Entries tagged with: GRAILS
photos by Greg Cristman
Lilacs & Champagne @ Saint Vitus - 9/15/13
Portland psychedelic post-rock collective Grails are currently on the road with members Alex Hall and Emil Amos' other band Lilacs & Champagne and JR Robinson's Wrekmeister Harmonies, and they just brought that tour through NYC for a sold-out show at Saint Vitus on Sunday (9/15). They had some gear stolen a few nights earlier on the tour, which forced them to abbreviate their set, as they couldn't perform some of the songs they had planned. Pictures from the show (except Grails, because our photographer had to leave early) are in this post.
Lilacs & Champagne also play next month at Mexican Summer's two-day 5th anniversary celebration in Red Hook. More pics from Saint Vitus, plus videos of all three bands, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Grails at MusicFestNW 2011 (more by Autumn Andel)
Psychedelic post-rockers Grails are set to release their new album, Black Tar Prophecies Vol's 4, 5 & 6, on October 1 via Temporary Residence, and after already dropping one of its singles, "Self-Hypnosis," the band just let go of another one, "Invitation To Ruin." The new single stays true to the band's many flirtations with Eastern music, but unlike "Self-Hypnosis" and much of their other stuff, there's not much "rock" to be found here. It owes more to ambient soundscapes and eerie film scores, and can be streamed below.
Grails just kicked off their tour with related band Lilacs & Champagne (which includes Grails members Alex Hall and Emil Amos) and Wrekmeister Harmonies this week, and that tour comes to NYC this weekend for a show at Saint Vitus on Sunday (9/15). Tickets for Sunday's show are still available.
Updated tour dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...
by Fred Pessaro
Om at the Met, July 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Al Cisneros of Om/Sleep/Shrinebuilder quietly released a pair of 7"s on his own Sinai imprint, but now is preparing to go wider with a new effort with Drag City. The solo venture features a pair of tracks on a 10", "Arc Procession"/"Jericho," and is very evocative of the material he has produced with Om, yet leaning heavier on the drone side. Stream the A-Side below alongside his entire solo discography.
In related news, Grails (which features Emil of Om) has also released a new track from their forthcoming Black Tar Prophecies 4,5,6 titled "Self-Hypnosis". Stream that below, and look for them on the road this fall.
Grails are readying Black Tar Prophecies Vol's 4, 5 & 6, due via Temporary Residence Limited on October 1. The release collects Black Tar IV, with their split with Pharoah Overlord (known as Black Tar V) and adds more tracks to the mix. Check out a typically amazing album trailer for the release below.
As mentioned, Grails are on tour with related band Lilacs & Champagne and Wrekmeister Harmonies this fall, hitting Saint Vitus on September 15 (tickets). Emil Amos plays a sold out show with Om this Friday (7/19) at Temple of Dendur.
by Andrew Sacher
Grails at MusicFestNW 2011 (more by Autumn Andel)
Psychedelic post-rock band Grails have been keeping pretty quiet lately, but they're finally ready to head out on the (silk) road again. The Portland band will be heading out with Grails members Alex Hall and Emil Amos' side project Lilacs & Champagne and JR Robinson's Wrekmeister Harmonies on a tour that comes to Brooklyn on September 15 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed, along with the tour flyer, below.
For Lilacs & Champagne, the project that gives Alex and Emil a chance to take a break from all the raga rock and make something closer to trip hop, this will be their first tour ever. As mentioned, they released a new album, Danish & Blue, earlier this year, and have now just made a video for its track, "Sensations," which makes its premiere in this post. It's on the NSFW side and you can check it out below.
Grails also recently put out new material: the previously discussed fifth installment of their Black Tar Prophecies EPs, this one being a split with Pharaoh Overlord. The four songs that Grails contributed to the split are dark, atmospheric, and generally less heavy than some of their more recent stuff, like 2011's Deep Politics. You can stream the opening track, "Chariots," below, and the album is available for purchase at the Kemado webstore.
