Text & Photos by Jorge Silva
Just a mere three weeks after Scott Kelly played in that very same room, it was time for Michael Gira to grace the stage at Passos Manuel (a venue that once was a cinema and that maintains its’ seated places). The rain that had been plaguing the town for days wasn’t enough to keep everyone confined to their homes and so the place was sold out.
Although the Swans played in this same town before, this was the first time as a solo performance for its’ founder and mentor. Michael Gira arrived with his trademark cowboy hat, having his guitar as his only companion – if we exclude the sheer volume being delivered by his amp, although he was playing an electro-acoustic.
NINA SIMONE was an artist who changed the world with her voice and views. Without screaming or heavy riffs, this sister was punk rock and doom metal in her own right. With lyrics that spoke about revolution and a singing voice that painted the pain of the downtrodden, she was an inspiration to many different kinds of humans. NINA SIMONE blazed a trail for us all, and this is what true artistry is all about. When I hear NINA’S version of “Strange Fruit,” my whole body begins to shake with tears. Check out this on point documentary about NINA SIMONE, her ups and downs!
Hands down, one of my favorite bands of all time is AMEBIX! This is why this download of them live in 1986 is freaking golden…NO GODS NO MASTERS! Arise and enjoy this killer AMEBIX gig!
1985 to 1986 was a strange and cool time to be a part of the underground music scene in Los Angeles. I remember during this era you had punks getting into hip hop, country, deathrock, classic rock and industrial. Places like the Scream and the Fetish Club were the shit and mashed all of the subcultures together in one weird place. Going to Zero Gallery in Hollywood in 85 was fun as fuck and you could just feel all of the cyco creative energy that was in this place. Out of this vortex of creativity rose a band that would change rock & roll. This was the environment that gave the world Jane’s Addiction, and when they first started there was no better band in Los Angeles. Check out Jane’s Addiction killing shit at the Roxy in Hollywood in 1987…Listen to what Jane has to say…
Check out Windhand and Christian Mistress at the Relapse Records X CVLT Nation SXSW 2014 Showcase, March 12th at Dirty Dog Bar! More info here…
Windhand interviews Christian Mistress
So, we’re going to meet up at the Dirty Dog Bar in Austin, TX. We’re all dog people, what domestic animal does Christian Mistress prefer?
Are any of you fans of country music?
Is ZZ Top considered country? I like a lot of Mississippi Delta blues in general too.
What’s the most insane load-in you’ve ever had to deal with?
SXSW 2011, Kemado showcase at Valhalla. Trying to drive our van through hordes of drunken chickens. Expectations were low in general for ease of operations during the fest though, so we had a great time. I think whiskey helped. Also that was the night we met Rennie from Relapse, so that ruled.
I’m looking up at the sky as snow floats to the ground, covering everything around me. While the grey outside is being painted by mother nature, something else is happening in my eardrums. I have a new TAURUS song “No Thing Longing… Human Impermanence” on repeat, expanding into vast parts of my brain with each sound. This very special band will be releasing a new record entitled No/Thing very soon, but in the meantime you can check out this track below…I will say this about TAURUS – the layers and depth of their music is neverending, but all I want to do is hear more! You can pre-order No/Thing right HERE!
“…ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars…For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows…Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death…No flesh shall be spared…”
- Mark 13:7,8,12,20
Throughout the long history of British sci fi, one of the more prominent areas of cvlt fascination and popularity is 2000 AD. Probably most recognised as the launching pad for the iconic Judge Dredd characters and settings, the comic has a long history of offering up strange, terrifying, humourous and dark stories that challenge and entertain. Like similar publications such as Heavy Metal or Weird Tales, the content falls into multiple genres at times but remains firmly in the realm of fantasy.
The 1990 film Hardware (dir. Richard Stanley), is based on the 2000 AD story SHOK! Walter’s Robo-Tale from the 1990 Judge Dredd Annual. Taking elements from classic dystopic sci fi such as Mad Max and Judge Dredd itself, it’s set sometime in the 21st century where the world has now become an industrial wasteland and people scavenge for old technology. One of these scavengers comes across a piece of hardware that is known as the M.A.R.K.-13. Similar to the T-1000 liquid metal Terminator, the machine is intelligent and can self-repair. Revealed to be a tool regulated for use for human genocide (“No flesh shall be spared!”) as part of a government plot, the M.A.R.K.-13 becomes the catalyst for the obvious man vs. machine battle that sets up the rest of the film.
Some voices have an effect on me that almost cannot be described because of the impact they have had on my life. Some voices are like long drives towards the desert horizon into an unforgettable sunset. Some voices are eternity and will always be a part of the fabric of your existence. This is how the voice of Hope Sandoval makes me feel – she is the come down that gets me high. So today CVLT Nation’s favorite tumblr is Fuck Yeah Mazzy Star. If you are a fan of hers like I am, you will be transfixed by the this site full of everything Star. Check out the gallery of photos and videos – now it’s time to get your daydream on!
Ready, set, drop that tab! CVLT Nation is stoked to be premiering the new video for French psychedelic fuzz rock band The Socks for their song “Holy Sons”. This visual perfectly captures the dark rock adventure The Socks are taking us on with this track! Before you get too high, hit play below…
We are excited to announce that we’re co-sponsoring the Relapse Records showcase this year at SXSW on March 12th, 2014! The lineup is all killer – Windhand, Christian Mistress, Nothing, Obliteration, Primitive Man and Pyrrhon are wrecking the stage at the Dirty Dog Bar in Austin, TX. We are honored to be a part of what is going to be a sick fucking night of music! Stay tuned for features leading up to it, and make sure you are in Austin on the 12th!