*** From 6pm tonight, we’ll be DJing – alongside James Chapman from Maps – at the launch party for a new exhibition of previously unseen MBV photographs in the brand new Pure Groove shop which is at 6-7 West Smithfield, London EC1. The shots were taken during the band’s 1992 US tour by New York snapper David Fisher and they look great.
There’s more information at… http://www. puregroove. co. uk
*** The ninth single on Sonic Cathedral Recordings, by Japancakes, is released on June 23. Last year, the Athens, Georgia-based post-rockers released their wonderful song-for-song cover of My Bloody Valentine’s ‘Loveless’, replacing the vocals with cello and pedal steel. It caused consternation among bloggers the world over, but we’re suckers for pedal steel and commissioned two remixes. On the A-side James Rutledge, who has recently reworked Radiohead and releases records as Pedro, has made ‘Soon’ something that sounds as alien as the time in 1991 when MBV gatecrashed Tommy Vance’s Top 40 rundown. Meanwhile, on the AA-side, Chilean electrogazer Ricardo Tobar has turned ‘Touched’ into six and half minutes of Balearic bliss. What’s more it’s on white vinyl.
Pre-order your copy now at… http://www. soniccathedral. co. uk/shop. html
*** To celebrate the release (and the My Bloody Valentine reunion shows) we’re hosting Sunny Sunday Smile at The Social, Little Portland Street, London W1 from 3pm on Sunday June 22. Ricardo Tobar and Winterlight will be playing live, while James Rutledge and James Holden (boss of Ricardo’s label, the brilliant Border Community) will be DJing. If you were lucky enough to bag tickets for the MBV show at The Roundhouse that night, don’t worry – the live stuff will finish early (and we’ll let you in for half-price). If you fancy staying, no problem – the DJs will be on until late.
Everyone’s a winner! Tickets are here… http://www. wegottickets. com/event/30978