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photos by Mathieu Bredeau, words by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Sleep @ Stage 48 - 8/25/14
Soon after releasing their first new music in 20 years, stoner-doom icons Sleep took their tour to NYC this past weekend, playing Stage 48 on August 25 with support from Holy Suns (the first Bowery Presents show at the Manhattan venue). Pictures of the show are in this post.
Holy Sons, a project of Al Cisneros's OM bandmate Emil Amos, kicked things off at the neon-lit Stage 48. With a large crowd already packing in to the generous space, Amos ran through a bunch of gloomily melodic material that the project is known for, with a lineup that was making its live debut adding heft to the few songs from earlier in his career that he played. The set was mostly made up of new, heavier material from the band. The effect was chunky while still maintaining the hypnotizing quality of the Holy Sons brand. It was a strong set, but by the end you could feel the crowd basically shaking in anticipation of Sleep.
Flanked by cosmic graphics on the many-layered onstage screens, Sleep proceeded to generally melt the crowd down for an hour and a half. I've seen both High on Fire and Om live multiple times, but nothing compares to seeing one of the best guitar/bass combo this side of Butler and Iommi hitting the stage together. Musical ubuntu this beautiful simply doesn't come about very often, and with the addition of Neurosis's Jason Roeder on drums, this current incarnation of Sleep has every bit of the brutality and loose-limbed grooviness that one could hope for. It's a treat to hear metal that's jammy and done this well, where the pleasure comes from a place of pure instrumental interplay rather than ornate composition. Pike and Cisneros are in such perfect sync that you could listen (and probably have listened) to them playing the same riff for multiple hours, such is their command of dynamics.
Sleep ripped through classics like "Sonic Titan" "Aquarian," and "The Druid," without breaking the mood by way of speech. Cisneros, who is currently heavily bearded, was a picture of controlled fury, his head bobbing and gazing upward as he played with the lightest possible touch up on the neck of his Rickenbacker. Pike tones down High On Fire's headbanging antics, clearly enjoying the chance to cut loose on the simpler tones that Sleep offers. Stage 48 might not be as grimy (or smoky) as one would like at a Sleep show, but the sound is pristine, and this band is a tone monster. The moments when Pike stops playing chords for one of his trademark ripping solos, and Cisneros moves his right hand from the neck down to the bridge and just starts to shred, are some of the most truly awesome things I've ever had the pleasure of catching live. The band closed with an extended version of their new song "The Clarity" bleeding into "Cultivator" and it fit in seamlessly with the proceedings. Om and High on Fire have kept them fresh, and Sleep haven't missed a beat.
More pictures from Stage 48 below...
by Wyatt Marshall
photo by by Eliza Sohn
Holy Sons, one of the projects of Emil Amos (Grails, Om, etc) are releasing their new album and first for Thrill Jockey, The Fact Facer, on September 23 (pre-order). We're now premiering its gorgeous new single called "All Too Free," a contemplative and occasionally haunting song with ample breathing space. The vocals are one of several highlights. Give it a listen below. The album comes with bonus tracks, including covers of Black Flag, Circle Jerks and Slapshot, which you can stream below.
Emil is debuting Holy Sons' brand new backing band on August 25 at Stage 48, opening for Sleep (whose singer/bassist Al Cisneros plays with Emil in Om). That show (which is now sold out) is one of a few live dates for Sleep, who recently released their first new song in 20 years. Holy Sons also play a record release show at Union Pool on 9/25 with Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band. Holy Suns are on at 11, and tickets are on sale.
Emil and Al's awesome stoner doom band Om will be on the road soon too, and will land in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on 10/5 with Watter.
Song streams and lists of tour dates, below...
by Ian Chainey
Om at the Met in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Masters of metallic hypnosis, Om have been touring in short bursts this year. Back in April, they played a handful of dates out west. In October, eastern drone-heads get their opportunity to check out the doomy and dubby trio along with the supergroup Watter that features members of Grails and Slint. The bands have announced stops in places like Boston, Philadelphia, and Chicago. The two will play NYC's Le Poisson Rouge on October 5. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 25. The full tour schedule appears below.
Of course, the reason Om make these short, regional hops is because their members have packed planners. Al Cisneros is set to tour with Sleep in August, including a stop at NYC's Stage 48 on August 25. In case you missed it, Sleep also exhaled a song for the first time in 20 years. Emil Amos -- who also plays in Grails -- put the finishing touches on his solo Holy Sons album The Fact Facer which will see release through Thrill Jockey on September 23 (preorder). And Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe has his share of engagements under his Lichens moniker.
