the band CAVE

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Damn.

Trip Maker, Thursday, 1 October 2009 15:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

The first record is great, and has been an undying household/ipod favorite for a year or two now. The centerpiece track off the Hunt Like Devil side -- called Hunt Like Devil, in which the guy says "Hunt Like Devil" a bunch -- stands head and shoulders above anything else on it, but is so damn good that I don't care that the rest is just okay. Maybe the single best post-kraut stoner/space hybrid jam I've ever heard, by anyone, ever.

Loved that double EP so much that I've since picked up almost all of their other stuff, most of it criminally overpriced (hooray for $8 singles). Hunt Like Devil remains the pinnacle by a good margin, though it's all pretty decent if yr into the sound. Psychic Psummer has yet to fully grab me.

That's not just me saying that, that's the Pentagon. (contenderizer), Thursday, 1 October 2009 16:36 (4 years ago) Permalink

FWIW they'll probably never do anything with Important again.
The band has nothing to do with the prices of the records. If you see them on tour, everything is reasonably priced. It's a sore point for the dudes in the band that the record costs 18 dollars in some stores.
Glad people are digging the jams.

Trip Maker, Thursday, 1 October 2009 16:42 (4 years ago) Permalink

I don't get Important as a label. Their only unifying aesthetic criteria seems to be "underground importance" as filtered through OTM trend-hopping, so at least the name fits, but how the fuck do they get away with charging a billion dollars for shit? And how is the transparent pretension of the whole thing not universally repulsive?

That's not just me saying that, that's the Pentagon. (contenderizer), Thursday, 1 October 2009 16:48 (4 years ago) Permalink

Was more dismissive than necessary in prev post. Psychic Psummer deserves more than "pretty decent", even if it ain't my favorite Cave.

That's not just me saying that, that's the Pentagon. (contenderizer), Thursday, 1 October 2009 16:50 (4 years ago) Permalink

Just ordered from the rough trade store. Thanks for the heads up!

van smack, Friday, 2 October 2009 00:03 (4 years ago) Permalink

how weird, saw this thread, checked out their stuff and liked it, and now all of a sudden they're playing here next week. might be fun yes?

sonderangerbot, Saturday, 10 October 2009 21:13 (4 years ago) Permalink

holy shit, did not know about Jeremy joining...brilliant decision

got that candy zing (Tape Store), Saturday, 10 October 2009 23:55 (4 years ago) Permalink


nice cover of "Negativland" from Neu! I guess this is from last night or the night before.

Trip Maker, Wednesday, 14 October 2009 17:22 (4 years ago) Permalink

this looks like fun!

got that candy zing (Tape Store), Wednesday, 14 October 2009 17:24 (4 years ago) Permalink

Yes.

Trip Maker, Wednesday, 14 October 2009 17:26 (4 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Just got Raw Vibes vol 2. So far so good! The end of "Bobby's Hash" is terrific.

van smack, Friday, 20 November 2009 15:27 (4 years ago) Permalink

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van smack, Friday, 20 November 2009 15:29 (4 years ago) Permalink

Oh for shit's sake..

van smack, Friday, 20 November 2009 15:29 (4 years ago) Permalink

Driving up to Chicago to see their last show of the year at the Hideout tomorrow night. Cacaw (ex-Coughs) are playing, too. They are great, too.

Trip Maker, Friday, 20 November 2009 15:33 (4 years ago) Permalink

5 months pass...

A new EP "Pure Moods" coming in May on Drag City..!

van smack, Saturday, 24 April 2010 20:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

lol, these guys are playing a head shop in my area this summer.

tylerw, Saturday, 24 April 2010 20:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

Loving "Brigitte's Trip (White Light/White Jazz)"

Can't wait to pick this up next week.

a streaker named desire (van smack), Friday, 14 May 2010 01:46 (3 years ago) Permalink

was late on psycic psummer but that would've been a guaranteed top 20 of 2009, at least. bummed they're not hitting up more of NE during their summer tour.

