An archive of news items posted to the previous Six Organs of Admittance website with links corrected.



Not too much to report on the Six Organs side of things. Been writing material for something new. I have a few ideas. Also started working with Hiroyuki again on a new August Born. That’s exciting because we haven’t worked together in about 10 years. So far the sounds are even slower and more heavier.

Another exciting thing happening is I’ve been playing with ALL of the Comets on Fire guys again. We’ve had a few get togethers and have started writing new music that we are all pretty excited about. Another cool thing was after we had been getting together for a few months, ATP asked us if we’d like to take part in their last show at Camber Sands, UK. Great timing. We wrote a little bit about all of this HERE.

And last but not least, Donovan Quinn (of Skygreen Leopards fame) and I are almost done with our record with our band, New Bums. We’ve been working on it forever but something clicked this year. I don’t know. Really excited about it. So far we don’t have a label, but we’re hoping to get it out maybe early 2014. Then do a healthy amount of touring. There’s talk of a few shows this year as well. More about that stuff later as it comes to pass.

Thanks for listening.


I’ve been working on a new website and it’s almost done. It will be a lot easier to look at when done. Also wrote up a few pages of info on other projects and some of the six organs records of the past.


Hey hey, the poetry box set with writing by Rick Gentry and music by Six Organs is now available through the Gladtree website. The box includes a 7″ of acoustic guitar music and a CDR of more abstract type sounds recorded with Matt Krefting, John Shaw and Aaron Rosenblum, AKA Son Of Earth.


There are some sample sounds at the Six Organs Soundcloud page that I just set u

Six Organs Soundcloud

Now that I have this Soundcloud page I am thinking of throwing up some ridiculous things that I would never release, like cover songs and early demo jams etc. We’ll see.


Well, I guess it makes sense that since I started that twitter account I would ignore this space for a bit. That plus just going on tour since I posted the last update.

Thank you everyone who came out to shows for the Ascent tour on the West Coast, UK & Europe and the East Coast/Midwest runs. And huge thank you to Noel, Utrillo, Flasmhman, Andrew, Shaw and Casey for playing in Six Organs for the tours. I have great memories of the last months already. Scenes such as rolling backstage at Amplifest in Porto on our day off to drink beers, eat snacks and catch UFOMAMMUT from the side stage (they ruled btw) , Vancouver synth buddies, hometown SF destroying, Supersonic madness, just so much, really.

Thank you everyone who supported Six Organs this year with picking up Ascent, coming to shows and/or just good thoughts and words. There was a lot of great response this year. One of my favorite reviews came from Stewart V (who has written some harsh Six Organs reviews before) – Loathing & Fascinated

Stu also edits Chips And Beer magazine, which rules.

Plans for the new year include changing this site up a bit. I’ve talked with my man Gery, who designed it, and we’re ready for a change; Something easier to read with a more zine type format. I’d like to post some more article based stuff, interviews, etc on here. Something more graphics oriented as well. We’ll be working on that soon.

Also done but not put together is a 7″/CDR/Poem box. Details soon.

Have a great rest of the year everyone.


Six Organs going on Tour on West Coast –

9/20/12 The Casbah San Diego CA w/ Colossal Yes

9/21/12 The Echo Los Angeles CA w/ Colossal Yes

9/22/12 Bottom of the Hill San Francisco CA w/ Young Moon & D Quinn

10/2/12 Waldorf Cabaret Vancouver Canada w/ Low Hums

10/3/12 The Crocodile Seattle WA w/ Low Hums

10/4/12 Doug Fir Lounge Portland OR w/ Low Hums & Colossal Yes

At Supersonic Utrillo and Flash will fly over and then Six Organs will play shows in the UK and Europe, which are being finalized right now and will be announced soon, but there will be a London show with one of my favorite bands, Red River Dialect. Stay tuned!

Colossal Yes is Utrillo from Comets and he has a new record out that a few of us Comets guys play on, as well as other folks. Sort of in the Warren Zevon/John Cale style of epic piano jams.

Colossal Yes


Rangda has a track from the new record streaming over at Spin right now…


Formerly Extinct comes out Sept. 18th.

Six Organs Ascent comes out in exactly one week from today.

Here’s an interview with Uncut Magazine

Here’s an early review from Line Of Best Fit


Where does the time go?

Just want to mention that the new 7″ includes songs NOT on the LP. Totally New Jammers.

Pretty jazzed about getting this new record out and playing some shows. Will announce some shows coming up.


