Entries tagged with: Sunn O)))
We already knew that sunn 0))) and Dead In The Dirt were heading towards NYC for Power of The Riff East, the two-day festival at Warsaw in Brooklyn going down from 9/1 - 9/2 (tickets for day one HERE, day two HERE). But now comes word that the pair have expanded that appearance into a week of shows that stretch from NYC down to Atlanta and includes a stop at Hopscotch Festival.
Dead in The Dirt participated in another Power of The Riff event, our collaboration during SXSW. Check out pictures from that event if you missed it. Otherwise, head below for a list of all tour dates as well as video.
by Fred Pessaro / BBG
Despise You at Shea Stadium, Sept. 2011 (more by BBG)
The Power of The Riff's West Coast edition expands further with some notable new bands today. In addition to the previously discussed appearances from OFF!, Dr. Know, Repulsion, Noothgrush and others, the Los Angeles festival has added sunn O))) (who plays the East Coast edition as well), Hoax, Despise You (who played NYC last year), Nausea from California (who played Maryland Deathfest this year) and Bio Crisis. Tickets are on sale for the August 11th show at Echo/Echoplex in Los Angeles.
While we're riffing, tickets are on sale now for the POTR East which happens September 1 and 2 at Warsaw in Brooklyn. Get tickets for September 1 HERE (with Pentagram, new addition Agnostic Front, Poison Idea, Negative Approach and more), for September 2 HERE (with sunn O))), Repulsion, and new additions Double Negative and Coffinworm) and for both days HERE.
The latest flyer for the Los Angeles edition is below.
Sunn 0))) photo by Andrew Beardsworth
Heads up, lovers of loud: tickets for the previously discussed The Power of The Riff show at Warsaw over Labor Day weekend with Sunn 0))), Pentagram, Poison Idea and many more go on sale TODAY at noon (7/2). Tickets are available for the Saturday show (9/1), Sunday show (9/2) or as a weekend pass.
BrooklynVegan and Scenic are proud to announce our involvement in the first-ever East Coast edition of The Power of The Riff! The two-day event happens Labor Day Weekend and will feature a kick off party on the day before (8/31) and pre/post parties on the days of the shows. Save the dates, September 1st and 2nd at Warsaw in Brooklyn where you'll catch:
THE POWER OF THE RIFF 'EAST'
September 1st and 2nd 2012
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
SPECIAL GUEST playing a special album set
Alpha & Omega
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
Dead In The Dirt
+ 1 more band TBA
Tickets go on sale for single shows on Monday 7/2 at noon (Saturday HERE and Sunday HERE) or you can purchase a single weekend pass.
The Warsaw show is The Power of The Riff's first venture on the East Coast after two years of successful events in Los Angeles (pictures of year 1 HERE, year two HERE). Organizers / creators Greg Anderson and Sam James Velde are in the eye of the hurricane, tapping into a line up that represents the forefathers, current touring acts, plus shedding light on "up and coming" and local acts. Year three on the West coast kicks off on August 11th at Echo/Echoplex in LA with OFF!, Dr.Know, Repulsion, Noothgrush, Xibalba, and many more. Check out the flyer below along with video from 2011.
BrooklynVegan and Power of The Riff combined forces for both a day and night show during SXSW this year. If you missed it, check out pictures from our Converse/Thrasher Deathmatch party (HERE, HERE and HERE) as well as our official showcase.
Built to Spill at BV SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Barkan)
The Hopscotch festival in Raleigh, North Carolina will celebrate its third year from Sept. 6-8, 2012 in downtown Raleigh, with 175 bands in 15 venues. The initial lineup, released today, runs the gamut from traditional indie favorites to punk to noise music to hip hop to noisy black metal and all stops in between, featuring performances from Built to Spill, sunn 0))), The Roots, The Jesus & Mary Chain (who played SXSW), Liars (who have a show coming up at Webster Hall), Baroness, Deerhoof, Death Grips (who play NYC soon and have new material on the way), Danny Brown (who was at Coachella and plays Prospect Park soon), Pallbearer (who play an exclusive East Coast Show soon), Screaming Females (who recently played NYC and are on tour now), Thee Oh Sees, The Spits (who just played NYC twice), Tenement, The Mountain Goats (two sets, one of which will be an all metal-covers set!) and so many more.
(and now we know the Jesus & Mary Chain are coming back soon)
Tickets are on sale. The full lineup and flyer (update: and a few more announced J&MC dates) are below...
