Swans

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…
Tom Breihan | January 27, 2014 - 9:58 am
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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.
Chris DeVille | December 23, 2013 - 11:23 am
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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…
Chris DeVille | December 20, 2013 - 10:21 am
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10 Artists Who Broke Free In 2013

This post is presented by Virgin Mobile who encourage you to #BreakFree.
Stereogum | December 11, 2013 - 4:33 pm
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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…
Miles Bowe | October 14, 2013 - 12:24 pm
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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…
Doug Moore | June 14, 2013 - 4:26 pm
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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…
Justin M. Norton | March 12, 2013 - 11:27 am
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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…
Stereogum | February 8, 2013 - 10:48 am
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Swans Albums From Worst To Best

It started in the sewer. Ugliness embodied. Noise like you’d never heard. The bellowing drawl of an unhinged slave driver, spitting abuse and mantras of…
Aaron Lariviere | November 9, 2012 - 1:42 pm
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Swans – “The Apostate” Live Video

Swans' behemoth double-LP The Seer is a pretty safe bet to be included in most year-end top 10s, and the album hits its apex at…
Michael Nelson | October 19, 2012 - 2:28 pm
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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

The music-video universe took a bit of a week off this week; Labor Day, I guess, will do that. But there was still plenty of…
Tom Breihan | September 7, 2012 - 10:23 am
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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…
Tom Breihan | September 6, 2012 - 1:40 pm
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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…
Amrit Singh | August 29, 2012 - 10:31 am
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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.
Tom Breihan | August 28, 2012 - 3:01 pm
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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…
Tom Breihan | August 20, 2012 - 9:35 am
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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…
Tom Breihan | August 15, 2012 - 9:41 am
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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…
Tom Breihan | July 25, 2012 - 3:24 pm
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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…
Tom Breihan | May 29, 2012 - 4:43 pm
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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…
Stereogum | October 2, 2011 - 2:17 pm
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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
Brandon Stosuy | July 15, 2011 - 12:36 pm