Entries tagged with: Steve Albini
by Andrew Sacher
It's no secret that the '90s are all the rage right now. The internet (and maybe even your real life) is filled with nostalgia for everything from Pogs to Nickelodeon cartoons to Tamagotchis and this reality check from The Onion that the '90s weren't only Pogs, Nickelodeon cartoons and Tamagotchis. Indie rock is no exception. The sounds of the Alternative Nation era can be heard in many of today's indie bands, and countless '90s OGs have reformed to excellent results, playing not just to the people who saw them the first time around but to many new, younger fans. When it comes to discussing '90s rock, we usually turn the conversation towards critically acclaimed bands like Pavement, Superchunk, Archers of Loaf, Built to Spill, Neutral Milk Hotel, and My Bloody Valentine or huge bands like Nirvana, Weezer, and Radiohead. You don't need another list telling you those bands are great. (But if you do, those lists are easily Googleable and recommended!) Instead, here's an alternative (pun intended) way of looking at the decade. Here's a list that highlights nine great bands who seem like they're starting to get re-evaluated a bit and starting to get the credit they deserve (some more than others).
I'm not trying to take the obscurer-than-thou route either. In fact, there's a good chance you've heard of all of these bands. All of them were on major labels. Some didn't have enough hits to get legitimately popular or remembered for more than one or two songs, but because of their MTV/KROQ associations they weren't very indie-cool either. Some achieved more mainstream success (often by changing their sound), an even bigger indie cred killer. But all of them are doing cool stuff right now, whether it's new albums, vinyl reissues, tours of the classic material, or new related bands. Almost all of them also have a clear influence on younger, modern bands. Whatever it is, it's reminding us why they were such great artists to begin with.
Of course this list could've had way more than nine bands. So feel free to comment telling us which ones you would've included and which ones you think we should've left off. Check out the list (in no particular order), with commentary and song streams, below.
UPDATE: Here's why we didn't include Nada Surf.
Shellac, one of the bands of the highly talented and highly opinionated Steve Albini, have been talking about a new album for a while, and now the followup to 2007's Excellent Italian Greyhound has finally been announced. It comes out September 16 via Touch & Go and a press release reads:
SHELLACThere you have it.
PRE-ORDER NOW (at the Touch and Go Records web store): HERE
TRACK LISTING ◊ 9 songs
Dude Incredible / Compliant / You Came In Me / Riding Bikes
All The Surveyors / The People's Microphone / Gary / Mayor/Surveyor / Surveyor
Steve Albini ◊ Guitar
Todd Trainer ◊ Drums
Bob Weston ◊ Bass
This is Shellac's fifth LP. Recording took place sporadically over the past few years at Steve's ELECTRICAL AUDIO studios in Chicago. The record was mastered by Steve Rooke at ABBEY ROAD. There is no comma in 'Dude Incredible'; like Sir Duke or King Friday, for example.
Both the CD and LP version of Dude Incredible come packaged in a chipboard album jacket with two high gloss, full color monkeys on the front cover. The LP includes a CD of the full album.
Audio quality is paramount, as always, with Shellac. The LP was mastered entirely in the analog domain, using the DMM (Direct Metal Mastering) process. The LPs are being manufactured at RTI in Camarillo, CA, using their HQ-180 system. The pressings are 180 gram audiophile quality.
Other than the informational sheet you hold in your hand (or virtual hand), this record will have no formal promotion. There will be no advertisements, no press or radio promotion, no e-promotion, no promotional or review copies, no promotional gimmick items, and otherwise no free lunch.
The band will continue to play shows or tour at the same sporadic and relaxed pace as always. There is no correlation between shows and record releases.
Dude Incredible will be available for digital download purchases in formats including full-bandwidth 24-bit files.
Cincinnati poppy punks Vacation were already announced as one of the bands playing the Don Giovanni Brooklyn showcases, and since we last spoke they've announced a full tour surrounding that show. The tour includes another NYC show happening a few days after the Don Giovanni show on February 10 at Cake Shop with Flykills. All upcoming dates are listed below.
Vacation play the first night of the Don Giovanni showcases, which happens at Death by Audio on 2/6 with Tenement, Night Birds, Nuclear Santa Claust and The Groucho Marxists (tickets). The other two nights happen at MHOW on 2/7 & 2/8 with Screaming Females, Laura Stevenson, Nude Beach, California X, Priests and more (tickets).
