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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Elisa Ambrogio at Baby's in April (more by Greg Cristman)
Elisa Ambrogio

Elisa Ambrogio of noise trio Magik Markers released her not-noisy (and very good) solo album The Immoralist last year on Drag City, and she's been touring a lot in support of it. Her schedule continues into late fall on a tour with her labelmates Peacers, the new band of Sic Alps' Mike Donovan, whose debut album came out in July.

That tour hits NYC on November 6 at Union Pool. No word yet on ticket info or other openers. All dates are listed, with music from both acts, below.

Meg Baird

Speaking of Drag City, they put out another great album over the summer that we haven't gotten a chance to talk about, Meg Baird's Don't Weigh Down the Light. It's Meg's first solo record since 2011's Seasons on Earth, and it was worth the wait. Similar to the great Jessica Pratt album Drag City put out this year, Don't Weigh Down the Light takes most of its influence from the cult folk singers of the late '60s / early '70s, though Meg's album is more outwardly psychedelic (and has a bit more Joni Mitchell influence). Meg's been mastering this style for over a decade -- with her solo material and as a member of Espers and The Baird Sisters -- and Don't Weigh Down the Light is up there with the best of her previous work. Stream album opener "Counterfeiters" below.

Continue reading "Elisa Ambrogio & Peacers touring together +++ Meg Baird's 'Don't Weigh Down the Light' is out now (listen)"

by Bill Pearis


Like their pal Ty Segall, LA's Wand keep busy. They just released their second album, Golem, in March and they've just announced that their third, 1000 Days, will be out in September. This will be their first for Drag City and, while Wand are known for rippers, they stretch out here for a more nuanced sound, embracing thick, warm analog synths and acoustic guitars (as well as a variety of stomp boxes). "Stolen Footsteps," the first taste of 1000 Days, has a pastoral vibe that owes more than a little to Eno's Another Green World. It's a good one and you can stream it below.

Wand will be on tour for much of 2015's second half, including an extensive North American trek, and anybody who has seen the band in the last year can tell you they're absolutely worth catching. They'll stop in NYC for two shows: November 13 at Mercury Lounge and November 14 at Rough Trade. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale Friday (7/10) at noon.

You may have seen Wand frontman Cory Hanson in NYC recently, opening for a couple of Ty Segall's acoustic shows. All Wand tour dates are listed, along with 1000 Days' artwork/tracklist and the "Stolen Footsteps" stream, below...

Continue reading "Wand announce new album '1000 Days' on Drag City, share "Stolen Footsteps," touring this fall (dates, streams)"

by Andrew Sacher

Scout Niblett - 'It's Up To Emma'

Grungy folk singer Scout Niblett released her new album, It's Up To Emma, this week via Drag City. It's her first album not produced by Steve Albini, but her ass-kicking PJ Harvey-esque songwriting is just as raw and powerful as ever. It's fitting for a record of this kind that the first single is opening track is simply titled "Gun." You can watch the video for that one, along with her no-bullshit cover of TLC's "No Scrubs" (which appears on the album!) and the tracklist below. That's the artwork above.

Scout will be supporting the new record with an international tour this year, which includes a run with Baltimore noise rockers/Drag City labelmates Dope Body. That run hits NYC at the mostly-metal Brooklyn venue Saint Vitus on September 13. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketfly for updates.

Dope Body will be in NYC even sooner to play 285 Kent on June 20. No advance tickets for that show at the moment either, and the rest of the lineup is still TBA. This past March, they released the Saturday EP via Drag City, and you can check out the video for its punishing opening track, "Leather Head," below.

All dates for both bands are listed, along with those videos, below...

