Led by brainchild, guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Michael Gira, the group was formed after the demise of his first New York outfit, Circus Mort. The trio played with kindred spirits Sonic Youth and did some rudimentary recordings that showcased the abrasive, percussively assaultive sonics Swans were later identified with.
May 1, by Paul Sinclairtags: Full details on configurations can be found here. I was lucky enough to be at the Royal Albert Hall gig and it was a truly magical experience.
The set-design and lighting are very impressive and the direction 10 HD cameras were used during filming is effective and unobtrusive — no irritating MTV-style fast-cutting.
The Deluxe Edition reviewed here includes a DVD of the concert and 2 CDs of the concert audio the track listing is identical with 20 tracks over the two discs. This track kicks things off. The synths murmur nicely for a few minutes as we see the band backstage indulging in a few this-is-the-end man hugs before leaving their dressing rooms and making their way onto the stage.
The band all look great. The great double-header that is Scoundrel Days and The Swing of Things follows soon after and one suspects that second album Scoundrel Days is the one they are most proud of. Unfortunately this is edited out of the CD audio. Understandable, to a degree, in the age of shuffled iPod playlists etc.
The performances dip a little in places. A word on the sound. However the surround mix is a little underwhelming. The rear speakers were hardly used at all, just low-level atmosphere. Occasionally some crowd singing or cheering would flick to the rear channels but not very often.
That said, the quality of the audio recording is excellent 64 audience and band microphones were used to capture everything on the night. The bonus features on the DVD are slight. We get a 15 minute documentary feature where the band individually discuss their feelings on coming to the end, intercut with lots of footage of fans telling us how much they are going to miss them.
There is also a photo gallery. Live albums are rarely essential listening and this one is no exception. That said, if you view this deluxe edition as a superbly produced DVD with a double-CD thrown in as a bonus, it makes much more sense. They will be missed.The album is love: this is Valentine’s Day, so those infected repeat terms of endearment.
The repetition devolves into fracture, and words break down. During the final stage, the medium swallows the message: “you become so distraught at your condition that the only way out of the situation you feel, as an infected person, is to try and chew.
With all the Thanksgiving ballyhoo surrounding the 40 th anniversary of “The Last Waltz,” the all-star swan song concert by the original lineup of The Band, it is perhaps understandable how this weekend’s 45 th anniversary of a series of New York performances the group gave that became “Rock.
With his black rubber boot, the man shoved the boat from the dock and gave two thumbs-up in final farewell. The enormous swan drifted backward and spun in a . 5) The Children (New York) is the new music project from actor/performing artist Michael Wiener and composer/producer Jim Coleman, former Cop Shoot Cop.
Live, the duo will be joined by percussive-multi-instrumental specialist Phil Puleo, also of Cop Shoot Cop, as well as Swans. The only really conclusive event of "L.A. Law's" swan song, which completes filming today for a May 19 telecast on NBC, is that Leland McKenzie (played by Richard Dysart), the firm's soft-spoken senior partner, announces his retirement after learning he has prostate cancer.
Although Swans Are Dead splits its discs between a lineup and the final tour personnel, the musicianship is uniformly distinctive and flawless. If the set fails in any way, it's due to an inability to capture the volume, imposing vastness and intoxicating vibe of live Swans.