Speaking of Screaming Females, they're also about to record a live album in Chicago that Steve Albini is recording, and after that they're heading out on a tour with The Julie Ruin. That tour doesn't hit NYC but it will be nearby when it hits Asbury Lanes on April 12 in Asbury Park, NJ. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All Vacation and all Screaming Females dates are listed, along with a stream, below...
by Bill Pearis
Chicago indie rock band Veruca Salt caused quite a sensation with their 1994 debut single "Seether" and subsequent full-length, American Thighs. The band suffered from an overproduced second album and co-frontperson Nina Gordon left the band shortly after. Louise Post carried on with Veruca Salt (with varying backing members) up through most of the '00s, releasing IV in 2006.
After calling it quits, the original line-up (Gordon, Post, Jim Shapiro, and Steve Lack) announced in March of this year via Facebook that they were reforming -- "for now let's just say this: hatchets buried, axes exhumed" -- and working on new material. The band are currently recording a new album with Brad Wood, who produced American Thighs (and Liz Phair's Exile in Guyville, among other '90s indie rock LPs).
Louise and Nina's first live, public performance together in 15 years will happen in Los Angeles on December 18 as part of Second City's 2013 24-Hour Improv & Music Benefit. Their performance happens at 10 AM CST (11 AM EST) and, like the rest of the benefit, will be broadcast live online.
The event, while Chicago-based, has performances happening from all over the country from December 17 at 6 PM CST to December 17 at 6 PM CST, including St. Vincent performing at 6:30 PM CST from somewhere in Brooklyn. Other performers playing the benefit include Bob Mould, Jeff Tweedy (who also plays a related benefit in Chicago in January), Fred Armisen and more. The full schedule for the Second City's 2013 24-Hour Improv & Music Benefit is listed, along with a few classic Veruca Salt clips, below...
Albini & BUB: "No, that is not the microphone Gavin Rossdale used..."
Sure you can look at cats on the internet. You probably just were. But isn't it fun to look at internet videos of cats on a big screen in a big room with lots of people? That's the idea behind The Internet Cat Video Film Festival which comes to NYC at Warsaw on October 25. In addition to lots of internet cat videos, one of the web's most famous cats, Lil BUB, will be there in the flesh. Also there: Supercute! who probably have songs about cats. Tickets are on sale now.
Speaking of Lil BUB, you have probably seen the video of him meeting the other most famous feline on the internet, Grumpy Cat, over the summer. If not, you can watch that meeting below. Meanwhile, on the latest episode of his web talk show (shades of Space Ghost), Lil BUB chats with another legendary grumpy cat, indie rock producer Steve Albini (who is probably grumpy that we referred to what he does as "producing"). You can watch that below too.
by Doug Moore
As you've no doubt heard (several times over), Nirvana's seminal In Utero turned 20 roughly two weeks ago. Geffen Records released an über-deluxe edition of the album on Tuesday -- 3 CDs, a DVD, and a lengthy booklet that together contain just about every version of the In Utero set that you could possibly want. If you ever listened to With the Lights Out and thought, "Man, this could be more comprehensive," then this is your jam.
The 20th-anniversary In Utero contains, among its extras, the letter that In Utero producer/all-around scabrous bastard Steve Albini wrote to Nirvana during his courtship of the project. Someone has helpfully uploaded the whole thing. It's a great read; Albini is both a colorful character and a crisp writer. The letter offers a revealing look into his (highly influential) attitudes as a producer, plus some quotable one-liners. Some favorites:
"Remixing is for talentless pussies who don't know how to tune a drum or point a microphone."Read the whole thing here. The über-deluxe In Utero 20th anniversary pack is available on Amazon for the low, low price of $130. I predict that it will be the Christmas gift of choice among 30-something professionals.
"I would be a little concerned about having you at my house for the duration of the whole recording...it would be a fine place to mix the record though, and you can't beat the vittles."
"If a record takes more than a week to make, someone's fucking up."
While on the subject of In Utero, Deer Tick, in their Deervana guise, played the album in full at Brooklyn Bowl a couple weeks back on the album's release anniversary. NYC Taper was there and you can stream a song and download the whole set over his weay.
In other news, Kurt Cobain's childhood home is on the market for $500,000, though the list price is reportedly less than $70,000. His mother and sister, who currently own it, would like it to become a museum. If you have that kind of dough burning a hole in your pocket, you can take a look inside before you buy without schlepping all the way out to Aberdeen, WA.
If that's not enough, there's some previously-unreleased rehearsal footage of "Very Ape" and "Radio Friendly Unit Shifter" floating around the web; you can stream it below.
