The Salon Back East (Part II)

The album My Bloody Valentine released prior to Colm Ó Cíosóig’s visit to our little chateau in B-burg.

Back in 2013, when Herself and I were still Airbnb tycoons in the scenic Patty Jewett Yacht & Gun Club, we rented the House Back East to a young Mick name of Colm Ó Cíosóig, who was coming to Bibleburg for an international film festival.

Well, sir, Colm turned out to be the drummer for My Bloody Valentine, a group that pioneered a dreamy style of music dubbed “shoegaze.” And sociable fellow that he was, when the festival went all pear-shaped he popped round to ask if he could invite a few attendees back to the HBE for a bit of a bash.

We said sure, got invited to the do, and had a high old time.

Which brings me to my point: According to The New York Times, My Bloody Valentine will be making the majority of its catalog available for streaming, and reissuing it on vinyl. The group also has a new label and plans to release two new records, says Mother Times, in an interview with bandmate and co-founder Kevin Shields.

Look for the first to be “warm and melodic,” with the second more experimental. The time frame is uncertain, but Shields sounds like he’s ready to rock.

“Time is a bit more precious,” he told the NYT. “I don’t want to be 70-something wanting to make the next record after ‘m b v.’ I think it’d be cooler to make one now.”

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21 Responses to “The Salon Back East (Part II)”

  1. Pat O’Brien Says:

    And, they like PBR if I remember correctly. Imagine someone from Ireland drinking PBR. Kinda like Macron drinking Thunderbird.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Pabst Blue Ribbon is the hipster’s choice, or was. The suitcase of PBR was ubiquitous wherever the singlespeeder, shoegazer, or ironically facial haired gathered.

      I recall the characters in Roddy Doyle’s novels occasionally drinking a Bud if they had a crook gut from the previous evening’s tippling.

      It probably all comes from the same giant tap somewhere in the Age of Asahi, Anheuser-Busch Indev, and Diageo.

      “What color you want, sport? Yellow, red, or brown?”

  2. katholoch Says:

    We still listen to My Bloody Valentine. Sometimes daily. But we are big fans of 90s music.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I enjoyed that evening with Colm and his pals. It was a pleasure to be among so many young artistic types enthusiastic about their work. Took me back to my college days, when we would slouch around with a bunch of cheap lager and various other mood-altering substances, yelling Deep Thoughts at each other, when we should’ve been studying something other than the hottie over by the stereo, looking wistful.

  3. khal spencer Says:

    Vinyl? Wow. I thought that went out with the mastodons.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      O, vinyl has been very much a Thing for quite a spell now, m’man. Turntables sell like PBR at a film festival.

      I’ve even thought about getting one, since I have the two crates of albums tucked away in the office closet. But I don’t know where the hell I’d put it. The “entertainment center” is already pretty well crowded up with the TV, Apple TV, tuner, surround-sound speakers, Blu-Ray player, Mac Mini, keyboard, and mouse. Just one more thing to fiddle with, and my ear is not that discriminating anymore.

  4. Pat O'Brien Says:

    I have an Onkyo stereo receiver and a pair of decent Polk speakers for music and TV sound. They eat some valuable real estate in this small house. Thinking about going to a soundbar. I wonder if I will be satisfied.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Anybody out there have some experience with soundbars over sound “systems?” I’ve been thinking about acquiring one myself. Our problem seems to be typical — when watching TV/movies we miss some of the subtleties of dialogue.

      Some of this is due to advancing age and retreating hearing, of course. But since we mostly aren’t watching caped crusaders/space operas I don’t think we really need the whole surround-sound setup anymore.

      • SAO' Says:

        Forget speakers and spend your disposable cash on one of these:

        It Looks Like a Vespa, Rides Like a Vespa, but Doesn’t Smell Like a Vespa

    • Pat O’Brien Says:

      I had a complete surround system, including big subwoofer, in the old place. When we moved here, all that stuff got sold or given away. Went to the basic 40 watt per channel stereo system described above and was happy, including dialog.

