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Swans: Public Castration Is A Good Idea (1999)

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Swans: Public Castration Is A Good Idea (1999)

I regret that I cannot agree with this sentiment! I love Mr Pinky too much!

Another great release from the criminally under-rated and criminally ripped-off Swans.

Bleak and beautiful!

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Swans are the greatest band you’ve probably never heard of. Together for roughly 13 years, Swans made music that, over time, intelligently evolved from hunks of primal brutality to compositions of subtle beauty.

Public Castration is a live document that captures the 1986 version of the band at it’s raw, howling best. While it’s not the most pristine of recordings, the grubby, oxidized sound nearly suits the mood and music perfectly. From the slow grind of “Money Is Flesh” to the closing noise punishment of “Another You,” it’s easy to see how the early period of Swans was the complete blueprint for countless bands including Godflesh and Skin Chamber.

This recording is stark and pummeling, focusing on the roaring voice of Michael Gira. I’ve read where Gira has said that live Swans song versions got to the point of being so slow that he could nearly smoke a whole cigarette between notes. That’s the feel on Public Castration.

This one’s the type of recording that you can play for all your friends who supposedly like “heavy” music and see their true colors. Public Castration is a bleak, rumbling disc, capturing the early colossal grace of the most powerful band of all time.

By Jeffrey S. Mcleod

Tracklisting

1. Money Is Flesh
2. Fool
3. A Screw
4. Anything For You
5. Coward
6. A Hanging
7. Stupid Child

Here be pain!

No BALLS!

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August 5, 2008 Posted by | Music_Alternative, Music_PostPunk, Swans, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Swans – Omniscience (1993)

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Swans, a great, yet totally unheralded, band.

From Allmusic:

Beginning with the surging, sweeping crunch of “Mother’s Milk,” with some great Jarboe vocals over it all, Omniscience is a live album which benefits from the inclusion of some otherwise unrecorded or unreleased Swans tracks.

Taken from dates on the 1992 Love of Life tour, the album showcases a newly solidified touring lineup of Gira, Jarboe, Steele, returning veteran Kizys, and Vincent Signorelli, drummer on the two previous albums. The sound is clear and sharp, a distinct change from the sometimes muddy official bootlegs of years past.

Most of the familiar tracks are unsurprisingly from Love of Life, including “Her,” “The Other Side of the World,” and that album’s title track in an extended take with a wholly new and incredibly dramatic instrumental coda. However, interesting choices like a version of Nick Drake’s “Black Eyed Dog,” originally done by Jarboe and Gira for the third Skin album, appear as well.

“Will Serve” is a fantastic number appearing only here, starting with a delicate guitar intro and swiftly turning into a cinematic, soaring piece — a lovely demonstration of Swans now at their newly inspiring best. “Amnesia” gets a particularly fierce take on the disc, with woodwind-like keyboards providing delicacy as the song rips along with further sonic touches like howling winds and breaking glass.

Ending with a fine version of “God Bless America” and the new, slow-grinding “Omnipotent,” Omniscience is yet another excellent addition to Swans’ body of work.


Tracklisting

1. Mother’s Milk

2. Pow R Sac

3. Will Serve

4. Her

5. Black Eyed Dog

6. Amnesia

7. Love Of Life

8. (—-)

9. Other Side Of The World

10. Rutting

11. God Loves America

12. Omnipotent

Here she be:

Omniscience__Live_.zip

Thanks to the original poster

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March 31, 2008 Posted by | Music_Alternative, Swans, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Swans – Omniscience (1993)

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Swans, a great, yet totally unheralded, band.

From Allmusic:

Beginning with the surging, sweeping crunch of “Mother’s Milk,” with some great Jarboe vocals over it all, Omniscience is a live album which benefits from the inclusion of some otherwise unrecorded or unreleased Swans tracks.

Taken from dates on the 1992 Love of Life tour, the album showcases a newly solidified touring lineup of Gira, Jarboe, Steele, returning veteran Kizys, and Vincent Signorelli, drummer on the two previous albums. The sound is clear and sharp, a distinct change from the sometimes muddy official bootlegs of years past.

Most of the familiar tracks are unsurprisingly from Love of Life, including “Her,” “The Other Side of the World,” and that album’s title track in an extended take with a wholly new and incredibly dramatic instrumental coda. However, interesting choices like a version of Nick Drake’s “Black Eyed Dog,” originally done by Jarboe and Gira for the third Skin album, appear as well.

“Will Serve” is a fantastic number appearing only here, starting with a delicate guitar intro and swiftly turning into a cinematic, soaring piece — a lovely demonstration of Swans now at their newly inspiring best. “Amnesia” gets a particularly fierce take on the disc, with woodwind-like keyboards providing delicacy as the song rips along with further sonic touches like howling winds and breaking glass.

Ending with a fine version of “God Bless America” and the new, slow-grinding “Omnipotent,” Omniscience is yet another excellent addition to Swans’ body of work.


Tracklisting

1. Mother’s Milk

2. Pow R Sac

3. Will Serve

4. Her

5. Black Eyed Dog

6. Amnesia

7. Love Of Life

8. (—-)

9. Other Side Of The World

10. Rutting

11. God Loves America

12. Omnipotent

Here she be:

Omniscience__Live_.zip

Thanks to the original poster

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March 31, 2008 Posted by | Music_Alternative, Swans, _MUSIC | 2 Comments