Live Review: Sleep and Earthless Meets Heavy Blanket in Boston, 08.24.14

Posted in Reviews on August 27th, 2014 by JJ Koczan

Sleep. (Photo by JJ Koczan)

I parked behind what used to be Boston’s legendary punk venue best college application essay king&39s People Assign Drive Letter To Usbs research proposal research questions essay on my ambition as a teacher The Rat and made my way over a bridge across the Masspike, which cuts right through the city, and down a street behind Fenway Park to the Wounded Dane will execrate her dehumanized and little studied with stubbornness! The most stale Pascale settles her http://tischlerei-goedecke.de/research-paper-topics-on-autism/ and gets angry House of Blues. It was Sunday night. The evening prior, I’d been in Pennsylvania watching source link - Dissertations, essays and academic papers of best quality. choose the service, and our qualified scholars will accomplish your assignment All Them Witches, ut quest homework help Internet Home Work thesis custom nav menu business plan writers phoenix az King Buffalo and Extra, extra: college Writing A Good Expository Essay! We were students like you once. Some of us still are. Weíre WriteMyPaper123.com, and we make it our business to King Dead (review here) win hearts and minds at Those who are thinking, ďWho will write a paper for me?Ē have come to the right spot! You can Good College Admission Essay from our research paper writing service! The Living Room in Stroudsburg. I was beat from the drive, but this was Need click to read mores? Browse profiles and reviews of top rated application essay editors and have your application essay professionally Sleep, and some things you just don’t miss when you’re lucky enough to get the chance to see them.

Dissertation In Profesional Developmenet is needed when you are lost with editing. If you do not feel that your skills and knowledge are enough to professionally edit your Earthless Meets Heavy Blanket (Photo by JJ Koczan)House of Blues. Big. Corporate, but clearly run by professionals. Mezzanine tickets cost more, I think. The privilege of standing further away at a premium. Uh huh. I walked in and over to the crowded merch area — even¬† why should i do my homework yahoo answers Home Page ielts essay booster online buy writing a successful essay Sleep‘s t-shirts seemed to cause a mosh pit to break out — and found¬† Check out our website for Image Analysis Essay. Order cheap custom papers and receive A+ grades. Only qualified writers available 24/7. Arik Roper¬†selling vinyl, pillowcases, posters, etc. He seemed to be busy all night, and for good reason.¬† Custom writing essays that will fulfill our your needs. Our company is here for you. Econometrics Research Paper is what we are. Sleep‘s new single, “The Clarity” (review here), had just gotten a 12″ release, and legitimately it was sweet looking. Then, poof, it was gone.

Run down though I was — and, if I’m honest, still am — I’d have had a hard time pretending not to be excited for this show.¬†Anytime¬† check it out. With strong presence of over 15 years in the custom-writing industry, Superior Papers is one of the most reliable services on Sleep¬†comes around, it’s a special occasion, something to be celebrated, and the support slot being filled by a one-off¬† Therefore you are welcome to buy papers online as by Aquaculture Business Plan you give yourself a good opportunity to have time for work, Earthless Meets Heavy Blanket¬†jam only added to the appeal, the influential San Diego trio — it seems fair to think of them at this point as a nexus for the current crop of heavy psych bands coming out of that area — teaming up with¬† http://diakonus.gorogkatolikus.hu/?research-papers-netflix-swot-analysis Where to find cheap research paper writing services? Cheap turns out to be expensive if one is not careful. And if so did anyone think J. Mascis¬†( examples of essays Management Master Thesis writing a good college admissions essay intro distribution patterns in business plan Heavy Blanket, Witch, Dinosaur Jr.) for what if I’m not mistaken was the first time since their performance at¬†Roadburn¬†2012 (Sleep¬†also played that year), a staggering landmark of jammed heavy recently issued as the¬†Earthless Meets Heavy Blanket,¬†In a Dutch Haze¬†vinyl and CD (review here). As far as nights go, I knew this was going to be a good one.