Bastards of Young Dro, Friday, 14 May 2010 04:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

liking pure moods a lot -- this is the first i've heard them, i think.

tylerw, Friday, 14 May 2010 13:13 (3 years ago) Permalink

sounds a LOT like Oneida. This is not a complaint.

congratulations (n/a), Friday, 14 May 2010 14:33 (3 years ago) Permalink

Also got onto this album pretty late but really dig it - the last track is a thing of beauty, like Jackie Mittoo produced by Conny Plank or uh something

xylyl syzygy (a passing spacecadet), Friday, 14 May 2010 14:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

oops, sorry, "this album" = Psychic Psummer, didn't even know there was a new one but I am super-excited for that now! thank you ILM

xylyl syzygy (a passing spacecadet), Friday, 14 May 2010 14:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

It's a new ep, no?

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Friday, 14 May 2010 14:54 (3 years ago) Permalink

yes, 3 songs, about 20 minutes

congratulations (n/a), Friday, 14 May 2010 14:55 (3 years ago) Permalink

Ah, I thought from the price on Rough Trade it was a cheap LP rather than an expensive EP. And apparently Norman Records have sold out of them despite them only arriving yesterday. Time to shop around...

xylyl syzygy (a passing spacecadet), Friday, 14 May 2010 15:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

love CAVE

Tape Store, Friday, 14 May 2010 17:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

good stuff

am0n, Wednesday, 19 May 2010 16:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

if this band is like oneida i will like cave

you better check that sausage before you put it in the rofl (M@tt He1ges0n), Wednesday, 19 May 2010 16:31 (3 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

saw these guys last night in Denver -- hollly shit, they were good. would highly recommend them to anyone. kind of worried their records are going to start sounding limp in comparison!

tylerw, Wednesday, 7 July 2010 22:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

Gonna see them at pitchfork lol

Trip Maker, Wednesday, 7 July 2010 22:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

These guys are pretty directly up my alley, loving the Pure Moods EP right now.

he's always been a bit of an anti-climb Max (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 20 July 2010 18:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

They were definitely a nice surprise at Pitchfork.

maciej recognizing trill, Tuesday, 20 July 2010 18:36 (3 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

pure moods still killing it -- definitely one of my favorite things from this year.
live set over yonder: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/CAVE/Live_at_WFMU_on_Talks_Cheap_Aug_16_2010

tylerw, Tuesday, 19 October 2010 22:14 (3 years ago) Permalink

they were great when I saw em at the bank in baltimore

the tune is space, Tuesday, 19 October 2010 22:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

yeah i pretty much wanted to follow them on tour after seeing them last summer.

tylerw, Tuesday, 19 October 2010 22:30 (3 years ago) Permalink

8 months pass...

new one! NEVERENDLESS. Just got the promo from Drag City -- more of the same, but that is exactly what i want. Some long jamzzz.

tylerw, Thursday, 7 July 2011 14:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

great title

mizzell, Thursday, 7 July 2011 15:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

already "this is the best" is the perfect distillation of what these guys do. 14 minutes of unrelenting awesomeness.

tylerw, Thursday, 7 July 2011 15:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

Think they are planning to go to Australia next year. I'm surprise there are already promos for the new one, don't think it's coming out til the fall?

Trip Maker, Thursday, 7 July 2011 15:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah, i was surprised too. comes out sept. 20.

tylerw, Thursday, 7 July 2011 15:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

Really excited for new CAVE!

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Thursday, 7 July 2011 17:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

Think they are planning to go to Australia next year

ooh i like the sound of this

thee o shi (electricsound), Thursday, 7 July 2011 23:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

my little review of the new one here: http://ow.ly/6bToa
really loving it, annoyed that they seem to have tour dates scheduled in every US city except mine.

tylerw, Wednesday, 24 August 2011 19:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

Try living in Mid Missouri (oh, but they are def playing here)
Their last show in town was in the basement DIY space and it fucking COOKED.

Trip Maker, Wednesday, 24 August 2011 19:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh and your writeup is sweet. OTM.

Trip Maker, Wednesday, 24 August 2011 19:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

Their last show in town was in the basement DIY space and it fucking COOKED.
is this their thing, playing nontraditional venues? the denver show they played was a totally random head shop/record store/art space that i'd never heard of before and haven't heard of since. god, it was so good.

tylerw, Wednesday, 24 August 2011 19:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

It is sometimes their thing, not always.
They've all got a lot of experience with touring and playing rock shows. Sometimes a non-traditional space is just more attractive.
Sometimes, getting paid is.

