Entries tagged with: Low
by Andrew Sacher
Indie vets Low are releasing album #11 this year: Ones and Sixes, due September 11 via Sub Pop. They recorded it at Justin Vernon's April Base Studios (they're also playing his festival). The lead single is "No Comprende," which goes from a head-nodder to something airier and more psychedelic. Listen and check out the tracklist below (via Pitchfork). That's the artwork above.
In addition to Justin Vernon's festival and a few other fests, Low are also touring after the album's release. They'll hit NYC on September 24 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. No opener announced for that show yet, but other dates are with Andy Shauf and Two Gallants. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/26) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (6/24) at noon.
All dates are listed below...
photo: Sufjan at Big Ears Fest 2010 (more by Andrew Frisicano)
Part of the lineup already leaked for Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner's Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival, and now the whole thing has been announced. It includes their bands Bon Iver and The National, as well as Sufjan Stevens, Spoon, Sturgill Simpson, Sylvan Esso, Polica, The Tallest Man on Earth, Low, Liturgy, Hiss Golden Messenger, S. Carey, Phil Cook, Doomtree, Marijuana Deathsquads, Charles Bradley, Boys Noize, Blind Boys of Alabama, Sam Amidon, Field Report, Indigo Girls (performing 1994's Swamp Ophelia) and more.
The fest takes place July 17 & 18 at the Foster Farm in Eau Claire, WI. The pre-sale sold out, but tickets go on sale to the general public Thursday (2/12) at noon CST.
Full lineup, announcement video, and flyer, below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Tallest Man on Earth is ready to release album #4, the followup to 2012's great (and possibly underrated) There's No Leaving Now. It's called Dark Bird Is Home and will be out May 12 via Dead Oceans. He put out a minute-long trailer video that you can watch, with the tracklist, below. Artwork above.
Tallest Man is also playing a few festivals, including Justin Vernon's Eaux Claires Music Festival (co-curated by Justin and Aaron Dessner). The lineup still hasn't been announced in full, but there have been some leaks revealed on the Eaux Claires Twitter including Tallest Man, Low, Liturgy, Polica, S. Carey, Sylvan Esso, Sam Amidon, Phil Cook, Melt-Banana, Field Report, Doomtree, Colin Stetson, Charles Bradley, Boys Noize, BLind Boys of Alabama, Haley Bonar, Marijuana Deathsquads and more.
S. Carey (aka Sean Carey of Bon Iver) also has a new EP called Supermoon coming out next week (2/17) via Jagjaguwar. You can listen to a Spotify stream of that (via SPIN), with the full list of announced artists for Eaux Claires (so far), Tallest Man dates, and LP tracklist/trailer, below...
Photo: Thurston Moore @ Saint Vitus in October (more by PSquared)
Over the past month or so, we've been posting 'Best of 2014' lists from several artists, including Caribou, Converge, Yo La Tengo, A Place to Bury Strangers, Screaming Females, A Sunny Day In Glasgow, Tom Scharpling, Vetiver, Moon Duo, Tigers Jaw, Pianos Become the Teeth, Title Fight, Protomartyr, Klaus Johann Grobe, Kevin Morby, Hookworms, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Foxing, Evan Weiss, Crocodiles, and others (you can browse our "Best of 2014" tag for more).
Here's a roundup of even more artist year-end lists, including lists from The Wytches, Tweens, Weatherbox, Caspian, Plague Vendor, Andrew Jackson Jihad, S, PAWS, Cheap Girls, Frameworks, Tiny Moving Parts, Greys, Sarah Silverman, clipping., Low, Tacocat, Mikal Cronin, Ex Hex, Jason Narducy (Superchunk, Bob Mould Band, Split Single), Ceremony, Thurston Moore and Iceage. Find out what made their lists below...
photos by PSquared; words by Bill Pearis
Slowdive @ Terminal 5, 10/25/2014
MT: How did you choose the songs you wanted to play on the reunion tour?Slowdive spent their original '90s run in relative obscurity but cast a long shadow, resulting in this year's reformation seeing them tour much bigger places than they ever did 20 years ago. In fact, Saturday's show at NYC's Terminal 5, also part of CMJ, was their biggest headlining show in their history. (Not counting giant festival gigs like Primavera Sound.) The place was absolutely packed -- five deep along the balconies -- and the band's oceanic sound fit T5's cavernous nature perfectly. While not the most exciting band to watch live, they came with a dazzling light show and you could always just close your eyes and let the sound wash over you. It was also a trip to watch the sea of people on the floor bobbing their heads in unison throughout the show. For those who didn't get enough (or didn't get to go), singer Rachel Goswell told the crowd "See you next year" before leaving the stage. The band will begin working on a new album in early 2015. Meanwhile, pictures and setlist from T5 are in this post.