Continue reading "Scout Niblett released a new LP (TLC cover included), touring w/ Dope Body who have other shows too (dates & videos)"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Purling Hiss - "Mercury Retrograde" (MP3)

Purling Hiss at Bowery Ballroom in 2011 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Purling Hiss

Garage rocking crew Purling Hiss began as the solo project of Mike Polizze of Birds of Maya, but Mike has since expanded the project into a full band (including drummer Mike Sneeringer and bassist Kiel Everett), and they put out their first record as a full band together this year, Water on Mars, which came out earlier this month (3/19). The record is the band's first for Drag City, and also their first recorded in a studio, which the recording quality shows. The enhanced fidelity benefits the band too, exposing Mike's drawl and rock riffage that cuts harder than when it was hidden behind a wall of noise. Check it out for yourself -- the album single, "Mercury Retrograde," can be downloaded above or streamed below, and the album can be purchased in LP/CD/Cassette/Digital formats at the Drag City webstore.

Purling Hiss will be going on a tour this spring to support Water on Mars, which kicks off with a record release show in NYC on April 4 at 285 Kent with Spacin', AXIS:SOVA, and >mancontrol<. It also includes another NYC-area show a few days later at Maxwell's on April 7. Tickets for the 285 Kent show and the Maxwell's show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, along with that song stream, below...

Continue reading "Purling Hiss released an LP on Drag City, touring (dates, MP3)"

by Andrew Sacher

Blues Control at MHOW in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Blues Control

Psych rockers Blues Control released their newest album, Valley Tangents, via Drag City in 2012, and they're about to kick off a tour in support of it which begins with two NYC shows this month and continues across the US and Canada through March. The NYC shows happen on Friday (1/18) at Cozy Royale (434 Humboldt St) with Sightings and 1-800-BAND and January 26 at Shea Stadium with Home Blitz, Illegals, Trepanning, and DJ GDFX. Both shows are all ages, the Cozy Royale show is $8 at the door, and the Shea Stadium show is $10. After the tour ends, they'll play the Deerhunted-curated ATP in the UK (which just expanded its lineup).

The band recently recorded a live Drag City Limits session video for Valley Tangents single, "Iron PIgs," which was filmed on the other side of a doorway from the room they're in and is blurred even more by the dark room and spastic light show. It fits their sound well. You can watch that video and check out a list of all dates below.

Continue reading "Blues Control going on tour (dates & live session video)"

photos by Gabi Porter; words by Bill Pearis

Ty Segall @ The Well, September 2012
Ty Segall

Ty Segall's third album of 2012, Twins, is out today and is yet another enjoyably fuzz-soaked bit of sunshine, definitely on the '60s psych-pop end of the spectrum. Someday his prolific streak is going to slow down, but till then...just ride that wave. Ty was here a few weeks ago with Thee Oh Sees, including a stop at Bushwick outdoor venue The Well (with K-Holes as well) and a belated set of photos from that wild, wet show are in this post.

If you missed him that time around, Ty just announced a 2013 tour with Ex-Cult that includes a NYC stop on February 1 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/12) with an AmEx presale happening Wednesday at noon. Ty will also be making his late night talk show debut on Conan on October 16 so be sure to tune in for that.

A list of all tour dates and more pictures from The Well show are below..

Continue reading "Ty Segall gave birth to 'Twins,' announced 2013 tour (dates & belated pics from his Well show w/ Thee Oh Sees & K-Holes)"

DOWNLOAD: Blues Control - "Iron Pigs" (MP3)

Blues Control at Barnard College in 2010 (more by Andrew Frisicano)
Blues Control

Last year, psych rockers Blues Control collaborated with Laraaji and Arji for RVNG's FRKWYS series and this year they toured together. That tour kicked off with a Brooklyn show in March where they performed the album live for the first time, and just wrapped up at the end of last month in Italy.

Blues Control are now working on a new album of their own, and it will be their first release on Drag City. The album's called Valley Tangents and it's due out on LP/CD/casette on June 19. Download the lead track, "Iron Pigs" (is that a play on "War Pigs" and "Iron Man"?) above or stream it below, along with the album artwork and tracklist.

