Posts Tagged ‘John Dwyer’

Psych-punk psychic warrior, ear worm-farmer, and possessor of many stamped passport pages John Dwyer does not let up. His group Oh Sees (aka Thee Oh Sees, OCS, The Oh Sees, etc) have transmogrified to fit many a moment – from hushed druggy folk to groovy demonic pop chants to science fictional krautrock expanse and beyond – to suit his omnivorous whims.

Back in September, OSEES performed a blistering set out in the desert at Pappy & Harriet’s, which aired on the Levitation Sessions streaming series.  

The live album is now being pressed on 3 limited vinyl pressings via The Reverberation Appreciation Society record label. OSEES and the label are donating 100% of proceeds to independent music venues. Music venues have been hit particularly hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, with many in danger of closing their doors permanently. Unfortunately some have already.

 The NIVA Edition proceeds will be donated to the National Independent Venue Association’s Emergency Relief Fund. The fund has been launched to raise money for the most vulnerable venues, and keep them afloat during these unprecedented times for live music.

Special editions for two independent clubs have also been created: Zebulon Edition – benefitting Zebulon in Los Angeles, California, Hotel Vegas Edition – benefitting Hotel Vegas in Austin, Texas 

Both venues hold a special place in OSEES history, and have irreplaceable roles as incubators of their local indie music scene.  

“During this particularly hard year, it was a pleasure to work with our good friends over at Levitation and Pappy and Harriet’s to reach out to some of our fans, if only for a fleeting hour.  This is the proper plastic that came from that evening. We are trying to keep some of our favourite haunts, dives, glorious old venues and bars open through this triail, as it’s obvious the lizards that make up the current administration have no real interest in extending any realistic help to struggling businesses.  

Venues have been hit particularly hard by this and without them, there is no us….so this is a small token of appreciation and a grassroots effort to lend a helping hand in their time of need.  Take care, be well and keep your eyes on the horizon.”

 John Dwyer

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The live album from OSEES episode of Levitation Sessions.

“Lots of old favorites and 7 never before performed live hits from the crypt recorded dusk till dawn in Pioneertown, California
its raw and shreddy with a bit of elastic improvisation thrown in come hang out with us for a few crack a beer meant to be played loud” – JPD
Released October 9th, 2020
 
OSEES - LEVITATION Sessions Vinyl (PRE-ORDER)

OSEES on Levitation Sessions! Full set recorded out in the desert with the hits from the crypt! +7 tracks never performed live before + some old favourites and tracks off their new album:. The incredible live performance premiered on Saturday, September 26th, 2020. You can buy their music from the levitation sessions on: https://ohsees.bandcamp.com/album/lev…

Osees taped a full band show for Levitation fest’s virtual series that was streamed back in September. It was also released digitally as a live album, and now the Levitation Sessions are getting a vinyl release on March 5th with proceeds going to support independent venues.

There are three different coloured vinyl editions, and each one benefits something different: one pressing benefits NIVA, the National Independent Venue Association; another benefits Austin’s Hotel Vegas; and the third benefits Los Angeles’ Zebulon. Each one comes with a bonus 7″ featuring the last song of the set, “Block of Ice.” All three editions of Levitation Sessions 

OSEES have shared “Stinking Cloud” from their upcoming Levitation Sessions II streaming show and live album. It’s a deep cut from 2011’s ’60s-psych-pop influenced Castlemania and not the typical ripper you associate with the band but it sounds pretty great. It’s so deep that it’s the first time it’s ever been played in a live band setting. The ‘Levitation Sessions II’, which was shot in “a cavernous Los Angeles factory,” promises more where “Stinking Cloud” came from with a “handful of never-before-played-live tunes & some new surprises,.

Meanwhile John Dwyer is dipping a toe into the world of NFTs — and no, it doesn’t seem to be an April Fools joke. He has put two NFTs up for auction that are related to the Levitation Sessions II streaming show and album. 

