Before Spiritualized came on, I wound up meeting a Swedish woman who seemed very drunk, and very excited to see Spiritualized. She explained they'd been one of her favorites since she saw them at a festival -- she didn't know who they were back then, but her friends persuaded her with the promise that “there would be cute boys crying there.” She considered last night her first time seeing Spiritualized, since she really only watched the cute boys cry last time. Anyway, the whole time this conversation was occurring there was this eerie, ambient sound playing from the stage. “You love music, you must understand sound, right?” she asked me. “Uh, sure, I guess?” I replied. And then she told me that somebody like Jason Pierce understands enough about noise and sound to know that this particular sort of queasy high-pitched sound would repel people who weren't fans from walking over to Spiritualized. “Ugh, let's get away from that sound” instead of “Hey, they sound cool, we should check them out.” It does kind of seem like something Spaceman would do.
Spiritualized were good as always, too. They're one of my favorite bands, but they're just not a good fit for a festival setting. It's the one set at Primavera so far where I heard only British accents and no Spanish.
Just setting a festival in Barcelona means you don’t really have to try as hard. Who doesn’t feel like going to Spain for a festival overlooking the water? Bonnaroo is probably my favorite festival, and while Nashville is cool and the Farm is a special setting, it’s not exactly the allure of Tennessee that ha… More »
Jason Pierce is happy to go for years and years without releasing anything new, so any news we get of a new Spiritualized album is always an awesome surprise. And now we’re getting some. Apparently, Pierce and his accomplices are working on the follow-up to 2012’s great Sweet Heart Sweet Light right now. They’re recording… More »
On the forthcoming Record Store Day compilation The Space Project, artists like Beach House and Youth Lagoon contribute songs that use sounds recorded in space. Spiritualized contributed the new song “Always Forgetting With You (The Bridge Song),” but then frontman Jason Pierce, earlier this week, had some not-too-flattering things to say about the entire endeavor. More »
Back in February we heard “Always Forgetting With You (The Bridge Song),” Spiritualized’s contribution to Lefse’s Record Store Day compilation, The Space Project. Apparently Jason Pierce’s heart wasn’t in it; he told NME he only did it for the money. Here’s Pierce explaining his involvement:… More »
One of the more novel releases coming out on Record Store Day (4/19) is the Space Project compilation. As explained when we shared Youth Lagoon’s buzzing “Worms,” the collection features songs that incorporate sounds taken from Voyager space probes. In its most expansive form, the release comes in a box set with several 7-inchs, each… More »
As Cut Copy dish out their series of remixes for “Free Your Mind” you can tell it’s a smart choice to include Spiritualized. “Free Your Mind,” both the song and the full album, is a glitzy and colorful rush and adding in J. Spaceman’s distorted come-down provides a welcome change from all the aural candy-flipping. More »
The Brooklyn-based label Mexican Summer will celebrate its five-year anniversary next month with a two-day festival at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, featuring some of their breakout artists including Ariel Pink, the Fresh And Onlys, and No Joy. In addition, the label will be releasing a limited-edition book showcasing previously unseen artwork and writing by… More »
My sentimental favorite this week is SD’s video for the “New World Order” remix, with Danny Brown, mostly because I can’t ever imagine myself getting tired of seeing Danny Brown, drunk and shirtless, too-tight tight pants sagging and hair blowing out, in a kitchen surrounded by Chicago teenage goons, having a wonderful time. That guy! More »
The very, very good Sweet Heart Sweet Light, the most recent Spritualized album, is more than a year old now. And it’s also been more than a year since the band teamed up with the great video director AG Rojas for the intense, visceral “Hey Jane” video. But Spiritualized have once again enlisted the service… More »
A writer friend of mine recently gave me some advice: One of the hardest stories to sell is one about a consistently excellent band releasing another strong album. It’s not a comeback, it’s not a severe stylistic left turn, it’s just an artist continuing to refine their sound after many years in the game, and… More »
Sitting here in the afterglow of day two — resting sore muscles and reflecting on an impossible collection of hard-earned memories — I feel like I’m starting to come to terms with Coachella. More »
The top two videos on this list couldn’t be more different in terms of concept, execution, intent, emotion, or aesthetic — or, perhaps least important of all, music. They do, however, have one thing in common: They’re both biker epics. A couple of weeks ago, Twin Shadow landed at the top of this list with… More »
Thus far, Spiritualized’s excellent new Sweet Heart Sweet Light album has yielded two videos. Jason Pierce hasn’t appeared in either of them, and both of them follow the harrowing stories of outsider types trying to scrape by on the fringes of society. “Hey Jane” had a transgender stripper, and now “Little Girl” focuses on a… More »
While it is difficult to believe that Lazer Guided Melodies is nearly twenty years old, Spiritualized are still very much alive and kicking as they stopped by the Wiltern Theater in support of their latest excellent album Sweet Heart Sweet Light. The spine-tingling moment of the evening was their gorgeous rendition of “Ladies And Gentleme… More »
The first time I saw Spiritualized live, I was maybe 21, and I was absolutely determined that I would not experience them sober. They were playing in Rochester, about a 90-minute drive from where I was going to college in Syracuse, and I brought a gallon jug of Carlo Rossi merlot — absolutely disgusting shit… More »
You have to love the fact that Spiritualized are getting airtime on network television in 2012. Last night, the band rolled through the Late Show With David Letterman, playing an abridged but still monolithic and noisy version of “Hey Jane,” the opener and lead single from their deeply excellent new album Sweet Heart Sweet Light. More »
Spiritualized have never recorded a bad album. Depending on your feelings about Amazing Grace, they’ve never recorded one that’s less than great. (That one had “Hold On,” so I’m on the pro-Amazing Grace side of that particular divide.) Ever since the band formed, Jason Pierce, the only constant member, has hit on a style that… More »
Since Spiritualized announced their new release Sweet Heart Sweet Light, the album cycle has already produced a great single as well as that song’s memorable, AG Rojas-directed music video. Last week, our T. Cole Rachel spoke with Spirtualized figurehead Jason Pierce about the recording process:
STEREOGUM: How was the experience of making Sweet… More »
Progress Report: Jason Pierce chats about the new Spiritualized album and the perils of perfectionism.
It’s easy to take for granted what an influence on popular music Jason Pierce (aka J. Spaceman) has had over the past three decades. As a member of Spacemen 3, Pierce trademarked a kind of… More »
HBO’s medieval drama Game Of Thrones premieres April 1, and this season’s plot involves five different claims to the throne and these respective factions’ ongoing clobbering of one another (#TeamRobb). But, yet another mantle is up for grabs, one that involves absolutely nobody getting their head cut off; the claim to “your album of the… More »