As for their future stage-sharers Watter, the Zak Riles, Tyler Trotter, and Britt Walford band released their debut This World in May. Like Om, the band emphasizes musical mysticism and weaves together many styles to create expansive soundscapes apt for meditation.
All tour dates are listed, along with a live video of OM and streams from Holy Sons and Watter, below...
by Doug Moore
Om at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Trippy groove gurus Om have announced their first Stateside gigs of 2014, including an NYC appearance at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 21. No supporting lineup has been announced, but tickets are on sale Friday (1/10) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (1/8) at noon. The band are currently on tap for a short run of January/February festival dates in New Zealand; they'll return to the road for a short run of western US dates in April. All are listed below.
In the meantime, Om drummer Emil Amos's other band Grails will be embarking on a European tour in March. Those dates are below as well.
The MHoW looks to be a considerably more conventional Om appearance than their last NYC show, at which they performed "At Giza" (from Conference of the Birds) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. You can watch a full fan-shot video of that set below, plus their current crop of announced dates (plus those Grails dates).
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.
Post-hardcore-leaning post-rock legends Slint haven't performed live in six years, but that will change this year when they play ATP End of An Era Part 2 at Pontins Holiday Camp in Camber Sands, UK. The festival runs from November 29 to December 1, and is being billed as the "last ever" UK Holiday Camp.
As mentioned, this year's festival is being co-curated by Loop, who are also performing, along with Mogwai, The Pop Group, Fennesz, Goat, Superchunk, Comets On Fire, Om, Girls Against Boys, Michael Rother (presents the music of Neu! and Harmonia), Ty Segall, Dirty Beaches, Hookworms, Balam Acab and more. Tickets for the fest are on sale now.
Updated lineup, flyer, and a Slint video below...
photos by Greg Cristman
The always-epic Om made things just a little more epic than usual on Friday (7/19), when they came to The Temple of Dendur at The Met to perform a modified version of their track, "At Giza" (a reference to the Great Pyramid of Giza), in front of the Egyptian ruins at that Met exhibit. Pictures of that all-too-appropriate pairing which was witnessed by about 600 lucky souls are in this post. Short videos are HERE & HERE.
Meanwhile, Emil Amos' (of Om) other band Grails have a new album and tour on the way, which hits NYC on September 15 at Saint Vitus with Emil's other other band Lilacs & Champagne and Wrekmeister Harmonies. Tickets for that show are still available.
More pictures below...
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 Fred Pessaro
Om at Bowery Ballroom, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
The Temple of Dendur at the Met (via Ulla)
Hold on to your seats Om fans, the band have announced a return to NYC to play an absolute jaw-dropper of a show. The trio have announced that they will play a version of the track "At Giza" from their excellent Conference of the Birds LP in the most perfect of locations: in front of the remains of the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitain Museum of Art on July 19!
The track, which is in reference to the great pyramids at Giza, will be modified for the setting and be accompanied by additional material when the band performs in front of the Egyptian ruins. Don't miss it, tickets are on sale.
The Temple of Dendur is also where Liars are performing on Saturday (sold out).
All tour dates are listed, along with a stream of "At Giza" and the rest of Conference of the Birds, below.
Tamaryn is DJing at New York's Museum of Modern Art on Sunday evening (4/7) as part of a PopRally event called "Abstract Currents." Against projections of one-minute videos submitted by the public, Tamryn will provide a "hypnotic soundtrack to the collectively built abstract videoscape." It's in conjunction with MoMA's Abstraction, 1910-1925 and Abstract Generation: Now in Print exhibition and tickets are still available.
Later this month, Tamaryn will be in Texas' state capital for Austin Psych Fest (Apr. 26 - 28), which features a pretty amazing line-up that runs the gammut of "psychedelic," including Deerhunter, Spectrum, Black Mountain, OS Mutantes, The Moving Sidewalks, Clinic, Besnard Lakes, Elephant Stone, Roky Erickson, Sweden's GOAT and a bunch more. The fest just announced the day-by-day line-ups which are listed below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Lilacs & Champagne, the hip-hop influenced project featuring members of Om/Grails/Holy Sons, have released another commercial for Danish & Blue, the band's new album due via Mexican Summer on April 23. The trippy, VHS-culled trailer (directed by Emil Amos) follows a prior trailer as well as a video for the single "Sour / Sweet," all available below.
Old school hip hop fans, don't be scared off by the band's pedigree; L&C can sit comfortably by some of the odder productions by MF Doom, Madlib and even early DJ Shadow and RJD2. Check out the single and trailers below.
Primavera Sound have announced their 2013 lineup, set to go down on May 22-26 in Barcelona, Spain. The announcement came via an animated video and artists performing include Phoenix, The Postal Service, Blur, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, My Bloody Valentine, Tame Impala, Wu-Tang Clan, Dead Can Dance, Grizzly Bear, The Knife, and loads more. Current lineup is below along with the flyer and video...
Emil Amos w/ Om at Bowery, Nov 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Holy Sons have released two new tracks, in song and video form respectively, from their forthcoming My Only Warm Coals + 9 LP, due in March 2013 via Important Records. As usual, Emil Amos (also of Om/Grails) delivers a haunting patchwork of old VHS images in the video for "Station ID", which is viewable alongside the streamable track "More Flophouse Blues below.
So far no Holy Sons dates to speak of, but Om have released a set of West Coast dates for the new year all of which are listed below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Al Cisneros with Om at Bowery Ballroom, Nov 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Sleep is honored to perform at Maryland Deathfest 2013.Good news, which hopefully also means the return of Sleep for recorded material as well. Wow. More details on the way including, hopefully, tour dates outside of their appearance at 35 Denton and at MDF.
Al Cisneros (Om, Sleep), Matt Pike (High On Fire, Sleep) and Jason Roeder (Neurosis, Sleep) have been carefully balancing busy touring schedules to push forward with Sleep as a full, reunited band...
We look forward to MDF and beyond.
Praise thee who accept The Iommic in thine heart
Current Sleep bandmates have been busy with their other projects as of late. Jason Roeder just celebrated the release of the new Neurosis LP in Oakland (pics). Matt Pike is currently on tour with High on Fire, and will play two NYC shows this weekend. And last but not least, Al Cisneros played with Om at Bowery Ballroom on 11/21 (pics) and will return to join Johnny Marr (who has a new solo album coming) and Kim Gordon at Terminal 5 on 12/1 for Dinosaur Jr's celebration of You're Living All Over Me. Tickets are still available.
Dinosaur Jr recently added a grip of European dates to their current slate of shows. Check out those dates alongside a stream of the new live album recorded in 1987 titled Chocomel Daze (out now on Merge).
photos by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Om @ Bowery Ballroom - 11/21/12
Om were supposed to tour over the summer in support of their new album, Advaitic Songs, but had to reschedule the tour due to Emil Amos' arm injury. The new run of dates began earlier this month in Chicago and hit NYC on Wednesday (11/21) at Bowery Ballroom. Om is now officially a trio with Emil and Al Cisneros being joined by Robert Lowe (aka Lichens). Like he did on the rest of the tour, Daniel Higgs (of Lungfish) opened the show.
More pictures and videos from the show, below...
Scout Niblett in Montreal, October 2010 (more by Rachel Kowal)
Scout Niblett has released the new No More Nasty Scrubs 7" featuring a pair of reworked pop favorites. The A-side features a reworking of "Nasty" by Janet Jackson while the flip features TLC's "No Scrubs" with Emil Amos of Om/Holy Sons/Grails. Stream the latter below and look for a video of "Nasty" in the coming weeks.
In related news, back in August of 2010, Emil Amos said:
I've finally decided to prepare a re-release of My Only Warm Coals next, god knows when it will come out exactly...That day has finally come with the announcement of the Holy Sons release on Important in February 2013. The LP spans tracks from 1995 - 2010, look for it in the new year.
All tour dates and that stream is 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.
Emil Amos of Om, before and after the accident
Om reluctantly announce they will be postponing their upcoming tour dates following a skateboarding injury sustained by drummer Emil Amos. The trio, which is rounded out by bassist/vocalist Al Cisneros and multi-instrumentalist Robert AA Lowe, are working on rescheduling the full run starting in mid-November.
Get well soon Emil! Until then, at least we can crank some tracks from their new LP Adviatic Songs, out now on Drag City.
A list of postponed dates, which included Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 29, and song streams are below.
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.
