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Swans – “No Words/No Thoughts” Video

If Swans' two-hour monolithic masterpiece The Seer isn't quite huge enough for you, the deluxe edition of the album comes with a DVD that includes footage of the band's absolutely monstrous live show. And below, we've got video of them playing a building, droning, eventually bloodthirsty version of "No Words/No Thoughts," an instrumental from… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 6, 2012

Stereogum Monthly Mix: August 2012

Summer is ending! And you have some work to do. Did you experience that season-defining moment? That rooftop conversation, that carefree weekend of intense interpersonal bonding? Did you find the person who'll keep you warm all winter? If you've answered negatively to even one of these, you have some work to do. And so we… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 29, 2012

Album Of The Week: Swans The Seer

As a music dork, two of the most transcendent, quasi-religious experiences you can have are going to see Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Neurosis live. And after I saw Neurosis a few years ago, something occurred to me: The two shows are pretty much negative mirror images of each other. Both bands are full of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 28, 2012

Stream Swans The Seer

For obvious reasons, Animal Collective is getting a lot of attention this morning, but Centipede Hz is not the only important new album streaming online in full today. Allow me to direct your attention to The Seer, the massive and bloody-minded new double LP from the reconstituted NY postpunk leviathans Swans. This is a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 20, 2012

Swans – “Mother Of The World”

Later this month, reconstituted violent-postpunk boundary-smashers Swans will release The Seer, their absolute monster of a double album. We've already heard a 10-minute edit of their 23-minute album opener "The Apostate," which isn't even the longest song on the album. And now, NPR has a stream of the elemental 10-minute clanger "Mother… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 15, 2012

Swans – “The Apostate”

The Seer, the new album from reconstituted NY postpunk drone-gods Swans, is a masterpiece of insane heaviness: 10 songs spread out over two hours, full of yelps and screeches and tribal thuds and cathartic builds and general evil. Closing track "The Apostate" is 23 minutes of clanging and banging, and the heaviest headfuck you… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 25, 2012

Swans The Seer Details

New York primal-noise pioneers Swans might not have the same lineup as they did when they were making audience members puke with how loud they were, but Michael Gira's reconstituted band of warriors has been making some seriously mythic sounds since getting back together a couple of years ago; their set at last year's I'll… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 29, 2012

ATP NJ 2011 Saturday: Portishead Pack Asbury Park Convention Hall

Jeff Mangum has justifiably been getting the lion's share of the attention surrounding the I'll Be Your Mirror festival; when a reclusive indie god comes out of hiding, it's a big deal. But the weekend also marked a long-awaited return for the festival's curators and headliners. Last night, Portishead stepped onstage in the Conventio… More »

By: Stereogum / October 2, 2011

Swans Recording New Album, Preparing Live Record

You rarely see older bands come back with such force, but the reactivated Swans' My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky was a total triumph. (As were the live shows that supported it.) They recorded one of the best albums of 2010, so makes sense then they'd keep it… More »

By: brandon / July 15, 2011

Swans Announce Additional 2011 Tour Dates

As we've heard from places like The New Yorker, NYTimes, and everywhere in between, the reactivated Swans are a powerhouse and a near religious live force. I spoke about this firsthand when recapping the 10/8 Brooklyn Masonic Temple show Haunting The Chapel co-organized. Not just that, the new album MyMore »

By: brandon / October 29, 2010

Swans, Baby Dee, Ben Frost @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple, Brooklyn 10/08/10

Friday night's Brooklyn Masonic Temple date was Swans's first hometown show in 14 years. Haunting The Chapel organized it with the Blackened Music Series and ISSUE Project Room (it was the second show I've put together with Gira). The reactivated Swans are on tour with Baby Dee. We added… More »

By: brandon / October 11, 2010

Swans – “Eden Prison” (Stereogum Premiere)

Swans' My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky finds Michael Gira seamlessly shifting from Angels Of Light mode to the heavier, noisier realm of his earlier incarnation(s), adding newfound details, nuances, and unexpected elements in the process. This isn't a surprise: When I spoke with Gira about it last… More »

By: brandon / July 30, 2010

Swans My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky Album Info

As previously reported, Michael Gira has "re-activated" Swans for their first U.S. shows in more than a decade. (Full disclosure: I'm helping put on one of those shows.) As we also made clear in January, you can expect new Swans sounds at those events. As Gira told me, "[the] approach will be… More »

By: brandon / June 21, 2010

Swans To Play Brooklyn Masonic Temple

In January I posted about Swans' plans to reform, record, and tour. At the time, I had no idea I'd be helping to organize their biggest ever show in New York City. It's an honor -- Swans' music/thought exerted a huge influence on me at a crucial time and the band's remained one of… More »

By: brandon / May 10, 2010

Swans Reforming, Touring, Recording

As the post title over at MySpace reads "COMING SOON, NEW SWANS ALBUM AND TOUR(S)." And as close readers will also note, the seminal noise-rock crew's swansaredead MySpace page has been updated with a "Swans Are Not Dead" headline. This, of course, is extremely exciting news: Probably my favorite band to emerge from that… More »

By: brandon / January 11, 2010
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