DOWNLOAD:Noisear - "Endless Reincarnation" (MP3)
Unearthly Trance at Saint Vitus (more by Greg Cristman)
Unearthly Trance shows are few and far between nowadays, but the band will awaken from their live slumber to play Acheron on March 1st as part of a bill that includes The Communion, Water Torture, and Syphilitic Lust. $8 gets you in the door. Check out the flyer below.
Horseback has completed their new LP Half Blood due via Relapse this Spring. Details are limited so far, but Roadburn has more details about the record and its "amalgamation of drone, doom, black-metal, psychedelia, post-rock, noise, and ambience recorded with a wide array of instruments including guitar, bass, drums, keys, piano, bells, contact mics, field recordings, drum programming, noise and various signal processors." Yep, sounds like a Horseback record!
Check out a new Noisear track from their upcoming three-way split with Antigama and The Kill above. The track features vocals by Mitchell Luna of ex-Maruta fame.
Perdition will join Varix, Murderer and Sad Boys at Heaven Street Records TONIGHT (2/3). Door entry will cost you zilch and beers will cost you a dollar. Sounds like a winning night of furious, crusty punk to me.
Drainland will share a split 7" with Crows due on Suburban Mayhem Records. Stream the material from that release below.
One interesting and important footnote to the upcoming Behold the Arctopus show at Saint Vitus on Feb 24th... Support will come from Mindless Blasting and Geryon, two bands which feature Mick Barr with Nondor Nevai and Nick McMaster with Lev Weinstein respectively. Basically, a night of Krallice-related projects... should be interesting. Tickets are on sale.
No NYC dates, but Ringworm, Cancer Bats & Primitive are touring from Ohio to SXSW and then back to Ohio together. OFF! were also recently announced on the SXSW lineup.
Mastodon/Opeth/Ghost tickets went on sale earlier today.
Saturday's Ceremony, Pissed Jeans, The Rival Mob, Hoax, Kim Phuc, Gods and Queens show @ Le Poisson Rouge is now sold out.
Converge announced a tour.
YOB recently visited NJ with Tool. Right before that, they headlined their own show in Chicago with Anatomy of Habit and an opening set by YOB's Mike Scheidt who is going to release a solo album this year on Thrill Jockey. BV Chicago has pics from the Chicago show.
A list of suggested NYC shows with song streams, the "Beaten & Left Blind" video by Landmine Marathon, and a set of European SUNN O))) tour dates, below...
Stephen O'Malley on stage with Sunn O))) and Boris (more by Greg Cristman)
"Sunn O))) is on a break. We've been so for about a year now. We did a lot from 2007 to last year. Five tours supporting the album, a hundred shows in a single year I think, which is a lot. We don't really want to become a touring band. Greg said something really funny about it once: 'We're not gonna turn into High on Fire!'. Sunn O))) focuses on irregularity, so when you're taking the irregularity from it, you're kind of sabotaging it. But we're curating a line-up in April at Roadburn festival in Holland, though. We've got Winter playing, Keiji Haino, Corrosion of Conformity, Trap Them, and a bunch of death metal bands. It's going to be amazing, actually, a real mix of old and new acts. We'll be playing too, of course." - Stephen O'Malley:The above quote comes from a recent interview with Stephen O'Malley done by The Quietus. And while O'Malley doesn't have any current US dates with sunn O))), he DOES have solo dates scheduled including one in Pennsylvania and one on May 14th at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn.
The NYC show is the third night of "the final" Table of The Elements Festival where Stephen will share a bill with Jonathan Kane's February, Helen Money, and Igor Cubrilovic. Stephen describes his solo set as "Primitive, minimal & loud guitar." Mission of Burma's Roger Miller also told us earlier this year that his M2 project would be playing the same fest. Stay tuned for more details (the venue is currently not listing it yet).
Stephen O'Malley recently dropped an LP as part of Aethenor, his project with Daniel O'Sullivan (Ulver, Mothlite, Guapo), Kristoffer Rygg (Ulver) and Steve Noble (N.E.W., Company, etc.). Stream portions of En Form For Bla on the Midheaven distro site.
All tour dates and some videos below...
