(pic swiped from Uncle Slayton’s web site.)
We really, really miss Skull Alley. Jamie Prott ran a great-sounding venue, and when we started booking shows there, we were so pleased that Jamie was super-friendly and easy to work with. We miss the DIY spirit that pervaded the place, from the mosaic-tiled bar to the, ahem, ever-changing decor. Since the venue re-opened with a new name, Uncle Slayton’s, this spring, we haven’t been interested in going to check it out, mainly because there hasn’t been a show worth going to, in our estimation.
So it comes as a bit of a surprise that SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE, the vehicle of the incredible Ben Chasny, is playing there this Thursday. Who booked this? Who cares? We’re glad! Here’s the particulars:
SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE is basically just one man (but what a man!) – Ben Chasny, along with whomever he ropes in for recording or for shows. This man-band started in 1997 when Ben self-released his first LP in an edition of 400, little dreaming that one day Six Organs of Admittance would sell 37 times as many records. Over the years, Six Organs has had many releases on a variety of labels, most notably Holy Mountain, and became one of the most influential sounds in the free world. In 2005, Ben found a home at Drag City and released the landmark album, School of the Flower. “Free jazz ninja drum master” Chris Corsano joined Ben and the results were a perfect blend of melody, out-folk, minimalism and noise, getting much critical applause and ending up on year-end best-of-the-year lists by magazines such as Mojo, Wire, and Magnet. Among other projects, Ben has played in the touring band of Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and plays guitar in the bands Current 93, Badgerlore, and Comets on Fire. Six Organs’ 10th album, Asleep on the Floodplain, released in February – ten portable slabs of home recorded blur-and-ripple (and warble) from a (mostly) acoustic man-band.
No idea who the opener(s) are, but really, if you can, you shouldn’t miss Six Organs. Ben is one of our favorite living guitarists, an absolute killer player with impeccable sensibilities. Yowza! Here’s the video for “Light of the Light,” off his new album Asleep on the Floodplain:
Oh yeah, Uncle Slayton’s is located at 1017 E. Broadway, near the corner of Broadway and Barrett. Yeah.