Check out those live videos below. What are we missing?
We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...
If you bought a ticket to that fundraiser, may we interest you in a live entertainment company?
Meanwhile, the President was on The Late Show with David Letterman last night, chatting about the Mitt Romney "47%" video and other things. Watch it below.
Check out what David Byrne & St. Vincent played last night in Chicago.
Look at pictures from our Jon Spencer Blues Explosion record release party that was last night.
Hope to see you at our Rafiq Batia record release party that Anti-Pop Consortium is also playing.
Check out an excellent profile piece on the legendary Neil Young that appeared in the NY Times Magazine.
Sinead O'Connor wrote to Russian president Vladmir Putin, demanding Pussy Riot's release. Is that helping or hurting?
Deftones are back with "Leathers", the new song from their upcoming Koi No Yokan due on 11/13. Check out that song below in a video stream and/or down load your copy at their site.
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Amanda Palmer @ Webster Hall in 2008 (more by Dese'Rae L. Stage)
for better or for worse, this whole kerfuffle has meant i've spent the past week thinking hard about this, listening to what everyone was saying and discussing. i hear you. i see your points. me and my band have discussed it at length. and we have decided we should pay all of our guest musicians. we have the power to do it, and we're going to do it. (in fact, we started doing it three shows ago.)Meanwhile her new LP debuted at #10 on the Billboard album charts.
Justin Vernon wants this image on his body
We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...
We interviewed Jack Tatum of Wild Nothing.
Duo AlunaGeorge made a video for their awesome, recently released single"Your Drums, Your Love" which you can watch below.
Out now on paperback (which I noticed via an ad on this site): Will Oldham on Bonnie 'Prince' Billy.
Check out pictures from this past weekend's A.V. Fest / Hideout Block Party (and here).
Can you beat Swans' Michael Gira at a staring contest? Try it below (via Pitchfork).
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Yeasayer in Austin earlier this month (more by Tim Griffin)
We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...
Bat For Lashes is releasing her new album, The Haunted Man, on October 21. Back in July, she revealed the first album cut, "Laura," and today she's let loose a second taste of the album. Continuing a trend thus far of naming songs after women's names, this one's called "Marilyn." You can stream it below.
The final track on the new Lower Dens album, Nootropics, has become the inspiration for a new beer brewed by Stillwater Artisanal Brewing for their new Stillwater Sensory Series. The beer is called "Stillwater Artisanal, Sensory Series v.1 - Lower Dens" and will be out this November with a QR code on each bottle that leads to an exclusive video of Lower Dens performing the song when scanned.
by Andrew Sacher
Screaming Females in studio (more by Kirstie Shanley)
Screaming Females recently finished recording their fifth LP, which is set for an April 2012 release. They recorded the album at Electrical Audio in Chicago with Steve Albini. The picture above is taken from the recording sessions, which you can see more of at BV Chicago. Listen to a stream of Screaming Females playing one of their new songs live on WFMU below.
Screaming Females opened for fellow New Brunswick band Thursday at Thursday's last New Jersey show at Starland Ballroom on Monday (12/26). It was definitely the heaviest Screaming Females show I've ever seen, and if this any sign of the direction they're taking on the new album, then I'm all ears. They opened their set completely in the dark with the chugging intro of "Sheep" off 2010's Castle Talk, before bursting out into a number of songs filled with even more shredding and screaming from Marissa Paternoster than usual, while throwing in some Sonic Youth-y noise breakdowns.
All dates and stream below...
photos by Abbey Braden for ATP
Shellac play their first of two sold-out shows with Helen Money at The Bell House TONIGHT (10/3), just a few days after playing ATP I'll Be Your Mirror in Asbury Park, NJ where Steve Albini also manned the poker tables all weekend on the 8th floor of the Berkeley Hotel. ATP pictures in this post. Steve Albini in NYC (hope he can handle it!). More pictures below...
Steve Albini (Shellac) @ ATP NY 2008 (more by Zach Dilgard)
Steve Albini tells Gothamist:
Well, there's the thing about New York. New York is such a monolith that it's pointless to have an opinion about it. It's like bitching about the weather. It certainly won't accomplish anything and it certainly won't make you feel better about what you didn't like. New York has a couple of characteristics that are undeniable and one of those is that it's a magnet for assholes who couldn't get any attention at home and decided that the problem wasn't that they weren't interesting but that there were all these squares around them in Dubuque or whatever and they need to go to some big cosmopolitan city like New York where people will appreciate them. So if you can imagine that scenario playing out within every city in North America and every one of those assholes with an opinion slightly outreaching his ability getting on a fucking Greyhound. You end up with a pretty good description of what's annoying about New York is that it's full of people whose self-image just ever-so-slightly outstrips their ability.Full interview at Gothamist. Shellac, like Chavez, plays ATP in NJ on Friday. Shellac's tour then also brings them to Brooklyn for two shows at the Bell House.
