Top 20 Albums of 2013

I didn’t write about music all that much in 2013, but I did set aside a bit of time to listen to music, so I thought I’d share the albums that I most enjoyed last year. Honourable mentions go to Future of the Left – How to Stop Your Brain in an Accident, which just…

My Bloody Valentine (1981)

After a fortnight of emotional, stirring pictures at the Brisbane International Film Festival, it seemed only fitting to return to the warm, blood-stained blanket of a dumb ‘80s slasher movie. My Bloody Valentine’s strongest elements aren’t particularly dumb. The setting of an industrial coal-mining town provides a welcome reprieve from the pretty, wealthy teenagers that…

My Bloody Valentine (2009)

What, exactly, is there to recommend My Bloody Valentine? Perhaps it would’ve been worthwhile seeing it in actual 3D, in the cinema. The film has certainly made plentiful concessions to the gimmick – eyeballs popping out of people’s skulls and so forth – which might have been exciting back in the ‘80s. To achieve this…

My Bloody Valentine – m b v (2013)

When I first experienced the transcendent bliss of Loveless, the record was grown-up, eighteen years having passed since its difficult birth. It sent me on a desperate, fruitless search to find something comparable, downloading anything described as “shoegaze” or “dream pop” …but Loveless proved frustratingly inimitable. So it was with some trepidation that I purchased…