Entries tagged with: Earth
by JJ Koczan
Om @ Roadburn 2009 (Herr Hanz)
Saturday night I communed with The Riff.
That's not a joke. I was just drunk enough at just the right moment so that as Neurosis took an all-too-rare trip through their back catalog, I was taken somewhere, like a living out of body experience. They opened with "A Sun That Never Sets," and split the middle with "Stones From The Sky," and ended in a huge Steve Von Till/Scott Kelly/Jason Roeder drum barrage; it was almost too much for a human psyche to endure. Survival instinct kicked in. They played for an hour and a half and I felt years pass.
The day was long, but worth the effort. I got to 013 Popcentrum a couple minutes into Grails' set and was reminded of just how much I enjoy that band and why I keep buying their records every time they put one out. Having never seen them live before, I was glad to learn that they pull off every texture and nuance of their songs on stage with presence and conviction. When Neurot put out their first two records, I was into it, but didn't really understand, and though their albums have gotten incrementally better, now I feel like I really get it. They're well on their way to being geniuses.
Amenra was in the Green Room at the time, which was full of those seeking something more abrasive than Grails could offer. "Dark" is the first word that comes to mind in thinking about their sound. "Crushing" is the second. They had a little of the post-metal cadence in their rhythms, but they were onto something much more sinister, mood-wise. Heavy as hell, seriously.
by Black Bubblegum
Jim Jarmusch & Bill Murray
Director Jim Jarmusch, a musician himself, is no stranger to using modern music in his films. In 1994, Neil Young provided the soundtrack to his unique take on the western, Dead Man starring Johnny Depp. In 1999, RZA handled soundtracking and acting duties for his samurai epic Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai. 2003's Coffee and Cigarettes starred Iggy Pop, Tom Waits, GZA, RZA, Jack and Meg White among others. And there are other examples (see comments).
Jim, not a stranger to Doom either (he featured a track by the recently-reunited Sleep in the movie Broken Flowers), continues the exploration in 2009 with his new film, The Limits of Control. This one will feature, in addition to a possible track by The Black Angels, Southern Lord artists Boris, sunn 0))) & Boris, and Earth! According to a post at The Playlist, Jim chose it all himself as well...
"I have a file of the music that I think is appropriate atmospherically for each film, and that has inspired me even before shooting. I pick the music, so there's no music supervisor per se...When I was writing 'The Limits of Control,' I was already imagining using some things from Boris and Sunn O))), and Earth and The Black Angels. I made [director of photography] Chris Doyle CDs so he could listen to Boris; you could categorize Boris as a psychedelic/noise/metal band, but they're just so original." - JimThe soundtrack (to be released on Lakeshore Records) contains the following burners:
by Black Bubblegum
Shadowy New Jersey (anti) hip hop crew Dälek, have released Gutter Tactics on Ipecac Records. The track "2012 (The Pillage)" is downloadable above; check it out in all of it's RZA's-Ghost-Dog-on-barbiturates glory. Recorded in their Union City studio, Gutter Tactics features the instrumental embellishments of Destructo Swarmbots from Dalek's Deadverse roster.
Here's a fascinating quote from MC dälek on their brand of menacing hip hop:
"...it's the philosophy of diggin' through crates to find sounds you make your own regardless of genre. Afrika Bambaataa sampled Kraftwerk, while we draw on the essence of Faust, or My Bloody Valentine..."How many hip hop crews claim Faust and My Bloody Valentine as an influence? Producer Oktopus goes further:
"Gutter Tactics is more about us continually doing some early hip-hop sh*t but with the attitude of the Melvins or Black Sabbath."Schweet. The band is currently gearing up for a European tour with Deadverse's Oddateee which includes the Dälek-curated De Kreun Sonic City Festival with Earth, Guapo, Joshua Booth, and Destructo Swarmbots! How many hip hop crews would curate a show with Earth & Guapo?!?
