My Bloody Valentine – 'Good For You'

How broke will you be on May 7!? The trio of My Bloody Valentine remasters finally hits shelves in all their fuzzy glory! If you can’t bare the wait, The Guardian have posted an exclusive stream of ‘Loveless’ right here. Plus Pitchfork unveiled ‘Good For You’, an unreleased track from ‘EP’s 1988-1991’ (take a listen below). Of course, some diehard fans may have already heard the bootleg some time ago! The only sour note regarding the remasters is the lack of a vinyl option, a chance to get fans to double dip? There’s already a direct ‘watch this space’ on My Bloody Valentine’s website that all but confirms forthcoming vinyl. Either way, it’s going to be a big year for the Irish rock gods. Kevin Shields has teased the release of a nine track My Bloody Valentine album, as well as an all new EP for 2012 (NME). Fingers crossed a release date is confirmed soon.

 

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Ride – ‘Cool Your Boots’

My Bloody Valentine already have us saving our pennies for their slew of re-issues landing on May 7. But now noise rock fans have another financial matter to consider! British rock legends Ride have reclaimed their master tapes and aim to re-issue a heap of goodies! Kicking of is the 20th Anniversary edition of ‘Going Blank Again’, bundled with a DVD of a Brixton Academy gig from 1992! Copies are only available online via Oxford Music here, these are expected to ship by the end of May. To catch up on all the news visit the Ride webpage. In the meantime, here’s the classic ‘Going Blank Again’ album cut ‘Cool Your Boots’.

 

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Secret Shine – ‘Loveblind’

Bristol shoegaze act Secret Shine released the ‘Loveblind’ single via Sarah Records back in 1993. Following a lengthy split the five piece reformed in the noughties to release the ‘All Of The Stars’ LP via Claire Records. Secret Shine are still at it, performing at SXSW this year (as noted by Surfing On Steam). I didn’t catch the show but I’m happy to share the love – classic.

 

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Visit Secret Shine online @ Claire Records @ Facebook.

Curve – 'Horror Head'

In March of 1992 British band Curve released their debut album ‘Doppelgänger‘, this month marks the 20th anniversary. ‘Horror Head’ was ‘Doppelgänger’s second single and proved to be one of their most popular tracks. Categorized by the mix of electronics and rock, Curve push out layers and layers of sound. ‘Horror Head’ kept the noise under control and had enough pop appeal to hit the UK singles chart back in the day.

 

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Black Tambourine – 'Drown'

Black Tambourine didn’t play many shows, they didn’t release many albums. In fact, they never released a true album. But that didn’t stop the Maryland group from becoming an important stepping stone for indie pop.

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In November 1991, Black Tambourine released their first EP ‘By Tomorrow’ through Slumberland Records featuring the title track and concluding with the charmer ‘Drown’. In context, this was a bold statement. The hair metal days of the 80s were yet to be a faded memory and grunge was rising.

Then there’s Black Tambourine. Pam Berry’s sweetly sung vocals recall classic pop melodies with a decidedly different twist. One with messy guitars, relentless feedback and not a trace of macho rock n’ roll to speak of! The list of contemporary acts expanding on their legacy is debatable but I’d mark The Dum Dum Girls, Crystal Stilts and Camera Obscura among them.

Pick up Black Tambourine’s complete recordings @ Slumberland Records or download Black Tambourine @ iTunes.

The Jesus And Mary Chain – 'Just Like Honey'

In 1985 when a news reporter asked The Jesus And Mary Chain why people are so excited about them, the response was point blank. “Because we’re so good, because we’re so much better than everybody else. Because so many other people are complete rubbish. People have got to pay attention to us. It’s pretty obvious really” (watch the interview below). Its been more than twenty years since those cringe-worthy remarks were made, six albums and more past members than I care to list.

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Over the past few weeks Demon Music Group has re-issued The Jesus And Mary Chain’s six albums complete with deluxe packaging, shiny booklets, b-sides, demos and rarities. This week The Jesus And Mary Chain’s 1998 album ‘Munki’ was re-issued, so now fans can pick up the whole re-issued set.

‘Just Like Honey’ became the Scottish rockers biggest hit to date when it was released as the third single from ‘Psychocandy’ in September 1985. Its hard to believe that around this time the Jesus And Mary Chain were supporting Sonic Youth. It’s also hard to believe the song is now being used in TV commericals. Nevertheless, it’s a classic for good reason.

In 2008 Jim Reid announced that a new Jesus And Mary Chain album was underway. I’m not holding my breath. In the meantime, these shiny new packages should keep hardcore fans sated.

Visit the Jesus And Mary Chain @ Facebook, The Jesus And Mary Chain official blog or through the Demon Music Group.