The Internet, we can safely say, has wildly changed the way we are introduced to new music—and that seems to have inspired further innovations. While streaming a forthcoming album in full on NPR or Pitchfork is now old hat, it seems Boards of Canada would rather all their fans tune in at once and hear their feverishly anticipated Tomorrow’s Harvest today, at 4pm Eastern Standard Time.
All you have to do is mosey over to boardsofcanada.com at or before the appointed time; the rest should be self-evident. And with interest so high, it wouldn’t surprise us if the website crashed, à la Kevin Shields’ site when the new My Bloody Valentine went live—though Netflix was able to premiere Arrested Developmentwithout major incident, so who knows!
Anyway, upward of 11,000 people have already RSVPd to the event on Facebook, and that’s just among people who RSVP to stuff like this on Facebook. It should be an oddly communal experience, keeping with the subtle hints about the album dropped around the globe that fans had to collaborate to decipher. It didn’t take very long for William Gibson’s Pattern Recognition to come true, now did it.
If you’re reading this then you already know: the Super Bowl was canceled due to the unlikely and monumental release late Saturday evening of My Bloody Valentine’s third album, mbv, hotly anticipated for upwards of two decades. The warm pink swooning sonic assault of otherworldly guitar proved too dangerous even for the NFL’s best to play in, and advertisers pulled their support for the event, knowing full well that everyone’s attention had been captured by this rock milestone. According to TMZ, Beyoncé could be heard blasting “Only Tomorrow” from her penthouse yesterday afternoon.
We told you recently to give up all hope of something like mbv ever finding its way to the generations of shoegaze diehards (as well as 95% of Japan) who have been dreaming about it lo these many years. We could not be happier to be so wrong, especially seeing as how this truly magnificent artistic achievement has, for the time being, completely overshadowed any otherwise popular contest of strength and agility—and perhaps even the notion of athletics itself. For what, in the jet-launch roar of album closer “Wonder 2,” could pretend to be as important?
The Super Bowl will be back next February. In the meantime, take a trip down into the poppy swirl of “New You” and feel the contentment of not having to eat eight pounds of chili and nachos in one sitting. Or, what the hell, do that anyway. It’s not every day that musicians expose the utter futility of doing anything except making the best, loudest and coolest music on the face of the planet. In fact, grab some beers, invite some friends over to party and listen to this together. Start a betting pool on who’ll go deaf first.
Again. We last got unduly stoked for new material from MBV at the end of 2007, when the band was preparing for their 2008 reunion tour and dropping hints of a Loveless follow-up that was about “3/4 finished” but would be out “before year’s end.” Leaving aside the laughable notion that weirdo perfectionist shoegaze godfather Kevin Shields would polish off the last 25% of his album in less than a month, IT HURT A LOT THAT HE DIDN’T.
Then, this past November, we heard a similar promise from the NME (shudder): the album would “be released on frontman Kevin Shields’s website before the end of the year … followed by a further EP of brand new material.” It’s a Christmas miracle! Except we’ve heard nothing else over the ensuing weeks, the year is nearly over, and Shields doesn’t even have a website. Guess we’re giving up again.
Boy, I tell you: I am really looking forward to the next time I briefly hold out hope for a new My Bloody Valentine album. It’s like they know exactly how to space out my disappointments so that I never learn the lesson. In the end, even if this has been a two-decade hoax and Shields never recorded a single note, I appreciate that he’s been throwing me this bone now and then, just to get me through another five years.
● Anne Hathaway’s drastic new haircut, shorn short in preparation for her role in Les Miserables, matches her drastic new diet. [Us]
● New York Jet Tim Tebow spent his Easter Sunday presiding over mass for nearly 15,000 worshipers at Celebration Church in Georgetown, Texas. "In Christianity, it’s the Pope and Tebow right now," explained the church’s usual pastor. "We didn’t have enough room to handle the Pope." [People]
● 21 years post-Loveless, Kevin Shields has at last begun teasing a new My Bloody Valentine album. "I’m just finishing a record that I had started in the 90s," he told Pitchfork, adding that, "I tend to work really quickly, suddenly, and I might be willing to do that right now. We’ll see!" [Pitchfork]
● Jay Electronica comes through with the full version to "Dear Moleskine," a track he began teasing back in 2009. Now about that album… [NahRight]