Entries tagged with: Six Organs of Admittance
UK music magazine Uncut put out their list of the top 75 albums of 2012. The top ten leans pretty heavy on long-running '60s/'70s survivors who put out new albums this year, but plenty of the list-topping regulars from newer acts are on there too, along with a few interesting surprises (Sun Araw, M Geddes Gengras & the Congos!). You can check out the full list below.
by Andrew Sacher
Six Organs of Admittance (the project of Ben Chasny) has returned this year with Ascent, an album of heavy psych rock with sludgy guitar solos taking over where acoustic guitars and drone textures where previously heard. The characteristic sounds of Six Organs aren't completely gone though -- there's the ambient "Solar Ascent" and the folky "Your Ghost" -- but Ascent certainly stands as a distinct piece of Ben's discography. The album also includes notable contributions from members of Comets on Fire, of which Ben has also been a member. You can stream two album tracks, "Waswasa" and "One Thousand Birds," below.
Six Organs have some upcoming West Coast dates this month and a European tour in October, but they've begun revealing more North American dates to go down after that, including a show in NYC which happens on December 1 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/21) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wedneday (9/19) at noon.
A list of all currently known dates and those song streams are below.
by Andrew Frisicano
Rangda, the Drag City-signed trio of Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance), Sir Richard Bishop (Sun City Girls) and drummer Chris Corsano, visit NYC for a pair of shows this weekend. They play Zebulon Friday (tonight, 3/2) with Gunn/Truscinski Duo ($10), and then Le Poisson Rouge on Saturday, March 3rd with Loren Connors. Tickets for the LPR show are on sale. Chasny's website says "We'll be playing some new tunes and heading to Black Dirt Studios afterwards to record the next record."
Their debut record, False Flag, which came out in 2010, is full of high-intensity jams inspired by psychedelia, spaghetti Western and world music. Check out some of the songs below...
Six Organs at Europa in 2009 (more by Chloe Rice)
As previously mentioned, Six Organs of Admittance play a show on August 12 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets are still on sale. Six Organs have since added more dates, including another NYC show the next night (8/13) at Littlefield. Tickets are on sale.
Six Organs released the LP Asleep on the Floodplain in February on Drag City. You can purchase the album on LP/CD/MP3 at the Drag City webstore. The Cam Archer-directed (Xiu Xiu, Current 93) music video for the album track "Light of the Light" is below.
Check that video out, along with album art, tracklist, and all tour dates below...
by Andrew Sacher
Upon first discovering Ed Askew's music a few years ago, I never thought I'd be able to see him live, but thanks to all the much deserved attention the psychedelic legend is now getting due to Drag City, Ed shows are becoming more and more common. Getting the chance to see him for the first time at St. Cecilia's Church on Saturday (6/17) (one night after Atlas Sound played there) was a pleasent surprise to say the least.
Although I was expecting/hoping to see him solo with either a guitar or piano, he was accompanied by a much younger keyboard player and stuck to just vocals and harmonica. He stood off to the side next to a podium which held his lyric sheets while his keyboard player was stationed in the middle of the stage. Despite admitting the sheets were there because he doesn't remember all of the lyrics, his voice was totally in tact and his delivery was excellent, lyric sheets or not. The humble setup was appropriate for Askew, who delivered his quirky songs with an awareness that they were far from marketable. It's with a completely straight face that he delivers lines like:
"Beautiful Tom smiled at me on the bridge.
Later on I sat and smoked a joint with beautiful Tom.
Beautiful Tom smiled at me on the bridge.
Later on I sat and smoked a joint with beautiful beautiful Tom.
smiled at me on the bridge.
Later on I sat and smoked a joint with beautiful Tom.
Beautiful Tom smiled at me on the bridge.
Later on I sat and smoked a joint with beautiful beautiful Tom."
He humbly spoke between songs, saying things like, "This song is one of my more recent ones, well not actually that recent. It was recorded in 1984 on a harpiscord for an album called Imperfiction which was just released now on a label called Drag City." He seemed almost confused that the esteemed Chicago indie label would reissue his work. It's great that they did though, and even better that Ed is still performing and can expose his music to new generations who were far from existing when he released his incredible debut Ask the Unicorn in 1968.