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THE TEXT This piece uses a lenticular process to bring John Dwyer’s original mixed media painting to life. Sound tracked by a radioactive live version of “Opposition”. The tendrils of flowers and foliage grow and wilt while we gaze at our screens through empty eye sockets, taking in the vast glory of the information superhighway.

John Dwyer’s painting comes to life in a hypnotic infinite zoom loop. Sound tracked by a live cut of “Stinking Cloud”, taken from the band’s upcoming Levitation Sessions II live album.  “Vol 4” is being released an 1/1 NFT, while “THE TEXT” is in an edition of 13. Both NFTs also come with a stream ticket, signed screen print and the 2xLP shipped worldwide. 

Osees pine for our fans and friends out there in the world, so we have come together for another stream with the mighty Levitation.

I personally got stoned and stuck my face into the muck of our past catalog to bob for some dusty tumescent gems. There will be some oldies, and some mouldies and some surprises along the way. I’m quite happy with how this one turned out. Shot in an insane old factory warehouse in Los Angeles (it looks like a fight scene set from Point Blank or the John Wick trilogy 🙂

If you had told me a year ago we’d be doing these streams now i would have thought you were crazy, but, egg on my face, and here we are. I’m so glad to have this little thing to share a moment with y’all until we can meet face to face on the field of battle again.

Mastered this time in advance of the stream by the Guru JJ Golden, it will hopefully turn some frowns inside out and upside down….grossssss” – JPD Releases
 
April 23rd, 2021 The live album from OSEES Volume II of Levitation Sessions.

Zebulon Edition – benefitting Zebulon in Los Angeles, California
Hotel Vegas Edition – benefitting Hotel Vegas in Austin, Texas

The OSEES – “Levitation Sessions” live album is being pressed on vinyl . We’re donating all proceeds to independent music venues with the band. Back in September, OSEES performed a blistering set out in the desert at Pappy & Harriet’s, which aired on the LEVITATION Sessions streaming series. OSEES and the label are donating 100% of proceeds to independent music venues. Music venues have been hit particularly hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, with many in danger of closing their doors permanently. Unfortunately some have already.

“During this particularly hard year, it was a pleasure to work with our good friends over at Levitation and Pappy and Harriet’s to reach out to some of our fans, if only for a fleeting hour.  This is the proper plastic that came from that evening. We are trying to keep some of our favourite haunts, dives, glorious old venues and bars open through this trial, as it’s obvious the lizards that make up the current administration have no real interest in extending any realistic help to struggling businesses.
 
Venues have been hit particularly hard by this and without them, there is no us….so this is a small token of appreciation and a grassroots effort to lend a helping hand in their time of need.  Take care, be well and keep your eyes on the horizon.”  
– John Dwyer

The live album is now being pressed on vinyl via The Reverberation Appreciation Society record label. Each edition is limited to 1000 and includes a 7” with the final track from the show, “Block Of Ice” pressed on Desert Sand colored vinyl. These limited vinyl editions will be released March 5th, 2021 and will be available for pre-order on the LEVITATION website at 11am PT, on Friday, Dec 11, 2020:

The NIVA Edition proceeds will be donated to the National Independent Venue Association’s Emergency Relief Fund. The fund has been launched to raise money for the most vulnerable venues, and keep them afloat during these unprecedented times for live music.  the second volume from garage-rock heavyweights OSEES and Alex Maas of the Black Angels, performing off the back of his beautiful new solo album,

Special editions for two independent clubs have also been created:

Zebulon Edition – benefitting Zebulon in Los Angeles, California
Hotel Vegas Edition – benefitting Hotel Vegas in Austin, Texas

The OSEES – “Levitation Sessions” live album is being pressed on vinyl . We’re donating all proceeds to independent music venues with the band. Back in September, OSEES performed a blistering set out in the desert at Pappy & Harriet’s, which aired on the LEVITATION Sessions streaming series. OSEES and the label are donating 100% of proceeds to independent music venues. Music venues have been hit particularly hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, with many in danger of closing their doors permanently. Unfortunately some have already.