So, it was Gaston Bachelard’s birthday a couple of days ago. June 27, 1884. Happy Birthday Gaston! In his honor I just made up this joke. Warning – I was told this is sort of an 89 year old professor’s joke. ok –

Q – What did Gaston Bachelard say when someone told him it was the end of science?

A – “Oh give me an epistemological break!”

Ha. Get it? Hello? Is this thing on?

Also, I joined twitter to spout off about BS and things. @6organs is me.


My friend and fellow Badgerlorer Tom Carter, known best for his role in Charalambides, has taken ill in Germany. Many of his friends are getting together to plan shows and other events in order to help raise money to help with his medical costs that are building.

One such event is at the Flywheel in Easthampton on July 6th with


Hush Arbors

Sunburned Hand of the Man

Magik Markers

Six Organs of Admittance

Dredd Foole

With readings by:

Byron Coley

Elaine Kahn

Matt Krefting

$10 admission

Another event is at the Hemlock in SF with

Common Eider King Eider (fellow badgerlorer Rob Fisk’s band)

Bill Orcutt


John Porras

Information about Tom can be found here if you are interested in helping-

Tom Carter

Volcanic Tongue has set up a page where you can link to items that when purchased will go directly towards helping Tom out as well.

Please think about donating or buying something or coming to one of these shows to help out one of the kindest souls I know. Thanks. 


The New Bill Fay – one of the records of the year. Along with the new Fushitsusha and the new Sir RB, it’s a good year for music.


Great blog covering all the cool dudes – What A Nice Way To Turn 17. Thanks to Jon Dale for turning me on to it…


The new Six Organs of Admittance – Ascent – to be released on August 20th by Drag City.

There’s a new book coming out with interviews with a few of my favorite guitar players like Richard Thompson and Rowland S. Howard among many others (including a chapter where somehow I snuck in there) – Feeding Back. The link has a full list of the guitarists mentioned, along with some youtube mixes, etc.

Magik Markers started Tweeting. Comedy ensues.


Here’s some raw footage of a new Rangda song, played live in the video, but which ended up on the new record in sweet studio fidelity Rangda.

Speaking of Rangda, here’s a vid of Chris Corsano playing a little tune from his upcoming release – Famously Short Arms.

While we’re at it, have you seen the documentary on the Western MA/Vermont scene with Matt Valentine, Dredd Foole, Sunburned, Tarp and others yet? Behind A Hill pt.

And Speaking of Dredd Foole, here’s a little duo I did with the man a week ago at Feeding Tube records – Dredd Foole 


Why did nobody tell me this footage exists – Monoshock 1995


Just completed my version of the classic Rowland S Howard song Shivers for a split 7″ with my friend Fabrizio Palumbo where we both tip our hat the the great man, RSH and BOTH cover Shivers. We are aware that he wrote greater songs later in his life (for me So The Story Goes is about as good as it gets), but we wanted to do the classic. We’ll be having a release party in Italy in May to celebrate the release of the 7″.


There’s this band call Red River Dialect that is amazing. They’re trying to put together some money to release a record by themselves. If you have the time, maybe check out what they have goin here. It’s some of the greatest fist-in-the-air fisherman jams since the Waterboys. Awesome stuff.


Also, this video is totally incredible. Haino and Bailey together like you’ve never seen them before.


The collaboration EP with the Lisbon band Gala Drop will be arriving in March, available on vinyl and digital. Gala Drop are good friends that I’ve toured with in Europe. The record was recorded in Lisbon last September and coming out on Gala Drop records. The boys in Gala Drop put up a song on soundcloud if you want to give a song a listen –



Recording is done on the new Six Organs. I want to thank Ethan, Flashman, Noel and Utrillo for coming out to Louder Studios for a week and laying down some sounds with me. It’s been too long. An awesome time was had. Thank you Charlie from Assemble Head for the loaning of petals, reverb tanks and amps. Going back to Tim’s to mix the thing in a couple of weeks.


Heading to Tim Greens today to record the new Six Organs. Got a few friends from the bay area in tow. Four other friends, to be precise. Considering the fact that we have all played music for so long together, I imagine this recording will be pretty fun. 


Woke Up In The Mornin’.

also, all you ever wanted to know about Sir Richard and Alan Bishop and even more.


Sent a handful of Maria Kapel LPs to Fusetron, Aquarius, Nemo and Volcanic Tongue if anyone is interested. Getting a small package together for our friends in Tilburg as well – Incubate and Sounds These are the remaining copies from tour with the hand painted covers. I’m contemplating repressing with printed covers. Not sure yet.

