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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.

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 Tashi Light                                                                                           photo: Elisa Ambrogio


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.




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




10.30.15 – Antwerp, Belgium – Trix

10.31.15 – Groningen, Netherlands – Osterport

11.2.15 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Greyhall

11.3.15 – Malmo, Sweden – KB

11.4.15 – Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser Medic



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Very pleased to have been able to give two Hexadic workshops on the recent Six Organs tour of the UK. Thank you Supersonic Festival in Birmingham and Cafe OTO in London for hosting these events.

Plans are being made now to take these talks to the US this summer. I will hopefully have more information on this very soon.

OTO Workshop
Cafe OTO workshop


OTO 2 Workshop
Cafe OTO workshop


Supersonic Workshop
Supersonic Workshop


In other news, the 1999 release, Dust & Chimes, will be pressed on vinyl for the first time ever in September on Holy Mountain records.
















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Hello. It’s been forever since I’ve posted. Finishing the book up and going on tour kept me more busy than I have been in years. But I am happy to say that the book and the cards are finally finished. I can’t believe it.


Cards and book



I was happy to have these on the recent East Coast/Midwest/Canada tour and will have them for the upcoming UK/Brussels/Amsterdam tour. If you are looking to pick them up but won’t be in future touring places you can get the cards and book directly from Drag City. Drag City also has some bundle deals if you want to get the cards and the book, or the book, cards and LP/CD, so it’s worth looking at what they have going on.

The big news for the Six Organs site is that I’ve added some pages to the menu above for the Hexadic System. The Resources page will be an ongoing project with links to areas of interest to those working with the Hexadic System. There are also JPGs of templates that one can download to use for the system. The Sound page will have samples of music created by people working with the Hexadic System. I’ve already got a few wonderful clips up there. Looking forward to seeing what people come up with.






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Enough comparisons to Eno’s Oblique Strategies have been popping up in reviews of Hexadic that it has made me wonder: have I been too oblique myself in describing the Hexadic system? Let me explain some differences (and similarities).


– The Hexadic system presents the actual notes that one plays (or can play: they represent possible notes). It also determines the time allowed for such notes to be played. The cards may also determine intensity factors.

Oblique Strategies does not present any notes. It presents creative ideas with the intent to change specific conceptual strategies.

Oblique Strategies initially existed as special cards that were unique to themselves.

– The Hexadic system uses regular playing cards that can be found anywhere.

– The Hexadic system relies not only on chance, but also on combinatorial methods. In that way it is much more aligned with Gysin than Eno.

– The main influence on the Hexadic system is the thought of Gaston Bachelard, and in particular his ideas of rupture. 


Though Eno has mentioned he was concerned with the idea of habit, my thoughts on habit deal specifically with guitar and are more influenced by this interview with Jun Kosugi, Maki Miura, and the late great Yasushi Ozawa.

It is true that we are making our own set of playing cards. These are a regular deck of poker cards that one could use to play cribbage with their mother if they wanted. There will be special markings on the cards that are aligned with the system, but you certainly don’t need them to use the system. The aesthetics of a deck of cards has always appealed to me. The fact that tarot was born from a standard deck of cards, the history of the ace of spades, the divinatory past of games, these are all exciting things to me. Making these cards is way more influenced by the Jeu de Marseille. It is funny that some folks have implied that the record was designed to sell the cards. That would be sort of like manufacturing a car because one has a great idea for a bumper sticker.

I could go on but I’ve got to get going with my day. If anyone would like to talk with me about this sort of stuff, I’d love to. I guess I will just end by saying that though I admire the systems of Cage and Eno (and Zorn), they are not the only artists that have used chance and games. For instance, Mozart was throwing dice around in 1787.  If anyone is interested in diving deeper into systems that deal with combination, chance, language and music, this essay is great: Words Made Flesh. Hexadic is not new, but neither is playing the guitar and putting out records.