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    Slowdive

    Slightly surprised there wasn't a thread for this band. Anyway, they just released their first bit of new music in twenty-two years.


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    Good song. I'm really excited for the new album. I tweeted them awhile back to ask about the live album too and was told it is coming as well.

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    All told, probably my favorite shoegaze band of all time, if I could only pick one. I refuse to listen to this until I have the full new album in my hands. I've waited 22 years since Pygmalion, so what's another year or so?

    For anyone who isn't already keen to it, there are several unreleased Slowdive compilations available (or at least were available at one time) that are essential for any fan. There's the unreleased soundtrack to the film I Am The Elephant, You Are The Mouse, an unmastered collection of b-sides, demos and alt. takes from the Souvlaki sessions, and an unmastered 1996 collection of material under the title I Saw The Sun, which contains songs every bit as good as the first three albums.

    The unmastered quality gives the songs a distant, dreamy feel that in ways adds a new dimension to the band's already-mysterious sound. Here are some choice cuts..








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    I really like their first few EP's...Alan Moulder produced them...Morning Rise is a masterpiece. Alan Moulder was like the Phil Spector of the British Shoegaze movement. Of the early 90s.

    But i didnt love the first Slowdive album..Just For A Day......it has its moments though.

    Brian Eno produced Souvlaki is one of the most tear jerking albums of all time..and just a masterpiece.

    And Pygmallion is wildly underrated. And what got me into them..

    They were one the bands of the 1990s.

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    Those 3 albums they made are just incredible as Pygmalion is one of those few records (such as the albums by This Mortal Coil, the Cure's Disintegration, R.E.M.'s Automatic for the People, and Still) are among the albums I listen to in its entirety on long rainy days. I thank Gregg Araki for introducing me to that band.

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    I strongly second the above recommendation to check out the demos / outtakes. "Joy", "Untitled #2" and "On the Horizon" are some of my absolute favourite Slowdive tracks.

    Trying to keep my expectations in check for the new album. Slowdive is my favourite band of all time and their discography is entirely flawless as far as I'm concerned. The new track sounds really promising but it seems unfair to expect another untouchable classic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thevoid99 View Post
    I thank Gregg Araki for introducing me to that band.
    The Doom Generation, I presume?

    That movie is equal parts beautiful, comical and vulgar. It should definitely be considered a part of Slowdive's legacy..

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYRexall View Post
    The Doom Generation, I presume?

    That movie is equal parts beautiful, comical and vulgar. It should definitely be considered a part of Slowdive's legacy..
    Yep. I liked that film and still do. I wish that entire Teenage Apocalypse trilogy would be part of the Criterion Collection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thevoid99 View Post
    Yep. I liked that film and still do. I wish that entire Teenage Apocalypse trilogy would be part of the Criterion Collection.
    Agreed. 'Nowhere' still isn't available domestically, last I checked. I own a region 2 copy that's a pain in the ass to play.

    I'll never get tired of TDG. I've seen it a hundred times and it's always revealing new things to me. It's like a film made on a shoestring budget that manages to capture the essence of the alternative 90s perfectly. Dazed and Confused, SLC Punk, Clueless, even SFW fail to achieve what TDG does. It's one of the most enjoyably bizzaro movies I've ever seen, and the music/soundtrack is phenomenal.

    I think it was hearing 'Blue Skied An' Clear' during the final scene and over the end credits that finally convinced me it was my favorite Slowdive song of all time..

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    "Blue Skied An' Clear" is also my favorite Slowdive song. That film definitely captured the essence of the times. I really do wish Araki would release not just those 3 films but also The Living End in a remastered DVD/Blu-Ray release through Criterion. He is an important filmmaker as I think he hit his peak with Mysterious Skin which surprisingly played at my nearest local art-house theater for 2 months which is kind of rare these days.

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    Shout Factory would do a great job too with the Teenage Apocalypse trilogy.

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