111111 –

Heading back to Tim Green’s in January to record the next Six Organs. Plans right now are to have a few old friends from SF in there as well. Coincidentally, here’s a lil’ vid made by Rhapsody on Tim Green and his studio. I made plans to record with Tim way before they made this video but after watching it i really can’t wait…


October 18th, 3015

A sample from the 200 years record on Drag City is up now up. There will be a sample from the Grapefruit Subscription Series soon (there are still copies available of that – Less than 400 being pressed). We cover a Faust tune on the Grapefruit record. No wait, it’s a Gate tune. No wait…

October 13th,

As Drag City is getting ready to re-release Carlos Paredes’ Guitarra Portugesa, take a look at this documentary showing the meeting of Carlos and legendary jazz bassist Charlie Haden –

Haden e Paredes

or, if you want just a short blast of incredible jams –


So excited about this (these) Paredes reissues.

October 5th, 2011

Woke up this morning to the sad news that Bert Jansch has passed away. I don’t need to say that he was one of the greatest musicians to play the acoustic guitar. Hopefully everyone already knows that. I can say that he was the singular, most influential musician on my own guitar playing. Though I have been inspired by many guitar players like Kottke, Peter Walker, etc, Bert was always my main influence. Whenever music writers talk about Fahey and I mention there were other guitarists out there, Bert is the first to come to mind. As I’ve repeated like a broken robot, it’s all about the fretted hand. About 18 years ago I was working 3 hours a day at some horrible pizza place in Eureka, CA to make ends meet. The only respite from my small-town-fast-food existence was to study the guitar all day as soon as I got home at 10 in the morning. This “studying” mostly consisted of trying to get inside of of Bert Jansch’s 1st and 3rd records and then going to work on my guitar. I did this for about a year and consider it the time when I finally understood the acoustic guitar (as much as I can at least) – under tutelage from the best teacher you could have – Bert Jansch’s records.

Hell, I even lifted a Jansch lick from his first record for a song from my last record. Thanks Bert. I’m still learning.

Anyone who hasn’t watched the Acoustic Routes documentary should do so as soon as they can.

SEPT 22, 2011

Back now from months of touring. No more touring.

Just listening to RSH. What else is there to do?

The Man

200 Years has a release date now of early November. This is a very quiet record. Maybe some people were expecting loud. Nope. Maybe they were expecting rants and anger. Nope. I’d say it’s mostly quiet and hushed and sad. Cam Archer made a video for one of the songs that we will probably be releasing soon.

Now that the touring is done, I’ll be getting (a few of) the Maria Kapel LPs to some distributers.

June 27th, 2011

Incidentally, Drag City will be reissuing two records from one of my favorite guitar players of all time, Carlos Paredes.

School of the Flower was dedicated to the memory of Paredes.

From the Nikki Sudden Autobiography:

“I love castles. They’re particularly cool for photo sessions. There’s an easy way to do those perfect Jacobites’ album covers. Take one or more Jacobites. Find an antique castle. Position the lads in front of the building. Snap away…”

pg. 308

June 14th, 2011

Just got back today. Thanks to everyone who came out and shared a good time. This is the first tour I’ve come back from not feeling drained but instead, feeling very energized. Huge thanks to John Purcell in Coventry for the present of the Nikki Sudden autobiography. Amazing. I’ll be quoting my favorite lines as I hit them in the future. For now, if you haven’t checked this out before, a good deal of Jacobites live footage starting with this video –Jacobites.

May 6th, 2011

Cam Archer just made a video for Six Organs. Cam has been a friend and collaborator for a long time, going back to the cover of the Compathia record. Look for it out on the WWW soon.

Speaking of videos, here’s a couple favorite new discoveries:

Leonard Cohen 1969 – I think we often take Leonard for granted. We all know what he has done. Sometimes it takes a while to get down to the core and listen again.

Kreator 1986 One of my favorite thrash bands. I remember being 14 and picking up this EP and having my mind blown. I have this dream of one day doing a Kreator cover LP or EP but that guitar is pretty hard to play so I don’t know. Kind of lost touch with this band when I felt like Petrozza was starting to sing like Araya. I mean, one of the best things about early Kreator was the snarl. Just my opinion. Would still like to see them live. Once Comets played a show in Australia where Kreator had just played. That was cool.