Meanwhile, earlier this month, Chicago's Wrekmeister Harmonies played a hometown show, and you can check out pictures on BV Chicago from that show. You can also check out a review of their new album on Invisible Oranges.
Video, song streams, tour schedule and flyer are below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Cover of the Grails side of the Pharoah Overlord split
Grails are preparing the release of Black Tar Prophecies Vol.5, one side of a split with the Finnish greats Pharaoh Overlord (members of Circle). That record will see the light of day via Grails' new label home of Kemado on October 30. Stream the lush and cinematic opus, "Chariots," below alongside their forthcoming schedule of dates down under.
The cover for Black Tar Prophecies Vol. 5 is a skewed reference to another album cover, one recorded during a "weird period" by a very important and hugely influential musician. Do you know the musician and art that it references? If so, head below for details on how to enter a contest to win a copy of the vinyl!
Reminder, Emil Amos from Grails will also be in the NYC area soon, touring with Om as part of their round of make-up dates (due to Emil's injury). Those dates include November 21st at Bowery Ballroom, tickets are still available.
That stream, the Pharoah Overlord art for their side of the split, a list of tour dates, and contest details are below.
Emil Amos at Knitting Factory, 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
With his busted arm healed, Emil Amos will return to action in November with his Om bandmates Al Cisneros and Robert Lowe for a string of US dates. The previously-announced dates, originally set for this week and then cancelled due to Amos's injury, includes the now-rescheduled NYC show at Bowery Ballroom on 11/21 stil with Daniel Higgs opening. Tickets go on sale on Friday (8/24) at noon.
All tour dates are listed below, along with a couple song streams.
The new Om (officially now) at Europa (more by Chloe Rice)
Om, now officially a three piece with the addition of Robert Lowe (Lichens) to the lineup, will take to the road in celebration of the Advaitic Songs, the band's new LP due on Drag City on July 24th. The band to hit Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 29th and tickets go on sale Monday (7/16) at noon. Daniel Higgs, who is currently in the midst of a residency at Zebulon, will open for the band at MHoW.
While you're patiently sitting at home, waiting for the tour to start, you might want to check out "Gethsemane (Edit)" from Advaitic Songs which is streaming below, along with "State of Non-Return" and all upcoming tour dates in the popular list format.
Art for the Lilacs & Champagne LP
It's nearly impossible to nail down a Grails release as far as influence is concerned; odd 70s soundtracks, prog, kraut-rock, post-rock, goth and dashes of metal all rear their head in every release in equal measure. Every song is a journey, a similar tactic employed on the new Lilacs & Champagne LP. The band, which features half of Grails including Emil Amos of Om/Holy Sons and Alex Hall, uses those influences as a jumping off point but explores psychedelia through the lens of hip hop, filtering the music as it might be envisioned by MF Doom, Madlib, J.Dilla, or The Alchemist.
In celebration of their debut release (out TODAY via Mexican Summer), Lilacs & Champagne have kindly shared a recent DJ set entitled Suicide Solution Vol.1 exclusively here. The record also features "Sensations", which also makes its debut here, as well as "Everywhere, Everyone" which is available in video form. Stream all songs/videos below.
photos by Autumn Andel
Neurosis / The Antlers
Typhoon played a great set with thirteen people on stage, a friend notes that every time she sees the band there's someone else in it. After their set, lead singer Kyle Morton goes and sits with his family in the crowd after and obliges a female fan who asks to take a picture with him...Day four of MusicFestNW was, for some, a day of high drama and emotion. Any time you put the swelling post-rock of Explosions In The Sky, the tense and powerful Neurosis, the shimmering beauty of The Antlers, and psychedelic soundtracking of Grails and Eluvium in one place, there's bound to be some epic moments (even if they're not all appreciated).
The incredibly good-looking boys in Antlers are nearly as sedate as the comatose crowd filling the square. Good thing the crowd is almost as incredibly good-looking as the boys in Antlers. I am distracting myself with untoward thoughts until something interesting happens...