The cover for the classic Winter LP, Into Darkness
It's official, you will see me at Roadburn 2011. The European festival announced today that the sunn o))) curated day at Roadburn would feature an appearance for NYC Doom Metal gods WINTER (wow), along with Earth, Scorn, Beaver, Aluk Todolo, Menace Ruine, Hooded Menace, The Secret and Atilla Csihar's Void Ov Voices. For Winter, it'll be their first show back together since their split nineteen years ago (1992). For the unfamiliar:
"Winter were an American doom metal band from New York. Employing vocals reminiscent of death metal, they were acknowledged as creators of some of the heaviest and slowest doom metal ever composed! Hour of Doom demo tape (1989) Into Darkness (1990) Future Shock Records Eternal Frost (1994) (EP) Nuclear Blast Records The album was re-released in 1992 by Nuclear Blast, and again in 1999 (including the EP)"The announcement is paired with the additions of Today Is The Day and Black Math Horseman to the other days at the festival. Must.
As previously mentioned, NYC band and recent Thrill Jockey signees Liturgy were also recently added to the festival lineup. What we didn't know at the time was that Liturgy are also playing Glasslands on December 9th in addition to their show witu Orphan, Dope Body, and Elks at Acheron on December 3rd. All dates below..
Roadburn flyer and current lineup below too...
photos by Greg Cristman,
Two nights after they closed out ATP NY, Altar, aka sunn o))), Boris, Jesse Sykes, Joe Preston, and others, headlined Brooklyn Masonic Temple (smack dab in the middle of two Sleep shows). The Altar show featured opening sets by BXI (aka Boris + Ian Astbury of The Cult) and the enchanting Jesse Sykes and The Sweet Hereafter. Power failures caused the headliner's show to halt ten minutes in, and the way the show ended is up for some debate, but those issues aside, anyone who was there until the end doesn't seem to be complaining...
"The experience alone of seeing these two amazing bands perform this album in its entirety was the best live performance I've ever had both physically and mentally.More pictures from the show are below...
While exiting the show, my comrades and I remained in silence only to make the occasional comment of "holy shit that was amazing", or "my body is still vibrating."
Now that I have been to several 'big time' events about the city which include some of my favored bands, this still remains to be the best thing to have happened in New York since I've been here, and possibly the year.
My praise to you, oh, Elder Gods. My our sacrifices be plentiful.
Blood for the blood God." [Vitamin C4]
ALTAR @ ATP NY (more by Samantha Marble)
It's true that for a while the 100-year-old building buckled under all the power ALTAR was drawing, but after some ingenious electrical surgery the band played their entire set at its maximum volume, exactly as intended. If you were there you felt it throughout your entire body - it was mesmerizing. The cops did come to see what the noise was all about, right as ALTAR was playing their final song. They did not shut it down - in fact they seemed amused at the spectacle.Pictures and more from the night coming soon.
ALTAR, their crew, and the staff from All Tomorrow's Parties (on hand for extra support) performed incredibly last night. All bands should be so fortunate to have the kind of serious and dedicated fans that Sunn O))) and Boris share. It'll take a lot more than a temporary electrical hiccup to keep them from experiencing performances as rare and momentous as this one.
Blackened Music Series
"Sunn O))) broke the Brooklyn Masonic Temple". -juddgreenstein
"power problem sideswipes #sunn #Boris #altar show. Band breaks character, lifts hoods and asks audience 10 mins to straighten out" -Robert Chow
"Power outage@ Brooklyn masonic temple: praying to the doom metal gods: let sunn o))) & Boris finish" -thejass
"Sunn 0))) blew the power to the Masonic temple. Everyone's running around trying to fix it. Having punk rock show flashbacks". -americab
"All the mobile device tweet power in here should be
routed into the amps #altar" -Toby Driver
The massive sunn O)))/Boris rig at ATP NY 2 nights earlier (more here)
After sets from Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter and BXI, two songs into last night's (9/7) sunn O)))/Boris set at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, the power blew. With the heat sweltering inside the venue and the Brooklyn Masonic staff scrambling to fix the issue, a number of people from the audience decided to hit the road. The venue later fixed the issue, and sunn O)))/Boris played in complete darkness to conserve power. Reportedly the police then showed due to noise complaints, but according to one attendant, "Saw the cops, but can you shut down a show that's already over? Or did someone give Sunn and co. the signal to stop? Either way I don't think anyone noticed. Shit was excellent." Stay tuned for more info.
UPDATE: The noise did get the police there, but they didn't shut it down.
