Song / Radio
Brilliant Segue Alert: MBV's "If I Am" > Medicine's "Time Baby III" on KEXP
by Dave Segal
on Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 10:50 AM
The first thing I heard upon awakening this morning was My Bloody Valentine's "If I Am" from the new m b v album playing on KEXP. Ooh, it sounded sweet at 6:46 am. Then DJ John Richards segued into Medicine's "Time Baby III" from The Crow OST. Yes! This is how I like to start a damn work day—with a brilliant, logical segue, heard unexpectedly on ye olde radio.
Both songs tap into that languid state between slumber and wakefulness in which, aptly enough, some types of music sound their best. "If I Am" initially sounded slight and like something MBV literally could create in their sleep, but in the context outlined above, it sounded unspeakably tender and beautiful and a wonderful addition to the group's canon of classics. And props to Richards for finding perhaps the best song with which to follow it up, with the bonus of reminding everyone that Medicine were the closest thing America had to MBV in the '90s. Go back and listen to Shot Forth Self Living and The Buried Life and be astounded all over again—or for the first time, as the case may be.