They'll play a previously mentioned record release show for the album in Brooklyn at 285 Kent on June 23 with Purling Hiss, Tonstartssbandht, Jordan Redaelli of Coconuts, DJ Brian Turner, and DJ Paul Major. The duo have other Northeast dates surrounding the release show in Baltimore and Philly and will hit the road for a longer tour this summer.

All dates, stream, album art and tracklist below...

Continue reading "Blues Control prepping Drag City release, touring (date, MP3)"

by Bill Pearis

The Sea & Cake at Summerstage 2010 (more by Matthew Eisman)
Sea & Cake

It's not a full Sea & Cake show, but main men Sam Prekop and Archer Prewitt are playing together at Mercury Lounge on June 30 (tickets on sale Friday at noon). It's an early show (doors 7:30) and their only live date apart from a Sea & Cake show in the band's Chicago hometown on May 8. The Sea & Cake's most recent album was last year's The Moonlight Butterfly.

In related news, Sam Prekop guests on Laetitia Sadier's new solo album Silencio, which is out July 24 on Drag City. Also on the album is her former Stereolab cohort Tim Gane and former Zincs man James Elkington. No preview tracks or even cover art yet, but we do have a tracklisting for the album which you'll find below, along with those two Sea & Cake dates.

Continue reading "Sam Prekop playing Mercury Lounge with Archer Prewitt, guesting on Laetitia Sadier's new solo LP"

by Andrew Frisicano

Blues Control

Psychedelic duo Blues Control collaborated with zither master Laraaji (known for the Brian Eno-produced Ambient 3: Day of Radiance) and musician Arji Cakouros for a release that was part of RVNG's FRKWYS series in November. The quartet will perform live for the first time tonight (March 28th) at Roulette in Brooklyn. Tickets are still on sale. Listen to one of the meditative tracks on Soundcloud.

Russ from Blues Control spoke with Roulette about the album.

ROULETTE: Tell us as about the work you'll be doing at Roulette. Possible things to speak to: what was the origin of the project??

RUSS WATERHOUSE: Matt at RVNG asked Blues Control to participate in his FRKWYS series of collaborative records, in which Matt pairs musicians from different generations. We proposed a collaboration with Laraaji, and fortunately all parties were interested. Lea and I were familiar with Laraaji's records, and we had previously contacted Laraaji about sharing a bill at ESP Records, after seeing him perform in the East Village at Tribal Soundz. In late 2010 we got together to record with Laraaji and his partner Arji Cakouros, improvising for several hours at Black Dirt Studio in upstate NY. Our Roulette performance will be our first time playing together since that day.

After that they'll take the show to Europe for a set of April shows. (Laraaji also leads laughter & music meditation sessions, with some in NYC coming up.)

Blues Control will release a new record, Valley Tangents, on Drag City on June 19th. Surrounding that, the group has a pair of shows planned for June 22nd in Philly and June 23rd at 285 Kent.

All tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Blues Control collaborated w/ Laraaji & Arji for an LP & show (TONIGHT), releasing LP on Drag City, touring"

by Andrew Frisicano


Rangda, the Drag City-signed trio of Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance), Sir Richard Bishop (Sun City Girls) and drummer Chris Corsano, visit NYC for a pair of shows this weekend. They play Zebulon Friday (tonight, 3/2) with Gunn/Truscinski Duo ($10), and then Le Poisson Rouge on Saturday, March 3rd with Loren Connors. Tickets for the LPR show are on sale. Chasny's website says "We'll be playing some new tunes and heading to Black Dirt Studios afterwards to record the next record."

Their debut record, False Flag, which came out in 2010, is full of high-intensity jams inspired by psychedelia, spaghetti Western and world music. Check out some of the songs below...

Continue reading "Rangda playing shows tonight/tomorrow before hitting studio"

Ed Askew @ MHOW in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Ed Askew

Black Bananas (formerly RTX) kick off their tour with Sleigh Bells tonight (2/16) in DC and hit NYC at Terminal 5 on Friday (2/17). That show is sold out but if you don't have tickets you can stream it live at 10:30 on Friday at the Bowery Presents YouTube page. Black Bananas' new album, Rad Times Xpress IV is out now on Drag City and you can watch the new video for its single "TV Trouble" along with a new tour diary video below.

