I’ll go ahead and attribute the absence of OM’s Advaitic Songs on our Favorite Albums of 2012 list to a rather unfeasible circumstance: it was just too good. Or, the staff here at TMT, generally speaking, just didn’t get around to it, as our penchant for secularism and debauchery causes us to sometimes neglect the music beneath explicitly religious album covers. Allow me to unilaterally make a ruling on this now: Advaitic Songs was one of the best albums of 2012. It’s worth many listens.
You could purchase it, you could do something that rhymes with “birate” it (though I certainly don’t advise this), or if you live in a select few cities in the western half of the US, you could bear intimate witness to OM’s ancient homages (intentional or not) by catching them on tour — a tour that begins February 8 in Seattle, Washington.
An OM performance would be worth the price of admission alone, but adding stature to your solidi is guitarist Sir Richard Bishop, who’ll be supporting the duo at each live date. Consider your attendance one of the coolest/most frugal ways of experiencing a different culture.
Dates (all w/ Sir Richard Bishop):
02.08.13 - Seattle, WA - Highline
02.09.13 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
02.10.13 - Vancouver, BC - Media Club
02.12.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
02.13.13 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
02.14.13 - Albuquerque, NM - Sister
02.15.13 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
02.16.13 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
02.17.13 - Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room
02.18.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Center for the Arts Eagle Rock
02.19.13 - Santa Cruz, CA - Don Quixote’s Music Hall
02.20.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent