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Why not give this dude his own thread. Super talented Nashville guitarist, played with both Lambchop and Silver Jews, many others.
First album was magnificent - Behold the Spirit. Guess you could call it Takoma-style, but with some more ambient/experimental leanings.
New album forthcoming on Merge ... sometime soon?
Two live sets from this month: http://www.nyctaper.com/2012/09/william-tyler-september-6-and-7-2012-hopscotch-festival-2-performances-flac-mp3-streaming/

tylerw, Wednesday, 19 September 2012 19:47 (eleven years ago) link

Looking forward to that, loved 'Behold the Spirit'.

fun loving and xtremely tolrant (Billy Dods), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 20:04 (eleven years ago) link

eight months pass...

Just discovered this guy. Really loving Impossible Truth. Fantastic stuff.

Austin, Friday, 14 June 2013 15:14 (eleven years ago) link

Yes! It is great.

Evan, Friday, 14 June 2013 15:24 (eleven years ago) link

haha, extremely successful thread i started here. most of the discussion has been over at Revolt of the ILX Brigade: New Post-Fahey Folk For PPL that post in the Takoma & Tompkin's Square Threads
he is awesome, looking forward to catching him live this summer.

tylerw, Friday, 14 June 2013 15:25 (eleven years ago) link

just recently heard him too--i love Behold The Spirit; the newer one less so.

nerve_pylon, Friday, 14 June 2013 15:41 (eleven years ago) link

yeah, i'm leaning in that direction, too, though i do really like impossible truth. the live disc included on the recent imaginational anthem box is worth seeking out -- some really gorgeous stuff.

tylerw, Friday, 14 June 2013 15:47 (eleven years ago) link

ten months pass...

Lost Colony! YAY!

austinato (Austin), Saturday, 3 May 2014 01:16 (ten years ago) link

so good!

tylerw, Saturday, 3 May 2014 01:31 (ten years ago) link

three weeks pass...

The Lost Colony 12" is the first material I've heard from this dude, but holy shit has it grabbed me. So captivating. All three tracks are so good. Love the nod to Television towards the end of "Whole New Dude". And how awesome is that pedal steel on "Karussell"?!?!
Kosmische American Music.

willem, Tuesday, 27 May 2014 19:55 (ten years ago) link

yeah he's great - would recommend his last one as well

also Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band might be up your alley as well

dollar rave club (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 27 May 2014 19:59 (ten years ago) link

Good one, was tipped to Forsyth in some 2013 eoy thread by Tylerw (who else ;). Great album. Tyler's stuff is more epic/grand, to my ears. Love the countryrock/kraut combo.

willem, Thursday, 29 May 2014 12:10 (ten years ago) link

one year passes...

He's got a new one due out May 3. This one's called Modern Country.

Austin, Thursday, 7 April 2016 22:31 (eight years ago) link

Sorry June 3.

http://www.mergerecords.com/william-tyler-previews-modern-country

Austin, Friday, 8 April 2016 00:19 (eight years ago) link

some cool sounds in that teaser vid ...

tylerw, Friday, 8 April 2016 14:45 (eight years ago) link

Awesome! This should be perfect for my Arizona vacation.

Evan, Friday, 8 April 2016 14:52 (eight years ago) link

that is a very strange and kind of dumb video but yeah it sounds great

adam, Friday, 8 April 2016 15:38 (eight years ago) link

haha yeah the trailer is a bit much but the music in the background was SUPER promising, def the direction i was hoping he'd go in

rockpalast '82 (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 8 April 2016 16:08 (eight years ago) link

yeah that last bit sounded great, pretty reich-ian... did not actually watch the vid.

tylerw, Friday, 8 April 2016 16:10 (eight years ago) link

yeah he must be using more loop pedals and stuff

i just thought of the DN "william tylerw", not gonna use it just had to get it out of my system

rockpalast '82 (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 8 April 2016 16:30 (eight years ago) link

Super excited for this. Already pre-ordered.

Austin, Friday, 8 April 2016 16:36 (eight years ago) link

Yeah, watching the video again, it is a bit heavy handed. But the music sounds really great.

