Entries tagged with: Six Organs of Admittance

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Barcelona's Primavera Sound festival returns from June 1-5, and as always, the lineup is pretty amazing. They've got Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Sigur Ros, PJ Harvey, Tame Impala, The Last Shadow Puppets, Air, Brian Wilson (performing Pet Sounds), Beach House, Suede, Beirut, Animal Collective, Pusha T, Action Bronson, Explosions in the Sky, Moderat, John Carpenter, Vince Staples, Drive Like Jehu, Deerhunter, Dinosaur Jr, Richard Hawley, Kamasi Washington, Neon Indian, Battles, Ty Segall, Julia Holter, Destroyer, Thee Oh Sees, Titus Andronicus, Tortoise, Mudhoney, Boredoms, Royal Headache, Shellac, Dungen, Beach Slang, Venom, Unsane, The Chills, Holly Herndon, Psychic TV, Mbongwana Star, U.S. Girls, Protomartyr, Julien Baker, Sheer Mag, Downtown Boys and still so much more.

Tickets are on sale now. Full lineup below.

Radiohead, who haven't played live since 2012, were also announced to headline Portugal's Nos Alive and Switzerland's OpenAir St. Gallen. They recently released their unused Bond theme and a new album is rumored to be imminent.

Continue reading "Primavera 2016 lineup (Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Sigur Ros, PJ Harvey, Brian Wilson, Drive Like Jehu, Suede, more)"

by Andrew Sacher


Three Lobed Recordings is releasing a five-album set this week called Parallelogram. Each album is a different split between two artists, and "each LP will be housed within its own letter pressed 'matchbook' bearing new original artwork by Casey Burns and printed by Dexterity Press." Each one is a pretty amazing pairing. They've got modern-day folk singer Hiss Golden Messenger on one with '60s-era folk vet Michael Chapman, avant-folk artist Six Organs of Admittance on one with American Primitivism guitarist William Tyler, the ever-evolving Kurt Vile with frequent collaborator Steve Gunn, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore & John Moloney (aka Caught On Tape) with the Alan Bishop/Bill Orcutt/Chris Corsano trio, and space rockers Bardo Pond with long-running indie staples Yo La Tengo.

The series has a mix of new original music from the artists, and covers. Hiss Golden Messenger takes on JJ Cale's "Wish I Had Not Said That," Elephant Micah's "Still Life Blues," and David Wiffen's "Smoke Rings."

Kurt Vile and Steve Gunn's split has each artist playing on each other's songs, which actually marks the first time they've collaborated in studio (despite playing live together for so long). KV takes on Randy Newman's "Pretty Boy" and John Prine's "Way Back When," and offers up a solo banjo version of his song "Red Apples" (now called "Red Apples For Tom Scharpling") from his 2009 God Is Saying This To You... album. Steve Gunn's half includes a cover of Nico's "60/40."

Thurston Moore and John Moloney take "Ono Soul" from Thurston's 1995 album Psychic Hearts, and turn it into a 19+ minute noise exploration for their sole contribution to the series. The Bishop/Orcutt/Corsano songs were recorded at one of the trio's only two performances, and include a wacked-out cover of Cream's "Politician."

You can order all five splits here and stream them in full below...

Continue reading "Kurt Vile, Yo La Tengo, Hiss Golden Messenger, Thurston Moore & more on new comp 'Parallelogram' (stream it)"

photos by Greg Cristman

Six Organs at Baby's All Right - 4/30/15
Six Organs of Admittance

Last night, when Chasny took the stage at Baby's All Right, he spread his wings further than I ever could've expected. There wasn't a second that went by that had him standing still. He'd walk, but more like float, across the stage to the other members of the band, wailing on his guitar, pulling on his strings, wincing at his drummer to play louder, harder and faster.

There was no acoustic guitar in sight. The sound that once had me traveling to the vast wasteland of sand and heat had been mangled and transformed into a sound that had me gazing into the center of an exploding sun. [DMNDR]

Six Organs of Admittance, the experimental rock band led by Ben Chasny, brought their tour in support of this year's Hexadic (out now on Drag City) to NYC last night (4/30) for a show at Baby's All Right. As the review above points out, Six Organs played an electric full-band set, and they really were quite the sight on stage. Opening the show was Ben's past collaborator and labelmate Elisa Ambrogio (of noise trio Magik Markers), who was joined by Ben and Six Organs' drummer for a few songs.

Pictures of both sets are in this post and continue below...

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Ben & Elisa
Ben Elisa

Ben Chasny releases the next Six Organs of Admittance album, Hexadic, next week (2/17) via Drag City. It's now available to stream ahead of that though, courtesy of NPR. Check it out.