Woods, whose lo-fi approach to folk may not exist without the influence of musicians like Ed, were the headliners of the show (though I left before their set).
You can catch Ed Askew again supporting his Drag City-labelmate Bill Callahan on a tour which hits Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 11 and Bowery Ballroom on July 12. Tickets for both NYC shows are still available.
Speaking of Drag City, Six Organs of Admittance is playing a NYC show at Mercury Lounge on August 12th. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon. No more Six Organs dates to report, but all Ed dates and a video of Ed playing in Philly last week, below...
Rangda kicked off a tour with their labelmates Major Stars at Brooklyn's Knitting Factory last night (8/28). The Drag City supergroup consists of Ben Chasny of Six Organs of Admittance, Sir Richard Bishop of Sun City Girls and Chris Corsano in what Drag City describes as "a guitar-guitar-drums mind-melt for the ages". Their upcoming shows include the Godspeed-curated ATP in Minehead this December and Cake Shop in NYC TONIGHT (8/28). Their debut record, False Flag, is out now...
"Calling it "noise music" would be an insult. Rangda is, more than anything, "classic rock," a perhaps ultimate optimization of the breakdown. If you listen to the worst of SCG, you'll stop caring. If you listen to Rangda, with an attentive ear, you'll hear an ass-thrashing rock and roll coda that never starts and never ends." [Dusted]After Cake Shop they're on the road through the middle of September. All dates below...
DOWNLOAD: The Entrance Band - "Grim Reaper Blues" (MP3)
Sunburned Hand Of The Man
The 1st Annual Memory Burn Psych Fest is a one night affair on Saturday, May 29th, 2010 @ Glasslands in Brooklyn, NY. Inspired by such psych-minded festivals over the past few years such as the Frisco Freakout in SF, Memory Burn gathers a stylistic smattering of local heady, heavy hitters in New York's psych scene for an evening of tripped-out fun...The inaugural Memory Burn Psych Fest is a doozy, featuring performances from Revival Times, Weird Owl, Future Hunter, The Black Hollies, White Hills, Hopewell, Golden Triangle, Psychic Ills, and Sunburned Hand of the Man. The show kicks off at 7PM and $12 gets you in the door.
Another notable psych-related event in the near future includes The Entrance Band, who will team up with The Growlers at Mercury Lounge for a show on June 12th. Tickets are on sale. The Entrance Band play Bonnaroo just two days prior.
Sunburned Hand of The Man recently contributed to a tribute LP for the fallen Jack Rose, who passed away late last year. The album, entitled Honest Strings: A Tribute To The Life And Work Of Jack Rose, is out now via Fina Music and also features contributions from Bardo Pond, MV & EE, No Neck Blues Band, Six Organs of Admittance, Spectre Folk, and many many other notables. All proceeds from the sale of the record go to the estate of Jack Rose. Pick up that record, and read more about it at the label's site.
The Memory Burn flyer and some video, including a few of Golden Triangle at Sound Fix Tuesday (5/4) is below...
words by BBG, photos by Chloe Rice
Om @ Europa
On the eternal quest towards enlightenment, Om played Europa on 10/11 as part of a four band bill that included Ben Chasny solo project Six Organs of Admittance, Lichens, and Naam. Though Om is traditionally a duo, the new (and in my estimation, interesting) direction on God is Good sees the band going outside of their traditional roles, and as such Robert Lowe of Lichens joined them on stage to embellish with percussion, guitar, keys, and tons of effects. NYCTaper was on the scene, and recorded the entire show for your enjoyment. Get that here.
If you happened to miss Europa, then you have a few chances to catch all of the bands in the coming weeks. First up, Om, Six Organs of Admittance, and Lichens plays NYC again (Bowery Ballroom) tonight (10/13). Tickets are still on sale.