Did anyone get that split thing he did with Six Organs of Admittance? This guy: https://www.discogs.com/Six-Organs-Of-Admittance-William-Tyler-Parallelogram/release/7950918

Austin, Friday, 8 April 2016 17:26 (eight years ago) link

yeah his side is great (and streamable here - http://threelobed.bandcamp.com/album/parallelogram-5). six organs side is fab as well. my favorite out of all of those parallelogram things.

tylerw, Friday, 8 April 2016 17:34 (eight years ago) link

Cheers, Tyler. Listening now — totally good.

Wish I could buy it, though. For less than a hundred dollars or whatever.

Austin, Friday, 8 April 2016 17:51 (eight years ago) link

yeah it is steep! nothing bad on the whole set though ... some of the artists were selling individual copies, but i don't know if six organs/tyler got around to that...

tylerw, Friday, 8 April 2016 17:55 (eight years ago) link

Well, you can buy the individual tracks on the bandcamp page, so I guess I'll settle for that, for now.

Austin, Friday, 8 April 2016 18:38 (eight years ago) link

I wonder if Phil Cook's album Southland Mission is worth checking out? He has collaborated with William Tyler in the past.

curmudgeon, Friday, 8 April 2016 19:00 (eight years ago) link

I'd recommend the Phil Cook record, for sure. Feels a *little* too close to being a 'found' classic for its own good, but it's a great listen.

Poacher (Chinaski), Friday, 8 April 2016 21:46 (eight years ago) link

Phil Cook album didn't "catch" for me, but I also probably didn't give it enough of a chance. I want/ed to like it, for sure.

Tyler on the other hand, I'm a mega-stan. Excited for this album, loved the trailer. He put out a very similar feeling trailer for Impossible Truth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hd0Jsyw_JDw

They are heavy handed, but I guess I feel like they're almost ... not cheekily, but knowingly so? ... I dunno, maybe I am giving him too much credit and he's just this way. (He's definitely sharp as a tack and a "big" thinker, having talked to him about some of this stuff.) But most of all I like that he's done a couple now and I hope he keeps doing them. I think they'd be fun to gather together after 10 albums or whatever.

alpine static, Saturday, 9 April 2016 00:59 (eight years ago) link

Hmm, watching the Impossible Truth trailer, seems like he plays a bit from every song on the album. Contrasting that with the new one, he's only previewing one or two new songs. That actually makes me even more excited for Modern Country; like he's hiding more, in anticipation of a bigger reveal.

Austin, Saturday, 9 April 2016 02:57 (eight years ago) link

or it's just one long motorik-appalachian henry flynty jam, which is also super ok with me

adam, Saturday, 9 April 2016 12:32 (eight years ago) link

Well, yeah.

Austin, Saturday, 9 April 2016 15:53 (eight years ago) link

There cannot be enough "long motorik-appalachian henry flynty jam"s, sincerely would take all I can get of this sound.

grandavis, Saturday, 9 April 2016 17:10 (eight years ago) link

Yep. My expectations for Modern Country are fairly high because of that.

Austin, Saturday, 9 April 2016 17:14 (eight years ago) link

'Gone Clear'

Austin, Tuesday, 12 April 2016 22:44 (eight years ago) link

my goodness. love it.

alpine static, Tuesday, 12 April 2016 22:53 (eight years ago) link

yeah, very nice!
haven't listened yet but this mix he put together for aquarium drunkard looks good: http://www.aquariumdrunkard.com/2016/04/12/aquarium-drunkard-presents-sebastian-speaks-a-mixtape/

tylerw, Tuesday, 12 April 2016 23:00 (eight years ago) link

also worth noting that Chuck Johnson's last record Velvet Arc covers some of the same territory as Tyler ... really wonderful record.

tylerw, Tuesday, 12 April 2016 23:04 (eight years ago) link

^^ thank you for mentioning it, love Chuck and keep meaning to check it out

alpine static, Wednesday, 13 April 2016 00:02 (eight years ago) link

three weeks pass...