Six Organs' tour hits NYC on April 30 at Baby's All Right, and since we last spoke Elisa Ambrogio was added to all dates. Elisa is a member of Magik Markers, she put out an excellent solo album last year, and has collaborated with Ben Chasny as 200 Years. Maybe you caught her at Silent Barn a couple weeks ago? Tickets for Baby's are still available.

Updated dates are listed, with a stream of "Wax Chance" from the new Six Organs album and an Elisa Ambrogio video, below...

Continue reading "Six Organs of Admittance streaming new LP; Elisa Ambrogio added to tour"


Rangda, the trio of Six Organs of Admittance main man Ben Chasny, Sun City Girls' Sir Richard Bishop, and drummer Chris Corsano (who's worked with Bjork, Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore and others), have so far released two albums on Drag City -- 2010's False Flag and 2012's Formerly Extinct -- and they're now working on LP #3, though there aren't many details on that.

We do know, however, that like they did in 2012, they'll play two shows this weekend before holing up in Black Dirt Studio to record the new LP. The first of those happens in NYC TONIGHT (1/9) at Baby's All Right with support from Samara Lubelski (who was in Thurston Moore's band Chelsea Light Moving) performing as a duo with Zaimph's Marcia Bassett. Tickets are on sale now.

That's the early show at Baby's (7 PM start) happening before the Hailu Mergia show at 9:30. Then on Saturday (1/10), Rangda do it again in Florence, MA with Tarp and Moonfed (members of Black Sky).

Later this year, Six Organs of Admittance will go on their own tour in support of their new album Hexadic (due 2/17 via Drag City), hitting NYC on April 30 at Baby's All Right. Tickets for that show are still available.

Watch a video of Rangda playing Cake Shop in 2010, below...

Continue reading "Rangda playing 2 shows this weekend before recording 3rd LP"

by Andrew Sacher

Six Organs

Ben Chasny's experimental project Six Organs of Admittance will release their next album, Hexadic, on February 17 via Drag City. The album's first single "Wax Chance" is an atonal dose of lo-fi heavy psych and it can be streamed below. Tracklist below too. Artwork above.

Six Organs will also be supporting the new LP with a North American tour in 2015 that hits NYC on April 30 at Baby's All Right. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the song stream and LP tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Six Organs of Admittance releasing 'Hexadic,' going on 2015 tour (dates & song stream)"

Leonard Cohen

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.

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by Andrew Sacher

Six Organs

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.

Continue reading "Six Organs of Admittance released 'Ascent', going on tour (dates & streams)"

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...

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Six Organs at Europa in 2009 (more by Chloe Rice)
Six Organs

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...

Continue reading "Six Organs of Admittance tour dates, 2nd NYC show, video"

by Andrew Sacher

Ed Askew

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...

Continue reading "Ed Askew played a church, Six Organs playing Merc"


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...

Continue reading "Rangda = Ben Chasny+Sir Richard Bishop+Chris Corsano, played Brooklyn, playing Manhattan & other dates w/ Major Stars"

by BBG

DOWNLOAD: The Entrance Band - "Grim Reaper Blues" (MP3)

Sunburned Hand Of The Man
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...

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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....

Continue reading "Om, Naam, Lichens & Six Organs of Admittance @ Europa in Brooklyn - pics, video, live recording ++ (*Bowery tonight*)"

Kurt Vile @ Woodsist/CT Fest July 4th (more by Tim Griffin)
Kurt Vile

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.

PS1 hosts another Warm Up today with Growing on the bill. More places to dance are also listed in This Week In Dance.

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!

What else?

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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...

Continue reading "Om, Lichens & Six Organs of Admittance - 2009 Tour Dates"

by JJ Koczan

We continue with JJ's report from the Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Holland. If you missed it, check out Day One and Day Two. Here is Day Three (Saturday April 24, 2009)...

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.

continued below...

Continue reading "Surviving Roadburn, Day Three: Relearning What Is Known"

DOWNLOAD: Tren Brothers - Swing Pt.1 (MP3)

Tren Brothers

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....

Continue reading "TREN BROTHERS (Dirty Three) & Six Organs of Admittance - 2007/8 Tour Dates & videos"

DOWNLOAD: Six Organs of Admittance - Jade Like Wine (MP3)

Six Organs of AdmittanceA 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?

Continue reading "Largehearted Boy's Interesting CD Releases This Week"

DOWNLOAD: Six Organs of Admittance - Jade Like Wine (new MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Valerie Project - Introduction (new MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Major Stars - Portable Freak Factory (new MP3)

Six Organs of Admittance

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.

"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]

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...

Continue reading ""Indie rock, get to know capitalism. Or else.""