May 4th, 2011

California was great. Good times at the shows and Donovan and I finally got down 4 songs for our record. Hopefully I’ll be going back out there to finish it up this year. We even snuck onto the bill of a few of the shows. Here’s a vid of a song from New Bums.

Just OKed the master to the 200 years record. Got a little behind. That means we’re shooting for a September release.

March 25, 2011

BTW – For future reference, the Wikipedia entry for Six Organs is inaccurate. I have only had a working relationship with Badgerlore, Current 93 and Magik Markers, not the other bands listed on the site. Although it’s been revised to reflect this, the hardworking folks at the site seem determined to not let any rabble rousers spread what they perceive as disinformation so it always gets changed back. For this reason I am setting the record straight now. In general Wiki has a lot of inaccuracies regarding my projects.

My friend Fabrizio of the mighty band (R) has just done a video for a song from his new solo record, a cover of Tammy Wynette’s Ways To Love A Man, and it’s killer. 

February 24th, 2011

Here’s a mix that I made for Quietus. Enjoy 

Feb 16th, 2011

My second interview as interviewer (the first one was Al Cisneros for Arthur):

Ned Raggett

Feb 11th, 2011

My favorite bad-ass soundin/lookin phase for Van and his band:


Feb 7th, 2011

Early reviews for Asleep On The Floodplain:

The Obelisk

Music OMH

January 29th, 2011

Ladies and gentleman, I present you with THE MAN:

Carlos Paredes Documentary (in Portuguese) pt.

Carlos Paredes pt. 2

Carlos Paredes pt. 3

Amazing clips of one of the greatest guitar players who ever lived. The new wave of American Primitive guitarists could learn a thing or two about lyricism, melody and humility from Carlos. Hell, we all could.

January 2, 1911

Happy New Year.

When moving across the country last year I accidentally put my notes for that TAB book in storage. I am getting them this week. The plan is to get it done by February. I am telling the world so that I will do it! Keep your fingers crossed.

I recently found this AMAZING traditional Persian radio website well worth checking out: Radio Darvish

November 24th, 2010

Currently at Key Club Recording Company with 200 Years recording a full length record for Drag City. We’re also excited to have a record coming out on a new subscription only record label called Grapefruit. It’s a new label similar to the Sub Pop singles club but instead of singles it will be offering 4 LPs a year. The first year will feature 200 Years, Richard Youngs, Lambchop and L. Eugene Methe.

November 11th, 2010

200 Years (Elisa Ambrogio and myself) will be entering the Key Club Studios in a few days to record our debut record for Drag City.

November 3rd, 2010

To be released by Drag City Records, 2011:

Six Organs Of Admittance – Asleep On The Floodplain

1. Above A Desert I’ve Never Seen

2. Light Of The Light

3. Brilliant Blue Sea Between Us

4. Saint Of Fishermen

5. Hold But Let Go

6. River Of My Youth

7. Poppies

8. S/word And Leviathan

9. A New Name On An Old Cement Bridge

10.Dawn, Running Home

Recorded at home 2008 – 2010. Mixed by Ben and Randall Dunn at London Bridge Studios and Mell Dettmer at Aleph Studios. Artwork by Steve Quenell.

October 25th, 2010

Very sad to hear that my friend Andy Kotowicz in Seattle passed away this weekend from a terrible car accident. If you ever wondered how the fuck Comets On Fire or Wolf Eyes or Radio Birdman or A-Frames ever put something out on Sub Pop, the answer is because of Andy. He was a whole-hearted music lover, right to the core. And besides that, he was the most friendly, nicest, just straight up giving person you could ever meet. Upon hearing I had moved to Seattle a few years ago he immediately offered up a kitchen table in 5 minutes when he found out I had nothing. It’s funny how anyone who records anything gets their 15 minutes nowadays but Andy worked so hard at the music he loved and most people have never even heard his name, but they sure know the work that he has done and how his love of music helped change popular conceptions, at least a little. My heart goes out to his wife and daughter.

Here is a nice tribute. I am sure more will be coming in. He was loved my many.

Sept, 2nd, 2010

The new Six Organs is done. It does not have a title yet, but all the songs do have titles! It will be coming out in February. Recorded by me at home over 3 years and mixed by Randall Dunn and Mell Dettmer in Seattle. No band.

