Earth: s/d, c/d?

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Earth failed to turn up at that ATP. I don't recall ever hearing the reason why.

aldo_cowpat (aldo_cowpat), Friday, 11 February 2005 10:22 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i thought this was about the Good Lookin' compilation series

Alienus Quam Reproba (blueski), Friday, 11 February 2005 10:26 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

looks like they just played a show in olympia and they're recording for southern lord now. this pic is great:

eman (eman), Friday, 11 February 2005 11:30 (fourteen years ago) Permalink


Andrew Blood Thames (Andrew Thames), Friday, 11 February 2005 13:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Yes, from what I have read they were an Earth tribute band but quickly evolved into sth... uh... original.

Oh yeah? I always figured their name was a ref. to the Melvins track.

Feedbacker is indeed awesome. Have you heard Flood? Similar strcture but with less harshness.

original bgm, Friday, 11 February 2005 14:53 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I know the Melvins reference, but I thought they were an Earth tribute band. I'm probably wrong. I've been reading too much bios lately.

Haven't heard Flood (yet).

stevie nixed (stevie nixed), Friday, 11 February 2005 14:56 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

dylan looks cleaned up and healthy in the recent pics i've seen, a great improvement over how he looked in the kurt & courtney movie at least (that shit was creepy).

eman (eman), Friday, 11 February 2005 15:05 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

he didn't come out too well in that: "Kurt was rich. Why would he ever stop using heroin?"

Snappy (sexyDancer), Friday, 11 February 2005 16:44 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

four months pass...
Seattle Weekly article on new Earth by pdf!

donut e-g (donut), Wednesday, 29 June 2005 20:16 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I got to see Earth live a year and a half ago (they played between drone-rock gymnasts Comets On Fire and Kinski on the same bill. Most people didn't like them because Dylan wouldn't jump around or freakout all crazy like).. they were great... it was Dylan on guitar and Adrienne on drums. Dylan still manages to make people's guts vibrate even on guitar... it was a great set.

donut e-g (donut), Wednesday, 29 June 2005 20:19 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Actually all three bands were excellent that night, but Earth were fantastic in a completely different way. I like the Comets and the Kinskis, don't get me wrong.

donut e-g (donut), Wednesday, 29 June 2005 20:20 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Cool; I didn't even know that was up online. I had to make lots of phone calls to marshals in multiple states to get that info on Hunt.

pdf (Phil Freeman), Wednesday, 29 June 2005 20:47 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

what is wire fraud, anyway?

Another Allnighter (sexyDancer), Wednesday, 29 June 2005 20:50 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

In this case, something involving getting funds through Western Union that you're not actually entitled to.

pdf (Phil Freeman), Wednesday, 29 June 2005 20:53 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I've heard dozens(at least) of people paid $100 for Earth 2 on vinyl and other such and they never got them. Josh aint a popular man. Probably for his sake he better hope its the cops who catch him.

Go have a look at the SL and forums.

Ranklin, Wednesday, 29 June 2005 20:58 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

aka the Craigslist fraud.

gygax! (gygax!), Wednesday, 29 June 2005 20:59 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Good news. Josh Hunt was arrested this week.

Ranklin, Thursday, 30 June 2005 09:21 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

No need for anymore.

Ranklin, Thursday, 30 June 2005 09:26 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Bootleggers Beware!
Joe Preston ... You're Next!

Another Allnighter (sexyDancer), Thursday, 30 June 2005 13:48 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

My god, that poster looks like a well executed publicity photo for his "label"... It's the mention of Earth on the arrest warrant that just grabbed me.


donut e- (donut), Thursday, 30 June 2005 16:14 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Anyway, Legacy of Dissolution is just divine. Just forget who the "remixers" are.. seriously. Close your eyes and just guess who it is for each track. You'll be very surprised who remixed what... and then realize it just doesn't do any good to listen to a track with preconceptions of what the remixing artist(s) will do.