Oddateee released Halfway Homeless on Nov 4th, 2008 via Deadverse.. check out "Ricans" from that record above. Full Dalek/Oddateee and Earth tour dates below.
In other Destructo Swarmbots news, Mike Mare of DS has teamed up with MGR, aka Mike Gallagher of Isis fame to release Amigos de la Guitarra out NOW on Neurot Recordings. Recorded at Deadverse studios by Oktopus, Amigos consists of a single 42-minute song, "Amor en el Aire" and... well, let's let the amazing must-read press release do the talking....
by Black Bubblebgum
sunn o))) @ Knitting Factory (more by Damien Neva)
Ya hear that rumble? Thats the sound of great records perched in the distance waiting to descend on 2009 (more on that later). While this year will bring about great music and another set of "next big things", let's take the time to be thankful for 2008 and all of it's memorable records and shows. Here are my favorite records of 2008:
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Morne - "Machine" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Hey Colossus - "Tight Collar" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Hammers Of Misfortune - "Rats Assembly" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Hammers Of Misfortune - "Church of Broken Glass" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Grails - "Reincarnation Blues" (MP3)
MORNE (members of Grief)
Influential doomers Grief are back from the dead! This time, the band have lined up a show in Baltimore (@ The Nowarehouse on 10/24) and Philly (@ The Khyber Pass on 10/25 with Black Cobra) in preparation for a European tour with the mighty Trap Them (European tour dates forthcoming). Meanwhile, guitarist/vocalist Jeff Hayward (formerly of the equally menacing Disrupt) is touring with his new band, the oh-so-crusty Morne, who are poised to attack the east coast and as far as Minneapolis during a ten-city tour (dates below) including one date at Cake Shop on Sept 28th with Attake, Cop On Fire, and Lost Cause. Morne will be promoting their recently released demo (out now) and the band was kind enough to drop a taste here! Check out "Machine" downloadable above, and check them out on tour.
Earth have added a few shows including a date at Columbia University (10/17), another at Wesleyan University (10/18), and a date at Union Pool (10/14), in addition to the previously announced date at the Knitting Factory with Arbouretum (10/19, tickets here).
Pelican announced a show at the Bowery Ballroom on 11/2 and some other tour dates.
From The Nursery Records, current home of locals Orphan, will drop 12" of Melvins tracks recorded during the Nude With Boots sessions. Look for it hopefully by the end of this year.
Jarboe, Dillinger Escape Plan, Hammers of Misfortune, Nachtmystium, Hellshock, Landmine Marathon and more below...
by Black Bubblegum
Earth @ Knitting Factory in May (more by Zach Dilgard)
Earth have announced two east coast dates: Allston, MA on October 13th with Arbouretum (tickets here) and another on October 19th at Knitting Factory "with Special Guests" (tickets here). The band have also lined up a few dates with Stebmo and Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. Full tour schedule below.
Earth recently dropped a limited edition CD called Live Europe 2006. It was recorded on their European tour with sunn 0))) in the early part of that year (2006). The CD was previously only available on tour, but now there are copies available through Southern Lord.
words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Zach Dilgard
Earth holy shit so gooooood............. Everything they did was simple and repetitive but they all locked in the groove and just played it to the fucking bone. [In Memory Of Thom]Earth played the Knitting Factory with the avant garde band Kayo Dot earlier this month (Did you get your free tix?). Photos Zach took at that show are decorating this post.
Meanwhile, ex-Earth legend Señor Joe Preston is still keeping keeping busy (natch), tackling on ANOTHER great band to his resume which already includes Thrones, High On Fire, Melvins, sometimes sunn 0))) and about a trillion other bands. He is now in the ridiculously under-appreciated band Harvey Milk! Now an official member on guitar (NOT bass), Preston joined the band on stage during their SXSW gig for WFMU (download the whole show above), and next he will join them on their upcoming tour of the Northeast and Europe including at TWO shows in NYC that are already on sale (Knitting Factory on June 20th and Europa on June 23rd). Harvey Milk have a new LP due June 3rd on Hydra Head, Life... The Best Game In Town, and are streaming the new tune "Decades" on their myspace. All tour dates below.