Trip Maker, Wednesday, 24 August 2011 19:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

they may have been paid in weed at the show i saw.

tylerw, Wednesday, 24 August 2011 19:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

4 weeks pass...

This is awesome
http://vimeo.com/29128356

Trip Maker, Thursday, 22 September 2011 18:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

first song is called "transcendence" last song is called "turiya"...

tylerw, Monday, 6 May 2013 21:11 (11 months ago) Permalink

oh ok i haven't heard it yet because i'm not on the promo circuit
looking forward to it!

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Monday, 6 May 2013 21:11 (11 months ago) Permalink

it's great -- first tune is heavy on the no pussyfooting/frippertronics vibes.

tylerw, Monday, 6 May 2013 21:12 (11 months ago) Permalink

They've been huffing Alice Coltrane.

Trip Maker, Monday, 6 May 2013 21:13 (11 months ago) Permalink

tylerw, Monday, 6 May 2013 21:16 (11 months ago) Permalink

that sounds great
love alice!!

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Monday, 6 May 2013 21:19 (11 months ago) Permalink

dude djing at our last show played some bajas, it made everyone's ears perk up.. must have been something from krausened as i didn't know it

groovy replacement (electricsound), Monday, 6 May 2013 22:27 (11 months ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

http://www.dragcity.com/products/threace

Behold, Threace! It's the brand new LP from international touring sensations CAVE, arriving October 15th, and it might just bring an end to your party -- no more dancing, no more talking, just people listening to every last clang, tweet and honk of a band really getting after it. Recorded on a 1" 8-track Scully machine that may or may not have spent some quality burn-in time at Muscle Shoals, Threace was half-planned and half-jammed using different mic placements, building up from a basic set of as few mics as possible. Then, they got out the razor blade and...well, this isn't the Rolling Stones! They used it to cut tape (and realities) together into a metro-musical albumen that's only started to flower in this world.

Threace comes on guitar up and jelly tight, saving the keys for color commentary among the beats. Cooper and Jeremy explore their six-string relationship, finding shared space, ducking, parrying, working the edges, and finally, twinning to gut-clutching effect. Meanwhile, there's a cameo appearance from sax and flute textures in here that create new soul-jazz sensations. Last and most, Dan and Rex bring the heavy with thickness, moving rhythm with exceptionally light feet, playing coloristically while always driving, driving, ever driving, bearing the lode and raising the arch under which everything happens in CAVE.

CAVE are known for playing with rolling funk minimalism; Threace finds them inhabiting their cut-up aesthetic with tremendous ease and fewer reference points than before. They access new depths of meditative stasis, and then torpedo the dream and turn on a dime to ride the riffs again. On Threace, CAVE have gained access to their unconscious mind, and we hope they never find their way out again.

tylerw, Friday, 5 July 2013 23:31 (9 months ago) Permalink

After the record release show last night, I feel like Bitchin Bajas deserve their own thread. I had to leave early, but they were playing as a 9 piece with strings, 3 guitars, a flute and a...bass clarinet? It was really great, better than expected. I'm not much into boosterism but I feel like they're going somewhere. They're not all the way there yet (imo), but they've got the texture just right. I am hoping they bring that guitarist back who played last night. WHOOEY. It was good, aaaaaaaaalmost reminded me of some of the more soaring guitar parts in LT-LN era Popol Vuh but maybe that's just wishful thinking. It's just the melodic boost they needed though, I liked it. More flute pls!

Next month they are gathering a bunch of people to perform IN C
Not the key of C, but the Terry Riley composition entitled IN C

I mean they named their album Bitchitronics ffs -- they are practically begging you to like them! Anyway I plan on listening to it while I clean the floors today. Cosmic yoga mop time.

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Saturday, 13 July 2013 13:32 (9 months ago) Permalink

here Bitchin Bajas

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Saturday, 13 July 2013 13:35 (9 months ago) Permalink

Here is a little history of the Bitchpork festival that was curated and staffed by members of CAVE and friends
http://pigeonsandplanes.com/2013/07/bitchpork/
After you hit "continue reading" scroll up to read the text.