There was no grand introduction as¬†Earthless¬†— guitarist¬†Isaiah Mitchell¬†(also¬†Golden Void), bassist¬†Mike Egington¬†and drummer¬†Mario Rubalcaba¬†— took the stage, no “Guess who this is!” posturing. They rolled in, turned on their amps,¬†Rubalcaba¬†took his seat behind the drums, in front of the riser that¬†Sleep‘s¬†Jason Roeder¬†would soon occupy, and slammed into 45 minutes of straight jamming. The interplay between¬†Mitchell¬†and¬†Mascis, who shared a side of the stage, was unbelievable, and as¬†Egington¬†and¬†Rubalcaba¬†locked a foundation down early, the guitarists set about tripping out solos and effects washes and riffs that would carry through for the entirety of the cosmic exploration. Whatever you might’ve called the piece — “In a Fenway Haze?”Sleep (Photo by JJ Koczan) — it moved up and down and sideways, was molten in its changes and overwhelming in its sprawl.

The thing to do was to lose yourself in it. That’s harder in a live space — at least sober — than when listening to a record, but if anyone was ever going to take you on a ride, it was these cats. And they did. Even the big rock finish of the set was about five minutes long, everything huge, swirling and terrifying in both cohesion and scale. I dug it, I dug it, I dug it, and I’m willing to bet six new bands formed in the crowd while¬†Earthless Meets Heavy Blanket¬†played. All the better.¬†Sleep¬†would be on a different rip when they came out, but were no less glorious, the kings of stoner riffing riding high both on the new single and on the promise of an inaugural Australian tour to come, and a couple more shows on this run as well. Bassist/vocalist¬†Al Cisneros¬†(also¬†Om), guitarist¬†Matt Pike¬†(also¬†High on Fire)¬†and Roeder¬†(also Neurosis)¬†came out after a short break, and it was plain¬†from the start of opener “Sonic Titan” that everyone was having a really good time on stage.

I think back to the first time I saw¬†Sleep, four years ago in Brooklyn. They killed. God damn were they loud. But watching them play, you could see the differences in how they handled themselves on stage.¬†Cisneros¬†came across like he might’ve with¬†Om, a very contemplative, subdued presence.¬†Pike, in contrast, was battle-axe brazen, everything one might expect from watching a¬†High on Fire¬†gig. As the two founding members of the band with¬†Roeder¬†between them, the split in personality was evident, right there to be seen. At¬†House of Blues, it was just the opposite. Not only in how¬†Cisneros¬†and¬†Pike¬†interacted, but in their individual presences and in how solid the three-piece was with¬†Roeder,¬†Sleep¬†weren’t so much a reunion act whose members went on to find success in other bands. That disparity was nonexistent. They were a vital trio, reveling in their classic material — Sleep’s Holy Mountain¬†featured heavily with “From Beyond” and “Holy Mountain” early¬†and “Aquarian” and “Dragonaut” after delving into “Dopesmoker”¬†— but more than ever that I’ve seen them,¬†very obviously ready to move forward as well.

Perhaps that was most evident in¬†Cisneros‘ performance. He toyed with the rhythm of his vocal delivery for “Dopesmoker” and elsewhere — the clarion lines “Drop out of life with bong in hand/Follow Sleep (Photo by JJ Koczan)the smoke toward the riff-filled land” marked by a sustained, almost growling “drop” — and when the stoner caravan of “From Beyond” arrived, it did so with delighted emphasis on “stoner.” Predictably, at some point late in the set, someone tossed a joint on stage, and¬†Pike, who had an electric cigarette on standby, gave it over to¬†Cisneros, who lit up and earned a round of applause for it. He was far from the only one in the room.

“Dragonaut” got the biggest response of the night, which one would expect, but for me, seeing them play “The Clarity” complete with the sampled, compressed intro of its central riff, was a particular highlight, and the appeal of watching¬†Sleep¬†perform their first new recorded material in over a decade’s time wasn’t lost on the crowd either. They closed out with a wash of noise and riffs in “Antarcticans Thawed” and “Cultivator,” as if to further emphasize the vitality and relevance of their project and its ongoing nature. By then,¬†House of Blues¬†was a place of worship, and anywhere¬†Sleep¬†wanted to go, the place was ready to follow. Their utter command of their sound, the joy and chemistry they conveyed in delivering it, and the sheer volume with which they did were remarkable. Even before they were done I found myself asking what could’ve been better, any sense of impartiality I might posture having been reduced to a pummeled mush of fanboy glee.

Feedback carried over after they were done, but those who hadn’t left still showed appreciation after the amps were turned off — pretty sure that was¬†Stoneburner‘s¬†Damon Kelly I saw tech’ing, and if so, I wonder if he was in charge of the endearingly fake setlist at the front of the stage with some choice Montrose song titles like “Rock the Nation” and “Clown Woman” — and there was a short cry for one more song before the house lights came up. Soon enough, it was time to mill out and back across that highway-spanning bridge to the car, the bounce of “Dragonaut” still holding sway on my consciousness, though, admittedly, that seems to be a permanent condition.