'Kingdom of Jones'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDV2tJI3CMU

Austin, Wednesday, 4 May 2016 17:17 (eight years ago) link

four weeks pass...

Got this in the mail today and have just put it on now.

'Highway Anxiety': holy hell, this is gonna be good.

Austin, Wednesday, 1 June 2016 03:59 (eight years ago) link

Yeah, this album is fantastic.

Austin, Wednesday, 1 June 2016 05:10 (eight years ago) link

Sublime.

Matt DC, Sunday, 12 June 2016 12:19 (eight years ago) link

It sounds wonderful on the first listen. I'm gonna have another listen later after a smoke.

calzino, Sunday, 12 June 2016 14:06 (eight years ago) link

this is a pretty good shadowfax album

adam, Monday, 13 June 2016 12:44 (eight years ago) link

i wish shadowfax actually sounded like this

global tetrahedron, Monday, 13 June 2016 13:57 (eight years ago) link

ha, yeah, maybe i haven't heard the right shadowfax? there are definitely some proggy moments on Modern Country, but I dunno if it's overtly 'fax-y.

tylerw, Monday, 13 June 2016 14:09 (eight years ago) link

i like it, it just feels kinda safe and new age-y. maybe i got too excited after the rother cover on lost colony

adam, Monday, 13 June 2016 14:14 (eight years ago) link

Ha, there's nothing even remotely new age-y about Modern Country.

Austin, Monday, 13 June 2016 16:36 (eight years ago) link

three weeks pass...

This is gorgeous. Perfect wake-up music.

it's the distortion, stupid! (alex in mainhattan), Sunday, 10 July 2016 07:17 (eight years ago) link

I loved New Vanitas, what is "this"?

rob, Friday, 30 April 2021 17:40 (three years ago) link

oh duh I just saw that's a link

rob, Friday, 30 April 2021 17:41 (three years ago) link

awesome, nabbed a vinyl preorder

Love Tyler, love Marissa Anderson even more, they seem like they should be a good fit

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 30 April 2021 17:58 (three years ago) link

i wish they were doing a regular black vinyl version. fuck that bullshit colored garbage. yuck.

that said, cover art's amazing.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Friday, 30 April 2021 21:03 (three years ago) link

and the teaser track is excellent. very stoked for this.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Friday, 30 April 2021 21:05 (three years ago) link

It is not explicit but it may be implied a regular version will follow(?); Thrill Jockey website says purple is "mail order only" version. IDK!

Evan, Friday, 30 April 2021 21:09 (three years ago) link

It is not explicit but it may be implied a regular version will follow(?); Thrill Jockey website says purple is "mail order only" version. IDK!

― Evan, Friday, April 30, 2021 4:09 PM (one minute ago) bookmarkflaglink

ah goddamn...oh well

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 30 April 2021 21:11 (three years ago) link

Fwiw, I've seen that with other Thrill Jockey releases they'll do a colored vinyl release first and then a standard black when that sells out.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 30 April 2021 21:12 (three years ago) link

I don't mind the color vinyl. I don't have enough high-end equipment to pretend it makes a difference for me personally.

Evan, Friday, 30 April 2021 21:16 (three years ago) link

i just don't like colored vinyl because, well idk, i like THE ACTUAL MUSIC????

sorry, i'll stop being a cynical dickhead now.

NEW WILLIAM TYLER YASSZZZ BITCHEZZZ!!!!

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Friday, 30 April 2021 21:27 (three years ago) link

Colored vinyl is fine, no more likely to have a bad pressing than black these days (IME).

Thanks for the link, got a copy.

bulb after bulb, Friday, 30 April 2021 21:41 (three years ago) link

The music is there either way! Plus if all I was in it for was the MUSIC I wouldn't be buying clunky giant wax discs that only work at home with annoying and sometimes stressful to set up equipment, so I'm not going to kid myself, I am an irrational object collector hoarder and I am proud content with it.

