There’s a few new Six Organs releases either just out, or on the way. After spending so long working on the Six Organs Hexadic system, It’s like the damn broke.
First one of note is Hexadic II. This is the follow up to the first Hexadic. The songs are related, using the same charts and fields of notes. Hexadic II explores a quieter, more acoustic world, however. Release date is Nov 20th on Drag City.
Here’s a track from it. This is the second track on the record, so as such, it corresponds to the second track on Hexadic.
One new Six Organs release that you can get now is the vinyl reissue of Dust & Chimes, on Holy Mountain.
Though the distributor and record stores are waiting on the delay of the black vinyl, Holy Mountain has copies of the clear vinyl (limited to 200). Click on that link to get hooked up. I recorded Dust and Chimes in 1998 or so on a Tascam 4 track. it was officially the second Six Organs record ever and I put it out myself on CD on my Pavilion imprint at the time. We remastered the thing for vinyl and are very happy with the sound and this new version.
Here’s a killer video that Elisa Ambrogio made for one of the tracks on Dust & Chimes.
You can pre-order each of the records digitally and individually with those links above. Or you can get the whole thing with it’s beautifully printed packaging from 3 Lobed. This project has been in the works for a while and one of the things that hooked me into it was that I’d be sharing vinyl with William Tyler, who I consider to be one of the great voices in modern American Primitive playing.
Look at that dude go. Love me some WT. My side is a little more…um…droney…
Almost immediately after posting the last list of psych-folk that inspired early Six Organs, I thought of a song that I forgot that was key to the development of Six Organs. Then another. And well…here’s part 2. Just like last time, there are definitely some old classics and maybe some tunes that aren’t as well known. Pt 3 will be bands that were more contemporaneous with the start of Six Organs and created a modern world of psych-folk sound that was influential.
Amon Duul – Love is Peace – This was the first song I remembered that I forgot to put on the last list. Amon Duul’s psych folk record was originally a bit of a disappointment for me after their brain bashing percussion workouts. Then it clicked. There’s something about the bare-bones aspect of this record that really started to get to me. The broken down communal-house vibe is too thick to ignore.
Stone Angel – Stone Angel – Being a fan of the Kissing Spell reissue label (which, BTW, had the best cover for the Dark Around The Edges release- with the guitar players and their Marshall stacks flying through the cosmos on asteroids. Far superior to the picture of the woman on the couch…anyway…), I was excited when they started to get into more acid folk sounds. Stone Angel sounds like the more innocent siblings of Comus, but still documenting the ghostlier aspects of Albion. Pretty good Halloween music to boot!
Khalsa String Band – Song of Bliss – I first heard Khalsa String band on a mix tape that Joshua Burkett made for me. Joshua was making incredible mixes of private press tunes for me back in 1999 and I was lucky to get turned on to a lot of great music from him. This was always a great late night song. Or early morning.
Brast Burn – Debon – A nice fellow in Germany made me some tapes and Brast Burn was one of the bands that really turned me around. This record was the inspiration for a lot of the side-long Six Organs tunes, especially The Manifestation and the tune that was on the split with Vibracathedral Orchestra. In fact, I was recently in the studio working on a project and I pulled this record up to play for everyone. It’s still fantastic.
Sergius Golowin – Der Reigen – Speaking of inspirations for side-long jams: Klaus Schulze and friends jamming behind insane Hara Krishna mumblings from a dude who is meditating in the Alps? Yes Please. Another inspiration for some of the more spaced out Six Organs stuff, a lot of which got compiled on the RTZ triple LP on Drag City. Picked this Spalax reissue up on a trip down to Berkeley’s Amoeba.
Stone Harbour – Dying to Love You – This record is mostly filed with broken lo-fi hiss-psych but right in the middle is this tune. I loved the organ and at the time I had an organ in my living as well so this number inspired me to use that tone on the first record. You can hear it come through on side A of the self titled Six Organs. Just a really sweet song. I believe the writer Tony Rettman of 200 LBU/NYHC fame was also a fan. I think I remember talking to him about it.
Magic Carpet – Black Cat – I don’t know much about this band. Like most of the things on this list, it was ordered from Forced Exposure because of a great description. I really love the singer on it. I think I had a thing for sitars in songs back then.
Scott Appel – Far Leys – This isn’t as old as the other tunes but I want to mention it because I feel Scott’s work to bring the music of Nick Drake to the world has long been under appreciated. Before the commercials and the movies, ‘ol Drakeypoo was actually pretty underground. Scott developed a friendship with Nick’s family and they sent him some of Nick’s demos that would later be released on countless bootlegs and official recordings. But before those, Scott’s recordings of these songs were the only way to hear them. The record was called Nine of Swords and I remember listening to it and feeling the ghost of Nick coming through. At the time I felt the recording was maybe a little too slick and beautiful sounding, but I put it on the last time I was in California (where my old records are stored) and it sounded beautiful. It’s time for a re-evaluation of the importance of Scott’s work for finger-pickers in the 90s. Unfortunately Scott passed away in 2003, leaving this song and his record with a double sadness.
Chet Atkins, Leo Kottke and Doc Wattson – The Last Steam Engine Train – One of these days I’ll make a post on Leo Kottke and the various reasons why he isn’t allowed into the cool-club but in order to do that I’ll have to tell some stories about my friendship with Jack Rose and our light-hearted Fahey vs Kottke thing we’d do and that would take a while to get down. SO…I just want to put this here because, although it’s not psych-folk, I probably watched it a billion times in the 90s. The real payoff is the end, when Doc Wattson talks about the song.