today in NYC
* Nova Social @ Joe's Pub
* Auktyon @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Alt.Timers Trio @ Barbes
* Avi Avital @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Sleeping Giant @ The Stone
* NYC Pride Family Night @ Pier 46
* Led Er Est @ Home Sweet Home
* The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Hilary Hahn, Hauschka @ City Winery
* Nadja, Noveller, Lazurite @ Glasslands
* Carbon Leaf, Zak Smith @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Morning Parade, Carousel @ Mercury Lounge
* Face To Face, Nat Rufus @ Gramercy Theatre
* Starsky + Cox: ZODIAC WITH A "Z" @ Joe's Pub
* Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples @ Beacon Theatre
* Brand Nubian, Game Rebellion @ Red Hook Park
* The Rapture, Tanlines, Dave P @ House of Vans
* Pretty & Nice, Whistle Tips, Aquadora @ 929 XPO
* James Maddock and Band @ Madison Square Park
* Mike Birbiglia's Sleepwalk with Me at @ BAM
* Mon Khmer, The Deer Tracks, Nouela, Crux @ Pianos
* The Hundred In The Hands, MMOTHS @ Mercury Lounge
* Liars, Oneohtrix Point Never, Bubbles @ Webster Hall
* My Best Fiend, Kid Savant, The Veda Rays @ Maxwell's
* The Tallest Man On Earth, Strand of Oaks @ Town Hall
* Gabrielle Herbst, Lesley Flanigan, Cross, Wish @ Zebulon
* The Dead Exs, Christopher Paul Stelling @ Cameo Gallery
* Philip Glass Ensemble, Face the Music @ Rockefeller Park
* Greg Laswell, Elizabeth and The Catapult @ Bowery Ballroom
* Magnetic Island, Via Audio, Butchers and Bakers @ Union Pool
* Mean Jeans, Liquor Store, Hollywood, Foster Care @ Cake Shop
* Big Terrific Comedy Show with Max Silvestri, Gabe Liedman @ Cameo Gallery
* Missing Ships, Video Daughters, What Model Citizens, Ferns @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* Wyatt Cenac, Al Madrigal, John Oliver, Kristen Schaal, Rory Albanese, Adam Lowitt, John Hodgman @ Central Park Summerstage
* Drew Mcdowall (of Coil, Psychic TV), Mark Dwinell (Forma), Matthew Recula (Telecult Powers), Jesse Derosa (Grasshopper), Nathan Cearley (Long Distance Poison) @ Death By Audio
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Tanlines, who play House of Vans with the Rapture tonight, talked to the Creators Project. Check out video of that below.
Divine Fits, the "supergroup" featuring members of Wolf Parade, Spoon and New Bomb Turks, dropped their first full song today which you can stream at their facebook page in exchange for "liking it." They've also got a teaser video with another snippet which you can check out below.
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Om have released a new track in the form of "State of Non-Return", the first single from their forthcoming LP Advaitic Songs due via Drag City on July 24th. Watch the video for that below as well.
The star-studded end to Down's set
With all of the drag queens, bikini-clad girls, and slow-rolling neon cars blasting hip hop, it would be perfectly understandable to mistake East 7th Ave in Ybor City for another Saturday night on the strip. Yet the clubs of East 7th had been invaded by the the black-shirted, devil-horn weilding crew: the fourth-annual Scion Rock Fest was in town.
Ybor City is located north of downtown Tampa, Florida and was the site of 2012's edition, boasting names like Sleep, Merzbow, Oxbow, Repulsion, Sick of it All, Suffocation and many others across four stages (The Orpheum, CZAR Bar, Crowbar, and The Ritz). Though I never made it over to the Orpheum, I saw my fair share of incredible performances across the remaining three stages, many of which will likely never happen again.
Thoughts on Scion Rock Fest 2012, pictures, and video from many of the sets are below.
Sleep at Terminal 5 (more by BBG)
As many know, the history of Sleep's Dopesmoker is almost as fascinating as the seminal release itself. A few different versions have been released, but now it seems that Southern Lord will release the ORIGINAL version of Sleep's epic album, done the way the band intended for release in the mid 90s:
For the 2012 reissue, there are some very notable changes. The original studio tapes have been remastered presenting the album as the band had originally intended. The audio is clearer, louder, and at last brings a true representation of SLEEP's hour-plus Weedian chronicle. Exclusive to this Southern Lord edition is brand new artwork by long time SLEEP artist Arik Roper, to be unveiled in the coming weeks. Additionally, this reborn version of Dopesmoker boasts an unreleased live recording of one of the band's best all-time performances: "Holy Mountain" from San Francisco's I-Beam in 1994.No word on when the release will actually surface but break out the bong, it'll probably be worth a listen. All Sleep tour dates and a stream of the Tee Pee edition of Dopesmoker are below.
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.
Sleep at Terminal 5 (more by BBG)
It was inevitable. Sleep will headline Roadburn 2012. Al Cisneros' other current project Om (with Robert Lowe) and the previously announced curators Voivod also ae on the bill of the European festival. More impressive additions are surely to follow.
Meanwhile, Maryland Deathfest's lineup has finally solidified with the final addition of Autopsy. The band will headline the first night of the jawdropping lineup, alongside other Thursday bands like Agalloch, Eyehategod, Rorschach, Dying Fetus, Desaster, Needful Needful Things, Die Pigeon Die, and Extermination Angel.
The show is one of two Baltimore festival appearances scheduled for Eyehategod, who will also play the A389 anniversary with Integrity, Gehenna and a cast of others.
Full MDF lineup and flyer is below.