Speaking of Drag City artists, psych/folk singer Ed Askew has three four upcoming NYC shows including two this week. He plays Union Pool TONIGHT (2/16) with Neal Morgan and Metal Mountains and Vaudeville Park on Friday (2/17) in Brooklyn with Neal Morgan and Jay Pluck. After a long break, he'll play another NYC show in May at Judson Church on May 8 in Manhattan. All dates are listed below.

In other Drag City news, a Drag City-signed special guest will appear at the upcoming Jim Jarmusch and Jozef Van Wissem show at LPR (3/5) with Matteah Baim. Any guesses?

All dates and videos below...

Continue reading "Ed Askew playing shows; Black Bananas kicking off tour w/ Sleigh Bells (NYC show will stream live) "

Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch

Filmmaker Jim Jarmusch and Dutch composer Jozef Van Wissem teamed up for an album titled Concerning The Entrance Into Eternity (due out 2/28 via Important Records) and performed in support of it at Issue Project Room earlier this month (2/3). The performance, like the album, features Jarmusch on guitar and Van Vissem on lute. A video from it is below.

The two will team up again for another NYC show which happens at Le Poisson Rouge on March 5. That show is with Matteah Baim and a Drag City-signed special guest. Tickets are on sale now.

In other Jim Jarmusch news, he's featured on the new 15-minute Fucked Up single, along with Austra and Annie-Claude Deschênes, which you can listen to HERE.

Video below...

Continue reading "Jim Jarmusch & Jozef Van Wissem played Issue Project Room, playing LPR w/ a "special guest""

by BBG

DOWNLOAD: Black Bananas - "Rad Times" (MP3)

Black Bananas
Black Bananas

Jennifer Herrema soldiered on with RTX following the demise of Royal Trux on 2001. Now RTX has evolved into Black Bananas, who are welcoming their debut LP Rad Times Xpress IV via Drag City on 1/31. Art below.

Here's how Black Bananas was described in a recent press release:

"Black Bananas is set for the next all-inclusive rock and roll crusade, the one that includes even and especially all the shit you don't like, woven into all the shit you can't live without. This has been the name of Jennifer's game from day one; she owns the blueprints and if you don't know by now, don't even bother to Google it, cuz understanding is an investment not an action. Jennifer Herrema is not schizophrenic nor does she don many hats. She is simply a singer and simultaneously, a pioneer of comprehensive non-exclusive opposition rock, and Black Bananas is the latest addition to the oeuvre."
Why do I have a headache all of a sudden? Check out "Rad Times" from the LP above and a video album teaser below.

Black Bananas will celebrate Rad Times Express IV with an LA release party, followed by a string of dates supporting Sleigh Bells. Those dates include the now-sold-out Terminal 5 on February 17th. Full tour schedule, the album art and that album teaser below.

Continue reading "RTX are now Black Bananas, releasing LP, touring w/ Sleigh Bells (dates & MP3)"

by Andrew Sacher

A Dream A While Back
A Dream A While Back

Psychedelic songbird Gary Higgins reissued the beautiful artifact Red Hash on Drag City back in 2005. The album was originally recorded in 1973 but Gary was jailed for drug charges before it was finished. His friends completed mixing the album, titled it, and released it on the small label Nufusmoon. The album was recorded with members of two of Gary's previous bands, Random Concept and Wooden Wheel. Upon Drag City's discovery of his music, with the help of Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance), Gary began playing shows with members of Random Concept and his son Graham, and eventually recorded Red Hash's follow up Seconds in 2009.

This past March, Drag City released the EP A Dream A While Back; six songs of pre-Hash material recorded soley by Gary Higgins and his guitar. It might just be because I tend to prefer my folk with minimal accompaniment, but while Red Hash is forever-brilliant material, hearing these six songs was even heavier. Pick up a copy (LP/CD/MP3) at Drag City's site.