The remaining band from the Europa bill, Naam is playing a ton of shows in the coming weeks including the BrooklynVegan-BBG Day Party at Fontana's on 10/23! Full dates for Naam are below, which include Iron Age at The Charleston on 10/17, the Tee Pee/Chronic Youth Day Party on 10/22 at Cake Shop with Priestess, Nebula, Hull, and others, as well as their official showcase at Union Pool on 10/23 with Priestess, Weird Owl, Nebula, Quest For Fire, and many more.
Outside of Om, the duo are staying plenty busy. Al Cisneros will be at Le Poisson Rouge on 11/15 with Shrinebuilder (who recently added Rwake and Liturgy to the bill) while Emil Amos will be back for CMJ to play with Holy Sons.
More pics and video from the Om show, and Naam tour dates (that also include some December Priestess and Early Man dates), below....
Kurt Vile @ Woodsist/CT Fest July 4th (more by Tim Griffin)
tonight in NYC
* Warm Up w/ Growing @ PS1
* Richie Havens @ City Winery
* Woodhands @ Tribeca Grand Hotel
* Marduk, Tombs @ Gramercy Theatre
* Antifolk Festival @ Sidewalk Cafe
* The Pietasters @ Rocks Off Boat Cruise
* Vic Thrill, Aliens @ Santos Party House
* Cable, Naam, Lapdog of Satan @ Union Pool
* Plastic People of the Universe @ Joe's Pub
* Trashcan Sinatras, Brookville @ Bowery Ballroom
* Sweethearts, Wild Yaks, Barry & Eastenders @ Lit
* Painus, Quinn Walker, Tearist, Wild Yaks @ Coco 66
* Six Finger Satellite, Pterodactyl, POP1280 @ Southpaw
* The Phenomenal Handclap Band, Tanlines, Q&A @ BKLN Yard
* Fishbone, The Prigs, Drunken Sufis @ Rocks Off Boat Cruise
* Animal Collective, Dam Funk, Zomby @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* The Warlocks, The Morning After Girls, The Vandelles @ Maxwell's
* Kurt Vile, Blues Control, Birds of Maya, Daily Void @ Silent Barn
* Galaxie w/ Publicist (DJ) (Trans Am/Ian Svenonious) @ Market Hotel
* Hercules and Love Affair, Jason Kendig @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
All Leather, Team Robespierre, Chinese Stars, Rice @ Death By Audio
* Drink Up Buttercup, Blind Man's Colour, Beach Fossils, Lights On @ Union Hall
* Teengirl Fantasy, Ecstatic Sunshine, Lucky Dragons, Growing @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Morphoses & The Wheeldon Company (dance) w/ Martha Wainwright @ Central Park Summerstage
* Donner Party Picnic, Bad Credit No Credit, Back Pockets, Apollo Heights, No Mas Bodas @ Shea Stadium
Free outdoor music tonight includes dance from Morphoses & The Wheeldon Company with music from Martha Wainwright at the Central Park Summerstage.
Kurt Vile and Blues Control play at Silent Barn with Birds of Maya and Daily Void.
Hercules & Love Affair play the second of two NYC shows, tonight at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Animal Collective also plays their second NYC gig tonight with Dam Funk and possibly Zomby at Prospect Park Bandshell.
Marduk and Tombs play Gramercy Theatre. Did you meet Marduk last night at Duff's?
Reunited synth post-punk band Six Finger Satellite visit Southpaw with Pterodactyl and POP1280. The Juan Maclean has a show coming up at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
A veritable who's who of TWII bands comes to Union Hall. Catch Drink Up Buttercup, Blind Man's Colour, Beach Fossils and Lights On at the venue tonight.
The Warlocks and Morning After Girls perform at Maxwell's with The Vandelles. How was the show last night at Bowery Ballroom?
Trashcan Sinatras gig at the Bowery Ballroom with Brookville.
Woodstock happened 40 years ago today, which means all the tributes and celebrations will be over soon. In the meantime, today is the Bethel Woods Music Festival "starring the Heroes of Woodstock" in Bethel, NY, School of Rock "Presents Woodstock 40th Anniversary Festival with Doomsand" at Mexicali Live in Teaneck, NJ, Richie Havens plays City Winery, and there's there's a party happening tonight at Water Street in DUMBO. Flyer below for the latter below.