Rachel Goswell: We did like a Twitter and Facebook thing to see what people wanted to hear, and we've rehearsed a few more songs for the American tour that we haven't played live before, so that's really exciting. There's kind of like the standard ones, it's interesting over the summer playing songs like "40 Days." Some of the members don't really like playing it because they don't think it sounds that good, but it always goes down really really well live. It's kind of having to adjust your own feelings on certain songs sometimes and chopping the set around. You want everyone to enjoy it, obviously. It's just kind of making sure the songs sound the best they can sound live, which is the most important thing for us. We're really excited about the visual aspect of the shows that we're going to do in North America because it's all so exciting, the things being sorted out by our lighting guy. - [Music Times]
Low were perfect openers for this show, similar in mood and their sparse, echoey sound also fit really well with T5's acoustics. Pictures from their set, and more from Slowdive, below...
Low at The Concert Hall in 2013 (more by PSquared)
As if it wasn't exciting enough that the reunited Slowdive are going on a full North American tour, it just got more exciting because slowcore vets Low were added as the opener, making for two '90s indie rock greats (just one that never broke up) in one night. As discussed, the tour hits NYC on October 25 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show are back on BrooklynVegan presale after initially selling out (password: Avalyn). If you miss out on the presale, you can try again in the general on-sale starting Friday (7/18) at noon.
Updated dates are listed, with videos of both bands, below...
Mac DeMarco w/ Walter TV @ Northside 2014 (via @stevensedition)
The annual NXNE fest is currently underway in Toronto, ON with the music portion really happening Wednesday - Saturday (June 18 - 21) at venues all over the Canadian city. For those heading that way, here are a dozen notable events and shows.
1) BrooklynVegan has Partnered with M for Montreal and Panache once again for the Bruise Cruise which happens aboard the Queens Quay on Saturday (6/21). Mac DeMarco will host the floating festivities, with his other band, Walter TV (who just played Northside as did Mac), as well as Calvin Love, PS I Love You and The Posterz. It's free with a NXNE badge or wristband, $10 without. It boards at noon and leaves the dock at 1:15 PM, don't be late! Check out the flyer below.
2) Mio is turning a Toronto streetcar into the "Mio Squirtcar" (um, that name), a moving festival venue showcasing artists like Shannon and the Clams, Frankie Cosmos, araabMUZIK, Reggie Watts and more.
3) Vice & Vans have teamed up to create "Vice Island," a free, day-long Toronto Islands adventure on Thursday (6/19) featuring performances by big hitters like Pusha T, Future Islands, Omar Souleyman and many more.
4) If you'd rather hoof it, walking to and from shows will be even more interesting this year, thanks to NXNE commissioning street artists to transform city alleyways with new murals.
5) Red Bull brings their Sound Select series to Tattoo this week, featuring some secret headliners as well as acts like Future Islands, A$AP Ferg, Autre Ne Veut, Evian Christ and more.
6) For the young among us, NXNE is providing some free all-ages outdoor daytime shows by the lake, showcasing some up-and-comers including Jenny Omnichord, Unicorn Patrol, Lyric Dubee and more.
7) The Horseshoe Tavern has been rechristened The Budweiser Music House for NXNE with loaded bills featuring the likes of Low, Lee Harvey Osmond, Perfect Pussy, Speedy Ortiz, Swearin', The Felice Brothers and more, with a secret late night headliner on Friday (6/20) for good measure.
8) Sennheiser teams up with NXNE to present some huge shows at Massey Hall from tUnE-yArDs, Ryley Walker, Spiritualized, Rhye and more.
9) The biggest shows of the week happen outdoors at the free and naturally all-ages Yonge-Dundas Square, with sets from Danny Brown, Sleigh Bells, Swans, St. Vincent, Mac DeMarco, Spoon, Run the Jewels, Juicy J and more.
