Dave Rawkblog (not his real name, but it should be) wrote a great piece that was kind of about My Bloody Valentine and their new record —which I am about to go get and listen with the headphones on— but it was really more about the current state of how we all experience music these days. And it is a thoughtful piece of writing that I enjoyed quite a bit.
After reading that article last night, I finally made myself go and listen to Loveless in full. Which, I am fully aware, was seriously over due and was something I've been meaning to do for awhile. In my defence, My Bloody Valentine happened way before my time, and like a lot of things that happened way before my time, I hadn't gotten around to experiencing it. And let's be honest, you can't really experience something properly when it is so far removed from the time when it would have actually melted ones mind. We can all appreciate the majesty of Jimi Hendrix's guitar playing, but I don't think we could comprehend just how insanely amazing it would have sounded back in the 60's. But we can only live in the time we live in. And after watching a doc on Creation Records, and after twitter exploded with news about the new My Bloody Valentine album, and then Dave's article, I decided it was finally time to get experienced with MBV.
But more than forming an opinion on Loveless, all I could really think about while listening was how little I listen to albums in full these days (or at least compared to pre-internet me). These thoughts were probably aided the most by the state of mind that Dave's article put me in, but also the 'albumness' of Loveless surely played a role in this self analysis.
So anyways, long story short, I'm going to make a serious attempt at spinning more records in full and a little less time spent putting playlists on shuffle. Nothing against playlists (I love making and listening to them), but I also feel like I've been experiencing way too many songs out of their natural habitat.