I studied painting under in college under Ed Paschke, who is dead now, he was a brilliant, brilliant educator. He was one of the only people in college who actually taught me anything. I mean, I learned a lot while I was in college, don't get me wrong, but not a lot of it was academic and not much of it was taught to me, it was primarily stuff I learned on my own. But he was one of the few people that actually taught me anything. But at one point, and he was the first person to make me aware of this, of being in New York. He described it as the "catch-all of runners up." And I think that's probably what annoys me about New York when I'm annoyed by it. Whatever they're doing at the moment, that's not really them, in their minds. Like, I'm working in this bookstore but I'm not a bookstore clerk, I'm a writer. Or like, I'm working in the restaurant but I'm not a waiter, I'm an actor. There are all these people who are not the thing that they are doing at the moment and therefore feel demeaned by every second of their existence. And the chip on New York's shoulder is the thing that keeps everything on the ground there. It's the massive weight that causes all of the gravity that happens in New York.
Having said that. I'm going to do that English thing. Oh, he's such a cunt. [Fake British accent] I mean that in the nicest way. [Laughter] I mean this in the nicest way really but he is just such a cunt, you know. Really I just want to murder him, I mean I love him, but I just want to murder him.
Tyler, The Creator @ Pitchfork Fest 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
"Feel Like I Have To Defend Myself. 1 Idk Who The Fuck Steve Albino Is 2. I Dont 'Nigger Everything Insight' 3. I Never Say Fuck U To Drivers 4. We (odd future) Never Discuss How Much We Are Making A Show In Public, Ever. 5. Me Nor Anyone i Know In My Age Group Know Who You Are, Old Ass. Surprised You Knew how To Use A Computer. And Whats Good With RAPEMAN? Okay, Back To Regular Shit: SO I FUCKING FAILED AT GETTING A PICTURE OF MY FART. FUCK - TylerPREVIOUSLY: Steve Albini doesn't like Odd Future (read his reasons why)
"I am quite happy none of them engaged me directly, because at least one of us would have regretted it." - Steve Albini
Shellac at ATP 2008 (more by Zach Dilgard)
A guy named Steve crossed paths with a guy named Tyler. See what Steve had to say about said encounter below.
Shellac at ATP (more by BBG)
Though tickets for their show on October 3rd are still available, the Shellac / Helen Money tour has added a second night at The Bell House on October 4th. Tickets are on sale. An updated set of tour dates is below.
In somewhat related news, Merge is reissuing a remastered version of Superchunk's 1994 album Foolish (which was produced by Brian Paulson at Steve Albini's home studio in Chicago), "some different album art, special bonus material, and extensive liner notes by drummer Jon Wurster" included. Preorder it now at Merge Records. The band previously reissued/remastered No Pocky For Kitty, On The Mouth, and most recently, Here's Where The Strings Come In. All are available at the Merge store.
All updated Shellac dates and some video is below.
photos by Samantha Marble
Shellac played the Bell House Tuesday night with Helen Money (aka Alison Chesley and a cello). Both fantastic artists, on tour together, also made an appearance at ATP NY over the weekend (specifically, Saturday 9/4). They also hit Buffalo along the way...
"One of the things that helped make their set most memorable from the last time I had seen them was the amount of crowd banter the band engages in. And last night at the Ninth Ward there were times you may have gotten confused as to whether you were at a rock show or watching stand-up comedy. Albini dropped his most recent favorite one liner. Bassist Bob Weston fielded questions from the crowd during a band solicited Q&A session. And all members took part in ribbing an unwitting attendee." [Buffalo Rising]Another set of pics from Shellac at ATP (where the Q&A got cut), with some videos from the Bell House, are below...