10) On Sunday (6/22), The Edward Day Gallery will play host to the all-ages DIY Label and Art Fair, were you can buy and swap records and talk to local DIY bloggers, all while eating good food and listening to sets from Greys, Young Mother, White Poppy and many more.
11) Another free option: Beach Day, Joywave and Craft Spells are playing a free all-ages GAP-sponsored show at the corner of Queen & Peter on Saturday afternoon(6/21).
12) NXNE's series of showcases at Adelaide Hall will have your dancing needs covered with sets from Fuck Buttons, Young Magic, Mas Ysa, Ryan Hemsworth, Run the Jewels and many more.
Browse NXNE's site for more.
Bruise Cruise NXNE flyer below...
Recorded a song at home on an anxiety ridden Friday night. I'm giving it out for Free for Record Store Day and hopefully @lowtheband doesn't mind the rendition of their beautiful song.Happy Record Store Day! Even if you're not out shopping today, you can still get new music (and this one's free) from Philly shoegazers Nothing, who posted a cover of Low's "In Metal" to their bandcamp along with the above message. Listen to the cover below.
If you are out and about today, Nothing are among the many bands playing the on-going Rough Trade NYC in-store, which is also free. They're on at 9 PM, and as of this post, remaining sets include Amen Dunes (6 PM), Fear of Men (8 PM), Hospitality (11 PM), and more.
NXNE returns to various Toronto venues from June 13-22, and since we last spoke the lineup has expanded. It now includes Spoon, Sleigh Bells, Spiritualized, tUnE-yArDs, A$AP Ferg, Metz, Ryan Hemsworth, Swans, Goat, Oneohtrix Point Never, Fuck Buttons, Low, Tim Hecker, Eagulls, Glasser, Kelela, Ratking, Perfect Pussy, Small Black, Le1f, The Pizza Underground, Swearin', Dan Croll, DJ Jonathan Toubin, Astro, Juan Wauters, Mutual Benefit, Guerilla Toss, Calvin Love, Alvvays, Hunters, Saint Rich and more Those join previously announcd artists like St. Vincent, Speedy Ortiz, Danny Brown, Courtney Barnett, Mac DeMarco and more. Badges and wristbands are still on sale.
Jonny Greenwood w/ Radiohead @ Prudential Center 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Knoxville, TN's Big Ears Festival goes down March 28 - 30, mixing modern composers and adventurous rock acts. The fest has expanded its programming since we last posted. Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, already slated to perform Steve Reich's "Electric Counterpoint" on March 30, will now also play the day before (3/29), performing selections from his scores to There Will Be Blood, The Master, and Norwegian Wood, accompanied by Wordless Music Orchestra.
So Percussion will perform all three days of the festival: collaborating with Buke & Gase and Wilco's Glenn Kotche on 3/28; performing Steve Reich's "Drumming" with guests on 3/29; and on 3/30 will perform Bryce Dessner's "Music for Wood and Strings" with Dessner as part.
The other new addition is pianist/composer Rachel Grimes who will perform with her ensemble on 3/30. These are in addition to previously announced acts John Cale, Body/Head, Television, Colin Stetson, Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog, Dean Wareham, Low, Oneohtrix Point Never, Julia Holter, not to mention composer Steve Reich who is "Artist-in-Residence" for the fest, and many more. Single day tickets to Big Ears go on sale Friday (2/7) at noon EST and the daily line-ups have been released and are listed below.
Low at The Concert Hall in 2013 (more by PSquared)
As discussed, the Big Ears Festival is returning to various Knoxville, TN venues from March 28-30, and since we last spoke, more artists were added. The lineup now includes Low, Kim Gordon's Body/Head, Earth, Lonnie Holley, Buke and Gase, Hailu Mergia and Low Mentality, Davd Greenberger and Prime Lens, Jenny Hval, Keiji Haino, Stephen O'Malley & Orech Ambarchi (duo), and Stephen O'Malley solo. The new additions join previously announced artists like Steve Reich, Johnny Greenwood, John Cale, Television, Julia Holter, Oneohtrix Point Never, and others.