Cam Archer is not only working on a new video for a song from the new record, he’s also got a brand new full length movie featuring Ellen Barkin that is making the festival circuit. I’d like to say how proud I am of my friend. Cam has done all of my videos since I’ve been doing them. Why do videos? Because of Cam, basically. Here’s an interview with the man talking about his new movie, Shit Year.

Speaking of Six Organs and Visuals – Steve Quenell – the man behind almost all of the Six Organs and Rangda record covers, has started a Tumblr.

I’ll tell you a good record that is coming out soon: The new Wooden Wand called Death Seat. Incredible and has been on repeat for the last week. It’s all I’ve been listening to. Between that and the criminally ignored Donovan Quinn record, this is a great year for records with amazing lyrics.

Also – Rob Fisk, the other original member of Badgerlore, has a new record out. His band is called Common Eider, King Eider. Rob started the little band known as Deerhoof with Greg on drums, if you didn’t know. He’s always had a big influence on my music, including handing me the book DREAMTIME by Hans Peter Duerr, which was a huge influence on the first Six Organs record.

August 8th, 2010

Lots going on. Been out of touch. First off, I moved from Seattle to The East Coast, so yeah, there’s that. Also, mixed the new Six Organs with Randall Dunn. We’re hoping for a February release on Drag City.

When is the last time you listened to White Heaven’s Out record? Damn it sounds good.

July 9th, 2010

At the end of the month I will be going into the studio with Randall Dunn to mix the new Six Organs of Admittance record. This record will be the first home recorded Six Organs record since For Octavio Paz. I figure it will probably be released end of the year or early next year. One interesting thing is that most Six Organs records are recorded about 6 months before their release, causing quite a bit of discrepancy between the season it is recorded in and the season it is released in. This record has been slowly recorded over 2 years at home, here in Seattle, which means it includes all seasons.

Recently mixed the Montana Machine Gun Sessions from my 4 track library. This band was formed when I first moved to Santa Cruz so many years ago and was mainly myself and Ethan Miller on acoustic guitar with Joel from Brian Jonestown Massacre on tambourine and maracas. Sort of a Pussy Galore/Exile/drunken monkey thing. This will never see the light of day if I have anything to do with it.

June 24th, 2010

Then Six Organs returns to Tillburg, Holland to Perform at the Incubate festival. That is what I have been up to the last 2 weeks, staying here in Tillburg and investigating these Maria Shrines. Incubate put up a little page.

June 2nd, 2010

Check out this promo for Empty The Sun and Jeff Garlin’s new book, My Footprint

May 7th, 2010

 I will be working on a piece of music in Tillburg, Netherlands, invited by INCUBATE for a GLOCAL project – to compose music based on the Maria Shrine, to return and perform the piece in September at some time.

Recording continues on the new Six Organs. I also started writing some essays for the TAB book. This thing might end up being some mythical beast that never sees light of day, but hopefully not.

Hey! If you are looking for a something great to listen to while at work or sipping some wine or even pounding beers at home, you have to check out Ian Nagoski’s new radio show, Fonotopia. Ian is responsible for that great Black Mirror comp on Dust-To-Digital a couple years ago, as well as some newer comps in conjunction with Missippi records. He also turned me on the the great Black Diamond Express Train track. Great great radio show. I met Ian over ten years ago, introduced by our mutual friend Jack Rose, and immediately spent the night drinking whiskey until dawn while Ian played 78 after 78 of the most amazing music.

Another great site I’ve discovered is one by Tom Cheetham, who wrote a few books on the late great Islamic/Gnosis philosopher Henry Corbin. Tom runs an very informative blog that deals with all things Henry Corbin.

While we’re on that tip, head over to the Ibn Arabi Society website and check out some of the podcasts there. I recommend the Wisdom Of Animals by William Chittick first. Or his Interview if you aren’t familiar with Ibn Arabi or Sufism. Warning – Ibn Arabi’s philosophy/theosophy can be easily appropriated by the New Age if not given the proper scholarly analysis such as William Chittick gives, so if a podcast seems like it’s not going in the right direction, try another.

Currently listening to:

Mathematica – s/t cassette

Omar Korshid – DBL LP on Sublime Frequencies

Music of Islam – 17 CD box set on Celestial Harmonies (Finally scored it after 10 years and wanting it)

Nikki Sudden – Dead Men Tell No Tales

Burning Star Core – Inside The Shadow

AC/DC – live DVD set

John Fahey – God, Time and Causality

April 6th, 2010

Well look here, looks like Holy Mountain is putting out the Voice Of The Seven Thunders LP domestically after all. Awesome.