Gary Higgins has one upcoming show scheduled this summer, and it's a NYC show on July 16 at Monster Island Basement with Oneida, Notekillers, and Call of the Wild.

Six Organs have shows coming up too. Oneida recently completed a tryptych.

Check out the EP's tracklist. some songs from the album and more Brooklyn show info below...

Continue reading "a new old Gary Higgins EP, an upcoming show w/ Oneida"

Six Organs at Europa in 2009 (more by Chloe Rice)
Six Organs

As previously mentioned, Six Organs of Admittance play a show on August 12 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets are still on sale. Six Organs have since added more dates, including another NYC show the next night (8/13) at Littlefield. Tickets are on sale.

Six Organs released the LP Asleep on the Floodplain in February on Drag City. You can purchase the album on LP/CD/MP3 at the Drag City webstore. The Cam Archer-directed (Xiu Xiu, Current 93) music video for the album track "Light of the Light" is below.

Check that video out, along with album art, tracklist, and all tour dates below...

Continue reading "Six Organs of Admittance tour dates, 2nd NYC show, video"

by Andrew Sacher

Ed Askew

Upon first discovering Ed Askew's music a few years ago, I never thought I'd be able to see him live, but thanks to all the much deserved attention the psychedelic legend is now getting due to Drag City, Ed shows are becoming more and more common. Getting the chance to see him for the first time at St. Cecilia's Church on Saturday (6/17) (one night after Atlas Sound played there) was a pleasent surprise to say the least.

Although I was expecting/hoping to see him solo with either a guitar or piano, he was accompanied by a much younger keyboard player and stuck to just vocals and harmonica. He stood off to the side next to a podium which held his lyric sheets while his keyboard player was stationed in the middle of the stage. Despite admitting the sheets were there because he doesn't remember all of the lyrics, his voice was totally in tact and his delivery was excellent, lyric sheets or not. The humble setup was appropriate for Askew, who delivered his quirky songs with an awareness that they were far from marketable. It's with a completely straight face that he delivers lines like:

"Beautiful Tom smiled at me on the bridge.
Later on I sat and smoked a joint with beautiful Tom.
Beautiful Tom smiled at me on the bridge.
Later on I sat and smoked a joint with beautiful beautiful Tom.
smiled at me on the bridge.
Later on I sat and smoked a joint with beautiful Tom.
Beautiful Tom smiled at me on the bridge.
Later on I sat and smoked a joint with beautiful beautiful Tom."

He humbly spoke between songs, saying things like, "This song is one of my more recent ones, well not actually that recent. It was recorded in 1984 on a harpiscord for an album called Imperfiction which was just released now on a label called Drag City." He seemed almost confused that the esteemed Chicago indie label would reissue his work. It's great that they did though, and even better that Ed is still performing and can expose his music to new generations who were far from existing when he released his incredible debut Ask the Unicorn in 1968.

Woods, whose lo-fi approach to folk may not exist without the influence of musicians like Ed, were the headliners of the show (though I left before their set).

You can catch Ed Askew again supporting his Drag City-labelmate Bill Callahan on a tour which hits Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 11 and Bowery Ballroom on July 12. Tickets for both NYC shows are still available.


Speaking of Drag City, Six Organs of Admittance is playing a NYC show at Mercury Lounge on August 12th. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon. No more Six Organs dates to report, but all Ed dates and a video of Ed playing in Philly last week, below...

Continue reading "Ed Askew played a church, Six Organs playing Merc"

by Andrew Sacher


Psychedelic folk legend Ed Askew reissued Imperfiction, initially pressed in 1984 on a small quantity of cassettes, on vinyl (and digitally) via Drag City on March 22. The album is Askew's second reissue and third overall. He released Ask the Unicorn in 1968 and quickly faded into obscurity. His 2nd album Little Eyes never got a proper release when it was recorded in 1970, but was reissued by De Stijl in 2003. Currently, Askew continues to record music and posts MP3 albums on his bandcamp. Listen to "Deep Water" off Imperfiction below.