Tickets are still available. Updated lineup below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Swans / Solange / fans
Soft spoken indie rockers Belle and Sebastian were a reprieve of sorts to festival goers who had spent the day seeing abrasive rock bands and the eardrum-shattering Swans set earlier in the afternoon (I forgot to bring earplugs...). A slight drizzle started around the band's fourth or fifth song but did not cut the show short like yesterday. Frontman Stuart Murdoch charmed audience members with his kind words, stating Chicago is much more relaxing than New York. Murdoch also engaged with audience members, inviting fans on stage, and even letting one fan draw on his face with mascara. Despite performing in a large festival setting during the headlining slot, the band managed to play one of the most intimate shows of the day. [BV Chicago]Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 continued on Saturday (7/20) with its second of three days. Day two featured a good deal of bands on the heavy/intense side including Swans, Savages, Metz, Pissed Jeans, and White Lung; some indie legends like Belle & Sebastian, Low, and The Breeders; and some representation from the electronic/R&B world too, including Solange, Rustie, Andy Stott, and Ryan Hemsworth. Of course there were even more artists rounding out the lineup, and pictures from the second day are in this post. Even more are on BV Chicago.
Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As mentioned, Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival is returning to Union Park from July 19-21 with sets from Bjork, Joanna Newsom, Belle & Sebastian, R. Kelly, Solange, Rustie, Low, The Breeders, Swans, Savages, Merchandise, Julia Holter, KEN mode, White Lung, TNGHT, Evian Christ, Waxahatchee, El-P, Killer Mike, and more across three stages (Red, Blue, and Green). The set times for the festival have now been announced, and you can check out the full day-by-day schedule below.
3-day passes are sold out, but single day tickets are still available.
One of the most eclectic lineups in the US, Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, NC, will be back for 2013 on September 5 -7. Pulling from all genres, this year's line-up includes names like Big Boi (who plays NYC tonight), Spiritualized, Sleep, Wolf Eyes (who have a new video), The Breeders (performing Last Splash), John Cale, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Gorguts, Inter Arma (who play NYC on Saturday), Double Negative (who played NYC this past weekend), Swearin' (them too), Pissed Jeans, Dan Friel, Waxahatchee and many many others. Three-day wristbands are on sale now with individual day tickets going on sale in June. Full lineup is below.
Low at the Concert Hall in March (more by PSquared Photography)
Low released their new, Jeff Tweedy-produced album, The Invisible Way, earlier this year and have been on tour in support of it, having already played NYC back in March. The group have since expanded their tour, and it now includes a short Northeast run in June with some interesting support from Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty. Those dates include a NYC show happening on June 19 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (4/19) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/17) at noon.
Regarding the pairing of Low and Mike Doughty, a press release notes:
The pairing was inspired by a fan's tweet, who suggested the two pair up for his "dream show.' Both active on Twitter, Low and Mike engaged in the tweet and soon decided it was high time for a rematch as both artists had toured with each other in the past (during Doughty's time with Soul Coughing).Low also recently made a video for "Just Make It Stop" from their new album. You can watch that video, and check out all upcoming tour dates listed below.
Low frontman Alan Sparhawk says of the pairing: "We are excited to be doing shows this June with our friend Mike Doughty. We first met when his band Soul Coughing brought us on tour years ago. I had heard them. They were like nothing else going on, every piece of the picture was fresh and on the edge - crazy/deep rhythm, samples/noise, word-play and melody. Their influence and friendship over the years has been priceless and dear to us, and Mike's lyrical/vocal grace has always been a level to which I measure and aspire to. The vocal does matter and it can be awesome."
Mike Doughty offers this: "The first time I heard Low, I played before them at CBGB in 1993. I remember leaning up against the wall of the dressing room, behind the stage, and feeling their warm, huge, slow sound vibrating the building. Soon after that, I contacted their producer, Mark Kramer from Shimmy Disc, and made my first solo album, "Skittish," with an explicit mission of replicating the reverbed, dreamy sound of their earliest recordings. Low and Soul Coughing toured together a couple of years after that; we became fast friends, and I remain a massive fan."
Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
The final Pitchfork Festival lineup has now been announced, and in addition to previously announced acts like R. Kelly, Joanna Newsom, and Swans, it now includes M.I.A., Lil B, Solange, Wire, Yo La Tengo, Low, Savages, Toro Y Moi, Phosphorescent, Metz, Autre Ne Veut, Mikal Cronin, Parquet Courts, Merchandise, Woods, Julia Holter, Glass Candy, Andy Stott, Pissed Jeans, Frankie Rose, Ryan Hemsworth, Waxahatchee, Blood Orange, Daughn Gibson, Evian Christ, White Lung, KEN Mode, and DJ Rashad.