March 30th, 2010

Someone just sent me this video of a song from a show in Chicago where I was playing second guitar for a while in Markers on a tour. The audio is just thrashin’ enough but not too, like that second Musica Transonic jam way back in the day.

Also, just got the new Master Musicians of Bukkake. Incredible. They take it down a bit from the last one but somehow it’s even heavier. One track was recorded in Istanbul with some heavy dudes.

March 25th, 2010

Since I am getting into the updates again, I just want to say that Rick Tomlinson has a new record out but he changed the name of his band to Voice of the Seven Thunders. Its amazing and heavy and has that killer Erkin vibe. Since I can see that there are actually only 3 people who look at this website every 4 months I have a feeling that you already know about this release. But if not, definitely try to hunt this record down. I think Rick put it out himself. There was TALK about a certain American label doing an American issue of it, but who the fuck knows if that is actually happening. I wish. As far as I am concerned Rick is one of the few who knows where it is at. 

March 23rd, 2010

Not much else going on. I am recording right now. I am doing it at home again, something I haven’t done for a while, but I think it is time, for various reasons. 

Elisa Ambrogio (Magik Markers) and I have a new band called 200 Years. We will be playing our first show opening up for Baby Dee here in Seattle in April. We have a bunch of songs, maybe 12 or so that we have written together over the last few years and we finally have enough to say we are a band. We have actually been trying to record for years, but it’s just not there yet. Hopefully soon.

Rangda is Full-On right now. Record comes out in May and we will head over to Europe to play some shows for about 3 weeks. Hopefully we will be able to set up some shows in the USA for later in the year as well. 

January 4th, 2009

Some of my Favorite things of 2009:

– going on tour with Master Musician’s of Bukkake on the West Coast. One of the greatest bands that is still truly underground (and under appreciated). Every show was a great time, mostly because all the folks who play in MMoB are the best. Plus, Bill Horist, the lead guitar player for the band, has the exact same effect pedal set up as John Mayer. Fucked up!

– Tim Hecker – I did not know his music before and then some folks mentioned I might dig it and I do! shit. Then I noticed it was recorded by one of my favorite acoustic guitar players. So it all makes sense. Sort of bittersweet in that I haven’t been listening to him all this time. I think things could have been a lot better.

– Django – Finally watched it. Great movie. I made everyone watch it this year.

Playing Roadburn – Scared shitless. I’m not going to lie. Turns out the audience at Roadburn fest is the most cool, best open armed and rad audience there is. Shit, I don’t have to kiss ass ’cause I ain’t never going back! But it was just great. I just figured I’d be torn apart. And to a sea of black Ts (as opposed to a Sea Of Scarves) I just played some jams, made a fool of myself, and had fun. I don’t kow how to explain it, but the people at that festival really were the most open and nice. I guess it’s true what they say – scratch a Currupted fan and you will find a Mother Teresa.

Meeting and playing with Eyvind Kang – Not much else to say here. A musical genius. I can’t even explain this dude. Just the biggest sweetheart and the most brilliant musician I have ever met. It’s great to meet people who slash the idea that to be great is to be difficult. Eyvind is a sweetheart the greatest musician I have ever worked with.

December 31st, 2009

Still trying to put my thoughts together on Jack Rose passing. I found out on tour. I go home tomorrow and will do some proper thinking about it, maybe some writing and some stories. There have been a few really nice sites go up in his honor.

Going back through my emails with Jack, I found this simple one, which I think absolutely sums up his generosity and graciousness. From January 2008.

hey ben,

…saw you guys had a day off before coming up to philly. You and Elisa are more than welcome to come up earlier and stay with laurie and me. also if yr interested in dinner and if the weather is right, I can make pizza for you guys. just need notice a day before so I can get the dough rising (that’s how you get that chewy/crispy nyc type of crust). we’ve got a washer and dryer, computer, if you need it. our home is yours. thanx for the compliments on the new lp, I’m real proud of that one. playing with glenn on sunday at the new bookstore big jar is opening up, should be fun. have a good tour and safe travels.



The last time I visited him and Laurie we drank some fine Kentucky Bourbon that he was very excited to have picked up on a recent tour and he through on the new Bill Orcutt solo LP, which sounded incredible. Hanging out with Jack at his home with Laurie was always a highlight of tour. For one, the love that they had was palpable and inspiring. I can’t remember hanging out with Jack without thinking of Laurie, whom Jack would often throw a glance to after making a stern and sometimes outlandish statement, just to see if he could get away with it. It was just the best and always felt like home.

