Charlemagne Palestine's appreciation of sound as a spiritual force dates at least to his teen years in New York, when he played the great carillion at Saint Thomas 'Episcopal Church, hung out with the pioneering likes of Tony Conrad, and studied electronic music under Morton Subotnik. Utilizing everything from complex drones to the falsetto cantorial singing he learned as a child, David Coulter and Jean Marie Mathoul's reverent reconfiguration of several Palestine milestones provides a perfectly panoramic introduction. (General cred note: Palestine played congas in Tiny Tim's band during the '50s, at the tender age of 11.)
By Grayson Haver Currin on 05.13.14 in Reviews
For nearly two hours, To Be Kind — the third album since 2010 from the reconstituted epic aggression syndicate, Swans — tests its audience's limits by pressing its own boundaries. There is the Pentecostal burn of opener...
By Louis Pattison on 05.07.14 in Features
"I think one of the reasons I use love as a signifier on this record — it's giving up, isn't it? Love is giving up."
By Andrew Parks on 08.28.12 in Reviews
Whether he's conjuring up a quiet storm with an acoustic guitar or sharing the asphyxiated psalms of "Sex, God, Sex," Michael Gira has never been the subtle type. That's especially the case with the second coming of Gira...
By Philip Sherburne on 11.27.11 in Reviews
If it's an audience with Michael Gira himself you seek, this is the record. Taken from limited-edition CDs sold to the band's super-fans, the proceeds of which helped fund the recording of studio albums by Swans and Ange...