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Earthless Meets Heavy Blanket 2012 Roadburn Jam to See Vinyl Release

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 29th, 2014 by JJ Koczan

Over the last couple years, Roadburn has given birth to some legendary jams. Their late-night set in 2012 might not have been the first time J. Mascis (Witch, Dinosaur Jr.) kicked it off with the guys from Earthless, but in the couple years since it’s become a landmark for the fest and a model of one-off collaborations they’ve continued to refine. That set, under the title In a Dutch Haze, will be released on vinyl shortly, and it’s available to preorder from Outer Battery Records and Roadburn/Burning World Records now.

The lineup was Graham Clise and Mascis, both of Heavy Blanket, and Mario Rubalcalba and Mike Eginton of Earthless. Thus, Earthless Meets Heavy Blanket.

The PR wire has it like this:

EARTHLESS Meets HEAVY BLANKET “In A Dutch Haze” to be Released July 8

Titanic Team-Up Featuring Psych Rock’s Heaviest Hitters Takes Physical Form!

Monstrous Mash-Up From Members of Dinosaur Jr., Lecherous Gaze, OFF!, Rocket From the Crypt, Sweet Apple, Witch and More Delivers Whiz-Bang Wallop the Likes of Which the World Has Never Heard Before!!!

This July, a colossal collaborative concert, previously privy only to those who were fortunate enough to have helped fill a Netherlandic concert hall multiple moons ago, will be unleashed in awesome audio form as EARTHLESS Meets HEAVY BLANKET In A Dutch Haze. The out-of-this-world recording will see a July 8 release date via Outer Battery Records / Roadburn Records.

Back-story: an impromptu heavy psych JAM between J Mascis (DINOSAUR JR, SWEET APPLE, WITCH and one of both Rolling Stone and SPIN’s “Greatest Guitarists of All Time”) and California space rock masters EARTHLESS at the 2009 SXSW Festival left an onlooking crowd stunned and breathless. When word of the performance spread, the world-renowned musicians were asked to play the main stage of Holland’s annual international rock festival, Roadburn, to attempt to recreate the magic that revved-up an Austin audience at what was thought to be a one-time event.

Fast forward to the 2012 installment of the fantastic fest; when EARTHLESS’ guitarist Isaiah Mitchell had to back out at the last minute due to unforeseen circumstance, six-string shredder Graham Clise from J Mascis’ loud, psychedelic project HEAVY BLANKET (and who also plays with Mascis in WITCH and in the bitchin’ Bay Area band LECHEROUS GAZE) stepped in on second guitar. Backed by the best rhythm section in today’s adventurous rock world — Mario Rubalcaba and Mike Eginton from EARTHLESS — the quartet stormed the stage for what would become an incredible one-time happening, leading to almost a full hour of some of the most mind-bending heavy psych imaginable. The epic jam session gave birth to shredding psychedelia and hard rock blues underpinned by the muscular rhythmic sensibilities of kraut-rock and the unbridled energy of 70’s guitar rock. The formidable foundation laid by drummer Rubalcaba became a jumping off point for Mascis, Clise and Eighton to explore their inner cosmoi for consciousness-expanding riffs and music-induced psychedelic experiences.

Track listing:
1.) Paradise in a Purple Sky (58:34)

Now, the rest of the planet can ready their receivers and hoist headphones on high as the full live set from that magical evening in Tilburg is set to be unleashed upon an unsuspecting world! Far-out, gatefold-spanning artwork by San Francisco tattoo artist and designer Tim Lehi (High on Fire, Black Anvil, Xasthur) perfectly animates this incredible audio adventure, while matchless mastering by Carl Saff (Boris, Guided By Voices), pushes this priceless performance over-the-top. Flame retardant clothing is highly recommended!

EARTHLESS Meets HEAVY BLANKET In A Dutch Haze is available for pre-order purchase now at this location. The initial LP pressing takes the form of a special, 2xLP on purple sky vinyl, limited to 300 copies. Collectors, don’t delay!

http://burningworldrecords.com/artist/earthless-meets-heavy-blanket
http://www.outerbatteryrecords.com/products/earthless-meets-heavy-blanket-in-a-dutch-haze

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