Trip Maker, Sunday, 21 July 2013 15:12 (8 months ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

new album is sounding pretty fusion-y in parts. in a good way.

tylerw, Wednesday, 4 September 2013 22:27 (7 months ago) Permalink

where's it at

sup (billstevejim), Thursday, 5 September 2013 16:17 (7 months ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

hey is dj trip maker the same as ilx's trip maker? i saw the name bc i'm going to see this band (AGAIN) tonight and apparently that's who is the inter-set dj, would be too weird to not be the same person but who knows?!
if so, see you there!

special beet service (La Lechera), Friday, 20 September 2013 22:53 (6 months ago) Permalink

how was the show?
new video here

tylerw, Tuesday, 24 September 2013 20:11 (6 months ago) Permalink

it was great!! they have a new secret weapon -- i don't know the guy's name but i saw him when he played with bitchin bajas. i really liked the added baritone sax/flute stuff. he also had a snare and cymbal but i couldn't always hear their contribution. as always, they were super tight. i have an altogether new appreciation of the drummer for playing the exact same beat for as long as he plays it. yikes.

special beet service (La Lechera), Tuesday, 24 September 2013 20:16 (6 months ago) Permalink

yeah that dude is a machine. there is some horn action on the new one, it is pretty good. really does kinda sound like herbie hancock/headhunters/miles in the 70s at times.

tylerw, Tuesday, 24 September 2013 20:17 (6 months ago) Permalink

yeah they were very tight, the rhythm section in general is sick. i hadn't seen them in a few years, i was surprised that dude who used to pretty much only play keys was now pretty much only playing guitar. he's a good guitarist but i missed the keys tbh, my fave song live had him on keys and the "secret weapon" on flute. the flute playing was great bc he wasn't doing jazz solos or whatever, he was doubling the keyboard part and it sounded amazing.

congratulations (n/a), Tuesday, 24 September 2013 20:20 (6 months ago) Permalink

new video btw http://www.thefader.com/2013/09/24/video-cave-shikaakwa/

congratulations (n/a), Tuesday, 24 September 2013 20:26 (6 months ago) Permalink

lol i think that's the track i was just talking about with the flute.

congratulations (n/a), Tuesday, 24 September 2013 20:28 (6 months ago) Permalink

cave cruise! http://t.co/oLVJYPPLzK

tylerw, Wednesday, 25 September 2013 15:57 (6 months ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

new album is dope

diamonddave85, Thursday, 7 November 2013 22:31 (5 months ago) Permalink

Ha. La Lechera, I dj'd that gig in absentia. Cooper just used a bunch of mix tapes i've made for him over the years for the incidental music.
i was surprised that dude who used to pretty much only play keys was now pretty much only playing guitar.
Two different dudes.

They played in town on Halloween. I got to sing a cover of "Sister Ray" with them at the end of the set. Lots of fun.

Trip Maker, Monday, 11 November 2013 14:49 (5 months ago) Permalink

that sounds awesome -- where's the youtube?

tylerw, Monday, 11 November 2013 15:38 (5 months ago) Permalink

I don't even have a photo!
I was wearing a pink blouse, blue shades, and a blonde wig.

Trip Maker, Monday, 11 November 2013 15:46 (5 months ago) Permalink

Ugh that sounds SO FUN!! Did you sing the whole thing?! man that sounds like fun.

All I remember from your mix was Bohannon but it was enjoyable!

sweat pea (La Lechera), Monday, 11 November 2013 16:44 (5 months ago) Permalink

We didn't play it for twenty minutes. I sang maybe three verses and improvised a "freakout" that climaxed with repetition of the phrase "don't shake me, lucifer." We were going to cover a Roky Erickson song but current events changed our original plan.

Trip Maker, Monday, 11 November 2013 16:48 (5 months ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

'silver headband' on the new one is so sick. not many can evoke the neu! vibe without resorting to a generic motorik beat. agree with tyler on the rest of it pulling serious fusion moves.

the zaprudest film xxx (haitch), Tuesday, 17 December 2013 14:33 (4 months ago) Permalink


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