Do you know Sunn O)))?, and more records from Southern Lord!

Today I want to talk about a great addition to the droney-stoner-metal-ambient litany.  I just got the Sunn O))) double LP “Monoliths and Dimensions” (released in ’09 on Southern Lord Records), and the seamless guitar sounds seem to usher in fall as much as the chilly rain outside.   Each side is one long track that rolls in and out of the speakers like ceaseless waves on the ocean.  The feedback is subtly used and periodic basso vocals remind you that you are indeed listening to a record – this is not just the sound of your brooding.  I particularly like side D, which begins much like the other tracks but somewhere in the middle introduces an oboe.  Yes, an oboe, then a horn section.  A gorgeous melody starts to leak in and takes over the track by the end, leaving you feeling as though Sunn O))) has just shown you your seat at the symphony.  Wow.  The record is packaged with detailed care.   Each of the two 12″es has a photo covered sleeve.  The gatefold includes more art and is finally wrapped in a translucent cover.  Some people call Sunn O))) an “art band” because they place aesthetics as highly as their music.  Check out their live show, where they place in medieval robes surrounded by candles and judge for yourself:

Sunn O))) hails from the states, currently residing in L.A. I believe.   Wikipedia dates their birth as 1998.  Regardless, they’ve put out a number of albums over the years, but seem to have remained a sort of underground secret, unlike, say, Neurosis.  If YouTube counts for any kind of data collection, it appears as though they are bigger in Europe.  One of the founding members, Greg Anderson, now runs Southern Lord Records.  That’s how I got this record, along with a handful of other great slabs of vinyl in the same vein.

Namely:

Black Breath “Heavy Breathing” LP

Lebanon “Overdose Overload” 7″ (members of From Ashes Rise)

Thou “Summit” LP (yeah, you can’t find this anywhere else in Denver)

Ascend “Ample Fire Within” 2xLP (another project from Greg Anderson)

Boris “Japanese Heavy Rock Hits Vol. 2 & 3″ 7”

Of special note, I also have the brand fucking new Wolves in the Throne Room,  “Celestial Lineage” on CD (the vinyl will be available 9/30).  Some veteran fans say this one is their best yet, and esteemed local critic Jason Heller says, “There’s one song on the new Wolves In The Throne Room that sounds like warrior-monks chanting while sharpening their blades on blood-soaked whetstones. Yeah, it’s that good.”  I mean, that does sound damn good.

And one last bit on Sunn O))), a radio interview they did with Piers Morgan of all people.  Still, it’s very interesting.

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Growler Distro, or Growler Record Store, are the same thing: a project aimed at selling records, tapes, CDs, CDRs, zines, books, and cool handmade trinkets in Denver, CO, which I'm proud to say is my home. My name is Molly and I've been tabling at punk shows since 2006 and now I'm expanding to a brick and mortar shop at 742 Santa Fe Drive. (Days and hours TBA) I've always loved underground music for it's freshness and honesty and I want you to feel like you can discover a gem as well. I believe that music brings people together much like a well-prepared meal can. And, I think that underground music and literature often talk about the things in life most important to you, whether that be disenchantment with the state of things or a truly broken heart. I carry a lot of different styles of music, so don't limit yourself to one definition of what underground or punk might mean to you. Growler Record Store has music for quiet, contemplative rainy days, dance parties, and even for the apocalypse. I have music made by women, queers, people of color, and in many different languages. You will find your voice as expressed by talented musicians, just the way it was meant to be. And you will likely leave feeling inspired by and connected to your fellow humans. How to find me: growlerdistro@riseup.net and growlerdistro.tumblr.com
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