Ed Askew will play a week of dates with The Black Swans in June. Their short East Coast trip starts with a hometown show at Bruar Falls on June 9. Askew also plays with Woods and Magik Markers as part of the Northside Festival on the day he gets back, June 17, at St. Cecilia's RC Church in Greenpoint. Tickets are still on sale.

As previously mentioned, Ed will also be opening for his label-mate Bill Callahan at five shows in July, Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 11 and Bowery Ballroom on July 12 included. Tickets for both NYC shows are still available.

All tour dates, "Deep Water" and the full album tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Ed Askew playing shows in support of 'Imperfiction'"

Billie god

"Charity rock....that's not quite right. Charitable rock? Hmmm...anyway, Bonny and Cairo and Ben and Pete and Rachel and Cassie and Peter and Billy and Mark are bringing the message to you with this one, talking about God on both sides. Then they're playing for you and you're giving back to them, and they're giving back to Save Our Gulf (a Waterkeeper Alliance campaign) and The Turtle Hospital. Help maintain the waterways! And they say there is no God...."
To quote Drag City, ""There Is No God" b/w "God Is Love" is the new single from Bonnie 'Prince' Billy and features the musical talents of Emmett Kelly, Ben Hall, Pete Cummings, Peter Townsend, Billy Contreras, Cassie Berman and Rachel Korine. The songs were recorded by Mark Nevers and mastered by Paul Oldham. Profits from the sale of these recordings will go to the Save Our Gulf and the Turtle Hospital to support efforts to clean up and maintain waterways and the lives dependent upon them."

Listen to/watch the video for "There Is No God", below.

That one's not out till June 21, 2011 via Drag City. Meanwhile pick up a limited copy of "The Mindeater", "a collaborative project birthed by ever-prolific Drag City recording artist Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Dominic Cipolla, multi-instrumentalist and main brain behind the elusive Phantom Family Halo." It's out now on "on vinyl from Sophomore Lounge. A corresponding CD/digital version will be available from our friends at Partisan Records in summer of 2011."

Bonnie plays Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago tonight (5/23), and then kicks off a free in-store tour of Florida on Wednesday. His other upcoming dates include ATP in NJ at the end of September. All dates are also below...

Continue reading "new Bonnie 'Prince' Billy single for charity, upcoming dates too"


Bachelorette (aka New Zealand's Annabel Alpers) is releasing a self-titled album on 5/17 via Drag City. The LP was "recorded around the world and mixed by Nicholas Vernhes at Rare Book Room." in Brooklyn. That's the cover art above. Listen to a song from the album below.

The Peter Bjorn & John and Bachelorette tour is underway and reaches NYC today, 5/2, for three shows. Two of those shows are tonight at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are still on sale for the late one which begins at 10:45. The early one (show at 7:30) and Tuesday's show at Music Hall of Williamsburg are sold out.

Bachelorette also headlines her/their own show at Brooklyn's Glasslands Gallery on Wednesday, May 4th, with Warm Ghost, Rarechild, Young Heel. Tickets are on sale. PB&J have that night off, but then continue on the road with Bachelorette the next night in Boston. All tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Bachelorette releasing 'Bachelorette', on tour w/ Peter Bjorn & John, playing Glasslands too (dates)"

Ed Askew

How were the Will Oldham audiobook readings that book place in NYC yesterday?

Will's Drag City labelmate Ed Askew is performing at the Suffolk tonight (4/30). It's his only scheduled date (at the moment) before he hits the road in July with his Drag City labelmate Bill Callahan. Ed opens for Bill at both Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for both shows are still on sale. All tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Will Oldham was here (he read), Ed Askew plays a show tonight (Saturday), touring w/ Bill Callahan (dates)"

Ty Segall @ Death By Audio in March (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Ty Segall

Ty Segall will release a new 7" single, I Can Feel It, on Drag City on 5/17 (you can listen to and buy it at the link). The a-side comes from Goodbye Bread, his next full length which is due out June 21st on the same label. His last release was a 6-song, limited edition 12" of T Rex covers. It came out on Record Store Day and you can get one now at Goner Records.