Here's the thing I don't get about Explosions in the Sky: There's really no reason for them to be an instrumental band. Their music isn't evocative enough to NOT require a singer. All the dudes are currently rocking out in great disproportion to the actual rock-out quality of the music. We head to Virginia Cafe. Uh oh...
It's been four years since Neurosis last played Portland. For the full house at Roseland tonight, this is like going to church....
I don't get easily overwhelmed at concerts, but I don't know how much more of Neurosis I can handle. Standing by the PA speakers, my puny earplugs aren't standing much of a chance. And damn if they don't look possessed up there on stage. It's one of the most amazing things I've ever witnessed but am so tired that it's starting to scare me a little bit. - [Williamette Week]
More pictures from Day 4, at Pioneer Square and Roseland Theater, below...
Emil Amos with Grails at KF in April (more by BBG)
Holy Sons, aka Emil Amos of Om/Grails, will support Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks on part of their upcoming jaunt across the East Coast/Mid-West, including at Terminal 5 on 9/26. Tickets for the NYC show are still available. All dates are below.
Holy Sons have a spankin' new website, "including extensive archives (audio, video, artwork)" available for stream/download. Check it out.
Meawhile, Amos is also preparing for a tour with Grails in early September, including a date at the awesome MusicFestNW with bands varying from Archers of Loaf to Neurosis. Tickets are still available.
Malkmus will play two acoustic in-stores on 8/25, at Academy Records in Brooklyn at 6 PM, and at Other Music in Manhattan at 9 PM.
In related news (if you want to call it that),
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks' new album (out August 23) is called Mirror Traffic, but, according to a recently posted e-mail exchange, it was originally going to be called L.A. Guns (at the suggestion of former Silver Jews front man David Berman). However, Malkmus's lawyers nixed the title when they learned of the existence of a band with the same name. After reviewing the case of Pump, Inc. v. Collins Management, Inc., in which "an obscure group called Pump unsuccessfully sued Aerosmith for putting out their album Pump"... [NY Mag]The full email exchange is at David Berman's website.
And remember how Fred Armisen is a fan of Holy Sons? Fred further confirms that fact in a video you can watch, with all tour dates, below...
Here is the initial lineup for Willamette Week's MusicfestNW, scheduled for Sept. 7-11, 2011 in Portland, Oregon, and it's pretty great. The multi-venue fest includes big outdoor performances by Band of Horses (Sunday, Sept. 11), Explosions in the Sky (Saturday, Sept. 10), and Iron & Wine (Friday, Sept. 9), in addition to shows with everyone from Archers of Loaf to Big Freedia to Butthole Surfers to Neurosis. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 3rd. Check out the full list below...
The eclectic sounds of Grails played Knitting Factory on a wet Easter night (last night, 4/24) with tour-mate James Blackshaw. Unfortunately, I missed all of Moonrises's set and at least half of James Blackshaw's, though his twelve-string guitar's resonant (in tone and emotion) and gorgeous compositions sounded amazing.
Grails played material from across their output to a mesmerized crowd. New tracks like "I Almost Grew My Hair" mixed with old songs like encore track "Reincarnation Blues." The six-piece rotated instruments, with Emil Amos (who is also in Om) playing both drums and guitar, while the other band members weilded lap steel, keys, sampler, melodica, shaker, and more. Grails is supporting their current jaw-dropping effort Deep Politics (out now on Temporary Residence).
More pictures from last night's show are below...
DOWNLOAD: Grails - "I Led Three Lives" (MP3)
Grails at Newtown Barge Park (more by Greg Cristman)
Want to see me nerd out, and quick? Throw on the new Grails LP Deep Politics, which combines bits of the KPM Library with Lalo Schifrin, 70s prog, David Axelrod, and 100s of oddball influences to create a wholly cohesive and ballsy record. I give it a few months before crate-digging Hip Hop producers like The Alchemist sniff this out.
Deep Politics is out NOW on CD and (gorgeous) 2LP via Temporary Residence Ltd. The gatefold 2LP features colored vinyl, an etching on the fourth side and I have one copy to giveaway! Details on how to win are at the bottom of this post.
