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Dear God, What Hath Monofonus Wrought Now?
The Austin indie media company gets all epistolary with Thor Harris
DAILY Books  May 25, 2015, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Thor Harris – wildly talented painter, celebrated drummer for SWANS, helmet-wearing Viking-about-town – went through a period of extreme depression years ago. But who’s to say that depression, or his recovery from it, has anything to do with how downright inspirational the man is now?..."

Knest Improvs “Saigon by Motorcycle”
ATX’s Thor Harris + Jonathan Horne + Randall Holt = Knest
DAILY Music  October 20, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...Boldness and creativity from individuals are paramount, but they come second to the chemistry of the group. When the members of Austin’s Knest first convened three years ago, drummer Thor Harris felt the spark immediately...."

Rock Lobster
How do you eat healthy on tour?
Music Story  February 14, 2014, by Kevin Curtin
"...The food is so well prepared and the way they eat is such an interesting social event. They'll purposefully sit enemies or feuding lovers across the table from each other and over the meal – which is seven or eight courses and takes three hours to eat – you'll argue and do what you need to do, but at the end of the experience you'll walk away smiling with your arm around the other person." Thor Harris, Vegan Warrior..."

Where Does It Hurt?
With The Inside Story, Scott Rice gets people talking about mental health
Screens Story  November 20, 2014, by Marc Savlov
"...AC: You profile ex-Shearwater and current Swans drummer Thor Harris, who suffers from major depression. That particular episode is really the perfect example of an artist living with a mental disorder who uses his creative talents to vanquish those demons...."

Off the Record
Celebrating Independence Day with Wild America and Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic
Music Column  July 9, 2010, by Austin Powell
"..."If my life was a film, it would be mostly pretty dull," writes Thor Harris in the liner notes to his new ambient LP with Rob Halverson, Fields of Innards II. "However, with the right soundtrack, it could be pawned off as an 'art' film." Harris' saga is far from ordinary (see "Hammer of the Gods," Jan..."

Song/Book: Grapes of Wrath vs. 1984
Rob Halverson and friends wrap live music around some heavy fiction
DAILY Arts  July 18, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...And what if “talking about” means staging a music-rocked night of sonic and literary exploration from the likes of Thor Harris, Gretchen Phillips, Jonathan Horne, Carrington MacDuffie, and other locally based but globally fierce talents?..."

Quin Galavis Turns Darkness Into His Magnum Opus
Obfuscating the narrative between fiction and lived experience on My Life in Steel and Concrete
Music Story  August 25, 2016, by Greg Beets
"...Galavis turned a corner in 2008 when he started running sound at Beerland. He formed the Dead Space with Hadden on guitar and Jenny Arthur on drums, then launched Nazi Gold in 2010 with Flesh Lights bassist Jeremy Steen and percussion guru Thor Harris, Steen's former high school art teacher..."

Playback: I'm Sorry, I Can't Rock You All Night Long
An epic GrulkeFest fires the fall season, including John Prine
Music Column  September 14, 2012, by Kevin Curtin
"...› Swans' show Friday at La Zona Rosa doubles as a homecoming for drummer Thor Harris. The legendary experimental group, which reformed in 2010 with Harris in the fold, storms a three-week national tour after warming up with dates in Europe last month..."

Thor & Friends
Music Review  October 26, 2017, by Michael Toland
"...Nonconforming percussionist Thor Harris and his idiophone sidekicks don't so much unleash The Subversive Nature of Kindness as leave the back door open and let it escape. Less frenetic and more melodic than last year's Thor & Friends, its successor puts as much emphasis on violin and wind-driven instruments as on the bongs and clinks of marimbas and xylophones..."

Playback: The Healing Hand of Jonathan Horne
Following the free jazz guitar phenom as he undergoes hand surgery
Music Column  July 26, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...The miraculous part of Horne's hand saga involves Thor Harris, the dalai lama of Austin music, who plays with him in Knest...."