The Antifolk Festival brings Jaymay, Daniel Bernstein and Crazy and the Brains to the Sidewalk Cafe.
New Six Organs of Admittance video for the song ""Anesthesia", below...
Dinosaur Jr. plays Central Park Summerstage on Sunday. Del The Funky Homosapien plays the Williamsburg Waterfront on Sunday.
Creed plays Jones Beach tonight!
by Black Bubblegum
Om live at ATP 2008 (more by Zach Dilgard)
It's been over a year, but they haven't been forgotten. Om, who will declare that God Is Good on Sept 8th, have announced a string of US tour dates including TWO in NYC... Europa on Oct 11th and Bowery on Oct 13th. Tickets for Europa are on sale. Bowery details are still TBA.
Om is bringing some pretty strong support with them as well, all of which were recently featured on Al Cisneros's compilation for Arthur Magazine, Transmissions from Sinai (available here). Look for Lichens on all dates, with Grouper on a pair of dates and Six Organs of Admittance (Ben Chasny) bringing up the rear of the tour which includes both NYC dates.
Although Grouper is NOT scheduled to play at any of the Om dates in NYC, look for Liz Harris at ATP NY on Sept 11th, as well as on few US dates in September. Om played ATP NY in 2008.
Meanwhile, Ben Chasny's previous collaborators, Sunburned Hand Of The Man, have scheduled a show with Oneida (who are also playing ATP NY in 2009) at Broadway backyard, one of a four tour dates scheduled for the pair.
All tour dates 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.
he played Mercury Lounge last night....
Six Organs of Admittance, IOTA, Vermont - Jan 24, 2008 (intangibleArts)
* Eric Bachmann is at Southpaw
* Alberta Cross plays Union Hall
* Vampire Weekend are playing Bowery Ballroom
* Jeffrey Lewis is playing Mercury Lounge (late)
* The Teenagers are playing Mercury Lounge (early)
* Marilyn Manson & Ours are playing Hammerstein Ballroom
DOWNLOAD: Tren Brothers - Swing Pt.1 (MP3)
Tickets are on sale for a Six Organs of Admittance & TREN Brothers show at Mercury Lounge in NYC on January 29th. TREN Brothers = Jim White & Mick Turner (2/3 of Dirty Three). They came out with a CD on Drag City in July. Drag City also releaed the new Six Organs record. Be prepared for a mellow night with some amazing musicians. Videos, and more tour dates below....
DOWNLOAD: Six Organs of Admittance - Jade Like Wine (MP3)
A short holiday week in the US means a short CD release list. The only new album I have heard that I can wholly recommend is Shelter from the Ash by Six Organs of Admittance. I will also definitely pick up the covers album by Bonnie Prince Billy, Ask Forgiveness, today.
Help me spend some of my birthday gift certificates, what can you recommend from this week's list? Have I left anything noteworthy off the list below?
Is $7 an album enough to keep an indie label in the black? Not according to Rian Murphy, sales manager at Drag City Records. Murphy's label decided to pull its catalog from digital subscription service eMusic because it had to sell three times the amount of songs to make the slim profit iTunes already provided. The service provides plans that can whittle the price of a song down to 27 cents — appetizing to consumers but nauseating for artists.Six Organs of Admittance's new album Shelter From The Ash is out November 20th on Drag City ($15.98 at Amazon...or is it?). The Valerie Project and Major Stars also have new albums coming out on Drag City that day. Tour Dates, and more info, below...
"Keep your eye on the bottom line, and if it doesn't make sense, don't do it," Murphy said. "Things become known eventually. You don't really have to force them down people's throats."
Murphy says it's up to independent labels to resist slashing their own prices just to fit someone else's corporate business model. Drag City albums sell for $9.99 on iTunes and $8.99 on Amazon, though Murphy says Amazon is swallowing the difference.
"There are too many people out there who don't value their own exposure, who want (their music) to get to the maximum number of people and they don't care what they have to do," Murphy said. "This is the reason, as far as I'm concerned, that the industry is in trouble." [The Seattle Times]