Hopefully the power won't buckle tonight at Sleep at BMT (all went well Monday night) (and by the way, tickets will be released at the door) or at the sunn O)))-curated Roadburn 2011 with the newly added Pentagram and Swans. Swans will also play Masonic Temple on October 8th, tickets are still on sale. Their Bowery Show the next night is sold out.
BXI sat down with someone for a video interview 2 days ago (right after ATP). In it, the interviewer says that people called the last sunn O))) show at Masonic Temple, "the loudest they ever heard". You can watch that below...
words and photos by BBG, more photos by Samantha Marble
Thurston & Jim @ ATP NY (photo by Abbey Braden for ATP)
My 11 Most Notable Moments at ATP NY 2010 by Adrienne DayOur own ATP NY review now concludes with a recap of Sunday. If you're just joining us, start with Friday and then read Saturday, before continuing...
(11) Book club with Samantha Hunt and Luc Sante. Apparently Nikola Tesla thought he was married to a pigeon. #ThingsIlearnedatATP
(10) Jim Jarmusch and Thurston Moore's silly but entertaining exchange about "weird New York"
(9) @janelerner's Mary-Poppins-like bag with its bottomless supply of comforts from home
(8) Sleep's defibrillating two-hour-plus set
(7) Blagdon Lake at dusk: http://twitpic.com/2m59gh
(6) Beak> opening with the terrific "Blagdon Lake" and keeping it surprisingly cohesive / groove-able for the whole set
(5) Injuries sustained while losing at air hockey: a heavily bruised knee and what feels like a torn rotator cuff
(4) Years of incontinence producing an unmistakably ripe aroma in Kutsher's front elevator
(3) Stooges scholarship ("Williamson should go back to designing computer chips"; "Iggy's slowed down a bit but still, holy shit")
(2) This little pumin has apparently already been featured on Brooklyn Vegan: http://twitpic.com/2m59bb
(1) no wifi as its own time warp, leading to in-depth convos and contemplative gazing on the lake
Ron Jeremy & new friend @ ATP NY Sunday night
How do you get out of a conversation with Ron Jeremy? It's 1:30 AM on Monday (Sunday night), my friends are talking to the porn legend, and all I can think about is rest. It's been a brutal weekend of fantastic performances, great conversation, contact highs, 30 packs of beer, fantastic people, not to mention great music. But by the end of Sunday (the final day of ATP NY 2010), I just needed some Zs.
After a day-opening set of psychedelia from White Hills on stage two (which I enjoyed though it didn't manage to give me the kick in the ass I needed), The Greenhornes held down my interest for what I caught of their set. The
Detroit Cincinnati band's garage pop played to one of the biggest early day crowds that I had seen on all three days. Kurt Vile's garagey punk followed on the second stage, sounding much heavier live than I had anticipated.
Fucked Up was next on the main stage, so I made sure to secure a primo slot for the mayhem. Madman Pink Eyes, who sang 2/3 of the show from the crowd, did all of the following during his set in the Stardust Room: crushed a coke can like Stone Cold Steve Austin, sprinkled Cocoa Puffs on the crowd, smeared himself with Oreos, performed all of "Crusades" with a plastic bag on his head, laid down in the center of the crowd, instigated a group hug of 20-30 people, and took audience members on piggy back rides. After two days of festival madness, it was definitely the shot in the arm I needed. Vivian Girls, who followed them on the second stage, was a bit of a comedown, but then again who wouldn't be?
GZA's set was moved to later that night on stage two (which I would end up missing due to Altar), so his stage one slot was filled by comedian Hannibal Burress who had also performed Friday night. I missed his set and ended up catching Wooden Shjips' powerful psychedelic set on the second stage. There were many retro-leaning bands playing over the course of the weekend. My favorite sets in that category came from Dungen and The Black Angels. Powerful, trippy and fantastic.
With the lights down low, Hope Sandoval played xylophone and crooned with her enchanting voice to the Stardust Stage crowd. On any other occasion, I might have found the set mesmerizing, but at that moment another pick me up was needed and I surprisingly found that in Girls's sunny Elvis Costello brand of pop directly afterward. With all of the recent brutality (Fucked Up, Wooden Shjips, and in a much different way, um, Vivian Girls) it was a fun change to see the band run through tracks like "Laura" from their recent LP. Great set from this Cali crew.
T Model Ford
Of all the artists walking around Kutshers during ATP weekend, the two that seemingly had the most fans/people clamoring to meet them were Sunday's curator Jim Jarmusch, and T-Model Ford. It didn't hurt that T-Model was apt to take his guitar out and play anywhere with a little battery-powered amp. The bluesman finally got his time under the lights of the second stage on Sunday night though, and the adoration continued, with people cheering while he tuned (multiple times).
