Sunday, November 05, 2006

My Bloody Valentine's Loveless Turns 15!

Fifteen years ago today, the epic sounds of My Bloody Valentine's Loveless was released. The band hasn't issued an album since, however MBV mastermind Kevin Shields has come out of hiding in recent years to get his hands on music once again; he's toured with Primal Scream, contributed solo tracks for the Sofia Coppola movie, Lost in Translation, and remixed tracks for the Go! Team and Bow Wow Wow. Last year, Shields also appeared alongside Patti Smith at London's Meltdown Festival, adding his genius guitar work to her reading of her book, The Coral Sea.

A decade and a half later, the undeniable influence of My Bloody Valentine can be heard in acts such as Giant Drag, Gemma Hayes, the Helio Sequence, and the Early Day Miners. Despite the horrid rumors of Shields being an incredibly difficult person to work with, let alone being blamed for the financial downfall of Creation Records, Shields is finally setting the record straight. I had the opportunity to speak very candidly with the warm, soft-spoken Shields last fall. We discussed his relationship with Creation Records founder, Alan McGee, the recording of Loveless, and those pesky rumors of a long-awaited My Bloody Valentine box set. Catch my interview with Kevin Shields this winter in Magnet!

In the meantime, enjoy the killer sounds of "Only Shallow."

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