(unless the remixers *were* shuffled around randomly and this is just a big low-key subtle prank.)

donut e- (donut), Saturday, 2 July 2005 05:28 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
Re-up. Fascinating Seattle Weekly piece, Phil.

ng, Thursday, 4 August 2005 10:05 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Has Josh's trial come up yet?

Last Of The Famous International Pfunkboys (Kerr), Thursday, 4 August 2005 10:33 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Earth sure is a great band...


Ian John50n (orion), Thursday, 4 August 2005 16:24 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Does anyone else agree that the autechre mix of Coda Maestoso in F(Flat) Minor is one of the greatest remixes ever?

hmmm (hmmm), Monday, 15 August 2005 20:10 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I'm still not convinced it's Autechre.. (see above).. but that track is really great... I agree.

donut ferry (donut), Monday, 15 August 2005 20:15 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
OK, the Earth/KKNull split CD is fantastic. I am very biased though, because the CD is essentially the European 10"(?) they had for sale when they toured together(?) in Europe later in 2003.

Anyway, I was at that Crocodile Cafe show in Seattle from whence the first track came from. They played in between Comets In Fire and Kinski. I'm very surprised at how well it sounds! I'm probably just excited because this is probably the first live show that's every been officially released which I actually attended... (fucking finally.)

I'm hoping the KK Null track is great..(don't see why i won't be)

donut Get Behind Me Carbon Dioxide (donut), Saturday, 17 September 2005 05:25 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

And I just got the new CD today Hex :Or Printing In The Internal Method. This is quite a departure.. but wow! I mean, if you liked Codeine, or if you can imagine Pell Mell at half the speed, this might give an approximation of what this sounds like.. however, it's even more majestic than that. As much as I love earlier evil, ugly Earth, this is really a shockingly great surprise. I already know this is a Top 10 of 2005.

donut hallivallerieburtonelli omg lol (donut), Thursday, 29 September 2005 07:00 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

no worries, guys.. this definitely drone-worthy.. just not in the same trademark that Earth has solidified in the past, that's all.

donut hallivallerieburtonelli omg lol (donut), Thursday, 29 September 2005 07:02 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I'm still not convinced it's Autechre.. (see above).. but that track is really great... I agree

Yeah, I doubted it too for while. However, I subsequently found out that it is definitely them. There's a very interesting interview by dr3w d4niel where they discuss it here

hmmm (hmmm), Thursday, 29 September 2005 09:57 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Most people think the new Earth is like the Neil Young 'Dead Man' soundtrack.

I think it's a great album. I ordered the vinyl today.

Last Of The Famous International Pfunkboys (Kerr), Thursday, 29 September 2005 11:06 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
The more I play this album the more I love it.

Last Of The Famous International Pfunkboys (Kerr), Sunday, 30 October 2005 21:44 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I don't have that Earth/KK Null split mentioned upthread. I've heard its not very good. Is it worth buying?

Last Of The Famous International Pfunkboys (Kerr), Monday, 31 October 2005 03:37 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

When I want to listen to drone, I usually just make it myself. Lean a fifty dollar guitar against a fifty dollar amp with a fifty dollar distortion pedal between 'em. Occaisionally kidney punch the guitar. It's so much more fun to make your own music.

The Good Doctor, Monday, 31 October 2005 03:37 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

right, and when i want to listen to rap i just turn on someone else's record and talk over it.

el sabor de gene (yournullfame), Monday, 31 October 2005 04:56 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Oh don't worry. That was just Dan's idea of humour.

Last Of The Famous International Pfunkboys (Kerr), Monday, 31 October 2005 13:26 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

You can find 3 live mp3s from a UK gig over at

Last Of The Famous International Pfunkboys (Kerr), Monday, 31 October 2005 22:10 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...
The first four albums've been reissued on vinyl, if you didn't know/are interested. They're v good, y'know! And "Earth 2" is classic just for being a long double w/THREE tracks (it's amazing in other ways but that's so cool).

