by Black Bubblegum

Om, recording their new LP w/ Steve Albini @ Electrical Audio

In our interview with Emil Amos back at at ATP NY in 2008, he said, "I have four Holy Sons records... A new full-length called Drifter's Sympathy for Important Records, The Squanderer which is the next full length after the Important record, a cover record in the style of Kicking Against The Pricks, and My Only Warm Coals, a 35 song retrospective... I did a show with Damo Suzuki, Yellow Swans, White Rainbow, and Valet, but haven't ever had the time to mix it..."

When not busy playing with Om and Grails, Emil Amos spends a good bit of time cranking away at his solo project, Holy Sons, whose new album Drifter's Sympathy was released Tuesday (4/28) on Important records. Check out a few MP3 snippets, and watch the the video for the title track below.

Also due on Important, Om's new live album! "Live Conference was recorded on 24 track remote audio in Brooklyn. On this night Om performed their seminal album Conference of the Birds live in its entirety. Newly invoked energy resonates in the sound of the band. The dynamics between Emil Amos and Al Cisneros have rendered these songs, and Om's sound into a higher evolution."

I missed Om's last Brooklyn show (9/23/08), but I will vouch for the "higher evolution" of their sound at their performance at ATP three days before. It was one of my highlights for the weekend. Look for Om's Live Conference soon. A picture of the packaging is below.

Om also recently completed recording of their new studio album for Drag City. They're working with Steve Albini, as you saw in the picture above. Look for the album to drop on 9/8.

In the tail end of last year, Emil's band mate in Grails, Zak Riles, released his self-titled LP on Important. A few songs from the LP have evolved into Grails tracks, so it's an interesting trip to hear variations on that theme (pun intended). Check out MP3 snippets from that record too.

Om and Grails both played Roadburn over the weekend. Emil, Scott Kelly (solo, with Neurosis & Tribes of Neurot), Steve Von Till (solo, with Neurosis & Tribes of Neurot), and Wino (solo & with Saint Vitus) were the only people to perform more than once during the festival.

Grails and Al Cisneros's old band Sleep will play ATP The Fans Strike Back with Harvey Milk, the reformed Jesus Lizard, and many many others next week.

If you missed it, we recently interviewed Scott Kelly, Al Cisneros's band member from Shrinebuilder.

Grails' new DVD, Acid Rain, is out NOW. Full tour dates are below...

Holy Sons "Drifter's Sympathy"

Grails & Silver Apples - "Silk Road" LIVE at Knitting Factory 11/22/08

Om's Live Conference packaging

Apr 29 2009 Lilla Hotellbaren Stockholm, SE
Apr 30 2009 Garage Oslo, NO
May 2 2009 Loppen Copenhagen, DK
May 3 2009 Hafenklang Hamburg, DE
May 4 2009 Club Schocken Stuttgart, DE
May 5 2009 Grnd Zero Vaise / Rail Théâtre Lyon, FR
May 6 2009 L'Olympic Nantes, FR
May 7 2009 Cirque Royal, Nuits de Botanique (w/ Woven Hand) Brussels, BE
May 8 2009 La Maroquinerie Paris, FR
May 10 2009 ATP Minehead, UK
May 11 2009 London Forum (w/ Jesus Lizard) London, UK
May 12 2009 Corsica Studios London, UK

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