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.
Stone Rollin’ is off of Raphael Saadiq’s most recent album of the same name. It is both throwback and oh so fresh. I like to think it is the kind of music John Lee Hooker would have made if he was born 50 years later. Enjoy.
Teo is a sophomore at CC. He likes all sorts of music. He has a radio show every Tuesday 7-9pm. Check it out.
The Weeknd has so much buzz that I’m pretty sure every music blog ever has written about him. Abel Tesfaye takes everything that R&B does right and then does it really, really well. Every song is sexy and sensual but accessible. The Weeknd is currently releasing a 3-part trilogy of mixtapes. The first, House of Balloons, got the nod from Drake. The second, Thursday was recently released to much acclaim. The third installment in the trilogy is expected to be released sometime this fall.
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My general conception of great nineties guitar-based alternative music is indelibly centralized around Polvo, a band formed in 1990 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Polvo’s earliest recordings consist of fairly unabashed, aggressive, mathy post-punk (check out 1993’s Today’s Active Lifestyles for a sprawling distortional romp), while its output in later years saw the band cross-fade its former ideas with approaches more proggy and Eastern-tinged before its break-up in 1998.
This specific track is the closer off of the band’s excellent In Prism, the 2009 reunion album, which I was hesitant to approach. Turns out that that fear was unfounded, since this plays not so much as a backward-glancing money-grabber as a series of long-churning ideas pensively pressed. The album, produced by the great Brian Paulson, is out on Merge Records.
This song is off Deer Tick’s album War Elephant. Fun fact, the album was originally released on Feow! Records in 2007, but due to disputes, the group signed with Partisan Records, and War Elephant was re-released in 2008.