The last time that we caught Grails was supporting Les Savy Fav/Polvo during Northside 2010. Now the band is hitting the road in late April for an East Coast tour, tagging Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on April 24th with guitar master James Blackshaw. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale. All tour dates are below.
Meanwhile, you can catch Emil Amos of Grails on stage with his solo project Holy Sons at the BrooklynVegan/Knitting Factory/Partisan Records Day Party at Barbarella's/Swandive on 3/18, one of many dates scheduled for Holy Sons and Dolorean who are touring together before after Texas.
All Grails tour dates, the contest details and some videos below...
today in NYC
* Bars Mitzvah @ Southpaw
* Ozomatli @ Irving Plaza
* Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Chuck D @ Apple Store SoHo
* Bad Reputation @ Barbes
* Colin Stetson @ The Stone
* Lotus, D.V.S* @ Mercury Lounge
* Charlie Hunter @ Rose Live Music
* Mia Zabelka @ Issue Project Room
* Alloy Orchestra @ World Financial Center
* Ryan Sawyer, Shahzad Ismaily @ The Stone
* Joseph Arthur, Greg Laswell @ City Winery
* Brooke Shields @ Feinstein's at Loews Regency
* Das Racist, Jasmine Solano @ Highline Ballroom
* Baptist Church, Sweet Tooth Nelson @ Zebulon
* Yellow Ostrich, Telenovelas, La Big Vic @ Pianos
* Donna The Buffalo, Roy Jay Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Best Coast, Wavves, No Joy @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Fergus & Geronimo, Easter Vomit, PC Worship @ Union Pool
* Occult Blood, Ivens, The Vomit Arsonist, Lussuria @ The Acheron
* Mussels, The Brooklyn What, Proud Humans, Steer @ The Rock Shop
* Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Deluka, Infernal Devices @ The Bell House
* The Knocks, Penguin Prison, Like Diamonds, Lightwaves @ Tammany Hall
* Michael Leonhart and the Avramina 7 @ David Rubenstein Atrium (free)
* Happy New Year, North Highlands, Eskalators, Sweet Bulbs @ Death By Audio
* White Ring, Blissed Out, Von Haze, Pictureplane DJ set @ Santos Party House
* Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Melted Toys, Wet Dream, Speculator @ Glasslands
* The Young Things, Workout, Luke Rathborne, Evan Watson & The Headless Horsemen @ Bowery Electric
* Weed Hounds, The Missionaries, I'm Turning Into, Lost Boy?, Harpoon Forever @ Silent Barn
* Seabrook Power Plant, Smother Party, STATS, Casperelectronic (Peter Edwards) @ Littlefield
The Radio Dept. @ Webster Hall is cancelled. How was last night at Music Hall of Williamsburg?
Yellow Ostrich kicks off their Pianos residency tonight.
A sort of NSFW new Grails video for "Daughters of Bilitis" is below..
Grails at Newtown Barge Park (more by Greg Cristman)
With Black Tar IV in the rearview (but still available on black vinyl), Grails have announced their new LP Deep Politics. The record, due on March 8th via Temporary Residence Limited, spans eight tracks and features "I Led Three Lives", a new song available for download (above) stream (below) for the first time ever. Check out the tracklisting and the cover art below as well, both of which also make their first appearance here.
In related news, Holy Sons (aka Emil of Grails/Om) recently dropped a video for "A Chapter Must Be Closed". View that and a Grails video teaser for Deep Politics, stream "I Led Three Lives", and check out the art/tracklisting for the LP below...
DOWNLOAD: Holy Sons - Slow Days (MP3)
Holy Sons have released a new video for "A Chapter Must Be Closed" from the new LP Survivalist Tales, view that for the first time below. Grab an MP3 from the same record above. The video release comes hot on the release of the trailer for the new LP from one of Emil Amos's other project, Grails, which will drop in March.