Three-day passes and single-day tickets are still available.
In other Chicago music festival news, Lollapalooza early bird passes went on sale today, sold out, and then regular 3-day passes went on sale and sold out. Single day tickets go on sale April 9.
Full Pitchfork Festival lineup and schedule below...
photos by PSquared Photography
Low @ The Concert Hall, 3/20/2013
The band was joined by the string quartet after the first 10 songs, and as string players provided gentle accompaniment to Invisible Way opener "Plastic Cup," I realized all my worrying was for naught. Low used the quartet in the same way the band uses everything: with restraint. The quartet did its best to be unobtrusive throughout the night; the most colorful moment came when the band played "I Hear... Goodnight," a track from the In The Fishtank 7 EP recorded with the Dirty Three, and the bearded first violinist Ben Russell played a deeply melancholy but rousing solo. It complemented the song without ever overpowering. - [CMJ]Low, whose new, Jeff Tweedy-produced The Invisible Way was released this week, celebrated on Wednesday (3/20) with a show at The Concert Hall at the New York Society For Ethical Culture. After a set by the band proper, the ACME String Quartet (who also opened the show) joined them. More pictures from Wednesday's show, and the setlist, are below.
Justin Timberlake, who just played and hosted SNL, is streaming his new album, The 20/20 Experience, a week ahead of its March 19 release date on iTunes. Meanwhile, for those looking to get tickets to see JT and Jay-Z's massive show at Yankee Stadium on July 19, tickets go on sale Tuesday (3/12) at 10 AM.
photos by Jono Bernstein
Retribution Gospel Choir w/ Nels Cline
It was a great night for side projects when Low side project Retribution Gospel Choir brought their tour to NYC for a show at Knitting Factory on February 11 with Tim Berne, Jim Black, and Nels Cline's appropriately titled BB&C and The War on Drugs side project Nightlands (led by TWOD bassist Dave Hartley). They just released their two-track full length album, 3, and one of those, "Seven," which features Nels Cline on the record, and he also came out to play it with them that night (audio recording of that song via NYC Taper is below). And in addition to the new album songs, they made time for older tracks as well.
More pictures of all three bands and that audio recording from the Knitting Factory show below...
We already told you that the 2013 edition of Wilco's Solid Sound Music & Arts Festival will go down June 21 - 23 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. The line-up has now been revealed and includes sets from Yo La Tengo, Os Mutantes, Low, The Dream Syndicate, Reggie Watts, onetime Miracle Legion frontman Mark Mulcahy, Neko Case and more. And Wilco, of course. "Early Worm" tickets are sold out but you can still get "Early Bird" and regular three-day passes here.
Full line-up for 2013 Solid Sound fest is below...
Low have also revealed tour dates which include a NYC show at The Concert Hall on March 20. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/11) at 10 AM with an internet presale beginning Thursday (1/10) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
Frontman Alan Sparhawk currently has very few US dates planned with his Low cohorts (right now there's one), but look for him on the road as part of Retribution Gospel Choir.
Low tour dates are listed below, along with the song stream...
Retribution Gospel Choir (more by Grant MacAllister)
As discussed on BV Chicago, Low side project Retribution Gospel Choir will release their third album, 3, on January 22 via Chaperone Records. The album will be a two-song full length which features a guest appearance from guitarist Nels Cline on the second track. RGC will support the new album with a tour that hits NYC on February 11 at Knitting Factory with BB&C (Tim Berne, Jim Black, and Nels Cline) and Nightlands (aka Dave Hartley of the War on Drugs, who also has a new album coming out on 1/22). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
In related news, as discussed, Low will release their new Jeff Tweedy-produced album, The Invisible Way, on March 19. The album marks their 20th anniversary as a band.
A list of all Retribution Gospel Choir dates and a video are below...