Raekwon took the stage a touch late with an introduction from Ron Jeremy, running through the classic Wu material: "Protect Ya Neck", "C.R.E.A.M.", "Ice Cream", set opener "Motherless Child", "House of Flying Daggers" and many more. Though I nerd out to the tracks and even ODB classic-that-felt-like-set-filler-in-a-Raekwon-show "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" on the Stardust Room system, the set felt phoned in. Not to sound insensitive, but is a few-minute shout out to your grandfather who is buried in Monticello really necessary? GZA, Kim Gordon, and Thurston Moore watched the set from the sides of the stage.
I missed GZA's rescheduled set completely on the second stage (because of Altar), but he reportedly delivered a freestyle-heavy set. The Wu-tang rep later showed up at The Deep End Bar to greet the legendary Kool Herc who was DJing late-night...
GZA & Kool Herc ATP (Kory Grow)
Partway into [Kool Herc's] set, in walked Wu-Tang Clan's GZA, who had played a sort-of aggressive set at the same time as Altar (I went back and forth between the two.) ...in the presence of Herc, he was nothing but reverent. He nonchalantly stepped behind the turntables and said hello. ...It was one of those rare moments where you felt like you were seeing something rare and historic. GZA grabbed the mic and talked about what a legend Kool Herc was and thanked him before leaving.-After leaving Altar, I spent a good portion on my way out saying goodbyes to the many new friends I had made at ATP. The festival is more than a string of shows, a worn-down hotel, and a few too many beers; it's a community of like-minded and friendly people that I have not experienced anywhere else. ATP New York was tons of fun, and I spent a good portion of Sunday lamenting that my experience was almost over and I'd have to wait another year. But I'll definitely be there.
[Sadness Is Delicious]
words and photos by BBG, more photos by Samantha Marble
"Altar is a collaboration album between Japanese doom band Boris and American drone doom duo Sunn O))), released on October 31, 2006 through Southern Lord Records. A limited two-CD edition was released on October 23rd via Southern Lord with a 28 minute bonus track with Sunn O))), Boris, and Dylan Carlson, titled "Her Lips Were Wet with Venom". Inoxia Records released their own two-CD version in 2006 which features a bonus track on the first disc, "The Sinking Belle (Black Sheep)," and also features "Her Lips Were Wet with Venom" on disc 2. The triple-vinyl edition by Southern Lord contains all of the songs from their two-CD edition, additional pictures, and liner notes by Kim Thayil. The Daymare 3LP version was released March 23, 2007 and features a bonus track not found on any other version of this release: "The Sinking Belle (White Sheep)."Going into the Altar set Sunday night, I was admittedly not that excited; of all of the tracks on the LP, only the ethereal and melancholic "The Sinking Belle" featuring Jesse Sykes had left a truly indelible mark on me. Punishing and powerful, sunn o))) and Boris were joined by Sykes, Joe Preston and others, who added Moog, trombone, upright bass, and much more to the jet engine roar. Their set at Kutsher's, much like Sonic Youth the night before, was the single greatest show that I have ever seen sunn o))) or Boris be a part of.
In addition to major players Sunn O))) and Boris, Altar also boasts an extensive roster of guest musicians/collaborators such as Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), Joe Preston (Earth, Thrones, Melvins, High on Fire), Phil Wandscher and Jesse Sykes (both of Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter) as well as long time Sunn O))) collaborators TOS Niewenhuizen and Rex Ritter." [Wikipedia]
And they do it again, in Brooklyn, TONIGHT (9/7). More pictures from the ATP show, below...
sunn o))) at Brooklyn Masonic Temple (more by Greg Cristman)
Roadburn has announced that sunn o))) will curate April 15th of the 2011 edition of the festival taking place from Thursday, April 14 to Saturday, April 16 in Tilburg, Holland. The festival will be followed by a fourth "Afterburner" event on Sunday, April 17, 2011. Details are sketchy/non-existent so far, but we'll have more as they arise.