From now until the end of the summer, Ty and band have some dates scheduled across various countries, including three shows in Toronto in June for NXNE, and a July west coast tour with Audacity. There aren't any NYC shows advertised, but actually there is one coming up....TODAY (4/28):

Thursday, April 28 · 6:00pm - 7:00pm @ KcDc Skate Shop

Ty Segall will be playing a FREE solo evening affair at the KCDC Skate Shop this Thursday evening at 6pm. Get there early to make sure you get in - because it's going to get rowdy. He'll be doin' his thing on the ramp, and its not be missed.

All tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Ty Segall announces single, LP & tour dates (and is playing a 'secret show' in Brooklyn TODAY)"

by Andrew Sacher w/ photos by Kellyann Petry

Death @ Purchase

"Forgotten except by the most fervent punk rock record collectors -- the band's self-released 1976 single recently traded hands for the equivalent of $800 -- Death would likely have remained lost in obscurity if not for the discovery [in 2008] of a 1974 demo tape in Bobby Sr.'s attic. Released [in 2009] by Drag City Records as "... For the Whole World to See," Death's newly unearthed recordings reveal a remarkable missing link between the high-energy hard rock of Detroit bands like the Stooges and MC5 from the late 1960s and early '70s and the high-velocity assault of punk from its breakthrough years of 1976 and '77. Death's songs "Politicians in My Eyes," "Keep On Knocking" and "Freakin Out" are scorching blasts of feral ur-punk, making the brothers unwitting artistic kin to their punk-pioneer contemporaries the Ramones, in New York; Rocket From the Tombs, in Cleveland; and the Saints, in Brisbane, Australia. They also preceded Bad Brains, the most celebrated African-American punk band, by almost five years." [NY Times]
I met with Bobby Hackney, Dannis Hackney, and Bobbie Duncan of the legendary proto-punk band Death before their set at SUNY Purchase's Fall Fest this past Friday, to discuss their second full length album, Spiritual, Mental, Physical, which is set to be released on January 25, 2011 through the label Drag City. As previously posted, Death sent out this message via Drag City back in October:

"After searching for almost eight hours, I removed a box with a Master in it and vaguely saw some big red letters on the box below it. I shinned the light on this box to clearly see the writing in big red letters DEATH. I screamed with excitement DEATH!!, DEATH!!, DEATH!! Everyone in the building starting to scream and wildly cheer and applause. Upon seeing those tapes, it brought it all back, David had written those big red letters on the tape. Engineer Jim Vitti had jokingly drew a skull and crossbones on the box after the name to which David did not like telling him "We are not that kind of Death". I was full of emotion, I cried. We were all elated, Jacque was elated, I called up Dannis who was in Vermont and he began to joyfully celebrate. I thought about David. If David were here with us all that has happened to Death up to this point would pale in comparison to what we found today. The tapes were right where Brian said they were sitting there awaiting us for 34 years." - Bobby Hackney

Bobby and Dannis are brothers and both original members of Death who were active from 1971-1976. Their other brother and original member, David Hackney, died of lung cancer in 2000. Death reformed in 2009 with new Death member Bobbie Duncan on guitar. Bobby, Dannnis and Bobbie all also play together in Vermont-based reggae band Lambsbread.


BV: Welcome to New York, how was your trip?

BH: Trip was great, thank you for welcoming us, first time in Purchase.

BV: I know it's not the most conventional setting to play, being that it's a small college an hour outside the city, but from what I gather, you guys have performed as Lambsbread at a number of colleges, so you are no stranger to performing at colleges.

BH: Oh no. We've played a lot of colleges in New England, just about every college in New England. A lot in the state of New York too, so you are correct about that.