COB – Spirit of Love – You all know the story of Clive Palmer and ISB so I won’t go into it. If you don’t, I highly recommend getting a copy of Rob Young’s Electric Eden book (my copy was given to me by my friend David from the band Red River Dialect. Thanks David). This record is sort of the perfect bridge to go into my next list, which will be more modern bands that I love (maybe some of you can see where I’m heading). One of my favorite memories is driving on a small forest path through the redwoods around 1998 in my ’66 mustang (damn I wish I still had that car) with friends sitting on the hood after our friends’ wedding that I had played the wedding march to. I couldn’t see through the windshield because of the mass of people on the hood so had to look out my side window while slowly driving along the path. The song “Spirit of Love” was playing from my car stereo loud enough to echo in the forest while everyone sang along. I never hear that song without thinking of that time.
Taking a cue from Grayson Haver Currin’s list of psych-folk songs for Pitchfork, and the upcoming vinyl issue of Dust & Chimes, I decided to make a playlist of psych-folk songs that inspired the very early years of Six Organs of Admittance. This is the psych-folk I was listening to in 97-99 (I was listening to classic non-psych-folk stuff too like NNCK, K-Salvatore, Loren Connors, Organum, NWW, etc – which maybe I will make a future list of).
I think it can also double as an Autumn playlist. I always listened to these bands in the Autumn.
Ghost – Guru In The Echo. This version is different than the one that shows up on their first s/t. Kurihara totally destroys on a wah solo at the end so hard that I distinctly remember laughing out loud the first time I heard it. This song created a template for many Six Organs songs that would begin folky and end with a distorted wah solo (Thousand Birds, Creation Aspect Fire, etc).
Bröselmaschine – Schmetterling. My favorite track from this German acid-folk masterpiece. I was particularly drawn to the vocals, which ended up inspiring the vocals on Manifestation. There’s something so peaceful about this song. Then it kicks into that killer acoustic jam.
Comus – Diana. One of the truly deranged songs (bands) of the psych-folk cannon. This band represented the type of psych-folk I was interested in: fucked up, dark and psychotic. The record itself actually has more hooks than any other psych folk record too, which I suppose makes it even more demented.
Current 93 – All The Stars Are Dead Now. My love of Comus brought me to Current 93, whom I had heard were influenced by Comus. Thunder Perfect Mind was my first C93 record and at first listen I honestly didn’t know what to make of it. It sounded nothing like Comus, or psych folk, or anything I had ever heard. Little by little I fell into it though and became fairly obsessed with their world and records. That experience seemed to form the template for getting into whatever was the newest Current 93 record: at first I would be slightly disappointed that it didn’t sound like what I thought it should sound like (usually whatever the previous record sounded like) and then the new work would eventually be my favorite. This track, from their Thunder Perfect Mind release, is a great example of leader and singer David Tibet’s outsider ecstatic vision(s). There’s only one David Tibet in this world and he truly is the hardest working man in outsider-visionary-gnostic-folk music.
Brainticket – Radagacuca. I was in love with the first Brainticket, Cottonwood Hill, so I decided to explore more. This particular track sounds nothing like the rest of the record it is on (which gets into more Sabbathy type songs) but the beauty of the melody with the doubled vocals hit really hard. One of my favorite psych-folk songs of all time.
Incredible String Band – Creation. John Allen (WFMU DJ, New World Of Sound record label owner) turned me on on to a lot of great music when I was younger. John released an LP of my band Plague Lounge (with Holy Mountain records) in ’97 or so and through him I heard about all sorts of strange bands I never would have known about due to living in the backwoods of Humboldt County. Bands with weird-ass names like “No Neck Blues Band” and “Brother Love.” But he also turned me on to some classics. ISB was one of them. This song had an immeasurable amount of influence on the Six Organs sound.
Sun City Cirls – Eye Mohini. The 7″ that this song was on blew my mind. I was a fan already but this one shows a sensitive side to these characters I hadn’t heard before. One of my favorite SCG tunes.
L – Holy Letter. I’ve already written quite a bit about this record (especially in its liner notes on the reissue) so I won’t say much more. This record knocked me out. I was obsessed with it. The original came in a gatefold 7″ package with a CD on one side and a 7″ on the other. If ever a whole physical/musical “thing” could transport me, it was this.
Mikami, Haino, Yoshizawa – The Sea. I was already a big Haino fan, but when I got this CD things made a little more sense as to how to make music. Takes a while to get going. It’s live. It’s a song Mikami wrote and sang years before. If it came down to it, I’d say this is probably my favorite song of all time, ever.
Remember last year when we announced Tashi Dorji and Hermit Hut records to the world? It was his first LP, but not his last. Following in the wake of the s/t LP on Hermit Hut, all sorts of movers and shakers helped spread the word of Tashi’s music, with labels like Bathetic, Blue Tapes and Feeding Tube releasing choice Tashi Dorji music.
And now Tashi is going on his first tour in Europe, ending with a short stint of dates opening for none other than Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Tashi caught their ear earlier this year when he played in Montreal and they asked him to come along for some shows. We’re very excited to announce these dates.
TASHI DORJI SOLO GUITAR EURO TOUR
10.4.15 – London, UK – Cafe Oto
10.5.15 – Sheffield, UK – Upper Chapel
10.6.15 – Cambridge, UK – Blue Moon
10.8.15 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – OCCII
10.10.15 – Rotterdam, Netherlands – The Player
10.11.15 – Antwerp, Belgium – DE Studio
10.12.15 – Lille, France – La Malterie
10.13.15 – Paris, France – Instant Chavires
10.15.15 – Basel, Switzerland – CH
10.16.15 – Luzern, Switzerland – Mallbau
10.18.15 – Bern, Switzerland – Sonarraum U64
10.19.15 – Geneva, Switzerland – Cave 12
10.21.15 – Ghent, Belgium – Vooriut
TASHI DORJI OPENING FOR GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR: