Om has been around since 2003, when it was formed by Al Cisneros (bass and vocals) and Chris Hakius (drums). Their 2009 album, God is Good, is the band’s fourth overall and its first with Emil Amos on drums after Hakius’s departure in 2008. Amos, the man behind Holy Sons and the drummer in the similarly pre-exotic post-rocking act Grails, brings a new nuance to Om’s repetitive, Tibetan take on whatever it is they are taking on–the spirit, historiography, sacred texts, death, prayer, and so forth.
They have a new album coming out in 2012, so put that in your day planner. This one is out now, on Drag City. Oh, and it’s produced by Steve Albini.
Hailing from the incredibly prolific LA Low End Theory scene (think Flying Lotus, Teebs, Samiyam, etc.), this 21 year old producer crafts some of the most mature “dubstep” in the blogsophere right now. Where so many contemporary electronic musicians simply wield The Womp like a weapon in a war against artful restraint, Shlohmo challenges himself and his listeners to transcend the desire for visceral indulgence, opting instead to dwell in the ethereal realm of texture and stasis. If music is sex, then Shlohmo is tantric. Each song is a kind of subtle mediation upon itself; establishing a theme and then asking “why?”, his music quickly betrays its own futility while nevertheless insisting upon its beauty. An irrepressible remixer, Shlomo applies this deconstructive tactic to other people’s songs as well, and, in the process, he manages to distill something eminently listenable from even the most frustratingly bad pop-gangsta-rap song (for example).
Shlohmo will be coming to The Other Side at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom on Tuesday, October 18th. Doors open at 8:00pm, and tickets are $10. Click the “Concerts” link for more information.