Critical Mob, a discovery site that curates, selects, and reviews the best in culture, discusses this week’s top musical picks; new book discusses Yo La Tengo and the rise of Indie Rock, new Elliott Smith footage, a third album from My Bloody Valentine and potential fresh Stone Roses material in the works.
Yo La Tengo are a band for completists. Hoboken’s finest indie rockers have been in existence for nearly 30 years, including over 20 with their current lineup of Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley, and James McNew. They’ve released 15 full length albums, 14 EPs, and developed a truly mind-blowing repertoire of covers deeper than any professional wedding band. It’s a lot to take on, but music journalist Jesse Jarnow does an admirable job with the unwieldy amount of history at hand here.
A video of the late singer-songwriter Elliott Smith performing on a VH1 pilot for The Jon Brion Show back in 2000 elicits a haunting fascination. The recording was recently found and posted to YouTube by the pilot’s director, Paul Thomas Anderson. In the 43-minute-long video, Smith performs some of his most famous songs, including “Son of Sam,” “Independence Day,” and “Bottle Up and Explode.” Host Jon Brion accompanies on most of the songs.
Around 1997, rumors began to swirl that My Bloody Valentine were finally about to release their third album. I remember saying to my friend, Mary Elizabeth,that part of me hoped they never released another record. “I mean, after all this time,” I said [Loveless. after all, had come out nearly six long years before], “how could it be anything but a disappointment?” Nearly 15 years later, that third album is finally, suddenly, here.
According to Suede frontman Brett Anderson, the Stone Roses have written two new songs for their (hopefully) upcoming new album. Anderson tells NME, “I spoke to Mani [SR bassist Gary Mounfield] a couple of months ago – I saw him at a party – and he’d said they’d written a couple of songs. I’d love to hear some new stuff from them. They were a really special band and I’ve got a lot of goodwill for them. It’ll be nice to hear. Whether it’s soon is another matter.”
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