Due to volcanic activity in Iceland, the 2010 Roadburn (review part 1, part 2) was marred by cancellations from Shrinebuilder, Enslaved, Jesu, Candlemass, The Gates of Slumber, Yakuza, Black Math Horseman, Soilent Green, and many others. I wouldn't find it too far-fetched to expect some of those bands to make it over for the 2011 edition.
sunn o))) will team up with Boris (who just played NYC) to perform Altar twice in the coming weeks. First, at ATP NY on Sept 5th and then again on Sept 7th at Brooklyn Masonic Temple with BXI (in between the two Sleep shows at BMT). Greg Anderson of sunn o))) recently played LA with Goatsnake as part of the Power Of The Riff Festival.
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:
ATP NY have a plethora of exclusives upstate in early September, and now they're bringing one to NYC. On September 7th, The Blackened Music Series and ATP will combine forces for a show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple where sunn o))) & Boris will perform Altar in its entirety (a NYC first) and BXI will make their US debut! The melancholic and heart-wrenching Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter will sweeten the deal/provide awesome contrast for the rage. Tickets are on sale.
The show is one day before Sleep smokes out the same venue with Lichens and the newly added A Storm of Light (tickets still on sale for that too)...
As previously discussed, BXI is the collaboration of Boris and Ian Astbury (The Cult) who will release their debut EP in September via Southern Lord. The four song EP will feature three new tracks, as well as a cover of The Cult's "Rain". Dig on the EP cover, as well as a video of BXI in action (performing The Door's "The End") in Sydney Australia below.
Reminder, Boris plays MHOW on August 6 with Torche and Russian Circles (the day after UNSANE/Keelhaul at Santos!). Tickets are on sale.
The Altar flyer, a BXI video and cover art, below...
Boris @ ATP NY 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
There aren't many music news items that get me excited as ATP lineup additions. This one is no different. Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions, Torotoise, Bardo Pond, Beak> featuring Geoff Barrow of Portishead, Sleepy Sun, Avi Buffalo, Sunn O)) & Boris performing material from their collaborative album Altar, Dungen, and White Hills have all been added to the already-stellar bill of the 2010 festival at Kutsher's Country Club in Monticello, NY (Sept 3-5). All confirmed artists and more details below...
Dave Verellen of Narrows (more by Samantha Marble)
Another year gone, but not without lasting memories! Eyehategod (x2). Akitsa. Rorschach (x2). BV-BBG @ CMJ. Ludicra. BV @ Northside. Keelhaul... Not to mention the tons of memories jogged by my turntable and iPod. Estimates place the number of albums released in 2008 at 115,000, and while similar data for 2009 is scarce, I think that number seems on the low side. With so many to choose from, you can imagine that it was tough to sift through 20 (22 actually) that represented my year...
Animal Collective @ ATP NY (more by Ryan Muir)
So how the hell did Merriweather Post Pavilion-- an album closer in spirit to the sub-aquatic psychedelia of 2005's Feels and Panda Bear's 2007 solo Person Pitch than its predecessor-- wind up in the Billboard Top 20 and outsell both the Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand's most recent albums in North America? That mystery is ultimately the most wonderful thing about the album. Unlike so many indie-rock crossover artists before them, Animal Collective did not breach the mainstream by cleaning up their act, or adopting classic-rock conventions, or scoring a strategic soundtrack or iPod-commercial placement. And, above all, they did little to formalize their defining mercurial quality. [Pitchfork]Pitchfork posted their Top 50 Albums of 2009.
Animal Collective is DJing the Museum of Natural History in January.
DOWNLOAD: Eagle Twin - Live at KRCL (MP3)
words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Greg Cristman
Much like their labelmates Black Cobra, the duo Eagle Twin make a lot of noise for a two piece. Gentry Densley's guitar tone recalls the low-end version of an elephant blowing his trunk, and it gets in your guts. Drummer Tyler Smith has the power to match that tone, as he bashed away at his kit breaking at least three drumsticks in the five minutes I stood near him. This band is much more impressive than The Kindness of Crows would lead you to believe.
Pelican followed, pulling mostly from their upcoming LP What We All Come To Need with a few nods to City of Echoes along the way. The new material seems a bit heavier, and we can look forawrd to hearing some of that again when the band comes back in December with Black Cobra and Disappearer.
Earth's clean tones and Morricone slant were the final band before the funeral dirge of sunn O))). The pensive nature of their material (which was focused on later releases, in particular, The Bee Made Honey in The Lion's Skull) was a sharp contrast to the two heavier acts that preceeded it.
