Hello There, Hope you are well and staying healthy in these trying and claustrophobic times. Around here stasis, and even entropy have set in, as the protracted waiting and isolation sees the walls grow a crust, and stalagmites perceptibly wind their way down from the ceiling, millimeter by millimeter. Nevertheless, joy is in the air! Though numerous Swans tours have been either cancelled or postponed, and the future remains uncertain, we have devised a few ways to keep things interesting and solvent until something opens up again and we can get back to making music. - Inevitably, we've made some Swans Covid masks, and they're available here (https://younggodrecords.com/products/swans-face-masks). One is black with the white teeth from the album, Filth. The other is grey, with white letters, helpfully declaring the civic-minded statement: "You Fucking People Make Me Sick". Enjoy! - younggodrecords.com is offering everything at the site at a 20% discount (the masks excepted and the DVD mentioned below excepted) from July 24 through August 31. Just enter the discount code "Minus Something" during check out. In addition, the 2XCD of my personal favorite Swans album of the 4 albums made between 2010 - 2016, The Glowing Man, is available for only $5.......
This collection of individuals will comprise the musical group Swans in live performance in 2020. They will interpret material from the album "leaving meaning." as well as perform new, unrecorded material... Christopher Pravdica - bass guitar, weird-ass sounds, keyboards, loops; Dana Schechter - bass guitar, lap steel, keyboard; Ben Frost - Synthesizer, Mellotron, electric guitar; Kristof Hahn - lap steel, electric guitar, loops; Phil Puleo - drums, percussion, hammer dulcimer; Michael Gira - acoustic and electric guitars, voice... Here are the European shows that have been booked (US shows announcing soon): https://younggodrecords.com/pages/tour-dates...
10/11/2019 - Riga, LV - Skanu Mezs festival
10/13/2019 - St. Petersburg, RU - Opera Concert Club
10/15/2019 - Moscow, RU - Pravda Club
10/18/2019 - Athens, GR - Temple
10/19/2019 - Thessaloniki, GR - Eightball Club
10/20/2019 - Ioánnina, GR - PNEVMATIKOKENTRO Church Space
10/23/2019 - Ljubljana, SI - Kino Siska Centre for Urban Culture
10/25/2019 - Bucharest, RO - Control Club
10/26/2019 - Cluj-Napoca, RO - Cinema Arts
10/28/2019 - Warsaw, PL - Pardon, To Tu
10/29/2019 - Warsaw ,PL - Pardon, To Tu
10/31/2019 - Kiev,UA - Caribbean Club
11/1/2019 - Vilnius, LT - Pramogu sale Vakaris
11/2/2019 - Helsinki, FI - Kuudes Linja
Hello! YGR newsletter from Michael Gira: Here’s a few things going on related to Swans: I have written the songs for the next Swans album (to commence recording hopefully in March of 2019) and I’ll be performing many of them acoustically, along with some previously existing songs, on a brief solo tour of the West Coast USA, as well as a show in Brooklyn, commencing September 27. Long time Swans guitarist Norman Westberg will open the shows. Carla Bozulich will also play the LA show. Here’s the dates: 9/27/2018 Los Angeles, CA Regent Theatre (Fully Seated)https://www.spacelandpresents.com/event/1677891 10/02/2018 San Francisco, CA The Chapel (Partially Seated) https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1763563 10/4/2018 Portland, OR The Old Church Concert Hall (Fully Seated)https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1674575 10/5/2018 Seattle, WA Columbia City Theater (Partially Seated)http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0F0054AEDBE8A5CC 10/25/2018 Brooklyn, NY Warsaw (Fully Seated)https://www.ticketweb.com/event/michael-gira-swans-with-very-warsaw-tickets/8403725?pl=warsaw&edpPlParam=%3Fpl%3Dwarsaw Here’s what I said recently about performing solo: “Sitting there alone on stage with a dead piece of wood and some wires and just my voice is a challenge I set for myself a number of years ago, trying to fully inhabit the same thread that's run through the music all along, with the simplest of means. I think I've gotten pretty good at it over time. I play the guitar my own way.......
Michael Gira of Swans West Coast and Brooklyn Solo Concerts (All shows opened by long term Swans guitarist Norman Westberg): 9/27/2018 Los Angeles, CA Regent Theatre (Fully Seated) (with very special guest Carla Bozulich) 9/29/2018 Berkeley, CA The UC Theatre (Partially Seated) 10/4/2018 Portland, OR The Old Church Concert Hall (Fully Seated) 10/5/2018 Seattle, WA Columbia City Theater (Partially Seated) 10/25/2018 Brooklyn, NY Warsaw (Fully Seated) After 8 years, 4 critically acclaimed ground breaking albums and incessant touring, the most recent version of Swans came to a close with 3 sold-out (1000 capacity) shows at Brooklyn’s Warsaw venue In November of 2017. Michael Gira immediately began writing new material for the next version of Swans. He has now completed writing the songs for a new Swans album (to commence recording in March of 2019 – personnel as yet to be determined) and he’ll be performing most of this material as well as previously existing songs on the upcoming tour. “Sitting there alone on stage with a dead piece of wood and some wires and just my voice is a challenge I set for myself a number of years ago, trying to fully inhabit the same thread that's run through the music all along, with......