One band also on the Knitting Factory bill, Deadbird, is a side project of current and ex-members of Arkansas sludgers Rwake. Check out "Death Of Self" (downloadable above) from their forthcoming At A Loss LP, Twilight Ritual, due June 24th, and also scoot on over to their myspace for "Rule Discordia" streaming now! Full Deadbird tour dates (including shows with the newly reunited Only Living Witness, Black Tusk, Wooly Mammoth, Sourvein, Zoroaster, and Hail! Hornet) below.
All tour dates & more Earth photos below....
by Black Bubblegum
Dylan Carlson, of Earth (ricky-oh)
Like a lone gunslinger riding off into the sunset, Dylan Carlson & Earth will bring the cowboy-soundtracky The Bees Made Honey In The Lions Skull across the badlands of the midwest and east coast. One of those stops, the Knitting Factory on May 6th (on sale now), will feature the dark chanteuse Jesse Sykes with her hand The Sweet Hereafter (mem of Whiskeytown).
How did these two seemingly dissimilar artists end up on the same bill? Southern Lord casts light where there is darkness:
Some of the alumni that gathered for this album [Jesse Sykes's Like, Love, Lust and the Open Halls of the Soul] such as Bill Herzog, Steve Moore, Eyvind Kang, and Randall Dunn have strong ties to sunn 0))), Earth and Southern Lord, so although it may seem a strange release amongst our catalog, it really makes perfect sense!Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter are streaming a new song at their myspace and have a few tour dates of their own including a European tour with Marissa Nadler, and scattered dates with Black Mountain, The Weakerthans & Castanets. Head out and pic up a tour only EP while you're out.
Southern Lord recently sold out of the 180-gram 2LP of Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hearafter's latest Like Love, Lust And The Open Halls of The Soul, but a second pressing is on it's way. All dates below...
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Trap Them - They Followed the Scent of Jihad All The Way to Thieves Paradise from "Sleepwell Deconstructor" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Earth - Omens And Portents I: The Driver from "The Bees Made Honey In The Lions Skull" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Nasum - Doombringer from "Helvete" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Behemoth - Prometherion from "The Apostasy" (MP3)
The Hidden Hand, Place Of Skulls, The Obsessed, Spirit Caravan, and the aforementioned Shrinebuilder all have had one thing in common, the stamp of quality by doom legend Scott "Wino" Weinrich. Now Southern Lord brings word of "Punctuated Equilibrium", aka the "Wino" solo record! Backed by skinsman extraordinaire Jean-Paul Gaster (Clutch) and Jon Blank (Rez n) on bass, the new record will be tracked by producer (and legend in his own right) J Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines, etc).
Fresh off of the right & left hook known as "Sleepwell Deconstructor" and "Seance Prime", hardcore punkers Trap Them will be bobbin' & weavin' through Europe and the east & west coasts through the end of April, including a date at the Charleston on March 12th and another at The Knit on June 16th. Look for them to support the massive multi-instrument collective The Ocean and grind pioneers Extreme Noise Terror in Europe. Sprechen about Germany's The Ocean, check out their guest blog over at Headbanger's Blog and if you play cello and/or viola and feel like touring Europe & the US, email em!
D-Beat kings Tragedy (ex-His Hero Is Gone) have added a May 2nd show at the Knitting Factory with Japanese hardcore band Systematic Death & Disnihil. Tickets are on sale. Definitely highly reccommended.....
Torche posted a new track from their upcoming Kurt Ballou-produced LP "Meanderthal". The track "Piranha" is now streaming at their myspace, and the "Meanderthal" track listing and updated tour dates (including a date with Municipal Waste & Iron Lung) is below......along with a whole lot of other stuff....