Check out the new Holy Sons vid with two older videos, and the Grails trailer (UPDATE: with full album info) below. I will literally never think of Chuck Mangione in the same light again...
photos by Greg Cristman
Einstein Music Journal: What are the challenges of being both the owner of your record label and an artist on the roster?Les Savy Fav played Newtown Barge Park on Sunday, June 27th as part of the Northside Festival. Rounding out the bill were back-in-action indie-rockers Polvo and instrumental powerhouse Grails. Earlier that day, Elvis Perkins in Dearland, AA Bondy and ARMS played the same spot.
LSF's Syd Butler: It's awful! But I wouldn't want it any other way. Thank God for Paul (label manager at Frenchkiss Records) or I would be submitted into a hospital. The big challenges come when I am in label mode and talking to my band mates about what is expected - as a label you want your band to tour and do as much as you can to work the record. My band has other plans - it's like herding cats.
Les Savy Fav traveled to Canada for a sweaty, close-quarters show at NXNE (pics from which are coming soon). They'll have a full tour this fall (TBA), but currently, they're back in Canada for a July 3rd set at Calgary's Sled Island Fest.
LSF's new album, called Root for Ruin, will be released September 14th on (bandmember Syd Butler's) Frenchkiss Records. The track list, cover art, more info and more pictures from the Newtown Barge Park show, below...
DOWNLOAD: Fucked Up - Here Lies Are (MP3)
Fucked Up @ MWTX in Austin (more by Andrew Frisicano)
Lineups for Brooklyn's Northside Festival are coming together-- and some of the bigger shows (that aren't at Music Hall) are going to be at Greenpoint's Newtown Barge Park. First, Titus Andronicus, Cults and a special guest play an afternoon (1pm) show on Saturday, June 26th. Later that night, Liars, Fucked Up and High Places play the space (6pm). Then the next night (6/27, 6pm), Les Savy Fav performs with Polvo and Grails. Tickets to all three are on sale now. The shows are all ages (badges, which you must be 21+ to purchase, get you in too, capacity permitting).
Northside writes that the shows will be the first at the 1,500-capacity park space. Newtown Barge Park is a triangle of land at the corner of Franklin and Commercial Streets, and is part of the proposed plan (PDF) to expand Williamsburg/Greenpoint's waterfront park space.
may DO NOT have another Brooklyn show coming up, on Thursday, June 3rd at Glasslands with Boogie Boarder. It has been cancelled. It was supposed to be a benefit for Neighbors Allied for Good Growth, a group frontman Patrick Stickles has talked about before...
Pitchfork: Best Purchase of the Past YearMaybe they'll reschedule it at a later date.
Patrick Stickles: We can't take too much pride in the things we that own, can we? If I can get on my soapbox for a minute.... Isn't it much more important not what things we bought, but where we bought them? I'd love for you to remind your Brooklyn-based readership that they should make a point of not supporting the new Duane Reade that's moving in across the street from the historic Kings Pharmacy on Bedford Avenue. If you'd pass that along I'd appreciate that a lot. You can read a lot more about it at the website of this community group called Neighbors Allied for Good Growth. We all need to remember to vote with our dollars and take a stand for locally owned independent businesses, because that's what makes American capitalism great.
Grails has a new EP coming out. Grab an MP3 from that.
Fucked Up recently posted a new song that'll appear on a 12" split with Serena-Maneesh. You can get it above. Also, Damian from Fucked Up has been Internet debating the new Arizona immigration laws with fellow Canadian band Stars via Twitter and Stereogum.
All tour dates for Titus and Fucked Up are below...
"Like last year, everything will be taking place in Williamsburg and Greenpoint because walking long distances is a drag when there are bands to see and beer to drink, we mean seriously. Us here at The L Magazine will be booking a share of shows on our own, but, for a large chunk of the festival, we've once again handed over curatorial control to some of the most tasteful, talented and dedicated folks in New York's independent music scene -- record labels, bloggers, promoters and more -- allowing them to showcase the bands they think you need to hear. The Williamsburg Gallery Association is again on board to highlight special exhibitions and other events at over 25 art galleries in the neighborhood. And to celebrate Northside's second year, we've invited a few of the city's biggest aficionados of independent film to curate four nights of New York-made movies at Brooklyn's new, as-yet-unopened film house-music club-restaurant-bar, indieScreen."That message from L Magazine refers to the second annual Northside Festival, taking place in Brooklyn from June 24th through the 27th.
