Soon enough, Oh Sees are releasing yet another new album, Smote Reverser. It’s the first we’ve heard from John Dwyer’s San Francisco band of wizards in about six months, which is a long time in Oh Sees land. We’ve already heard one Smote Reverser track, “Overthrown,” and today we’re getting another one via … More »
It’s been five months since anything came out under one of the Oh Sees’ many names, which means that John Dwyer has been slacking, at least compared to his normal heavy flow of material. Last year, he released two albums associated with his San Francisco psych-rock project, Orc and Memory Of A … More »
The world undoubtedly needs more author-themed music festivals — and since a festival dedicated to George Orwell would necessarily involve the booked artists violating our personal liberties, we should all be more than enamored/supportive of the following Granfalloon-come-true : A Kurt Vonnegut Convergence, a new hybrid “conference and festival” which the Indiana University Arts & Humanities Council (and TMT writer Ed Comentale, full disclosure) are hosting this May 10-12.
Vonnegut passed away in 2007, and there’s little debate as to his ridiculously awesome legacy of writing ridiculous/absurd novels that simultaneously hold mass appeal. He was also a notable non-basketball product of The Hoosier State, so it obviously makes sense that the IU vicinity in Bloomington would be the site to honor the iconic, curly-haired satirist. I’m told via press release that IU’s Lilly Library is “home to the largest collection of Vonnegut books and manuscripts in the world.”
That library will be the site of an archival exhibit set up for the “convergence,” while a two-day “academic conference of panels and keynote speakers” essentially rounds out the non-musical homages.
Musically, however, we’re looking at performances from Father John Misty, Damien Jurado, Oh Sees, Noname, Shabazz Palaces, Baths, Waxahatchee, Amy O, Voces Novae, and Rodeola at various Bloomington venues. FJM in particular is recognized in press as a noted Vonnegut fan. (Though TBH, I can’t imagine any non-fans accepting this particular gig. It seems too risky to basically vouch for an unfamiliar author.)
Anyway, check out the FULL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS HERE. And don’t forget, my dear prospective attendees: “If you can do a half-assed job of anything, you’re a one-eyed man in a kingdom of the blind.”
John Dwyer, the ever-prolific mind behind psych-rock institution Thee Oh Sees, released three diverse studio albums last year under three different names. Orc marked Oh Sees’ name-change from Thee Oh Sees, Memory Of A Cut Off Head was released under the moniker OCS, and More »
John Dwyer’s ever-morphing rock project released two new albums last year, one as Oh Sees (Orc) and another as OCS (Memory of A Cut Off Head), and they wrapped up 2017 by releasing a limited edition 12″ featuring two outtakes from the Orc sessions. On Side A is a sprawling, groovy … More »
John Dwyer’s frequently-name-changing project Oh Sees (or Thee Oh Sees, or OCS, or whatever) put out a new album called Orc a few months ago, and today the San Francisco band has shared a video for “Drowned Beast.” It’s a colorful, eye-popping clip created by Dr D Foothead. “I wrote this song mostly in the … More »
The comedian and podcaster Marc Maron is one of our great interviewers, and he never sound more excited than when he gets to sit down and chop it up with a rock dude. And on he most recent episode of his WTF podcast, Maron goes in deep with one of our great rock dudes. John … More »
We got a good Halloween album this year, but we didn’t get enough good Halloween video. There were plenty of good music videos this past week; they just weren’t Halloween-specific. I was looking forward to seeing more bands eaten by zombies or whatever. Try harder next year, music video directors! This week’s picks are … More »
Thee Oh Sees, or Oh Sees, or OCS, or whatever John Dwyer is calling his band these days, have a new album coming out next month. But today, they’re looking back to this summer’s LP Orc with a colorful animated video for “Nite Expo” from director Alex Theodoropulos. “Animation and role-playing games were … More »
John Dwyer’s ever-shifting jolly band of Bay Area garage rock mainstays, Oh Sees (fka Thee Oh Sees, The Oh Sees, The Ohsees, The Jay-Zs, The Puff Diddys, etc.), only just released their latest album — and their first with that shiny new moniker — titled Orc, like, literally four days ago. But temporal proximity has never stopped the Dwy-dog from the allure of a new project, and it appears nothing has changed even 20 years into the band’s tenure, because he’s already got another new album on the way.
This time, however, he’s going back to that musty old shed in the backyard of his San Francisco apartment and reintroducing himself to one of his dusty favorites, OCS — the name under which he released a handful of albums from 2003–2005 — for a new record oh-so-fittingly called Memory of a Cut Off Head. Luckily, you’ll still have some time to sink into that new Oh Sees joint, because Memory of a Cut Off Head is out via Castle Face (duh) on November 17.
Not only is the new record set to be the 20th release in the 20th year for the Oh Sees project, but it’s also the 100th release on Dwyer’s Castle Face label; and as such, the album is meant to take listeners back to “the quieter roots of it all in particularly baroque and homesteadly fashion.” It was also co-written by former Oh Sees treasurer (read: vocalist and keyboardist) and longtime Dwyer collaborator Brigid Dawson, which really coheres that whole nostalgic theme we were just talking about. (Gee, remember that? Good times.)
If you’re already sick of Orc (damn millennials and their short attention spans), you can jam to the country twang, fluid fiddles, and motorik rhythms of Memory of a Cut Off Head’s title track down below. Otherwise, just read the tracklisting (oooh, fun!), and don’t forget to pray for Dwyer to overcome his pernicious “compulsive-composition” addiction.
Memory of a Cut Off Head tracklisting:
01. Memory of a Cut Off Head
02. Cannibal Planet
03. The Baron Sleeps and Dreams
04. The Remote Viewer
05. On & On Corridor
06. Neighbor To None
07. The Fool
08. The Chopping Block
09. Time Tuner
10. Lift A Finger