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Michael Gira just posted a note on the Young God Records page on Facebook announcing the upcoming Swans album.

http://www.facebook.com/notes/young-god ... 5702146147

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The song “Jim” recently added to the playlist is an acoustic demo (solo at home)
recording by michael gira. this, and many other new songs recorded in the same way comprise many of the new (rough versions) of songs under consideration,
to be fleshed out on the coming new swans album. a cd of these acoustic versions, as well as a live (2 shows) dvd of m.gira will be for sale very soon as a hand made (by gira) package called I Am Not Insane (CD/DVD). this package – in a limited edition of 1000 - will be sold in order to raise money for the swans recordings/offset the huge costs involved... check back here or at http://younggodrecords.com for ordering details and more information...coming soon...coming soon...

principal players on the swans album are (and there will be many special guests):

Michael Gira / gtr / voice / mendicant friar act (original swans)

Norman Westberg – Guitar (original swans)

Christophj Hahn – Guitar (mid period swans and most angels)

Phil Puleo – Drums, percussion, dulcimer etc etc (final swans tour and most angels)

Chris Pravdica – Bass and gadgets (flux information sciences / services/ gunga din)

Thor Harris, Drums, percussion, vibes, dulcimer, curios, etc etc... (angels, now also with shearwater)

Angels Of Light is temporarily on hold while gira pursues his “new” project..."]


09 Jan 2010 15:29
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A new Swans album is good news enough, but I know that Thor's just going to kick the shit out of the drums on this one, which makes it all the more exciting!

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It can't be possible that we're only 3 people who are excited over this? (I'm counting in Thor as well, I'm somehow assuming that he is excited as well... :) )

Anyway, the acoustic CD/DVD package will be available any second now for order on http://younggodrecords.com/Releases/Detail.asp?C=2326

Actually, I've managed to order it already. I found that the information was up regarding the CD/DVD, I read through it quickly and then I revisited the page some time later to read more in detail. And there it was, the possibility of ordering - so of course I placed my order. And now it's marked as "temporarily unavailable". I suppose they were working on it and I just happened to hit the very few seconds when the ordering link was up.

Gira will probably think that I am insane. Which is probably quite accurate. :mrgreen:


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You may now officially cut out the word "probably" from my last sentence in the above post.

I've amused myself with refreshing that page on the Young God Records site a couple of times (I am currently bored out of my mind, yes...) and it seems that Gira is doing something rather similar to the Golden Dossier project, with different backing options/packages available. Great idea. I hope that it will work out in the same way it did for Shearwater, with lots of backers for the project.


16 Jan 2010 16:15
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I'm sure that you will recognize at least one of these cheerful lads:

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28 Jun 2010 15:58
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And some more information: the album is called "My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky" according to Young God Records' facebook page, and it will be released on September 14. Can't wait!!

Oh, and I've got my ticket for the Supersonic Festival. I am officially insane.


28 Jun 2010 16:02
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I'm very excited for this one. Thor's going to destroy on drums!

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Count me in as "excited about these shows". Looking at the listing, I'll prob make about 4 this year....


28 Aug 2010 13:09
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The album was on my doormat when I arrived home today after work. It's excellent! Can't wait to see them!


17 Sep 2010 12:36
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It was a bit confusing today at http://www.brainwashed.com - they have no less than 4 different reviews of the album :mrgreen: - that says something about the importance of it, I guess...

The reviews are positive, and the one I like the best is of course the one that talks about "Thor Harris’ fantastic drumming":

http://www.brainwashed.com/index.php?op ... &Itemid=96


20 Sep 2010 05:28
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I have now seen Swans live, last Sunday in Birmingham. It was an amazing show! I'm still hovering a few millimeters above the floor with sheer excitement.

I didn't take any pictures or videos or anything, but I suppose some other people did - I'll search youtube for whatever is up there. In the meantime, here are some photos from The Button Factory in Dublin on October 22 (thanks to John Kealy!). I love this one of Thor:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kealyj/511 ... 122979257/


26 Oct 2010 14:41
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Interview with Michael Gira and some concert video clips (featuring quite a lot of Thor, of course):

http://www.rockfeedback.com/tv/direct/c ... 0/1105844/


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I really liked The Seer, so I interviewed M Gira: http://www.spinner.com/2013/01/14/swans-interview-gira/

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