  5. Herb from Michigan Says:

    I’d prefer separate speakers any day over a sound bar and I have a ridiculously expensive Yamaha one. But I got tired of not being able to tune the sombitch without going through hellish steps. Ya see, you’ll need to adjust things based on what the source is whether Netflix or PBS etc. And I used to have an Onkyo home theater amp with seven surround sound speakers and dropped kicked that whole thing out of here. Nothing beats my NAD integrated old school amp with 4 bookshelf speakers tucked here and there. Granted, the speakers aren’t cheapies. Some little Peachtree’s and Bowers and Wilkins. But with separates, you’ll get the sound you want. BTW most of our “hearing” issues are really digitally compressed and poorly transmitted soundtracks being sent our way. While an on board DAC for your amp can help, we are still getting gyped by our content suppliers. IMO Apple TV is ok but still lacks the sound that should match the great visuals.

  6. Herb from Michigan Says:

    Jaysus you got me dander up about sound systems. Ever notice how your watching something and one portion of the sound track blows you out of your chair and seconds later ya can’t hear a damn word of some conversation? Now before you invest in $10k worth of hearing aids, go back and watch a movie on Apple TV from Kanopy or other library sources from say 1953 to 1965. You might just find you can hear everything and the soundtrack volume isn’t all over the map. Hmmm…could it be some content is made with more care than others?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Yeah, and we have some pretty slow DSL here, so our pipe is not exactly gold-plated. The connection is robust — it rarely fails, and we seldom see the spinning beach ball while streaming — but it’s far from ideal. Adding some high-end sound gear to this end of the pipe might just be like putting racing slicks and a wing on a Nash Metropolitan.

    • Shawn Says:

      I have a psuedo-modern thrift store purchased Yamaha amp that dims the lights when I turn it on. It drives (nudges easily) a 4-speaker setup that works reasonably well. I’ve got a Klipsch center speaker that I still haven’t got around to hooking up and although a sub-woofer can be exciting, I refrain from using one to keep the neighbors peaceful.

      I just watched Hank’s movie “News of the World” from a Blu-Ray disc. I’d have the volume dialed in for the dialogue and then the scene would change to a more active one and I’d have to scramble to turn the volume down.

      I was going to mention the “watch an old film or show” sound test. There is no issue with being able to hear the dialogue in those. That was back before Earthquake (Chuck Heston and his 14 speed Blazer) introduced us all to Surround-Sound.

  7. DownhillBill Says:

    There’s also the issue of cable TV providers cramming as much content as they can into the pipes and thus compromising the quality. Current broadcast channels, being digital, may have better quality than the same channels on cable because they avoid that problem.

    My hearing is actually so bad that I’m way overdue for some aids. I put them off for a long time because what I thought people said was invariably funnier than what they actually did say. Past that now and progressed to unrecognizable blah, blah instead. I trace my tinnitus to M-1’s on the firing range back in the 60’s. It’s there all the time but I only hear it if I try.

    Have to gather up the motivation to start up another learning curve.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Oy. All the shit I don’t want to learn how to do. The list goes on and on, just like Bilbo’s Road.

      We’re rocking an old DSL modem/WAP here, primarily because I don’t want to break in a new one. It’s worse than breaking in a new editor.

  8. Pat O’Brien Says:

    This is for the younger Mad Dog fans.

  9. redrockmtb Says:

    i quit using the receiver for movies, only for music. the tv does a good enough job with sound plus we run subtitles on most shows we watch. i’ve got a pair of b&w speakers i bought back in 1988 or 89 and they still look and sound great for music. they’re on the ‘B’ channel so they don’t work for the tv.

    we got our second jab yesterday. it was a rough night. still a bit of a headache but the fever is gone.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I’m using a Yamaha AV receiver for both movies and music, and it’s OK. It’s driving some Sony speakers from a previous home-theater setup, and it probably won’t hurt to upgrade those little mothers one of these days.

      Well done to all of yis who have had the full course of shots. My second is a ways off yet and Herself’s has yet to be scheduled. I want this in the rear view, like, stat.

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