BV: How is that, performing for kids at school, especially being that Death is now appreciated by younger fans who weren't even born when you first formed?

BH: It's amazing, I mean it's really magical to us, we just really appreciate the fact that people are tuning in to our music. It's great, it's really great.

continued below...

Continue reading "an interview with Death (about the new LP, reggae, unreleased material, Iggy Pop & more) "

by BBG


Dwarr is Duane Warr, a solo artist who has released a few obscure LPs under the moniker, including 1986's Animals. Animals was released independently in its first go around (good luck finding one), but now Drag City/Yoga Records has breathed new life into the record by re-issuing the long lost LP. Pick up a copy, and stream portions of it at Drag City's site.

While some might call Animals doom metal in the Trouble/Saint Vitus/early Sabbathian vein (and be semi-correct), Animals is much more than that, a psychedelic LP with doom influences as opposed to vice versa. An excellent example of that psychedelic doom can be found in track "Are You Real" which has a video that is reportedly making its first appearance in this post! Duane filmed the footage himself in 1993 with an old camcorder, a tripod, strobe lights and dry ice. God then spoke to him through the video and his whole life changed. Seriously. Check out the results, below...

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Rangda kicked off a tour with their labelmates Major Stars at Brooklyn's Knitting Factory last night (8/28). The Drag City supergroup consists of Ben Chasny of Six Organs of Admittance, Sir Richard Bishop of Sun City Girls and Chris Corsano in what Drag City describes as "a guitar-guitar-drums mind-melt for the ages". Their upcoming shows include the Godspeed-curated ATP in Minehead this December and Cake Shop in NYC TONIGHT (8/28). Their debut record, False Flag, is out now...

"Calling it "noise music" would be an insult. Rangda is, more than anything, "classic rock," a perhaps ultimate optimization of the breakdown. If you listen to the worst of SCG, you'll stop caring. If you listen to Rangda, with an attentive ear, you'll hear an ass-thrashing rock and roll coda that never starts and never ends." [Dusted]
After Cake Shop they're on the road through the middle of September. All dates below...

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Bert Jansch

Neil Young is going on a tour of the Gulf Coast (aka Florida & MS) in September:

Music legend Neil Young will perform several shows in the Gulf Coast in September to aid residents affected by the oil spill. Young has teamed up with his friend John Tyson, chairman of Tyson Foods, Inc., which will donate 100,000 pounds of chicken products to be distributed to the Bay Area Food Bank. Tyson will deliver four truckloads of chicken, the equivalent of almost 400,000 meals, to the Bay Area Food Bank, which serves Central Gulf Coast communities in Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi.
Young is also asking concert-goers to bring non-perishable food items, which will be given to the food bank. All proceeds from the sale of unique, limited-edition Neil Young t-shirts, available only at the concerts, will also be donated to the food bank.

The hunger relief effort is the result of the long-standing friendship between Young and Tyson. "Millions of people who live along the Gulf Coast struggle with hunger and the economic impact of the oil spill has only made matters worse," Young says. "I appreciate the willingness of John Tyson and his company to get involved by helping the regional food bank help feed those in need. We both encourage concert-goers to spend money locally and support local business."
Bert Jansch will support Neil on all of those dates which are listed below.

After supporting Neil, Bert will then play a series of more intimate shows with Pegi Young. That run kicks off October 6th at the Bell House in Brooklyn. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday at noon. All dates below...

As far as new records...

"Bert's latest studio album was 2006's highly acclaimed The Black Swan which was greeted with accolades worldwide. Last year (2009) Drag City brought out the long-awaited first time CD releases of the three albums Bert recorded in the 1970s for The Famous Charisma Label: The seminal LA Turnaround, Santa Barbara Honeymoon and A Rare Conundrum. These most sought after albums in Bert's catalog had been out of print for decades and had never been available on CD before. We also reissued them in handsome new vinyl packages. Bert is currently working on new material so stay tuned!" - Drag City
Some videos and all dates below...

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