Elisa Ambrogio’s video for “The 101,” rides a rock ’n’ roll animism via the curves of California’s forests, where ferns are hardwired to unseen voltage and black cubes manifest as mysterious omens. Ambrogio’s video teases out the weirdness from the only state that could have given us Esalen, Heaven’s Gate, PKD, and the Integration.
For more than two decades, Ben Chasny’s Six Organs of Admittance has taken on many forms, from full-band blowouts to spectral acoustic balladry, from esoteric approaches to free-form explorations. Wherever he goes, he’s always worth following. For his debut Lagniappe Session, Ben has re-imagined three Melvins songs, paying righteous tribute to the long-running Washington state rockers.
One of the great 21st century guitar records – reborn! For Octavio Paz is a captivating collection of intimately spectral six-string (nylon and steel) enigmas. Originally released in 2003 on the influential Time-Lag label, it doesn’t fit neatly into any kinda American Primitive Fahey/Basho worship zone; instead, it’s a beguiling little universe of its own. Ben Chasny has never made anything quite like it since (whether with Six Organs of Admittance or one of his many other projects), which adds to the LP’s special quality.
The Six Organs of Admittance catalog is deep and varied, each album offering the listener a terrifically tangled journey through Ben Chasny’s boundless musical imagination. For that reason, it’s tough to pick out a single […]
For a decade-and-a-half, Cory Rayborn’s Three Lobed label has been a reliable trademark of quality when it comes to adventurous underground sounds. From the blown speaker glory of Bardo Pond to the Takoma School stylings of Daniel […]
Word came creeping out of Western Mass early this year that Rangda — the mighty psych rock trio consisting of Sir Richard Bishop, Ben Chasny and Chris Corsano — was hunkered down in Black Dirt […]