A Viking of Some Note (Andrew Thames), Thursday, 29 June 2006 04:56 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Earth 3 got reissued, which is the nice thing... that was fetching mighty prices on ebay until recently. (GREAT album! Possibly their best.)

San Diva Gyna (and a Masala DOsaNUT on the side) (donut), Thursday, 29 June 2006 06:04 (twelve years ago) Permalink

First time on vinyl, too. I kinda think all their albums're their best.

A Viking of Some Note (Andrew Thames), Thursday, 29 June 2006 07:12 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I pre ordered Pentastar on vinyl. I could only afford one. It sounds great.
I already have earth 2 on vinyl anyway.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy (Kerr), Thursday, 29 June 2006 10:21 (twelve years ago) Permalink

For the curious multitudes:

"Extra-Capsular Extraction" is the first Earth LP. Ostensibly and EP, but there's no reason to propagate bullshit. It's a fucking album. Some will know it as "the one with Kurdt Cobain on it." Others won't. It fuggin' RULES, bro. Up there with "Earth 2" as the best shit they ever put out. Like having drug-sex with really hot snails. At 3.333 RPM.

"Earth 2" comes next. And it's even better (if only 'cuz it's longer). Totally fucking gorgeous, smeary, ecstatic drug drone. Absolutely natural and essential. Like if you gave a pineal gland a guitar, this is the record that gland would make. If, you know, it had hands or something... Yeah, sure, you could accurately describe it as the grunge version of some miserable new-age "cosmic tones" bullshit, but it transcends any labels you stick on it. The sound of the universe breathing. My favorite record of '93, and a top-ten contender ever since.

Ummm, and then you get "Phase 3: Thrones and Dominions". A HUGE step down in quality. The layered, primordial, multitracked sonic tarpit gets traded in for comparatively clean, straightforward guitar tones. Simple harmonies. "Songs". Nothing is ever really given room to build and resonate, and you just don't get the same feeling of "TOTAL PHYSICAL/PSYCHIC CONNECTION TO THE FUCKING UNIVERSAL SOUND, DUDE." Some good pieces, and not a terrible record by any means, but a disappointment nonetheless.

The "significant" portion of Earth's career winds up with "Pentastar: In the Style of Demons". Now, at the time of this album's release, it felt like the death-knell for Earth (which, in fact, it turned out to be). They simply weren't the band they hand been, and didn't seem to know what they wanted to do next. The comparatively clean tones of the previous album return, with an ever greater emphasis on "songwriting" and "rocking out." Some GREAT stuff here, and it's undeniably a better record than "Phase 3," but it's also awkward and half-formed. Do not start here.


45 of early Cobain-era stuff: okay, and a fine addition to the sub-canon. Not really essential, tho.

"Sunn Amps and Smashed Guitars": another slice of prime-period (early 90s) material that doesn't meet the standards set by the first couple albums. Recommended to fans.

That German art museum live 12": skip it.

"Living in the Gleam of an Unsheathed Sword": great title -- boring record.

K.K. Null split: worth it only for the K.K. Null stuff.

Sunn0))) split: haven't heard it.

"Hex: or Printing in the Infernal Method": Surprisingly decent. Not comparable to the Earth of old, but fully-formed and interesting. Better, certainly, than "Phase 3". Not as rocking as "Pentatstar", but of comparable quality.

Note in closing: Sunn0))) never hit the heights set by Earth. In the early days, their sound very much resembled Earth's, and they even (jokingly?) pegged themselves as an "Earth tribute band". But for all the sturm und drone, their early records remain curiously detached and cerebral. Heavy as hell, but landlocked and tedious in a way that Earth's best material never was.

