First Listen Track By Track – My Bloody Valentine, ‘mbv’

Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine. Photo: PA

Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine. Photo: PA

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 O Ciosoig (drums) with singer-guitarist Bilinda Butcher and bassist Debbie Googe.

As My Bloody Valentine’s music evolved, their use of distortion, pitch bending, and digital 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 rumored 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 released in 2013 via their website, which subsequently crashed. Powered by Wikipedia

The band have uploaded their long-awaited new album on YouTube.

The nine-track follow-up to 1991’s ‘Loveless’, titled ‘mbv’, was released at midnight (GMT) on the evening of February 2 via a brand new website for the band. Shortly after, they posted all nine tracks on YouTube.

The album is sold as a download only, CD and download or as a 180g vinyl, CD and download package. The vinyl and CD packages will be posted within three weeks of purchase date, but the download is immediate.

Blending of Art & Music: Best Creative Album Covers

Musicians Know That Ears Have Eyes

Music and art go hand in hand. And the best way to get a potential buyer’s attention is with an eye catching album cover. We all know you can’t just judge a book by it’s cover but it doesn’t hurt to give CD and LP covers a spin based off a beautiful piece of art.

Below we present several excellent examples of beautiful, creative and impressive album covers that will certainly inspire you to head down to the local record shop and start browsing through records and labels. We have tried to address various cover designs and present both CD covers and LP covers, however some excellent album covers are definitely missing. Please let us know about them in the comments to the post!

Here we are showing a few…

Gojira - L'Enfant Sauvage

Gojira – L’Enfant Sauvage / See video

Sam's Town - The Killers

Sam’s Town – The Killers. Cover art is by Anton Corbijn and features model and singer Felice LaZae.

Dikers - Casi nunca llueve

Dikers – Casi nunca llueve

Morphine - Cure For Pain / Album cover by Morphine

Morphine – Cure For Pain / Album cover by Morphine

Hertzainak - Zuzenean 91-01-19

Hertzainak – Zuzenean 19-01-91

Tom Waits - Rain Dogs

Tom Waits – Rain Dogs. The cover photograph is one of a series taken by the Swedish photographer Anders Petersen at Café Lehmitz (a café near the Hamburg red-light boulevard Reeperbahn) in the late 1960s. The man and woman depicted on the cover are called Rose and Lily.

The Smiths

The Smiths. The group’s cover artwork had a distinctive visual style and often featured images of film and pop stars, usually in duotone. Design was by Morrissey and Rough Trade art coordinator Jo Slee.

Eddie Vedder - Ukulele Songs

Eddie Vedder – Ukulele Songs. The cover art features a photograph of the sculptural work “The Lost Correspondent” by Jason deCaires Taylor. The sculpture is underwater with many others at a dive site called Moliniere Bay – Underwater Sculpture Park, Grenada.

Pearl Jam Live - On Ten Legs

Pearl Jam Live – On Ten Legs. See video of Pearl Jam on Ten Legs

Zain - XXI Mendeko Piratak

Zain – XXI Mendeko Piratak

Apocalyptica - End of Me / Cover art by Apocalyptica

Apocalyptica – End of Me / Cover art by Apocalyptica

Beatles - Tribute to Kiss

Beatles – Tribute to Kiss

The Strokes - Is this It.. Cover art by Colin Lane

The Strokes – Is this It.. Cover art by Colin Lane

Willis Drummond - A ala B

Willis Drummond – A ala B / Cover art by Ramon M.Zabalegi + Inaki Rifaterra + Nagore Legorreta

The Clash - London Calling. Cover art  of an infuriated Paul Simonon, smashing his bass. By Pennie Smith

The Clash – London Calling. Cover art of an infuriated Paul Simonon, smashing his bass. By Pennie Smith

Ryan Bingham - Tomorrowland

Ryan Bingham – Tomorrowland. Cover photos (front & back) by Ryan’s wife Anna Axster. Tomorrowland is on their own label. See video about the album cover

Korn - Untouchables

Korn – Untouchables

Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures / Cover art by Peter Saville

Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures / Cover art by Peter Saville


Breathe - Crossing The Delaware

Breathe – Crossing The Delaware

Eskorbuto - Maldito Pais

Eskorbuto – Maldito Pais

Blondie - Rock Bird

Blondie – Rock Bird

The Killers - Mr Brightside

The Killers – Mr Brightside

U2 - War

U2 – War

Matthew Ryan: In The Dusk of Everything

Matthew Ryan: In The Dusk of Everything

Pearl Jam - Rearview Mirror

Pearl Jam – Rearview Mirror

Battles - Mirrored

Battles – Mirrored

Squarepusher - Ufabulum

Squarepusher – Ufabulum

Bloom - Beach House

Bloom – Beach House

Radiohead - OK Computer / Cover art  is a collage of images and text created by Stanley Donwood and Yorke, credited under the pseudonym "The White Chocolate Farm."  The jazz fusion of Miles Davis and and political writings of Noam Chomsky influenced OK Computer.

Radiohead – OK Computer / Cover art is a collage of images and text created by Stanley Donwood and Yorke, credited under the pseudonym “The White Chocolate Farm.” The jazz fusion of Miles Davis and political writings of Noam Chomsky influenced OK Computer.

INXS Platinium - Greatest Hits

INXS Platinium – Greatest Hits

Ratatat - LP4

Ratatat – LP4

The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers.  Artwork was conceived by Andy Warhol, photography was by Billy Name and design by Craig Braun.

The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers. Artwork was conceived by Andy Warhol, photography was by Billy Name and design by Craig Braun.

Nirvana - Nevermind. Cover art by Robbert Fisher.

Nirvana – Nevermind. Cover art by Robbert Fisher.

Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti

Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti

Pink Floyd - Tree Of Half Life. Cover art by Storm Thorgerson

Pink Floyd – Tree Of Half Life. Cover art by Storm Thorgerson

The Doors Unearth 1968 Concert Footage

The Doors Bound Through ‘Hello, I Love You’ in 1968 Performance.

Song comes from new ‘Live at the Bowl ’68’ concert video

By Rolling Stone
September 21, 2012 8:00 AM

Back on July 5th, 1968, the Doors lit up the Hollywood Bowl with an epic post-Independence Day show, which is the subject of the band’s upcoming Live at the Bowl ’68, a new concert video of the memorable gig. Here, the legendary quartet digs into “Hello, I Love You,” off their 1968 album Waiting for the Sun. The band gives a tight, clean performance of their hit, with Jim Morrison’s vocals draped precisely over the raucous track.

Live at the Bowl ’68 will be available on October 22nd on DVD, Blu-ray and digital video, with audio available on CD, double-LP and digitally.

On 5 July 1968 The Doors took to the stage of the Hollywood Bowl for a concert that has since passed into legend. The Doors were performing on the back of their 3rd album release “Waiting For The Sun” and the US No.1 single “Hello, I Love You”. They had been honing their live performances over the previous 2 years and were on absolute peak form. Now for the first time the original film footage from the Hollywood Bowl has been digitally scanned and restored to present the show better and more complete than it’s ever been seen before, with 2 previously cut tracks returned to the running order and with sound newly remixed and mastered from the original multitrack tapes by The Doors’ engineer and co-producer Bruce Botnick. This is now the definitive edition of this famous performance.