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Swans Prep Final Album With Current Lineup, To Be Crowdfunded By Live LP

In 2010, frontman Michael Gira assembled a new version of noise-rock old gods Swans. Since then, they’ve released three titanic and terrifying albums and played a ton of supremely brain-breaking live shows. And now it looks like we’ll get one more album out of this version of the band. Better that than none! More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 23, 2015 - 10:36 am

Swans Share Live Videos, Plan To Record New Album In September

Swans don’t typically share videos of their live performances, but two polished clips of the band just appeared on YouTube, performances of “A Little God In My Hands” back in Toronto last February and “Just A Boy” at France’s Hellfest in 2013. The “A Little God In My Hands” video arrives accompanied by this statement… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / April 28, 2015 - 5:02 pm

The 8 Best Moments Of Coachella 2015 Saturday

If this year’s Coachella had an off day, it was Saturday. Of the festival’s three headliners, Saturday night top draw Jack White is probably the least exciting, though he’s still an electric presence with a deep catalog. The festival’s organizers seemed to sense this, booking White to play second-to-last on the big stage and throwing… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 12, 2015 - 1:27 pm

The 50 Best Albums Of 2014

Music is a messy thing. There’s too much of it, too many genres, too many ideas, for anyone to make sense out of all of it — or even to hear all of it. The idea of imposing a narrative on 365 days of music, of making sense of a whole year, is a fool’… More »

By: Stereogum / December 2, 2014 - 9:39 am

Watch Swans’ Thor Harris Explain His Major Depression In An Inspiring Short Documentary

The Mental Health Channel has a series called The Inside Story that profiles people who “reveal their mental health diagnoses and their paths to overcome them.” So far the program has covered panic disorders, bipolar 1, and bipolar 2. In the most recent episode, which covers clinical depression, the show profiled Thor Harris, best know… More »

By: Miles Bowe / August 21, 2014 - 12:17 pm

Cold Specks – “Exit Plan” (Feat. Michael Gira) (Stereogum Premiere)

Back when we premiered the “Absisto” video, we mentioned that the new Cold Specks album Neuroplasticity features a couple songs with Swans leader Michael Gira. One of them is “Exit Plan,” on which Gira’s creeping baritone undergirds Al Spx’s soulful intonations about love, grace, and death. “Death is swallowed up in victory,” she sings, quoting… More »

By: Chris DeVille / August 15, 2014 - 10:28 am

Q&A: Michael Gira Of Swans On To Be Kind, Proper Crowdfunding, And The Human Voice

For Swans leader Michael Gira the act of making music is the act of perpetual reinvention. After The Seer, Gira and his band and several new collaborators return with the two-hour record To Be Kind. The project was partially funded through a crowdfunding venture: Supporters received everything from signed records and posters to — for… More »

By: Justin M. Norton / May 7, 2014 - 3:33 pm

Premature Evaluation: Swans To Be Kind

Have you ever heard voices? The sound of people echoing around in your head, unsettling you deeply, even when you know they’re not real? I have. Only a couple of times. Didn’t last long. I was at the library near my house one day once, maybe nine years old, spending hours paging through old movie… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 5, 2014 - 9:27 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

There are times when it’s easy to determine the 5 Best Songs Of The Week, and others when it gets a little tougher for us to figure out what should go where, what belongs and what doesn’t. Then there are weeks like this, where debates about inclusion and placement stretch into long email chains over… More »

By: Stereogum / April 18, 2014 - 3:37 pm

Swans – “Oxygen”

New York postpunk legends Swans gave us their thundering monster The Seer in 2012, and they’re about to follow it up with the new album To Be Kind, a ferociously anticipated album for people who like to have their neural cavities caved in by music. “Oxygen,” the To Be Kind track that the band just… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 15, 2014 - 10:29 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

We’re officially a week into spring, and in New York City, at least, it’s actually almost starting to feel like it. Somehow, though, this week’s 5 Best Songs might be the darkest collection we’ve seen yet, filled with loss, regret, fear, and death. Hell of a way to send out winter and welcome in the… More »

By: Stereogum / March 28, 2014 - 2:55 pm

Swans – “A Little God In My Hands”

The monstrous, long-running New York postpunk band Swans tore a hole in the universe with their last album, 2012’s monolithic and unrelenting The Seer, and they intend to follow it up this spring with their new album To Be Kind. “A Little God In My Hands,” the first of the album’s tracks that the band… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 21, 2014 - 5:31 pm

Swans Announce Double Album To Be Kind

Good news for those of us who like dark things: The reawakened postpunk demons Swans, who melted frontal lobes with their monolithic, death-dealing 2012 double album The Seer, are returning with another massive slab of epicness. As Pitchfork reports, the new Swans album is called To Be Kind, it’s out this spring, and it’ll sprawl… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 27, 2014 - 9:58 am

The 100 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2014

We’re almost (almost!) done reflecting on the year that was, so it’s time to start taking a closer look at the year that will be. For the past several years, we’ve ranked our most anticipated albums. Today the feature returns, bigger than ever, with a whopping 100 records we’re looking forward to hearing, enjoying, debating,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 23, 2013 - 11:23 am

The Year In Unconventional Album Launches, From artRave to Indiegogo To SNL

The literary giant Alexis Krauss said it best: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. From big-budget campaigns to no-budget crowdfunding, the haves and have-nots alike made selling albums an art unto itself this year, staving off the format’s impending extinction for now and turning music fandom into an exceptionally… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 20, 2013 - 10:21 am

10 Artists Who Broke Free In 2013

This post is presented by Virgin Mobile who encourage you to #BreakFree. More »

By: Stereogum / December 11, 2013 - 4:33 pm

Swans Crowdfund New Album, Will Write Song Praising You For $500

Michael Gira has a habit of posting very entertaining things on Facebook, his one real use of social media. Today he posted the link and info to the newest Swans live album, Not Here/Not Now, each one an autographed and handmade release. It reflects the band’s current live show, which aside from a lengthy versio… More »

By: Miles Bowe / October 14, 2013 - 12:24 pm

Swans, Chelsea Wolfe @ Warsaw, Brooklyn 6/13/13

Michael Gira prefers to call the version of Swans that emerged in early 2010 a reconstitution rather than a reunion. It is easy to see why the word choice matters to him; the term “reunion” comes with a great deal of historical baggage that simply does not apply to the band’s current iteration. They have… More »

By: Doug Moore / June 14, 2013 - 4:26 pm

Q&A: Swans Leader Michael Gira On Aging, Social Networking, And Life After The Seer

Swans founder Michael Gira isn’t afraid to let songs wander around the half-hour mark. In conversation, on the other hand, he is relentlessly punctual. Perhaps he’s been asked every conceivable question after three decades as a musician. Perhaps he views interviews as a mandatory part of the grind of running a label and working a… More »

By: Justin M. Norton / March 12, 2013 - 11:27 am

Swans, Devendra Banhart @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg, Brooklyn 2/7/13

Swans played a sold out show last night at Brooklyn’s Music Hall Of Williamsburg, making up for a performance postponed due to Hurricane Sandy. Michael Gira and co. played a two hour set following a short one from opener Devendra Banhart. Kenny Sun was there to capture it. More »

By: Stereogum / February 8, 2013 - 10:48 am
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