"Led by Dylan Carlson, the quartet has perfected a playing style which derives its narcotic power from an almost impossible slowness, taking John Fahey-style melancholic guitar licks and dragging them out as if they're echoing across an infinite Texas plain in the dark.sunn O))) pics and review HERE. Pelican tour dates and more pics are below...
Then something unpleasant happened: Earth stopped playing. Whoever the tenth-level puppetmaster is who runs things at the Masonic temple, he/she apparently is a set-time stickler, so despite all manner of enthusiastic applause and catcalls from the crowd, Carlson and crew did not return. Surprising and frustrating." [William]
words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Greg Cristman
"It started its show, as usual, with a 20-minute censing of dry ice and the recorded chants of Gyuto monks. Then the band started its march of long, long notes, played by guitar and bass and a little bit of keyboard. The members played through the pieces in unison, without a drummer, so slowly and loudly that small discrepancies of timing produced dissonances that worked like sonar drills on your guts." [NY Times]It was hot. DAMN HOT. Add to that soupy air from the blasting fog machines, a room packed with people, and the walls were literally dripping with condensation. Nevertheless sunn O))) hit the stage to a packed Brooklyn Masonic Temple on 9/22. As expected, Attila Csihar performed with the band, with costumes varying from a mirrored statue of liberty with laser fingers (sounds weird, but it worked) to a winter demon. Sunn O))) did venture into clean and simple tones, with assistance from a keyboard and trombone, but the full stacks of vibrating low-end were the order of the night for the duo of Greg Anderson and Stephen O'Malley.
"When we first started we thought of it as a studio project," Anderson says. "We had no intention of playing live. But we discovered [that] to really capture what Sunn O))) was about, that physicality of sound we were getting off on, it can't be produced on CD or vinyl. We had to do it live. There's no substitute for volume." [Metro Pulse]Sunn O))) is still on the road with Eagle Twin, but for this special event at the Masonic Temple, they were also joined by the mighty Pelican and Earth. Pics from those bands are to come, but for now you can see some more from Sunn O))), and a couple of videos, below...
tonight in NYC
* Islands @ Asbury Lanes (NJ)
* Shakey's Record Fair @ Public Assembly
* Starfucker, Deelay Ceelay @ Bruar Falls
* itsnotyouitsme, Pitcom, Gutbucket @ Zebulon
* Snow Patrol, Plain White T's @ Beacon Theatre
* The Drums, Knight School, Kordan @ Mercury Lounge
* Fanfarlo, Wildbirds & Peacedrums @ The Bell House
* Face to Face, Pegboy, Polar Bear Club @ Irving Plaza
* Slaraffenland, The Silent League, Glass Ghost @ Union Pool
* Sunn O))), Earth, Pelican, Eagle Twin @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple
* People Under the Stairs, Grieves with Budo @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Spank Rock, Big Freedia, Sissy Nobby, DJ Rusty Lazer @ Glasslands Gallery
* Soulsavers (w/ Mark Lanegan), Jonneine Zapata, Red Ghost @ Bowery Ballroom
* Mike Pride's Drummer's Corpse, Blast Off!, Aaron Siegel, Meredith Arena @ DBA
* Musicka Mystica Maxima w/ 4th Sign of the Apocalypse, Daniel Higgs, John Zorn & Bill Laswell, more @ Santos Party House
Musicka Mystica Maxima fest goes into its second and last night with music from 4th Sign of the Apocalypse, Daniel Higgs, Spires That In The Sunset Rise, and John Zorn & Bill Laswell.
Starfucker are getting a new name, but not before playing tonight at Bruar Falls with Deelay Ceelay, and tomorrow at Santos.
Public Assembly becomes a record store tonight. Morningwood plays a secret show at the same venue on Wednesday at 5pm (4pm doors).
Spank Rock is playing Glasslands tonight which means Spankrock may or may not be playing Glasslands tonight.
Soulsavers have a new record and Mark Lanegan sings on it, as he does tonight at Bowery Ballroom. Jonneine Zapata and Red Ghost open.
The Maze at Death By Audio hosts Mike Pride's Drummer's Corpse, Blast Off!, Aaron Siegel and Meredith Arena.
The Drums play with Knight School (not Action Painters as originally scheduled) and Kordan at Mercury Lounge.
Fanfarlo are playing the BV CMJ show on October 20th. They also play tonight at the Bell House, which is your last chance to catch Wildbirds & Peacedrums while they're in town.
Face to Face and Pegboy are on tour - they're back in town, playing Irving Plaza with Polar Bear Club tonight (all three just played Gramercy Theatre on 9/17).