Kurt Vile at Brooklyn Masonic Temple (more by Lori Baily)
It's almost final and official, ATP New York is ruling. The best Hudson Valley festival to ever be held in a 1960s time capsule has announced the "final additions" including two comedians chosen by Syd Butler of Les Savy Fav (more to come... that's all "so far"), as well as a few new and interesting additions to the Jim Jarmusch curated date. Behold:
words & photos by Keith Marlowe
Brahms @ 450 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY - July 15, 2010
I felt weird as soon as I walked in the room, which had a girls giving out candy standing by two Toyotas, opened up like they were in a showroom. There was a DJ playing club music, and signs that read Toyota and the Village Voice everywhere, because everyone knows the only thing more important than throwing a party is constantly reminding people WHO is throwing the party. On the other hand, there were pretty women giving out free Cabo Wabo tequila, so I decided to have some drinks and try to relax. As I watched people take photos of themselves in a car turned into a makeshift photo booth, I still felt more like I was at a mall than about to witness one of the most unique touring rock bands in the world.
Brahms was the opener, and they seemed a curious choice to me - not only their music, but because the band stood almost motionless behind orange pieces of plexiglass or something. They were the exact opposite of what was gonna happen when Monotonix came out. I listened to a couple songs, and went backstage to watch my friend Haggai (the drummer) do push-ups in Garfield underwear.
While getting warmed up for the show he told me they had just come from Chicago where they finished a third recording session with Steve Albini. They had originally planned on doing a single, but it went so well they went back two more times and ended up recording an entire album, still untitled, that will drop this winter on Drag City. "I'm really excited about this record, I feel like it's the first time we really got the live show energy into an album format," he said. Monotonix formed in Tel Aviv, Isreal, in 2005. This record will be their third.
Shellac @ ATP NY 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
Shellac (aka Steve Albini, Bob Weston & Todd Trainer) and Helen Money (aka Alison Chesley from Verbow) will head out on tour in September around Shellac's September 4th appearance at ATP NY 2010. And like BEAK>, there is a NYC show. It's at the Bell House on September 7th and tickets are on sale now. All dates below...
ATP NY, happening over Labor Day weekend (Sept 3-5), continues to expand its lineup.
To complete the line-up for [Saturday, Sept. 4, the fest's second day] our new additions are headed up by HALLOGALLO, a very special new project headed by Michael Rother and featuring Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth), Aaron Mullan (Tall Firs) and Ben Curtis (Secret Machines, School of Seven Bells, and whose brother is now a touring member of Interpol). Hallogallo will perform the music of Rother's 1970s Krautrock legends Neu! - their recent debut show in Barcelona was rapturously received. Also confirmed are cult heros SHELLAC who appear as ATP's House Band, FURSAXA, SIAN ALICE GROUP and TEXT OF LIGHT (featuring Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo). Steve Albini of Shellac is also confirmed to host his Card Games Room over the weekend.Tickets to all days are on sale.
Both of Neu!'s founding members, Rother and now-deceased Klaus Dinger, were also members of Kraftwerk. "Hallogallo" is the name of track #1 on Neu!'s debut Neu...
"The legendary German group NEU! released only 3 albums between 1972 and 1975, but these albums had an influence wildly disproportionate to their modest commercial success; praised by and influential to David Bowie, Hawkwind, Iggy Pop, DEVO, Sonic Youth, Stereolab, Autechre, Radiohead, U2, Wilco, Primal Scream, and beyond. In May 2010 Gronland Records [released] a box including these three LP's and an incredible batch of bonus material. Also this year will be the first live presentation of this music in more than 35 years as 'Hallogallo 2010.'"Hallogallo 2010 is also playing a free show at Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park Bandshell on Friday, August 6th. They play International House of Philadelphia, in Philadelphia, PA on August 8th.
The new Saturday additions join Friday's Don't Look Back lineup (Friday will also feature a Comedy Stage, details TBA) of Iggy & The Stooges, Sleep, Mudhoney and The Scientists (doing their first US show), Saturday's Sonic Youth, Explosions In The Sky, The Breeders and Tortoise, and Sunday's Jim Jarmusch-curated lineup (which just added the Greenhornes, but dropped Brian Jonestown Massacre who were previously announced for the festival but canceled).
The current lineup for all three dates is posted below...
photos by Chris La Putt
NY MAG: How was working with Steve Albini on Further Complications?Jarvis Cocker played Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (7/30). Little Joy opened. Some more pictures are below...
Jarvis Cocker: It was kind like the polar opposite of most producers. He didn't want to get his fingerprints all over the record. And we're not that dissimilar in age; even though we were growing up in other continents, I guess it's that punk movement that brought us into music, so there were some points of reference in common. You know, being in the studio can be very, very dull, but this wasn't at all because when he wasn't playing poker online, we actually had some quite interesting conversations. And I suppose it's well-known -- he wears overalls to work because he treats it as a job rather than a creative enterprise, and that was quite a refreshing thing.