Music, art and movies will be happening at "30+ venues" and "dozens of galleries" over the course of four days in Greenpoint and Williamsburg. Like SXSW & CMJ, you can buy tickets to individual events, or you can get a badge which gets you in to everything that isn't already at badge-capacity. $50 badges are now on sale to those 21 and over. If you buy a badge, "Arrive to venues early - badgeholders are admitted on a first-come, first-served, one-out, one-in basis."
If you buy a badge you can take your chances at getting into one of the four Northside shows happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg (BrooklynVegan showcase included), Fiery Furnaces at Brooklyn Bowl, and WAVVES & Cloud Nothings at Knitting Factory. TONS more shows TBA, but the initial list of bands that will be playing has been announced (I'm especially excited to see The Wave Pictures, Fucked Up, Liars, Parenthetical Girls and Les Savy Fav on there in addition to what we've previously talked about) (and yes Titus Andronicus is on there). Check it out below...
Grails - Black Tar Prophecies Vol 4
While Al Cisneros is busy rattling skulls in Shrinebuilder and Sleep (!), Om drummer Emil Amos continues to show his instrumental prowess in Grails. Volume four of the band's Black Tar Prophecies is currently on deck (volume 5 is already in the works) and impacts May 25th on Important (who recently dropped Ocean's last LP on wax). The release will be available in the form of 500 pic discs/1000 Stoughton jacketed LPs and will later be compiled with Volume 5 for a release on Temporary Residence Limited (new home of Coliseum and current home to many other notables). Check out the first serene and silently melancholy track "Up All Night" available above and the trippy-as-usual trailer for the band's release below (resembles their DVD). The EP will serve as a primer for the band's upcoming full-length excursion, due on Important in spring 2011.
Meanwhile, Grails is scheduled to hit the shores of Europe in the coming week, leading up to a date at the Pavement-curated ATP. Tour dates for that trek is below.
UPDATE: Grails will be in Brooklyn some time between June 24-27 to play a Northside Festival show. Stay tuned for more info.
Unlike Grails, Shrinebuilder DIDN'T make it out to Europe and are rescheduling their dates in November. However, they DID play a surprise show at Europa while the EU tour situation was in limbo. Thank you/damn you volcano.
Some video, tour flyer, and EP tracklisting is below..
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Sir Richard Bishop - Kaddak el Mayass (MP3)
Om in Brooklyn 9/23/08
On September 8th, Drag City will proclaim that God is Good. The duo of Al Cisneros (who recently played his final show in Sleep) and Emil Amos (also of Grails/Holy Sons) will release their new four track LP of that name, their first LP together and the first Om LP since 2007's Pilgrimage. More details on the Steve Albini-produced album to come.
In addition to the new Om album, Al Cisneros has also helmed a new compilation for Arthur Magazine. Entitled Transmissions from Sinai and featuring art from the legendary Arik Roper, the disc contains contributions from some of the usual Cisneros suspects (Current 93, Scott Kelly, Holy Sons, Grails, Wino) as well as previously unreleased tracks from J. Mascis, Six Organs of Admittance, Lichens, and Sir Richard Bishop. The full tracklisting is below. For more information and to order that disc, head to Arthur.
Sir Richard Bishop
Arthur CD contributor, Sun City Girl, and Om's Drag City label-mate, Sir Richard Bishop double teams NYC in the coming days, with a show on June 13th at The Studio @ Webster Hall with Zaimph, and then two nights later with Bill Callahan (and a BV photo show) at MHOW. Sir Richard Bishop's new album THE FREAK OF ARABY was released by Drag City in May. All of his tour dates are below.
