Video: The War on Drugs @ Bowery Ballroom

[Picture by Marc Whitman]
Here’s video from The War on Drug’s excellent sold-out show at Bowery Ballroom on Sunday night. See a jammed out version of “Your Love is Calling My Name” > “The Animator,” as well as another take on the Dead’s “Touch of Grey.”

Videos of The War on Drugs @ Cameo Gallery + Tour Dates

Here’s some excellent videos from The War on Drugs’ show at Cameo Gallery this summer filmed by Jessica Amaya and Bleary Eyed Brooklyn. The Drugs are headed out on the road next week and have now announced a run of 2012 US dates, which you can check out below. The band will also put out a new 7″ on January 24 with “Come to the City” as the A Side, and a previously unreleased B Side titled “Don’t Fear the Ghost.”

“Comin’ Thru”

“Baby Missiles”

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Video: The War on Drugs ~ 3 Track Session @ Bowlegs Studio

[Photo by Jessica Amaya]

While on tour over in Europe, The War on Drugs stopped by Bowlegs studio in the UK for a session with the amazing videographers at 4Eyes. In the video, the Drugs show their jammy side by combining the entire session into an extended three-song segue featuring “Your Love Is Calling My Name” > “The Animator” > “Come to the City.” Check it out below and pick up their new long player Slave Ambient out now on Secretly Canadian.

The War on Drugs’ Page

These days, you won’t find too many bands outside the jam scene uploading their shows to But count Philadelphia’s War on Drugs as one of the few exceptions. While not a traditional “jamband,” The War on Drugs rely hugely on improvisation—not only in the live setting, but in the song creation process as well. As frontman Adam Granduciel told me in a recent interview, the majority of the lyrics on the new album Slave Ambient were written while improvising and many of the songs slip into extended jam territory, especially in the live setting. On stage, it’s amazing to see the band working around pre-programmed samples which, more often than not, unfold into Neu!-inspired space-rock adventures. The Drugs currently have three shows up on their page, but expect more to appear following the current tour. Below, listen to one of the song’s from the Drugs’ recent show at Kings Barcade in Raleigh, NC and download the heady recording, if you so desire.

MP3: “Your Love Is Calling My Name” (4/7/11)

Download link:  The War On Drugs Kings Barcade, Raleigh, NC 11/10/11

The War on Drugs ~ “Snake Tongues”

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know that I’ve been championing The War on Drugs‘ new longplayer Slave Ambient as one of the top albums of the year. In a previous post, I mentioned the Drugs’ deep sonic textures that play off the title “Slave Ambient”—a 13 minute ambient jam that is sampled beneath many of the tracks—providing the album with its spacey underpinnings. In the coming weeks, those ambient tracks will be put on display on Side 2 of a new limited edition cassette (Side 1 features the LP) via Mirror Universe Tapes. Below, you can stream/download the first jam off Side 2.

MP3:Snake Tongues


NEW MUSIC: The War on Drugs ~ Slave Ambient

Slave Ambient

Next Tuesday August 16, Philly’s rootsy-psych rockers The War on Drugs will release their second full-length Slave Ambient via Secretly Canadian. Following the depature of former guitarist Kurt Vile, frontman Adam Granduciel has been hard at work creating tracks and overdubs for the upcoming release. It’s been since 2008 that the previous LP, Wagonwheel Blues, dropped, and upon hearing Slave Ambient it will immediately become clear as to why. On the new LP, the band delves into highly textured, spacey rock songs that glide beneath the plainspoken singers Springsteen-esque, Americana-style vocal delivery. The album title resonates throughout the 12 tracks, as songs often drift into layered, synthed-out ambient jam segments. Much the same as the previous LP, this is a record for the road and one that will surely make my Top 10 albums of the year list. I highly recommend heading out to your local record store next Tuesday and picking up the new album by this criminally underrated band. Alternatively, you can order Slave Ambient from Secretly Canadian here.

Mp3: “Come to the City

MP3: “Baby Missiles

[as always, right click and choose ‘save as’ to download the songs]