Low in the studio with Jeff Tweedy
Long-running indie trio Low will release their 10th album The Invisible Way, on March 19, 2013 which will mark the band's 20th year together. The record was produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, and Low's Alan Sparhawk tells how this came to be:
While driving though Chicago, on tour, we stopped finally to visit Wilco at their studio, The Loft. They had invited us to come check it out several times over the years, but this would finally be the day. It's a great place--a sea of instruments in a relaxed, open working environment. It's cool, but what really converted us was hearing the new Mavis Staples tracks they were working on: big, simple, raw, and intimate. Plans were made then and there.You can watch a video trailer for the album below. While we wait for the new album, Low have released a six-song live EP titled Plays Nice Places which was recorded at various historic theaters on the bands' April 2012 tour supporting Death Cab for Cutie. Ben Gibbard features on the EP's version of "Words" and you can download the whole thing for free (well, you have to give up your email address) below via a widget. No North American tour dates have been announced yet but there are 2013 European dates which are listed below.
We have worked with many of the great engineer/producers. Jeff Tweedy has been on our side of the microphone for over 25 years, however with engineer (and fellow Grammy winner) Tom Schick, he has of late become a formidable and eclectic producer. He spoke a language we understood, but then took us effortlessly into the mystery.
We've made many records, and you know our M.O.: slow, quiet, sometimes melancholy, and, we hope, sometimes pretty...
How is this different from any other Low record?
- Mimi sings lead on five of the eleven songs (she usually only does one or two, despite being a fan favorite).
- Piano, lots of piano... and an acoustic guitar.
- Songs about intimacy, the drug war, the class war, plain old war war, archeology, and love.
Thank you for your time again and please enjoy what we made. I think it's beautiful.
Keith Morris of OFF! at SXSW 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
today in NYC
* Falu @ Joe's Pub
* Mireya Ramos @ Barbes
* Finbar Furey @ Joe's Pub
* Vicky Chow @ The Stone
* Tell Your Friends @ Lolita
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Sanjaya The Sceptic @ The Stone
* Dark Star Orchestra @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Cory Chisel, Bhi Bhiman @ City Winery
* No Glow, Night Shining, Gracie, Beca @ Glasslands
* Statik Selektah, Termanology, Freddie Gibbs @ SOB's
* The Long Eye, Ghost Heart, Good Sports @ Cake Shop
* The Mob (UK), Sickoids, Nomad, Anasazi @ Death By Audio
* OFF!, Cerebral Ballzy, The Coathangers @ Bowery Ballroom
* Foster The People, The Kooks @ Central Park Rumsey Playfield
* Glass Vaults, Treasure Teeth, Civilian, The Goddamn Hustle @ Pianos
* Haybaby, Shy Hunters, Noble Laureate, Little Anchor @ Cameo Gallery
* Needful Things, Agents of Abhorrence, Dissent, Chainsaw To The Face @ The Acheron
* Velta, The Spanish Channel, Alexander Howard, Jessica Pomerantz @ Mercury Lounge
* Adam Green, Supercute!, Wyatt Cenac (Lowbrow Reader Variety Hour) @ Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
* Dustin Wong, Sam Hilmer, Weasel Walter, Mike Wexler, Driphouse(Diamond Terrifier Presents Practice!) @ Zebulon
Portland Cello Project and Alan Sparhawk (of Low) covered the Suicidal Tendencies classic "Institutionalized" for the AV Club's "Undercover" series. You can watch it below.
Swans at Music Hall of Williamsburg (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Swans are back with a new double album, The Seer, due via Young God Records on August 28. The new effort features appearances from Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), former bandmate Jarboe, Bruce Lamont, Ben Frost, members of Akron/Family ( who served with him in Angels of Light) and members of Low. Gira comments:
The Seer took 30 years to make. It's the culmination of every previous Swans album as well as any other music I've ever made, been involved in or imagined. But it's unfinished, like the songs themselves. It's one frame in a reel. The frames blur, blend and will eventually fade.While you're waiting for August 28 to roll around, you can check out a trailer for the DVD portion of The Seer and all listed Swans tour dates (Nothing for NYC yet).
The songs began on an acoustic guitar, then were fleshed out with (invaluable) help from my friends, then were further tortured and seduced in rehearsals, live and in the studio, and now they await further cannibalism and force-feeding as we prepare to perform some of them live, at which point they'll mutate further, endlessly, or perhaps be discarded for a while.
Despite what you might have heard or presumed, my quest is to spread light and joy through the world. My friends in Swans are all stellar men. Without them I'm a kitten, an infant. Our goal is the same: ecstasy!