Not Here / Not Now

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Not Here / Not Now
A drawing of a claw hammer smashing the word "NOW"
Cover art of the 619th pressing
Live album (double album) by Swans
Released September 14, 2013 (2013-09-14)
Recorded February 15, 2013 (Corner Hotel, Richmond); Melbourne, Australia
May 24, 2013 (Primavera Sound); Barcelona, Spain
Genre Post-punk, post-rock, art rock, experimental, noise rock
Length 109:17
Label Young God
Producer Michael Gira
Swans chronology
The Seer
(2012)The Seer2012
Not Here / Not Now
To Be Kind
(2014)To Be Kind2014
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Pitchfork Media 8.2/10[1]

Not Here / Not Now is a limited-edition double live album by American post-punk band, Swans. It was announced for sale on October 14, 2013, via Young God Records. The profits earned from this album were used to fund the band's subsequent album, To Be Kind.[2][3][4][5][6]


The live album, which consists of 2000 copies, was primarily recorded during the band's appearance at Primavera Sound 2013 festival in Barcelona, with closer "Nathalie Neal" taken from their show in Melbourne earlier that year. It features live versions of The Seer,[7] a live version of "Coward" from their 1986 album Holy Money, new unrecorded songs, and two "crude acoustic demos of songs for the upcoming studio album". The cover art, which was drawn by artist Nicole Boitos, was uniquely "further drawn upon, personalized and signed by Michael Gira" for each copy.[2][5][8][9][10]

Along with the live album, various other options are available with special offerings for different monetary alternatives, including an "executive producer" credit on the band's new album or "video of a simple, short, original song, acoustic guitar and voice, with customers' name in the song, praising the customer, his or her ancestors, thoughts, dreams, and future or past lives, forever", written and sung by Gira. Other offerings include VIP guest list status to the band's one of the upcoming concert shows or a printed poster.[11][12]

The album shares its name with the title of a song from Angels of Light's 2007 record, We Are Him.

Critical reception[edit]

Stuart Berman of Pitchfork Media praised the album, stating: "Of the songs featured on Not Here/Not Now, only three have appeared on previous recordings. And any worries that Swans are showing too much of their hand are defused by the fact that new Swans songs rarely make it from the stage to record in the same form, and, once officially released, mutate even further in subsequent performances."[1]

Track listing[edit]

Disc one
No. Title Length
1. "To Be Kind" 16:53
2. "Just a Little Boy (for Chester Burnett)" 10:03
3. "Coward" 7:23
4. "She Loves Us!" 15:13
5. "Oxygen" 7:20
Total length: 56:52
Disc two
No. Title Length
6. "The Seer" / "Bring the Sun" / "Toussaint L'ouverture" 44:31
7. "Nathalie Neal" 7:54
Total length: 52:25
Bonus tracks
No. Title Length
8. "Kirsten Supine" (demo) 5:18
9. "Screen Shot" (demo) 4:53



  1. ^ a b "Swans: Not Here/Not Now | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. November 8, 2013. Retrieved February 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Pelly, Jenn (October 14, 2013). "Swans Funding New Album With Live Record and More, Michael Gira Will Write a Song About You". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Swans name their upcoming live album and upcoming UK dates". Louder Than War. July 17, 2013. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  4. ^ Micah, Jared (July 16, 2013). "Swans announce some details on a new live album, plan to record studio LP in October, and more!". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Swans release new live album Not Here / Not Now, profits will fund follow-up to The Seer". Fact. October 14, 2013. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Swans Release Live Double Album 'Not Here / Not Now". Exclaim!. October 14, 2013. Retrieved October 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ Frere-Jones, Sasha (October 16, 2013). "The Long Game". The New Yorker. Condé Nast Publications. 
  8. ^ Martins, Chris (October 14, 2013). "Swans Will Write You a Song to Fund Their Next Album". Spin. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  9. ^ Tuffrey, Laurie (October 14, 2013). "Swans Release Live Album". The Quietus. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Swans Release Live Album To Fund New Record". Terrorizer. October 15, 2013. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  11. ^ Young, Alex (October 14, 2013). "Swans release live album to fund new studio album, due in Spring 2014". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Swans offer to write songs 'praising your family' in order to fund new album". NME. October 15, 2013. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 

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