Sunn O)))

Are You Out There?

Out there with me, on the edge? This is a spe­cial request to those of you who love avant-garde and exper­i­men­tal music, because I’m out there with you. One of the things that makes this blog unique is the deep care and think­ing and insight into some of the most unusual and extreme music being(…)

Fortify Yourselves Accordingly

An item showed up in the Big City in-box yes­ter­day that got my heart beat­ing a lit­tle faster; the announce­ment of an early Sep­tem­ber show in the Black­ened Music series, fea­tur­ing Altar, a col­lab­o­ra­tion between Sunn O))) and Boris. Last year’s Sunn O))) show still lingers with me, and the effect in some ways grows greater(…)

First, The Sound

(not for the faint of heart or ear) To quote the great David St. Hub­bins, “it’s such a fine line between stu­pid, and clever.” It’s also, in Amer­i­can cul­ture, a fine line between the estab­lished and the avant-garde. The paragon of this are Sun Ra’s sin­gles, which com­bine a sin­cere, straight-faced take on pop music with(…)