at a young MBV still finding their feet (without whammy bars)! To provide some context, this show would’ve been one of the first performances with the newly recruited Bilinda Butcher (following the departure of lead singer David Conway). The EP’s ‘Geek!’ and ‘The New Record by My Bloody Valentine’ would’ve been available at the time, with ‘Ecstasy’ just around the corner. In 1987 the band released the singles ‘Sunny Sundae Smile’ and ‘Strawberry Wine’. The foursome’s debut album ‘Isn’t Anything’ wasn’t released until the following year. Time warp!

My Bloody Valentine – ‘Live In 1987′

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4AD To Reissue Cocteau Twins In High Def!

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For the first time since the original pressing, 4AD are re-issuing Cocteau Twins 1990 classic ‘Heaven Or Las Vegas‘ and 1988′s ‘Blue Bell Knoll‘ on heavyweight vinyl from new high fidelity masters. *does a Scottish jig* There will also be high definition audio (96/24) downloads on offer, as announced today. For non audio nerds, that’s better quality than your current CD copies. However, I doubt the increased fidelity will make picking out Elizabeth Fraser’s lyrics any easier! Pre-orders are already available here and here. The reissues will be on shelves from July 14.

Cocteau Twins – ‘Heaven Or Las Vegas’

Visit Cocteau Twins online / Shop for high def reissues @ 4AD.

Bleach – ‘Trip & Slide’


Here’s a flashback to little known British rock act Bleach, who released their LP ‘Killing Time’ in 1992. The quartet didn’t enjoy a long lifespan (1989-93) but produced a handful of EPs and mini albums during their time. Often compared to Curve, Bleach suffered from some inconsistencies but were happy to test the water, even adding a rap to their single ‘Shotgun’ (albeit in a Blondie kind of way). Nevertheless, there was some stand out tunes, namely the album cut ‘Trip & Slide’.

Bleach – ‘Trip & Slide’

Bleach @ Discogs.

Sweet Trip – ‘Velocity: Design: Comfort’


Here’s a classic cut from Sweet Trip‘s second full length ‘Velocity: Design: Comfort’. Originally released in June of 2003 by Darla Distribution, it was praised for its crazy mix of glitchy beats, electronica, indie pop and shoegaze. ‘Chocolate Matter’ is an example of the latter and is primarily the work of San Francisco’s Roberto Burgos, together with vocalist Valerie Reyes. Sweet Trip’s final album ‘You Will Never Know Why’ was released back in 2009. But… last year Roberto posted a new Sweet Trip tune on Soundcloud, hinting it was the last. P.s. thanks Sam for the note!

Sweet Trip – ‘Chocolate Matter’

Visit Sweet Trip @ Darla @ LastFm.

The Voices – ‘The Sound Of Young America’


Over the break I received an email requesting an update on Cardiff shoegazers The Voices. The trio (CS Munday, Chris Pompa & Clare Pompa) released three albums, the last being ‘Death Of A Lovers Song’ via Phase One in 2009. The Voices called it quits following a tour later that year. During their four year life span they released the lauded 2007 LP ‘The Sound Of Young America’ via My Kung Fu. Check out the title track below, a blistering wall of sound with washed out vocals. Speaking of, during my Google search I came across this comical ‘How To Sing In Shoegaze Style‘ guide, which ¬†notes “with Shoegazing, lyrics are short, poetic and sometimes convey a deep message that others will never understand.” Hehe.

The Voices – ‘The Sound Of Young America’

More info on The Voices @ Discogs @ A Defunct Myspace Profile.