“During this particularly hard year, it was a pleasure to work with our good friends over at Levitation and Pappy and Harriet’s to reach out to some of our fans, if only for a fleeting hour.  This is the proper plastic that came from that evening. We are trying to keep some of our favourite haunts, dives, glorious old venues and bars open through this trial, as it’s obvious the lizards that make up the current administration have no real interest in extending any realistic help to struggling businesses.
 
Venues have been hit particularly hard by this and without them, there is no us….so this is a small token of appreciation and a grassroots effort to lend a helping hand in their time of need.  Take care, be well and keep your eyes on the horizon.”  
– John Dwyer

The live album is now being pressed on vinyl via The Reverberation Appreciation Society record label. Each edition is limited to 1000 and includes a 7” with the final track from the show, “Block Of Ice” pressed on Desert Sand colored vinyl. These limited vinyl editions will be released March 5th, 2021 and will be available for pre-order on the LEVITATION website at 11am PT, on Friday, Dec 11, 2020:

The NIVA Edition proceeds will be donated to the National Independent Venue Association’s Emergency Relief Fund. The fund has been launched to raise money for the most vulnerable venues, and keep them afloat during these unprecedented times for live music.  the second volume from garage-rock heavyweights OSEES and Alex Maas of the Black Angels, performing off the back of his beautiful new solo album,

Special editions for two independent clubs have also been created:

Zebulon Edition – benefitting Zebulon in Los Angeles, California
Hotel Vegas Edition – benefitting Hotel Vegas in Austin, Texas

The OSEES – “Levitation Sessions” live album is being pressed on vinyl . We’re donating all proceeds to independent music venues with the band. Back in September, OSEES performed a blistering set out in the desert at Pappy & Harriet’s, which aired on the LEVITATION Sessions streaming series. OSEES and the label are donating 100% of proceeds to independent music venues. Music venues have been hit particularly hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, with many in danger of closing their doors permanently. Unfortunately some have already.

“During this particularly hard year, it was a pleasure to work with our good friends over at Levitation and Pappy and Harriet’s to reach out to some of our fans, if only for a fleeting hour.  This is the proper plastic that came from that evening. We are trying to keep some of our favourite haunts, dives, glorious old venues and bars open through this trial, as it’s obvious the lizards that make up the current administration have no real interest in extending any realistic help to struggling businesses.
 
Venues have been hit particularly hard by this and without them, there is no us….so this is a small token of appreciation and a grassroots effort to lend a helping hand in their time of need.  Take care, be well and keep your eyes on the horizon.”  
– John Dwyer

The live album is now being pressed on vinyl via The Reverberation Appreciation Society record label. Each edition is limited to 1000 and includes a 7” with the final track from the show, “Block Of Ice” pressed on Desert Sand colored vinyl. These limited vinyl editions will be released March 5th, 2021 and will be available for pre-order on the LEVITATION website at 11am PT, on Friday, Dec 11, 2020:

The NIVA Edition proceeds will be donated to the National Independent Venue Association’s Emergency Relief Fund. The fund has been launched to raise money for the most vulnerable venues, and keep them afloat during these unprecedented times for live music.  the second volume from garage-rock heavyweights OSEES and Alex Maas of the Black Angels, performing off the back of his beautiful new solo album,

Special editions for two independent clubs have also been created:

Zebulon Edition – benefitting Zebulon in Los Angeles, California
Hotel Vegas Edition – benefitting Hotel Vegas in Austin, Texas

The OSEES – “Levitation Sessions” live album is being pressed on vinyl . We’re donating all proceeds to independent music venues with the band. Back in September, OSEES performed a blistering set out in the desert at Pappy & Harriet’s, which aired on the LEVITATION Sessions streaming series. OSEES and the label are donating 100% of proceeds to independent music venues. Music venues have been hit particularly hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, with many in danger of closing their doors permanently. Unfortunately some have already.