Over the last few albums (the "White" records and "Black One"), Sunn0))) have finally come into their own. They no longer sound in the least like Earth, and they're all the better for it. While it's a very different kettle of fish, "Black One" is a FANTASTIC record. Up there with "Extra-Capsular" and "Earth 2".

fuckfuckingfuckedfucker (fuckfuckingfuckedfucker), Thursday, 29 June 2006 12:25 (twelve years ago) Permalink

In the "Extra Capsular" section above, that really shoulda been an "an". But you already knew that, I guess...

Why am I typing? Shit, why do I fucking EXIST?.


fuckfuckingfuckedfucker (fuckfuckingfuckedfucker), Thursday, 29 June 2006 12:31 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Skew's "Doom vs. Doom" puts vocals by MF Doom atop music by Earth, Sunn O))) and Jesu. It's even better than that sounds. Download it here.

pdf (Phil Freeman), Thursday, 29 June 2006 13:21 (twelve years ago) Permalink

it doesn't sound very good, though.

GOD PUNCH TO HAWKWIND (yournullfame), Thursday, 29 June 2006 13:37 (twelve years ago) Permalink

What's the matter, don't you smoke the herb?

(I just listened to it, and liked it.)

100% CHAMPS with a Yes! Attitude. (Austin, Still), Thursday, 29 June 2006 13:39 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i mean the concept doesn't sound very good. i'm waiting for it to download.

GOD PUNCH TO HAWKWIND (yournullfame), Thursday, 29 June 2006 13:40 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Well, that was the point about the stoniness. They have at least weed worship in common.

100% CHAMPS with a Yes! Attitude. (Austin, Still), Thursday, 29 June 2006 13:42 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I've been wondering if I should get the "Phase 3" vinyl reissue, saw that in the store a couple weeks ago. I recently got "Hex" which is okay but not as engaging - the riffs are simple, but somehow not simple enough if that makes any sense...? They're repetitive and drone-y, but they lack the really thick sonics of the early stuff (ECE, 2, Pentastar) And I think I've listened to "Living in the Gleam of an Unsheathed Sword" maybe twice...

Shakey Mo Collier (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 29 June 2006 15:58 (twelve years ago) Permalink

If you like "Pentastar" as much as "Earth 2" and "Extra-Capsular", then definitely pick up "Phase 3".

If (like me) you think "Pentastar" is substantially weaker than the first couple albums, then it becomes a dicier proposition. "Phase 3" is definitely the worst of the four canonical Earth albums, though it does contain a few stellar tracks.

For what it's worth, I'm glad I own a copy...

fuckfuckingfuckedfucker (fuckfuckingfuckedfucker), Friday, 30 June 2006 17:02 (twelve years ago) Permalink

love Pt 2, and a bit surprised there's not more chatter on this one. full thoughts here. there was a Burning Ambulance interview too that i liked a lot, thanks Phil!

ilxor, Sunday, 8 April 2012 19:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

It's a lovely album.

I saw them live last Saturday and was (slightly) disappointed. Much too quiet - barely to be heard above the chatter of my neighbours. Somehow the lack of volume drained their energy.

Duke, Sunday, 8 April 2012 19:42 (seven years ago) Permalink

They performed a mix of new album tracks and older songs. Carlson was visibly healthier than I've seen him, very chatty etc.

Duke, Sunday, 8 April 2012 19:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

i like II ok as background music but i don't feel it ever *goes* anywhere or develops in an interesting way. also agree that it was a bit too quiet.

i gave it a good chance too, listened while i walked around MOMA. just seemed kinda blah and i have a pretty good appetite for droney/boring/aimless/sloppy music. maybe i just wanted it to be louder.

two overweight dachshunds with three eyes (La Lechera), Sunday, 8 April 2012 19:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

I think it's harder to appreciate in 2012 - but if you frame it in the context of when it was released, and into what kind of world, it's a pretty substantial work.