Evan, Friday, 30 April 2021 21:42 (three years ago) link

don't get me wrong, i'm a stubborn jerk and i'm mostly making fun of myself. i pre-ordered the vinyl anydamnway lol.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Friday, 30 April 2021 22:20 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

There's another new William Tyler release! It's also on Spotify, so we're listening now — only one track in, but it's very "cosmic"; nice!!!

things repeat forever and there never is a remedy (Austin), Wednesday, 14 July 2021 16:46 (two years ago) link

well, fuck. get well soon!

Y’all I hate this but - despite following all CDC guidelines in the last year and being fully vaccinated I received a positive Covid test this morning. Effective immediately I am canceling all my shows in the next week

— william tyler (@williamtylertn) July 23, 2021

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 23 July 2021 15:58 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

Lost Futures is out today.

first listen now and it's very. . . eerie and haunting, but also very beautiful in spots. i really love how the recording sounds, very earthy and kind of lofi. seems like a darn good record.

hope wt is on the mend.

things repeat forever and there never is a remedy (Austin), Friday, 27 August 2021 21:55 (two years ago) link

New album is excellent

I think it's great, I think they mesh very well together. I consider Marisa Anderson on a bit of a higher level than Tyler, but they are both great and this feels like it has elements of each of their music and a lot of stuff that feels unique to this project

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 28 August 2021 15:32 (two years ago) link

vinyl is colored unfortunately but seems to be a good pressing

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 28 August 2021 15:33 (two years ago) link

I'm not in love with it yet but need to listen more. Marisa has an effortless looseness and William was always among the stiffest sounding players imo, so it was interesting to hear what they came up with together.

Evan, Saturday, 28 August 2021 16:12 (two years ago) link

Something Will Come gives me agita but the rest of the album is very cinematic, very comfortable, very warm. I agree that the mix of styles is obvious but I like how they mesh. Deeply enjoyable for me.

lost futures prompted me to go back to luke schneider collaboration, understand and i have to say, i will need to put this one back in regular rotation. i listened to it a bit when it was first released, but got caught up in saultmania yet again. listening to understand a bit closer now and i really am enjoying it quite a bit.

things repeat forever and there never is a remedy (Austin), Saturday, 28 August 2021 18:52 (two years ago) link

Quick note that Tyler and others have an awesome livestream show tonight, get tickets and watch!

Tonight ⚡ There is still time to get your ticket for Music for India, a special live concert to enjoy from home with @MoM_official featuring visuals by @reas & voice by Louis Chude-Sokei, joined by @SadierLae, @AmirthaKidambi, & @williamtylertn

Tickets: https://t.co/e7b06b56WV

— Gray Area (@GrayAreaorg) August 28, 2021

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 28 August 2021 19:36 (two years ago) link

A couple years back I saw Tyler & Sarah Lipstate of Noveller play a show together at the Getty Center. It was a great pairing of seemingly disparate sounds and I was hoping that they would collaborate more since.

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 30 August 2021 00:27 (two years ago) link

I can't keep this guy and William Howard straight in my mind

Nature's promise vs. Simple truth (bernard snowy), Monday, 30 August 2021 08:48 (two years ago) link

Oops I meant to post that in the other thread

Nature's promise vs. Simple truth (bernard snowy), Monday, 30 August 2021 08:48 (two years ago) link

seven months pass...

I'm having lunch and watching r/place unfold and his cover of "Karussell" came on. Perfect soundtrack.

Let's disco dance, Hammurabi! (Austin), Friday, 1 April 2022 21:53 (two years ago) link

eleven months pass...

YAASSSSSSS!!!!!!

up and down. SO FAST! stay together.💙 (Austin), Wednesday, 1 March 2023 16:38 (one year ago) link

This is great. So stoked to hear his playing in this context. Pre-ordered the album before the song was half over.

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 1 March 2023 16:39 (one year ago) link

luke schneider's on it too! this album's gonna be rad af.

up and down. SO FAST! stay together.💙 (Austin), Wednesday, 1 March 2023 16:50 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

lost futures prompted me to go back to luke schneider collaboration, understand and i have to say, i will need to put this one back in regular rotation. i listened to it a bit when it was first released, but got caught up in saultmania yet again. listening to understand a bit closer now and i really am enjoying it quite a bit.