“During this particularly hard year, it was a pleasure to work with our good friends over at Levitation and Pappy and Harriet’s to reach out to some of our fans, if only for a fleeting hour.  This is the proper plastic that came from that evening. We are trying to keep some of our favourite haunts, dives, glorious old venues and bars open through this trial, as it’s obvious the lizards that make up the current administration have no real interest in extending any realistic help to struggling businesses.
 
Venues have been hit particularly hard by this and without them, there is no us….so this is a small token of appreciation and a grassroots effort to lend a helping hand in their time of need.  Take care, be well and keep your eyes on the horizon.”  
– John Dwyer

The live album is now being pressed on vinyl via The Reverberation Appreciation Society record label. Each edition is limited to 1000 and includes a 7” with the final track from the show, “Block Of Ice” pressed on Desert Sand colored vinyl. These limited vinyl editions will be released March 5th, 2021 and will be available for pre-order on the LEVITATION website at 11am PT, on Friday, Dec 11, 2020:

The NIVA Edition proceeds will be donated to the National Independent Venue Association’s Emergency Relief Fund. The fund has been launched to raise money for the most vulnerable venues, and keep them afloat during these unprecedented times for live music.  the second volume from garage-rock heavyweights OSEES and Alex Maas of the Black Angels, performing off the back of his beautiful new solo album,

Special editions for two independent clubs have also been created:

Zebulon Edition – benefitting Zebulon in Los Angeles, California
Hotel Vegas Edition – benefitting Hotel Vegas in Austin, Texas

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The now renamed prolific Californian band Thee Oh Sees pulls way back on the prog-metal influences of recent efforts, trading much of that for dynamic, staccato avant-punk in the first half and easing into delicious psych rock in the second. Highlights: “Dreary Nonsense,” “If I Had My Way,” “Gong of Catastrophe” “In the swirling and undulant warm mud of jettisoned reels of magnetic tape, blurps up the fog of reinvention. Every night I would parley with my pilots and run and rerun the recordings. Right up until the moment sleep slips its veil over eyes and ears and you drift back without a sound. Protean Threat dream haze becomes Panther Rotate in the other dimension.

A companion LP of remixes, field recordings, and sonic experiments using all sounds generated by the him and crackle of the desert farm. “A second version of our Protean Threat if you will, but barely conspicuous in its relation. Forward, never straight! Sunrise, sunset. Two lives connected by a cosmic thread, One for your feet and one for your head. For fans of Thee Oh Sees, Oh Sees, OCS, The Oh Sees, Osees…etc etc etcetcetc…be well.” —John Dwyer

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John Dwyer returns with his Damaged Bug project. ‘Bug On Yonkers’ features covers of Michael Yonkers tunes,

“I first heard Michael Yonkers via the Microminature Love reissue (Sub Pop) and was immediately hooked. I started collecting any piece of his legend that I could…some true, some likely not.
He had hand-built all of his gear. He had broken his back. He was part of experimental surgery that left him in lifelong pain. He was a dancer. He was still kicking around making some of the oddest and most contrary-to-contemporary-popular-norms type of music.

And then I heard Goodby Sunball, recorded and released in 1974, the year I was born. I had and have a very deep connection with this set of songs. I wasn’t sure why, but when I finally met Michael, I understood. He was kind and seemingly a pretty regular guy. But he was also a weirdo. A rare bird, waving the true freak music flag, and it didn’t matter what kind of music he made, I loved it all.

So, this record was recorded as a way to reboot and reconnect with some songs that have heavily inspired me over the years.  It was hard to pick from his vast catalogue, so I just sort of jumped in, with Tom Dolas, Nick Murray, and Brigid Dawson as my band (along with a bevy of others along the way) and these are the tunes that stuck to the wall.