Denmark's Slaraffenland are here for one night only to perform at Union Pool with The Silent League and Glass Ghost.
Last but not least, Blackened Music Series presents highly-regarded lineup of Sunn O))), Earth, Pelican and Eagle Twin at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. Sunn O))) videO))) is posted below.
The new video for Flaming Lips' "I Can Be A Frog" is posted below. Wayne Coyne spoke with us at ATP NY.
A sampler of Bob Dylan's forthcoming Christmas album is posted below. Not to be missed for sure...
by Black Bubblegum
As members of a secretive brotherhood, Freemasons are no strangers to conspiracy theories. They've heard it all before: that they're child-sacrificing cult members, or religious zealots plotting a New World Order with the Jews, or satanic anti-religious alien spies.Now that Dan Brown wrote a book on the Masons, it's safe to say that mom, dad, grandma, and my 14 year old cousin will probably know a thing or two about the secret society. Thankfully, Southern Lord will cast a little darkness back upon the Brooklyn Masonic Temple when the label hosts an absolutely mind-bottling lineup of sunn O))), Earth, Pelican, and Eagle Twin on 9/22 as part of The Blackened Music Series. Tickets are still available, though if you're lucky, you can WIN A PAIR as well as a copy of sunn O)))'s Domkirke 2xLP! Just email us at BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with the subject line of "pronounced sunn not sunno" (include your first and last name).
With Dan Brown's newest novel, "The Lost Symbol," hitting bookstores on Sept. 15--much of it rumored to center around Masonic myths--the Masons are in preemptive damage-control mode. [Religion News]
by Black Bubblegum
Mick on stage with Krallice @ The Studio @ Webster Hall (more by Paul Birman)
Besides the previously mentioned Maze Installation running at Death By Audio, Mick Barr has his hands full with two more shows that lean more towards the heavier side of things.
First up, Mick is scheduled to play Union Pool on September 19th with dark droners Nadja as part of the ongoing Blackened Music Series. Tickets are available, get 'em here. The show is part of a US tour for Nadja, who are promoting as many as FIVE new releases and three upcoming ones: Autopergamene for Essence Music, as well as White Nights/Drone Fields DVD and Under The Jaguar Sun 2LP for Beta-Lactam Ring Records. Sheesh.
The second (actually first) show for Barr is part of the ongoing Show No Mercy series. That takes place at Public Assembly on Sept 6th and will feature the Gnaw, Castevet, and Period. Dig on the flyer for that show below. You want to go for free? I have TWO PAIRS OF TICKETS available for giveaway, just email us at BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with the subject line of "Barr" (include your first and last name).
After the Mick Barr/Nadja gig, the next show in The Blackened Music Series will be the sunn 0)))/Earth/Pelican/Eagle Twin mega-event at Masonic Temple on 9/22 (tickets) followed by the Brooklyn Vegan sponsored presentation of Shrinebuilder at Le Poisson Rouge on 11/15!
Full Nadja dates, the Josh Graham designed sunn 0))) flyer, and the Seldon Hunt designed SNM flyer are below...
by Black Bubblegum
Pelican @ Irving Plaza in June (more by Paul Birman)
"Pelican are in the studio putting the finishing touches on their fourth studio album, entitled What We All Come To Need (out this fall on Southern Lord). What guitarist Laurent Lebec has dubbed "the most perfect synthesis of everything we've done to date, sonically", this new album is a giant step forward within the complex, intricate, beautiful and crushing sound Pelican is famous for. The album features more guests than have ever appeared on a Pelican album before: Greg Anderson of sunn O))), Aaron Turner of Isis, Ben Verellen of Harkonen and Helms Alee and Allen Epley from The Life & Times and Shiner. Content-wise, Lebec says "There is a current of inspiration that feels particular to each album's music and titles. Though we lack a singer, the song names are often conceptual. This new album speaks to a rapidly decaying world, the fulfillment we find in each other, as well as the resolve to move beyond disillusionment."Chalk up ANOTHER killer band! Pelican has been added to the already sick bill of sunn 0))), Earth, and Eagle Twin at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on September 22nd! Tickets are still on sale. The show is one of a pair for this killer four band lineup (the other is in Seattle on August 6th).
Repulsion, Pig Destroyer & Brutal Truth played Brooklyn Masonic Temple on July 31.
New Pelican album cover art, tracklist, and tour dates below...