Current 93 recently dropped Aleph at Hallucinatory Mountain, as well as Monohallucinatory Mountain, the mono version of said record. Pick that up at David Michael Tibet's site. Spanning eight tracks over it's 53+ minutes, the LP features contributions from James Blackshaw, William Breeze (ex-Coil), Ossian Breeze (Coil), Rickie Lee Jones, Matt Sweeney, Andrew WK, Sasha Grey, and many many others.
All tour dates and stuff below...
by Black Bubblegum
Om, recording their new LP w/ Steve Albini @ Electrical Audio
In our interview with Emil Amos back at at ATP NY in 2008, he said, "I have four Holy Sons records... A new full-length called Drifter's Sympathy for Important Records, The Squanderer which is the next full length after the Important record, a cover record in the style of Kicking Against The Pricks, and My Only Warm Coals, a 35 song retrospective... I did a show with Damo Suzuki, Yellow Swans, White Rainbow, and Valet, but haven't ever had the time to mix it..."
When not busy playing with Om and Grails, Emil Amos spends a good bit of time cranking away at his solo project, Holy Sons, whose new album Drifter's Sympathy was released Tuesday (4/28) on Important records. Check out a few MP3 snippets, and watch the the video for the title track below.
Also due on Important, Om's new live album! "Live Conference was recorded on 24 track remote audio in Brooklyn. On this night Om performed their seminal album Conference of the Birds live in its entirety. Newly invoked energy resonates in the sound of the band. The dynamics between Emil Amos and Al Cisneros have rendered these songs, and Om's sound into a higher evolution."
I missed Om's last Brooklyn show (9/23/08), but I will vouch for the "higher evolution" of their sound at their performance at ATP three days before. It was one of my highlights for the weekend. Look for Om's Live Conference soon. A picture of the packaging is below.
Om also recently completed recording of their new studio album for Drag City. They're working with Steve Albini, as you saw in the picture above. Look for the album to drop on 9/8.
In the tail end of last year, Emil's band mate in Grails, Zak Riles, released his self-titled LP on Important. A few songs from the LP have evolved into Grails tracks, so it's an interesting trip to hear variations on that theme (pun intended). Check out MP3 snippets from that record too.
Om and Grails both played Roadburn over the weekend. Emil, Scott Kelly (solo, with Neurosis & Tribes of Neurot), Steve Von Till (solo, with Neurosis & Tribes of Neurot), and Wino (solo & with Saint Vitus) were the only people to perform more than once during the festival.
If you missed it, we recently interviewed Scott Kelly, Al Cisneros's band member from Shrinebuilder.
Grails' new DVD, Acid Rain, is out NOW. Full tour dates are below...
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
DOWNLOAD: Grails w/ Simeon of Silver Apples - Silk Road (MP3)
Grails at Knitting Factory, Nov 2008
Grails have posted a NSFW preview of their upcoming DVD, Acid Rain, due on April 7th via Temporary Residence Limited. Check it out below. "A year in the making", Acid Rain contains six music videos, video shot on their European tour, an entire live set recorded 11/16/07 at the Knitting Factory in NYC (when they toured with Om), and general weirdness like "vietnamese instructional videos of 'what to do in case of rat infestation'" (a direct quote from Emil Amos). Schweet.
Speaking of Grails live at Knitting Factory, the last time the band touched down here was during a collaborative set with Silver Apples as part of the Hallejuwah Fest. Their set was, to quote Kelly LeBrock from Weird Science, "a mind scrambler". Luckily, Radio23.org was able to capture the audio from "Silk Road" and make it available for download... check it out above.
Grails, along with Earth, Grey Daturas, and Tribes of Neurot (aka the experimental ambient nom de plume of Neurosis) were recently added to the Beyond The Pale Festival at Roadburn. For those counting at home, that officially tips the festival scale from stupid awesome to seriously-fucked-up-that-it's-sold-out.
"Acid Rain" DVD trailer below...