Off the Record
The fast and the furious: the sentencing of J Kapone, Steve Wertheimer's Hot Rod Revolution, and 'How to Tour in a Band or Whatever'
Music Column  November 19, 2010, by Austin Powell
"...Surviving on the road isn't as simple as getting in the van. Fueled by "esspresso & anti-depressants," Austin's Nordic legend Thor Harris recently penned "How to Tour in a Band or Whatever," an obscenity-laced list of commandments delivered with blunt simplicity and compiled with help from his tourmates in Shearwater and Swans..."

Thor Harris
Music Review  November 23, 2007, by Austin Powell
"...Thor HarrisFields of Innards (I Eat Records)..."

Playback: Touring Austin's Latin Record Stores
Discotecas outnumber Anglo record shops
Music Column  August 17, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...Thor Harris announced his candidacy for Texas governor on Twitter last Friday with a video in which the charismatic percussionist, flanked by a rainbow flag, said, "Howdy, my name's Thor Harris, and I'm running for governor of Texas, 'cause fuck this." Earlier announced Democratic hopefuls Jeffrey Payne and Tom Wakely now have to contend with a nationally beloved multi-instrumentalist whose résumé includes Shearwater, Swans, and, currently, Adam Torres...."

Playback: SXSW Survey a Snooze
City's post-SXSW survey succumbs to poor planning
Music Column  June 5, 2014, by Kevin Curtin
"...• Percussionist, craftsman, and social commentator Thor Harris provides "sonic accompaniment" for a yoga session on Saturday, 11am, at secretive Eastside art space Museum of Human Achievement. Hear the drummer's skills on new Swans LP To Be Kind, which arrived in critical favor last month...."

Malaise and Methodology
Ann Cvetkovich crafts a radical approach to considering depression
Books Story  January 18, 2013, by Cindy Widner
"...KUT will host the discussion "Mental Illness and Creativity," with Cvetkovich, Dr. Carrie Barron (The Creativity Cure), psychology teacher KayLynn Fenn, and musician and author Thor Harris (Swans, Shearwater) on Tuesday, Jan..."

Was It Good for You?
The year in books
Books Story  January 1, 2010, by Cindy Widner
"...Family memoir The Kids Are All Right (Harmony), co-written by former Chron colleague Diana Welch and her siblings, is unpretentious, entertaining, and touching. And the devastating honesty and surprising imagery of An Ocean of Despair (Monofonus Press), Thor Harris' account of debilitating depression – illustrated and packaged with his instrumental soundtrack – moved me to my soul...."

I Eat Records
Second Helpings
Music Story  October 19, 2007, by Doug Freeman
"...On the heels of this summer's excellent pop debut by Black Before Red, Belgrave to Kings Circle, the imprint is preparing its second wave of releases, including Brothers & Sisters' new EP, a reissue of Shearwater percussionist Thor Harris' instrumental Fields of Innards, and Horse + Donkey's much-anticipated debut. The label's business model has evolved with its lineup, as well, attempting to focus only on digital and vinyl offerings...."

Bill Callahan Reviewed
Woke on a Whaleheart
Music Review  April 19, 2007, by Doug Freeman
"...Musically, Whaleheart's awash in abandon as well. Callahan relinquished control of the arrangements to co-producer Neil Michael Hagerty, who deluges the songs with Elizabeth Warren's violin and the percussive rush of Shearwater's Thor Harris and Howard Draper..."

Shearwater soars out from under Okkervil River
Music Story  May 12, 2006, by Melanie Haupt
"...What began as a one-off project took on proportions of its own – and more members, bassist (and the former Mrs. Meiburg) Kim Burke, drummer Thor Harris, and multi-instrumentalist Howard Draper – which has proven both a blessing and a curse...."

Raquel Bell
Music Review  August 23, 2018, by Michael Toland
"...Enlisting local luminaries Jonathan Horne (Young Mothers), Lisa Cameron (ST 37, Suspirians), Adam Jones (Bill Callahan), Bob Hoffnar (Mood Illusion), Thor Harris (Thor & Friends, Swans), and producer Zac Traeger, California native and Austin resident Raquel Bell moves through a haze of dreamy, avant-garde psychedelia on her third solo album. There's enough reverb on "Stones" to obscure which sounds come from which instruments as Bell swoops from croon to cry to caterwaul..."

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