I will forever be grateful to Mr Yonkers for bringing me a little joy with his music and inspiring weirdos everywhere.” – John Dwyer, Feb 2020.

“Sold America” by Damaged Bug. Written and published by Michael Yonkers BMI. From the forthcoming LP “Bug On Yonkers”, out on Record Store Day 2020 from Castle Face Records


Oh Sees’ frontman John Dwyer pays tribute to cult psych artist Michael Yonkers; Hopefully it’ll make you want to seek out the original artifact

Minneapolis’ Michael Yonkers is a cult legend who pushed psych-rock further into the red than many had before on his 1968 album Microminiature Love, which was reissued, some 30 years later, first by Dej Stijl and then Sub Pop Records. On that and other albums, you can hear the seeds of the early ’00s garage rock revival, and Yonkers was a clear influence on groups like Black Lips, Oh Sees and current Minneapolis band The Blind Shake with whom he’s made records.

Oh Sees frontman John Dwyer is an especially big fan and has just released an album of Yonkers covers under his Damaged Bug solo alias, though in this case he’s backed by current Oh See Tom Dolas, and former bandmates Nick Murray and Brigid Dawson. “This record was recorded as a way to reboot and reconnect with some songs that have heavily inspired me over the years,” says Dwyer. “It was hard to pick from his vast catalog, so I just sort of jumped in, and these are the tunes that stuck to the wall.”

I don’t claim to know much about Yonkers, but this record is good. Unlike some of the other Damaged Bug records (which can be on the esoteric side), Bug Out Yonkers is very approachable and could easily pass for an Oh Sees record. You can tell Dwyer is having a blast with this and the production / arrangements are great, with out-there synths and the occasional flute solo alongside wigged out guitar work. Originally a Record Store Day 2020 exclusive, Bug Out Yonkers has been bumped up to a proper release, which is good. If you’re like me, it will send you immediately to the internet to learn more about Yonkers’ wild world.

Damaged Bug – Bug Out Yonkers (Castle Face)

Conceived and recorded as a form of therapy to help cope with adjusting to life post-college, an ensuing break-up and geographic isolation, Mikal Cronin steps away from the rhythm section of Orange County surf-punk bashers The Moonhearts with his eponymous debut solo LP. Fans can take heart, this isn’t a “vanity project” or half-baked endeavor – Mikal’s 2011 solo debut is fully realized, cohesive and beautiful, with themes that are as personal as they are universal; questioning your future, accepting your past and living in the moment.
Taking influences such as late sixties Del Shannon and The Everly Brothers and filtering them through his own mutant California fuzz, Mikal deftly explores his singer/songwriter side that at moments feels like a punk Harry Nilsson or Curt Boettcher that balances sweet melodies & chords with chunky, psychedelic guitar freak-outs. Don’t let the opening Beach Boys-ian harmonies of “Is It Alright?” fool you into thinking this record can be easily pinned down… with long-time friend & collaborator Ty Segall producing, Eric Bauer running the tape machine and guests like John Dwyer of The Oh-Sees, you can be positive you’re in for something special. Once those guitars kick in, and you hit that first transcendent chorus, you’ll be hooked and anxiously awaiting what comes next.
with special guests:
Ty Segall: drums on 2, 3, 7, 10
Charles Moothart: drums on 4, solo on 3
John Dwyer: flute on 1

