Friday, May 22, 2009
Sonic Youth - The Eternal (out June 9, pre-order & listen now) I'm into it, but I think SY might should focus on being the new model for jam bands rather than putting the weight of their identity on their straining songwriting muscles.
Current 93 - Black Ships Eat the Sky (listen) Current 93 is the definition of "arch," but I love them for being so. The rouge's gallery for their up and coming album Aleph at Hallucinatory Mountain sounds daunting, if not promising:
Spinning around epic series of verses written by Current 93 founder David Tibet, the new album sees Tibet back with a new 1972-style supergroup comprised of himself on vocals and July and Gorgon guitars; guitar hero James Blackshaw on 12-string guitar and piano; counter-culture guru William Breeze on electric viola and viola-controlled sampler; Cyclobe and Coil's Ossian Brown on synthesizers, treated organ, and electronics; heavenly musician John Contreras on cello and synthesizers; haunting chanteuse and composer Baby Dee on piano, Hammond organ, and throat song; Pantalemon's enchanted Andria Degens on vocals; world famous porn star Sasha Grey on vocals; Andrew Liles (Nurse With Wound) on electronics and guitars; extraordinary percussionist supreme Alex Neilson (Red Krayola, Trembling Bells, Bonnie "Prince" Billy) on drums and percussion; Grammy award-winning genius Rickie Lee Jones on vocals; Alice and Henry Rousham on vocals; Steven Stapleton on electronics and glands; NYC legend Matt Sweeney (Zwan, Neil Diamond, Superwolf, ZZ Top) on electric guitar and vocals; rock god phenomenon Andrew WK on bass, piano, fingerbells, and vocals; and the beautiful Hush Arbor's Keith Wood on electric guitar, acoustic guitar, slide guitar, and bass.
It's not often that Coil and Rickie Lee Jones intersect on the same Venn diagram.
My review of Black Ships Eat the Sky from last year.