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In the Autumn of 2020, Dead Meadow convened at Camp Mozumdar, hidden away in the mountains above Los Angeles, to record their Levitation Session at The Pillars of God. The film captures a full performance from the legendary trio, with all original members — Steve Kille (bass), Mark Laughlin (drums) and Jason Simon (guitar/vocals). The three rip through tracks across their discography in front of the monumental structure, part of a sprawling complex built by A.K. Mozumdar and his followers in the mid 20th century in the mountains of Crestline, California as a place of worship for people of all faiths.

“On moonlight nights, when the sky lowers itself with its myriad of stars and when the wooded hillside and desert play with lights and shadows, one’s heart is filled with gratitude just to be alive.” – A.K. Mozdumar “When Steve showed me the all-but-forgotten Pillars of God, tucked away down a mountainside dirt road, we both knew this was a place we needed to play. Dead Meadow has always been a retreat of sorts for us, a sanctuary of creativity and freedom. We learned the Pillars were built with similar ideas in mind, open for all as a place to turn towards an inner world. It seemed only fitting to break the longest period in our twenty year history without performing live at this nearly 100 year old monument. Our music echoed out into the night and travelled across the tree tops in the valley below. Come join us here, all are welcome.”

In October 2020 Dead Meadow recorded a live performance at the mystical ruins of Camp Mozumdar, the amphitheater Pillars of God.

The band’s Levitation Session gathers tracks from over 20 years of the band’s work, distilled into a potent 70 minute performance, featuring rare tracks and a handful that have never been released live before. Dead Meadow runs through classic live favourites like “Green Sky Green Lake”, “What Needs Must Be”, and “The Narrows” but then delves into more esoteric regions of their catalogue. “White Worm” occasionally finds its way into a set but is captured live for the first time here while “Jusiamere Farm” has not been played since shows in the early 2000s. Dead Meadow bring us a generous offering of psychedelic rock, imbued with the spirit that inspired The Pillars of God.

“Your mind is your inner empire. Whatever you vision yourself in your mental empire, the same you become.” – A.K. Mozdumar

Released March 5th, 2021

Setlist: 1. I Love You Too 2. Rains in the Desert 3. What Needs Must Be 4. Jusiamere Farm 5. Six To Let The Light Shine Thru… 6. Greensky Greenlake 7. The Light 8. Such Hawks Such Hounds 9. The White Worm 10. I’m Gone 11. The Narrows

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Fuzz is currently gearing up for the premiere of the band’s Levitation Sessions webcast, and has offered fans a preview with “The 7th Terror”. The stream, set for April 24th at 8 p.m. ET, will mark the first live performance of any kind by the Ty Segall-led stoner metal outfit in five years.

The opening track to the band’s 2015 sophomore album II, “The 7th Terror” is an immediate dose of high-octane metal. In comparison to some of the more downtempo sludge-rock leanings of the Fuzz catalogue, the track is not so much an anomaly as it is representative of the band’s versatile range. Even the song itself exists as a microcosm of the group’s abilities as Ty Segall, guitarist Charles Moothart, and bassist Chad Ubdovich toggle through a variety of moods and rhythms.

In addition to serving as Fuzz’s first show in five years, the Levitation Sessions will also mark the band’s first public appearance together since the release of 2020’s III.

“There was an intense sense of anxiety between the three of us. ‘Playing a show’ was a totally foreign concept at this point, but there was also some kind of primal instinct of how to come together as a band in real time,” Fuzz said in a statement. “This is the first time we had played songs from III in the context of a set, and we found new footing on some of the old songs. This lead us down avenues we hadn’t seen in rehearsal. To find ourselves in the space right in between ‘lost’ and ‘found’ (aka live) was both alarming and electrifying after having been away from it for so long.”

Fuzz’s Levitation Sessions webcast with a video of “The 7th Terror”.

FUZZ: Charles Moothart Ty Segall Chad Ubovich

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)

Next up on Levitation Sessions: Acid Dad! On the heels of announcing their upcoming LP “Take It From The Dead”, New York’s Acid Dad transports us to another realm via their green screen studio and the visuals of Webb Hunt. The setlist features some fresh takes on Acid Dad classics + the live debut of new tracks from their album. “Take It From The Dead” features an array of different influences ranging from 90’s neo-psych, modern post-punk and 70’s rock-n-roll. Acid Dad has crafted a record that sounds new, yet feels nostalgic. In contrast to their earlier work, they make use of slower tempos and expand their sound to include songs that are both more intricate and more hypnotic. To accompany the new record, the band spent the last year collaborating with video artist Webb Hunt, producing psych and glitch art videos that form a visual counterpart to the dreamy distortions of their sound.

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This was our first attempt at shooting and performing in front of our blue screen rig we made in our studio in Queens. We’ve always talked about doing a blue screen shoot where we could be totally encompassed by CGI FX, but wasn’t until quarantine and not having the option to play shows to finally execute the idea. It’s hard to tell, but it was about 110 degrees in there with all the lights going so there is that authentic show time sweat.

Our visual artist, Webb Hunt, did an amazing job doing all the FX and different CGI looks for the session. It took weeks to edit and create, but it was totally worth creating this swimming pool of feedback and colours. We wanted to make a session that no one else was doing look wise. Something familiar but different and extremely psychedelic.

– Acid Dad 

The live album is being pressed up on a limited edition vinyl edition. These pressings will only be available as part of the stream. The album will be released digitally worldwide on May 14th.

Set List: 1. Contact 2. BBQ 3. Die Hard 4. Dissin’ 5. Living With A Creature 6. Bada Bing 7. Marine 8. RC Driver 9. 2Ci 10. Don’t Get Taken 11. Mistress 12. Mr. Major 13. Djembe

On the heels of announcing their upcoming LP “Take It From The Dead”, New York’s Acid Dad transports us to another realm via their green screen studio and the visuals of Webb Hunt. The setlist features some fresh takes on Acid Dad classics + the live debut of new tracks from their upcoming album. “This was our first attempt at shooting and performing in front of our blue screen rig we made in our studio in Queens. We’ve always talked about doing a blue screen shoot where we could be totally encompassed by CGI FX, but wasn’t until quarantine and not having the option to play shows to finally execute the idea. It’s hard to tell, but it was about 110 degrees in there with all the lights going so there is that authentic show time sweat.” “Our visual artist, Webb Hunt, did an amazing job doing all the FX and different CGI looks for the session. It took weeks to edit and create, but it was totally worth creating this swimming pool of feedback and colors. We wanted to make a session that no one else was doing look wise. Something familiar but different and extremely psychedelic.” “We reworked a bunch of our older songs with newer tempos and parts to create unique compositions for LEVITATION as well as debuting some newer songs from our upcoming album. It feels strange being off a stage for so long but it’s really exciting being able to attempt to recreate that experience in a multimedia virtual space.” -ACID DAD

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