What’s behind the song “Tunic (Song for Karen),” from Sonic Youth’s 1990 album, Goo? I wanted to put Karen Carpenter [who died of anorexia] up in heaven playing drums and being happy. This whole thing about teenage girls cutting themselves and that being associated with anorexia and girls being conditioned to having such a big desire to please – I’m just curious, because of Coco, at what point do girls start getting their sense of self-worth and [need to please] people, and why don’t they have anything else?
Kevin Shields, frontman and founder of the early ’90s, shoegaze-defining super group My Blood Valentine, announced yesterday that the band’s long-awaited Loveless follow-up, which they began and aborted shortly after the release of that 1991 classic, is set for release sometime in late 2012. It can’t be more than two months away, which isn’t big lag time considering that MBV fans have been waiting for it to come out for over two decades. In case it isn’t just another false alarm, I thought I’d take a walk down shoegaze memory lane and revisit some gems from before and after Loveless that incarnate the album’s wall-of-sound approach, with an ear for the crests and falls that arise when the layers of vox and buzzing guitar are stacked so high that they shift across each other like tectonic plates.