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Cafe Loveless Motel

Let’s Be Loveless is not a guide for living but four people who make pop songs displaying their admiration for shoegaze, Britpop and garage rock.

Like The Ferns, I’m in You, The Hundred in the Hands and Hospitality, all of whom have featured here before, they’re from Brooklyn, which must be some place for any music fan to be at the moment.

Their self-titled EP is their second release, following a debut single earlier this year and this is the second track, which, as well as being available in ones and zeroes from Bandcamp, can be purchased as a limited edition purple cassette. Whatever the format, I love the guitar sound.

Let’s Be Loveless :: Motivational Speaker

Loveless Unbeliever was the first LP from Cardiff’s finest, The School and it’s updated sixties pop was the perfect summer soundtrack following its release in 2010. This, the record’s outstanding track, had first been heard a couple of years earlier, on the Let It Slip EP, but it more than deserved a second airing.

The School :: I Want You Back

Siouxsie Sioux should high on anyone’s list of the greatest rock ’n’ roll singers; not because she is a great singer, plainly she isn’t, but because she has consistently invented and re-invented on a string of under-appreciated but widely influential LPs with the Banshees. The band drifted into oblivion in the 1990s, though her side project with drummer and then-husband Budgie continued into this century. But the last Creatures LP was released in 2003 and it was easy to assume that that was the last we had heard from her. But in 2007, as her marriage ended, she released her first and, to-date, only solo record, Mantaray. A new record has been promised; let’s hope it’s as good.

Siouxsie :: Loveless

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Genius is a word bandied about far too often and far too widely. Einstein was a genius; Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine is not and nor is Loveless the magnificent opus that has many a critic gushing with whatever critics gush with. I know this will grate with certain regular readers, but MBV are the Stella McCartney of music: emperor’s new clothes.

Still, it wouldn’t be right to have a loveless blog post without this track, the LP’s highlight.

My Bloody Valentine :: Soon

Photo: Cafe Loveless Motel by Thomas Hawk; some rights reserved

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5 Responses

  1. Tim says:

    I never thought I’d see the day that you blogged MBV.

  2. John says:

    Are you referring to me by any chance?

    I agree that Loveless isn’t a great album. It’s not even MBV’s best album. Isn’t Anything is more interesting, noisier (especially the stunning second side) and was far, far more influential.

    If you include the Feed Me With Your Kiss, You Made Me Realise, Glider and Tremolo EPs you have a snapshot of a band going from jangly pop copyists to wailing, tortured noise makers to genuine innovation. Loveless was the sound of them taking things too far and disintegrating in the process.

    Even their patchy new LP is better than Loveless, it’s certainly more interesting.

    If you want to read a massive blog entry about their music, I did one when the re-mastered and re-released their EPs and LPs a year or so ago – http://loftcast.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/the-my-bloody-valentine-athon/

  3. John says:

    Soon, from the Glider EP before it was on Loveless, is the greatest record ever made by the way.

  4. Simon Aughton says:

    Not just you, but yes, you were in mind.



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