One of my first tours ever was with Jack, in about 2000 I believe, from MA to DC. Jack set the whole thing up himself. I just had to hop in his car.

The last time I was in Philly, a couple of months ago, Jack came to the show. It was a funny tour, playing all acoustic which I rarely do nowadays. I decided to use the opportunity to play the song I wrote for Jack that I don’t play very often (called “Drinking With Jack”) that ended up on the Fruits/Roots comp. I didn’t announce the song or anything, just played it. After the show the first thing he said was “Drinking with Jack!” He recognized it. Then he told me how he would have to write a “Drinking With Ben” song one of these days. Well, Jack, maybe if you can find some time up there you might finish that one up for me still.

My heart goes out to Laurie and their family and all of Jack’s friends.

November 22nd, 2009

October 23rd, 2009

Autumn is hitting hard. Feels good. Thanks for coming to the shows with Om. it’s a curious thing to open for Om. Thanks Al for the invite. Many apologies to the folks in Brooklyn. As a note, if a house sound man ever tells you he can handle it and just “wing it” before the first show without a check, don’t believe him.

Empty the Sun, a Novel by Joseph Mattson with Six Organs of Admittance music is available to order NOW.

OCTOBER 1st, 2009

The guitar tab book is going well. All songs have been Tabbed out. 14 in all. Thanks for the suggestions on the myspace page. They definitely came in handy and I took some of them up. I just need to lay it out now. Steve Quenell has made original artwork to go in the book as well.

Recording has been completed for the new band with Chris Corsano and Rick Bishop. Just deciding on a name now. Rick is off to foreign lands but when he gets back we will play shows in 2010.

Sept 9th, 2009

Please tell yer friends: the first Rick Bishop/Chris Corsano/Chasny show is gonna happen this Saturday, early, about 7PM at the sunset in Ballard. By the next time we play we might actually have a band name or something.

August 15th, 2009

Luminous Night comes out on Tuesday. The vinyl looks real nice with a nice printed sleeve with lyrics and a great poem by my friend Rick that really ties all the various themes together on the record.

August 4th, 2009

If you are in Seattle, mark your calendar for Sept 12th – Sunset Tavern: The first show from the Rick Bishop/Chris Corsano/Ben Chasny trio will be happening at 7pm along with the Chris Corsano and Wally Shoup duo. That’s the early show on Saturday, if you are taking notes.

July 24th, 2009

 World Of Sand

How Can You Be So Blind

July 15th, 2009

Can’t believe it’s been a month since I updated this thing. Where does the time go?

Luminous Night gets released next month. Are you ready? There are some early reviews up for it. Mostly good.

June 16th, 2009

So right now I am currently working on a book of guitar TAB for Six Organs. I asked the fellow who started the Six Organs myspace page to post an announcement and ask if anyone has any suggestions for Songs to possibly do. I can’t guarantee that I can TAB everything requested but if you’d like to make any requests you can respond to this. I already got some ideas from the suggestions already placed.

Records that have blown my mind lately:

Blues Control: Local Flavor (Siltbreeze) – Russ and Leah totally destroy with an opener that has to be their own Hot For Teacher, which soon devolves into some sort of Flied Egg style progger jams. Ends with a meaty slab of haze 15 bottles of cough syrup thick.

Master Musician’s Of Bukkake: Totem One (Conspiracy) – Seattle collective of insanity that floats between Florian Fricke’s ascending progressions and a one-way ticket to Hades via obfuscation, chaos and ritual.

May 30th, 2009

Six Organs has contributed a track to the Al Cisneros curated compilation CD called Transmissions From Sanai. The track given was Bar-Nasha, but note that this is an entirely different version of the same song on Luminous Night. CD is out now or very soon, I believe.

May 27th, 2009

Correction! I have just been given more information regarding the PSF release. This LP will actually be in edition of 700 copies world-wide. And now we have a release date: August 5th. And yes, this is on PSF records, the one from Japan.

May 24th, 2009

We finally have a release date for the Empty The Sun Book/CD and Book/LP. Note that the music on the soundtrack is not the same music as is on the website. We are looking at a November 4th or so release. The LP edition will come packaged with the book inside and the Book edition will come with a CD inside. The LP is limited to 1000 copies. Not Sure about the book yet. Follow the Empty The Sun Website for more information.

