by DJ El Toro
Silly me. I missed Six Organs of Admittance opening for the Dead C at Nectar Lounge a couple weeks ago, and also blew a chance to interview 6OOA mastermind Ben Chasny for the local media. So I was determined to be right up front when he played a special in-store at Wall of Sound last night. Who knows when I’d have the chance to see him again?
As it turns out, more often than anticipated. Heck, I may be running into him at QFC: Chasny just moved to Seattle last month. So before I start taking him for granted, let me just say that he played a swell set. He devoted most of the short set to the sort of East-meets-West blues ragas on which his well-earned reputation is rested. Curled up on the floor in a corner of the store, he relied primarily on one guitar, a few effects, and an amplifier. The same set-up, he noted, used to record the first several 6OOA albums. “So take that, Tape Op,” he added.
If you missed last night’s in-store (and don’t feel like staking out the frozen foods aisle until he makes an appearance), don’t get your knickers in a knot. You can still look forward to the January 20 release of RTZ, a double-CD, triple-LP that, according to an October press release, “fashions several lesser-known pieces from Six Organs of Admittance’s early years into an massive prismatic arc, colossal and organic like some wonder of the ancient world.” Which sounds awfully ambitious, given how humble last night’s performance was, but one suspects Chasny’s musical acumen is such that he can deliver on this hyperbolic promise.
The other highlight of the night’s festivities were these swell vegan Mexican wedding cookies, baked by Wall of Sound friend Karolina, and available for a small donation. Very tasty! These light, nutty delights will also be back again: Wall of Sound is hosting a holiday party on Friday, Dec. 12, and Karolina will be providing snacks. There will be a live performance by up-and-coming local oddballs Lou Lou, and brief DJ sets by folks like Stranger music staffer Dave Segal, WoS proprietor Michael Ohlenroth, and some jackass named DJ El Toro. In these financially strapped times, local indie record stores need your support more than ever, so drop by and join us. C’mon, when did iTunes ever bless you with the instant gratification of a delicious, homemade cookie along to accompany your new music?
DJ El Toro is the host of the overnight show In Between Sleep & Reason, Wednesday mornings from 1 AM to 6 AM on KEXP 90.3 FM Seattle and kexp.org. His column, Weird At My School, appears every Monday on the KEXP Blog.