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Sunday, 8 April 2012 22:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

II still sounds great to me. that and extra-capsular extraction are all the earth i ever really need. agree that neither ever really "goes anywhere". they're entirely static, but in a good way. have always seen them as resembling meditation or even massage, prolonged baths in gorgeous, expansive, calorie-dense physical tone. i find it very easy to disengage from active listening and just sort of float around inside the sound, attuned but not attentive.

preternatural concepts concerning variances in sound and texture (contenderizer), Sunday, 8 April 2012 23:23 (seven years ago) Permalink

I'm hoping Earth will be the subjects of the cover story for the next Burning Ambulance print edition; John Fell Ryan from Excepter interviewed Dylan and Adrienne a month or so ago for that purpose. I figured he'd have the basis for an interesting conversation about long-form improv, being in a group with your SO (his wife is also in Excepter), stuff like that. Hoping to get the piece soon.

誤訳侮辱, Sunday, 8 April 2012 23:39 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

listening to Hex. it demands to be listened to. not many albums have that simple purity of requirement. it is not entirely pleasurable but it is necessary, like childbirth

wince (imago), Tuesday, 11 June 2013 23:52 (six years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

How do we feel about drcarlsonalbion? I like everything I've heard so far, but not more than Earth. Anybody check out the soundtrack to the German western (???), Gold? Looks very interesting...

Jimmywine Dyspeptic, Wednesday, 25 June 2014 00:13 (four years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

So this drcarlsonalbion crowdfunded film + soundtrack...soundtrack is good and in the vein of the other solo drcarlsonalbion stuff: slow, buzzy guitar riffs played with remarkable restraint and a beautiful tone. The film is...kinda silly and not great? Anyone else see it?

Wimmels, Tuesday, 28 June 2016 02:38 (two years ago) Permalink

it demands to be watched. it is not entirely pleasurable but it is necessary, like childbirth

oculus lump (contenderizer), Tuesday, 28 June 2016 04:07 (two years ago) Permalink

came here to more or less repeat what I said three years ago. every time I listen to Hex it slows time. great album to pull out every odd summer or so

imago, Monday, 4 July 2016 17:10 (two years ago) Permalink

Wrong thread? Hex? Are you talking about bark psychosis? That album does slow down time, indeed. It sucks the movement out of time. I am not sure but there are evenings where codename is the best album of all time. Even better than hex. But then in hindsight it does not hold up. It's such an album of the moment.

it's the distortion, stupid! (alex in mainhattan), Saturday, 9 July 2016 21:09 (two years ago) Permalink

I presume he means the Earth record named 'Hex'?;_Or_Printing_in_the_Infernal_Method

(That Bark Psychosis album is great too, though.)

Birds in Hell, Sunday, 10 July 2016 00:24 (two years ago) Permalink

lol I've not even heard that Bark Psychosis album in full. Codename Dustsucker is great though

imago, Sunday, 10 July 2016 12:49 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

New Dylan Carlson solo album next month

Dinsdale, Tuesday, 13 March 2018 12:50 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

New Earth album is out. Seems to be a Carlson/Davies duo affair, with no other contributors

Duke, Saturday, 25 May 2019 14:56 (three weeks ago) Permalink

First impressions are pretty great.

Duke, Saturday, 25 May 2019 14:56 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Really full sound. Multiple Carlson dubs

Duke, Saturday, 25 May 2019 14:59 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Power chord riffs

Duke, Saturday, 25 May 2019 15:01 (three weeks ago) Permalink

The Colour of Poison (sic: they use the British English spelling) is their most rock/"metal" piece in a long time

Duke, Saturday, 25 May 2019 15:03 (three weeks ago) Permalink

ah..... it's always good to see the first correct spelling of colour by a lolmerican of the day.

calzino, Saturday, 25 May 2019 15:15 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Given his obsession with English folklore perhaps unsurprising that he uses the British English spelling

Duke, Saturday, 25 May 2019 15:31 (three weeks ago) Permalink

sorry, I didn't mean that as shitty as it probably sounded!

calzino, Saturday, 25 May 2019 15:41 (three weeks ago) Permalink

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