― things repeat forever and there never is a remedy (Austin), Saturday, August 28, 2021 11:52 AM

in anticipation of secret stratosphere, i'm revisiting this again and i'm ready to plant my flag: understand is maybe the best thing wt has done so far.

''can be prusuaded to show gayness'' (Austin), Sunday, 19 March 2023 19:48 (one year ago) link

Given the proximity of your recommendation of this to your post in the Fahey thread, Austin, I had a good feeling as to what this would sound like and... damn. Not sure how I'd missed until now. Right up my, ah, dried up gulch.

Shard-borne Beatles with their drowsy hums (Chinaski), Sunday, 19 March 2023 20:47 (one year ago) link

Posts with frankly appallingly striking imagery (and too many adjectives).

Shard-borne Beatles with their drowsy hums (Chinaski), Sunday, 19 March 2023 20:48 (one year ago) link

me and global and co. got to open for him and Marisa Anderson and he could not have been nicer

one month passes...

so yeah, there is definitely a kraftwerk cover on the new album.

"our favorite blue oyster cult song" ftw

wt is the f'kn man.

W E F L Y T O G E T H E R (Austin), Sunday, 30 April 2023 17:02 (one year ago) link

A couple years back we saw WT play with Noveller out in the courtyard of the Getty Center. They sounded great just winging it together and I've always hoped that they would make a record.

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 1 May 2023 08:15 (one year ago) link

Yeah, that Kraftwerk cover didn't register when I saw the tracklist, but I was absolutely thrilled when I realized what that song was evolving into.

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 1 May 2023 15:27 (one year ago) link

Oh this is really good. I love him overall, but nice to hear him in this live rock mode.

lol

he finishes playing "Whole New Dude" and says:

"that was a cover of a song by Rusted Root"

alpine static, Monday, 1 May 2023 19:40 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Stumbled across him via the mentions in the AOTY so far thread (sucker for a Kraftwerk cover). Really lovely, kosmische pedal steel reminds me a little of Raymond Richards' The Lost Art of Wandering. Huh, guess I've heard him before via Kelly Reichardt's First Cow!

etc, Thursday, 8 June 2023 03:18 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

Yeah I really like that. Also I see he's coming to town with his band in September, looking forward to it. I've seen him before but in more meditative mode.

six months pass...

Saw him with the band tonight in Chicago. I haven't heard that live album from last year, so I wasn't expecting it to be so loud and rockin', but I enjoyed it.

jaymc, Saturday, 27 January 2024 05:29 (five months ago) link

one month passes...

This live album is incredible. Dude absolutely rocks. Is the rest of his stuff like this?

H.P, Saturday, 9 March 2024 23:43 (four months ago) link

Not exactly, that album is his most Rock thing. I love it too. The songs on it are mostly from his other albums, but the original versions are in general more meditative. All good tho! Impossible Truth and Modern Country are good places to start.

Yeah I'd heard of the bloke but thought he was a country singer-songrwiter type so didn't bother to check him out. I'll go diving in to see what else he's got, thanks for the recs

H.P, Sunday, 10 March 2024 00:38 (four months ago) link

I think the Lost Colony EP is closest to the live album.

JoeStork, Sunday, 10 March 2024 00:45 (four months ago) link

Impossible Truth is some great wide open desert music

also highly recommend the album he did a couple years ago with Marisa Anderson, Lost Futures

his first album Behold the Spirit is kind of forgotten now but it's great, a little more towards the Fahey side of things

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 10 March 2024 00:52 (four months ago) link

his EP with Luke Schneider is gorgeous twangy ambient music, too

dude doesn't miss as far as i'm concerned

alpine static, Sunday, 10 March 2024 03:27 (four months ago) link

three months pass...

the Secret Stratosphere is a hall-of-fame live album and deserves all the praise. only wish "high anxiety" went closer to the original's length.

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Thursday, 4 July 2024 05:37 (one week ago) link


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