May 13th, 2009

Six Organs Of Admittance – Luminous Night

1. Actaeon’s Fall (Against The Hounds)

2. Anesthesia

3. Bar-Nasha

4. Cover Your Wounds With The Sky

5. Ursa Minor

6. River Of Heaven

7. The Ballad of Charley Harper

8. Enemies Before The Light

recorded and produced by Randall Dunn at Aleph Studios in Seattle, Washington. A serious crew of musicians on this one, including Eyvind Kang on Viola and Hans Teuber on alto flute (think Samurai movie jams), among others. more soon.

Drag City, Middle of August

April 8th, 2009

Recording is complete! The new Six Organs Of Admittance record is being mastered today, which means it’s on it’s way. We’re shooting for an August release date, so let’s hope.

Hiroyuki recently sent me the cover art for the split LP coming out on PSF with his band, Azul. I kind of thought this one got put on the back burner because I hadn’t heard anything about it, but it looks like it is still on!

Saw Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson the other night, playing TOGETHER trading songs back and forth. Even though we were in the very back/top drinkin from our flasks, it was a totally incredible show. And Merle played “The Bottle Let Me Down.” They don’t make them like that anymore. Kris was in killer protest form, as I had hoped, but perhaps not as if he was playing by himself.

March 28th, 2009

My drinking buddy/next door neighbor last year in San Francisco, Donovan Quinn, just made a Video for a song from his last record, which is amazing. Me and Donovan actually wrote a record’s worth of music together last year during many late night hangs but still need to record it. He’s working on a new solo record right now with Jason (Paper Cuts) that sounds amazing as well.

March 18th, 2009

Quietus just ran an interview that I did with the good Ned Raggett. I just wanted to mention here that this is merely my own personal view and mostly looking at how I perceive things. It’s not supposed to be the truth in any way. I am no Philosopher. The problem with the interview format is that it seems as though I am making bold declarations that are meant to be the end of the conversation. This should be read more as the beginning of a conversation. I am also not pointing fingers at anyone as I myself have definitely been addicted to downloading from certain sites (I’m looking at you Mr Mutant sounds!).

March 17th, 2009

For reasons I won’t explain now, I went back over Damon and Naomi with Ghost’s first record a few weeks ago. Hadn’t listened to it in a while. I forgot how amazing it is. And since then, there are a few songs on that record that I have had on repeat forever, especially the first song on the record. That’s about it for news! Ha! sorry! Not much new. Just jammin that record. The most perfect mountain jamming record that has ever been made.

Oh, I guess on a related note –  I will be playing shows with Ghost at the end of April in Seattle and Portland. Sort of a reunion of sorts since I toured with those guys across the country years ago.

The Empty The Sun Soundtrack is finally being produced. Just had it mastered.

February 21st, 2009

Amazing new Shizuka video filmed in December of last year. One of the greatest bands and criminally under appreciated. This new song is pretty groovin but has Miura Maki’s signature black-hole guitar solos. Killer.


February 17th. 2009

Hey. It’s been a while! I’ve been recording the new record with Randall Dunn here in Seattle. That is about all I will say. I guess that means it will be coming out in the summer time. All I can really say is I am very excited. This one is going to be…well…I am recording it with Randall Dunn, here in Seattle! I’ve been saving up songs and ideas and it is all coming out. 2008 was the first year in 10 years that I didn’t release a record.

January 23rd, 2009

By the way, RTZ was released on Tuesday. But I am sure you already have it. What? You don’t? Why not? I recommend the vinyl gatefold.   

January 20th, 2009

In the process of going back through all my Thomas Koner and thinking of how much he influenced me.  

January 11th, 2009

Here’s a great BBC documentary on Harry Partch that Elisa hipped me too. It’s really amazing and if you find yourself with a free hour, I would highly recommend it.Harry Partch

January 1st! 2009!

Happy New Year Everyone!

December 18th, 2008

I say: any good man who gives a shit shall play in DADGAD for the rest of DECEMBER until a proper TUNE is written for Mr. Graham. YOU English folk Especially!

December 4th, 2008

Jammin Lately-

Melvins – Ozma (and Lysol. Actually a bit related if you take the lyric “pictures of jesus as an indian over my bed, as i played with myself” from Koollegged)

Birthday Party – Mutiny In Heaven

Koen Daigaku – Phosphorescence

Nikki Sudden – All of them

John Weise/Spencer Yeh – Live In Nottingham

Asva/Burning Witch Split 12″


Merle Haggard Box Set