“… an album of wistful, psychedelic pop that pits lush and layered arrangements against needle-pinning power chords.” ~Pitchfork

released October 18th, 2019

Crack the coffers, Oh Sees have spawned another frothy LP of head-destroying psych epics to grok and rock out to. You’ll notice the fresh dollop of organ and keyboard prowess courtesy of “Memory of a Cut Off Head” alum and noted key-stabber Tom Dolas...the Quattrone/Rincon drum-corps polyrhythmic pulse continues to astound and pound in equal measure, buttressed by the nimble fingered bottom end of Sir Tim Hellman the Brave and the shred-heaven fret frying of John Dwyer, whilst Lady Brigid Dawson again graces the wax with her harmonic gifts. Aside from the familiar psych-scorch familiar to soggy pit denizens the world over, there’s a fresh heavy-prog vibe that fits like a worn-in jean jacket comfortably among hairpin metal turns and the familiar but no less horns-worthy guitar fireworks Dwyer’s made his calling card. Perhaps the most notable thing about Smote Reverser is the artistic restlessness underpinning its flights of fancy. Dwyer refuses to repeat himself and for someone with such a hectic release schedule, that stretching of aesthetic borders and omnivorous appetite seems all the more superhuman. Hope you’re hungry as these platters are piled high – it’s out on Castle Face Records August 17th

Within a 15-month window, one-man garage-rock institution John Dwyer released five albums, bounced between three different bands with three distinct sounds, and even renamed his most famous group, dropping the “Thee” from Thee Oh Sees. That restlessness is seemingly bubbling over on his next Oh Sees album, Smote Reverser, which sees the band reconvene in one of its biggest, most flexible configurations yet. On the first two singles alone, Dwyer and company explore distant extremes of his psych-rock obsession, basing C in the placid keyboard-filled hooks of his Damaged Bug albums while pushing the band into a blast of pounding metal on “Overthrown.”

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The word smote is the past tense of smite: to hit, to strike, to attack. If there’s one thing the latest album from the latest incarnation of John Dwyer’s Oh Sees does, it’s that—smiting and smoting all over the goddamn place. But while there’s always an attack, an aggression, a precision to every second of Smote Reverser, the psych-rock turned every-genre-imaginable outfit explore all kinds of territory over the album’s 11 tracks, as variable takes on ‘70s prog rock and proto-metal morph into Dwyer’s own unpredictable brand of acid-rock-free-jazz-fusion.

Oh Sees (fka Thee Oh Sees) have shared the music video for their song “Anthemic Aggressor,” off their most recent album Smote Reverser, out now via Castle Face Records.

The 13-minute video, is a psychedelic romp through a solar system ripped straight from the pulpy dime-store sci-fi novels of the 1960s. It features, in no particular order, a demonic spaceman, a fleet of comic-book spaceships, and a man with his head up his own … well.

Oh Sees frontman John Dwyer, who created the puppets and directed the video, says the concept came from TV shows and movies from his childhood. “This video is an homage to Ralph Bakshi, Jim Henson and Hanna-Barbera,” he says. “It’s a conglomeration of a few things I took simple pleasure from as a kid. Also, it is about aliens vegging out on the trip speeding away from here, sort of unwinding after all the tumult.”

Official video for “Anthemic Aggressor” by Oh Sees From the album “Smote Reverser” out now on Castle Face Records

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San Francisco psych wunderkind Ty Segall continues a tireless musical assault on ears and minds with his third album, Melted. Segall says it sounds like “cherry cola, Sno-Cones and taffy.” Indeed! Over the past two years he’s released records more often than most people do laundry, but somehow there is still a heap of anticipation for this new album on Goner packed full of truly psychedelic pop songs with great vocals and exciting arrangements.
On the heels of two critically acclaimed solo albums, Ty Segall holed up in a basement studio in late 2009 to begin recording Melted. Friends occasionally dropped by to hang out and help–including Mike Donovan (Sic Alps), John Dwyer (Thee Oh-Sees) and Eric Bauer (Crack W.A.R.).
The result is a carefree yet precise balance of acoustic and electric elements. Distorted echo and thunder mix together with enough clean guitar lines and addictive choruses to deliver an album that recalls the ’60s without sounding like anything created during that decade. Time melts away, vision melts away, minds melt away. Get Melted!. 
Originally Released June 8th, 2010