DOWNLOAD: Future of the Left - The Hope That House Built (MP3)
Future of the Left @ Webster Hall (more by Nathan Miller)
Welsh trio Future of the Left (ex-mclusky) are coming to North America for a July tour in support of their latest record, Travels With Myself And Another, which is out now on 4AD. The first single from that is above.
That tour starts with a secret show (shhh) at Brooklyn's Spike Hill on Sunday, July 12th. The 8pm gig will act as an unofficial after-party to the Mission of Burma/Fucked Up/Ponytail show at Williamsburg Waterfront earlier in the day. I think the Spike Hill show will also be FOTL's first first headlining NYC show, and their first-ever Brooklyn show.
Future of the Left's Andrew Falkous recently had a nice, long rant about why people should leave him alone about working with producer Steve Albini, who recorded a bunch of Falkous' Mclusky records. Faklous said...
..."I'm usually polite about it for the most part but it is very difficult to summon up the effort to answer the question for the seventh time in a day. You end up saying 'I just told that guy over there, see the guy in the orange, fucking ask him what it's like to work with Steve Albini, because I've already used up all the variant ways I can think of of expressing it."...Albini's band Shellac was just added to the 2009 ATP NY festival. Andrew's answer, in full, and all tour dates, below....
by Black Bubblegum
"So I have to be guarded in a way and kinda prepare myself for what's gonna happen, because when it happens, I don't even know."
From their crust punk origins of more than twenty years ago, Scott Kelly and Neurosis have forged their own path with searing imperial riffery and singular artistic vision. Over the course of nine LPs including 2007's critically acclaimed Given To The Rising, Neurosis's firebrand mix of hardcore, metal, psychedelia, and all-of-the-above has inspired fans and musicians alike, giving way to sub-genres and sub-sub-genres based on their compelling, emotive songwriting.
Outside of Neurosis, Scott Kelly has took on additional projects like Blood & Time, Tribes of Neurot, solo recordings, his online radio station Combat Music Radio, and Neurot Recordings. In addition, Kelly announced his involvement in Shrinebuilder, an underground metal supergroup featuring Scott "Wino" Weinrich, Al Cisneros (Om, Sleep), and Dale Crover (Melvins).
With Roadburn 2009 going down this weekend in Tilburg and Neurosis on board to curate Beyond The Pale, we sat down with Scott Kelly in March to discuss Neurosis, the making of Shrinebuilder's debut LP, and why children's mobiles should come installed with music box versions of Lunar Womb!
Where are you exactly in the process as far as Shrinebuilder is concerned? I know you provided recent updates on your blog, but since then, how's it coming along?
We are basically in the same spot we were... Not finished mixing yet, artwork's not done yet, but getting closer on both. Wino ended up doing an extra day of guitar in Baltimore about ten days after he did the initial recording and Dale's done a little bit of percussion overdubs and we've been kinda dialing in each song a little at a time. Its actually really close to a final mix. Al is recording the new Om album in Chicago, so when he gets done he'll be in there with those guys. I'd expect to have it all mixed probably within a couple weeks... it's really close.
by Black Bubblegum
Sleep in Germany, 1993 (permission from Al Cisneros)
Sleep departed from this Earth 'round 1996, and not with a bang, but a whimper. In 1995, the future members of Om and High On Fire began work on their third LP, the follow-up to their highly-acclaimed Holy Mountain. Upon completion, Sleep delvered their new album, entitled Dopesmoker to their label, London Records, who deemed it "unmarketable". Undeterred, the band headed back to the studio and reemerged with Jerusalem, a leaner version of Dopesmoker with re-written lyrics. Again, London Records refused and as a result, Sleep disbanded.
Jerusalem AND Dopesmoker have since seen the light of day, and in that time the legend of Sleep has grown by leaps and bounds.
Since it was announced that Sleep would reunite for the ATP's The Fans Strike Back Festival, fans have been clamoring to hear more details about the reunion, as well as the reasons behind it and whether they would play any additional shows. Luckily, we were able to corner Al Cisneros of shortly after his tour of Europe with Om to discuss some of these issues as well as shed some more light on Om, Shrinebuilder, and High On Fire's new album!
When I interviewed you in September, were the plans already in the works, or did the ATP folks corner you at the festival and start to nail it down then?